Project image
)}
£1,786
pledged of £50,000pledged of £50,000 goal
17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 25 2019 11:35 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 25, 2019

ZWAR1: The Great War of the Dead

ZWAR1 is a hybrid of FPS shooter & Tower Defense, in a WW1, alt-history, Lovecraftian horror setting.

ZWAR1: The Great War of the Dead

ZWAR1 is a hybrid of FPS shooter & Tower Defense, in a WW1, alt-history, Lovecraftian horror setting.

£1,786
pledged of £50,000pledged of £50,000 goal
17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 25 2019 11:35 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 25, 2019

About


Introducing ZWar1: The Great War of the Dead

A Star-spawn of Cthulhu Attacks...

Quick Gameplay Teaser  

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Gameplay Video: French Town Street Battle - Fighting back the Weaponized Dead (Please note: ZWar1 was created in Unity. All Images and videos are actual in game footage - WIP from a iPhone 7.)

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

What is ZWar1: The Great War of the Dead?

ZWar1 combines WW1 diesel-punk and Lovecraftian themed horror, with first-person shooter and strategy elements. It’s the hybrid lovechild of Battlefield 1, H. P. Lovecraft and tower defence, and at time of writing, quite unlike anything else on mobile.

ZWar1 is a free-to-play game, currently for iOS and Android platforms. (ZWar1's core pillar is gameplay first. Monetization will be as fair and ethical as possible, not pay-to-win, which we know is scarier for some than any shambling horror. :) ) 

Where We Are... 

ZWar1: The Great War of the Dead is about 80% complete - but we still have a lot to do and we hope that the funding from KS will enable us to finish the game and maintain the level quality. 

We have been fortunate in that ZWar1 has already won three plaudits at Pocket Gamer's prestigious 'Very Big Indie Pitch' event, which we hope will give a good indication of the games quality and potential.   

World War 1. Mud. Barbed Wire. Gas. Death... Now with Undead and Tentacled Horrors.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
Star Vampires Materialise from the Void and Attack!
Taking Aim at Sheild Troopers, While a Heavy Creates a Path for the Tanks.

The action takes place in an alternate history; The Great War has ended, and a new war is being fought. The Allies and Central Powers are now united against a common foe - an army of weaponized undead and horrific entities, that are sweeping across the former battlegrounds of Europe, commanded by the 'Black Reverend' and his cult of followers.

The 'Black Reverend' - the 'Big Bad' of the game.

He, his Masters, and his acolytes are the ‘Big Bad’ of the game; they have summoned Elder beings into the world. They use Auferstehung Gas to raise their undead army, arcane rituals and dark, otherworldly science & technology to bring about a new Dark Age. One full of hideous abominations, from the void.

To War!... Guns! Guns! Guns!

The Armoury

You will be taken to the HQ trenches... First, we head to the armoury, complete with Quarter Master, you get to select from a myriad of authentic WW1 machine guns and squad weapons. Starting with the humble M1909, you can purchase better weapons, from the classic Lewis and venerable Vickers .303, to the proto-type twin-barrelled beastie of death that is the Gast. A variety of optics, rate-of-fire, cooling and ammo capacity upgrades are also available, at a price.

The Vickers .303 Machine gun. With all its various upgrades.

You can arm your squad of up to 8 with a range of weapons; from bolt action, semi-auto and anti-tank rifles, to SMGs, shotguns, pistols and grenades. To further aid survivability, helmets, gas masks and body armour can be equipped. It’s all a bit X-COM does WW1.

Howell Semi-Automatic .303

I have a Cunning Plan… ZWar1's Non-Linear, Risk Style Campaign.

The CO Awaits!
Campaign Room: Note the Campaign Map with captured Player and Enemy Territories.

The Campaign room is where you strategically decide which region / territory  to conquer on the Risk-style map. The map shows your HQ and captured territories, neutral territories, enemy territories and HQ. Special enemy territories such as the Abbey Ruins are Portal Sites... And over time they will open and monsters will spawn from the portal and spread across the map. There is always the option of shutting the Portal by destroying it... but this is no easy task. 

Defend Your Position! Of Barbed Wire, Tank Traps, Mines, Flamethrowers... 

Set your defences! Position your squad. Add barbed wire, tank traps, mines and more!

Once a territory has been selected, you can set up your squad and defences to defeat the ensuing onslaught on your position. Mines, barbed wire, tank traps and even huge flame throwers can be used to break up and destroy the incoming waves of undead troopers, aircraft and monsters. 

Usefully, you can view the battlefield from a number of camera positions, arrange your squad and get the intel on the enemy forces before committing to battle.

Setting Up Defences: Checking Line of Sight.

Something Shambling, this Way Comes…. Weaponised Undead are just the Start...

ZTroopers.... With Flamethrowers

Suitably armed, and with defences in position, you head out to the trenches / cover position; environments are varied, ranging from muddy battlefields, to ruins with interdimensional portals, destroyed townships and farms, to huge armoured war-factories and airfields. 

Street Fighting in an Overrun French Town

The action is frenetic; you and your squad blast away at wave upon wave of weaponised undead, armoured vehicles and various horrific Lovecraftian entities, as they attempt to break through your lines. 

The Art of War… A Million Ways to Die in the Western Front.

A Winged Horror Attacks Your Squad. (Abbey Ruin Portal Location.)

Once in battle, you and your squad opens up with everything they have! Tracer fire zips across the battlefield, flamethrowers immolate attackers, enemy troops get trapped on barbed wire. Artillery rounds blast groups of undead  apart. Huge shambling horrors lumber around, smashing everything in their way. 

Acid spitting Winged Horrors and bombers wheel overhead raking your position with machine guns and bombs. Inevitably, your squadmates die in all manner of horrible ways; stabbed, shot, blown up, swarmed by rats, even eaten alive by star-spawned horrors! Life in the trenches can be short and gruesome... Hopefully players will be having blast watching all these events unfold.  

An A7V heavy tank is about to breach your position!

The Walking Wounded. Insanity and The (Eldritch) Horrors of War

The Hospital. Here you can check on the status of your men... The wounded and insane come here to recover...

Post battle, the dead are counted, the survivors gain XP and rank up. The badly wounded and less than sane, are sent to recover in the hospital. Here you can visit your men and check their progress; when fit, they return to combat and appear back in the loadout screen, or available for selection from the Roster.  Over time, replacements appear in the Roster, as raw recruits, with basic weapons.

Tinker, Tailor, Sniper, LMG Gunner, Grenadier, Medic, Chaplain! - Squad Classes

 As your squad battles through the levels, the survivors gain XP for various stats and rank up. This allows you to tailor the squad with specialists that have special abilities, or can utilise specialist weapons such as anti-tank rifles and flamethrowers against hard to stop large monsters or heavily armoured  vehicles.  Medics will help keep your squad alive longer, they can also prevent soldiers going critical... 

Chaplains are especially useful in utilising ancient relics and tomes; while weak in general combat, they can use powerful sigils and incantations that can ward off, or even damage interdimensional shamblers and star-spawned horrors.  Their very presence on the battlefield inspires the men and reduces the effects of sanity draining entities. 

The Chaplain Class.

What are your Orders, Sah??

While your squad will fire automatically defend themselves, their are also a range of orders the player can Issue.  You can order your squad to throw grenades, fix bayonets (when it gets up close and personal) and take cover from incoming fire,  fire flamethrowers, call the medic, theres even the 'Mad Minute' which is 60 seconds of rapid fire with bolt-action rifles, etc.

Correct usage of orders can drastically change the outcome of the battle.

Entrenched in UI. It's all in this new fangled 3D, you know... 

Special mention needs to go the 3D UI. The players 'Home' all takes place in a fully realised 3D trench, complete with soldiers everywhere and dugouts for the relevant areas - e.g. armoury, loadout, campaign room, officers mess etc.  It adds a lot of  atmosphere and helps keep players immersed in the gameworld.

All the armoury weapons are as authentically realised as possible, an are as they appear in battle in the hands of your squad.  Also, none of this trying to fit a long 2D weapon, into a tiny square ui element. )  

ZWAR1: From out of Development Darkness, Something this Way Shambles..

With ‘Call of the Cthulhu’ (Cyanide) and ‘Sinking City’ (Frogware) on console, we hope ZWar1’s combo of WW1 FPS, Lovecraftian sensibilities and strategic gameplay depth, will find a lot of fans on Mobile. And with luck, at a later date PC, and even VR if it's viable . 

We think ZWar1 will appeal to those that prefer to eschew detective work, and instead to utilise massive firepower against the star-spawned menace. After all, who doesn’t want to drop an artillery barrage on a Great Old One’s head? (in a riff on  H.G. Wells War of the Worlds, albeit with more tentacled horrors and less tripods - not to say we couldn't spin ZWar1 that way too, for another game, but I digress... :P )  

If all this sounds like your cup of Cthulhu, please consider supporting us and help bring ZWar1 shambling from the development darkness and into the light. 

Why Kickstarter??

Simply put, we want to make ZWar1: The Great War of the Dead the best gameplay experience possible and the way we want it to be, and the way you, the players expect it to be. We want to be up there with the best of the mobile shooter / strategy games such as Zombie Gunship Survival, Drone Shadowstrike, and Noblemen 1896 amongst others. We believe that games with more gameplay depth and with a mature theme can exist on mobile and be successful. 

We need the extra funding to ready the game for Soft and Global launch - and dependant on funding, future content roll out and Live-Ops; e.g. more campaigns / enemies / weapons / On-rails sections (Where you are a gunner in  tank or circling bi-plane /  more locations outside the normal WW1 domain (e.g. Antarctica & Elder Cities) and even Co-op and PVP modes...  ZWar1's gameplay is very scalable. 

The Team. (Scary! But only beards and no visible Tentacles. )

Our Awards for ZWar1: The Great War of the Dead

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges
1. The biggist risk is any kind of time delay - we are completely self-funded until now; while the game is 80% complete, we need to finish the game and add a lot of polish, remove all the placeholder elements and provide better onboarding, with a new FTUE.
2. Team size - we are a small team + occasional part-time freelancers. While we are punching above our weight, we desperately need to scale the team and add couple more coders and artists. This will drastically speed development up, and goind forward, provide content updates post launch - ideally we want to launch with a minimum of 3 campaigns.
We also need to hire freelancers for SFX and enhance the audio experience, as well as a technical artist to ensure ZWar1 looks amazing.
3. We need to get ZWar1 into the second beta test and further test the balancing and monetization - this data is key for the next steps into soft-launch and beyond.
There are also possible delays regarding some unpredicted bugs, that may require some more time to fix.
Other than that, the project is in a good place.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    Pledge £10+

    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £15 or more About US$ 20

    Pledge £15+

    + Starter Pack of weapons/equipment.
    + Bonus Gift Code
    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    9 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 33

    Pledge £25+

    + Private Backer
    + Sound FX Pack
    + Starter Pack of weapons/equipment.
    + Bonus Gift Code
    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 65

    Pledge £50+

    + Lance Corporal Backer : Name in the Credits as Private Backer
    + Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    + Name will be added to Squad members
    + Sound FX and BGM
    + Sound FX Pack
    + Starter Pack of weapons/equipment.
    + Bonus Gift Code
    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 130

    Pledge £100+

    + Corporal Backer - Name in the credits as Corporal Backer
    + Early Access to new content - you will be one of the first to receive new updates for new content e.g. weapons and monsters.
    + Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    + Name will be added to Squad members
    + Sound FX and BGM
    + Sound FX Pack
    + Starter Pack of weapons/equipment.
    + Bonus Gift Code
    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 323

    Pledge £250+

    + Sergeant Backer - Name in the credits as Sergeant Backer
    + Your face will appear in-game, as one of the squad members. (You must grant us rights to use your image etc.)
    + Early Access to new content - you will be one of the first to receive new updates for new content e.g. weapons and monsters.
    + Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    + Name will be added to Squad members
    + Sound FX and BGM
    + Sound FX Pack
    + Starter Pack of weapons/equipment.
    + Bonus Gift Code
    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 646

    Pledge £500+

    + 2ndLieutenant - Name in the credits as 2ndLieutenant Backer
    + Limited Edition ZWar1 Tee-shirt. (L, XL, XXL UK sizes.)
    + 3D printed model of one the WW1 Tanks.
    + Your face will appear in-game, as one of the squad members. (You must grant us rights to use your image etc.)
    + Early Access to new content - you will be one of the first to receive new updates for new content e.g. weapons and monsters.
    + Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    + Name will be added to Squad members
    + Sound FX Pack
    + BGM
    + Bonus Gift Code
    + Starter Pack of weapons/equipment.
    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £750 or more About US$ 968

    Pledge $750+

    + Lieutenant - Name in the credits as Lieutenant Backer
    + 3D printed model of one the in game monsters.
    + Limited Edition ZWar1 Tee-shirt. (L, XL, XXL UK sizes.)
    + 3D printed model of one the WW1 Tanks.
    + Your face will appear in-game, as one of the squad members. (You must grant us rights to use your image etc.)
    + Early Access to new content - you will be one of the first to receive new updates for new content e.g. weapons and monsters.
    + Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    + Name will be added to Squad members
    + Sound FX Pack
    + BGM
    + Starter Pack of weapons/equipment.
    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,291

    Pledge £1000+

    + Captain - Name in the credits as Captain Backer
    + Lieutenant - Name in the credits as Lieutenant Backer
    + 2nd Exclusive 3D printed model of an ingame enemy.
    + Your face will be mapped onto an in-game hero character. (Choose from a selection of hero types) You will get to pick their name and also customise the hero / heroine's loadout and abilities. (Subject to game balance etc. )
    + 3D printed model of one the in game monsters.
    + Limited Edition ZWar1 Tee-shirt. (L, XL, XXL UK sizes.)
    + 3D printed model of one the WW1 Tanks.
    + Your face will appear in-game, as one of the squad members. (You must grant us rights to use your image etc.)
    + Early Access to new content - you will be one of the first to receive new updates for new content e.g. weapons and monsters.
    + Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    + Name will be added to Squad members
    + Sound FX Pack
    + BGM
    + Bonus Gift Code
    + Starter Pack of weapons/equipment.
    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge £5,000 or more About US$ 6,452

    £5000+

    +Major - Name in the credits as Major Backer
    +Exclusive invitation to our studio Ether Games in Gods Own Country based in Kochi. Kerala, India. We will arrange a stay ( 2 Days + 1 Night) in Kumarakom House Boat. Travel needs to be taken as extra.
    + 2nd Exclusive 3D printed model of an ingame enemy.
    + Your face will be mapped onto an in-game hero character.
    + 3D printed model of one the in game monsters.
    + Limited Edition ZWar1 Tee-shirt. (L, XL, XXL UK sizes.)
    + 3D printed model of one the WW1 Tanks.
    + Your face will appear in-game, as one of the squad members.
    + Early Access to new content
    + Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    + Name will be added to Squad members
    + Sound FX
    + BGM
    + Starter Pack of weapons/equipment.
    + Bonus Gift Code
    + Copy of the Game on All Formats.
    + Your Name added to the Squad Roster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)