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The Abettor's Letters

Learn French in this beautiful point-and-click adventure. Explore & interact to practice the French you'll need to solve the mystery.

The Abettor's Letters

Learn French in this beautiful point-and-click adventure. Explore & interact to practice the French you'll need to solve the mystery.

$9,707
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
112
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 10 2013 11:00 PM UTC +00:00

About


New video added on the video player above - 8/1

**EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE: Backers at $75 and higher will receive any and all future episodes of The Abettor's Letters (French version)**

**New stretch goal added: If we hit $40,000, backers at $20 and higher will receive a second episode**

All backers will receive exclusive early access to the first episode of the game

New video and images added - 7/18

  • This episode of The Abettor's Letters is being developed for iPad.
  • An "episode" of The Abettor's Letters represents a complete, self-contained story and lesson. Subsequent episodes will connect in an overarching storyline and lesson structure.
  • This Kickstarter is to fund one episode, which serves as a demo, or "pilot" episode for the full version of the game.

The Abettor’s Letters is a point-and-click role playing adventure that will teach you French as you play. You’ll take the role of Agent Carsen Brooks, an American spy hired by a mysterious party to investigate a criminal conspiracy taking place in France. You’ll need to learn French for two compelling reasons: to blend in with the locals and to decipher the clues embedded in their French conversations with you. You’ll need these clues to solve the mystery in each level and thwart the villains in time.


We are using Kickstarter to raise the money to develop one complete episode of The Abettor’s Letters for iPad. We need to cover costs of programming, voice acting, music, sound effects, French/English translation, and licensing a French/English dictionary for player use during gameplay. The episode we create using your help through Kickstarter will be free for everyone to play, and any money raised beyond our goal will go directly into funding production of the full, multi-episode game. The more money you can help us raise, the sooner we can start producing the full game!


We are committed to making The Abettor’s Letters a quality gameplay experience, with a compelling narrative, interesting characters, and a beautiful world to explore. We are equally committed to making the French language curriculum thorough and effective, and a valuable resource for anyone seeking to learn a new language.


Agent Carsen Brooks has become conflicted about his career as a secret agent—is he working for the good guys, promoting liberty around the globe? Or is he just a pawn in a global conspiracy?

An anonymous party has sought his help as a private investigator, unraveling the mystery behind a nefarious plot that's unfolding in France. Brooks seizes the chance to use his talents for good, and sets off on the adventure.

One problem, though: He doesn’t speak French! Pas du tout.

The stakes are high for Brooks, as he contends with both the cabal of criminals led by vengeful villain Didier Diamante, and the attentions of the French authorities, on high alert for suspicious foreigners. He even finds himself tracked by a resourceful counterintelligence agent, Shima Abdel, and her canine partner, Watteau.  Things are difficult, but Brooks isn't alone. His anonymous contact promises to aid and abet him with financing, intel, and French language lessons, and if Brooks studies hard and avoids suspicion, he can continue on his quest to discover the truth, and save the day!


A compelling espionage narrative, interesting characters, a rich world, and a brand new twist on the classic dialogue tree mechanic, all add up to a unique and engaging gameplay experience. Along the way, there will be surprises, puzzles, mini-games, and lots of humor.

Players will have to successfully navigate dialogue interactions with French-speaking characters to progress the game and gather the information they need. Different sections of gameplay challenge the player's abilities in vocabulary, verb conjugation, sentence construction, and reading and listening comprehension.


The Abettor’s Letters takes place in a re-imagined turn-of-the-century France, brought to life in full hand-painted watercolor artwork.

Players will find lots to discover as they explore the streets of Paris. Enter shops and cafés to practice buying and ordering; listen to sections of French audio as a character rehashes his past; read French text in a love letter found tucked away inside an old book at the library... 


The Abettor’s Letters will be an effective language learning tool because the game medium provides an unintimidating learning environment. Play through character interactions and world exploration are intrinsically motivating, and provide an easy incentive to revisit the language lessons. Experiences with new lessons will be gradual, and immediately satisfying, keeping the learning process fun and exciting.

At the start of each level, the player will receive a letter from the abettor, detailing their mission, and a particular language lesson, arming them for the challenge ahead with key words, phrases, and grammatical concepts.

Some characters will engage the player in a back-and-forth conversation. When a highlighted portion of a sentence is correctly identified, the player is rewarded with a full translation of the text.


The player will be able to see the dynamic translation--the conversational phrasing of a concept--as well as the literal translation--a word-for-word breakdown that illustrates French sentence construction. Players will be assisted by the "magic monocle", which contains a dictionary and verb book, when they want to delve deeper.


We’re using Kickstarter to fund one complete episode of The Abettor’s Letters, which will be available for everyone to play, free of charge. Our costs include programming, art materials, music, sound effects, voice acting, French/English translation, and licensing a French/English dictionary and verb book. Our target goal of $25,000 is enough to cover the cost of the exact game we want to make (taking into account the cost of producing rewards, and Kickstarter's takings) without sacrificing our commitment to quality. Please help us achieve our goal, and make this unique game a reality!

$40,000 - All backers at the $20 tier and higher will receive a second episode with exclusive early access.

Sarah English, Producer

The Abettor's Letters began with Sarah's dream of producing a high-quality language education game. She serves as the overall project coordinator, business manager, and general fearless leader.

Kyle Weik, User Interface Designer

Kyle is responsible for the layouts, menus, and other ways in which the player interacts with the game. He's usually the team's voice of reason. Has amazing hair.

JoJo Seames, Character Artist


JoJo was brought on board to design and illustrate all the game's characters, props, and cutscenes. Her background is as a comic book artist, but she is way into French art history, and that's helpful here.

McCal Joy Johnson, Scene Development Artist

McCal has a background in the Fine Arts and Education. She designs and creates all the game's environments including map layout, and in-game extras. She's whimsical. Like a woodland creature.


Andrew Ihla, Writer
Andrew is contributing dialogue and helping to shape the story of the game.  He has written comics, screenplays, prose, and just about anything else that can be made out of words.




Myriad Devices is providing the game programming, putting the pieces together to turn concept into playable reality.

Sophie Lannes--from Pau, France--is handling the task of English/French translation for all the game's dialogue and text.

Blair B is composing the game's score of original music.

Andrew Hegg is the project's webmaster.

Here are some examples of rewards we have in store for our backers!

Prints of artwork
Prints of artwork
Small framed original artwork and monocle necklace
Small framed original artwork and monocle necklace
Monocle Necklace
Monocle Necklace

*Thank you for your pledge!*

Please pass on our Kickstarter page and tell your friends about The Abettor's Letters! We hope to get a lot of people interested in this revolutionary way to learn and play!

Risks and challenges

We're committed to staying as close to our original vision for the game as possible; however, we are aware that technical issues may arise during development that require us to rethink some features of the game. Because our team retains creative control, we can adapt our design.

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