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Shutterbug (Canceled)

A nature photography game where you discover and photograph hundreds of exotic insects and animals. It's Pokémon Snap plus butterflies!

Shutterbug (Canceled)

A nature photography game where you discover and photograph hundreds of exotic insects and animals. It's Pokémon Snap plus butterflies!

$2,973
pledged of $400,000pledged of $400,000 goal
58
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 20 2015
Last updated August 20, 2015

About

 Update: Thank you for supporting our nature photography game, Shutterbug! We created a video to further explain gameplay!

Shutterbug was recently featured on The Roaming Designer, Indie Game Magazine, Gameranx, Mom Does Reviews, RETRO, SyfyGames, and The Pueblo Chieftain! Check out their articles below, and please help us to continue to get the word out! Thank you so much! We really appreciate your support!  

The Roaming Designer

Indie Game Magazine

Gameranx

Mom Does Reviews 

RETRO

SYFYGAMES

THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

Shutterbug is a nature photography game where you discover, photograph and collect hundreds of insects, animals and fantastical creatures. 

Think Pokémon Snap plus butterflies!

You’re on a macro safari in a lush tropical world of butterflies, tree frogs and faeries. Armed with only your camera and your macro lens, you're discovering the rarest creatures. With quick reactions and a keen eye, take award-winning photographs in this beautiful new game. 

Actual gameplay photo
Actual gameplay photo

Available for Windows and Mac, Shutterbug is a hidden object game set in exotic locations. Find all of the animals, plants and insects on your list to unlock the next level. Can you discover and photograph everything that's hidden?

Peer through the viewfinder of your camera as you glide through a variety of stunning environments. Using your mouse, scan all around, hunting for the subjects you need. Once you find them, line them up carefully and snap the picture before they flutter away.  

Actual gameplay photo
Actual gameplay photo

In Shutterbug, every picture you take earns a score.  That score is based on how well you composed the picture using the rule of thirds, how many subjects are in the picture, the distance and focus of the subjects, with bonus points for catching the creatures in unique poses.

Upgrade your camera and lenses to take better pictures
Upgrade your camera and lenses to take better pictures

Collect the animals, insects, plants and faerie folk you find while on safari.  You can then view and interact with them in your own personal butterfly pavilion. Upgrade from a small backyard greenhouse to a stunning botanical garden.

Your very own butterfly pavilion.
Your very own butterfly pavilion.
View and interact with your collection
View and interact with your collection

 You'll find an amazing array of subjects to photograph. From the common Monarch Butterfly to the very rare Faerie Dragon.  We'll strive to be authentic with everything we create, though we may need to take a few artistic liberties here and there.

Can you collect the super rare Faerie Dragon?
Can you collect the super rare Faerie Dragon?

We were researching ideas for our next project when we came across a breathtaking series of macro photographs. Sure, we’d seen close-up pictures of bugs at the zoo, but these images were magical. Here was an amazing and beautiful world, hidden at our feet. Now, what would we do in this macro world?

Wait, wasn't there a photography game way, way back? 

Pokémon Snap!

Nintendo released Pokémon Snap for the N64, back in the late nineties. This photography game had you exploring an island, looking to capture pictures of some of the most iconic Pokémon ever. Here then was the solution – let’s create a spiritual sequel to Pokémon Snap. It will have refined graphics, realistic creatures that are rare and exotic, advanced gameplay and better technology than the N64, and set it in this magical world of ladybugs, tree frogs and woodland faeries.

With any additional funding for Shutterbug, we will make the final game bigger and better. What we have listed in our stretch goals are additional features that will make this game even more rich and rewarding to play.

You can imagine the response when we first brought Shutterbug to the traditional game publishers. “Wow,” they said, “that game looks amazing… but, how exactly am I going to market this?”

Shutterbug is clearly a unique and eye-catching game. However, it doesn’t make sense to the guns, swords and spaceship publishers. We've built a prototype to prove out gameplay, but we’re too small of a company to fund it ourselves so we’re coming to the Kickstarter community to find passionate gamers and photographers and people who love and respect nature who want to help this game get made. Therefore, we need you! Let’s show the world that games are about more than guns, swords and spaceships!

Idol Minds is a game development studio located near Denver, Colorado. Through eighteen years of making games, we've delivered some amazing games like Cool Boarders 3, Neopets and PAIN

Proven game developer.
Proven game developer.

In 2012 we shifted to mobile games and worked with publishers like CAPCOM and DeNA to deliver strategy games to the mobile market. Our last two mobile games were both featured by Apple and Android. Our teams are passionate, experienced and highly skilled. We have always been a slightly smaller studio, averaging 30 people, because everyone wants to work directly on the games. 

Shutterbug is a huge passion project for the studio and with your help we look forward to making it a reality. 

What's been done so far?

  • We've created a playable 'prototype' of the game. This prototype is visible in the video and all of the screenshots were taken from it.
  • We have written a game design document, which details the primary gameplay mechanics, features, etc for the full game.
  • Note - If you pledge at $80 or higher, as soon as the campaign is funded we'll give you access to the prototype so you can play.

What's left to be done?

  • Functionality - We need the programmers to implement all of the remaining features.
  • Creatures - We need to model, texture and animate all of the remaining creatures and plants that you'll be hunting for.
  • Locations - We need to create six detailed locations for you to explore.
  • Sound - We'll be locking down a composer and adding atmospheric sounds to make you feel like you're there on safari.

How will we spend the money?

  • Fees - 10% - this covers Kickstarter and payment processing.
  • Reward Fulfillment - 10% - this covers creating, managing and shipping the rewards to you!
  • The Game - 80% - creating content and code for the game.

 "Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Risks and challenges

Here at Idol Minds, we’ve created dozens of games over the past eighteen years. Over those eighteen years, Publishers routinely interviewed and evaluated our company. With every review, they concluded Idol Minds to be trustworthy partners to collaborate with.

Risks – Often the largest risks in software development are that your talent, budget or timeframe don’t match your ambitions. We created a prototype of the game to understand the technical and artistic challenges involved in building the full game. With this prototype in hand, we now have an honest assessment of the talent, budget and timeframe needed to finish it successfully. We've done our research, we've built a prototype, we understand the costs associated with shipping and fulfilling rewards. With your help, we're ready to get started!

Please, take a moment and help us bring Shutterbug to life.

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    Start life as a Caterpillar!

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    Emerge from your chrysalis, you're now a Butterfly!

    You get:
    - Three digital wallpapers.
    - Access to behind-the-scenes videos.
    - Digital photo montage.

    Also, you can submit a color design for a common butterfly. We’ll choose our favorites from all of the submissions and include them in the game. We’ll use the remaining submissions as part of a digital photo montage that we’ll send to all Butterfly backers.

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    You're a Ladybug!

    You get:
    - Two digital copies of Shutterbug.
    - Digital copy of Art Book, with concept art, game development photos, etc.
    - Digital copy of Soundtrack.
    - Digital photo montage.

    Also, you can submit a color design for a rare tree frog. We’ll choose our favorites from all of the submissions and include them in the game. We’ll use the remaining submissions as part of a digital photo montage that we’ll send to all Ladybug backers.

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    Make the world a brighter place as a Firefly!

    You get:
    - KS-only in-game character avatar.
    - Exclusive in-game camera upgrade.
    - Exclusive in-game location with unique creatures.
    - Digital photo montage.

    Also, you can submit a color design for a woodland faerie. We’ll choose our favorites from all of the submissions and include them in the game. We’ll use the remaining submissions as part of a digital photo montage that we’ll send to all Firefly backers.

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    Soar through the sky as a Dragonfly!

    You get:
    - Your name in the credits.
    - Access to in-progress builds prior to launch.

    Also, all Dragonfly backers receive a copy of the Shutterbug early prototype as soon as this campaign ends. Come play!

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    You're a mischievous Pixie.

    You get:
    - Beautiful Shutterbug T-Shirt or 15"x15" Tote
    - KS-only in-game memory card for your camera.
    - Digital photo montage.

    Also, you can submit a color design for a rare Pixie. We’ll choose our favorites from all of the submissions and include them in the game. We’ll use the remaining submissions as part of a digital photo montage that we’ll send to all Pixie backers.

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    You're a lightning fast Praying Mantis.

    You get:
    - Exquisite Shutterbug coffee mug.

    Also, all Praying Mantis backers gain access to our first exclusive Mythology in-game event.

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    Hang from the branch as a Tree Frog.

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    - Shutterbug baseball cap or knit beanie

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    Protect the forest as a Wood Nymph.

    You get:
    - Stunning Shutterbug poster

    Also, Water Nymph backers can help us design a Water Nymph for the game. Join us in Skype conversations to discuss what abilities this non-playable character can have in the game.

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    Buzz about as a Bumblebee.

    You get:
    - Your name in the credits as a Bumblebee backer.
    - Upload one of your pictures and we'll print it on a 12" x 16" canvas.
    - Lunch and tour of Idol Minds with team (travel not included)

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    You're a Leprechaun with a heart of gold!

    You get:
    - Your name in the credits as a Leprechaun backer.
    - Upload one of your pictures and we'll print it on a 24" x 36" canvas

    The Leprechaun will be a special in-game character that when found, showers the player with gold and other treasures. Help us design this fanciful guy.

    You are now a member of the Shutterbug team. Come work on the game for up to a week. Participate in design meetings. Work with the animators. Help design the locations. Experience the thrill of video game development! (Travel not included)

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    You're a Faerie Dragon, lord of the forest.

    The Faerie Dragons will help us design and name the rarest Faerie Dragons in the game. Your faerie will be the most desirable creature in the game.

    Your name is in the credits as a Faerie Dragon level supporter.

    We'll send you a Faerie Dragon Jacket and welcome you to Idol Minds as an Honorary Member.

    Join us at our Shutterbug Launch Party. (Travel not included)
    Free copy of all future Idol Minds games.

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