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Imagine a singles' cruise in the Bermuda triangle: sunburns, distastefully decorated drinks, drunkards and lonely hearts roaming the hallways looking for love. Then a zombie infection hits the ship and suddenly the desperate need for company gets a whole new meaning...

Zombie Cruise is an episode based romantic action adventure game for the iOS and hopefully later on to PC as well. The first episode is well on its way and we just need a little push from the community to have the means to finish it.

Zombie Cruise isn't just another zombie shooter: it's a challenging game of humor, romance and action. Resorting to violence won't get you far - it will get your brains eaten. Survival calls for devious planning, fast reflexes and mastery of the art of hitting on hot babes.

Beneath all the action and humor lies a deeper story of lost love and the hard way of becoming a selfless hero. Our protagonist is the ships DJ, Alex. He is a shallow bastard, who actually just got hurt in the game of love. And the zombies are and allegory for the obstacles he has on his way while searching for true love.

As all gentlemen know, avoidance is the best defense against scorned ex-girlfriends. And what works for enraged members of the fairer sex should work for zombies as well. If you manage to find a couch or a soda machine to duck behind, you will be virtually invisible to anyone passing by.

Fighting is bad idea, since zombies feel no pain and their brains are already mush. Punching them out will buy you some time. If you should get a taser in your hands, a hefty zap might work as well.

Everybody knows people who enjoy rave parties are utterly brainless. Similarly, so are zombies, and playing party music will attract the party zombies to the dancefloor.

It's a known fact that some people come to the cruise just for the amazing, all-you-can-eat buffets. If these lumbering piles of lard end up with a zombie infection, their appetite is inextinguishable. Announce a free buffet and they all rush to the nearest restaurant.

Since you are hunky enough you can just walk up to a lovely lady and make your move. Making out will make zombies think you're one of them enjoying a fresh victim. And of course, the zombies won't attack the bimbos, for there isn't much flesh among all that plastic, and even less brain matter to devour.

It is hard to tell the difference between a zombie and a sauced up party animal, so it is better to avoid them, no matter how inviting the conga line looks. Drunkards also have the habit to engage you to loud and pointless conversations prone to attract any zombies in the vicinity.

Please feel free to ask guidance from the ship's personnel if in need of assistance. The safety of our guests and staff is our top priority!

Tuonela Productions is an independent multi-platform game studio from Oulu, northern Finland. Our passion is to make innovative games that touch people from topics that move people. And what would be a better mix than a humoristic love story and zombies, combined with a hero's journey!

Our team is a versatile combination of professional game-makers, whose backgrounds vary from coders and graphic designers to masters of literature, history and cultural anthropology.

Zombie Cruise is nearing completion, but we still lack monetary means to finish it. With the requested meagre amount of money we can fund  two extra months to finish the first episode, buy sound effects and more music for the game and have it polished and fun for you.

However, we hope we would gather a bit more, because we would love to deliver the full story to you, how we have envisioned it. Not wanting to spoil the plot, here's how the three episodes would differ from one another in the larger scale and what is the main goal of the episode:

Introduction to the characters and the ship, and the growing confusion concerning what is going on: it takes a while before people believe that it's not just a regular stomach flu that's affecting people. The player is not a hero yet.

The infection grows worse and the emergency becomes real. The player needs to make sure the ship is stopped so that the infection won't spread to Miami. The player will get more means to deal with the zombies.

Saving the day. Player needs to save himself and his loved ones and escape from the ship. The intensity grows and the shift from sneaking to action is completed and player has even more means to deal with the zombies.

If you can't participate monetarily, please feel free to spread the word about our amazing game and our crowdfunding campaign. That will be great help, too, and we will be ever so grateful!

The concept of zombies on a cruise ship is too grand to be only a game and nothing more. We're cooperating with the film industry on this baby and Timo Turunen and Ville Jankeri are working on a feature film on the origins of the infection. The production company is the same that is behind 'nazis on the moon' film, Iron Sky

For more info on the film check out their site: http://www.blindspot.fi/

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    You'll get, not only our deepest gratitude, but also a warm fuzzy feeling of supporting something great. It's the same fuzzy feeling one of our team members now can get at a local pub thanks to your support.

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    You'll get the Zombie Cruise ringtone (you hear it in the beginning of the video) plus a nice ZC wallpaper for your iPad - with a true romantic zombie feeling.

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    You'll get a limited-edition PC version of the game. And if we get to make Episodes 2 & 3, you'll get those as well!

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    With 30 dollars, we'll send you a personalized thank you card. A great way to get a warm greeting from a cold country!

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    You'll get The Zombie Cruise soundtrack as a digital download. That's your Halloween party playlist right there!

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    You can get our eternal gratitude with just 60 dollars. Instead of getting into the thank you list, we'll add your name as one of the contributors in the game credits.

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    You'll get an invitation to test the game via Testflight. Get the game on your iPad before release, and start testing! You'll get credited as a game tester. (Thanks to Apple we have to limit a lot how many people can get this tier.)

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    You'll get a Zombie Cruise t-shirt.
    Either we vomit on a regular one to make it a Zombie Cruise t-shirt, or you'll get one with game art on it. You choose!

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    A digital package of game concept art + compilation of our best zombie growls to go with it. Use the growls to scare your little sister, to freak out your neighbours or to make your visit to the cemetery a bit more exciting. Or whatever catches your fancy.

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    With this tier you get to show your love and appreciation to someone you know with a surprise call. We'll make a zombie Skype call to a phone number of your choice with a message of your choosing. Want the zombies to ask someone to marry them? Or pardon in your behalf for being late? You'll have 5 pre-recorded calls to choose from and if you add 20 dollars extra, we'll arrange an extra recording session so we can customise the call with your specifications. "Grrrawwwllll.. isss this Matt? Sorrrrry I couldn't make it to your wedding." is definitely better than just a generic call without names.

    Please don't choose a recipient without a sense of humour. We'll all walk away more thankful after that. ;)

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    Become a part of the game's lore. With just 200 dollars you get to appear in the in-game scrap book and become a part of the background story of M/S Birds of Paradise.
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    Your drink will be added to the game's scrap book. You name the drink and let us know what it consists of and it all gets into the game. This is your chance to show your bartending skills.
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    A virtual date with Nikki Titbanger. You get to ask what you want about her, Zombie Cruise, how the development is going or what is important to her in life. You know, whatever you want to know! And through webcam you get to see her make all of her animations as she replies to you. The unlimited lower tier rewards are included as well. PLEASE NOTE: We mean a virtual date with the game character and NOT the actor in the video. The actor is engaged already! :(

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    With just 500 dollars you can add a picture of your choice to a zombie's t-shirt in-game. Again, this is a good way to immortalise yourself. Who knows why the zombies originally came to the cruise, so your picture can be anything. "I love you Sven" will be the Swedish choice, but promoting your band or company or letting people know you love your mom are good choices as well. We will make sure the t-shirt looks cool, no matter what you choose.
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    You'll get the 3D models for our main characters. Make your own spoof videos with them, or use them in your own game. We give you free reign! Remember, even Nikki's tits have been boned so creating your own animations is very easy. Plus of course all the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers.

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    We'll model your face into the game as a zombie or one the NPCs, depending on how you look and how you fit into the game lore. Includes all the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers.

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    Join us at the Zombie Cruise launch party and be treated as a VIP for the duration of your visit. The launch party will be held in cooperation with Zombie Walk Oulu so the party will have tons of zombies roaming the premises. Never has there been a better time to visit Finland! With the 2500 dollars you'll not only have free drinks and dinner, but you also get to spend time with the development team in a sauna! Spending time naked with game developers, programmers and artists - in a hot, steamy room! Who wouldn't want that? Please note that the reward does not include travelling costs, so as long as you get yourself to Oulu, we'll handle the rest. Plus you get all the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers.

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