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$1,923
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
36
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 15 2016 4:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

 

Dead Bug Creek is an otherworldly adventure on planet Earth. It's a first person VR adventure game brought to you by us, Ashley Pinnick and Antonio Chang. We're a two-person development team who have worked with some wonderful folks like Disney, Marvel, AMC, Sony and Lucasfilm. Our last year and a half has become all about making Dead Bug Creek and we are so excited to share it with you!

Discover clues, party with some dead guys and learn the secrets of Dead Bug Creek. You play as an alien explorer in search of "The Ultimate Prize" whose sensors point you towards a dusty, derelict town in the middle of nowhere. When your quest is derailed by a rambunctious young girl named Flora, it becomes clear there is more to this town than it seems. Convene with the locals, explore dark passageways and learn about the strangeness of the human world.

  • QUESTING! Be led on an immersive adventure, unraveling mysteries within a hyper stylized world. Uncover the mystery of Lost Dutchman Mine, explore the edges of Dead Bug Creek township, and navigate your way through challenges, puzzles and narrative quests.
  • COLLECTING! Wield the P.W.O.P.P.L.E., a device designed especially for wrangling the most elusive of treasures. Zap things with it to send them back to the mothership, near ever closer to the Ultimate Prize, and learn more about what you collect. You can also use collectable, in-game coins to play a number of machines in the game world.
  • EXPLORING! Roam the desert landscape and encounter the strange folk who inhabit Dead Bug Creek. Hang around and you'll meet UFO Believers, crotchety old ladies, salty bikers and a few creatures with a special gifts. Each of them with a unique story to tell. Some folks are friendly, some may need your help, and others are just bonkers.
     
Flora joins you on your search for the Ultimate Prize
Flora joins you on your search for the Ultimate Prize

 

This is it, don't get scared now!
This is it, don't get scared now!

 

 Dead Bug Creek was conceived as a VR project from the very beginning. It’s a free roaming world explored from a first-person perspective and is a seated experience using positional head tracking with game pad input.You are invited to lean into objects closely, peek through open windows, and observe the environment from every angle to solve puzzles and discover secrets hidden throughout the town.

We've been working hard on making a quest flow that is both fun and rewarding. It works pretty much like this:

 

We have also planned some special additions to the game, including a new game + mode, and a whole bunch of trophies and achievements! In total, we will have 4-5 hours of content, perhaps more.

 

 

 

 

 

Dead Bug Creek will be coming to Playstation VR in the US later this year, with support for HTC Vive and Oculus soon after. We have timelines laid out to hit release dates within the year for all 3 platforms if funding is successful!

 

 

Here's a sneak peek at a few of our favorite funky folks (some silly, some dead, some mechanical, some just really really old) you'll meet in Dead Bug Creek!

 

Flora is a 9 year old resident of Dead Bug Creek and President Chief Executive Leader of the Explorer’s Club (of which she is also the sole member). Gets into trouble often.

 

Adolph Ruth is an eccentric undead explorer who has lost his mind (quite literally). Speaking in a old-timey accent, he waxes poetic about fine foods, the thrill of adventure and the pros of being dead.

Jalapeno Man is the eldest resident of Dead Bug Creek. His palate does not privy him to having a taste for spicy foods.

Scuzzy is your co-pilot and begrudging navigator. He tends to underestimate your capabilities. Though he can be sarcastic, he's mostly a good guy.  

Daryl is a flighty jackalope and Flora's close friend. He is an avid adventurer and history buff.

 

We were inspired by our childhood memories of growing up in a small, silly, creepy town in the Sonoran Desert, mashed up with our love for classic adventure games. We also infused the game's themes with our love for DEVO, Chuck Jones, the Fleischer Brothers and Ren & Stimpy cartoons. 

A few things we think make Dead Bug Creek special
A few things we think make Dead Bug Creek special

 

 

Here's a few samples of physical rewards we are offering! We are super excited to bring everyone some fun trinkets to accompany our many digital rewards.

The 2x2" patch and foam koozie we will be shipping as physical rewards!
The 2x2" patch and foam koozie we will be shipping as physical rewards!

 

 

A sample of the kind of full-color original art by Ashley as outlined in the "Original Art" tier
A sample of the kind of full-color original art by Ashley as outlined in the "Original Art" tier

 

 

We are Antonio Chang and Ashley Pinnick and the two of us make games under California Rex.

Ashley, Antonio, and our development cat Mrs. E.L. Fudge
Ashley, Antonio, and our development cat Mrs. E.L. Fudge

We're a multi-disciplinary duo with a history of working on collaborative projects. Our knowledge of making games comes from years of tinkering, with VR expertise having been developed since we started playing with the medium in 2014. We've been a couple for 6 years and love working together to make silly things.

Antonio Chang: Technical Director, Developer & Puzzle Designer, Story

Antonio has a background in film and visual effects with a penchant for technical problem solving. His passion for mechanics and puzzle design make the game's interactivity shine. Additionally, Antonio will write some supplementary music to compliment the game's existing soundtrack.

Ashley Pinnick: Creator, VR Expert, Artist, Developer, Story

Ashley Pinnick conceived the game idea, made all of the art, also lends a hand with development and VR-specific design. She is a professional artist with a background in illustration and interactive design and teaches virtual reality & world building at ArtCenter College of Design's Kids program.

Contributors

Odell Atkinson

We'll also be having the help of our friend Odell Atkinson, who is an amazingly talented voice actor. We are ecstatic to have his help!

Cody Conrad

Our original soundtrack and many character voices were created by our late friend, Cody Conrad. He was a prolific artist, musician, and writer, with an unparalleled talent for capturing the simultaneous beauty and loneliness of the Southwest in his compositions. You will hear his contribution in almost every corner of the game.

 

Making games can feel like a pretty closed-off experience. We want to find a community of awesome people who can give us support and feedback as well! Kickstarter is a great place full of passionate folks, and we're looking to you to give us your input as we share with you our progress. It'll make Dead Bug Creek better for everyone.

This is especially important as a VR project - keeping the experience as comfortable and intuitive for our Players, even those who are new to virtual reality. Additionally, the potential of having resources we need will help us obtain sorely needed tools and give us the freedom to work on this project as much as we can. In short, having the support of folks on Kickstarter makes Dead Bug Creek a better game: more time and resources, more polish, more fun!

 

We have been making Dead Bug Creek since late 2014, when Ashley was finishing up her final year at ArtCenter College of Design. Our work so far has given us a deep understanding of how to to tie up all the loose ends in making an awesome game for VR. Last year at Siggraph we were honored to be included as an exhibition of the “best of the best” in virtual reality. It was there we showed a prototype of Dead Bug Creek and received an overwhelmingly positive response! We met a lot of great people and had tons of fun.

Since then, we’ve overhauled the game’s look and feel, developed the systems for animation and interaction, the controls and menus for VR. We're currently completing our first-person avatar and building side-quest environments. There's still a lot left to do - we'll be using the remaining time and funding needed to polish existing parts of Dead Bug Creek, implement our puzzle mechanics, platform integration, finish our voice acting and sound effects, and tweak some mechanics. With your help, we'll also be able to compensate anyone we work with fairly for their time and talent.

 

Risks and challenges

Dead Bug Creek is at a place where we feel confident in finishing the project on time and to its best quality. Game development is rife with unknowns and setbacks for many projects, especially ones involving burgeoning technology. On top of that, this is our first game we are bringing to the public.

We still have a few challenges to solve, and with the ever-evolving nature of virtual reality there may be unforseen complications. However, our combined skill, awesome support structure from our family and friends, and our experience using and making VR give us confidence. We have brought complex, collaborative projects to completion before, and are accustomed to working on deadlines to solve both technical and creative challenges. We're also lucky to have the help and support of friends also working in technology, games and entertainment who can help us see issues from a fresh angle. Together, we feel armed and ready to make the best game we can for everyone.

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    - A 2x2" snazzy embroidered patch
    - A koozie for fizzy beverages and libations
    - A 5x5" zine with custom art, including a guide to Explorers Only locations in the American Southwest.

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    - A 5x7" unique and original drawing made for you by Ashley based on your request.

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    Property Damage!

    Along with everything in the Explorer's Club Pack, you'll receive:

    - The ability to deface the bathroom stall inside Dead Bug Creek's crummy diner! Give us some silly text and we'll make it an inspirational message for Players to read when they're on the virtual toilet.
    - Please note we reserve the right to turn down offensive language (though we encourage cheeky ideas)!

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    In-Game Character!

    Along with everything in the Limited Edition Book tier, you'll receive:

    - Your likeness (based off the image of your choice) in Dead Bug Creek's game world as an NPC. It can be you, your pet, your best friend, your worst nightmare!
    - Please note we reserve the right to turn down offensive images.
    - You'll also receive an original drawing of your NPC mailed to your home anywhere in the world!
    - You can also request a personal skype call, dev stream or backers-only update of your choice.

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    You're the Boss!

    You're the Boss!

    Along with everything in the Limited Edition Book tier, you'll receive:

    - Your likeness to appear in the game as the Mothership Correspondent. That's right, you're the boss, the one sending their minions in search of the Ultimate Prize! Whatever image you send us will be the boss, carrots and tennis shoes included.
    - Please note we reserve the right to turn down offensive images!
    - You'll also receive all original drawings and the final character design based on the image you send, mailed to your home anywhere in the world!
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