About this project
Do you love to create your own little characters and customize their look and where they live? Do you love dogs? Do you love exploring new worlds and searching for treasure and interesting little goodies? If you said “yes” to any of the above questions, then SqueeDogs is the game for you! Not only do you get to create, customize and explore with a doggy character, but you get to help out real life dogs as well!
SqueeDogs is a point and click Facebook adventure game in which you can take your own customized doggy character into fantastic worlds to explore, collect goodies and save puppies. You play as a new puppy private investigator and take on missions to find clues, solve mysteries, sniff out lost items, rescue lost or kidnapped puppies and return them to their families. As you explore and search through different areas of magical Squee worlds, you will discover items and bonuses that let you customize your doggy character and your doggy home. Watch out though, you will also encounter mischievous creatures that have wandered into the peaceful Squee worlds and are causing all sorts of trouble!
Search and Rescue! Use your nose to sniff out clues and reunite puppies with their families. Explore incredible worlds with lots of missions and levels! Test your resolve as you venture into unknown territory and brave the wilds of Squee worlds overrun by mythical creatures wreaking havoc on poor puppies!
Customize! Use our SqueeEditor to create your favorite breed of dog! Customize everything from the length of its ears to the curl of its tail! Make a realistic dog or something that only exists in your imagination.
Use SqueeCash and items collected on your adventures to customize your experience! Dress your puppy PI in different disguises and outfits, including hats, glasses, shirts, pants, shoes, tail accessories and more. You can also customize your home area where your puppy PI lives. Upgrade your ramshackle dog house into a mansion and your beat up junker to a sports car.
Share! Use Facebook to share your creations with your friends and the world! Post screenshots of your unique puppy PI in its customized outfits and let your friends see your home transform from a rundown slum into a magnificent area you can be proud of. Get bonuses for helping your friends with their missions and for them helping with yours.
Charity! SqueePlay is teaming up with the MSPCA (we're a Boston-based company) to help real life animals! Part of our revenue will go to local animal shelters and hospitals to make a difference in a poor pup's life. We are currently talking to other animal organizations all over the US. Supporting our project will let other animal rescue groups know that this is a good product to get behind!
SqueeDogs will initially be available for anyone with a Facebook account! We hope to port to iPad as soon as possible so you can experience SqueeDogs on the go!
Are you embarrassed to admit you play Facebook games? That’s because Facebook games are notorious for being "simple" and "boring". We want to change this! At SqueePlay, we have experts in both game programming and game art working with the Unity game engine to bring an entirely new experience to Facebook gameplayers - a fully 3D experience plus mystery solving. You shouldn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a gaming console or gaming PC, and then hundreds of dollars on games and game subscriptions! We want to give you those same experiences for FREE!
Our 3D characters and environments offer new, immersive and entertaining gaming experiences that players can't find in the simpler 2D offerings currently available. We want our amazing 3D graphics to become the new standard. And because we know that good graphics alone do not make a good game, we’ve also invested in developing various gameplay prototypes as we experiment with different mechanics to find what appeals to our audience. And our game must run on almost every computer, so we’ve invested significant resources optimizing our game engine. Now anyone can access SqueeDogs.
We’ve managed to create both gameplay and visuals that no one has seen on Facebook with limited funds. We need additional money to finish our game and release it! Help us change the quality of Facebook gaming! YOU can raise the standards of Facebook games and no longer be ridiculed as a “non-gamer” or for playing “those silly Facebook games”!!
Kickstarter funds will be used for:
Additional Levels The goal is for you to have fun. More levels = More fun for you!! Right now we have some amazing art already created, but we need more. We can't just release our game with 15 minutes of gameplay and call it a day. We need more money to pay our starving artists so they can create more incredible levels!
Bells and Whistles Games are entertainment. Let us entertain you better than anything currently out there!! We want to have a wide variety of fun things for our players to do. With a few more bucks we can implement the rest of our wacky ideas! A few more crazy bad guys and interesting particles can turn an environment from just unique to over-the-top spectacular!
Hosting You’d be pretty mad if you invested time in a game just to have it crash constantly, right? We need money to keep our game running after it is released. Maintenance of our website and servers is essential to support large numbers of users sharing the SqueePlay experience!
Spreading the Word Some people like to game alone, but most like to play together, with friends or people they meet online. We need to get the word out about SqueeDogs and build our player base! We have big plans for more multiplayer features, including real time play, but what’s the point of adding features if no one is playing? Sadly, even if we make the greatest game in the history of the universe, if no one hears about it, it will never be successful and we won't be able to build on SqueeDogs and create more crazy SqueeGames. Ads and PR services are expensive and we need funds to get our name out to the world!
Updates You can’t teach an old dog new tricks...until now! Are you tired of playing a game for 15 minutes while it’s new and exciting and then realizing you’ve experienced everything it has to offer and are now grinding out cash/XP using the same mechanics over and over? We want to offer our game as a live service. This means that there is no rest after we release. Help us update our content and add new features for YOU! We have additional features already in the pipeline that just need to be implemented. Additionally, we need to gather metrics, see what our users like, what they dislike, etc. Then we can update our game to include more of what you like and less of what you don't!
This seems like a lot of stuff for such a small funding goal, but we have a dedicated team and have learned how to make every penny count! Our CEO makes less now than he did during his summer jobs in high school! Just like every Kickstarter campaign, we're hoping that our story and game inspire the community to smash our funding goal and give us enough money so that we don't have to remain in penny pinching mode forever!
Stre-e-e-e-tch Goals We don't intend to stop at the three worlds we launch with. We want to continue to create new content, new gameplay and additional worlds after our initial game release. We've already got the art concepts for the Jungle and Junkyard worlds we'd like to add. We also want to increase our editor functionality by adding more body sizes, more variables to customize and more of just about everything, from breeds to outfits to pelts to paint colors. And we'd like to port to Flash and iOS to get more people more Squee fun more often. So keep funding us even after we've reached our goal.
$25,000 “Welcome to the Jungle, we’ve got fun and games.” Unlock the JUNGLE.
$35,000 Meaner than a Junkyard Dog. Unlock JUNKYARD.
$55,000 "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog" --Mark Twain
Right now, you can only create large dog breeds. Small dogs have hearts as big as large dogs. Unlock Small and Medium Sized Dogs and give them a fighting chance to strut their stuff.
$ 110,000 SqueeDogs on the Go. Unlock iPad port.
$150,000 Social Samba. Unlock visiting with friends in their homeworlds and some real time interaction with friends.
$200,000 Multiplayer Mambo. Unlock indepth multiplayer experiences and simultaneous play with friends.
More to come if we’re lucky enough to inspire such incredible donations! We always have ideas we want to implement!
Rewards Please check out the THANK YOU rewards for your support. They're listed in the right-hand column.
Risks and challenges
Getting successfully funded is only the beginning of building a real game. We will enter a whole new phase of implementation, live service and the dreaded BUG fixing. While we believe we've built a robust system that will run on almost all computers, we won't know for sure until we go LIVE. In fact, we know that going LIVE will uncover hitherto unanticpated bugs that may detract from your user experience. We've tried to mitigate this by launching as a Beta first and using our testers' feedback to fix any problems. The biggest challenge ahead is spreading the word and letting people know about SqueeDogs. We're trying to build a SqueeDogs community of casual gamers and animal lovers. Kickstarter is one way of getting our name out there. We hope you will tell your friends and family about our project and check us out on our website, Facebook and Twitter! Getting above the noise in the game industry is a major battle. There are tons of amazing games out on the market that go nowhere because they don't get in front of their audience!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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