UPDATE 3: Totals from the Add-ons will be counted toward the $150,000 Stretch goal, but the only way to gain access to the Add-ons is to become a Backer during the campaign - even backing at $1 will get you access to the Add-ons!
UPDATE 2: So we've reached $100,000USD - that's awesome! Because of this, we're going to be able to support <one> additional platform for the Q1 2020 release. Poll results are in and it's PS4!
UPDATE 1: STRETCH GOAL for PS4 and Xbox One added! All backers who have backed at a tier previously marked as receiving a game key for the Switch, will be able to select their platform of choice post campaign, if we meet the stretch goal!
TY the Tasmanian Tiger is Krome Studios' charming Australiana-themed videogame that debuted in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube, the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. Krome Studios was a finalist of the Australian Game Developer Association annual awards with Best Handheld Game, Best Game Audio, and for Outstanding Visual Arts. We're chuffed that TY the Tasmanian Tiger won Best Character Design, and that millions of people fell in love with the game and its characters too.
Now, in 2019, we’re seeking to return to our roots and our mates with a nostalgic re-mastering of this platformer-genre classic. We’re seeking US$50,000 to bring TY the Tasmanian Tiger HD to the Nintendo Switch - with stretch goals for other consoles! The best part will be the new Switch controls where you can use them like boomerangs to throw and glide. And because it’s on the Switch, you can take it with you – it’s portable! While we’re at it, we’ll improve the graphics and the audio, and of course we’ll need funds for the various testing costs associated with releasing a product on Nintendo’s console. Passing Lot Check ain’t free ya know.
So what is TY the Tasmanian Tiger? What is it like?
On Amazon.com, flowerpower123 says:
I bought this game after we sold it years ago, and found myself still loving it's goofy and cheesy nature. The cutscenes are hilarious just because of how ridiculous the characters can be mixed with their australian slang. It's not a hard game to complete, but it does take some extra time to fully complete each level. I love how that's optional, but it's definitely rewarding to complete it for the extra perks. I recommend this game to someone who wants something that is fun but not too challenging.
P.S. The freaking snowaroos are jerks
Let's see the game in action! Check out the trailer from the remastered HD version for PC:
What Krome Will Spend The Kickstarter Funds On To Remaster TY The Tasmanian Tiger For The Nintendo Switch:
- Joycon 6-axis motion control for throwing the rangs, gliding and precision boomeranging!
- Screen-space ambient occlusion
- Fully dynamic shadows
- Color correction and bloom
- High definition (HD) art textures for the levels and characters
- Improved particle effects
- Improved camera
- New Gamemode called “Hardcore Mode”
- QA testing and problem fixing
- Nintendo Lot Check
- New TY character skins (a stretch goal feature)
- Compatible with both the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite* (*requires extra controllers to be able to use the TY motion controls. i.e. throwing and gliding.)
If the stretch goal is met, for PS4 and Xbox One, we'll add all the improved graphics and gameplay features, with standard console control input.
At this stage, we are intending on releasing the game digital-only in the eStore for Switch (and Microsoft and Sony's digital stores for those platforms, if stretch goals are met); in territories governed by the following ratings agencies:
- ESRB (The Americas)
- PEGI (Europe)
- USK (Germany)
- ACB (Australia - this should also apply for New Zealand)
Please keep this in mind when you pledge.
You are TY, the last of the Tasmanian Tigers. Raised by a family of Bilbies, you can only vaguely recall your real parents. You've always thought that all the other Tassie Tigers died a long time ago.
But then the Bunyip Elder found you, and told you that your family is alive, but trapped in the Dreaming. Now hold your horses... don't get upset... you see they're not stuck there forever, if you're up for a bit of an adventure!
You see, deep in the Outback, there's this kind of glowy portal thing that is a doorway to the Dreaming. And around that portal there are some carvings in the rock, where five ancient mystical Talismans used to lay. Now, all you have to do is find the five Talismans, put them in the carvings, and the portal to Dreaming will open!
Now, before you go off like a frog in a sock, there's just this one SMALL problem. You see there's this evil cassowary - Boss Cass - who's also after the Talismans. Yes. THAT Boss Cass. The one that trapped your family in the Dreaming in the first place, and told the school board to remove all the meat pies from the tuck shops. And if you didn't think that made him enough of a megalomaniac, he's ALSO trapped a whole bunch of your Bilby mates in cages all across the outback... something about overdue library books... Anyways, if you want to open the portal, you'll have to beat him and his henchmen to the Talismans!
Don't worry though, you won't be alone! You'll have a bunch of friends to help you along the way, including me - your old mate, Maurie. Now let's get down to brass tacks, find those Talismans, and rescue your family!
- Join TY on a RIPPER of an adventure to free his family from the Dreaming, through 17 levels of the Australian Outback, in their old-school 3D platforming glory!
- Wield 13 different hi-tech boomerangs including the Frostyrang, Flamerang, and the powerful Doomerang.
- Interact with a cast of over 50 different Australian mates and unruly foes.
- New Hardcore Mode - removes all of the respawn points, giving you just one life to complete the game!
- TY on Switch will support Switch Lite* (*requires extra controllers to be able to use the TY motion controls. i.e. throwing rangs, gliding and aiming in first person view.
- Full language support (voice and subtitles): Strayan (English), French, German, Italian and Spanish
Backer Credits, Superbacker Credits and Kromium UBERbacker Credits
From all of us at Krome Studios, we wish to share credit with you for your help in bringing TY the Tasmanian Tiger to consoles. As thanks, in the next generation remaster of the game, you'll see your name in one of three in-game credit categories based on which level you pledged at. Best of all, at the Kromium UBERbacker level, we'll create and include your game likeness as a TY universe animal of your choice in the credits.
Digital download Keys (Nintendo Switch, Steam PC, etc)
TY the Tasmanian Tiger will be distributed digitally. Depending on the backer level you pledge at, you will receive a digital download key. A digital download key is a one-time use code you input to acquire the game on your device. For example, if you pledge at the "Shazza the Dingo's Digital Depot" level, you will receive two codes. One for the console version when it is finished, and one at the end of the Kickstarter campaign for use on your PC through SteamPowered.com. Keys are one-time use, though can be gifted. If stretch goals are met, you will be able to choose whether you want a console key for Switch, PS4 or Xbox One, otherwise the console key is for Switch only.
"Art of TY the Tasmanian Tiger" book by Steve Stamatiadis
See the origins that lead to TY the Tasmanian Tiger being a finalist for an AGDC award for Outstanding Visual Arts. We have two versions of this exciting 155 page art book showing Steve’s early designs, insights and initial storyboards. The first is the digital version, which will be delivered at the end of the Kickstarter campaign. The second will be a quality limited run print perfect for fans, collectors and coffee tables.
"TY the Tasmanian Tiger: Official Game Soundtrack Volume 1" (digital, CD, LP record)
Like the background music in our Kickstarter video? Then we know you'll love George Stamatiadis' soundtrack of the game. After all, his fabulous ear-worms won Best Game Audio by our peers through the Australian Game Developers Association. For the Kickstarter, in addition to downloading the soundtrack and the CD getting a special collector's edition case, we're doing a limited production run of a vinyl record for our audiophile fans!
The digital and CD versions of the soundtrack have 38 tracks and a runtime of 73 minutes. The CD for the Kickstarter is getting a new special 6-panel insert. Preview the tracks here!: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/KromeStudios
Did you catch our production test of the LP on the TY Facebook page? As a special thank you for our fans, George has curated his 20 favorite songs from TY the Tasmanian Tiger into a 12" double-sided standard weight black vinyl record (140g). It comes complete with white paper inner sleeve, 4-color labels and new album art by Steve.
Sly's Shark Tooth Necklace
Sly is TY's brother, and the much beloved anti-hero in the game. He has quite the fan following and we wanted to honor that with this special reward. The shark-tooth is nice and meaty at just under 2.5 inches in length (6.25cm). This item will also be a limited production run just for the Kickstarter.
Maurie's "have another go ya mug" mug
A high-quality richly colored wraparound print on a standard sized mug. Maurie's mug is sure to become your next favorite and help keep you hydrated, amped and buzzed on all your gaming adventures.
TY's sun-patterned board shorts
A custom creation that is exclusively yours. These boardies are made for the water, and stylish everywhere. Red with all over sun-patterns. Interior mesh lining. Elasticated waistband with drawcord. Sizing information and size selection will happen post Kickstarter campaign. **Tail hole not included.
You!, drawn as a character in the style of the game
Truly a unique and special opportunity! With this reward, TY the Tasmanian Tiger's very own Steve Stamatiadis will draw you as an animal character in the style of the game. We'll contact you after the Kickstarter campaign to find out what type of animal character you'd like to be, and for photos for Steve to reference. In addition to sending you an autographed copy of this custom creation, we'll put your name in the special Kromium UBERbacker section of the credits along with your new likeness.
TY the Tasmanian Tiger Statuette (NEW item!)
Our beloved thylacine from the original game cover art comes to life in this luxurious statuette. Flaming flamerangs add just that special touch, don't you think? While we are currently prototyping this reward, our plan is to mount our hero atop a grassy hill, complete with the game's title logo. Size TBD.
Digital Wallpaper Art (Stretch Goal)
This is a global reward for all backers if Stretch Goal 1 is achieved. You will receive 6 wallpapers for use on your phone/desktop.
Live Stream on Twitch (Stretch Goal)
This is a global reward for all backers if Stretch Goal 2 is achieved. Join us on Twitch for a live gameplay session with the creators of TY the Tasmanian Tiger! You'll be able to send in your questions and hang out with us.
TY Skins - Stretch Goal hit!
Stretch Goal 3 has been hit! This global reward for all backers has been unlocked. All backers receiving a copy of the game will be able to select from different looks (skins) for TY. Check out Update #6 to see some concept art, and let us know your favorite.
Thank you for your help with bringing TY the Tasmanian Tiger to the Nintendo Switch, and hopefully, other consoles! We are excited to be creating cool new items to ship to you too. The digital items, or their links, will be emailed to you shortly after the close of a successful Kickstarter raise. For the physical rewards, they will ship around the end of the year.
Looking at the distribution statistics of our backers, we are planning to ship rewards from distribution hubs around the world. For example: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, EU, China and Singapore. Estimated customs-friendly shipping costs from those hubs to you are below. You should take note that items destined for South America and Africa are at the backer's risk. Unfortunately, we will not be able to ship to Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan or Kazakhstan at this time.
We plan to allow backers to add-on additional individual items after the campaign ends, through our pledge-manager. Once this is in place, you'll be able to purchase additional game keys, and any other products we may have available. Accordingly, you will/may then also have additional postage charges with your shipment for these added items. Below are estimates on what the additional shipping charge could be. As a reminder, worldwide shipping is included with Dennis' Enormous Thunder Egg Collection.
(NOTE: Shiela's Lost and Found Box tier has the same estimated price as the TY the Tasmanian Tiger's Talisman Trove pledge level)
Please TELL YOUR FRIENDS about this game! Share this campaign on social media. You never know who else might be nostalgic for TY the Tasmanian Tiger and interested in this project too. Thank you for your support!
#TYconsole #TYonthego #TYTheTasmanianTiger #NintendoSwitch #PS4 #XboxOne #KromeStudios #Platformer #retrogaming #NintendoSwitchNews #kickstarter #nostalgia #australia #straya #comingsoon #haveago #yamug
For updates, news and more, please follow us on our social media pages:
Risks and challenges
Though we’re a small independent game company, we've been successfully developing video games together as a team for nearly 20 years. During that time we’ve created games for: Microsoft, EA, LucasArts, Activision, Ubisoft, Mattel and major brands like Transformers, and Barbie. We even made a Spyro the Dragon game, our "rival"! We've released games for PC, mobile, Nintendo, Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox platforms.
It’s this track record that assures our success to deliver on our Kickstarter promise to you. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to bring our furry little friend to console. We recognize that our expertise is in creating video games, not in managing logistics, manufacturing, packaging or customs. We are also beholden to the various console managers and their approval teams.
To minimize these risks we’ve been contacting many industry experts to advise us so that we can preempt as many potential issues as possible. For fulfilling the rewards for our Backers, we are working with Quartermaster Logistics, a highly reputable partner with a global reach! And to help ensure a speedy launch, we will engage a highly experienced QA (quality assurance) team with a high track record of first-time submission approvals with the various console approval teams.
Should something happen that will affect our delivery timelines, we will absolutely communicate quickly with you.
Due to shipping logistics, backers in different regions may receive their reward sooner than others. We estimate rewards of physical goods to be around the end of the year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)