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The Claw of Broken Promises was buried deep underground, It gives the power to swing to freedom and toss your enemies like ragdolls. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on March 16, 2014.

The Claw of Broken Promises was buried deep underground, It gives the power to swing to freedom and toss your enemies like ragdolls.

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[Edit: Forget what the rewards say, we can ship internationally. Contact me for more info. ]

Maya Breaker
Maya Breaker

Sprite by Gambler Ichigo http://gamblerichigo.deviantart.com/

This is a retro-style video game with 16-bit pixel art and 2D gameplay. It will be for Mac OSX, Windows, Windows 8, Linux Ubuntu, Android and IOS.

Code will be shared freely if the campaign succeeds. 

I have been working as an indie game developer for more than five years. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing someone smile as they discover a grand secret in your game. I had a great experience working with Saturnine Games to create 'Antipole' the gravity-inverting platformer. It was amazing to see people play it on their Xbox 360 and DSi.

My previous partner has moved on to work on a port of Sports Friends (Thanks Kickstarter!) and that left me to work on my own project. I have made a new 16-bit style platformer. This time the format is Metroidvania and the core mechanic is swinging on hooks! 

Possible Box Art
Possible Box Art

You are given a giant claw on a chain early on. You can use this to swing from hooks and ceilings, latch onto walls and fight enemies. A massive underground world is yours to explore, but surviving won't be easy. The root of the problem are a race of carnivorous plant monsters who want to gobble you up.

Follow this button to download playable Demo.
Follow this button to download playable Demo.
Title Screen WIP
Title Screen WIP
Boss Fight
Boss Fight
Gameplay
Gameplay

 The gameplay has been prototyped over the past year. The only thing left is the massive amount of assets needed to finish the game. I need objects rendered in pixels, backgrounds painted and sounds. I don't have the time to do every pixel myself, and I need to hire artists of greater talent than my own in order to make the best game possible.

Enemies Galore
Enemies Galore

With the funds supplied here, I will be able to employ great pixel artists and chip-tune songwriters. This will in turn give them a chance to shine and make a living doing what they love.

Madame Venom
Madame Venom

Why should I care ?

Remember that feeling of swinging from hooks in Castlevania IV? Remember how upset you were when they took that out of all sequels? This is the game that fixes that. Swinging from hooks has been worked into all the puzzles, combat and boss battles of this game. You will get maximum swing for your dollar! It brings familiar platforming with new angles on puzzles to test your brain.

Test Cover
Test Cover
Maya Breaker early design
Maya Breaker early design

How big is this game ?

The main campaign will likely take 10 hours to beat on your first time through. This is not a 40 hour RPG or shooter. You will not be wandering the same halls for days--instead get treated to more boss battles and combat. After finishing the game, you should be able to speed through it in a couple of hours. 

Naturally, there are many secrets to unlock. You will be able to buy challenge rooms that you can test your skills in and try to get the best time.

White Lies
White Lies

What are we pledging for?

The funds here are to hire other artists on a contract basis. 75% for art and 25% for Music and sound effects. The art includes creating pixel art, painting backgrounds and a significant amount of time editing to make sure all the art is consistent.

Oculus
Oculus

How can I play it?

The game is built for Windows 7. If I gain extra funds I can buy additional licenses for Game Maker Studio and release the game for IOS, Android and Ouya. It is made to play with a Microsoft gamepad. You can also use a SNES-like usb controller by running Joy 2 Key.

Plant Enemies
Plant Enemies

 Awesome Music?

Yes! We have http://mikethal.com from Mega Man 42 making authentic chiptunes from the 16-bit era.

Vivisection
Vivisection

Also, if the campaign succeeds, I will shave my head.

Risks and challenges

Even after the assets have been added to the game, it will still need a final round of QA. The project is built on Game Maker Studio, so exporting to PC will not be a problem.

Great care must be given to oversee the massive amount of sprites, sound effects and music tracks that need to be finished on time. I will have to not only take most of my time, but will enlist my wife and several friends to make sure all the gears are turning smoothly.

Despite trials, my last game was not only finished, but saw two releases; one on console and one for Nintendo DSiWare. I stood by that project, and I will stand by this one until it is safely in the hand of satisfied gamers.

My previous game was regarded well by bloggers and in Nintendo Power. It was featured in a Royal Indie Bundle.

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FAQ

  • I have musicians in mind right now. However, we need help creating authentic 16-bit sound libraries and sound effects. And we always could use new information.

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  • The software can be sent anywhere, and appreciated by people of any language. We will try to ship the prizes, contact me if you are outside the United States.

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    $1 reward

    4 backers

    Everyone who contributes gets their name in the credits

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    Only ships to: United States
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    $5 reward

    1 backer

    Get your name in the credits and a 2" Maya Breaker button.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $10 reward

    15 backers

    Get all previous rewards plus a digital copy of the game!

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    Only ships to: United States
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    $20 reward

    3 backers

    All previous rewards and a physical copy of the game on CD-Rom with exclusive art on it.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $25 reward

    2 backers

    All previous rewards and a mock 16-bit game box to put your CD-rom in. You can display the game on your shelf with your other 16 bit classics.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $30 reward

    2 backers

    All previous rewards plus an 'instruction book' in the box with original artwork.

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    $35 reward

    5 backers

    All previous plus copy of the soundtrack on CD.

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    $50 reward

    1 backer

    All previous plus a Maya Breaker T-Shirt

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $100 reward

    2 backers

    All previous plus a 2" Maya Breaker 3D printed figurine

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    $150 reward

    0 backers

    Get all previous rewards and a Skype chat with the developer, up to two hours.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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