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By Alexandru Nechita
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About this project

 

 

The Underground King is an upcoming racing strategy RPG for PC, MAC, Linux & AirConsole where you recruit the city's low-lives, assemble junkyard cars and have them compete in street racing events for profit and infamy!

  • Strategic management of drivers, cars and equipment.
  • Diverse assortment of random events to keep things fresh!
  • Procedurally generated content. Each play is unique!
  • Different types of races with unique rules and diverse locations.

  

We are developing the game in Unity. Bellow you can download an Early Alpha DEMO of the game. It is FREE & we made a build for all 3 major computer platforms:

 

 

 

AirConsole is an online platform that transforms your browser into a video game console and your smartphones into gamepads.

We will be developing a lightweight multiplayer module on it which will eventually be merged into the computer version after thorough testing.

We are going to launch the game on all the major game stores when the release builds are ready and we pass the various submission processes.

You play as the protagonist of the story, a manager striving to become the new Underground King of street racing.

Home, sweet home...
Home, sweet home...

Coming to the racing scene, you have no street reputation, no real crew nor any proper cars to race with. What you DO have is one hobo you literally paid in peanuts and uncle Wart’s hippie van that’s been rusting in the garage since Woodstock.

Items provide stats increases!
Items provide stats increases!

By winning races, dealing in the black market and spreading your influence over the people, you will let The City’s top dogs know that there's a new player in town.

Sometimes, you win by the skin of your teeth...
Sometimes, you win by the skin of your teeth...

The dregs of the city will flock to you for a quick buck, the adrenaline of racing or motivated by similar wants of overcoming adversity. You will earn reputation, money and loot to upgrade your social status, drivers and cars.

The shop will change its inventory each week.
The shop will change its inventory each week.

 

The Underground King has a game core comprised of two stages: Management and Racing. In the main map you organize, strategize, upgrade and interact with events, while in the racing mode you compete with your car and drivers against enemy teams for resources.

 

On your desk back home, you have a folder with your item list, profile sheets of your drivers / cars and a map of The City with various marked points of interest.

Make a plan and follow that plan!
Make a plan and follow that plan!

 

When you participate in a race, you choose which car to use and up to 3 drivers with various roles and abilities to control that car.

Three drivers, one car.
Three drivers, one car.

Your team competes against enemy teams that follow the same race rules, typically, crossing the finish line first. Each team, including your own, has unique abilities and stats that make every race exciting and challenging.

3, 2, 1, GO!!!
3, 2, 1, GO!!!

Drivers and cars come with their own set of abilities. Combining these abilities can produce builds that easily surpass specific obstacles. This adds a huge layer of strategy on picking which drivers go in which car for which race.

The Nitro ability in action!
The Nitro ability in action!

 

Use the Jump ability to avoid obstacles!
Use the Jump ability to avoid obstacles!

 

The City is alive. Lots of things are happening each day, and you can involve yourself in the drama and conflicts as they happen. You’re not alone though, your drivers can help you get the best rewards, or the least painful penalties.

One of 50+ events we have so far!
One of 50+ events we have so far!

 

Acquire items from the Shop, from Events or from winning races. Items have trait and stat bonuses that, when equipped, upgrade the driver or car.

Drivers of all shapes and sizes are generated randomly.
Drivers of all shapes and sizes are generated randomly.

They are all procedurally generated so you can create builds for specific purposes, like increasing race rewards, passing events more easily or even to defeat a specific boss by targeting specific weaknesses!

Our engine builds cars out of many possible parts and paints.
Our engine builds cars out of many possible parts and paints.

 

Each item, car and driver comes with a range of possible traits, each from its own list, depending on the generated level. Bosses and enemies work similarly, but they have their own special list and mechanics since they are controlled by the A.I.

Traits are useful both for races AND events!
Traits are useful both for races AND events!

 

You know how some games change your very being after you finish them? Then you get an existential crisis about what to do with yourself and your life?

Here’s a few that did this to us: Grand Theft Auto, Darkest Dungeon, XCOM, Reigns and King of Dragon Pass, but also Mad Max and the Need For Speed series. Movies and animations also played a crucial role in our inspiration. Gorillaz, Wacky Races and Ed, Edd and Eddy are to name a few. I mean, it's a 2D game, of course we’ve drawn inspiration from cartoons. Like a certain network of cartoons.

 

Interested in some behind the scenes? You got it, friend!

Here's the racing scene in Unity for the Countryside track. This specific track has parallaxing backgrounds of mountains, hills, clouds, trains & other things we could think of (we’ll add more environment goodness later), to beautify and enrich the background.

We use Unity to give life to the game.
We use Unity to give life to the game.

And here’s a secret about one of the drivers that no one will know except, you and me:

 

 

 

Some of our friends have made gameplay videos and we think they are great! Check them out to get a feel of the game! Or play the game yourself using this download link!

 

 

We’re a small two person team and we’ve been eating and breathing games since we were kids. When we decided to start working on The Underground King, we knew we had to work fulltime and sacrifice sunlight exposure to make the best, most fun game we can possibly make on our own.

After a lot of feedback and introspection we realized that there’s a potential upgrade for the game beyond our financial reach that can be achieved through outside help.

That’s where you come in. Your backing of this project will help improve the game’s polish level, shorten development duration and increase the game’s accessibility with more languages.

The Countryside race track, before and after.
The Countryside race track, before and after.

 

We have 11 bosses lined up, after which you face the current Underground King. Each defeated boss will unlock a faction associated with him/her, a new race track, as well as a driver class, car model and items for both.

We will be releasing each boss as we implement them, the Closed Alpha pledgers being the first to play against them. The end boss, the Underground King will remain a mistery untill release. It is the END BOSS after all...

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve made it to end of the page. No, really, it's commendable to have read through everything. You deserve a little something, and here it is:

Join this exclusive super-duper secret mailing list where we will be emailing codes for special in-game items, drivers and vehicles.

You need to have a copy of the game for the codes to work.

 

 

Risks and challenges

RELEASE RISK:
We are already paying for the base development out of our life savings. We are fully committed with time and effort on making the game, so there is absolutely no risk of the game not seeing the light of day.

WE HAVE BEEN GREENLIT UNDER 24 HOURS !

TECHNICAL RISKS:
We are using Unity to develop The Underground King. It is a powerful game engine, used by millions, ever growing in power and capability, but also getting more efficient and streamlined. So far, we have surpassed all technical obstacles, but we cannot predict what can come up in the future.

We have an expert Unity developer in the team, and many friends and former colleagues we can resort to, in case of emergencies. The Unity developer community is also extremely helpful as well as Unity’s bug support team is prompt to fix any problems we find with the engine itself.

ESTIMATION RISKS:
Three things are certain in life. Death, taxes, and developers can’t estimate projects.

While we know we have surpassed the hard part of the game like creating the core game loop, some random things impossible to predict can pop up, and eat extra time. We are using GIT to create hourly backups of the project and if any debilitating problem appears, it's quite easy to revert to a stable version.

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    A famous artist draws your portrait!

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    We will create a driver based on a photo of your face, favorite outfit and short description that you give us.

    Only you will get that driver as a permanent member of your characters.

    Approximately $113 / £87

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    LEGEN - wait for it - DARY Driver!

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    This driver sometimes appears in the Shop or is rewarded to the player in events. Its either a spoof of your favorite character in movies, comics, music, etc. Or something you make up. Either way, its a strong and special driver.

    We have the final say and it has to be consistent with the game's world and mechanics, but we will guide you through the creative process. We'll organize a quick Skype call with you to hammer out the details.

    Because of this high tier value, we're going to give you SUPER CREDITS inside the game, forum and Discord.

    We're also upgrading to 12 months of AirConsole Hero!

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    LEGEN - wait for it - DARY Driver + Car!

    A legendary driver needs a legendary car.

    You co-design a driver and a car associated! Like the previous tier, you can pick a spoofed character from your favorite media source, or make something epic and new.

    This time, however, you can also design a car that goes with this awesome driver. This car comes rarely to the player's Shop or from events, but, if combined with its driver, will create a powerful team!

    We have the final say and it has to be consistent with the game's world and mechanics, but we will guide you through the creative process. We'll organize a quick Skype call with you to hammer out the details.

    Approximately $565 / £435

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    LEGENDARY Mini-boss & driver + Car!

    There are contenders to the current Underground King, everywhere! Through your adventures, you will sometimes meet and challenge them to a race. Should you beat them, you will earn A LOT of infamy and TONS of high quality loot!

    You co-design such a miniboss and its car with us. It must be an original-ish creation that presents itself as a significant character and threat to your ascention. You also have some influence on the race track as well, to make the experience richer and creamier.

    We have the final say and it has to be consistent with the game's world and mechanics, but we will guide you through the creative process. We'll organize a quick Skype call with you to hammer out the details.

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    • 12 Months of AirConsole Hero
    • ===== Includes the following =====
    • You, drawn as a driver in the game.
    • Your clothes drawn as driver outfit.
    • Digital Art Book
    • Closed Alpha + Beta + Release key, Steam or DRM free
    • Kickstarter exclusive track shape!
    • Kickstarter exclusive driver skin!
    • Kickstarter exclusive car skin!
    • Kickstarter exclusive dice skin!
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