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CA$ 5,026
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 11 2013 11:51 AM UTC +00:00
CA$ 5,026
pledged of CA$ 175,000pledged of CA$ 175,000 goal
188
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 11 2013 11:51 AM UTC +00:00

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With a style heavily inspired by the quirkiness of the Earthbound/Mother series, Retro World takes you on a fantastic journey to a parallel universe where video games come to life. Experience 30 years of gaming evolution, from the early pong days to the modern games of today. Attend midnight game launches or test your skills in competitive in-game tournaments. Read in-game magazines for tips, tricks and reviews, or for the latest rumors about the new Gametron 9000 XZ.

My childhood consisted of a pure diet of EGM, Nintendo Power and every video game I could get my hands on. Weekends meant all night gaming marathons with friends and swapping NES games with kids on your street was part of daily life. You never had to worry about DRM, constant online connections or bricking your console with a firmware update. Things were wonderfully simple. It was a time when a new console generation meant taking a giant leap into the future of gaming. You never could have mistaken an SNES/Genesis game for an NES title, even if your parents thought it all looked the same. We didn't have E3, we had CES and gaming publications would trickle out screen shots from the event for months. Release dates were ambiguous at best, which meant you had to call your local store every single day throughout the summer to see if Zelda II was available (sorry store guy). This was growing up with video games in the 80's and this is where Retro World comes from.

Retro World will be available on Windows,Mac and Linux platforms.

 You've just moved to a new town where the video game craze has taken the town folks by storm. Unfortunately this newly favored past time comes with more than the people of Frankton had bargained for. Extended periods of play have resulted in strange phenomenon from disappearing children to sightings of spooky creatures. It's up to you and your newly found friends to get to the bottom of this bizarre mystery.

A few of the characters you'll meet.
A few of the characters you'll meet.

 You basically play the part of a young boy who's just moved to a new town where video games have just starter to become a popular past time. You eventually realize that some of these games are not what they seem. Some games will actually leak some of their characters and themes into the real world or even absorb some of your friends right into the TV. It's up to you to use your knowledge acquired from the retro game play and gaming magazines to solve their problems and push the game worlds back where they belong. The main overarching goal is solving why these games are coming to life.

The game segments can be broken down into four phases:

1) The Hype - In anticipation of a release the town folks will talk about the upcoming titles expressing their likes or dislikes. You'll see prominent billboards advertising each game using various colorful marketing strategies as well as special features in magazines. After properly researching your game you'll make your choice determining how much cash you'll need to earn. 

2) Earning some cash - Games don't come cheap. It's up to you to gather enough money before the game's release. For this you'll do all sorts of chores for your parents, neighbors and even strangers you meet. Cutting the lawn and making deliveries are just typical things you'll do to earn your money. There's still always a chance a distant relative will send you a gift through the mail. 

3) Getting the game - Getting the hottest new game can sometimes be difficult. Stores having limited stock was a common occurrence back in the day and in Retro World things are no different. You'll have to track down your games by calling specialty shops, department stores and then get there before it sells out. In some cases finding a game can be a quest in itself taking you to some of the more seedy parts of Frankton.

4) Playing the game - Now that you've got your game it's time to play it. Finishing games to 100% completion advances the story to the next Hype phase. 

Being just a kid means you won't be able to buy everything available on release day. You'll have to rely on your friends to play everything. But once a game gets old you can always find it in a bargain bin or a second hand store.

We've teamed up with members of one of the biggest names in adventure games, LucasArts!

"Unfortunately for LucasArts, the company was shut down back in April by Disney. Thankfully for Francois, however, since the shutdown the members of the LucasArts audio team - one of the most highly regarded and awarded audio teams in the game industry - have all gone freelance and we've talked about bringing the same sparkle of AAA quality adventure game audio to the world of Retro World. With team members who have worked on the Special Edition Monkey Island titles, as well as The Dig and Grim Fandango, we know adventure games and we know that we will do a great job with audio for Retro World." -Jesse Harlin former Staff Composer for LucasArts currently wielding his talents from dunderpatemusic.com.

If you've played a LucasArts game in the last ten years chances are you've heard Jesse's incredible work. 

We also have on board the great musical talents of Clark Aboud (responsible for the trailer's soundtrack) who will also be contributing to the game's soundtrack.

You can sample Clark's previous works on his SoundCloud page.      


We have Mathieu Galarneau as our resident web master & graphic designer. Mathieu has done some incredible character pixel art and animation for us.

And finally myself Francois Grenier, lead designer and developer, responsible for the environment art as well as character art and animations.  

some games might be too controversial and result in protests from the town folk.
some games might be too controversial and result in protests from the town folk.

Many of our features are still in the early stages of development and are simply too raw to show. Here's what we can tell you. You'll take on game challenges on and off screen as the game worlds and main world collide. You'll use your wit as well as retro play styles from inner games to solve real world problem situations. At it's core Retro World is an Action/Adventure/RPG but you'll find just about every type of game available throughout the four console generations.

  • Experience a wacky retelling of the video game industry while uncovering the mystery of why games are coming to life.
  • Explore a 3D stylized open world with various seasons, weather effects as well as night and day transitions.
  • Interact with colorful characters from gamers to folks simply enjoying small town life.
  • Play arcade and console games with your friends. (Some games feature real life multi-player options for up to 4 players.)
  • Some later gen games feature real Stereoscopic 3D, permitting you have the necessary hardware in your home. (3D types supported include Side by Side and Top and Bottom). Note that 3D viewing is not required to play these titles and is simply used for show.
  • Defend yourself using real-time combat in the over world using a variety of weapons taken from the environment as well a from the video games you play.
Some game worlds will collide with the real world making town life a little difficult.
Some game worlds will collide with the real world making town life a little difficult.

I've always enjoyed the tongue and cheekiness of discovering games within games. But what if the idea could be pushed to the point where the player begins to question what is real and what is game? So I decided to take the concept to the next level , while telling a relatable story to gamers like myself and yet interesting enough for new gamers that weren't around in the 80's. I've never seen anything of this scale before, so this presented a great opportunity to create something different.

Play classic shooters like Planet Defence.
Play classic shooters like Planet Defence.
Experience the zany adventures of Suitman through a series of games.
Experience the zany adventures of Suitman through a series of games.
We have a few interesting game mechanics we have yet to reveal as doing so would spoil some of the fun.
We have a few interesting game mechanics we have yet to reveal as doing so would spoil some of the fun.

Dreaming big comes at a price. There is no way a single person could deliver a fully flushed out game of this magnitude without additional help. Kickstarter can supply me with the needed additional resources required to deliver this vision without sacrificing anything that makes this game special. The $175k will allow me and my artist to take this on full time as well as pay for an additional developer and animator to join our efforts. This also has to pay for our talented sound guys and any additional cost incurred by legal fees, Kickstarter fees etc.

Risks and challenges

Working on a project of this scale can be quite daunting. But not all is grim as we have three elements working in our favor:

The first is the target platforms. We are only shipping on Windows, Mac and Linux, on which the game already runs without any issues.

The second is the fact that we already have a head start on the project. The main framework of the game is almost complete with a little over a year's worth of coding already done (weekends and evenings). The in-game games are running on smaller modularized engines that can easily be morphed into any retro game style imaginable. We already have side scrollers, shooters, adventure and puzzle games in various stages of development representing every gaming era within our 30 year scope.

The third is our completely digital reward tiers. This ensures that every penny is strictly spent on the game development. We're not printing T-shirts or full sized posters that must be shipped around the world. All funds are strictly to going to towards the completion of this project.

Even with all of these elements already in place there is still much to be done . We still need to fully complete and polish the world map, interior spaces, code additional features as well as animate our full cast of characters. It's not going to be easy but nothing worthwhile ever is.

Should we exceed our funding goal, I ensure you that the surplus amount will be completely reinvested into the project to improve the the quality of the product beyond your expectations.

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    YOUR NAME ON A BUILDING/STRUCTURE

    We'll commemorate a building/structure in your honor in big letters for everyone to see. We'll also include a commemorative plaque on the building with a short blurb describing why you are so awesome. This includes two digital copies of the game and two Steam keys (Green Light permitting), the digital soundtrack of the game featuring the sweet melodic tunes of Retro World, THE MAKING OF RETRO WORLD digital PDF book and A SUPER BIG THANK YOU in the game credits. This does not include YOUR NAME AS PART OF THE FICTION reward.

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    BE A STAR/CELEBRITY IN RETRO WORLD

    We'll take your pixelated likeness and plaster it on huge billboards as a sports, music or movie star with your name in lights. You'll be endorsing actual products that are sold and used in Retro World. This includes two digital copies of the game and two Steam keys (Green Light permitting), the digital soundtrack of the game featuring the sweet melodic tunes of Retro World, THE MAKING OF RETRO WORLD Digital PDF book and A SUPER BIG THANK YOU in the game credits. This does not include YOUR NAME AS PART OF THE FICTION reward or YOUR NAME ON A BUILDING/STRUCTURE.

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    LIVE IN RETRO WORLD

    Become an interactive NPC (Non Playable Character) in the actual game. We'll make a fully animated character in your likeness that lives and breathes in Retro World. You'll even get a speaking part in the form of a small dialog tree with a topic of your choosing. (topic is subject to approval. We can't have you say mean things or promote products that do not exist in the Retro World universe. We're thinking more like a hobby or some words of wisdom.) This includes two digital copies of the game and two Steam keys (Green Light permitting), the digital soundtrack of the game featuring the sweet melodic tunes of Retro World, THE MAKING OF RETRO WORLD Digital PDF book and A SUPER BIG THANK YOU in the game credits. This does not include YOUR NAME AS PART OF THE FICTION reward or YOUR NAME ON A BUILDING/STRUCTURE.

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