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The brave Kobayashi, the only hope, and the Omega Drone
The brave Kobayashi, the only hope, and the Omega Drone

The Game

The Omega Imperative is a game that we are developing with the golden age of games in mind. We grew up playing Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis as kids and wanted to really capture that old-school feeling.  

The game is a blend of top-down adventure and space shoot-em-up games. One of the most prominent features is that abilities obtained in one game mode carry over to the other, offering a dual purpose for every new upgrade. Using this as our basic model we began working on interesting mechanics that would appeal to a more modern audience, taking notes from more recent titles.  

The Features  

  • 6 top down adventure areas with upgrades and secrets to find in the Omega Facility
  • 5 action packed vertical shooter levels to fight through with the Omega Drone
  • Over 20 enemy types in both game modes to test your skills, including epic boss fights
  • Combine the 5 Fusion Cores for 15 unique abilities to aid in fighting off the alien invasion
  • All abilities and upgrades are usable in both the Facility and Drone levels
  • Original retro soundtrack and pixel art will hit you right in the nostalgia feels.
The alien invaders that have all but conquered the planet
The alien invaders that have all but conquered the planet

The Inspiration

A lot of the inspiration for The Omega Imperative comes from a lesser-known, yet much beloved game on the classic Nintendo Entertainment System; a game known in the U.S as The Guardian Legend. That game was a fantastic blending of the top-down action adventure genre and the vertical scrolling shooter genre. The Omega Imperative aims very much to capture that same engaging and action-packed blending of genres, into one exhilarating game. This exciting fusion of genres is a great attribute to the overall uniqueness of our game.    

The design of The Omega Imperative is also significantly influenced by other classic games from the 8 and 16-bit eras. We have a genuine appreciation for the classics and we want to share that in the form of a quality title that we hope many can enjoy. We want to share that feeling that we had when we were kids, compelled by a great game to keep on playing until we had blisters on our thumbs.

The Funding

To make this project a reality we need your help. We came up with the modest figure of 4200 to fund this game. The money raised in this campaign will go toward paying publishing costs, production and development expenses, and hiring contracted artists. We have a vast network of creative people to draw upon to bring this game to a polished and complete state.

While we haven't included stretch goals, we are open to expand our scope if we do break our goal. The foremost mission is to gather support for a promise and scope we know we can deliver on before trying to branch further. That said, we'd very much like to publish to as many platforms as possible. Playing the game with a controller feels very natural, and it would be exiting to release on console markets if the community has interest. There are also many features on the cutting room floor that we would love to be able to add back in from a wake of overwhelming support.

Some of the ships in the alien fleet that the Omega Drone must face
Some of the ships in the alien fleet that the Omega Drone must face

The Designers

Mike Bonafede

Mike Bonafede grew up in a small town in western New York where he spent most of his time playing classic video games. His love for games came from his grandfather, who taught him how to play games of strategy like Chess at a young age. His love for entertainment came from his father, a musician, and helped foster his creativity.

After getting his associates degree in Multimedia Design he moved east and worked as a game tester for several years on titles like Guitar Hero and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 before moving on to pursue a bachelors in Game Design. Now an undergrad, he’s looking to use his talents to make games and put his skills to the test. With this project he seeks to join the community of independent developers in shaping the future of the game industry.

Mike Lamark

Mike Lamark was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, and played his first Atari 2600 game when he was roughly 2 years old. That was the beginning of his lifelong passion for games, and as he got older and played more games, he became increasingly curious about how they were made. This intrigue and passion for games evoked in him his greatest dream and aspiration; to one day become a game designer.

With that goal ever-present in his mind, he decided to pursue a degree in game design. Now, after having earned his degree, he is putting his skill and knowledge to work to create a fun and exciting game experience that he can’t wait to share with everyone. For him, making games is the ultimate dream come true.

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These two designers met at Full Sail University and immediately recognized that their skills, passions, and backgrounds aligned in that special blend that formed this dynamic duo. Now, here they are ready to take on the world with your help.   Check out this interview on Obsolete Gamer for more about us!

The aliens have tamed vicious bugs from their home world
The aliens have tamed vicious bugs from their home world

The Promise  

We are simple game designers of humble means trying to break into the game industry to share our passion with the community and world. With your help we can make this dream come true, and will pledge to make the best experience we can for you. We are here to work hard to earn support. Thank you for your time.

The Rewards

Here are a few of the rewards we have lined up for our supporters. Some of them aren't ready to show off yet so until then you'll just have to stay tuned!
$35 Reward = Custom Flash Drive w/ Game + OST + PDF
$35 Reward = Custom Flash Drive w/ Game + OST + PDF
$200 - A pixel mosaic of our brave hero, Kobayashi
$200 - A pixel mosaic of our brave hero, Kobayashi
1000 - Custom made game cartridge flash drive
1000 - Custom made game cartridge flash drive

Risks and challenges

The game industry is a very risky market, and requires a special kind of determination to break into. We have that determination. We also have not just the passion to make a great game, but the hard skills it takes to actually do it. As designers, we are 100% confident in our abilities to bring this game to market.

Thankfully, we have both production and publishing experience to draw on, having helped ship titles on consoles and even bring a few mobile games to market. We are no strangers to the industry. Starting on our own path feels like the next logical step.

This is our first crowdfunding campaign, but we feel we've done the proper due diligence in our research to properly present this campaign and support it all the way to completion. We spent a long time carefully designing our rewards and are eager to be able to bring them to our community of backers. We have a solid plan for delivering all of our physical goods as well and hope to be able to craft some of these one of a kind items.

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    Wallpaper & Thanks

    Thank you for supporting us. We will email you with a custom digital wallpaper for the game.

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    Early Preorder Supporter Pack!

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    -A DRM free digital copy of the game for Windows upon release
    -An instructional PDF containing extra info about the game.
    -A digital wallpaper for the game

    Early bird special! The first 200 contributors can save $3 by choosing this tier!

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    -A digital copy of the original soundtrack
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    Hard Copy Supporter Pack!

    For those of you who want that hard copy in hand to show off, we will send you a custom branded Omega Imperative flash drive that contains:

    -A DRM free copy of the game for Windows
    -The original soundtrack in all it's retro glory
    -An instructional PDF containing extra info about the game.
    -A digital wallpaper for the game

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    Name in Credits

    Your name will appear in special Supporter section in the credits as a special thanks for helping make this project possible.

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    Create Simple Art Asset for Game

    Add your own little piece of the game. Work with us to create a simple art asset that we will use in the game. We will also add your name in a special Art Contributor section of the credits.

    NOTE: Art asset used is subject to approval. Don't worry though, we will work with you.

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    Pixel Mosaic

    A pixel mosaic of one of the sprites in the game will be handcrafted and shipped to you to hang on your wall. We will also add your name in the credits as a SUPER SUPPORTER

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    Self as Secret NPC in Game

    Work with us to design a hidden NPC of yourself for the game, which will be showcased in a special hidden developer room and have a line of dialogue! Also get's your name in the credits as an Art Contributor.

    NOTE: Secret character used is subject to approval. Don't worry though, we will work with you.

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    Design an Enemy for Game

    Work with us to design an enemy for the game, from the look of them to their attack and movement pattern. Your name will appear in the credits as a Design Contributor as well.

    NOTE: Enemy used is subject to approval. Don't worry though, we will work with you.

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    Hand Crafted Game Cartridge Flash Drive with Game

    We will create a custom, one of a kind game cartridge. This item will be chock full of nostalgia for the golden age of gaming. It will be loaded with:

    -A DRM free copy of the game for Windows
    -A copy of the original soundtrack
    -An instructional PDF containing extra info about the game.
    -A digital wallpaper for the game

    You'll also be listed in the credits as an Ultra Supporter.

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    Play Live Twitch Streamed Gaming Session with Us

    Come and join us on a live streamed Twitch broadcast where we will play games, talk, and answer any questions you have about game design or the game industry.

    You'll also receive one of the Hand Crafted Game Cartridge Flash Drives of the previous tier signed by us and be listed in the credits as a Mega Supporter.

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    Autographed Gold Game Cartridge Flash Drive

    You are the chosen one. You made this dream come alive, and then decided that wasn't enough. We offer you our eternal gratitude, and this hand crafted gold game cartridge flash drive.

    It's one of a kind and is signed by us. Also, it is gold, giving you that good old-fashioned nostalgia of waiting in line for a midnight release party. It will be loaded with:

    -A DRM free copy of the game for Windows
    -A copy of the original soundtrack
    -An instructional PDF containing extra info about the game.
    -A digital wallpaper for the game
    -A personalized thank you video, wherein we speak of your choice of legendary feats.

    You will also be listed in the credits as The Omega Supporter and have the opportunity to write a short quote (subject to approval).

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Funding period

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