About this project
UPDATE August 11th : We are blown away by Epic Skater's reception, and now we want to reach out to you and say THANKS!
We had a lot of questions about how the game controls so we've just updated the Kickstarter page with a How to Play video.
"Watch out, Jetpack Joyride. Epic Skater might replace you on my iPad." - Ripten.com
"...it certainly borrows a lot from Gutierrez and Gentile's Tony Hawk experience." - Joystiq.com
"Crikey! I was so stoked to hear about these guys getting together to do Epic Skater! AndyTHPS, Kurt G, Todd W AND Mark S. I have worked closely with all of these guys for many years and they know what they're doing, especially with a skate game. I can't wait to play it!" - Chad Findley (Project Lead, Neversoft 1998 - Present )
"I can personally attest to Andy and Kurt's ability to design some really fun and addictive gameplay. These guys know skateboarding, they know what makes video games fun, and the games they worked on only prove just that. I'm looking forward to what these guys come up with in Epic Skater!"- Kevin Mulhall (Senior Producer, Neversoft 1999-2010)
Epic Skater is a side scroller skateboarding game set in a variety of real world locations across the globe. The core focus of the game is taking the coolest elements of skateboarding to a very touch-intuitive interface that has all the challenge and responsiveness you'd expect from a console skateboarding game.
As your character progresses through cities, you will gain XP that will level up and improve your skater's in-game performance, as well as acquiring new tricks and special abilities along the way.
Our goal is to keep complete control of our vision in order to bring everyone the purest experience possible. Finding a publisher that doesn’t want to be involved in the game’s direction or design is difficult, and we want to be sure there is a direct line of communication between us and the fans.
Intuitive swipe controls, No "Virtual D-pad!"
Hold anywhere on-screen to go, and release to jump. Swipe in any of the 8 directions to perform 8 different tricks.
Drag-and-drop fully customizable button and trick interface allows you to unlock a long list of tricks, and map them to any combination of the 8 directions.
Hardcore players can unlock up to 2 new buttons to place on-screen. These buttons will add a new set of tricks each for a total of 24 total tricks that can be executed.
The mobile skateboarding game you’ve always wanted!
- XP system to level up your character and upgrade your skater's stats
- Fully customize your music playlist in-game, or turn it off and jam to your own tunes!
- Drag-and-drop fully customizable button interface for trick mapping.
Epic Skater uses NVIDIA's PhysX physics engine that makes every run completely unique.
Video games, and especially Skate games are a great way to hear about new music. We're including a dynamic playlist of independent artists that changes based on your feedback.
Comprised of independent musicians, bands, and artists; the soundtrack is handpicked by the UpUpStart team and the Epic Skater community.
Soundtrack so far:
- An Endless Sporadic - Eternal Bloom
- Aurelius - Hemlock
- Navene K - Nightmare
- Cartographer - Spiders
- Hey Adam! - They got a Pill for that
- The Amelia Premiere - Encursiva
- Brian Effinger - Derp Smash
- Dom Liberati - Love Holds It Down
- From Dust to Mountains - Red Giant
- The Golden Spiral - Retrograde
- Ghost Town - Game Freak
Sick of hearing a track? Turn it off from the playlist menu, and you’ll never hear it again!
We’ll be tracking and analyzing which songs are getting toggled off by users to help us determine which ones will be yanked out for the next update.
In a band; know a guy? Give us your music to publicly stream on the epicskater.com website. From there, we'll be running a poll to help us determine the top tracks to slide into the next update for Epic Skater's in-game soundtrack!
That depends on what you pledge in Epic Skater's Kickstarter campaign!
The rewards are all cumulative, so that means if you pledge $50, you'll get the $50 reward as well as the $45, $40, $35, $25, and $10 rewards.
All of these items are made specifically for this campaign and can't be found anywhere else!
We want a community to help us make the game better for them, and Kickstarter is a great way to spread the word. With help from the community that can play, give feedback, suggest level layouts, camera angles, and the coolest animations at the Exclusive Beta Tester Forums, this game can only get better!
Stop by our Website Forums, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation!
Let's kickstart Epic Skater with the love it deserves and create the game you've always wanted, and stick it to the man!
Andy "andyTHPS" Gentile, Designer was the publicly proclaimed top THPS player in the world. At the age of 16 he was offered a job by the developers of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and became a designer of the hit franchise helping Activision to sell millions of copies worldwide.
Kurt "SiK" Gutierrez, Designer has been credited on 18 Activision titles in his 9 year video game career. He has been a Designer on 5 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles as well as Lead Designer on one.
Brandon "Hondune" Proulx, Programmer after developing a love for physics games he started up his own company "Hondune Games" at the age of 17 that is entirely dedicated to bringing games with physics-based gameplay to mobile devices. He's been skating for the last 7 years and enjoys photography and 3d modeling in his spare time.
Robert "Rayden" Phillips, Programmer is a THPS veteran and has been programming for over 10 years. He also works under his own company "Chickopie Games" and released the popular game "House of 1000 Demons" on Xbox's Indie games. Currently working on "Wave Cave" for PC & 360.
Justin Mohlman, Artist is a Chicago-based artist who has spent nearly a decade working in the video game, music and educational industries. He's developed art content for legacy franchises, such as Tony Hawk and Mortal Kombat, as well as other AAA titles like Singularity and Stranglehold. His last finished game is the newly released Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD, which is on the Xbox360 and PS3 platforms.
Dallas "DigiDally" Holloway, Artist is a long-time gamer, composer, sound designer, 3D artist and has shipped 5 AAA titles.
Todd "funkhole" Wahoske, Artist contributed to 5 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater titles and was promoted to Lead Environment Artist for Tony Hawk's Project 8, managing a team of 15 artists. Being a music lover, he was delighted to create environments for Guitar Hero 3. Now, Todd is co-owner of Mythos Labs, a game studio located in idyllic Nevada City, CA and currently working on YOU are the Maniac! a horror-movie themed card game.
Mark "MLS" Scott, Artist Vintage game maker with 40 titles under his belt.
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• Free download of the game (iOS or Android) • Thank You PDF e-signed by the team • Digital copy of the in-game Soundtrack • Desktop and iOS wallpaper • Windows and Mac icon packagesEstimated delivery:
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Closed beta invite via TestFlight iOS • Exclusive Beta Forums avatar/icon • Access to Exclusive Beta Forums • Name in the game Credits and on our Website • 2 extra copies of the game to give away • Enough Coins to Unlock Everything in the game store on release + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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Biker Bounty Hunter Exclusive Character Outfit •
Mustache Ride special trick • Fire Grinds • Sons of Skatearchy Grind special trick
+ All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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Steampunk Vigilante Exclusive Character Outfit • Zorroh Grind special trick • Inconceivable Flip special trick + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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Luchadore Superhero Exclusive Outfit • Elbow Drop Grind special trick • Weight Shake Grab special trick • 360 PileDriver special trick + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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Deranged Psychopath Exclusive Character Outfit • Straight Jacket Flip special trick • Lockpick Grab special trick • Soldier of Fortune character skin • Explosive Bails and Grinds + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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Epic Skater Logo T-Shirt available in S, M, L, XL, XXL • Epic Skater Sticker Pack + all previous reward tiers + All Previous Reward Tiers -- Include an additional $10 for Int'l shippingEstimated delivery:
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7 backers Limited (68 left of 75)
Exclusive Limited Epic Skater Poster by the artist Davidicus from the Guitar Hero series! + All Previous Reward Tiers -- Include an additional $10 for Int'l shippingEstimated delivery:
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Epic Skater Logo Hoodie available in S, M, L, XL, XXL • All Previous Reward Tiers -- Include an additional $10 for Int'l shippingEstimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (23 left of 25)
Limited edition skateboard deck designed by UpUpStart perfect for home decoration and ready to ride (deck only) + All Previous Reward Tiers -- Include an additional $10 for Int'l shippingEstimated delivery:
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4 backers Limited (11 left of 15)
1 in-game Gap permanently named after you (name goes through review process) + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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Leave your mark in Epic Skater and have your name drawn in graffiti style textured onto a wall in the game forever! + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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Your own Permanent Statue! Have a statue built after you, someone, or something special to you (statues go through review process) + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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We'll model and implement a playable skater modeled after YOU. Everyone will be able to play as you as an unlockable character! + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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We'll put your design on a billboard in the game equipped with cameras that grab a sick shot of the skater and really show it off (artwork goes through a review process so keep it classy) + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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We will build you a Dream Skate Spot! Anything you can think of that represents you or your brand, or the area you grew up in! (This will go through a review process so keep it clean) + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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(US Only) We will fly you and a friend out to Los Angeles, California for Epic Skater's Launch Party! You will get to chill with us in an exclusive Hollywood location, and we'll be putting on a live rock show with some of the bands from Epic Skater's soundtrack, and give you a tour of where the birth of skating took place in "dogtown" Venice, CA. Hotel room and plane ticket will be supplied by us! + All Previous Reward TiersEstimated delivery:
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(US Only) Design a Skate Level! Have an entire level designed around you or your brand. Logo's, custom graffiti by UpUpStart, custom buildings, we will build it all for you! + All Previous Reward TIersEstimated delivery:
- (30 days)