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Pandemonium InteractiveBy Pandemonium Interactive
First created
Pandemonium InteractiveBy Pandemonium Interactive
First created
CA$ 3,417
pledged of CA$ 38,000pledged of CA$ 38,000 goal
72
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 16 2018 1:31 PM UTC +00:00

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Planet Zarda had long forgotten the horrors of war and instability. Its inhabitants from its provinces have united under one banner in the name of peace and have crafted a world utopia. Centuries of peace have lead to partial disarmament and have long done away with improving or maintaining their military power.

The peace was not to last.

Invaiders Arrive
Invaiders Arrive

The sudden invasion of the nomadic reptilian invaders known as the Saurian Horde catches the defense force of the planet off guard. They aren't prepared to fight a proper military force that has been fighting for centuries. The objective of this alien menace? To strip bare the planet and ether consume, enslave or eradicate the populace.

During the initial waves of the planetary attack Sil and Saya, our game's protagonists come under attack at an outpost. With their comrades dead and the defense forces in disarray they take the fight to the enemy themselves and reorganize the planet's defense force.

What fate awaits the Zardans?
What fate awaits the Zardans?

Never Underestimate The Zardans!



In N.U.T.Z. you'll control one of a few characters that sport unique abilities and a variety of different weapons, and engage enemies around you with free aiming in a 360 radius.

Sil just going for a shotgun run
Sil just going for a shotgun run

As you progress in the game you will discover power ups in the form of collectible upgrades for weapons and armor located throughout the world of Zarda. These upgrades further extend character's abilities in terms of combat and mobility. It would also grant them new ways to progress to areas in previous levels that they could not.​

We currently have a working version of the game for windows platforms but we also have plans to have playable versions for other operating systems, such as Linux and Mac OS.

If our stretch goals fund, we plan to bring this to the game console market.

Support both mouse-keyboard and gamepad/controller setups (in the future we would like to support full controller setups as well)

Multiple and unique characters to play with. Certain characters will be able to reach and explore areas that other characters could not making for many diverse playthroughs

A diverse world to explore and shoot your way through. We want each area to feel unique and fun in it's own way.

Unique enemies each with their own traits that present a different challenge to the player. Enemies that will respond and adapt to the player and begin trying new tactics to stop them

Saya takes on the Giga Sentry
Saya takes on the Giga Sentry
Sil is ready to fight!
Sil is ready to fight!

The hot headed and feisty Sil serves as one of our heros. Sil the squirrel is a range focused character the wields an arsenal of heavy weapons. Sil’s primary weapon is her hand cannon in which her worn armor's micro factories create bullets. All of the guns Sil receives exhibit different behaviors that allow for different way to approach obstacles. Sil has modest mobility due to the weapons and armor weighing her down.

  • Wide Arsenal: Sil has the most weapons of any character
  • Wall Jumping: Sil has the capability to wall jump to reach areas others could not.
  • Prone: Sil is able to go prone as long as she likes to dodge bullets or other hazards.
  • Power Armor: Sil’s Power armor is unique among the Characters. She can collect individual parts of armor upgrade to increase her power and unlock new abilities. She can change her chest, legs, arms, and shoulder (or head) armor pieces individually.
Saya is coming right for you!
Saya is coming right for you!

Saya bring her deadly cold steel nature to the field for the Zardans. Saya the fox is a melee focused and aggressive character with great mobility. Saya is always seen wielding her katana and will always be her primary means of attack. Saya does not use heavy weapons. Those that she obtains are often light and can be carried with one hand. They do not supersede her melee abilities but compliment them and her more mobile playstyle.

  • Superior mobility: Saya's vorpal dash enables her to gain breif invincibility and dash a short distance. Accumulating a hit total hits on an enemy will grant her an extra dash.
  • Light Arsenal: Saya carries very few weapons, often light weight. Can be used in her off hand.
  • Keen Blade: Saya's blade and her crouch position slice up bullets. Careful! They do not stop penetrating rounds or explosives.

One of our big goals of this project is on having a solid soundtrack. Too often these days games have turned away from it's roots. Many great games of the past had solid soundtracks and great sound design. We don't plan to skip out on that at all and you can hear that from  parts of our current work.

We aim to have that rock and electronic vibe. Take a listen to a sample track below composed by our current sound designer.

N.U.T.Z. - Cross The Threshold

Trailer music note: "Final Count" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

2016: Alexander Melchiorre decides to start working on N.U.T.Z. and starts to gather a core team. The team is working parttime and is fully financed by Alex's full time job. We have our first working prototype before the summer. The rest of the year is dedicated to improving our existing code and adding in new enemies.

2017: NUTZ gets a deep art overhaul and heads to its first convention, MEGA 2017. We gathered  plenty of feedback and fed that into various improvements in the game.

2018: Saya gets implemented as a new playable character. The game receives some great fixes based on community feedback and player testing, and we've finally arrived on Kickstarter. Yay!

Alex: Started gaming young and has loved it ever since. He started making video games in high school for family and friends. In 2016 Alex was tired of working in IT and decided to pursue his dream which led to him forming the team and incorporating Pandemonium Interactive one year later. Alex is primarily responsible for overall game and level design. He likes to lead from the front with both boots on the ground Alex thinks of himself as the tavern keeper and loves to give a smile and a wink.

Joshua: Started his earliest gaming days playing Mega Man and Sonic. His passion for gaming and music helped direct him down the path toward the games industry. Besides his musical talents he is also a game developer and is the creator of 8 Bits to Infinity. One heck of a bard.

Milton: Started playing video games in his early years. With his curiosity and love for games he found his calling in high school with games programming and graduated from the art institute of Atlanta with James, our artist. We call him the Wizard.

James: Attended the same school as Milton (the art institute of Atlanta). He always had a fascination with video game worlds and how they allowed for the escapism of the individual. For James the inclusiveness of a game world and the way it is fleshed out its art is what drives his passion on his projects. He thinks of himself as a exploring cartographer of game worlds.

We've come to Kickstarter as it's been the golden standard upheld for crowdfunding campaigns. One particular reason why we've come to kickstarter is to protect the integrity of our game vision and making us primarily answerable to our gamers first. We did not want the tampering of publishers to detract from what we want to create for you.

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As seen on BrightLocker!
As seen on BrightLocker!

BrightLocker is a revolutionary new crowdfunding platform dedicated to bringing gamers and developers together in unique ways. At BrightLocker, you can actively help fund new and exciting games by purchasing Early Access and exclusive items, and help influence the development process by communicating directly with game studios. There is no end date to a funding campaign on BrightLocker, so you can support us through the completion of N.U.T.Z. and beyond. They also accept PayPal!

Risks and challenges

One of our big factors of risk is a lack of experience, as this is our company's first game and for all of us working our first serious game. We've managed to mitigate this issue by assembling a capable team of people that are passionate and invested in this project. We also put out our pre-alpha builds to the public since October and have handled such launches.

Another obvious risk would be running out of finances. There is always a real danger of this occurring but we've taken steps to control the issue. Alex has privately invested his savings into the project thus far. Alex also plans to have other sources of revenue available such as a line of credit. We also plan to move to Brightlocker after Kickstarter is done and thus we'll have a source of post Kickstarter revenue. In the event of us choosing a publisher, should it come to that, we will ensure that we have the freedom and the capital to work with while maintaining our vision.

We’re believe in the power of crowdfunding, and we are sure we’ll be able to create a game that our backers will enjoy.

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    Zardan Wayfarer

    You're a free soul of the Zardan world. A partisan on the edge of conflict. You want to help fight but just can't deal with the authority figures. You'll fight this your own way.
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    The invasion is coming and you're about to be deployed to defend Zarda. Arm yourself with one digital copy of the game. You'll receive the game key for the full release of N.U.T.Z. on a PC platform of your choice.

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    Zardan Soldier

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    Zardan Officer

    So you've survived basic training and managed to get a position of command. You've gotten used to the sounds of the drills but are you surely ready for an actual war? Backers get their hands on the soundtrack as well as access to the beta version of the game.

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    Zardan Commander

    With a greater degree of command, comes a greater degree of responsibility. You've hardened yourself after officer training and gained to knowledge to command whole companies of war. The simulators did not prepare you for this enemy from outer space.
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    Zardan Ranger

    Backers will get their hands on an exclusive printed poster of the game.

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    Zardan Armormaker

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    Zardan Gearmaker

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    Zardan Heavyweapons

    Are you ready to play!? Backers get an exclusive Xbox styled controller with a custom N.U.T.Z. design exclusive to kickstarter backers

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    Zardan Artificer

    Help design an item, with a significant effect on player's playthroughs (can be consumable or equippable). Your name or nick name will be included in the game's lore.

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    Zardan General

    Ever wanted to see yourself or your avatar in the game? Here is your opportunity! Help design an NPC that will appear in the game.

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    Zardan Hero

    Yes you get the opprotunity to help us make a monstrosity of a boss that the players will have to take on. Help us figure out the fight mechanics and boss design, and how it will interact with the level.

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    Zardan Legend

    Take that NPC idea and turn that up to 11. You've now got a living and breathing player character that you get to help you make.

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Funding period

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