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By Fingers Meet Controller
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About

You can follow us on twitter @fingersmeetc

Not making it to your funding goal isn't always a bad thing. It's a chance to learn, and to see your mistakes; and, quite honestly, besides the music, this was a one-man show, and there were many missteps along the way. The most obvious was that we were only on social media for a little over two months before launching this Kickstarter. We, wrongfully, thought that most of the funding came from those just glossing through the Kickstarter website, like it was only a couple of years ago. Now, we realize after talking to other people, that the majority of funding now comes from friends, friends of friends, and social media followers. We also rushed to the crowdfunding platform before it was ready, locked hands too closely with our inspirations in terms of aesthetic, and so many other stumbles along the way. But we own up to those mistakes.

But we also had so many unique features, including the Variance System, large-scale free-roam fishing, all of the mechanics surrounding turning enemies into chocolate, and so much more. We have the foundation for a fun and great game.

In fact, there were many things that we were going to release as weekly updates to our Kickstarter page to show you even more about our game. We were going to release a video on the Iceball mini-game, a video on our water combat, and a couple more videos. But, the failure at our launch caused us to reconsider many aspects, including the graphics. To be honest, 8-bit games or small-sprite 16-bit games have not been successful as of late on crowdfunding, and there is a simple reason for that. Just as 8-bit gave way to 16-bit, and 16-bit to later graphics, we have seen many attempting hi-bit games. This desire of humanity to always improve has caused us to once again cast 8-bit and small-sprite 16-bit games to the side. To many, hi-bit is the perfect combination of nostalgia and the desire to always push for greater. However, our own art style won't exactly be hi-bit. Why is that? Well, to be blunt, hi-bit games simply would not be capable of running on 16-bit systems because the sprites would have too many colors, and the screen would have too many colors. Hi-bit gives the false impression of nostalgia, but the graphics would have to completely be redone in order to work on 16-bit systems. We wanted to keep those color restrictions, though, and, instead, we have gone for larger sprites more along the lines of Beyond Oasis. So, by keeping to those color restrictions, our game is a true homage to the 16-bit art style, as you can see below:

The above image is not a final redo of our art style, but rather a rough-cut. In addition to a lot of recoloring, many (but not all) objects have been resized, and we have even added a lot of new details as well. Some things to tweak will be to make the character a little smaller (and maybe a little thinner), to add a standard grass texture, and many other tweaks. But, we wanted to give you all sort of an idea for how the game is progressing, graphically.

The increased size of the character will also allow for a couple of new interactive mechanics that we hope to show in a month's time. Mechanics that would not have been possible with smaller sprites.

Below are some rough-sketch images of some characters that have been redone:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because of the failed Kickstarter, we have to find more stable jobs, and progress will be slowed. But this dream will not die. We will have updates on at least a monthly basis for all of you who are still following us. But, if you want more frequent updates, we urge you to click on the hyperlink to our Twitter at the top of the page and follow us there.

Thank you to all who supported us in our efforts.

Risks and challenges

No matter what happens, this is our dream game. It isn't something that we just kind of like. It is our true love, our passion. So, whether we are successful or unsuccessful in reaching our funding goal, this game will eventually be completed, even if it takes much longer to make than we'd hope. We already have pre-production complete, including a GDD (game design document) that is over 450 pages long, describing things down to the little, nuanced details. We don't just have ideas, we have the details down for every idea, along with daily, weekly, monthly, and even quarterly goals. So there shouldn't be any pauses in game development in an attempt to think up more material. We are also keeping up with multiple backup files, so lost data should not be an issue. The major impetus should only be some sort of disaster that damages our health. Not even Hurricane Harvey could stop us from working hard! We are locked and ready to go. It's just a matter of how quickly we can get this game done.

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