About this project
"It’s enormously pretty [...] immediately entertaining" - John Walker, RockPaperShotgun on playing In The Shadows Demo.
May 16, 2016. Only 4 days to go on the campaign! I really need your help to spread the word on the project, you can help by sharing link to the Kickstarter and make a difference! I also wanted to thank everyone who increase their pledges with more rewards, so for now on :
- For pledges of 25$CDN and more, you will now get a Steam key + your choice of console! So that's 2 keys!
- For pledges of 125$CDN and more, you will now get keys for all three platforms! That's 3 Keys!
- More info about the update here!
I also made the news again! CBC News is talking about me and my story, I believe people find it inspiring since I receive a lot of messages and emails from people everywhere encouraging me! It's always nice to read!
April 26, 2016. Any of the pledge rewards will give you access to your choice of platform. Once the campaign is over you will be able to tell me if you want the game for Steam, PS4 or XBox One. Read more about the update here.
In The ShadowsIn The Shadows is a puzzle platformer game where you use lights to scare away and transform shadow creatures into everyday objects that you can use to your own advantage. Confront your fears, solve puzzles and find secrets!
In The Shadows is a deep emotional journey about confronting your fears, a story about a man who dives back into a childhood fantasy world to remember his past and to make sense of his life.
- Multiple fantastic worlds to explore.
- Many monsters, each with their own mechanics.
- Colorful environments with real time lighting!
- 45 levels to explore with challenging puzzles to solve.
- Hidden levels and secrets to uncover!
- Beautiful music made exclusively for the game.
- Xbox 360 and Xbox One Controller support
"It’s enormously pretty [...] immediately entertaining" - John Walker, RockPaperShotgun
In the game you use different sources of lights to scare away monsters. Sometimes light boxes, sometimes lamp posts. Each of these light sources will make the monsters transform into different objects. They can be a ladder, a trampoline, a door or a key... they will all help you in your adventure with their unique mechanics.
The puzzles are crafted to be challenging but they also have an added difficulty for the player who wants a bigger challenge by finding all the stars laying around in the game. Collecting all the stars will open hidden levels and secrets.
More on the story:The player will live an emotional journey, as he goes back to the imaginary world of his childhood, where monsters crawl in the night. To fight his fears he must use lights to gain control of the monsters and use them to achieve new heights. There is a void that needs to be filled and with each memory he relives, he finds more clues.
The music for In The Shadows is composed to give the eerie mood of the world you are discovering. Peaceful instrumental music made exclusively for the game by Lombus.
You can hear two samples of songs from the game here :
In The Shadows has been played in public at Montreal Jeux Indie 2016 and was also part of the selection of IndieMegaBooth for GDC 2016 in San Francisco.
The game is also part of PAX Rising at PAX East 2016 in April 22-24. You will be able to play a demo of the game all weekend!
Come play a demo of the game at booth #6548
In The Shadows will be released on Steam for Windows first, then Linux and Mac after that. The game will be release later on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in spring of 2017
The campaign for In The Shadows on Steam Greenlight lasted only 7 days and the game was successfully greenlit. You can follow the game on Steam for updates.
I have been working by myself on In The Shadows for more than a year. It is more than halfway through development. It uses a clever techniques of relighting voxel art for the environment to give a rich and colorful mood to the game with real time lighting. This create beautiful interactive shadows over the pixel art. The environments graphics of In The Shadows were made possible by using Qubicle professional voxel editor.
In The Shadows was featured by Minddesk Qubicle in this application video.
Kickstarter :The purpose of this Kickstarter is to help me finish this game as I imagine it. The funds will be used to pay for the music, equipment, software licences and everything else related to the development of the game. It will free me to work on the game full time until the release.
The game is well on its way and in heavy development. It is scheduled to be released around the end of this year. All the heavy core development has already happened, and I am now working on making interesting levels and puzzles.
About me:My path is a strange one. I studied programming for some time and dropped out to learn 3D animation for movies and visual effects. I worked in the 3D animation industry for more than a decade doing everything imaginable in production. Eventually, I specialized in making tools for workflow and pipeline as a Technical Director. Although I always loved programming, I always thought about making a game by myself, imagining a story and puzzles based around lights and shadows mechanics. The task seemed impossible at first, but with time I started learning more about game development and I've been playing around game engines ever since.
I realized I could make this game on my own, make a complete project with a story that touched me deeply.
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Pledges breakdown :
10$CDN (~8$USD) Earlybird!
Earlybird! Limited quantity. Get a digital copy of the game when it is released. The game will first be available on Windows and later on Mac and Linux.
13$CDN (~10$USD) Digital Copy!
Get a digital copy of the game when it is released. The game will first be available on Windows and later on Mac and Linux.
18$CDN (~14$USD) Credits!
Get a digital copy of the game when it is released. The game will first be available on Windows and later on Mac and Linux. You will also have your name in the credits of the game.
25$CDN (~20$USD) Soundtrack!
Get a digital copy of the game when it is released. The game will first be available on Windows and later on Mac and Linux. You will also have your name in the credits of the game and a downloadable soundtrack made by Lombus.
35$CDN (~28$USD) Beta Tester!
Get the game when it is released on Steam. The game will first be available on Windows and later on Mac and Linux. You will also have your name in the credits of the game and a downloadable soundtrack made by Lombus.
+ Be a beta tester, get the beta version of the game a month before release. You will have access to the beta tester forum and you can help me during the last phase of the development!
125$CDN (~100$USD) Pixel art frame!
You will get all of the above + a personalized frame I will create in pixel art that will be included in a hidden room made for the Kickstarter.
The frame I will create in pixel art, based on an image provided by you. The image must be in good taste for obvious reasons. If you want you can also give me a general reference of what you want me to draw. I will show you the frame before the final release.
250$CDN (~200$USD) Major Contributor!
You will get all of the above + Your name will be in the credit as a major contributor to the game.
Whatever pledge you choose, I want to thank you for backing!
Risks and challenges
The game has been in development for a long time now. The hardest parts are behind me. I am now working really hard to make interesting levels, puzzles and balancing out the difficulty to make it an interesting game.
Making video games by yourself is very difficult, but I have been working on In The Shadows for quite some time now and it's a very personal project that I am giving everything I have to finish. Sometime things take more time than planned, which is very common in a self financed indie project, but the game should be on track since the major core development has already happened.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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