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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 19 2015
$468
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
19
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 19 2015

About

Glitch Warrior is an NES-inspired action platformer built around the player's ability to manipulate the game's logic. Everything in the game runs off a series of values the player can manipulate to alter spawns, glitch out scenery, and activate wrong warps. You don't just play Glitch Warrior, you bend its rules to your will!

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IN THE YEAR 21XX:

In the distant future, robots have become a part of everyday life. Robotic exploration has reached a new generation with the introduction of Abacus, the first robot to integrate with human tissue. Abacus is a new generation of organic machine, one with the free will and thought of a normal man.

It isn't long before the mad machine develops a superiority complex and seeks to exterminate his creators. Fueled by super robotic insanity, Abacus takes control over the world by manipulating every robot on the planet to do his bidding. 

EXCEPT FOR YOU:

In the dark recess of a forgotten scrap heap lies the only robot Abacus dared not reactivate. One of the first modern robots ever created, Mega-Bit suffered from an uncontrollable condition that made him too dangerous to function in society. 

An unstable power core means that Mega-Bit is not only prone to glitching, he has errors so destructive they glitch out every machine in his path. 

MEET THE HEROES:

Together Kilo-Bit, Mega-Bit, and Giga-Bit make an unlikely team of would-be heroes. Rotate between characters on your own, or team up with a friend for local co-op.

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GAMEPLAY:

Glitch Warrior is a 2D action game with an emphasis on precision platforming and game manipulating "glitches". Everything in the game, from enemy spawns to level loading, is controlled by a series of variables. The player is given the ability to manipulate these variables, resulting in unexpected activity that lets them bend the game to their will. As the game progresses the player gains access to new and more exciting types of glitches.

HOW DOES IT WORK:

The majority of what you see in Glitch Warrior, from spawns to which screen will load next, is stored in a series of memory banks. The game is constantly consulting these banks and the variables stored in them to determine what to do next. What the player is able to do, through a series of unlockable powers, is manipulate and swap around these variables. 

This can result in a situation where the game checks a bank expecting to find a series of enemies to spawn in the next room, only to find the variable data for spikes, health drops, or your HUD. This simple system allows you to completely disrupt the game while you experiment to solve problems and defeat enemies.

TARGET PLATFORMS:

Glitch Warrior is being built initially for PC/Mac, with plans to bring it to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Pledges that include a digital copy of the game will be given a choice to swap out their PC/Mac copy for a PlayStation copy if that version is ready for distribution.

If you can't back Glitch Warrior, please consider sharing our Kickstarter page to support us. Retweet our Twitter announcements and inform your favorite outlets about us! Every bit of exposure helps immensely.

Mega-Bit's powers in Glitch Warrior are pretty crazy. The tools we put in the player's hands allow them to override and contradict every design decision we make. That's why balancing the use of those abilities is so important. Glitching isn't something that is thrown in without any extra thought, it's an important mechanic that is constantly being retooled and optimized to not break the game, despite the fact that it is intended to break the game.

Our biggest goal in playtesting is to find a nice balance that allows the player the freedom to manipulate the game, but to restrict it in a sense that prevents it from being a crutch to complete every challenge. We want the glitching to require creative execution to be effective, not an easy button to bypass everything in the game. 

WHO IS IT FOR:

Glitch Warrior is for people who love a fair challenge and retro-inspired gameplay. While the core game is simple to learn, the depth it offers rewards those who are willing to go deeper. The intricacies of the glitching system promotes experimentation, exploration, and optimization. Whether you're a simple platformer fan or someone looking for a new game to speedrun, there's something in Glitch Warrior for you to enjoy.

  • An NES-style Game. What that means is dense level design, tight length, and high difficulty. Glitch Warrior is meant to be mastered over time, yet beaten quickly by pros.

  • Difficulty Variables. While Glitch Warrior doesn't feature alternate difficulties, it does allow less-skilled players to even the odds. Optional unlockable upgrades are hidden throughout the game for those that need extra health, lives, etc. The glitch mechanics also give players the chance to alter specific scenes that are giving them trouble. You don't have infinite glitching power, so save it up for the sections you can't pass on your own!

  • Non-linear Progression Like the classic Mega Man series, Glitch Warrior's levels can be conquered in any order you choose. Determining the weaknesses of each boss and the best situations for utilizing glitches is necessary to overcome the game's challenges.

We believe that retro style games should embrace their roots and not be afraid to wear their inspirations on their sleeve. We want to make a game that takes a foundation we're all familiar with, and twist it with experimental new mechanics.

And we need your help to do it.

What's a fun game without some great enemies to go toe-to-toe with? Every stage that Abacus has taken control of has been appointed a powerful robot to guard it. Each of these robots make up an elite force known as the Kings of the New World, and it's up to you to stop them!

We feel the art of great boss fights goes overlooked in many games, and with Glitch Warrior it's our goal to put these baddies back in the spotlight. It's our philosophy that a boss encounter needs to be something that is the most intimidating and exciting moment of a stage. Every obstacle you complete in a stage should fill you with a thrilling dread as you come ever closer to a powerful foe that puts all of your skills to the test. 

While some of our boss characters have goofy aesthetics, they all still share a focus on intimidation. Bosses are something the player must prove their skills against, and the rewards they drop are only for the persistent. These are some of the great kings you'll be facing up against.


Between our focus on glitches and classic gameplay elements, it simply made sense to render Glitch Warrior with an aged look. Inspired by the immense catalog of classic NES titles, Glitch Warrior features an exaggerated 8-bit style that maintains the look while embracing modern technology with an expanded color palette.

This philosophy carries over to the soundtrack, which is being composed using FamiTracker, an NES composition tool, to help give it an authentic chiptune sound. 

Founded in 2014, m07games is a small team with a passion for unique and challenging games. Our first title, GunWorld, is currently available on Steam

GunWorld represents what we can do with no budget and only four months of development. We want Glitch Warrior to represent what we can do with the time and money we need to deliver a fully realized and polished experience.

In comparison to other funding opportunities, Kickstarter offers the greatest chance to engage with individuals who have a genuine care for the product you're trying to build. Pledges are not about seeing a fiscal return on your investment, they're about creating something that you actually want. 

From that, Kickstarter allows us to build a relationship with fans of our games and help make them a reality. Even further, having passionate backers supporting us gives us a great audience to approach for feedback that will help shape the best possible version of the final product.

Our funding goal of $8,000 is broken down in percentages below to show you exactly where our budget is going.

Risks and challenges

Video games, regardless of scope and scale, are challenging projects to complete. Many aspiring developers come to Kickstarter naive of the difficulty of the project they promise to complete.

While we respect the challenges ahead, we also reference our past to show why we're a team worth trusting. Our first title, GunWorld, has reached a retail release on Steam despite failing to raise the funds we sought on Kickstarter last time around. Common development challenges can result in things like delays or cut content, but our passion for this project drives us to prevent that from happening.

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