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The Herbologist is a dystopian first person adventure mystery game inspired by global issues active in our world at the moment.
The Herbologist is a dystopian first person adventure mystery game inspired by global issues active in our world at the moment.
255 backers pledged $10,523 to help bring this project to life.

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About the initial idea

The entire project is believed to have started about 2 years ago when Matija, the game director, shared his thought about making a horror game with Vedran, co-owner of Silicon Echo Studios and lead programmer of The Herbologist. The idea was considered good from the start, but the two of them were the entire team back then and did not have sufficient means nor skills to take up a project that big and serious, so they continued making indie games for about 2 years. By 2016, the idea was constantly being fed and developed by them and their formed team that now consists of 8 people. And so, about 8 months ago, they have decided that the idea is too good to not be realized. The entire team agreed to take part and it was on. The Herbologist was in development!

Availability

The game will be available for PC, Mac and Linux. As well once finished we can provide a link to the DRM-free version of the game upon request.

Dr. Meanstein´s gardenhouse
Dr. Meanstein´s gardenhouse

The Setting

The game is set in the present time but in an alternate world where GMO plants and seeds have taken over agriculture and have soon after caused extinction of original natural plants.

Our planet is crying
Our planet is crying

The new seeds have then turned bad as they have developed an illness which affects humans as well as those plants. And the world was in panic. But there was one person who saw all of that coming, Dr. Meanstein.

Spiders attracted by the plant serum
Spiders attracted by the plant serum

 

Dr. Meanstein getting work done
Dr. Meanstein getting work done

Dr. Meanstein

Eugene Meanstein (born Eugene Jindrich Meanstein) is a notorious biologist who spent his life studying herbs and plants of all kinds. He was the only person powerful enough to even try to make a difference, so he did try. But he wasn't strong enough. He presented to the world an idea he had been working on for years - a project to replant crops and plants on a global scale, all over our world. Dr. Meanstein lives on his estate on his own island. Over the years, he had created a huge garden full of mysteries. But what is most important, he managed to preserve all essential seeds and plants and keep them safely hidden inside the garden. This is why Dr. Meanstein has tragically and mysteriously disappeared a couple of days ago. Some say he was murdered, others say he fled because ha was an enemy of the Capital. But there are some people who still believe in him and are willing to do all it takes to pull his idea off! The strongest of them are the people from S.E.E.D.

The sign of S.E.E.D.
The sign of S.E.E.D.

S.E.E.D. (Society for Evaluation and Environmental Dedication)

S.E.E.D. is an organization that deals with things that hurt our planet. In this case, the heads of S.E.E.D. were trying to ban and forbid GMO seeds and plants, but the corporations were too powerful for something like that to be possible. After countless meetings and a huge amount of effort, they have finally found something that might lead to some kind of a solution. One of the members found a tape documenting the final speech of Dr. Meanstein and that is how S.E.E.D. learned about the preserved plants inside the mystery garden. So, they decided to act.

The Boathouse
The Boathouse

 

The Pipelines
The Pipelines

The Story

After they decided to find Dr. Meanstein's plants in hope of using them to restore the world and thereby honor the doctor's wish, S.E.E.D. has sent 3 people to investigate his garden – Dr. Sheldon Bash, Dr. Silvia Margolis and Mr. Stonebanks who was Dr. Meanstein's bodyguard before he disappeared. After just one day of investigation, something went wrong and all 3 of them weren't heard from again. The main character and the one that the player controls in this game is Vanessa Vin, a 24 year old member of S.E.E.D. who used to study engineering. 

Vanessa arriving at the island
Vanessa arriving at the island

 

The game starts with Vanessa arriving to Dr. Meanstein's island in search for the missing S.E.E.D. members with the side mission to help them finish their investigation once they reunite. Her mission will lead her to discover something about Dr. Meanstein that nobody knew.

Secrets
Secrets

The Gameplay

Mysterious garden is, of course, full of mysteries and puzzles. Vanessa Vin has her mission, but its completion will not be possible without her solving all the puzzles that Dr. Meanstein's garden has to offer. That's why she must be careful and smart - collect items, combine them, use them, remember clues, solve riddles... Puzzles are constructed in a way that something always affects something else, so a player has to have a very opened mind.

The gear puzzle
The gear puzzle

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The main an biggest risk here (besides not getting greenlit) is being forced to finish the project so it comes out different than we have imagined - the way so that we would have to make something simpler than intended or that it would look half-polished.

We are hoping here to get sufficient funding for us to be able to find and hire specific people who would then be able to bring every detail into life.

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    There is a garden level in the game with trees dedicated to backers.

    Gold Plant Medal - you will find a tree planted in the garden with your name or business name on the golden nameplate underneath that tree.

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    You will get an additional Official Collector's edition figurine (two in total).

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    Your printed "The Herbologist" limited edition poster will come with the original signatures and will be signed by the authors personally.

    Your magnolia in our studio's garden will have the golden nameplate with your name on it.

    You will be implemented in "The Herbologist" in the most unique way, we will make a statue of you that will proudly stand in Dr. Meanstein's garden and will represent one of three possible people who had to do with the history of the garden.

    On the top of it all, in this one you will receive a very special "The Herbologist" Collector's Box that includes printed artbook with all the concept art, a unique original DVD with the game itself on it and an additional Garden Map poster.

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Funding period

- (30 days)