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A one-of-a-kind RPG brimming with bugs, battles and bravery!
A one-of-a-kind RPG brimming with bugs, battles and bravery!
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NEWS:

9/30: Chica from Five Nights at Freddy's chomps the competition!

9/17: Plague Knight brews a deadly concoction!

9/15: Dr. Fetus, Duels Revealed and Stretch Goals! Zach Interviewed!

☑ $ 6,500 = Gameboy Shader

A shader that recolors the game in the style of the classic "gameboy" color palette! Other alternate palettes to reskin the entire game with will be available as well!

☑ $ 7,000 = Mac & Linux Support

With this stretch goal, we'll purchase the software and hardware required to port and test Creepy Castle to Mac and Linux computers.

☑ $ 7,500 = Achievements
☐ $ 8,000 = Speedrun Mode
☐ $ 9,000 = Soundtrack Repolish

Many of Creepy Castle's (many) tunes are several years old now. While we think they have definitely stood the test of time, the composers' abilities have come a long way since the songs were first written. With this stretch goal, we'll be able to take the time to carefully go over every song and bring them to the next level.

☐ $ 10,000 = Boss Rush
☐ $ 12,000 = Two Player Battle Game

Go head to head with a friend! Play as any enemy, boss or playable character in a one-on-one match. Try to best your opponent in a flurry of Creepy Castle's duels! Adjust difficulty, stage, round length and music to personalize your epic showdown!

Creepy Castle is an exploratory sidescrolling RPG about a moth in a castle. It's a fresh adventure with the look of a classic, but don't let the retro paintjob fool you; this is a new-school experience. Traditional turn-based combat meets an energetic twist in the form of Duels, where instead of taking turns doling out damage, you are offered a chance to score free hits on your opponent if you perform excellently... but don't let your guard down, or you might find yourself pummeled!

A conspiracy is welling deep within the stone walls of an ancient keep, its master leading its denizens to construct a revolutionary new device; one made to move the world forward onto a new path of evolution. To investigate comes the plucky adventurer, Moth, but what lies in store is a secret too vast to be contained by mere castle walls. Prepare to enter an imaginative fantasy world of bugs, battles and bravery in Creepy Castle!

 

Scenarios

Creepy Castle follows not one story, but many, each forming a piece of the complete work and over-all tale! A scenario is a playable story within the game that brings you on a full multiple-hour adventure with a beginning, middle and end with its own characters and plot, as well as its own approach to gameplay... not to mention each scenario packs an unlockable mode with a different playable character and story set in the same environment!

Though the first two scenarios are done, it's really only the beginning- this is only about one quarter of the planned story! For a peek of what's to come, check out the scenarios you can find beneath Planned Features!

Duel Types

When fighting the many denizens and bosses of Creepy Castle, you will find yourself challenged to Duels, which bring an element of skill into the skirmish. Every enemy has its own set of Duels which they may initiate, and furthermore every enemy has their own twist on each duel; for instance, a bumbling guard will be slower at quick-draw than one of his grizzled captains, and a parrying a samurai will be very different from parrying a martial artist! An accessibility mode is available which makes duels more casual in difficulty.

Art and Music

Creepy Castle's aesthetic is inspired by the golden age of gaming, but don't think that means anyone's slouching! Every pixel is doted over, every line and curve counted and tweaked to perfection. There is a focus on binary, single-color art and elaborate set design.

Watch the glare in the eyes of adversaries in the countless anime - styled duel animations! With one look, you'll feel the intensity of the confrontation.Everything is put on the line in Creepy Castle's varied and dramatic duels.

Feast your eyes on these rare sights! Explore meticulously crafted pixel representations of spacious caverns, lushly overgrown ruins and hallways of cold marble.

Meet a cast of colorful characters, brimming with personality! Distinct shapes and telling motions communicate their true nature at a glance.


On the auditive side of things, indulge your ears with a soundtrack that conjures impressions of yesteryears. There is a tune for every locale and location - the last thing we'd want to do is bore you! Here, have a taste; both of the following songs are written by Marius Schneider and produced by Dan Behrens, AKA Danimal Cannon!

Fates at the Crossroads : This wild piece is reserved for the most heated of clashes - boss battles! It might have captured your attention in our trailer.


Welcome to Creepy Castle : Maybe you caught glimpses of this at the end of our video. This is the mighty title theme, carrying promise of adventure and mystery.

The soundtrack is already inching on 30 songs, and shows no signs of stopping as the tales of Creepy Castle continue to unspool. Brace yourself for a veritable banquet of chiptune offerings!



There's still a lot left to be done. Here's a taste of what's to come!

Planned Scenarios

Planned Duel Types

The Dopterra universe has an immense array of characters! Here are just several of the ones you will come to know in Creepy Castle:

If you would like to add on more NPCs, enemies, bosses or playable characters to a Gold Tier or Platinum Tier reward, please send a message and we'll work out some numbers!

Dopterra is a group of hobbyist game enthusiasts started in 2008. We come from many different walks of life and parts of the globe!

The money raised through this Kickstarter will go directly into supporting the development of the game. Any funds past the target goal will then go towards stretch goals, which are extra goals that will solidify further additions to the game. A portion of the money will go into taxes, production costs, processing fees and Kickstarter's cut. Leftover money will go into making backer rewards sweeter!

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Risks and challenges

The game engine is completely done! The first two scenarios can be played in their entirety and all of the most aggravating programming hurdles have been surmounted, so the only challenges to come with the implementation of new features and content are minimal. The possible risks are limited to any unforeseen difficulty in content production or emergency, but our schedule already accounts for a bit of leeway.

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    DESIGN AN NPC! Design a non-playable character, dialogue and personality included. Includes all previous rewards! Backers at this level and beyond become Gold Tier backers with higher priority in the backer credits, and attach about a paragraph of space to your name in the credits for shout-outs or whatever you like! Includes previous rewards!

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    DELUXE DESIGNER'S PACKAGE! The ultimate reward! Includes every single reward in the Kickstarter, allowing you to design an NPC, an enemy, a boss and a playable character! Leave your mark on Creepy Castle in a big way! At the illustrious Platinum backer level, get top priority in backer credits and a lot of personal message room, if you wish!

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