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Steel yourself for an undertaking of colossal scale in Introspect, an unhinged third-person, post-apocalyptic boss rush shooter. 

Venture into a barren world with only a solitary weapon drone by your side... 

Rocket slide, power jump, and grapple your way around a city ruined by war... 

Confront massive robots and purge them from these lands by relying on speed, precision and grit, but know that these behemoths don’t topple easily... 

Persist to procure deadly new drones, ripped from the corpses of fallen foes... 

You will not accept death, only atonement.

Introspect is comprised of three core ideas: fighting over-sized mechanical bosses by utilising incredibly fast, fluid movement while engaging in ranged combat.

The bosses lurk in a post-apocalyptic cityscape, washed with warm reds and cold blues, amidst crumbling buildings and rubble. They tower over humans, are built for war, and must be purged. Their attacks, which range from cruiser missiles to lasers to swarms of bomber drones, must be avoided if they are to be defeated. By surviving and exploiting their unique weaknesses, they will fall.

Movement in Introspect is augmented beyond standard running and jumping by three actions offered by the player's power suit. Distances can be quickly traveled by rocket sliding across the ground. Great heights can be reached by power jumping into the air. Aerial mastery can be achieved by grappling to metallic surfaces in the world. These three actions can be chained together to create flowing, stylistic movement necessary to outpace the bosses.

Damage is done by using a weapon drone that hovers by your side. Through patience, observation and some experimentation, weak points on bosses will reveal themselves, requiring timing and aim to capitalise on. More drones are obtained as you defeat bosses, opening up new playstyles as you progress.

 

For those who wish to understand the reasons why these events are taking place, the narrative will have to be pieced together using clues found inside and outside of Introspect's world. It's not a story told in the traditional sense, it's one that will have to be sought out by the curious. With that in mind, here's the first clue to unlocking the tragedy of Introspect:

With technology advancing at an astounding rate, new industries have formed to fulfill new demands. Automated services have permeated across the world, quickly finding applications in the military. None found greater success and renown than APCI, responsible for producing and distributing Protective Combat Units to several nation states. It benefited from a world at war, but an unfortunate conclusion to the conflict saw it fade into history.

 

In the broadest sense, the art style for Introspect is desolate, cold and slightly unnatural. We wanted the game to have a derelict and desperate feel to it while still retaining a sci-fi appearance. The colour palette of the game was heavily influenced by Inside. We liked how these games used very ‘muffled’ cold colours to get across the mood they were trying to convey. We also liked the idea of using isolated, vibrant colour to show the importance of things. This is true of two other influences of ours, one being the way in which Stranger Things contrasted reds and blues in a strange way, and the other being Pascal Blanche for the way he uses vibrant complementary colours as light and shadow.

 

Being a boss-focused game, we understand the importance of music in bringing out the correct emotional response to the experience. We want to emphasise the size, speed and tension of combat by blasting grand, pumping, exhilarating sounds. Each boss gives off a particular sensation of pressure, having a normal and enraged version of their theme to match the phase of the fight.

 

 

Let's tell you a bit more about the cool types of rewards you'll be able to receive for supporting the development of Introspect!

The Challenger Tier
The Challenger Tier

Are you prepared to challenge the relentless robots of Introspect? For the brave souls looking to prove themselves in high-mobility boss shooting action, receive a digital download of the game when it releases on Steam and also be credited as a "Challenger".

INCLUDES:

  • THE GAME
The Scrapper Tier
The Scrapper Tier

If you're the type that can't get songs out of your head or want to remember the rush of combat, this tier provides a handy digital download of Introspect's original soundtrack for your listening pleasure. It also includes a set of high definition wallpapers to digitally plaster onto your desktop, should you want to idolise a boss or otherwise. At this tier you'll be credited as a "Scrapper" for your support.

INCLUDES:

  • THE GAME
  • ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  • HD WALLPAPERS
The Fighter Tier
The Fighter Tier

Got an empty space on your wall? Slap one of our stylised posters on it and watch how badass it magically becomes! Choose one from three different poster designs, each featuring a boss in Introspect. This will be done after the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey with the different designs to choose from. If you've got a smaller space to fill, use one of our stickers instead! You'll get three stickers, each of a different boss, in a cute chibi style that hides how dangerous they really are. We'll also put you under "Fighters" in the game's credits.

INCLUDES:

  • THE GAME
  • ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  • HD WALLPAPERS
  • A2 POSTER
  • STICKERS
The Warrior Tier
The Warrior Tier

Interested in hearing the insider story of Introspect's development? Because you'll definitely know more about the triumphs and pitfalls of the project with a special video produced by us around the end of development, showcasing what we did to make Introspect happen. At this tier your name will also show up in game, tagged in graffiti on a secret wall off the beaten track. You can choose to put forward your own name, or perhaps the name of a friend (We have the final say on what names are accepted). You'll be credited as a "Warrior".

INCLUDES:

  • THE GAME
  • ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  • HD WALLPAPERS
  • A2 POSTER
  • STICKERS
  • POST-MORTEM VIDEO
  • YOUR NAME ON IN-GAME GRAFFITI WALL
The Survivor Tier
The Survivor Tier

Leave your peers speechless with an Introspect t-shirt, exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. This collector's item will not be manufactured outside of fulfillment of this reward, so be sure to grab it as a reminder of your commitment to Introspect's development. It also looks pretty damn good. We'll send a survey to you after the campaign ends for you to pick a size. You'll be grouped as a "Survivor" in the game's credits.

INCLUDES:

  • THE GAME
  • ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  • HD WALLPAPERS
  • A2 POSTER
  • STICKERS
  • POST-MORTEM VIDEO
  • YOUR NAME ON IN-GAME GRAFFITI WALL
  • KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT
The Victor Tier
The Victor Tier

For your generous support, you will be able to name a character in game. This name can be your own, someone you know, or perhaps a hated enemy (Same as above, we will decide whether the name is appropriate). Included in this tier is a hand written letter from us at Clockwork Giants. We feel the need to take the time to thank you for helping us make Introspect a reality. We'll also seal it with brilliant red wax, engraved with the A.P.C.I logo, which we think is a pretty nice touch. You'll receive the "Victors" credit in game.

INCLUDES:

  • THE GAME
  •  ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  • HD WALLPAPERS
  • A2 POSTER
  • STICKERS
  • POST-MORTEM VIDEO
  • YOUR NAME ON IN-GAME GRAFFITI WALL
  • KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT
  • ROLE IN GAME
  • WAX-SEALED HAND-WRITTEN LETTER
The Vanquisher Tier
The Vanquisher Tier

Do you really like mechs? Then you're gonna really love this reward tier. You'll be getting a 1/100 scale model of one of our bosses, beautifully painted and delivered to you (The model above is a prototype and does not represent the final product. You can view the model here). It's roughly 14cm/5.5" tall, and is perfect for keeping intruders at bay. We also want to thank you personally for providing so much support by having a Skype chat with you. We can get to know each other, talk about the game, and probably get off-topic. Finally, you will be able to name a major character in the game's lore (Same rules as above). You'll be granted the venerated "Vanquisher" credit in game.

INCLUDES:

  • THE GAME
  • ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  • HD WALLPAPERS
  • A2 POSTER
  • STICKERS
  • POST-MORTEM VIDEO
  • YOUR NAME ON IN-GAME GRAFFITI WALL
  • KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT
  • MAJOR ROLE IN GAME
  • WAX-SEALED HAND-WRITTEN LETTER
  • 14CM/5.5" BOSS SCULPTURE
  • SKYPE CHAT WITH US
The Conqueror Tier
The Conqueror Tier

What's this!? You're willing to go this far to support us? Words cannot describe our gratitude, but perhaps we'll think of something to say while we road trip to Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand! Join the team on a ski trip to really get to know us, discuss video games, and have a good time. *We will provide accommodation during the trip, but you will have to cover the cost of flying over. You may bring one friend with you for the trip* You'll also be able to name a key figure in Introspect's lore: the director of A.P.C.I, who set in motion a majority of the game's events (Rules still apply as above). You'll be credited as the one and only "Conqueror" in game.

INCLUDES:

  • THE GAME
  • ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  • HD WALLPAPERS
  • A2 POSTER
  • STICKERS
  • POST-MORTEM VIDEO
  • YOUR NAME ON IN-GAME GRAFFITI WALL
  • KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT
  • CRUCIAL ROLE IN GAME
  • WAX-SEALED HAND-WRITTEN LETTER
  • 14CM/5.5" BOSS SCULPTURE
  • SKYPE CHAT WITH US
  • SKI TRIP IN NEW ZEALAND WITH US

 

 

     

Introspect is being developed by Clockwork Giants, a small indie studio based in Auckland, New Zealand. We're a passionate bunch that want to make Introspect the best experience it possibly can be.

 

 

We believe in the principles and ideals of Kickstarter as a platform where creators and the community can come together to support a project they both want to make happen. We've been developing Introspect for over 10 months using our own financial resources and incubator funding, but need to raise a small sum to finish and polish the game within a reasonable timescale. We’re determined to overcome the final hurdles and with your help we can.

 

Now that you've taken a keen interest in Introspect, there are many ways to keep updated on Introspect's development status and expand the community. We're active on most social media platforms and would love it if you could like our Facebook page and follow our Twitter and Instagram accounts. They post regularly and are all channels of discussion and promotion of all things Introspect. Additionally, we have a subreddit you can hang around in and a Discord group which backers will be invited to join.

There are several ways in which you can be involved with the successful development of Introspect and of this Kickstarter campaign, outside of backing it here. You can help spread the word about it, telling your friends and social network about the project. You can provide feedback about your experience with the demo, helping us refine our design and fix bugs. You can create fan content of the game, inspiring us and others (use #introspect when you do!). 

YOU have the power to build this together with us, every single bit of support counts.

 

Risks and challenges

Risk is definitely inherent in making video games, especially since we want to create a unique experience with a small team.

That is why we're trying to minimise this risk by taking the right steps towards ensuring we deliver on our promises:

1. We're not starting from scratch. Introspect is being built in the Unreal Engine which provides the key tools and systems that are core to every game. We can worry less about the basics and instead focus on implementing the features that make Introspect stand out. There is also an active hub of developers discussing the engine and answering questions we may have.

2. We're all generalists. Due to the small size of our team and the ambitions we have, everyone is capable of completing a variety of different jobs outside of their specialisation. This ensures our development pipeline is continuously pumping so we can meet our deadlines.

3. Kickstarter is not our only source of funding. We've been developing Introspect for over 10 months using our own financial resources and incubator funding. We're dead set on delivering a spectacular boss shooting experience to the world.

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    Challenger

    Digital downloadable copy of Introspect on Steam when it releases (PC). || You'll receive a "Challengers" CREDIT in the game! || (Approximately USD$14/ €11 / £10)

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    Scrapper

    INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS || Listen to tunes that will haunt and inspire you with a digital download of Introspect's Original Soundtrack || Show your determination with HD wallpapers of Introspect's menacing bosses. || You'll receive a "Scrappers" CREDIT in the game! || (Approximately USD$21 / €17 / £15)

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    Fighter

    INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS || Decorate your room by choosing from one of three of our epic A2 poster designs to be printed and shipped to you. || Plus get three cute chibi-style stickers of our bosses! || You'll receive a "Fighters" CREDIT in the game! || (Add USD$14/€12/£10 for shipping outside of NZ) || (Approximately USD$47 / €38 / £34)

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    Warrior

    INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS || Dive into our development process, hear the ups and downs of developing Introspect in video form. || Also immortalise yourself by having your name tagged in graffiti on a secret in-game wall! || You'll receive a "Warriors" CREDIT in game" || (Add USD$14/€12/£10 for shipping outside of NZ) || (Approximately USD$80 / €64 / £58)

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    Survivor

    INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS || Show off your flair with a one-of-a-kind Introspect t-shirt, available only during this campaign! We'll send you a survey when the campaign ends to confirm the size of your t-shirt. || You'll receive a "Survivors" CREDIT in game. || (Add USD$14/€12/£10 for shipping outside of NZ) || (Approximately USD$142 / €115 / £103)

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    Victor

    INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS || Be a part of the world of Introspect! You'll be able to name a minor character in the game's lore. (Names are subject to approval from Clockwork Giants) || Additionally, for your generous support we would like to send you a hand-written letter of thanks, wax sealed with the A.P.C.I logo. || You'll receive the "Victors" CREDIT in game. (Worldwide shipping cost included) || (Approximately USD$525 / €424 / £381)

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    Vanquisher

    INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS || Obtain a gorgeous painted sculpture of our third boss. It's a 1/20th scale model and 14cm/5.5" tall. || Also, join the developers in a Skype video chat to learn more about us, ask questions about the game, and discuss the inner workings of life. || Finally, be core to Introspect's narrative experience! You'll be able to name a major character in the game's lore. (Names are subject to approval from Clockwork Giants) || You'll receive the "Vanquishers" CREDIT in game. || (Worldwide shipping cost included) || (Approximately USD$1273 / €1029 / £924)

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    Conqueror

    INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS || If you've ever wanted an excuse to visit beautiful New Zealand, you've found it! Fly down to the loveliest place in the Southern Hemisphere to join the team on a ski trip to breath-taking Mount Ruapehu. You'll be able to experience the good old Kiwi road trip, get acquainted with local blokes, and have a darn good time. (Cost of travel not included. We will provide accomodation during your visit) || Plus, assume the role of A.P.C.I's ill-fated director. You'll be able to name a CRUCIAL role in the game, one that people will talk about when discussing Introspect's lore. (Name is subject to approval from Clockwork Giants) || You'll receive the singular "Conqueror" CREDIT in game. || (Worldwide shipping cost included) || (Approximately USD$5100 / €4130 / £3700)

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