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Denison GropasiBy Denison Gropasi
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Denison GropasiBy Denison Gropasi
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 15 2016 2:42 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello, and welcome to our Kickstarter campaign! Please take a look around to know more about Never Look Back and how you can help! Thank you so much for your time!

 

 
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First of all, we are offering you to personaly explore Never Look Back by playing the fully-functioning demo version of the game. You can download it by pressing the button below.

 

Okay, let's get started!

 

Never Look Back is an adventure horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration which is set for release in 2017 on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

The gameplay experience is a mix of adventure and psychedelic horror, which allows you to live through the Mark's eyes and help him to face his demons. 

Inspect every detail on carefully designed levels, use your deduction, solve puzzles to move forward and to get a feel for the horror atmosphere.

And for heaven's sake... never look back.

Relax Mark, everything is fine.
Relax Mark, everything is fine.

 

As game designers we get inspired by authors such as Stephen King, Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and games like The Legend of KyrandiaClock Tower, Resident Evil, Penumbra, Amnesia, P.T. and Layers of Fear.

 

  • Hand-painted retro-style pixel graphics combined with rich visual effects to achieve the highest level of immersion.
  • Classic adventure gameplay full of clever puzzles, hidden secrets and important choices, which lead you up at least to 3 different endings.

 

 

I think I figured it out...
I think I figured it out...
  • Detailed and fully interactive environment.
  • Story-focused exploration – only through exploring the environment you can shed some light on Mark's story, full of drama and mystery.
In addition to the main story, you will be able to find items, which uncover some horryfying facts about mansion and it's owners.
In addition to the main story, you will be able to find items, which uncover some horryfying facts about mansion and it's owners.
  • Сomplete with a tense atmosphere which won't let you go until the end.
Lamp will be your only guide in the darkness.
Lamp will be your only guide in the darkness.
  • A chain of Mark's flashbacks to complete the plot development.
  • Full English voice acting.
  • A lot of references to your favourite games, books and films.

 

Something weird is happening with Mark Walters - an unknown 23 year old writer from Salford, Manchester.

Mark's appartment. Locations like this will bring variety...
Mark's appartment. Locations like this will bring variety...

For two weeks he is chased by the same nightmare. He is running in circles for hours without the slightest possibility of escape. One day as he is leaving his appartment he wakes up in an abandoned mansion, full of mysteries.

Along with Mark you will have to explore the darkest corners of the mansion. Be ready to help the main character unveil what really is going on in this forsaken place, because the answer to that might not be so simple as it might seem.

... but remember - evil never sleeps.
... but remember - evil never sleeps.

 

 

Since we are big fans of point&click games, we decided to use classical mechanics of the genre for the core of our game. Along with our vision, they create unique mechanics of Never Look Back. Our goal in terms of gameplay is quiet simple - create a game where even the slightest details of each mechanic recieve a lot of attention and time.

Throughout the journey you will have to overcome many obstacles, by solving all sorts of puzzles and riddles.

You should also be ready to face the horrifying and very unfriendly residents of the mansion, who will be doing their best to stop you from going further. 

You will have to run and hide. Wait for the opportunity to outsmart them. Remember - retreat is not an act of cowardice but rather a key to survival.

So what exactly do you need to do? The answer is simple - everything that you can. In Never Look Back you should be very attentive to details, in certain locations you have to be VERY attentive. We, in turn, will be doing everything we can to ensure that puzzles and riddles are logical. 

All of the gameplay is based on the interaction between the player and the enviroment. You will have an inventory at your disposal, in which you will be collecting all the nessessary items,

personal diary, where Mark will be writing his own comments about the events happening in game, and also a lamp, your only bastion of light in the neverending darkness of the mansion…

 

What makes our game special, is that in unlike traditional point&click games, the player can move around using two keys:

We used this system in order to convey the tactile feeling of the character to the fullest, which is extremely important for the atmosphere of the game and our vision of the player experience.

In Never Look Back, the cursor will change depending on the action, which you decide to do with the object.

  • Inspect cursor - you will be able to take a closer look at the object and also hear Mark's thoughts about it.
  • Interact cursor - you can activate the object (lever, button, lamp, etc.) and see what happens.
  • Take cursor - pick up an important (or not) inventory item.
  • Move cursor - navigate from one location to another through doors.
  • Item cursor - when choosing an object from the inventory, cursor takes the form of the item. When clicking on any object with thus cursor, the item, if it's possible, will be applied.
Lot's of important objects are hidden from your eyes in boxes and drawers. This unique mechanic eases the access to what they contain. 


 

Another helpful mechanic is the inspection mode, which allows you to take a closer look at the object and see the details which you didn't at first.

... the wine stain for example.
... the wine stain for example.

As you see, all the design solutions in the product support the following goals: develop a quality story-driven adventure game.

 

We spent a lot of time trying to choose the most fitting music for this atmosphere. The unbelievable and amazing Kevin Macleod helped us with that. His compositions perfectly convey the sense of alarm and horror, which is nessesary for our genre. His great works were used in games such as: The Stanley Parable, SCP - Containment Breach, Kerbal Space Program, The Bridge, Robocraft and many more.

Legend.
Legend.

 

 

Don't Panic Arts is a small indie game development team, fully composed of students. We were all brought together by your dream - making video games. In all of our hearts they have a special place.

Our team has only one simple goal - to show the world, that in order to make quality games you don’t need a large game development company. The most important part - is what’s inside. The thing which makes you play the game over and over again. The soul of the game.

Never Look Back is about 40% complete.

We've already implement most of the game mechanics, designed locations and finished our story pipeline. The next steps are as follows:

- finish writing dialogues and voice over them;

- create the remaining world art;

- work more on the atmosphere, music, sounds and cutscenes;

- polish animations and gameplay.

We are aiming to be complete the project by late 2016 - early 2017. 

 

Kickstarter has played an important role in the indie game development community for a long time now. Thanks to it, a lot of exciting projects have been launched that never could have been possible otherwise.

We've been working full-time for a few month now, but to continue working full-time on this project we need a little financial support. We're putting everything we can into this project every single day and we're asking you to trust us when we say: Never Look Back will be an amazing story-driven adventure. The money, feedback and support you invest in it will be worth it!

An approximate chart that shows the different things your money will be used for.
An approximate chart that shows the different things your money will be used for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Game development was never an easy task - it's always a difficult and complicated process. Anytime there is a chance that some sorts of problems will pop up, but we are highly motivated, we are ready to face them, because bringing this project to life is our dream.

We're currently in the midst of the Never Look Back development. Unity 5 is one of the most exciting tools in tech right now and it has never been easier to bring the game ideas to life. The only risk we forecast is a possible slight delay in the game release date, since it may take a bit more time to polish our product to the perfect condition.

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    + Your name will be in the credits,

    + Stylized photo of yourself in the credits,

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    + Your name will be in the credits,

    + Stylized photo of yourself in the credits,

    + Digital Mark's "Psycho: the two sides" Story Book.

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    + Mark's digital poster, signed by our team,

    + Your name will be in the credits,

    + Stylized photo of yourself in the credits,

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    + Your name will be in the credits,

    + Stylized photo of yourself in the credits,

    + Exclusive Digital Artbook,

    + Digital Mark's "Psycho: the two sides" Story Book,

    + Your own full-body pixel art STATUE somewhere in the game.

    Just send us a photo and be surprised by finding yourself at the Never Look Back locations.

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    AN INNER FEAR

    + HD Wallpapers pack,

    + Digital copy of Never Look Back,

    + Access to private forums,

    + Mark's digital poster, signed by our team,

    + Your name will be in the credits,

    + Stylized photo of yourself in the credits,

    + Exclusive Digital Artbook,

    + Digital Mark's "Psycho: the two sides" Story Book,

    + Your own full-body pixel art STATUE somewhere in the game,

    + All Don’t Panic Arts games 5 years from now for free,

    + YOU WILL BECOME A MAIN CHARACTER IN ONE OF THE MARK'S STORIES.

    We will use you name, appearance, fears and description of your house/room, where the story will take place.

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