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2054 - ClemencBy 2054 - Clemenc
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2054 - ClemencBy 2054 - Clemenc
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 4 2018 2:39 PM UTC +00:00

About

French version of this page: The Sundew en français

The Sundew is a 2D retro-style point'n'click adventure game that will take you into a dark cyberpunk world where the boundaries between good and evil become blurred. 

The prototype and the story of this game have been strongly inspired by classic LucasArts and Sierra’s games but also by new representatives of the genre (Wadjet eye games, The Last Door, ...), cyberpunk worlds and Sci Fi authors like Philip K. Dick and William Gibson.

You'll be playing Anna Isobe, a cyber police officer who lives in Shibukawa, the new capital city of Japan. Her job, however, has become incredibly dull since robots replaced cyber-cops, almost eradicating all crimes. But in spite of the great performances of their AIs, the robots lack one thing they have not been able to acquire throughout the years. They lack… discernment.

Please note that the following prototype is a demo version and doesn't reflect the quality of the final product. 

German demo

The game uses gameplay and classic point’n’click codes. The focus is on the story, the visuals and immersion through music and sound. The main features of the game are the following:

  • a standard point’n’click mouse pointer, easy to play with,
  • a great story with mysteries, in a retro style cyberpunk world,
  • nice immersive ambient sound effects along with unique pixel art,
  • a myriad of difficult decisions to make and undertake,
  • in brief, a journey back to the classic 80’s adventure games you loved.
  • genre:adventure/puzzle-solving
  • platforms: Windows & Linux
  • duration: ~3 hours
  • languages: English & French

"The town is dark, rainy and sleepy. I can see its lights through my windows. Shibukawa became the new capital city of Japan, eleven years ago. Its immense town center grew up very quickly, after Tokyo was devastated by a giant tsunami. Life in Shibukawa is pretty safe, since robots replaced cyber-cops and eradicated most crimes. But some of us do not believe in this new evolution. In spite of the great performances of their AIs, they lack one thing they have not been able to acquire throughout the years. They lack… discernment. 

My name is Anna. I live here, at 592 Akagimachi Miyama. I am 21 and the best cyber police officer in Shibukawa. The lastest version of what would, what should have been the new cops in Japan. Sometimes I feel very confident, sometimes I feel really bad… but, whatever, no matter what happens, all the time, I feel empty inside. I feel bored. I can’t find my place in the middle of these robots.

 I have an unusual mission today. I should be excited about it, and, I don’t know why, but… I feel that what is going to happen tonight will not really go as expected. On paper, everything looks easy. But when the pressure will be at its highest, if something goes wrong, am I going to make the right decisions?"

The graphic style is based on the principle of pixel art, that is to say the use of a limited number of colors per scene, while adding occasionally the use of modern techniques. In fact, some light effects are sometimes added and the palette from one scene to a next can change. This brings back the graphic sensation of games from the 80s and 90s while providing nice graphic effects.

However, worth a thousand words, I think the pictures speak for themselves. I’ll let you judge the graphic style with these screenshots from the prototype (and from the rest of the current game).

Listen to or download the prototype music here:   

                                    Electrochip (Mister Electric Daemon)

The principle of the adventure game is to tell a story. To achieve this, the music has a place which is as important as the story and the decor. But sound can also take the player into an immersive atmosphere. More than just feedback, the sounds of The Sundew game are there to make you live Anna’s story. 

By trying the prototype, if you’re not playing on a bright sunny day, you’ll see, you might even think it’s raining outdoors whereas there’s not a drop of rain…

As for the soundtrack, alike Quentin Tarantino films, the music which is used is already existing music, chosen to go with the action and story intuitively.

I am a 42-year-old young woman passionate about computing, graphic art, point’n’click, cyberpunk, robots and parallel worlds. Somewhere between a geek and a nerd. 

You mix everything – 42, robots, games, computing – and there! An evidence appears: to make point’n’clicks about these worlds which fascinate me so much… since the world sorely lacks adventure games like this… this needs to change, and quickly! It’s the mission I have given to myself. And it’s the adventure into which I’m taking you.

Yes, I did say young earlier on. Young in mind. Young and motivated, ready to move mountains so as to offer you a brilliant adventure game. But also completely wise when it comes to knowledge and experience.

I have been working in computing for 15 years, and for 3 years in video games and pixel art; in Lille, near Tourcoing, a cluster of the video game if you like, in France. I have made in particular the graphics for the indie video game Dreadstar : The Quest for Revenge.

I know where I’m going. I’ll take you there willingly. Are you ready to go with me? Yes? Great, I knew you would, you can’t miss an opportunity like this!

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Contact: contact@2054games.net

In the Media

 
"Une belle prouesse donc, et on ne peut que vous recommander de supporter le jeu s’il vous plait également."

"a great start to a very promising cyberpunk point and click adventure. A stylish and mature sci-fi adventure well worth checking out."

"Die Entwicklerin verspricht ein Adventure wie in den alten Zeiten der LucasArts und Sierra-Klassiker, angereichert mit den Errungenschaften neuerer "Retro-Adventures" wie denen von Wadjet Eye."

"Die französische Entwicklerin Clemenc orientiert sich dabei an den Spielen wie The Last Door oder den Titeln von Wadjet Eye Games sowie den Büchern von Philip K. Dick und William Gibson."

"Η γαλλική ανεξάρτητη εταιρεία ανάπτυξης παιχνιδιών Clemenc παρουσιάζει το The Sundew, μια point 'n' click περιπέτεια σε pixel art, ένα ταξίδι πίσω στα adventures της δεκαετίας του '80 που τόσο αγαπήθηκαν."

"La verdad es que para estar desarrollado por practicamente una persona, las imágenes que nos muestra su trailer es espectacular"

"Sehr tolle Pixelkunst in jedem Fall, die ihr düsteres Ambiente nicht nur in den Bildern, sondern auch in der elektronischen Chiptune Musik entfaltet."

And also in the crowdfunding section of Adventure Gamers

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Why Kickstarter? 

Up to now, I was working part time on this project, and part time in a salaried job, in order to have the necessary funds to realize this project. But this isn’t enough to carry it out in reasonable time. At this rate I’ll still be at it in 2054… as a result for the storyline, I might be caught out.

I therefore wish to devote myself full time to it so as to be able to offer you this game for spring 2020. And this is the reason why I’m asking you for a little bit of help through this Kickstarter.

Risks and challenges

I’m versatile, I have many years’ experience in computing, design, management and project implementation with deadlines, sometimes tight. This is the first video game project on which I have been working on all the facets simultaneously. As for the music and translation, they will be entrusted to professional partners.

The main risks I have identified concern the deadlines for the “animation” and “test” parts, as well as possibly the translation; translating video games requires some practice in that field for which I don’t know all the aspects yet.

It’s for this reason I intend to collaborate with a specialized company to offer a very neat game.

For the other aspects, being surrounded by people who work in the computing and video game world, I will not hesitate to ask people who can help me if necessary. Managing the project by myself both on the technical and graphic side removes the risk of withdrawal which exists in a team project.

That said, if despite all my efforts I am unable to provide the game promised tiers, I will simply reimburse you, which seems to me to be the most natural thing to do.

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    The Relaxed Passerby

    You are so nice to support the project, even if you don't have much income! I hope you'll be able to buy the game when it's finished, maybe during the sales. Thanks a lot! Keep going with what you're doing and keep being relaxed.

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    The Lovely Punk (Early Bird)

    Hi, Ms or Mr Lovely! You'll get the copy of the game, it's the most important thing, isn't it? And to thank you for your help, I'll also add your name to the game credits. Take care of your hair, and try purple, like Anna (if you don't know Anna, download and play the prototype).

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    The Night Club Keeper

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    The Sushi Shop Manager

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    The Hyper-Connected Teen

    Get Early Access to the game, a big Thank You on the game credits + the game’s soundtrack + a nice Digital Art pack with superb high resolution wallpapers, poster, gifs and the game's guidebook, that will give you some tips for a better game experience.

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    The Cyber Police Officer

    Get all the previous rewards + I will send you a lovely pixel art Postcard of the town where the game takes place, Shibukawa, as it will be in 2054. A nice way to remind you of the hours spent solving The Sundew's puzzles.

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    The Enthusiast Believer

    Get all the previous rewards + Your Name will be used in a puzzle from the game and could be the solution to this puzzle. I will randomly choose at least four names with no preference at all amongst all the collected names. But even if your name isn't the solution, don't worry, it will still appear during the game.

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    The Trained Cyber Shopper

    Get all the previous rewards (digital rewards, a real postcard, your name in the game, possibly the solution to a puzzle) + an extra Steam key or DRM free copy of the game. Your participation is worth it.

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    The Passionate Retro-Gamer

    Get all the previous rewards + Your Face in the game, pixel size 40x40, as a picture (on a wall, on a screen, or somewhere else). You can see an example at the bottom of this page, in the "Rewards" section. It might be nice to have your face in the game, wouldn't it? Look at the following tier list too, you can also have a bigger picture of yourself, or even a character.

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    Get all the previous rewards, but instead of having a small picture of your face, you'll have a big one! Your Name and Face in large details (150x150 pixels) will appear in the game, and the combination of both of them could be the solution to a puzzle. Look at the "Rewards" section to get an idea of this. And if you look at the following tier list, you'll see that you can also have a character with your name and face.

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    The Chief Deputy

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    The Confident Guji

    Get all the previous rewards (digital rewards, a real postcard, your name and an NPC with your face in the game, possibly the solution to a puzzle) + have exclusive access to a special room in the game. Only a few people (less than 14 persons), including you, will be able to view what this room hides. Is it such a horrible secret?

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    The Puzzling Criminal

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    The Mystical Tengu

    You're one of the best. Get the same rewards as The Puzzling Criminal (previous tier list) + have exclusive access to a special room in the game. Only a few people (less than 14 people), including you, will be able to look in this room. Why is its access so restricted? Is it so private or...?

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    The Police Chief

    You're the best. Get the same rewards as The Mystical Tengu (previous tier list) + choose the clothes, style, way of talking, and customize one of the non-player main characters of the game the way you want.

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    The Drosera Nurse

    Are you... ? Get the same rewards as The Police Chief (previous tier list) + customize one of the buildings of the game the way you want.

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Funding period

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