About this project
note: Stretch goals are listed in Canadian $. 35000 CAD ~ 29125 USD if kickstarter is showing you a total in USD.
Ultimate Chicken Horse is a new take on party platformer games that flips between strategic level building and intense platforming.
In the multiplayer mode, you build each level by placing blocks, projectiles, traps, and hazards, then try to reach the flag! If you can make it but your friends can’t, you get a point! Repeat the process as you place more platforms to make the level crazier and more dangerous. Try to balance your level to make it possible so that you can beat it, but difficult so that your friends can’t.
A demo of the multiplayer game is available here:
An update to the demo went out April 22 for a few hours that had a serious bug, version numbered 0.8.10 , please redownload from the links above if you are having problems.
The game can be played with a keyboard or with Xbox 360 controllers. Up to 4 players can play with a single controller.
In the single player mode, solve tricky puzzles by building a path to the end using a limited set of platforms, and discover how to use new blocks and traps to your advantage. Explore the world as you venture further and further from the farm, finding new places to play and new animal friends to play with!
We got Greenlit on Steam! Thanks so much for the support :)
In the multiplayer game there are two diferrent modes that you can choose from depending on your mood, who you're playing with and how ridiculous you want the game to get!
Classic Competitive Mode
- Take turns placing blocks in the level and running through it individually, and watch your friends attempt your level before trying it yourself
- Pick the blocks you want to place from an extensive inventory
- Best for 2 - 3 players
- Great for designing levels with a specific plan in mind and for tighter competition
- A Party Box opens to reveal a random assortment of blocks to use
- Players pick and place all the blocks at once
- Everyone runs at the same time for maximum chaos. No collisions between characters... yet
- Best for 3 - 4 players
- If two or more players tie, sudden death kicks in and you need to race to the flag, first one there wins!
Party mode can be chosen by jumping on the big red button when you are setting up the game at the Treehouse. This is where you pick which animal you want to play as, and vote on which level you want to play.
Have more friends than controllers? Use the Shared Controller Couch and you'll be able to pass the controller between friends when playing in Classic Competitive mode.
Single Player Puzzle Adventure Mode
Playing alone? That’s okay, we’ll be your friend. Try our story puzzle mode, where you can explore new worlds and find new friends. The levels become increasingly difficult as you're presented with more challenging platforming tasks and you need to find ways to use dangerous blocks to your advantage. You'll have to reach the finish with only the platforms we provide for you, specially tailored to make each level solvable in many ways, some easier than others.
Looking for intense platforming, and less strategy? You can grab levels from the server online and test your skills by trying to beat the level in record time or by using the smallest number of blocks. We may use the Steam Workshop, or might use our own setup. We'll see!
The game is played using a wide assortment of blocks. As development continues, we will be listening to the community about what blocks they like and what new blocks they would like to see added to the mix. You can even work with us to design one as a bonus in one of the Kickstarter tiers :)
Play as any of our 8 animal friends, four of whom will be revealed throughout the rest of the development of the game. From what we've seen when people play the game, you'll be fighting over characters pretty quickly! Which is your favourite?
In the single player mode, you adventure through a wondrous world, away from the farm to find new animal friends who want to play the game. Start out at the farm, then move to the pasture, the city, and out into the wild as you discover increasingly exotic animals to join the fun.
The soundtrack for this game is planned to be a semi-live-recorded funk soundtrack, with influence from different instruments from around the world depending on where our characters travel in the game.
We’re fortunate to be working with an incredibly talented team at Vibe Avenue. FX Dupas, Mathieu Lavoie and their team are an award winning group of amazing sound artists who are bringing the game world and characters to life.
We’re also inviting guests in for voice-recording sessions, which up to now have been hilarious and fun. You never know how amazing your chicken sounds are until you try… Can you figure out which game dev is which animal?
The game will be delivered on PC, Mac and Linux as a DRM-free copy (through a Humble widget on our site), and a Steam key. We're already in talks with Sony and Microsoft to get the game on PS4 and/or Xbox One, but this will likely depend on whether or not we hit our stretch goals and what our backers want.
We've carefully crafted all of our reward tiers to try to make something for everyone, so please take a look and see what fits.
Speaking of fits... Have you seen our t-shirts?
*Design and colors might change based on feedback and manufacturing capabilities!
Some other highlights in our reward tiers include the ability to work with us to design a block of your choosing, because the ones we have now aren't insane enough...
Beyond this, you can get your music solo in the game by contributing to our awesome funk soundtrack. We'll send you a track that you can jam along to and you send us back a recording. (guitar, bass, keyboard / organ, drums, flute, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet... let us know what you have in mind and we'll figure it out).
You can do all sorts of things with this Kickstarter; you can have your message and drawing appear on the Ultimate Chicken Horse barn wall, or even get your portrait (drawn in our art style) in the game! If you're feeling truly bold, you can even work with us to design a final character in the game, and make your permanent mark on Ultimate Chicken Horse history.
Click on the image below to see the full grid of rewards available!
We have many things in mind for different additional stretch goals, including new game modes, release on consoles (PS4, XboxOne, PSVita, WiiU, etc.), new characters, and more. We're going to release more stretch goals based on backer feedback and really make sure we give you everything you're looking for! Let us know what you want,in backing this project you have a hand in the development of Ultimate Chicken Horse!
We’ve been hard at work full-time on this game for 7 months now, and we need your help to finish it. We need to pay for the music, the voice recording, art for new characters, implementation of new game modes, the online server to quick-save levels, and the port to other platforms. We also want to hear the community’s feedback and opinions. We want to work with you to make this game as great as it can be!
Clever Endeavour is a three-person team:
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Ultimate Chicken Horse is well on its way, but can't be finished properly without your help. If the Kickstarter succeeds, the game will be as we had always dreamed, and we have no doubt that it could take off. Of course if the campaign fails, there's no risk because we never receive your pledge, but the game will still come out smaller in scale, and might not be the amazing experience we know we could deliver.
We've been working hard on this campaign and have carefully calculated all of the tiers, so we won't promise anything we can't deliver. The risk in backing this project exists mostly in the timing of its release, as the more stretch goals we reach the longer it may take to include all of the features and polish.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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