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Visit a wonderfully peculiar dog's dream in a heroic attempt to save your owner in this beautiful pixel art puzzle platformer.
Visit a wonderfully peculiar dog's dream in a heroic attempt to save your owner in this beautiful pixel art puzzle platformer.
Visit a wonderfully peculiar dog's dream in a heroic attempt to save your owner in this beautiful pixel art puzzle platformer.
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Balthazar's Dream - An Uplifting Game About A Dog's Loyalty

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A kid named Dustin goes into a coma after being hit by an ice cream truck. His injuries are serious and there is virtually no hope of him waking up. 

His dog sleeps by his side, dreaming of strange and mysterious lands filled with canine wonders. It is Balthazar - Dustin's best friend and there is no way in the world he will move even an inch away from his owner. 

In his dream Balthazar senses a presence of two entities. Recognizing one as Dustin he uses his nose to follow him, while the other presence lurks menacingly in the darkness. Balthazar is sure that it is here to take the boy away.

With a loud bark Balthazar embarks on a quest to save his owner, venturing through the dreamscape with love and determination only a dog can possess.

 

Balthazar's Dream is a platformer game in which you control a dog. In order to save your pal you will have to platform your way through several dreamlike levels packed with puzzles and perils.

The House - first level of our game
The House - first level of our game

Being a dog has consequences. Your attention span is limited and represented by a 'smarts bar' in the game. Various objects (squirrels, toys, baths) exhaust your focus. If you run out of smarts you'll lose control.

Smarts bar - our unique dog themed gameplay mechanic
Smarts bar - our unique dog themed gameplay mechanic

Vacuum cleaners will make you run away in panic. Toy balls will make you chase them frantically. In order to proceed further into the dream, you will have to use your dog psyche to your advantage. For example you can jump further when you get scared or run faster while chasing a squirrel. 

Fear fueled jump!
Fear fueled jump!

There are many ways to die in our game. The Dream is filled with objects lethal to dogs - grapes, chocolate... even Canadian legislation! 

So many ways to die!
So many ways to die!

We plan the levels of our game to be diverse. As you progress you will be constantly introduced to new gameplay mechanics, dog themed tools and hazards. We've even envisioned an entire level in which you fly on a frisbee!

Frisbee fun!
Frisbee fun!

Enemies will try to hinder your progress and jumping on their head will only make them more angry! Fortunately Balthazar is smart enough to use tools. Roll a rubber ball into a cat's face! Put a stick between the mailman's bike spokes. Knock out raccoons with a dog disc!

Use the ball to eliminate enemies!
Use the ball to eliminate enemies!

Balthazar's Dream will also be filled with classic platformer elements such as bouncy objects, moving/falling platforms and climbable ropes.

Classic platformer fun!
Classic platformer fun!

We love boss fights. There will be several in our game and we promise that they will be as fun as they will be challenging. You'll have an opportunity to dodge the Fat Cat's butt, engage in a highway chase with the Mailman and finally to defeat the Evil Presence with your love. 

Cathulhu
Cathulhu

 

  • 4 levels with different gameplay mechanics
  • cute pixel art cutscenes
  • 8 track soundtrack
  • 3 bosses
  • 10 distinct enemies
  • tons of beautiful pixel art objects
  • a variety of dog tools (frisbee, stick, ball, squaky bone)
  • 3 hours of gameplay
  • 2 difficulty levels
  • dialogue driven narrative
  • challenging puzzles
Stretch goals!
Stretch goals!

Active - Space level! A tribute to Lajka!

A short mini-level taking Balthazar into space. Combine dog psyche and microgravity to beat it! 

P.S Someone threw that frisbee too far!

Unlocked - Playable Shiba Inu

We've reached #3 goal! Now you'll be able to meme away as a Doge in Balthazar's Dream.

Much fun!
Much fun!

 

Unlocked - Dustin as a companion

We feel that Dustin could have a more active role in the first level and if we reach $3750 we'll make him float around our hero and interact with the environment more!

Unlocked - Playable Pug: if we raise more than $3k we'll be adding new features to the game. First one : new playable dog! 

You will be able to choose the dog breed at the beginning of the game so you can immerse yourself in our story even more. Every new dog will have unique animations and gameplay mechanics. 

First on the list: pug, chosen in our twitter poll. You can tell us which breed should be next here. 

We are fortunate enough to work with Taylor Ambrosio Wood, an amazingly talented and versatile composer. If we succeed and raise enough funds for our game, you will be able to enjoy an eight track soundtrack. 

Stay a while and listen:  

 

 

 

Sawa Bialczynska is in charge in our (one person strong) art department. She has invented a new style she dubbed pigcel art (while working on Pigsodus) and is constantly learning new ways to deliver beautiful, cute graphics. 

 

 

Our game studio is tiny. Just three people and a dog. For now. It is our dream to become Studio Ghibli of video games and Balthazar's Dream is the first step. 

  

 

 

 

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 Send an email to peter(at)psilocybegames.com to join.                      

 Why Kickstarter?

It is our dream to make games. We would like to do it full time. In order to support ourselves and buy some food for Balthazar we turned to crowdfunding. Additionally we would like the community to participate in the development process - we already got so many wonderful ideas from our players - so Kickstarter seems like an ideal place to fulfill our dream!

Special Thanks!

 

 

Risks and challenges

Game development is a difficult process. There might be delays. That's why we're asking for the minimum amount of funds we need to complete the minimal scope of the game. If we raise more, we'll add more features and we'll require a bit more time to complete the product.

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    Puppy Tier

    Supporting us is the right choice! We'll send you a thank you email with a cool dog gif and a recording of Balthazar saying thank you in doglish.

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    • Balthazar's Thank You Bark
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    Dog Tier

    You'll get a digital copy of our game when it's ready + all the rewards from The Puppy Package.

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    Top Dog Tier

    All the goods! Copy of the game, beautiful soundtrack, a pixel art wallpaper plus a pdf containing all of our concept arts to date

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    • Digital copy of Balthazar's Dream (PC/Mac)
    • Balthazar's Dream Soundtrack digital download
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    Doge Tier

    All the rewards from the Top Dog tier plus a pixel art portrait of your dog by Sawa (digital download).

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    • Digital copy of Balthazar's Dream (PC/Mac)
    • Balthazar's Dream Soundtrack digital download
    • Balthazar's Dream Wallpaper + Concept Art Book
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    Pun Dog tier

    All the goods from the Top Dog tier and a secret Easter Egg designed by you lands in the game!

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    • Balthazar's Dream Wallpaper + Concept Art Book
    • Balthazar's Dream Soundtrack digital download
    • Digital copy of Balthazar's Dream (PC/Mac)
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    Duck Hunt Dog tier

    Everything from the Top Dog tier and you and your dog land in the game as the heroes. Custom sprites, animations and dialogue to immerse yourself in the game even more! A perfect gift for a young'un!

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    • Balthazar's Dream Soundtrack digital download
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    Balthazar's Best Friend tier

    All the rewards. Literally ALL OF THEM! (Plus twenty five copies of the game for all your friends, even Jerry).

    Includes:
    • Balthazar's Dream Soundtrack digital download
    • Balthazar's Thank You Bark
    • Design an Easter Egg!
    • Balthazar's Dream Wallpaper + Concept Art Book
    • Digital copy of the game featuring you and your dog as heroes!
    • 25× Digital copy of Balthazar's Dream (PC/Mac)
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