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A 2.5D cyberpunk horror game inspired by Fatal Frame and Clock Tower, with a story that mixes technology and Cantonese traditions.
A 2.5D cyberpunk horror game inspired by Fatal Frame and Clock Tower, with a story that mixes technology and Cantonese traditions.
A 2.5D cyberpunk horror game inspired by Fatal Frame and Clock Tower, with a story that mixes technology and Cantonese traditions.
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Project Sense - 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story

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Check out the demo on itchio! It features the first few areas of the game, and a glance into what to expect in the future.

Sense - 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is a 2.5D game inspired by Clock Tower and Fatal Frame. With careful attention to pacing, atmosphere and storytelling, Sense hopes to return the horror genre to its roots; celebrating the slow, fearful creep of dread instead of relying on over the top action and jump scares. The ghosts - as glitches on our reality - act as spiritual and paranormal threats, not monsters to be killed. The horror of our story comes from atmosphere and storytelling, not loud sound and artificial effects.

In 2083 Neo Hong Kong, a young woman named Mei Lin Mak is dragged into a maelstrom of supernatural horror. As she peers deeper into the century old mystery, Mei will be forced to question her perception of reality and her trust of her cybernetic eyes. Under the neon lights of a cyperpunk dystopia, the ruins of the 'Chong Sing Apartments' hides a bloody mystery illuminated by both the traditions of Chinese folklore and the innovations of the industrial future. If there is any hope of escaping this nightmare, Mei-Lin must explore this complex, piecing together the stories of 14 lost souls, and discover the truth of her own family curse.

Features

Interaction: The player will need to search and examine every nook and cranny of the world around them in order to progress. Some items may not be visible until specific chains are completed, and some items may be hidden from Mei's cybernetic eyes at all times, as if spirited away by the ghosts stalking her. Some may require quick wit - and have urgent consequences.

Dialogue: NPCs will be heavily populating a few areas of the full game, but there may be some wandering the halls with you. Talking to them can reveal information about the world, the mystery at hand, and even some unexpected secrets.

Zooms: Some interactions require a closer look, zooms allow for a different view of items, areas, and puzzles. Make sure to search every inch.

Lore: The world of Sense is huge and complex, each location will reveal details about Neo-Hong Kong and the surrounding world. From Geo-Politics to inter-character relationships, don't be afraid to click on anything that looks interesting.

Ghosts: The ghosts of the Chung Sing building can hurt you, but can you hurt them? Short answer is no, but you can help them pass on. Shrines, offerings, and solving mysteries will be your only weapons.

Shinrei Spots: The 14 lost souls of the Chung Sing building are not the only spirits lurking the halls. Dozens of hidden ghost photos fill the locations of Sense. Finding them all may reveal a secret!

Death and failure: Like all the best games, failure and mistakes should be punished, but in a heavily narrative game how do you do that? How do you promote stakes and risk? The answer is simple, fill the world with dangerous events and deadly spirits. Just make sure to record your progress at the occasional TV, there are NO checkpoints or autosaves in the Chung Sing building.

Replayability: Sense will be filled with secrets, only some of them will be revealed in a single play through. Some secrets wont be able to escape the spirit realm until the "Plus" appears.

Screenshots

Sense utilizes a Hand-Painted 2.5D style for its art, which combines the benefits of 3D - such as shifting perspective - with the intricate, colorful style of 2D illustration.

The below images are mockups of in-game locations.

Sense also happily embraces eroticism and fan-service in it's art, which can especially be seen in character designs. Our biggest inspirations for character design is the legendary Masamune Shirow, Creator of Ghost in the Shell and Dominion Tank Police and Chifumi Suzuki, the character designer at Tecmo Koei responsible for the last several Fatal Frame and Dead or Alive titles.

However, Sense's embrace of eroticism does not detract from its roots in the horror genre. Ghastly spirits, ghouls, and deformed creatures of all types can be found lurking in the shadows. 

Other NPCs and designs are hybrids of technologically advanced cyberpunk aesthetics, and traditional clothing originating in Asian Cultures. 

Sense's locations are heavily inspired by futuristic environments, especially drawing from the architecture of Asian cities and buildings. The aesthetic includes lots of bright, colorful neon lights, a stark contrast to the dark, brooding streets and back alleys of the dystopia that Mei finds herself in.  

Locations are also fully animated to bring out their full potential, letting players immerse themselves in the world and observe the little details that bring Neo Hong Kong to life.

 Our soundtrack is done by Andy Andi Han, a composer with significant experience in games, and the co-composer of the famed visual novel Katawa Shoujo.  

Sense will feature an immersive, atmospheric and brooding soundtrack, drawing the player further into the ghostly cyberpunk world of the game. With influences from John Carpenter, Vangelis and traditional Chinese Opera, the synthesizer-meets-eastern sound provides a lasting and memorable auditory experience. The music isn't just tacked on to the ride - the musical experience is an essential sensory element, accompanying the journey through Neo Hong Kong's moody, neon filled streets... and wherever else it may go.

Two examples can be found below:

Long before Sense even began development, I knew I wanted this game to reflect my dream project, rivaling AAA games. So when it originally came time to develop the game myself, the time restraints, sheer technical requirements, and minimal budgeting made many of those ideas impossible. Instead of scrapping the idea, I tried to do what I realistically, could rather than promising something I could never make a reality. Scaling back and focusing on what I CAN do instead of what I wanted to do was essential to success. After lots of drafting, feedback, and help from an established publisher and fellow developers, I think I found a solid look and feel, and most importantly, I feel was finally able to craft something unique and exciting; with Kickstarter however, I can work in some of my true dream ideas and deliver the clearest version of my original concept to your screens.  

Things like high quality animations for character movement and interaction, more dynamic lighting and higher quality art, more advanced and in depth coding and gameplay, fully animated cutscenes, 3D environments, and a larger and longer game can be done but will require funding and support. With your help I can hire and contract more experienced people to bring all of those ideas to life so that I can focus solely on my strengths; art and narrative. With or without Kickstarter I will continue to develop Sense - A Cyberpunk Ghost Story into a memorable and high quality experience that I expect of the games I love and the quality I demand of myself, but with your pledges I can make it into something truly groundbreaking and unique.

 Reward Tiers

  • $5
  • Name in Backer Credits
  • Exclusive Wallpaper
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates
  • $20
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates 
  • Digital Copy of Game 
  • $30
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates 
  • Digital Copy of Game 
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • $40
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates 
  • Digital Copy of Game
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • Digital Artbook 
  • $50
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates 
  • Digital Copy of Game 
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • Digital Artbook
  • Choice of 1 Physical Poster
  • Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies
  •  $75 
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper  
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates 
  • Digital Copy of Game 
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • Digital Artbook 
  • All Physical Posters
  • Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies

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  • Name in Backer Credits
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates  
  • Digital Copy of Game 
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • Digital Artbook 
  • Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies
  • Choice of 1 Physical Poster
  • Physical copy of game
  • $90
  • Name in Backer Credits
  • Exclusive Wallpaper
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates
  • Digital Copy of Game
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Digital Artbook
  • Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies
  • All Physical Posters
  • Physical copy of game
  •  $100
  • Name in Backer Credits
  • Exclusive Wallpaper  
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates  
  • Digital Copy of Game  
  • Digital Soundtrack  
  • Digital Artbook  
  • Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies  
  • All Physical Posters  
  • Physical copy of game
  • Physical Soundtrack
  • $150 
  • Name in Backer Credits
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates
  • Digital Copy of Game 
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • Digital Artbook Acrylic 
  • Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies 
  • All Physical Posters 
  • Physical copy of game
  • Physical Soundtrack
  • Physical Hardcover Artbook
  •  $250 
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates  
  • Digital Copy of Game 
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • Digital Artbook 
  • Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies 
  • All Physical Posters
  • Physical copy of game 
  • Physical Soundtrack 
  • Physical Hardcover Artbook
  • Mei Mousepad
  • $350 
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates 
  • Digital Copy of Game
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • Digital Artbook 
  • Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies 
  • All Physical Posters 
  • Mei Mousepad
  • Collector's Edition Boxset
  •  $600 
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper  
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates 
  • Digital Copy of Game 
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • Digital Artbook Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies 
  • All Physical Posters
  • Mei Mousepad 
  • Collector's Edition Boxset
  • Custom Graffiti & Graffiti Print
  •  $750  
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backer sOnly Forums & Updates 
  • Digital Copy of Game
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Digital Artbook
  • Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies
  • All Physical Posters 
  • Mei Mousepad 
  • Collector's Edition Boxset 
  • Create a Character & Custom Character Print
  •  $1500 
  • Name in Backer Credits 
  • Exclusive Wallpaper 
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates 
  • Digital Copy of Game 
  • Digital Soundtrack 
  • Digital Artbook 
  • Acrylic Standee & Bonus Physical Goodies 
  • All Physical Posters 
  • Mei Mousepad 
  • Collector's Edition Boxset 
  • Create a Character & Custom Character Print
  • Custom Graffiti & Graffiti Print
  • Executive Production Credits & Goodies 

Add-ons

To order an add-on, simply pledge at which tier you would like, then add the respective amount to your pledge. A backer survey email will go out asking how you would like to allocate extra funds.

  • $10 - Choice of Poster
  • $25 - All Posters
  • $15 - Acrylic Standee
  • $50 - Physical Artbook
  • $10 - Physical Soundtrack
  • $25 - Physical Game
  • $100 - Mei Mousepad

When ordering an add-on, if you live outside the US, please add $8 for shipping per item. If you live within the US, add $5 shipping per item.

Reward Previews

Mousepad Concept
Mousepad Concept
Acrylic Standee
Acrylic Standee
One available poster, by guest artist Rebis Dungeon.
One available poster, by guest artist Rebis Dungeon.

Risks and challenges

Game Development is rarely an easy process, but when it's your last ditch effort and last dollar, things can get a bit more rough. Situations like these mean that you have to carefully budget your time, and work around your skill sets. Simultaneously, you also need to build a focus on your strengths, in order to create the best presentation possible.

With Sense, I wanted to show off the world I'd envisioned. The overall look and feel of the game I know down to every pixel, and my core strengths are in 2D art and writing. I love building worlds and stories that show, not tell. That said, I struggle with things like animation, know absolutely nothing about music, and am inexperienced in business. I was fortunate enough to find friends who can do all three of those things for me.

So, the risks and challenges have more to do with money and time than anything else. Top Hat Studios has a history of releasing games successfully with and without crowdfunding. Andy 'Andi' Han has done a number of fantastic soundtracks for games like Katawa Shoujo and Arenus, and I’m in talks with several as-of-yet to be named animators, who can help bring Sense to the next level visually. How we manage our budget for things like stretch goals and physical releases, along with meeting deadlines for release, comes with a number of unforeseen difficulties and possible bumps in the road. However, I’m dedicated to being fully transparent and open with all backers each step of the way.

Making Sense, and starting Suzaku, has been my dream for a long time - and the only way I can do it is with your help and support. The most important thing in the world for me is to honor that, and commit myself to each and every one of you. I, and my team, will deliver the game no matter what, but building Sense into the instant classic it deserves to be - the one that I know we can make - will take funding and time that only Kickstarter can provide us.

I truly thank you for your consideration and support, and I look forward to creating an amazing experience for you to enjoy.

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    Sensible - Thank You

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    Cautious - Digital Game

    The horrors of the dreaded Chung Sing Building await you!

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    Curious - Digital Soundtrack

    Much like our protagonist Mei-Lin Mak, you're morbidly curious of the secrets hidden in Neo Hong Kong.

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    Heightened Senses - Digital Artbook

    What you see on the surface isn't enough to satisfy your curiosity - with your heightened senses, only the supernatural will satisfy you.

    You'll receive a digital copy of our artbook.

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    Amplified Senses - Poster & Goodies

    Your senses have grown beyond the average human - you sit on the border between human achievement and the supernatural; technology and tradition.

    You'll receive your choice of one physical poster, and other physical goodies, including an acrylic standee of the protagonist Mei.

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    Foreboding Feeling - All Posters

    Like the denizens of Neo Hong Kong, you can't help but feel there's something more to be desired beyond the barriers of everyday activities.

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    Foreboding Feeling - Physical Game

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    Suspicious Feeling - Posters & Game

    Like the denizens of Neo Hong Kong, you can't help but feel there's something more to be desired beyond the barriers of everyday activities. Your expectations for the future are bright, despite your dystopian surroundings.

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    Tangible Fear - Physical Soundtrack

    The supernatural spirits that lurk in Neo Hong Kong sometimes produce a feeling so cold, it's tangible.

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    Embracing the Unknown - Physical Artbook

    Sometimes when faced with the unknown, the best course of action is to embrace it, heightening the sense of adventure.

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    Supernatural Embrace - Mousepad

    Beyond the border of understanding lies what we cannot understand, but choose to embrace regardless.

    Includes a special edition Mei mousepad. Images can be found in the rewards section.

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    Sixth Sense - Collector's Edition

    Some of us are gifted with the ability to feel more than just a premonition of the unknown - some of us can see what lies beyond the darkest recesses of Neo Hong Kong.

    Includes the collector's edition, which contains a box set of the soundtrack, physical game, and a special edition version of the artbook.

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    Remnants of the Past - Custom Graffiti

    Even in the future, some things from the past refuse to fade.

    You'll be able to create custom graffiti, and choose its location (Note: this will be subject to developer approval and must be within reason).

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    Beyond Understanding - Custom NPC

    Some things are beyond not only our understanding, but the unknowns of the supernatural.

    You'll be able to create a custom character in game, with unique dialogue and interactions. You'll receive this character on a print as well (Does not include previous Graffiti reward).

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    An Executive Omniscience - Producer

    You'll be credited as an Executive Producer for Project Sense, and will receive personal updates from the developers throughout the game's development, as well as copies of all future games made by Suzaku.

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Funding period

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