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A story of spiritual and physical development of black dolphin Jengu in a game allowing to view the newsfeed from your Tumblr as well. Read more

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A story of spiritual and physical development of black dolphin Jengu in a game allowing to view the newsfeed from your Tumblr as well.

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SEADELPHICA is a groundbreaking, innovative and unique mobile computer game for iOS®, Android™ and Windows Phone™ technologies. It tells the story of spiritual and physical development of the black dolphin ‘Jengu’, in a game that offers a live Tumblr™ newsfeed!

Description 

SEADELPHICA is a narrated story of the black dolphin ‘Jengu’ created in a secret scientific laboratory within the project on establishing interspecific communication. Its eyes, smart augmented reality glasses, its body, live online matter connected to the mysterious global electronic network “Oversense”. Due to unknown reasons the project within which the dolphin was created was frozen, and the dolphin was forgotten about for a long time. What really happened and what went wrong? Who brought ‘Jengu’ to live in the first place, and why?
On a quest to discover the answers as well as to discover his girlfriend, ‘Jengu’ must adventure and travel across open spaces of dangerous ocean. While travelling he learns that the era of technological singularity started on the planet dozens of years ago, when the speed of technological process became unintelligible to humans. By that moment a part of humankind has decided to leave their bodies, and has transferred their consciousness into the network, thus creating the “Oversense”.

However, not everyone followed this example. The majority was scared and insulted by such perspective. Cherishing a hope to live in harmony with nature, those people established new settlements of which Panoptika became the largest. Lil It, an immortal alien creature with a fish-like body, mitochondrial mother of humankind, was elected to be the only and sole sovereign of Panoptika. She consolidated almost absolute power over the new world in her hands. She managed to embed a virus into the “Oversense” and put it on the verge of destructions. The Black dolphin's mission is to save the consciousness web, to which he's connected by a cosmic Wi-Fi. 

Consistently experiencing the stages of spiritual development, the black dolphin learn to master powerful technologies. The dolphin will have to learn to create new elementary particles, light up new stars, create black and white holes, and in the end to re-program the entire Universe. But to achieve all that it will have to face the greatest endurance, to find cosmic love.

Integration with Tumblr™

As game developers we are big fans of Tumblr™. A couple years ago being among friends we were dreaming how cool it could be to play a game that would allow to view your newsfeed in Tumblr™, as well as to “like” and “re-blog” the pictures you like. Approximately at that time the first sketches of the story about the black dolphin were made. In time the stories crossed paths and eventually converged into the game SEADELPHICA. The pictures from Tumblr™ in the game will be translated to the special “soul screens” translating the echo of people’s souls who chose to transfer their consciousness into the network. Through these pictures the black dolphin can learn the inner world, feelings and emotions of people whose avatar is in the real world 

Platforms: 

As part of our crowdfunding efforts, SEADELPHICA will be available for iOS®, Android™ and Windows Phone™ technologies

Features of gameplay:

- Gameplay forms by story-driven Runner and FreePlay. FreePlay is a meditative research of the unknown world. Player is born synchronous along with the black dolphin Jengu, and doesn’t know anything about the outside world the same as Jengu. Dangerous and dynamic Runners come afterwards, and in this part of the game Jengu has to prove his strength and speed

- SEADELPHICA can be played in different ways, you can choose a runner or pick the one with the storyline. The history of the world and spiritual growth of the dolphin come to the surface with help of the storyline. However, we are not insisting on the storyline, it is just one of the bonuses, if player wants just to relax and play runner he could easily do it. SEADELPHICA is divided into 24 levels where each level represents a chapter from the narrated “SEADELPHICA: Black Dolphin Fabula” storyline 

- Under the process of Jengu’s self development he will meet enemies who are much stronger than he is. For each such boss Jengu has to develop individual strategy to win. There are 8 bosses in the game, and each one is special, each one has unique mechanic of the fight, which differs from the common gameplay’s tasks and runners in the game. After killing each boss Jengu absorb his unique talent. Player can kill some bosses in a few ways

One of the bosses, whose name is Trojan
One of the bosses, whose name is Trojan

 - Extraordinary mixture of sky-fi and ocean deep

- There are two different end-pieces in the game

- Player has ability to connect his Tumblr™ blog with the game. Pictures from Tumblr™ are not pointless innovation; they influence the course of the game. As example, there will be boss named Zelig in the game who has the ability to materialize pictures from Tumblr™ in the reality and attack Jengu using these subjects. In its turn, Jengu can choose different ways of Zelig’s annihilation with the help of Tumblr™ pictures. One more example, Jengu will have access to the special seeds, which will transform into subjects from Tumblr™ blogs after sowing. With the help of such seeds you can build your own house or create new bio-synthetical creatures

- Jengu is not defenseless, he can connect with his body different weapons and during self-enrichments he discovers new skills – magic unicorn, wings and “shield”

Art

Artist ZIGENDEMONIC was in charge of creating pictures for each chapter of story on the black dolphin, as well as development of many characters and environment objects in the game. We were really happy to begin our team work on Seadelphica, as we all shared the same ideas. Zigendemonic says on her creative work: “Taking pleasure in the observation of the supersaturated visual space, especially digital "dimension", where the atmosphere of the information chaos is predominant, causing a feeling of romantic tragedy in the face of absolute beauty of new technologies and sentimentality of sleepless nights spent staring at computer monitor, and sweet lucid dreams after. I'm trying to convey an emotional attitude to certain cult objects and attributes of the modern world - transferred into a neutral space and changing their values to take an absurd combination with each other.”

 

Music and sound

To create our soundtrack and to record our audio, we have invited our friends from the Moscow creative community RAD. They are well-known producers from Russia and develop the local musical electronic stage. To complete the work on our soundtrack we invited three producers differing in style and mood: 813, Slava and Jenya Gorbunov, part of Stoned Boys band. Each one of them is working on the score for various game mechanics.  Audio branding agency Radar is supervising the project

https://www.facebook.com/radaragency.ru

https://www.facebook.com/radology

http://radology.bandcamp.com/

813

813, ex-fireman working in the Ministry of Emergency Situations, is now a producer of electronic music whose work is becoming increasingly popular - far beyond the borders of his home country. He describes his style as hyper-color r’n’b, and is planning to produce a mini-album with Mad Decent label in the future. We know 813 as a musician with original and non-standard approach to music writing, thus we invited him to work with us on music to the runner part, as well as to create sounds for the whole game.

https://www.facebook.com/813Music

https://soundcloud.com/813

Slava

NY based producer and artist Slava devotes all his free time to writing music where the elements of various genres are brought together, i.e. vogue, pop, r'n'b, hip-hop, bass and ambient. We asked Slava to write the music for the Free-To-Play level within our game.

https://www.facebook.com/teamslava

https://soundcloud.com/slava

Jenya Gorbunov

Boss encounters within the game offers its own set of unique audio challlenges, and we have invited yet another producer and musician Jenya Gorbunov, the member of Stoned Boys electronic duet, to write the music to this part of the game. Jenya is one of the most productive musicians in Russia, a one-man band, who juggles playing in three music bands, however he has never produced any solo release. Writing the music to the game is the first step for him in this direction.

https://www.facebook.com/StonedBoys

https://www.facebook.com/incompetencerec

Monetization – in-app purchases

SEADELPHICA will be available as a FREE and PAID download on each platform. In the FREE version, players can familiarize themselves with the games locations, among which the soul-screens will be positioned transmitting pictures from blogs and newsfeeds. Friends can be added and re-blogged accordingly. The PAID version of SEADELPHICA will feature all premium content, including all 24 levels and all of the games 8 bosses.

 

Team

Our team is modest in size but we have made significant advances in the process of game development to be sure that we will go all the way to the end. Our game designers and programmers have experience in creation of such games as Order of War, Order of War: Challenge, World of Tanks, 2 Days to Vegas etc. At present, we have developed part of the game levels from technical perspective, and we continue our work on the gameplay and mechanics, as well as on game integration with Tumblr™.

In the short term we are going to improve quality of the picture in the game:  

- Harmonize water in the game, colour and clarity, create surges and splashes; 

- Add algae and different fish and animals; 

- Work on textures in the game, make beautiful sea bottom and other surfaces, and create beautiful sky; 

- Add different effects, new buildings and other objects. 

 

Risks and challenges

SEADELPHICA is a big and exciting game project! And we acknowledge and recognize that all projects, regardless of size, has an element of risk. But with great risks come great rewards. SEADELPHICA is designed and built from the ground up, giving us full control over all aspects of the game. Our team consists of highly creative and very talented people. Our crowdfunding goal and possible stretch goals are designed to empower us to gather the needed resources and personnel to deliver SEADELPHICA on time.

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