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About this project

Tree Mongers - Cover Art
Tree Mongers - Cover Art

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Project Background:

One day, when our son Kenny was just 4 years old, we got into a discussion about how video games are made. I told Kenny that video games are based on stories and asked him to think up a story. 

Well, his imagination went wild and he started going on about this world where he was the hero, defending it against the evil robot invaders!  

I built a prototype version of the game and put it on an iPad for him, then mic'd him up and let him play. He would talk while he played, saying things like, "Don't get my tree!!!"  I took these recordings and programmed them into the game for all to enjoy!

Prototype Tree Mongers
Prototype Tree Mongers

Kenny keeps coming to me with new drawings and notes on the game.  He's a real inspiration!  We'll have different places to be explored and Kenny will find more tools to use to fight off the Tree Mongers.  His enthusiasm is really contagious!

Original artwork by Kenny Babcock
Original artwork by Kenny Babcock

So with Kenny's encouragement and all of the positive feedback we've received from those who've seen the prototype, we've decided to invest in completing and publishing Tree Mongers!

The Tree Mongers Story:

The colonial world, Serene, was a disappointment to the Company, having few mineral deposits or other natural resources of value.  After the first colony ship there were no further missions to the planet, and as the years passed the planet was forgotten, by both the Company and the colonists.  

For the colonist farmers it was paradise, thanks to the "magical" golden trees. The fields where these trees grew were free of weeds and harmful insects, and the crops that were grown there thrived!

The Golden Trees
The Golden Trees

Then one fateful day came the evil Tree Mongers, menacing robots that dropped from ships hovering over the fields. They ripped the golden trees right out of the ground and took them away to be processed into an energy source for themselves and their ships.

The Tree Mongers invade!!!
The Tree Mongers invade!!!

 Young Kenny was out playing in his village common when the Tree Mongers suddenly appeared.  Quickly, the town sage sent Kenny to a hidden room deep in the caves to find the "magic" items to defend the village.  Terrified, he went deeper and deeper into the caves, when he came upon a doorway covered in dust and cobwebs. He struggled to get the door open, and was amazed to find a strange red suit and a mysterious red hammer.  Could these be used to repel the Tree Mongers?

Kenny finds the suit and hammer
Kenny finds the suit and hammer

Target Audience:

Tree Mongers is being developed for 5-9 year olds, but with the graphics and sound quality of a 3D adventure game for adults.  Our design approach is keep it simple and fun, while making it the best quality game we can!  It's an action game with a few simple mini-quests that let Kenny acquire more capabilities and further discover the back-story.

Most of the action involves Kenny throwing his "magic" hammer at the Tree Mongers, taking their energy away and eventually knocking them out! 

We've even included a short story in the form of an animated book that's part of the game!  We've read that story to our kids plenty of times.  They love the animated pages!

The Book
The Book

Release Plan:

The game is being developed for iPad, Android, Mac and PC.  The initial release will include a number of levels (areas with goals to be achieved), then we will release additional add-on Level Packs later.

We plan to release it on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for iPad and Android respectively.  

We have also initiated a campaign on Steam Greenlight to get approved for distribution of the Mac and PC versions.  Please visit Steam Greenlight and vote for us!

Budget:

The base game and 1st level pack for Tree Mongers is estimated to cost $75,000 to produce.  We're investing in this personally in addition to this Kickstarter campaign.

Schedule:

We're working hard on Tree Mongers already, and if we get funded we are scheduled to complete it in October 2015.  

Warm Regards,

Glenn and Kenny - Elegant Systems

Risks and challenges

At the time we started on this idea I was traveling weekly on a consulting project, so it was hard to make progress. Also, I needed to invest in better software and learn how to use it effectively. Now that is done and we have built the first few levels of Tree Mongers. It looks great! Check out the video for some shots of the game environment.

As a result of my enthusiasm for this project, I've decided to take some time away from consulting and work on Tree Mongers full time! With the kids on summer vacation it's the perfect time to spend time with them and get their help on this project.

We also realized that we needed more help in areas outside our expertise, so we've tapped into our network of friends, family and professional connections. Thanks to everyone on the team!!!

The initial release will include a number of levels and then we will release additional level packs. Make any contribution and you will receive all level packs FREE!

This is a big investment for us in time and money, so we're looking for a little help from our friends. Thank you for checking out our project, and please contribute!

Thanks from everyone at Elegant Systems

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