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Keith BlythBy Keith Blyth
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Keith BlythBy Keith Blyth
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CA$ 4,461
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119
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, December 8 2013 2:48 PM UTC +00:00

About

Murder One: Mars is the first of a trilogy of point and click games set in space, inspired by games such as Broken Sword, Grim Fandango and Beneath a Steel Sky.

The game features hand drawn 2D background artwork and hand drawn animations. It combines all the elements of a classic point and click adventure game including: witty dialog, puzzles, exploration, dead bodies, red hearings, and of course an English Edwardian Manor house on Mars...

In the process of bringing life to Mars, we have also brought death.

Players will take control of two investigators sent to Mars to solve a murder. The investigation takes place against a backdrop of contrasts: high tech meets high society, droids in the drawing room. Set amidst the mining facilities, research labs and biodomes lies Garden Manor, a mansion built by James Garden, the wealthy industrialist who is leading humanity into the solar system. The setting isn’t the only thing clashing on Mars. Greed, resentment, fear, love and lies all combine to make a deadly aperitif. Everyone harbours a secret; which one is deadly?

Murder One: Mars is a point and click adventure.  Players will explore the Martian environment to find clues to solve the murder.  A cast of interesting characters will be available to the investigators to talk to.  Some will help with information and some will obstruct our heroes for reasons unrelated to the crime.  There are many skeletons on Mars and more than one person has something to hide.

Status

Our vision for Murder ONE is quite lofty; to create a world class adventure game that will stand up against the classics. To do this we have put together a team of truly tenanted artist, designers and programmers, each one of is well-known in their respective field of work.

Currently we are at the pre-production stage at the moment and have already mapped out the story line and the twists that Lloyd and Cole encounter. The story and game design game design is laid out and, including locations, conversation trees, mini games and puzzles. We have started to create character sketches , mood boards, locations, etc. 

The game will be built using Unity as that provides a simple and easy platform to create and port a game to different devices. Finally, our art team is furiously working on the landscapes and character art that bring Mars to life.

To do all of this to the highest quality we need the funding. As can be seen in the demo reel our artist and animators are world class, and are just waiting to start bringing Murder One Mars to life .... or should that be death?

Murder One Mars is being officially unveiled at HAL-CON 2013. The game would not be possible with out their unwavering support and backing. 

Hal-Con will be spreading the word and showcasing the game at this year's Con... come down and see us. 

Additional funds will give us the capability to include more locations and animations in the  in the game, hire professional voice actors as well as studio time with a multi Juno Award®-winning audio engineer, and enhance the game play experience even further, we could even add a Steampunk skin ...

$70,000 - 3 more locations. Additional Animations for all characters

$80,000 - Additional Voice Over Talent  

$84,000 - Steampunk skin. Re-design all locations and technology in the game to give make the game truly Steampunk. The user will be able to select  technology to play with.

$95,000 - World class voice over talent for main characters- including (possibly) one ex Doctor Who? We cannot say yet.  

$110,000 - 15-20 minutes of Fully Animated cut scenes.

4th Monkey Media is a new video game start up company located in Lunenburg . Started by three of the province's leading experts in both the video game and TV industries. 4th Monkey's combined experience includes 30 published titles and almost 35 million units in sales.

The team has worked together in the past and have already made one of the best adventure games ever made - a Noir Thriller set in the 40's with a hard-boiled detective and the femme fatale he inevitably falls for. Sadly however, the game was never actually released (but snatches of the game can be seen in the video) so the team has a burning desire to go one better with Murder One Mars. With you help and support we can bring this game to life.

The script will be Written By Phil James an Award winning stand up comic with 10 years working in the comedy field under his belt. The focus will be on dry witty humor and one liners, not on slap stick or running gags.

Past Titles worked on
Past Titles worked on

Back in the Game...

Murder One Mars also marks the comeback of Dominik Diamond to video games... The renowned author, TV & radio presenter,  and all round "Personality" will be adding his dulcet tones to the voice of one of the main characters in the game. 

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Our team of artist all have over 10 years of experience in video games, TV and Movies. List of credits include:

Pirate’s Passage Promo, HBO’s Spicy City, Ace Ventura Pet Detective , Johnny Test Edgar & Ellen, Delilah and Julius, Watership Down (TV), Discovery Networks Project Earth, Razzberry Jazzberry Jam, Busytown Mysteries, Secret World of Og, Miracle Koala, Timothy Goes To School , King Season , Seven Little Monsters , Mole Sisters , King , Toad Patrol, Robo Roach , The Undergrads , For Better or For Worse , Freaky Stories, Ed, Edd and Eddy, Children of Chelm, Rainbow Fish, Anthony Ant, Birdz, Little Bear,  Sniz and Fondue, Franklin the Turtle, Blazing Dragons, Cadbury Easter Special, Something From Nothing, Captain Star, , Magic School Bus, Ivanhoe

Samples of Previous Work By Artist
Samples of Previous Work By Artist

Our intention is to create the best looking game adventure game we can, we have set the bar as high as we have assembled a world class team. The game will be fully 2D with fully painted backgrounds and props to investigate. 

Each character will have their own idle animation and walk cycle (where appropriate) and possibly lip synced.

In the not too distant future, the wealthy mining magnate, James Garden returned from his Marian expedition with a cargo of precious metals and gems.  Using this as leverage he has now set up a mining colony on Mars.  He has secured the backing of many of the worlds major powers, banks, private investors and a handful of governments.

A few years have passed and so far Garden's mines on Mars have sent only base metals back to earth.  There has been no sign of more riches and there is very little communication coming from the red planet. The calls from Earth are getting more urgent and the noose is tightening around James Garden. Money is running out and the wolves are at the door.

Now the body of an engineer is discovered and with it Mars has its first murder. The backers on Earth want to know what has happened to their money and what else is happening on Mars.  Cole and Lloyd, a pair of cops with a string of high profile cases under their belts have been contracted to get to Mars and get to the truth.

Characters: 

James Garden 

Charlotte Garden 

Lloyd 

Cole 

"The" Butler 

Making a game is expensive, including high quality fully painted 2D adventure games. The game we want to make is very small  by modern AAA game standards but it is still way beyond the ability of a small start-up to fund by itself.

Crowd sourcing to fund creative content represents an interesting change to the status quo. While financial models for the creation and distribution of creative content continue to disappear, Kickstarter offers a direction for how fans can directly impact development of creative content they want by funding its creation directly.

Through interacting directly with our fans we can retain creative control and access the funds need to make this game a reality.

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Risks and challenges

Making games is, by nature, a high-risk process, especially with a small team and with limited resources.

We believe we're taking the right steps to mitigate the inherent risks, and also to ensure the money you pledge us is managed responsibly:

1 - We're building on established technology, vs. "starting from scratch". It's always tempting to develop your own shiny new technology, but we're a content-focused developer and the only technology we want to build is stuff we can't get off-the-shelf. As a result, we're building our entire technology pipeline around the Unity engine.
Unity is an affordable technology platform for games, is being used by hundreds of independent developers like us, and is supported by a large community of developers who often make their content and technology enhancements available through the Asset Store. So far, we find Unity to be a powerful, flexible engine, and believe it will allow us to develop the game we need while minimizing the technology risk.

2 - Core, distributed team. Rather than carry the risks of recruiting locally and having to face the disappointing hiring/firing cycle that feels like it's become endemic in the games industry, we're built around a "core team" model -- meaning, the game will be built by a dedicated, persistent core team of developers representing the key disciplines, and this core team will be supplemented, in a responsible way, by key freelancers as they are needed. This means we can be extremely flexible, have positive and fair collaborations with our freelance partners, and scale up and down in a sustainable, low-impact way.

3 - Responsible stretch goals. Despite the temptation to load up the list of stretch goals and use them as a carrot to drive fundraising, we've elected to take the approach that more money shouldn't add risk to the project. We've all seen examples of crowdfunded projects raise many multiples of their original target, only to be delayed indefinitely with not guaranteed increase in project quality.

Voice Overs
The Biggest risk is in sourcing Voice Talent and recording the Vo in the game. The temptation to increase the dialogue trees or one liners in the game could result int spiraling VO costs. To mitigate this we will have the script nailed down and polished before recording starts. Where possible we will be using experienced actors that will be able to deliver on a tight record schedule to keep costs down.

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    Send us a photo and we'll immortalize you in Murder One: Mars as an NPC! Not only will the NPC look like you (or a loved one), you can provide a name and backstory that we'll use( some editing may be required to fit the Story Arc) . A name of your choice will appear as a PRODUCER in the game credits. (ALL content added will need to be approved).

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