This pre-alpha build is not representative of the final game - it is a proof of design for what we are aiming for visually. By release the game it will have tight controls, animations, and game play. Thank you for understanding this is still a work in progress!
Instructions : This game was designed for controller use but has keyboard functionality as well. The current build only supports 1080p. (Make sure the controller is on before you launch the game otherwise it won't work.)
Here's a gameplay preview of an early pre-alpha build!
WHAT IS YOUR BLISS?
Bliss is a fantasy puzzle adventure game where the player makes the powerful choice to take control of their own destiny to explore a sacred and mystical land full of physical challenges, inner discovery, and healing. Bliss is about walking towards the path of enlightenment or our truth. Shining light on
the darkness, accepting who we are, and freeing ourselves from the
shackles of unhealthy patterns.
The final game will feature a large environment with 7 hidden levels connecting to it. Each level requires your attention and healing with specific aesthetics, challenges, and themes which connect to the world as a whole.
Here at Enlightened Games want to create a thoughtful, enriching, positive interactive experience for our players. Like a novel or film - we truly believe games can add value to our lives by overcoming obstacles, using intellect, and creating emotional connections. We respect our players intelligence and know everyone is capable of learning organically through the experience.
Bliss' Main theme by composer Jonathan Yandel
THE OTHER SIDE OF BLISS
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
We’ve all been there - a time in our lives that was dark and challenging. A breakup, losing a loved one, depression, anxiety or even all the above. There have been mediums like a film or strong literature that has helped us get through those hours or even days - something simple yet effective. Enough to spread a smile across our faces. Helping time pass while we gather the strength to heal. Nothing is more riveting than a story we connect to, a powerful reminder of just how wonderful life actually is. In Eric’s words,”Because I have made it through the other side, I know what kind of game would make me feel good and lift up my spirits in a powerful way.”
“You are the Hero of your own Story.”
The game is filled with a rich story the player must uncover. Hidetaka Miyazaki, video game director of From Software (Demon and Dark Souls) made a statement that is very close to the design mantra of the game experience. He said, “The greatest tool for narrative is the world you create for it to exist in.” This quote resonates on a personal level because we truly want the player to experience the story the way they see it, to manifest and interpret it as they imagine. This sense of awareness will bring a higher sense of light and truth to the game experience. We feel very passionate about treating game design as a unique medium, one that stays open ended to allow the space to organically describe its exposition. That being said - everything is up for personal interpretation.
The reason we believe so deeply in this project is because we feel there are people out there like us who want this type of experience. One that everyone should have the freedom to creatively express themselves - but we want to go deeper into the rabbit hole. And we strongly believe in our hearts that this experience of discovery, challenge, and healing will open up many peoples' eyes to what games are capable of.
"If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals...
...today I will be the master of my emotions."
Our goal is to constantly inspire others so when we exceed our funding goal to $250,000, we will be filming and documenting the entire development process. We have found this process very inspiring from other development teams and we want to continue this trend. Due to NDA's and creative privacy, game studios are very secluded. But we want to show the personal process and ups and downs that occur throughout the process from an independent team of passionate people. We want you to get to know us on a personal and professional level. The funds will go towards the documentary studio Arx Axiom, to ensure the episodes are of the highest quality.
This project will be released by April 2014 DRM free for PC/Mac/Linux,
with the 3 core Enlightened Games team members. Lead Artist/Designer,
Lead Developer, and Lead Producer with two contract artists for
Composition/Sound Design and Animation.
Any questions or concerns please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
Challenges are inevitable, in fact anything worth fighting for has them. Bliss is a game about overcoming challenges, so we are more than up to the task to overcome them in our personal and professional lives every day.
If there are ever any setbacks or challenges we promise to be 100% honest and upfront about the process. Especially when we film the development - you the backer will get to see first hand what we are going through and how we rise to the moment.
*The Art of Bliss*
You will receive a softcover art book displaying concept art from Bliss. Includes a digital DRM-free copy of Bliss, as well as the desktop wallpaper, Thank you page, Original Soundtrack, guest posters, and T-shirt.
*Art of Bliss Limited Edition*
Enjoy a copy of Bliss, as well as the wallpaper, Thank you page, Original Soundtrack, autographed guest posters and T-Shirt. You also receive a LIMITED EDITION AUTOGRAPHED LINEN BOUND HARDCOVER art book displaying concept art from Bliss.(Autographed by Designer/CEO Eric Blomquist)
*Bliss Statue AND Art Book Limited Edition*
The AUTOGRAPHED Bliss statue and Hardcover art book are yours!
Enjoy a copy of Bliss, as well as the wallpaper, thank you page, soundtrack, guest posters, t-shirt, and a Special Thanks in the game credits.
*Bliss Work of Art Edition*
When you pledge $350, the AUTOGRAPHED Bliss statue and Hardcover art book along with 1 of 5 original watercolor works by our developer and CEO Eric Blomquist. Includes copy of Bliss, as well as the wallpaper, Thank you page, soundtrack, guest posters t-shirt, and a Special Thanks in the game credits.
*Game with Us Edition*
You get to have a gaming night with the dev team! (You can try your luck at Starcraft 2 :3) We can crush you in your favorite game!
Includes the retail box copy of Bliss, as well as the wallpaper, Thank you page, soundtrack, guest posters, t-shirt, art book, statue, and a Special Thanks in the game credits.
*Learn from Team Bliss Edition*
This Edition includes 2 - 1 hour private online tutoring session with the dev team member of your choice. Whether it be programming, developing, composition, etc. Includes the retail box copy of Bliss, as well as the wallpaper, Thank you page, soundtrack, guest posters, t-shirt, art book, and statue.
*Share your Inspiration Edition*
Be one of only 10 people to SUBMIT YOUR FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE TO BE PLACED IN THE GAME. Bliss has many quotes that will be appearing on screen and in the environment, and you can be a part of that. Submitted upon approval. Includes the retail box copy of Bliss, as well as the wallpaper, SPECIAL THANKS in the credits, soundtrack, guest posters, t-shirt, AUTOGRAPHED Bliss statue and Hardcover art book are yours.
*Hang with the Dev Edition*
Hang out with the dev team for a day in Chicago! We will hangout, eat some local grub and have a good time. All you have to do is get there! (Travel costs not included) Also, Includes the retail box copy of Bliss, as well as the wallpaper,SPECIAL THANKS in the credits, soundtrack, AUTOGRAPHED guest posters, t-shirt. autographed Bliss statue and Hardcover art book.
*Tell your Story Edition*
If you have a life changing story or challenge that you had to face and would like to tell that story in the game Bliss, we will have you work personally with our Designer Eric Blomquist and put it in the final version of the game! Includes the retail box copy of Bliss, as well as the wallpaper, SPECIAL THANKS in the credits, soundtrack, AUTOGRAPHED guest posters, t-shirt. autographed Bliss statue and Hardcover art book.