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A dark twisting adventure game with a beautiful anime art style, branching story and many endings.
A dark twisting adventure game with a beautiful anime art style, branching story and many endings.
A dark twisting adventure game with a beautiful anime art style, branching story and many endings.
5,551 backers pledged CA$ 225,386 to help bring this project to life.

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日本語のページはこちらからどうぞ!

There is an urban legend in Japan that, deep below the sewers of Tokyo, there is a door. All who enter are lost forever...

Tokyo Dark is a 2D point & click adventure game. A twisting detective story featuring a multitude of choices, non-linear puzzle-solving, and a deep branching narrative exploring the darker underbelly of Tokyo.

 Against the neon lights of Tokyo follow Detective Itō into the shadows....

Our inspiration for Tokyo Dark comes from many adventure, mystery and horror games of the past. Tokyo Dark blends the cinematic storytelling of Heavy Rain and Shenmue with 2D side scrolling point and click adventure games like Clocktower and The Blackwell Legacy, wrapped up in a beautiful anime art style.

We're also inspired by visual and kinetic novels such as Higurashi When They Cry and Corpse Party: Book of Shadows. Tokyo Dark features dialogue choices and character interactions that affect your stats and change the outcome of the story. But unlike a visual novel you’ll control Detective Itō directly as you explore Tokyo, trying to balance your professional duty, personal life and sanity.

Updates:

[ Puzzles in the Dark ] -  Non-linear puzzle-solving in Tokyo Dark

[ Visual Update ] - Characters

[ Stats, choices & role-play ] - A look at the S.P.I.N attribute system

[ Sanity ] - A look at sanity management

日本語のページをアップデートしました。ストレッチゴールのアップデートはこちらから。アップデートの日本語はこちらから。

 Detective Itō`s partner is missing - but what starts as a straightforward case soon spirals into a twisted nightmare that causes Itō to confront her past and question her own sanity.

Is there really a lost door deep below Tokyo? Are there living shadows, lurking in the dark? Will the past come back to haunt you, or should you stand by your decisions?

Tokyo Dark is a sidescrolling point and click mystery adventure game. As detective Itō you'll explore Tokyo, talk to many characters, collect clues, solve puzzles and make difficult decisions with far reaching consequences.

Features:

  • Branching story with 10 different endings
  • 4 to 6 hours per path
  • Multiple solutions to each puzzle
  •  Player decisions influence social stats, which affect your interactions with others
  • Your choices have consequences to both your sanity and the people around you. How far will you go to solve the case?
  •  A dark, twisting story that blurs the line between reality and fantasy
  •  A fusion of Western Point & click adventure games and Japanese visual novels
  •  Explore real world environments with a dark horror twist

 Tokyo Dark will be initially released on Steam for PC & Mac.
A DRM-Free non Steam version will also be available to all backers.

  In Tokyo Dark you'll find a diverse cast of characters, all with their own hidden agendas.

We've used real locations from around Tokyo as the inspiration for our 3D artwork to make Tokyo Dark's sidescrolling environments authentic and detailed.  .

Tokyo Dark features an original soundtrack composed by solo artist and Reign of Fury front man Matt 'Bison' Steed. With a sound influenced by artists ranging from Trent Reznor to Clint Mansell, the score is equally disturbing and beautiful.

Tokyo Dark Main Theme:

We need your help to:

  • Finish all character art
  • Finish the background art
  • Improve & add new animations [walk cycles]
  • Edit and translate the games script
  • Finish programming the game

If we raise over our target with stretch goals we can:

  • Add more chapters to the game
  • Add support for extra languages (currently English & Japanese only)
  • Add New game+
  • Add fully animated sequences
  • Add voice overs
  • And more...

Cherrymochi is a small Japanese indie studio run by Jon and Maho Williams, we're based just south of Tokyo near the beautiful town of Kamakura.

Jon is from England and has lived in Japan for 6 years. His background is in digital media and interactive narrative with clients including Hewlett Packard, Licorice Film and Aardman Studios. Jon was inspired to develop Tokyo Dark after his firsthand experience of the Tōhoku earthquake and Fukashima nuclear disaster in 2011.

Jon (design, code & 3d art), Maho (production management, translation & localization) and Moochirin (character art) form the core team of Cherrymochi but we also work with talented creatives in Japan and abroad, including UK based musician Matt Steed.

Our multicultural team and experience of life in Japan gives us a unique cultural and design insight. Our approach to developing Tokyo Dark is to take the most interesting elements of Japanese design, style and interactive narrative and combine them with western game mechanics to create something new. 

At this point we have developed a working pre-alpha slice and solved all the technical issues needed to create Tokyo Dark. We have a great team, great story, great art and we're excited and ready to get to work.

With your support lets make something awesome together.

 What is the Square Enix Collective?

The Square Enix Collective is a platform where Square Enix help indie studios raise funds to develop interesting new games. 

How is Cherrymochi collaborating with Square Enix?

Earlier this year 94% of the Square Enix Collective's community voted to support Tokyo Dark's development. After that fantastic result Square Enix offered to help us with our crowdfunding efforts.

We are not getting any money from Square Enix.

They are helping us by offering us production advice and providing marketing support.

They are helping you by putting Tokyo Dark and our team through a detailed assessment review. Both Tokyo Dark and Cherrymochi passed Square Enix's assessment. You can feel more secure in backing Tokyo Dark knowing our team, game, schedule and budget have been looked over and approved by Square Enix.

Square Enix Europe’s Director of Technology John Lusty said this about our team:

“Cherrymochi is a small team that is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate about the game they are making with a strong sense for the art direction, story and gameplay experiences they want to deliver. Square Enix Collective is very happy to support the team’s crowdfunding campaign and we believe that they have the skills and capabilities required to make the game they’re describing in this pitch.”

You can read the whole Square Enix Collective Team Assessment report here.

The Square Enix Collective is a fantastic program for indie studios like Cherrymochi. Thank you to everyone at Square Enix who have taken the time to help us!

 *Some rewards are printed, in stock and ready to be sent out shortly after the Kickstarter finishes. Others will take longer, please check the reward dates in the teirs below. If no date is given the reward will be delivered with the completed game in 2016.

  • Tokyo Dark for PC & Mac [Steam Key]
  • DRM-Free download [non Steam]
  • Your name in the credits
  •  Tokyo Dark for PC & Mac [Steam Key]
  •  DRM-Free download [non Steam]
  •  Your name in the credits
  •  3 x Tokyo Dark wallpapers [available June 2015]  
  •  Access to private members forum [available June 2015] 
  •  Beta access [available 2016]
  •  Tokyo Dark for PC & Mac [Steam Key]
  •  DRM-Free download [non Steam]
  •  Your name in the credits
  •  3 x Tokyo Dark wallpapers [available June 2015]
  •  Access to private members forum [available June 2015]
  •  Beta access [available 2016]
  •  Digital art book PDF
  •  Soundtrack digital download
  • Tokyo Dark for PC & Mac [Steam Key]
  •  DRM-Free download [non Steam]
  •  Your name in the credits
  •  3 x Tokyo Dark wallpapers [available June 2015]
  •  Access to private members forum [available June 2015]
  • Beta access [available 2016]
  • Digital art book PDF
  • Soundtrack digital download
  • 4 x postcard set sent from Japan [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • Tokyo Dark stickers [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • A3 Poster (29.7 x 42.0cm) sent from Japan [Aug - Sept 2015] 
  • Personal hand written thank you Letter (in English and Japanese) [Aug - Sept 2015]
  •  Tokyo Dark for PC & Mac [Steam Key]
  •  DRM-Free download [non Steam]
  •  Your name in the credits
  •  3 x Tokyo Dark wallpapers [available June 2015]
  • Access to private members forum [available June 2015]
  • Beta access [available 2016]
  • Digital art book PDF
  • Soundtrack digital download
  • 4 x postcard set sent from Japan [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • Tokyo Dark stickers [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • A3 Poster (29.7 x 42.0cm) sent from Japan [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • Personal thank you Letter (in English and Japanese) [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • Chibi detective Itō figurine (8.5cm tall, 3D printed in full colour) [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • A3 (29.7 x 42.0cm) Chibi detective Itō poster [Aug - Sept 2015]
  •  Tokyo Dark for PC & Mac [Steam Key]
  •  DRM-Free download [non Steam]
  • Your name in the credits
  •  3 x Tokyo Dark wallpapers [available June 2015]
  • Access to private members forum [available June 2015]
  • Beta access [available 2016]
  • Digital art book PDF
  • Soundtrack digital download
  • 4 x postcard set sent from Japan [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • Tokyo Dark stickers [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • A3 Poster (29.7 x 42.0cm) sent from Japan [Aug - Sept 2015]
  •  Personal thank you Letter (in English and Japanese) [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • Chibi detective Itō figurine (8.5cm tall, 3D printed in full colour) [Aug - Sept 2015]
  •  A3 (29.7 x 42.0cm) Chibi detective Itō poster [Aug - Sept 2015]
  • Signed hardback art book
  • Tokyo Dark game DVD box set
  • Soundtrack CD box set

Risks and challenges

Cherrymochi is a new studio so we've been taking every action we can to mitigate risks.

The first of these is taking part in the Square Enix collective. Passing Square Enix`s assessment of our game, budget, schedule and team will hopefully add to your confidence that we can deliver Tokyo Dark on schedule and on budget.

But of course things can go wrong. We have also planned for a number of set backs and serious disasters, including the possibility of a large scale earthquake hitting Tokyo. All our work on Tokyo Dark is backed up to the cloud daily and in the case of an earthquake requiring we leave our building we have plans to re-locate to Nagasaki to continue production.

For smaller more day to day set backs we promise to keep completely open and available during the development of Tokyo Dark. We will post regular updates to our members forums (public and private) so you'll always know the exact state of the game at any given time.

Thank you for your interest and support. We are incredibly passionate about this project and look forward to working with you to make Tokyo Dark a very special and unique game.

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    [ The Game ]

    • Digital copy of Tokyo Dark for PC & Mac
    (Steam key & DRM-free download)
    • Your name in the credits

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    [ Access pack ]

    • [ The Game ] tier +
    • 3 Wallpapers
    • Access to private members forum
    • Beta access

    Get involved in the design of the game, join our members forum and help Tokyo Dark grow. You'll get access to the closed beta in early 2016.

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    [ Digital + pack ]

    • [ Access pack ] tier +
    • Digital art book download
    • Soundtrack download

    Delve deeper into the dark with our beautiful Soundtrack and art book, featuring concept art, character art and environments.

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    • [ Access pack ] tier +
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    • Soundtrack download

    Delve deeper into the dark with our beautiful Soundtrack and art book, featuring concept art, character art and environments.

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    [ Physical pack ]

    • [ Digital + pack ] tier +
    • 4 postcards set sent from Japan
    • Tokyo Dark stickers
    • A3 Character poster sent from Japan
    • Personal thank you letter

    Get original Tokyo Dark artwork straight to your door! Postcards and posters are printed and ready to send, so they'll arrive soon after the Kickstarter ends.
    We'll also write you a personal thank you letter in English and Japanese.

    Approximately: $60USD / £40 / €55 / ¥7100JPY

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    [ Collector pack ]

    • [ Physical pack ] tier +
    • Chibi detective Itō figurine (8.5cm tall)
    • A3 chibi detective Itō poster

    A cute 3D printed full colour detective Itō for your desk! Just be careful with her sanity. You'll take care of her, right?

    Approximately: $120USD / £80 / €110 / ¥14,000JPY

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    [ Total pack ]

    • [ Collector pack ] tier +
    • Signed hardback art book
    • Tokyo Dark game DVD box set
    • Soundtrack CD box set
    • Extended personal thank you letter in English and Japanese

    The ultimate Tokyo Dark pack! All lower tiers plus: A signed hardback copy of the art book, the game for PC and Mac on DVD and the soundtrack on CD. All beautiful box sets, only a limited number available.

    Approximately: $280USD / £190 / €260 / ¥34,000JPY

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    [ Total pack ] (2nd printing)

    • [ Collector pack ] tier +
    • Signed hardback art book
    • Tokyo Dark game DVD box set
    • Soundtrack CD box set
    • Extended personal thank you letter in English and Japanese

    The ultimate Tokyo Dark pack! All lower tiers plus: A signed hardback copy of the art book, the game for PC and Mac on DVD and the soundtrack on CD. All beautiful box sets, only a limited number available.

    Approximately: $280USD / £190 / €260 / ¥34,000JPY

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    [ Part of the game ]

    • [ Total pack ] tier +
    • Have a character based on you in the game.
    • Printed and digital copy of you as an anime style character

    We'll work with you to add a character based on a photo you provide to the game. You'll also help us give your character personality and develop their branching conversation scripts.

    Approximately: $520USD / £350 / €475 / ¥62,000JPY

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    [ Tokyo Tour ]

    • [ Total pack ] tier +
    • Tour of Tokyo & dinner with Cherrymochi

    Are you heading to Tokyo sometime over the next year? Let us show you around. We'll translate English / Japanese for you, take you on a tour; We'll show a side of Tokyo usually hidden to tourists. Then we'll head out for dinner.

    Available most Sundays: July 2015 to July 2016. 2pm to 9pm. Flights to Japan / hotel accommodation etc. not provided.

    Approximately: $960USD / £645 / €880 / ¥115,000JPY

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    [ Executive producer ]

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    • Regular personal update emails from Cherrymochi
    • Credited as executive producer for Tokyo Dark
    • Copies of all future Cherrymochi games

    Join us as an executive producer to get personal updates about Tokyo Dark and a copy of all future Cherrymochi projects. An opportunity to be an important part of Cherrymochi's future.

    Approximately: $2400USD / £1600 / €2200 / ¥290,000JPY

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