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Multi-player network action with a wide assortment of weapons and abilities played across massive maps all in a classic Japanese design

Multi-player network action with a wide assortment of weapons and abilities played across massive maps all in a classic Japanese design Read More
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This project's funding goal was not reached on May 29, 2011.

About this project

*TITLE CHANGE: We changed the title from "Paper Ninja" to "Scroll Ninja" [Japanese: 絵巻忍者].*

*NEW PLAN: Since our KickStarter campaign is likely to fail (sorry KickStarter staff!) we've done something a little different: and also check out Update #7 in the Updates tab!*

*Check the official site: for more information and updates.*

Your contribution will go toward supporting our artist Jun Tohyama and our programmer Naoki Iwakawa - both of whom have experience in the game industry. It costs them each roughly $1,500 a month to live, and we're an estimated 3 months from a beta release. Because of this $15,000 will give Tohyama and Iwakawa close to 5 months of time toward a release or at least something we can start charging for.

Scroll Ninja is a side-scrolling multi-player action game. Players face off against each-other as individuals or in teams. Game modes will include standard Death Match and Capture the Flag as well as a variety of unique modes such as "Tonosama" mode where one super powered player [per team in team mode] needs to avoid assassination, a scroll collecting mode where scrolls may help or hinder players, a progressive upgrade/leveling mode, etc.

Players choose a school of Ninjitsu at the beginning of a match as well as sub-weapons, items, and abilities*. Schools of Ninjitsu are based on elements such as Fire, Water, Wood, Earth, Metal etc. Water Ninjitsu for example allows players to run across water and to fire projectiles from under water, Fire features fierce attacks and Fire Ninja leave a trail of flame when they run, Tree Ninja can freely scale and stick to trees and will blend in with foliage, Earth Ninja are very strong when on the ground and can dig themselves into the ground for camouflage, Metal Ninja make up for what they lack in mobility with strong defenses and powerful blast weapons. Selectable sub-weapons will include things like smoke bombs, poison darts, "makibishi" land spikes, a variety of chain weapons and more.

*Some examples of selectable abilities [Multi-Form, Body Switch, Invisibility]:

All Ninja have a "kaginawa" grappling line that can be used to ascend to higher ground:

Kaginawa can also be used to increase range and speed of movement:

Furthermore Kaginawa can be used as a weapon to pull your opponents in for attacks. 

When running, the Ninja also stick to the terrain they are running over, meaning a running Ninja will stick to slopes, run over rough terrain, and run up walls:

One of our first post-release additions to the game will be mystical powers, including selectable spirit animals which can be summoned to power up the player for a short period of time. For example the Bear will greatly boost attack and defense, the hawk will allow for free flight and a special swooping attack, and the tiger grants a devastating dash attack and a massive running speed boost.

There will be large sprawling levels with interactive elements all done in hand-drawn art by Jun Tohyama. The general art style for the game is inspired by classical Japanese paintings like those found on art scrolls. Both the keyboard and mouse will be used for control, but alternative and customizable control schemes and the ability to use a game-pad will be available.

You contribution will allow us to continue development. As a company we've had a very rough start and Scroll Ninja is probably our last chance at recovery and staying in business. We chose to focus all our remaining resources on it because it's a project we all really feel everyone will enjoy; we hope you feel the same and we will be very grateful for any support we receive.

Thank you.


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    Two special Scroll Ninja wallpapers, one for Desktop and one for Mobile

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    A license for a download copy of Scroll Ninja on release (we intend to sell for more than $10 on release) as well as the $1 wallpapers

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    Two licenses [give one to a sibling or friend] for the game each with special additional content only for pre-release supporters as well as the $1 wallpapers

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    Four licenses [small LAN matches!] with the special pre-release supporter content, your name and a short message in the credits as a supporter, and the wallpapers

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250 USD

    Five licenses each special content and extras, all future additional content for the game for free including add-ons and expansion packs, access to the beta, your name and a short message of your choosing in the credits, a link or banner for your blog/site/business on Scroll Ninja PR sites, as well as the wallpapers

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    Everything from the $250 level but with 10 licenses, and access to all betas and other pre-release content from us from now on

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000 USD

    Everything from the $500 level, a small set of independent games we like that are not available outside of Japan, and a hand signed illustration of your choosing by Jun Tohyama (he's great at caricatures!) in Scroll Ninja style sent to you by mail

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    Everything from the $1000 level and we will personally chauffeur you around Japan if you ever come. FREE licenses for every game we release from now on and any exclusive content. Tons of in game credits for all our games that have it from now on. We'll also set up a box of goodies from Japan and send it to you along with original design sketches and illustrations by the team along with our selection of indie games and the illustration from Jun Tohyama. We'll also let you choose the order in which we'll develop pre-release content and do our best to implement one of your own suggestions

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