PuzzlePork is an eerie atmospheric monochromatic style precision platformer where the goal is to collect pigs. Traverse dark and solitary dream like scenes which emanates loneliness and accompanied by an ambient orchestral sound track.
Avoid hidden spikes, traps, flaming fireballs, poisonous gas, moving obstacles and more over hundreds of levels varying from forest scenes, industrial, cityscapes, farm like scenes and many others.
Collect pigs to continue through the world by jumping, sliding, performing jumps slides and wall jumping. Each level will increase in difficulty in terms of jumping and general platforming around.
Find the answer to why pigs are appearing in your dreams.
PuzzlePork needed a drastic change if we wanted our project to stand out. Our old cartoon style was just not cutting it for us. We announced an art style change from cartoon style to realistic graphics but sadly this did not suit PuzzlePork. We finally settled on the monochromatic style we have now, however we've added our own style to it.
We've added colour to important objects within the game, such as the pig, fireballs, moving obstacles and other stuff that could kill you. This adds a unique style to the monochrome genre, we feel - and it also makes it easier for the player to spot the objects.
Our artist has done an amazing job at hand drawing cutscenes and background images (as seen below), which we are very proud of. We are hoping to include hand drawn cutscenes that are animated.
Our previous KickStarter project was successfully funded 100% and raised £500 (http://kck.st/SlmuWo). Most games on KickStarter are requesting tens of thousands of pounds to millions of pounds to get their projects finished. We only asked for £500, and with it we have managed to do:
- Complete art style change
- Saving and loading feature
- Full Xbox 360 controller support
- Back end optimization
- Fine tuned the controls of the player
- 1080p support
The original £500 went along way but we are here again asking for help. With an extra £2,500 we can completely give PuzzlePork its development it needs. If £500 went that far, just think what we can do with £2,500. Here is what we have planned with the extra money:
- Finish paying off the composer who is working closely with us
- Hire some extra beef to help with the art assets and programming
- Redesign the old Hat System and include it into this new version
- Code more exciting level mechanics for extra fun!
- Add boss and mini game levels for the extra fun factor
- Hire and pay for a 2D artist to help with the hand drawn graphics
I can't say for certain if the money will extend as far as this, but if we manage to raise more than £2,500 I can leave my job and fully be dedicated to the development process as well as pay off the list if I have ran out of money. I can then focus on features that need touching up and also can add extra features in. Here is a short summary of what we have planned if we raise more than £2,500:
Pay off the first list (if the money has ran out)
- Hire a mobile developer to fully port over the game to Android and iOS
- Stream-line the controls
- Add better and more intelligent AI
- Add more enemies!
- Add more immersive and detailed graphics/ touch up old graphics
- Remaster/change and add in new sounds and music
- Add an online score/time ladder system
- When the hat system is in place, add more hats to the store (the store uses in-game currency, not real money!)
- Lastly and more importantly, add new levels!
If you have already backed PuzzlePork on the first KickStarter, you are still going to receive your rewards as normal.
PuzzlePork will be released for PC with a MAC and Linux release to follow. We are hoping to see PuzzlePork come to Android and iOS too, giving if everything goes well or we hit over our target.
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Thank you for your interest in our game, we hope you like what you see so far. If you are thinking about pledging, or already have, thank you so much! We're working our hardest to deliver you the very best of PuzzlePork. Please share this campaign to all of your friends, it will help us out a lot and we'd appreciate it deeply.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge is trying to cover the essential development fees with the £2,500. It's going to be very hard for me to manage the money when trying to hire people and to add in extra features.
My biggest concern is that we will run out of money half way between adding something into the game. But I hope we can funded over £2,500 to cover this.
Other concerns I have to is trying to hire talented but cheap developers to help me with PuzzlePork. I have a lot of work ahead of me but I am determined to see this game through and will give it my 110%.
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