EGGBIRD THE VIDEO GAME
EGGBIRD is a videogame, a movie and a storybook for all the children of the world and for us - their guardians. You can read EGGBIRD aloud to your infants in your own language. EGGBIRD can be played as a videogame by the young and the young-at-heart. And EGGBIRD can be watched as a movie by viewers of any age. As you would expect from the award-winning video game pioneer Mel Croucher, EGGBIRD appeals to children and adults alike.
If you have kids in your family, if you know any kids, or if you were once a kid yourself, then EGGBIRD is for you. Suitable for all ages, from 3 to 93.
EGGBIRD can be enjoyed on PC, Mac and Linux machines, as well as any Android and iOS device, and will be AVAILABLE TO BACKERS AHEAD OF PUBLIC RELEASE IN PLENTY OF TIME FOR CHRISTMAS 2015. That's a promise!
EGGBIRD teaches peace, love, dance, reading, music, gender-equality, healthy eating, being extremely silly and the creative use of bird poo.
The game takes you on the journey through EGGBIRD's whole life, from the moment you help EGGBIRD hatch from the egg, through learning what's good to eat (and what's not!), how to fly and sing and make friends, as well as finding that special friend with whom to build and protect a nest. And as you would expect, there are some troubles along the way, before love conquers all.
EGGBIRD THE MOVIE
You can watch EGGBIRD just like a movie. Click on the VIEW MOVIE egg, and enjoy the feature-length cartoon entertainment of the whole gameplay from beginning to end with the full soundtrack. All the characters play their parts automatically, and you'll see how everything in the forest gets used in the gameplay. So there's no need for explanations or rules of play. Even the youngest can watch and learn, as many times as they like.
Outside of the main game, your youngest players can make friends with all the characters from EGGBIRD THE MOVIE in this special MAKE FRIENDS section of the package. When they touch a character it will animate, fly in a bubble, reveal its name and make a very funny noise. Your little ones can spot themself "starring" among their new friends, and activate several characters together to create their own mini-bedlam. Don't worry, there's a volume control if you really need it!
And better still, you can customize EGGBIRD in seconds with any name and any date, to welcome your special child to the game in person and discover that EGGBIRD will hatch on their own birthday!
EGGBIRD THE STORYBOOK
EGGBIRD is also a rhyming storybook, with very clear text in child-friendly fonts. The storybook pages can be turned and repeated at your own speed, read aloud to the very young, or read together to help the learning process. Youngsters and grown-ups will enjoy the double layers of Mel's verse.
But EGGBIRD isn't only for English-speaking kids. We're translating EGGBIRD into Welsh, Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Arabic.
Kickstarter backers will also receive the special EGGBIRD bonus track, including outtakes of Christopher Lee being very silly indeed!
EGGBIRD, FUNDRAISING AND YOU
So ... what is the Kickstarter backing for? Well, we've already paid for the design, the graphics, the programming, our special celebrity voice and the musicians. This fundraiser is to pay for our target translations, to remix the music soundtrack, to add all the sound effects.
Our fundraising target has been set as low as possible at £4,750, and we'll add even more languages for even more of the world's kids if you can help us beat that target.
Better still, get your face on an egg! Imagine your child's delight when they spot their own face, their siblings, friends, or even your own face in the special THANKS sequence of EGGBIRD. And if you do want to include your own eggface, that's cool - as long as you send us a photo of yourself as a child!
PLAY THE EGGBIRD DEMO NOW
Click on the link above to play the first level of the game, and help EGGBIRD hatch by tickling the egg where you see those big innocent eyes peering out. Check out VIEW THANKS to see how your own faces can look in the game. Use the MY GAME option then PLAY GAME, and see how your little one's name and birthday will appear. And don't forget to let them enjoy the MAKE FRIENDS demo. And if you speak Welsh, then click on your dragon flag for a demo of the translations!
COLIN JONES is the author of classic children's books, including Legends Of King Arthur and World Folk Tales, as well as video game successes like Slightly Magic, Cheshire's Cheese Nightmares and Rock Star Ate My Hamster. He has been working with Mel Croucher for more than 30 years, and together they have produced legendary games such as the award-winning Deus Ex Machina.
MEL CROUCHER is the founder of the UK video games industry, is the creator of international best-seller video games, and has twice won the coveted Game Of The Year Award. EGGBIRD is his first ever title for very young children because we've had to wait this long for him to reach second-childhood.
Risks and challenges
All human activity involves risks and challenges, and games development is no exception. Developers can run out of time, producers can run out of money, key personnel can run away and join the circus, and then there's the possibility that everything goes to plan but the plan is rubbish.
Well, like our previous Kickstarter projects, we're not going to run out of time, because all the hard slog has been done and we're into the fun phase. We're not going to run out of money, because the development, the music and the production is all paid for, and this funding is about putting you, the backer, into the game, and making sure you enjoy it and get exactly what you want. And besides, our team has already joined the circus.
Since I started the first ever video games company in the UK, Colin Jones and I have never failed to deliver. This time it's no different and we believe the risk of failing to complete the project is zero. If we happen to drop dead, then our colleagues will take over seamlessly.
My heartfelt thanks to you for taking the time to read this. If you're considering backing the project then I hope you enjoy the ride and I look forward to welcoming you aboard with open arms.
Here's to our future, the children of the world.
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