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A murder mystery otome game / visual novel, set in the Victorian era. Join Elvira on her mission to solve a murder and find love!
A murder mystery otome game / visual novel, set in the Victorian era. Join Elvira on her mission to solve a murder and find love!
A murder mystery otome game / visual novel, set in the Victorian era. Join Elvira on her mission to solve a murder and find love!
243 backers pledged S$ 8,586 to help bring this project to life.

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The Masquerade Killer - Otome Game / Visual Novel

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Only 48 hours left in this Kickstarter campaign! To shake things up, we'll throw in a new exclusive add-on reward — simply add S$7 (~US$5) to your pledge, and you'll receive this behind-the-scenes digital book! This book will only be available for these 48 hours and will not be sold again!

This book will likely include content such as world information, snippets of old and new route outlines, detailed character profiles created by the writer to aid her own writing process, deleted scenes from The Masquerade Killer script, writers' own notes, the team's project schedules, personal reflections from the team, etc. 

Interested? Go add S$7 (~US$5) to your pledge now to grab this limited time offer! :) Please make sure you do NOT change the reward tier, or else we will assume the increase in pledge amount is for the new reward tier, not for the add-on!

If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message or email us at general@ebulliencegames.com.

 

Have a taste of the game by trying the demo!

Windows, Mac, Linux: 
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Android:
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Current Total Paypal Pledges: S$260
(Last updated: Aug 7)

Can't pledge with Kickstarter but still want to get the tier rewards? You can now pledge with PayPal over on our website! Simply click the button above to go to the web page, or click here.

Please note that the 3 highest limited tiers are, unfortunately, only available on Kickstarter for the time being and won’t be available on PayPal. If you want a limited tier, please pledge on Kickstarter, and if that’s not possible, please contact us, and we’ll see what we can do!

The Masquerade Killer is a mystery, historical romance, otome game, set in the Victorian era. Join Elvira on her mission to solve a murder while attempting to blend into the upper-class society of London! Which path she takes in romance and life will depend entirely on you.

This project was inspired by the existence of murder mysteries (Jack the Ripper, anyone?) and secret societies in the Victorian era. As fans of mysteries, historical romance novels, and otomes, we decided to mix our interest into one and create an otome with these themes.

With The Masquerade Killer, we hope to break out of the usual mode of otome heroines and bring an intriguing, proactive, but extremely flawed main character to the table. Moreover, we wish to bring more LGBT representation to otome games, which is why this game has non-binary and female love interests.

Please consider helping us bring our project to life!

 

 

 

The Masquerade Killer is a visual novel, which is basically an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure type of text-based game.

Most of the game will involve reading dialogue and narration, with hand-drawn sprites and backgrounds to immerse the reader into the world. At important parts of the story, there will be special CGs to convey the scene.

Every now and then, the player will be prompted to make a choice that will change the main character's relationship with the love interests, her attitude, personality and the events of the game. All choices are designed to be worth exploring — there is no delineation of "right" or "wrong" answers. The player can choose to befriend and learn more about side characters, deepen the romantic relationship with the love interest, or prioritize the investigation over romance! It's in your hands.

Eventually, the player will attain one of the many possible endings based on the choices made throughout the game. All endings are "true" in the sense that there are no "good" or "bad" endings — all are simply possible different outcomes based on the choices you've made throughout the story and the resulting changes in attitude and relationships. The endings are hopefully all different enough to keep each playthrough fresh and entice your inner "completionist" into getting all the endings!

 

To minimize the risks to backers, we will not be taking any money from the raised funds to pay ourselves for our work (i.e. writing, editing, programming, character art and CGs). The Kickstarter money will only be used to cover expenses we spent for commissioned assets.

With your help, we will be able to recover the money we spent on commissions, so that we can focus more on working on the game rather than taking part-time jobs to make ends meet after our heavy spending! This means the game will be out sooner and end up much more polished!

Any money leftover (including any unused contingency money) will be put into the game as well, which means it is possible we may surprise you guys by meeting an additional stretch goal in the end!

 

For your convenience, we have prepared a simple chart so that you can compare the rewards in each tier and decide on the tier most suitable for you.

 

 

Ebullience Games is an indie visual novel development team that currently focuses on creating otomes. We first met through another otome project called Lads in Distress. Since establishing this studio, we have already finished two otomes together (Red String of Fate and AIRIS).

You can follow us for more updates on Tumblr or Twitter. You can also get even more goodies and exclusive previews and early updates by supporting us on Patreon!

If you have any inquiries, please email us at general@ebulliencegames.com.

Leader, Artist - "Greenace"
Our main artist is an experienced game developer, having been in various game and app developing companies for a long time. She was part of the team behind popular apps such as Hotel Story by Happy Labs Pte Ltd.

Writer, Programmer - "Windchimes"
With years of writing experience, Windchimes has worked on a variety of visual novels. She is one of the leaders and writers for the otome, Lads in Distress, the co-writer for Forgotten, Not Lost, and the editor for A More Beautiful World.

Editor - "Perennial Lily"
While new to the visual novel scene, Lily has been an avid reader and writer for all of her life. She is currently working on projects such as Lads in Distress as a co-writer, and she hopes to never stop.

Editor - "Azuumi"
A lover of games, reading, drawing and writing, Azuumi has been infatuated with visual novels for many years. She stepped in as the last minute editor for AIRIS, and is currently working on small personal projects and her art.

Other Commissioned Freelancers

Background Artist - Choirul Abidin
Logo and GUI Artist - Potouto
Composer for Game OST - Alcaknight
Composer for Main Menu and Trailer Song - Alyx
Video Editor - Rito
Artist for KS Assets and Fandisk GUI - WinterMochie

Risks and challenges

As the team members are all full time workers or students, our biggest challenge would be time. However, we are quite confident that we will be able to meet the deadline for this project for two main reasons:

1. The estimated project timeline above has already included buffer time at the end in case of delays due to unforeseen real life circumstances.

2. We are all pretty fast workers and are used to working under strict schedules and meeting tight deadlines. In just one year, we have released 2 finished otomes. Our latest work, AIRIS, is a 140k+ word long visual novel done in the span of only one month for NaNoRenO. Therefore, with our experience, we are confident that we know how to plan our work realistically and get things done.

If, unfortunately, there really are any necessary delays for the game release, we will keep everyone updated here!

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    Pledge S$ 3 or more About $2

    First Debut

    (Around US $2)

    Every little bit counts! To show our gratitude for your support, you will be credited in the game as a backer and get an HD wallpaper of Elvira with a love interest of your choice!

    Includes:
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    • HD Wallpaper
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    Pledge S$ 7 or more About $5

    First Dance

    (Around US $5)

    Get all 4 HD wallpapers for The Masquerade Killer, one for each love interest!

    Includes:
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    Calling Card

    (Around US $10)

    For the early birds, you can get a digital copy of the game at a reduced price of $10, instead of the $14.99 retail price after release!

    Better hurry, because this offer is limited!

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    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
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    Pledge S$ 17 or more About $12

    Fan Language

    (Around US $12)

    Missed the early bird tier? Don't worry! You can still get the game at a reduced price of $12 and save a bit of money!

    Includes:
    • Name in Game Credits
    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
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    Pledge S$ 35 or more About $25

    Walk in the Gardens

    (Around US $25)

    In addition to the previous rewards, you also get the digital artbook and the digital soundtrack of the game for free!

    Includes:
    • Name in Game Credits
    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
    • Digital Copy of the Artbook
    • Digital Copy of the OST
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    Pledge S$ 48 or more About $35

    Midnight Waltz

    (Around US $35)

    Impatient to play The Masquerade Killer? Want to be the first to play the finished game? You can have early access to The Masquerade Killer 2 weeks before it is released to the public!

    Includes:
    • Name in Game Credits
    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
    • Digital Copy of the Artbook
    • Digital Copy of the OST
    • Early Access to The Masquerade Killer
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    Pledge S$ 69 or more About $50

    Chaperoned Date

    (Around US $50)

    Do you want to be a part of the development? You can now gain beta access to the game and influence the final game with your feedback during beta testing stage!

    You will also get a pack of 5 Twitter icons, 1 for each main character, to use!

    Includes:
    • Name in Game Credits
    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
    • Digital Copy of the Artbook
    • Digital Copy of the OST
    • Early Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Beta Access to The Masquerade Killer
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    Pledge S$ 104 or more About $75

    Love Letters

    (Around US $75)

    Can't get enough of the cast of The Masquerade Killer? Well, you can receive one personalized love letter from each love interest, as well as get a free copy of a side stories version of the game that includes side stories from both the MC and the love interests' points of view!

    The estimated release of the side stories edition of the game is late 2018. This side stories edition will be backer-exclusive and will NOT be sold again later on!

    Includes:
    • Name in Game Credits
    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
    • Digital Copy of the Artbook
    • Digital Copy of the OST
    • Early Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Beta Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Twitter Icon Pack
    • Digital Personalized Love Letter from a Love Interest
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer Side Stories
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    Pledge S$ 139 or more About $101

    Engagement Ball

    (Around US $100)

    Still want more of The Masquerade Killer? This tier offers a free digital copy of the fandisk, which will be sold later on for $10.

    You will also gain early access to the fandisk by grabbing this reward!

    The estimated release date of the fandisk is around July 2018.

    Includes:
    • Name in Game Credits
    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
    • Digital Copy of the Artbook
    • Digital Copy of the OST
    • Early Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Beta Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Twitter Icon Pack
    • Digital Personalized Love Letter from a Love Interest
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer Side Stories
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer Fandisk
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    Pledge S$ 277 or more About $200

    Secret Rendezvous

    (Around US $200)

    Love the art of the game? You can get one free art commission from our game's artist!

    On top of that, you'll be able to request an exclusive short story of Elvira and a love interest of your choice. You can even determine the setting, plot...etc. of the short story! The short story will never be released and will be for your eyes only (unless, of course, you wish to post it publicly yourself)!

    * Please note that both the art commission and the short story request has to be meet certain rules, e.g. no R-18 content, excessive violence, etc. We have the final say on whether we are comfortable enough to fulfill the request/commission.

    If you are concerned about whether your short story or art commission request meets the rules, you can email us first to confirm!

    Includes:
    • Name in Game Credits
    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
    • Digital Copy of the Artbook
    • Digital Copy of the OST
    • Early Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Beta Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Twitter Icon Pack
    • Digital Personalized Love Letter from a Love Interest
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer Side Stories
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer Fandisk
    • Free Art Commission from the Game Artist
    • Exclusive Short Story of MC and a Love Interest of Your Choice
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    Pledge S$ 692 or more About $501

    Wedding of the Century

    (Around US $500)

    On top of all the previous rewards, you can name and design one of the following side characters in the game:
    > Elvira/Lydia's maid
    > Elvira/Lydia's friend(s) (a noble lady)
    > August's butler (male)
    > Elvira/Lydia's horse

    You can decide the character's name, age, visual design and backstory, as long as it fits within the story. This is a chance for you to put yourself or your original character into a Victorian era game, or create your ideal pet horse!

    * Please note that there are ground rules, such as no nudity in designs, inappropriate names, etc. We have the final say on whether it fits into the game, but we will try our best to accommodate your ideas! If you're concerned about whether your character can be put into the game, you can email us to discuss with us first.

    * Please note that the side characters to be designed are given to backers on a first-come-first-served basis!

    Includes:
    • Name in Game Credits
    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
    • Digital Copy of the Artbook
    • Digital Copy of the OST
    • Early Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Beta Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Twitter Icon Pack
    • Digital Personalized Love Letter from a Love Interest
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer Side Stories
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer Fandisk
    • Free Art Commission from the Game Artist
    • Exclusive Short Story of MC and a Love Interest of Your Choice
    • Design a Side Character in The Masquerade Killer
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    Pledge S$ 1,039 or more About $752

    Unforgettable Honeymoon

    (Around US $750)

    Is there a particularly romantic scene you have in mind for the love interests? It's time to make the ideas come to life! You can now design one date scene in the game for up to 2 love interests of your choice!

    * Please note that there may be limits as to the setting and events of the scene (e.g. setting limited to only places which we have backgrounds for). Moreover, we may have to make tweaks to your idea as necessary to make the scene be consistent and fit in with the rest of the plot. Therefore, please make your date scene idea broader rather than extremely specific.

    * Similarly, please note that there are some rules for the date scene: e.g. no R-18, no excessive violence...etc. While we will try our best to accommodate your ideas, we have the final say on whether your ideas would fit into the game, and we have the right to reject your idea and request for a different one in that case.

    If you are concerned about whether the date scene idea you have in mind would fit the game, feel free to email us first to discuss it!

    Includes:
    • Name in Game Credits
    • HD Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer
    • Digital Copy of the Artbook
    • Digital Copy of the OST
    • Early Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Beta Access to The Masquerade Killer
    • Twitter Icon Pack
    • Digital Personalized Love Letter from a Love Interest
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer Side Stories
    • Digital Copy of The Masquerade Killer Fandisk
    • Free Art Commission from the Game Artist
    • Exclusive Short Story of MC and a Love Interest of Your Choice
    • Design a Side Character in The Masquerade Killer
    • Design a Romantic Date Scene in The Masquerade Killer
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