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Engauge is a 2-D action platformer set in a vibrant world of buzzing machinery.

Houston, TX Video Games
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Engauge will be on the PC, Mac and Linux!

Updates

#5: Engauge Pre-alpha demo!

#4: What's the buzz?

#3: 50% funded 200% amazing!

#2: The Rocket Core!

#1: Gameplay Update Sneak Peek!

Engauge is an action-adventure game inspired by the ambience and presentation of games like Bastion and Dark Souls, conveying story through tone. 

A rich narrative is woven as you explore a cruel yet vibrant world.

 The world of Engauge hums with life and activity. From the Mechanical Cities to the Rocky Sea Cliffs to the Hushed Jungles, civilization has taken root and given rise to diverse groups with unique cultures.

In this vast world, you control a detached and powerful enigma, a construct known as X1S

You lead the android X1S through a search of his past as he fights to return to the normalcy that has been shattered.

Engauge is designed around tight controls and platforming.

The mechanics consist of running, jumping, wall-jumping, defending and using primary and secondary abilities.

Primary and secondary abilities are determined by items known as cores. Cores can be equipped and swapped out to create unique playstyles.

Rocket-Core concept art
Rocket-Core concept art

Currently, there are seven cores planned for Engauge. 

Besides cores, Engauge also features:

  • Jumping/Ability Puzzles - Take a break from the roil and toil of combat to complete ability puzzles. Use your abilities and platforming skills to overcome obstacles and solve the puzzles. 
  • Collectibles - Pick up an array of curious objects throughout your journey. Read their descriptions to discover the mysteries of the world around you.  
  • AI Interaction - Engage enemies in meaningful combat as you adapt to their fighting styles and exploit their weaknesses.
  • Hidden  Items - Discover hidden items nestled throughout the nooks and crannies of the world. Your exploration can lead you to ability-cores, special collectibles and a variety of vanity items.
  • Special Events/Enemies - Trigger special events by exploring the world. Hear quirky conversations, face tough foes and even uncover the Legend of the Iron Gauntlet. 

Here's a more in-depth look at some of Engauge's core mechanics!


At Toastie Republic, we want to bring Engauge to life with hand-drawn backgrounds, fluid animations and enemy variety

Evolution of Engauge

Over the past few months, Engauge's art has changed dramatically. 

The main character alone has undergone more than four redesigns to ensure he provides the best smashing-and-bashing experience for players.

Along with the main character, Engauge is still evolving, as we work every day to improve its quality.

Evolution of X1S
Evolution of X1S

Starting with an idea, we create concept art and go on to craft in-game assets. 

All enemies emerge from a single goal: to design lean, intelligent enemies that keep players on their toes. 

We have been developing Enguage out of pocket because we believe it is a worthwhile project. 

We want to create a truly high-quality game with professional art and sound, so we need the help of the community. 

To see how we will use the funds, refer to the graph below:

Notice that not a dollar goes towards programming. That's because we're holding our programmer, Ian, hostage! Long live the Republic! 

What rewards can our Kickstarter friends expect? Take a look below to find out!

$10 Tier: DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Get a fully operational digital copy of Engauge for the PC!

Note: Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

$15 Tier: DIGITAL STARTER PACK

Desktop Wallpapers

Not representative of actual wallpapers
Not representative of actual wallpapers

Enjoy a robust selection of Desktop Wallpapers! Never again will your friends make fun of your boring, sloth-themed desktop wallpapers!

Forum Title

Become a Knight of the Toastie Republic! 

Boast to your friends about your new title!  This forum title will display proudly under your username in any forum post or reply. It will also look great on your resume!

Note: This reward grants a title on the public forum

$25 Tier: OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK

Smooth Grooves!

Enjoy the buoyant, bouncing beats of mix-master Lawrence!

Groove with your neighbors! Groove with your friends! Groove with your imaginary friends! 

Note: Full Original Soundtrack available digitally. 

$35 Tier: DIGITAL DELUXE 

Digital Artbook
 
Browse through concept art, area mock-ups, early designs, and developer commentary. 

The digital artbook is chock-full of secrets. Developer secrets. Personal secrets. Government secrets. You get the picture.

$50 Tier: DEVELOPER COMMENTARY

FEATURING IN-GAME HELPERS! 

Receive a unique digital copy of Engauge that features H3x, an in-game helper! 

H3x will provide helpful hints and developer insight!

$75 Tier: ENGAUGE T-SHIRT

 
 Choose a T-shirt from two different designs. 

Your choice of T-shirt design and size will be asked through email following the Kickstarter campaign.

Wear it. Love it. Make love to it. We won't judge you.

$100 Tier: ENGAUGE POSTER 

Sample Poster
Sample Poster

Get your ultra stylish Kickstarter Poster!

Nothing appeals to a collector's spirit more than owning an item that is no longer being produced. Hang this work of art somewhere safe. Preferably a vault. Or your refrigerator.

$125 Tier: PHYSICAL COPY OF ENGAUGE

It's actual. It's real. It's the physical copy of Engauge! 

Your CD copy will be neatly packaged and shipped to you with a heartfelt, handwritten note of thanks. 

Note: Each CD copy is laser-printed with beautiful art! 

$150 Tier: SOFTCOVER ART HANDBOOK

Enjoy the sensuous physicality of your very own softcover artbook. 

Flip through pages of concept art and character designs in the Official Engauge Artbook!

Much cooler than the Unofficial Artbook!

$250 Tier: THE BIG BUNDLE 

Receive a t-shirt, a poster and a physical copy of the game!

The big bundle includes all the physical rewards your heart could desire. 

$350 Tier: BECOME AN NPC 

Design NPC Dialogue or Backstory

Choose from a variety of NPC templates to begin designing your NPC and create a character that is distinctly yours.

Your NPC may have a quirky personality, strange habits, or even a tragic backstory! 

Note: Creative input not limited to dialogue.

$500 Tier: MECHANICAL MONSTER PLUSHY

Plushies are the protectors of the toy world. They keep you safe at night and are exceptionally cuddly!

Rest easy knowing plushie-Jasper is watching! Always watching.

Plushie-Jasper does not work for the NSA. Promise. 

$600 Tier: SHRINE OF HEROES

Become immortalized in-game!

An especially-designed area will be dedicated to you or a character of your design!

Special heroes deserve a special place. Statues shall be erected in your honor! Tales will be told of your greatness! 

$750 Tier: DESIGN A SECRET

Collaborate with us to design a secret! 

The secret can be an event, item or character (or a combination of these elements). 

Stage a rematch with a disgruntled mini-boss, design a gizmo or add a unique character to the game.

$3000 Tier: DESIGN A CORE

Collaborate with us to design a core! 

A core consists of two key mechanics, like attacks, for Engauge's main protagonist.

Design old-fashioned, elemental-themed mechanics or newfangled, techno-themed mechanics. It's up to you!

$10000 Tier: DESIGN A BOSS 

Collaborate with us to design a deadly boss!

We want each reward to be meaningful. Through Kickstarter, we have the opportunity to bring our ideas to life and this means more to us than we can express through text. 

To express our gratitude, we'd like to extend this same opportunity to one potential backer. Design a boss, and we'll do our best to bring your ideas to life. 

Boss life insurance not included

The Team

Jason Khan - Supreme Butter Lord
As chief grunt of ToastieRepublic Jason spends his days hunting bugs, concepting for the game and doing just about everything else Ian doesn't want to do. Don't be fooled by Jason's vague job description, he pours his heart (and life savings) into Engauge to make it the best possible game he can.

Ian McCleary - Grand Toastie Wizard
A programming wizard of the highest calibre, Ian finds himself sadly inept at just about every other task. Much to Jason's dismay, Ian holds an intense hatred for sloppy code and will stop at nothing to make code both functional and elegant. A frequent Kickstarter backer, it was Ian who suggested to take Engauge to Kickstarter.

Sergio Legorreta - Grand Toastie Adviser
 A frequent contributor to the Toastie Republic, Sergio hopped on board to help us accomplish menial writing tasks. While he may be lowly paid, he's well liked and is great at writing.

Ethan Karnopp - Toastie Lance Knight  
A very talented artist, Ethan managed to produce almost all the character assets seen in the Engage today. At the moment, Ethan works as a free-lance artist and has apparently received positive feedback from everybody on the planet. 

Lawrence Steele - Toastie Lance Knight
 Handling music is mix-master Lawrence. A multi-talented man of Steele, Lawrence functions as a Composer/Music Producer/Sound Designer for his own studio, Satsuma Audio. Check him out at http://satsu.ma/.

Risks and challenges

Visuals, sounds, music and narrative are crucial in creating a cohesive and varied experience. However, these assets can become expensive quickly.

With a baseline of 50k, we will be operating with a slim margin of error. Every asset and area will become a significant financial commitment. In the long-run, we will have to decide which assets to polish and what aspects of the game to prioritize.

Fortunately, we're well-prepared for actual development. We know what to expect from our freelancers, and we trust them to do a great job. Over the past year, we've refined our workflow and built great infrastructure.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • We're not sure yet!

    Honestly, We'd like to port Engauge to XBone, PS4 and maybe the Vita or Wii. It probably won't be a stretch goal since we're planning to port regardless of how many funds we get.

    The only thing we're unclear on is how to get Engauge into Microsoft/Sony's stores. From a tech standpoint, we're already designing Engauge to be easy to port. We also went out of our way to design controller-friendly controls so the game should control pretty well on console.

    Tl;dr - I can't say with 100% certainty that there will be console releases, but that's the end goal

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    https://twitter.com/ToastieRepublic
    http://www.engaugegame.com/
    http://www.toastierepublic.com/

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    DIGITAL COMIC

    Receive our heartfelt thanks in form of a digital comic! Your support truly helps!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Enjoy a DRM-free digital copy of the game when it is released!

    Includes $5 tier

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    DIGITAL STARTER PACK

    Enjoy a robust selection of Desktop Wallpapers!

    Includes $5 and $10 tiers

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    10 backers

    OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK

    Enjoy the buoyant, bouncing beats of the Engauge Official Soundtrack!

    Includes $5, $10 and $15 tiers

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    DIGITAL DELUXE

    Enjoy a digital artbook filled with tricks, tips and concept art!

    Includes $5, $10, $15 and $25 tiers

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    9 backers

    DEVELOPER COMMENTARY + IN-GAME COMPANION

    Enjoy an exclusive digital copy of Engauge featuring H3X, the handy-dandy companion!

    Throughout the game, he will provide developer commentary and other insights.

    Includes $5, $10, $15, $25 and $35 tiers

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    ENGAUGE T-SHIRT

    Enjoy a stylish and highly functional Engauge t-shirt!

    Includes $5, $10, $15, $25, $35 and $50 tiers

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    ENGAUGE POSTER

    Marvel at the wondrous physicality of your very own Engauge poster!

    Includes $5, $10, $15, $25, $35 and $50 tiers

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    PHYSICAL COPY OF ENGAUGE

    Receive a lovingly-crafted Engauge boxset, complete with a physical copy of the game!

    Includes $5, $10, $15, $25, $35 and $50 tiers

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    SOFTCOVER ART HANDBOOK

    Flip through pages and pages of concept art and character designs in the Official Engauge Artbook!

    Includes $5, $10, $15, $25, $35 and $50 tiers

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    THE BIG BUNDLE

    Receive all aforementioned physical rewards in one big bundle!

    Includes all previous rewards!

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    BECOME AN NPC

    Collaborate with us to become a unique side-character in the game!

    Includes all previous rewards!

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    MECHANICAL MONSTER PLUSHY

    Snuggle with a cuddly, mechanical monster that isn't your significant other!

    Includes all previous rewards!

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    SHRINE OF HEROES

    Become immortalized in the Shrine of Heroes! Statues shall be erected in your honor! It'll be cool!

    Includes $5, $10, $15, $25, $35, $50 and $250 tiers

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    DESIGN A SECRET

    Collaborate with us to design hidden content for Engauge!

    Includes $5, $10, $15, $25, $35, $50 and $250 tiers

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    DESIGN A CORE

    Collaborate with us to design unlockable abilities for X1S!

    Includes $5, $10, $15, $25, $35, $50 and $250 tiers

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    DESIGN A BOSS

    Collaborate with us to design a menacing, mechanical boss! Warning: Very scary! (Some restrictions may apply)

    Includes $5, $10, $15, $25, $35, $50 and $250 tiers

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