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CA$ 581
pledged of 35 000 CA$ pledged of 35 000 CA$ goal
19
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 18 2014

About

Platforms: iOS, Mac, PC, Linux, Android

Joan Mad Run is a pixel-art 2D action, that incarnates the best traditions of retro games and movies that you remember. Clear and accomplished main hero, grotesque enemies, hard-to-outwit eerie bosses (both flesh and mechanical), deadly traps, atmospheric locations, breakneck speed and insane number of wicked weapons with extraordinary death effects. Supervised by the community, the game already includes all the best ideas and features, suggested by our supporters and gamers all over the world. That is, practically, since the very beginning and till the very end you’ll be making the game together with us.

You play as Joan, a girl who is locked up in prison with no memories about her past and no belongings. Remorseless in the desire to find out the truth about her real self, Joan sets off on a cutthroat escape mission, destroying everything and everyone in her way.

Forced into Joan's shoes you'll have to go through many trials, be hell dexterous and have a sharp eye if you hope to survive. The farther you will go, the more vicious the hazards will become. That, coupled with the game’s high speed, seas of blood and constantly changing locations, will make you doubt your own sanity. Luckily, you’ll wield dozens of insanely powerful weapons, which will leave no chances for your haters. And by overcoming more and more new difficulties and completing missions you'll be gaining that crucial experience, necessary to accomplish your main goal – survive and get till the end, however horrible it may be.

The idea of resurrecting our best memories in one game was spinning in our heads for ages. You know how it works – once you’ve tasted something perfect, it’s hard to be content with some second-rate junk. While rewatching beloved old-school action movies and replaying our favourite retro games we caught ourselves thinking that something extremely important went missing since those times. The things, that mattered most, were brutally wiped off from modern games as if they never existed. Everything came down to very basic and schematic effects, identical kills and exhausting monotony of action. And once we realized we’ve had enough, we started creating our own reality.

As far as we were breaking the system, we needed something truly magnificent. Something that could blow minds and exceed even wildest expectations. Heavily influenced by such legends as Contra, SonSon, Doom, Dangerous Dave, Metal Slug, Soldier of Fortune and many more, we created an insane variety of meticulously designed and unique weapons that embody everything you’ve been longing for and will give you goosebumps all over your body when in action. Remember that exploding rocket launcher (or “the 5th gun” as we call it) from Doom? Back in times we lurked through the levels over and over again only to shoot the floor spot near a mob and see him explode into meatballs. And if you ever did the same thing you know what we are thinking. The 5th gun, the heads-and-limbs-eliminating sniper rifle in Soldier of Fortune and the body-slicing light sabers in Star Wars – all represented perfection of design, realism and uniqueness of performance. But more importantly, they did exactly what you expected. And can anything be more satisfying than met expectations? You will know, as we are going to let you feel that again.

Each weapon in Joan Mad Run is well though out and polished, for you to not only see, but feel it in action, as if you were really holding it in your hands. Your experience will get even more dramatic with mighty weapon upgrades, since each death of your enemies will become a truly bloodcurdling sight, definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Chances to quench your bloodlust will simply fall into your lap. Grisly behemoths, both flesh and mechanical, and a rich variety of enemies with different strengths and weaknesses are lying in the wait for you to come. The farther you will go, the more numerous and vicious they will become, which will whip you up and make your success even more satisfying.

  • single-player / multi-platform co-op multiplayer 
  • speedy breakneck gameplay with brutal boss battles 
  • two or more customizable characters 
  • pet companions 
  • dozens of meticulously designed weapons – from shotgun and katana to monomolecular wire and satanic hoghead-gun 
  • exquisite and spectacular death effects: cut, explode, burn, freeze, melt, incinerate, squeeze, send to hell and use even more unique torture methods 
  • weapon crafting workbench that will allow to create stunning weapon combos 
  • plethora of atmospheric locations with over 50 callous enemies to test your limits 
  • dynamic environments with shader-based light and particle effects
  • lots of secrets to unveil - secret levels/rooms/corridors, unique items and easter eggs 
  • procedurally generated levels 
  • supports many game controllers 
  • use your mobile phone as a wireless controller over WiFi 
  • natively stream game video and audio to compatible TVs and media centers over network 
  • play on desktop and on the go on PC/Mac/Linux/iOS/Android (progress synced across your computers and devices
  • will support all US/EU/AP major languages (and yours if you help us translate)

Full Release

Your pledge of $15 or greater will get you our KS-exclusive pack and a copy of the final game when it’s released. You will receive a digital DRM-free copy for Windows, Mac, Linux or/and a digital copy for iOS and Android. We're aiming to be content complete mid 2014 and then release the game by September 2014. This is subject to change, and the closed Beta will likely cause delays. 

Early Access 

Pledging $35 or more ($25 for early birds!) will also give you access to our closed Beta. The exact date and details are still uncertain, but we will attempt to start it a couple months before the game is officially released to the public. As a tester, you will have a direct effect on the game by playing and voicing your opinions and feedback. This also includes identifying any performance issues and bugs. 

System Requirements 

We haven’t nailed down the specifications just yet, but Joan Mad Run is being developed with older hardware in mind, so it shouldn’t bee too demanding. The requirements for OS are the following: Desktop: - Windows XP/Vista/7/8, OS X (10.7 or later) or Linux (most of distributions as a static binary) Mobile: - iOS (5.1 or later) or Android (with OpenGL ES 2.0 supported GPU) 

P.S. While you are waiting for the game to come out, the owners of iOS devices can taste a bit of the atmosphere in our free iOS preview version with an alternate character John: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id844148083

Backers will have access to a variety of rewards ranging from digital goods, to having an actual influence on the game. Keep in mind that you can buy more than one pledge level if you wish. Click on the more expensive of the two, then when you are asked how much money you wish to pledge simply enter a total amount. That total amount can be a combination of 2 or more pledge levels.

We prepared some extra rewards for true connoisseurs of our art. No need to change your tier. Just increase the amount of your pledge and we’ll send you a survey.

"Joan Mad Run is the type of game that the national newspapers write headlines about." - Chris Priestman, Pocket Gamer

Players Say

"Great, satisfying action and good retro aesthetic. Recommended." - mscotthammer

"Great game, super addicting. I can't stop playing because of how fun it is." - Quelf Munge Spaff

"I am genuinely surprised that this game turned out nicer than expected." - redranch91

"This is one hardcore cool game, challenging but still fun, I can not stop playing! The old school yet new school feel had me hooked from the start..." - STARKLAW

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WHY KICKSTARTER?

When we started working on the project we never imagined that it would turn into something that grand. Having a simple concept in mind, we planned it to be just a few months of work. Since the very beginning we closely cooperated with the community of various game forums, the Steam Greenlight gaming forums and our beta testers, taking into account even weirdest ideas and thoughts. We added game features, content, weapons and other things according to their advice, asked their opinion and got even more great ideas. People started to ask for more platforms (since we planned it for iOS only) and features and we realized that we should bring Joan Mad Run up to a finished game quality.

However, releasing a game takes money and our funds are starting to deplete. We’ve already made at least twice as much as what we originally planned, but there is still work to be done. The money collected from Kickstarter will allow us to add more awesome features, content and polish everything until it starts sparkling. We solemnly swear that we will invest every dollar raised into the development of Joan Mad Run for you to see all those cool features promised and those from our stretch goals (if we get lucky enough) as soon as possible.

Risks and challenges

Making games is hard and there are a lot of risks but we feel with our extensive experience, the good start we have, our focus on game play and the results you’ve seen so far that we can make this game. We have a clear direction of the game and where it will be headed. However, even though the tentative release date is September 2014, game-making is never a smooth straight route and certain factors may delay the time of release. We will simply do our best to overcome these obstacles in an efficient and timely manner, and make sure the game is at it's very best at the time of release.

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