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Last updated September 3, 2019

Zelle -Fantasy Horror Adventure Game-

Fantasy Horror Adventure, one treacherous night in a little boy’s life.

Zelle -Fantasy Horror Adventure Game-

Fantasy Horror Adventure, one treacherous night in a little boy’s life.

¥40,909
pledged of 250.000 ¥pledged of 250.000 ¥ goal
24
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 20 2018 12:22 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 3, 2019

About

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Free DEMO for PC/Mac is available!

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Zelle is a fantasy horror adventure game for Windows/Mac made in Japan. It was inspired by games like Castlevania, the Wizardry series, and Clock Tower. You can explore the inside and outside of the castle using adventure game mechanics and battle demons with strategic mouse clicks.

Explore the world of Zelle as the protagonist, Emerada, a boy who’s been confined to his room in an old castle by a Reaper. He makes a daring escape attempt to return home to his nearby village, but the castle is deep within a forest that’s haunted by demons. The Goddess grants him the power to repel the demons, but he must face many trials before winning his freedom. A Reaper wearing a strange mask, a moon-faced man, a little boy who loves to dance... The truth gradually comes to light as his lost memories return. 

This is but one night in the story of a little boy’s life.

Features

  • Solve intuitive puzzles to progress in this adventure game
  • Shifts between a first-person perspective and a JRPG-like top-down view
  • Meet and part with mysterious and comical characters
  • Uncover gratifyingly grotesque scenes throughout the game
  • Buckle up for an emotional rollercoaster that’ll have you laughing, crying, and screaming in fear

Battle

You can drive back demons with the protagonist’s Rosary. All you need to do is click the same color Rosary as your opponent’s eye color. But it’s game over if you click the wrong one or run out of time! Get ready for some tense battles.

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Map

In first-person perspective, you can explore the 3D map and collect items to proceed. Try to find all the castle’s charming residents. But watch out! Demons are hiding in every nook and cranny.

 In the top-down view, you can move the protagonist with your keyboard’s arrow keys. You can examine objects and talk with people using the confirm button, just like in a regular JRPG!

The protagonist walking along a beach.
The protagonist walking along a beach.

Most of Zelle’s graphics were created using the collage technique. Each map page is a single cohesive picture, which helps make every image pop. I hope these ominous, fantastical graphics leave a deep impression on you. Feel free to take as much time as you need to soak in the stunning view of the Goddess statue on top of the toilet.

And don’t forget to pay attention to the bewitching graphics and animations of all the demons too.

Zelle has a variety of original background music which was lovingly composed by Xion.

This is the sheet music for Zelle’s main theme. Xion's performance is dazzlingly ephemeral. This main theme will appear in different variations throughout the game.

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Zelle is already well on its way to being completed, but some additions and quality improvements could make the game even more fun. Here are some of the stretch goals I have in mind.

Base Goals
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USD 2,250
Zelle will be localized into English. 

Stretch Goals
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USD 2,730 
I will get a vocalist to sing the song during the game’s ending. 

USD 3,640 
I will add a new stage called “Grave of the Holy Warriors”. 

USD 7,280
I will add a secret boss. 

USD 10,900
I’m not sure it’ll get this far, so this is still to be determined.

 

Staff

Fuming is Zelle’s developer. He created all the graphics, the game system, and the story, and is also working to promote and advertise the game.

Xion created all the music. He put a lot of time and effort into composing all the haunting, enigmatic soundtrack. He’s also played Zelle even more than I have, so I’m having him help me out a lot with the debugging process. (Hey!)

Elizabeth handled the translation. Zelle is originally written in Japanese, but she’s paid special attention to make sure English-speaking players get the same fun experience.

If the goal is surpassed where does the extra money go?

Zelle has already spent about 3 years in production and is almost complete. The project has made it this far using my personal funds, but in order to determine whether the game can be released, I’d like to use all of your support to speed up the final touches, get the game localized into English, and expand on the game’s contents.

Here’s what needs to be covered yet before the game is released:

  • Creating the ending scene
  • Additional animations
  • Japanese to English translation fee
  • Tweaks to improve the graphics, music, and game system
  • Debugging the game

If the goal is surpassed where does the extra money go?

Instead of using your money to create merchandise or an artbook, I’d like to add more features to the game. (See the stretch goals for more details!)

To everyone reading this

First of all, thank you so much for reading this far! If anyone has even the slightest interest in Zelle, it would make me happier than anything else. With your support, I’d love to make Zelle reach even more people and become an even better game. I hope you’ll back my project.

Risks and challenges

Zelle is already largely completed, so the funding isn’t going toward its initial development.
This means that there is no risk of paying money only to never receive the game (as long as the developer doesn’t suffer a fatal heart attack or anything crazy like that).
However, I also work a normal day job, so it’s possible that the release could be delayed.
I’m hoping that this Kickstarter will greatly help the game to be released on time.

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    I will create one enemy based on your designs or idea.
    But I reserve the right to reject your idea if it’s not suitable for the game. For example, any R-rated material, characters from other works may be rejected. If an agreement cannot be reached, you will receive a full refund.

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