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MadRat GamesBy MadRat Games
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MadRat GamesBy MadRat Games
First created
$1,917
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backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 23 2015

About

Studying Computer Science at IIT & Carnegie Mellon University, teaching young children at a school and creating board games may seem to have little in common, but that’s been our journey so far. Teaching kids for four years through games, without needing a single textbook, inspired us to use this ‘power of play’ to change the world of children’s engagement options.

We started MadRat Games as an ally to a patient and joyful form of parenting. We design games to help each child discover the “mad rat” inside them, and become 

CALMER. WISER. HAPPIER.

                                                                For ages 7 to 14

In early 2013, we came across this unique 21st century problem of screen addiction. Parents were anxious about the diminishing attention span, need for constant stimulation, and lack of social exposure in kids. Madzzle was born to make the kids snap out of the screen. And we have been blessed to see hundreds of kids laughing and learning while playing Madzzle.

It gives parents the right alternative to mobile phones. Being a jigsaw puzzle, it naturally enhances focus & its explorer theme and gameplay keeps the kids engaged for hours.

We did a test launch of Madzzle in 25 stores, where it met with an overwhelming response. Now we are keen to share it with the world. For  a small player like us, this means overcoming many challenges – the biggest one being that of mass production. This would involve automating fabrication of key components, most of which is done manually now. And that’s the reason we are on Kickstarter!

Zero Gap Puzzle: A jigsaw puzzle is no fun with those annoying gaps that distort the picture. With Madzzle’s zero gap technology, the jigsaw pieces fit together to create a perfect picture!

Three Games in One: Kids are impatient – we know! And so we are on a mission to ensure the fun goes on. But Jigsaw Puzzles aren't known for Replayability. So what do kids do after making the puzzle? They play the games Object Hunt and Data Duel with the included Cards. A bouquet of games, object hunt with magnifying lenses, decoders, glow in dark objects, data duel challenge, and more will keep the excitement going.

Compact Storage with Roll-Up: Ever spent an entire afternoon putting together a puzzle, only to realize later that some pieces are missing? Madzzle’s Roll-up feature rolls up the completed puzzle so that you don’t lose any pieces & it's insanely fun to do! It almost feels like magic seeing the flat pieces get rolled up. The design also makes the whole box super easy to store. Next time you want to play with it, all you have to do is “Unroll the Fun” :)

The Mad Rat inside us never stops squeaking. We have planned a series of Madzzle themes to ensure the fun and learning never ends.

BERMUDA TRIANGLE (Madzzle Classic)

Put the pieces of jigsaw together and watch the oceanic graveyard of the Bermuda Triangle come alive!

Dive into the blue ocean floor and go on an object hunt to find the secrets that disappeared mysteriously. Hold on tight to your magnifying glasses, some secrets might be masquerading. Watch out the sharks lurking around as you play the data duel and challenge other players.

Magnifying Lenses: This is the absolute favorite feature of kids! Bermuda Triangle game includes a pair of ‘Magnifying Lenses’ to spot the micro-objects, which makes the Object Hunt game crazy cool!

MYSTERIES OF THE AMAZON (Madzzle Classic)

You are about to enter a forest so dense, that even Rain takes ten minutes to break through the canopy of leaves. Let your imagination run wild, as you encounter rats as big as dogs, and monkeys small enough to fit your palms!

Put together this breathtaking puzzle of the Amazon rainforest, and race to spot the hidden species escaping your gaze. Race to find the plants and animals shown on the 55 Nature cards. And just when you switch off the lights thinking you are done, the sparkling Amazon Nightlife comes alive!

Glow in the Dark: Mysteries of the Amazon game gets more exciting with its ‘Glow in the Dark’ feature. Switch off the lights and feel the eeriness of the wild.

WORLDOPEDIA (Madzzle Deluxe)

Gear up to explore the untold stories of our planet as you quest through the seven continents – from the desert of Sahara to the frosty Antarctica.

Discover the conspiracy theories of alien involvement at the Stonehenge and Pyramids with more than 100 Expedition cards. Play a data duel to uncover some mesmerizing facts and unexplainable phenomena. Use the Illusion Decoder and Counters to explore the unexplored!

Illusion Decoders & Counters: The Worldopedia game includes Illusion Decoders to decode the Illusion Cards and spot the objects. Another special feature includes ‘Counters’ that are needed to ‘claim’ the continents & become a world conqueror.

Each game contains some Magic Beans. Sshh! They’re really just seeds to plant. A lot of paper has been used to create this game for you. We need to replenish the planet with what we have taken from it. These seeds and your love will help put some of the lost magic back into the planet.

 
Parents' Choice Award 2015
Parents' Choice Award 2015
 
         

We spent a lot of time with kids and parents, to understand their interests and concerns, when it comes to jigsaw puzzles.

We started with breaking the age old perception - Jigsaws have gaps and there’s nothing unusual about it. We came up with a patent pending Zero Gap Technology™ to give a seamless play experience to the children.

Meanwhile, children told us they always want to ‘save’ the puzzle, it was like bringing a trophy back home to show off :) Saving the game is easier for on-screen games, but how do you save an off-screen game?

The commonest concern from parents was that of the storage problem. Many weren’t quite comfortable with the fact that jigsaw has to be played on a hard surface like a floor or a (big) table, which means a guaranteed messy house and lost jigsaw pieces.

Soon, all the pieces fell into right places and the first prototype was created using a cloth for the puzzle mat, which was safe, flexible and worked as a fenced ground for the puzzle. The mat could be rolled and hence the puzzle could be ‘saved’. This also addressed the problems of lost jigsaw pieces & storage.

Our first prototype was made of cloth & cardboard. It was flexible enough to roll but it was not sturdy enough to last. So we started visiting factories after factories of materials ranging from rubber, fabric, paper, silicon and even leather. Some were usable but not safe for kids, some were flexible but wouldn't become flat after unrolling.

After extensive testing, we found the right material which was safe, child-friendly, flexible and sturdy all at the same time. A new prototype was created with a frame and magnetic locking. This made assembling the jigsaw easier and losing the pieces difficult. It gave the freedom to play on soft surfaces like a cushy bed.

We felt accomplished, as Madzzle - World’s First Roll-up puzzle, made its debut!

Once the Roll-up Puzzle came about, we put on our game designer hats and approached the unique problem of how do we make a jigsaw puzzle re-playable. Due to the Zero Gap technology, the completed puzzle looked like a board and so kids could play games with it. Two new games were created to ensure that kids have a new experience every time they unroll a Madzzle. Here is a snapshot of how the art style evolved.

This is our story, we have come a long way from the point where we started, we worked and reworked till we were certain that Madzzle is a product that would enrich you & your kids' time together.

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Risks and challenges

This is a low risk project as we've already launched the product in 25 stores. Help is needed in scaling up production and getting machines to automate few critical components, where the fabrication is largely done manually now.

We have spent a lot of time learning everything about the process and figuring out the best way to deliver Madzzle on time. We have consulted each person & entity involved in this entire process to ensure everything goes smoothly. We’ll stick to our timelines as tight as we can, but some unforeseen problems might arise.

But we’ll never leave you hanging and would appreciate your support in some unlikely event like delayed shipping. We are deeply committed to the promise of delivering Madzzle to your kids at least one month before Christmas. And we’ll keep you posted at every step.

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    Every dollar takes us closer to the dream of making childhood Calmer, Wiser & Happier!

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    **E-COPY OF HIDDEN OBJECT GAME**

    Thank you for supporting Madzzle! You’ll receive an e-copy of the Hidden Object Game + e-Hugs :)

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    **COMIC BOOK**

    We appreciate your support!

    Kids would love to read the story of how Fuzzbutt – an alien from Xelotor lost his way through a wormhole and landed on planet Earth. He invented the Madzzle games from his exploration stories on Earth. With eye-catching illustrations & a gripping story, the book is designed by a team of award winning designers.

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    **T-SHIRT & BADGE**

    XIE XIE!

    Can you sense the special Madzzle T-Shirt with a cool badge coming your way!

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    **MADZZLE CLASSIC @ Early Bird Discount**

    GRACIAS!

    You’ll receive a Madzzle Classic with discount. Choose between Bermuda Triangle and Mysteries of the Amazon. Be the first ones to explore the secrets sunk in the oceanic graveyard or the eerie wilderness of the mysterious Amazon Rainforests.

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    **MADZZLE CLASSIC**

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    You're awesome! So we'll send across a Madzzle Classic of your choice. You can choose between Bermuda Triangle and Mysteries of the Amazon. Watch your kids brave the dangers of Bermuda Triangle & tread through the dark forests of Amazon.

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    **MADZZLE DELUXE**

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    We would love to see your child learn about many untold stories around the world and marvelling facts by travelling through the seven continents with a Madzzle Deluxe – Worldopedia.

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    **TWO MADZZLE COMBO**

    SHUKRIYA!

    You’ll receive a combo of Madzzle Deluxe Worldopedia plus a Madzzle Classic (you’ll get to choose between Bermuda Triangle and Mysteries of the Amazon). Let the curiosity of your child never rest. Nothing would make us happier than realizing that our games are stimulating the young minds.

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    **THREE MADZZLE COMBO**

    A BIG THANK YOU!

    Here's a combo of 3 Madzzles - Worldopedia Deluxe and 2 Classics (Bermuda Triangle and Mysteries of the Amazon). Owning a cool combo of 3 Madzzles is going to make your kid popular amongst his friends. Get ready for all the time they’re going to be glued to these games instead of the screens.

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    **MADZZLE KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE**

    MUCHAS GRACIAS!

    You and your kids are going to love this! Not only will you receive 3 Madzzles - Worldopedia Deluxe and 2 Classics - Bermuda Triangle plus Mysteries of the Amazon but your very own Picture Puzzle (of your Chosen Picture). What's more - the game box will have your name engraved on it. A surprise Glow in the Dark message will be the coolest way to thrill your child.

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    **GIFTING PACK OF 10**

    MERCI BEAUCOUP!

    No more thinking about what to gift your kids' friends every month. Make your kids & their friends jump with joy. You’ll receive a GIFTING PACK with not one, not two but 10 pieces of Madzzle Classic Puzzles! You can choose between Bermuda Triangle & Mysteries of the Amazon or a combo of both. You sure would enjoy the feeling of being the coolest parent and the attention you’re going to get.

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    **COOL FAMILY PACK**

    VIELEN DANK!

    We understand how precious your Family time is! So there's a surprise in addition to all the three Madzzle themes (Worldopedia, Bermuda Triangle and Mysteries of the Amazon)! You’ll receive a custom Life Size Puzzle that you can actually walk on, for those family outings! The Object Hunt with mega size hidden object Cards, will have you running excitedly to be the first to spot the objects. You’ll also receive 4 T-shirts for mommy, daddy & the kids for some cool selfies. We’ll also pack a Comic Book about Fuzzbutt, an alien from Xelotor, to take this exploration to the outer space.

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    **EVERYTHING MADZZLE**

    We are floored by your generosity, and would like to give you an exclusive chance to know everything about Madzzle. You’ll not only receive a Custom Life Size Puzzle that you can actually walk on, and all the three Madzzle themes (Worldopedia, Bermuda Triangle and Mysteries of the Amazon), but also an invite to a Video Call on Boardgame Design with us (Rajat & Madhumita).

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    **BIRTHDAY PARTY PACK**

    Want to throw a birthday no one will forget! As a hu-mon-gous thank you, get ready to throw an Explorer themed party like never before and never after. Two Custom Life Size Puzzles mean two teams of 5-15 kids each, racing to put the puzzles together & then spotting hidden objects with mega size Cards. And your kid gets to show off the cool facts about each object. Wait, the party isnt over yet. With 30 pieces of Madzzle Classic, everyone returns with a game of Madzzle as the coolest party favor ever (you can choose between Bermuda Triangle and Mysteries of the Amazon). Oh, and we'll also throw in 30 cool Badges for the kids.

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