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About this project

This campaign is now canceled. You can read why here

However, Animal Gods is still in development. You can read updates here.

Animal Gods is a single-player 2D video game that will take you to Bronze Age Europe, 15th century BC—to a time of massive stone megaliths and new metals. A young, determined warrior must travel far and wide to hunt the evils that lurk in the Dark Places. You will journey to tall forests and fields of stone to find and slay the curse that haunts the Animal Gods. Pick up a bronze sword and strike kilometer-long snakes, mammoth lions, and warped, nameless beasts. 

  • Promotional Price: $11.00 (40% discount for all backers!)
  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Wii U*, Sony PlayStation 4*, Mac 
  • Expected release: Fall 2016

*Publishing on these video game platforms is subject to the platform holder's approval and possible via stretch goals 

ANIMAL GODS
ANIMAL GODS

Ancient Pilgrimage – Travel to places lost & nightmarish and mythic & dreamlike. Move through silence and quiet before you fell the beasts. Give them peace. Let them rest.

STONEHENGE
STONEHENGE

Cinema Sequences – While exploring, you will sometimes happen upon story events. These moments highlight theater, art, sound and will enrich the experience.

SILHOUETTE LEVELS
SILHOUETTE LEVELS


In morning, we wake. 

Our village sends men who are young to go to cliffs to bring metal back to our home. Metal to cut wood and make stones sparkle and gleam for man & woman to wear. 

But if we speak of metal, we must speak of faith.

The faith I know and my ancestors know is plants and creatures who live and die and grow old and wise. And as one we hum songs soft and have each other under windswept skies...

This is Old Faith. 

The men who bring metals believe in these metals. They believe in them like the gods because these metals shine like the stars, and these metals are sharp like the jagged stones of the east cliffs. But listen to me now. Listen carefully. 

Metal has no life. Metal brings death. Metal is New Faith. 

In three nights there will be a feast, dance, and ceremony in our home and I will tell you of my daughter and why she must go east. She will go to the east, deep through an old passage to find our gods, the animal gods, the creatures who watched from the night sky but now leave the night barren. She will slay their curse because there is no one else. She is meant to. She will die for us because she must.

Dearest Thistle, 

You are our Final Faith.

(Part 1 of 3)

Name: Thistle.

Physique: Agile + compact. A climber. 

Blood: Warrior from a lost tribe. Symbol of old sun woven into cloak. God's eye hangs from neck.

WeaponApa type sword.

Classic 2D Action – A few distilled mechanics blend together and develop throughout the game. Crunchy sword strikes, climbing, and dodging are your primary tools. As you journey further, the beasts grow tougher and challenges become greater. 

BASIC CONTROLS
BASIC CONTROLS

Animal Gods will be released on PC and Mac with controller support. Through stretch goals, the game will launch on the Nintendo Wii U as well as the Sony PlayStation 4. Control layouts are similar across input devices.

Themed Regions / Themed Beasts – Beast IX slithers through the East Marsh, Beast VII swims through murky waters in his Aquarium, Beast IV stands and solemnly gazes from an old structure in the south...

Game areas and regions connect seamlessly. The map below depicts places you will go and locations of beasts you will fell.   

BEAST IV!  (concept by painter Austin Gifford)
BEAST IV! (concept by painter Austin Gifford)

Stories are boarded, art direction is established, and alpha versions of levels are designed. We have many proof of concepts and a prototype of the play system. The full game is just waiting to be properly assembled.

UNITY 3D
UNITY 3D

We will post development logs and updates as the project progresses, so stay tuned! 

We are a pocket-sized development studio assembled of people on the East Coast. Check us out at www.still-games.com. For information about updates, visit our page on Facebook. For detailed development updates, follow us on Tumblr

Kara Myren +++++ the "Muscle" ==== Programmer
Kara Myren +++++ the "Muscle" ==== Programmer
Peter Harmon +++++ the "Eye" ==== Game Designer
Peter Harmon +++++ the "Eye" ==== Game Designer
Austin Gifford +++++ the "Soul" ==== Digital Painter
Austin Gifford +++++ the "Soul" ==== Digital Painter
Michael Rasbury +++++ the "Machine" ==== Sound Engineer / Composer
Michael Rasbury +++++ the "Machine" ==== Sound Engineer / Composer

Additional Responsibilities

  • The "Muscle"  – Programming + Debug + HTML + Animation + Accounting + Writing + Communications + Typography + Illustration + T-Shirt Design. Scientifically fickle about details.
  • The "Eye"    Level Design + Illustration + Silhouette Levels + Lighting + Storyboards + Beat Charts +  Animation + Digital Painting + Music + Writing + Character Art + Communications + Logo + Cover Art. Has a vivid imagination. 
  • The "Soul"  –  Digital Painting + Concept Art + Environments + Character Art + T-Shirt Design. Adds heartfelt charm to this otherwise nightmarish project.
  • The "Machine"   Music + Soundscape Artist + Professor of Sound Design at University of Virginia. You can hear more of his work here

Here's how this works—we've broken the game into smaller pieces (Acts I – IV) so that we can better manage our funding goals. 

The funds raised from this Kickstarter will help us produce a sizable chunk of the game at the high standard that we intend, with all the visuals, sounds and sizzling / crunchy game play as promised. If we meet further stretch goals, we'll make more content and then we'll port the finished product to Wii U and PS4.

Quality assets take much, much time and hard work. Donate now! Just a few dollars! Join the project and build Animal Gods

Choose:        graphic        +        color        +        cut

Specific T-shirt sizes and order information will be collected through an email survey after this Kickstarter is complete.

About other reward tiers: the Children’s Book will be illustrated and written by us, and the cookies are baked by us, too, with much, much heart. Please let us know if you have any special cookie requests!

Risks and challenges

Video games are fickle beasts. They take many, many, many dedicated hours to produce. A lot of time is spent assessing, reassessing, and polishing everything up until it's simple, seamless “fun”.

Animal Gods is developed by a small, talented team. We face relatively low costs, intra-office communication is easy, new ideas are quickly communicated and incorporated, and everyone is so stacked with tasks that there’s no time to get stuck in the old grind.

The biggest risk you face while supporting Animal Gods is a delay on the projected release schedule. When calculating the projected release date of Fall 2016, we did account for these time-delay risks, but there are always quite a few unknowns. These values may require further tweaking.

We will remain in communication with you all throughout development. We will be posting development updates on Tumblr and official updates on our Facebook page. Links to these websites are found in the "Who" section, above.

Thank you! We appreciate every bit of attention and support :)

Pray + Slay.

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    ”God Call” (digital)
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    The GOD CALL Reward gets you a digital copy of the Animal Gods Original Soundtrack, composed by virtuoso talent, Michael Rasbury.

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    The BEAR Reward gets you a cuddly T-Shirt made of a soft, lightweight, tri-blend material. The designs are featured further down this page. Men's and Women's cuts, three color options, two designs. Pick your favorite combination! This physical reward is special for our non-gamer supporters: we love you.

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    The WOLF Reward gets you a top quality Animal Gods T-Shirt, a digital copy of the game, the exclusive gold weave cloak, the original soundtrack, and a PDF art book of the world of Animal Gods.

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    Limited Edition! Early Sketches! The KANGAROO KID reward gets you a handwritten children's book, stitched and written by hand, laced with early sketches of the Animal God Battles and other momentous moments of character development. Regular Hardback edition of the book & Game Package included. Free Shipping outside the US!

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