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Save infinite worlds with the only weapon you have left: your own life force. (PC/Mac/Linux)

Interviews/Press

"Tetrapulse looks like it might be rather wonderful."
- Rock, Paper Shotgun

"...more interesting than the standard run-and-gun cooperative game..."
- The Penny Arcade Report

"...players will be able to observe a difference in how The Amiable has achieved an elevation in teamwork building."
- BeefJack

"Tetrapulse...where the scary robot aliens are many and the resources are few"
- Kotaku

"...win battles against persistent alien creatures"
- Joystiq


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#1: 20% and Still Goin'!
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#3: Tetrapulse Coming to Steam!
#4: Procedural Level Building & More News!
#5: 200 Backers and 50% Funded!
#6: New Reward Tier: Electrifying T-Shirts and Delve Deeper Downloads!
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#10: Live Development Announcement!
#11: 300 Backers with 2 Days Remaining!

Derived from a Global Game Jam, we are creating Tetrapulse with fast-paced, lighthearted, cooperative multiplayer for friends and strangers alike. Here's the scoop:

Gameplay:

   Your planet is under attack by alien robo-bug invaders, but you and your friends have the power to stop them!

   Destroy your enemies by shooting powerful energy out of your arm. The catch: The energy is also your own life force!

   The Heartstone is your source of life and your ultimate tool. Grabbing onto it revitalizes your character.

   When grabbing onto the Heartstone players move as a single unit. Work together to keep moving!

   Use the Heartstone to activate your planet's defense beacons.

   Activating all beacons in a single region will enable the planet's force field, effectively ridding the area of enemies.

Features

  • Your health and ammo are the same resource. Every shot you take depletes your energy.
  • Collective movement that encourages cooperative play.
  • Identical views shared by each of the two to four players whether local or networked multiplayer.
  • Several different enemy types.
  • A variety of characters to play as and power ups to chose from.
  • Infinite replayability with use of procedurally generated levels.
  • Competitive online leaderboards and stats.
  • Developed in the Unity engine for PC (Windows), Mac, and Linux.

The Amiable is made up of five misfits that happened to find each other at DePaul University in Chicago. With our combined powers in break dancing, fashion design, acoustic guitar, and pole vaulting we banded together to make video games.

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Jorge Murillo: Jorge is the designer.  He grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, initially went to school for Fashion Design, and loves puppies.  In his free time he loves to create 3D art, sculpt, and fish. 

Ricky Roberson: Ricky is the glue that holds our games together. He enjoys working in the grey area between art and programming. No one knows why he hangs out with us.

Peter Sheff: The most amiable of the bunch, Peter has a passion for making environment art and hand painted textures. You can often find him couch surfing at one of our apartments.

David Laskey: The only thing David loves more than programming is to work with his friends and meet awesome people wherever life takes him. In his spare time, he likes playing guitar, knitting, eating toast, and many other hobbies for which he doesn't have time.

David Finseth: Giving up the theatrical stage, David has committed to what was once a back-stage love affair with animation. When not bringing the game to life, he is heading our business venture with his entrepreneurial spirit.

While we've been developing Tetrapulse for about 7 months now, there is still a good amount of work to be done to make it a complete and polished game. We saw Kickstarter as a great way to get connected with awesome supporters and raise the money to finish the game as we envisioned. 

With the your financial support, we will be able to add features that would otherwise be impossible for us to complete. We've been working out of our apartments and pockets with the hopes of bringing Tetrapulse to people all around the world, and can't wait to play the game with all of you!

Where are the Funds Going?

  • Networked Multiplayer

We want to get you connected with your friends. It's not always easy to get four people in one location to play a game. Whether you want to play with a friend down the street or across the country, being able to hook up online will make playing Tetrapulse more fun. We foresee both public and private lobbies that support the ability to join with multiple local players. We'll be using 20%-25% of our funding towards developing this online networked multiplayer. 

  •  Sound Designer 

Another 20% of the funds will be put towards paying a wonderfully talented sound designer, Logan Wright. He's already created a few tracks for our trailer and we can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

Tetrapulse Action Demo

Tetrapulse Electronic Demo

  • Licences and Legal Fees

25%-30% of our funding goal will go towards the necessary software licenses needed to publish our game as well as a few company legal fees.

  • Rewards

Approximately 20% will go towards physical rewards as we tried to keep them as reasonably priced as possible and get them to you in a timely manner.

  • Kickstarter/Amazon Payments

And finally about 10% of the total funds raised will go to both Kickstarter and Amazon for their services.

Check out our Rewards below!

You'll receive a special thanks in the credits and a virtual hug from The Amiable. Thanks for your support!

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Donate $5 or more and you'll receive a personal Vine from us (see above) and we'll tweet it at you. You'll also get a special thanks in the credits!

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Donate $10 or more and you'll receive a copy of Tetrapulse upon release for PC, Mac, and Linux as well as a personal Vine and thanks in the credits!
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Donate $25 or more and you'll get beta access of the game to play before release, a copy of the digital soundtrack, a digital art pack, as well as an exclusive Kickstarter character! You'll also get a full copy of the game upon release as well as a Vine and thanks in the credits.

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Get 4 copies of Tetrapulse! Perfect for sharing the co-op love with your friends. You’ll also get your name in the credits, as well as a vine from our team.

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Donate $45 or more and receive a Tetrapulse t-shirt and a digital copy of Delve Deeper by Lunar Giant along with it's additional downloadable content (downloadable through Humble Store and redeemable on Steam). This tier includes the beta access, digital sound track, digital art pack, exclusive character, full copy of the game upon release, a Vine, and thanks in the credits.

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Get 4 copies of the game AND beta access to go with each copy! All 4 copies of the game will also come with a soundtrack, a digital art pack, and a Kickstarter exclusive character for those who backed the game early! Oh yeah, and the vine and your name in the credits!

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Donate $50 or more and you'll get an 11"x17" Tetrapulse poster and five metallic buttons to put on all your stuff. This tier includes the Tetrapulse t-shirt, digital copy of Delve Deeper, beta access, digital sound track, digital art pack, exclusive character, full copy of the game upon release, a Vine, and thanks in the credits.

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Donate $100 or more and you'll receive an exclusive Tetrapulse t-shirt for Kickstarter backers! This tier includes poster and buttons, Tetrapulse t-shirt, digital copy of Delve Deeper, beta access, digital sound track, digital art pack, exclusive character, full copy of the game upon release, a Vine, and thanks in the credits.

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Donate $250 or more and you'll receive a 3D print of a 3 inch Tetrapulse Stone Golum and an original physical concept art piece signed by artist, Peter Sheff! This statue is made of strong nylon material and will be available in a few different colors. You'll also get an original concept art, Kickstarter Tetrapulse t-shirt, poster and buttons, Tetrapulse t-shirt, digital copy of Delve Deeper, beta access, digital soundtrack, digital art pack, exclusive character, full copy of the game, a Vine, and thanks in the credits.

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Donate $500 or more and you'll get to help us design an enemy for the game! Work with us over Skype in order to assist us in designing how it moves, which attacks it has, and how it interacts with players and other enemies. Includes signed concept art, 3D print, Kickstarter Tetrapulse t-shirt, poster and buttons, Tetrapulse t-shirt, digital copy of Delve Deeper, beta access, digital soundtrack, digital art pack, exclusive character, full copy of the game, a Vine, and thanks in the credits.

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Donate $1000 or more and you'll get to help us design a Character for the game! Work with the developers over Skype to assist us in designing how the Character looks and have people all over the world play as your character. You'll also receive signed concept art, 3D print, Kickstarter t-shirt, poster and buttons, Tetrapulse t-shirt, digital copy of Delve Deeper, beta access, digital soundtrack, digital art pack, exclusive character, full copy of the game, a Vine, and thanks in the credits.

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Donate $2000 or more and you'll receive a set of four custom Tetrapulse controllers! Play Tetrapulse in style with controllers that are designed to match each of the four Stone Golum colors. Each is complete with a custom Tetrapulse logo and symbol unique to each character as well as a center LED light to match. This tier includes signed concept art, 3D print, Kickstarter t-shirt, poster and buttons,Tetrapulse t-shirt, digital copy of Delve Deeper, beta access, digital soundtrack, digital art pack, exclusive character, full copy of the game, a Vine, and thanks in the credits.

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Donate $3000 and you'll receive a giant 3D-printed Tetrapulse statue! This statue will feature an action scene with several characters attached to the Heatstone. This tier includes signed concept art, smaller 3D print, Kickstarter Tetrapulse t-shirt, poster and buttons, Tetrapulse t-shirt, digital copy of Delve Deeper, beta access, digital soundtrack, digital art pack, exclusive character, full copy of the game, a Vine, and thanks in the credits.

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Donate $7500 or more and you'll get a one-of-a-kind Tetrapulse arcade cabinet equipped with 8 joysticks for four player games! The cabinet will be adorned with the Tetrapulse logo and symbols and includes everything you need to have a crazy gaming night with friends. Includes previous tiers and our eternal gratitude!

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*final reward designs are subject to change; all rewards must be approved by development team*

This game is proudly participating in Brian Fargo's Kicking it Forward program, where 5% of this project's profit will be used as pledges for other Kickstarter projects. We love you guys.

and of course

Thanks to All of You!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Obviously a lot of risks go into a game development project. Hundreds of hours of work still need to be put into the game in order to bring you the best experience we can deliver. A big task that will need to be tackled will be getting fluid networked play into our game. There will be a lot we need to do not only to get players up and running, but also maintaining the game and the server in the years to come.

However we feel that we have a talented team that can conquer any issues that come up down the line as well as an amazingly supportive game development community here in Chicago. We've come so far already and can't wait to see this project truly take off.

From all of The Amiable, thanks for your support!

FAQ

  • Tetrapulse will have online, local AND LAN multiplayer. We really want to make it easy to get into the game and play with friends and strangers alike.

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  • Our goal with Tetrapulse is to reach as many users as possible. That means we'd like to be on as many forms of digital distribution that we can. I know plenty of people who aren't fans of Steam, but it is an attractive platform for us seeing as how many users we could reach.

    That being said, we're looking to be set up on Humble Store at the very least so if people desire a DRM free copy they could do so. We'd love to be on GOG, Desura, or any other platform where we manage to gain access. DRM is definitely not something we're looking to implement unless required by the specific platform.

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  • We've talked about porting the game to platforms such as OUYA, but it isn't officially in our roadmap. Tetrapulse feels great to play on the couch with friends but may not run fast enough on OUYA. Again, it's something we've considered and are looking into.

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  • We would love to be apart of your youtube/podcast/news site! Please contact us at info@theamiable.com so we can set something up.

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  • While we appreciate the offer, we've already found a very talented sound designer and composer to work with.

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    PERSONALIZED VINE: ============================== The Amiable will create a 6-second Vine just for you and tweet it at you! *requires a Twitter or Vine account (they're free!) You also receive our thanks and your name in the credits of the game.

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    EARLY ACCESS, DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK, DIGITAL ART PACK, KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SKIN: ============================== Get your hands on a beta copy of Tetrapulse and play before anyone else. (Plus, you'll still receive the full game upon release.) Receive a copy of the digital soundtrack as well as a digital art pack! Art pack includes wallpapers for both desktop and mobile as well as concept art and sketches. You'll also get an exclusive Kickstarter backer character skin to show off to all your friends. Includes all previous non-limited rewards.

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    TETRAPULSE TEE AND DELVE DEEPER: ============================== Get the newly designed Tetrapulse T-shirt AND a digital copy of Delve Deeper, a turn-based action game by Lunar Giant, along with all of its additional downloadable content. Includes all previous non-limited rewards.

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    POSTER AND BUTTONS: ============================== Get a 11x17" Tetrapulse poster and 5 unique metallic buttons. Includes all previous non-limited rewards.

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    TETRAPULSE T-SHIRT: ============================== Tetrapulse t-shirt that is exclusive for Kickstarter backers. Includes all previous non-limited rewards.

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    3D PRINTED CHARACTER AND CONCEPT ART: ============================== Take home your very own 3D printed Tetrapulse Stone Golum and original concept art signed by the artist, Peter Sheff! This 3 inch tall statue is made out of strong nylon material and will be available in a few different colors. Includes all previous non-limited rewards.

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    4 CUSTOM TETRAPULSE CONTROLLERS: ============================== Play Tetrapulse in style with your very own set of four custom made controllers. Controllers are colored to match each of the four characters with matching LED center button. The shell is embellished with a unique symbol for each character along with the Tetrapulse Logo. Includes all previous non-limited rewards.

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    GIANT 3D PRINTED SCULPTURE: ============================== A large 3D printed nylon sculpture manufactured in Chicago just for you. This sculpture will feature an action scene with several characters attached to the Heartstone. Includes all previous non-limited rewards.

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    CUSTOM 8-STICK TETRAPULSE ARCADE CABINET: ============================== Make all your friends jealous and get a one of a kind Tetrapulse arcade cabinet equipped with eight joysticks for four players! Adorned with Tetrapulse symbols and beautiful hand crafted details, this cabinet is fit for only the biggest Tetrapulse fan of all. Includes all previous rewards.

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