About this project
Project Tingler [True Name Concealed Until Release to Protect From Dark Magics] is a brilliant blend of classic adventure games, dating sims, and the world of Amazon Kindle Sensation and Hugo Award Nominee Dr. Chuck Tingle (Space Raptor Butt Invasion; Slammed in the Butthole by My Concept of Linear Time; Pounded in the Butt by My Hugo Award Loss) from game developer Zoë Quinn (Depression Quest; Framed; Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk), to be released on computrons of the PC/Mac variety in early 2017.
We need the help of True Buckaroos like you to help us Prove Love Is Real, because we are making the entire game available to to the world without a mandatory price tag. In other words, it's pay-what-you-can.
EXPLORE THE UNIQUE WORLD OF THE TINGLEVERSE IN GLORIOUS FULL MOTION VIDEO. Using long-abandoned Full Motion Video (FMV) game techniques to emulate the singular style of Chuck Tingle’s renowned stock-photo covers, the game not only looks like it was summoned directly from Chuck's imagination, it also evokes the joyful spirit of his stories that we love. That said, you don't have to know the Tingleverse to be a Buckaroo. Project Tingler is ultimately a story about positive sexuality, self-acceptance, love and personal growth. Like Doctor Tingle’s (Ph.d in Sensual Massage from DeVry Institute) 4,000 word masterpieces, Project Tingler will be a brief but sexily refreshing respite, rather than an hours-long epic journey.
NAVIGATE THE TINGLEVERSE in search of your cute son (name of Jon): Your cute son (name of Jon) is missing! To recover him, you’ll have to dive deeper and deeper into the tangled, wrangled, hard-bodied web that is THE TINGLEVERSE! Explore a magical world rendered in glorious FMV (Full Motion Video)! Visit exotic and erotic locations like the desert! A bus depot! The beach! the void. Annnnnd….jail!
HELP PROVE LOVE IS REAL for all who kiss through a variety of seduction minigames: As you journey to save your cute son (name of Jon), you’ll come face to face to butt to mouth with a variety of down-on-their-love foes who seek to get in your way and muss up your hair. But are they enemies of you or enemies... of themselves? Help them figure their biz out by tingling their minds, bodies, and souls.
GET TINGLED BY OUR CUSTOM SMUT! The very nature of the Tingleverse is The Rawest of Graphic Sensualities, but players who aren’t down with visual depictions of sexual content needn’t fear. While we're working with video and real actors (the cast will most certainly SURPRISE and AMAZE you), there won't be explicit footage of people taking a trip to bonetown. Our salacious scenes are literary in nature and read aloud by talented performers, intended to pound the most sexual of your organs...Your imagination.
We’re also including a Kitten Mode, where sexual situations will be replaced by footage of kittens playing. If you wish, you may also engage Kitten Mode on its own, just to watch some kittens playing, because why not.
CONFRONT THE ULTIMATE EVIL in The Tingleverse - The Dark Magician Ted Cobbler: Ted Cobbler, the *Dead Gobbler* (not his actual title) has spirited away your cute son (name of Jon) for reasons as inscrutable as they are unsettling. A virtuoso of Dark Magic—indeed, a veritable Dark Magician—Ted Cobbler has his fingers in many sinister stewpots. Take heed: despite the master-class glamour he casts to disguise it, all of Ted Cobbler’s fingers are exactly the same length. You’ll need to learn the true meaning of love to withstand his hideous, alluring powers, for Ted Cobbler claims that Love Is Not Real.
Chuck Tingle! Few would dare approach the Tae Kwon Do grandmaster and author of “Space Raptor Butt Redemption,” “Gay T-Rex Lawfirm: Exective Boner,” and “Turned Gay by My Existential Dread That I May Actually be a Character in a Chuck Tingle Book,” but beloved indie game developer Zoë Quinn took the Handsome Unicorn Butt Cop by the horn!
Every journey is better with hard buds. Zoe's core team includes Karla Pacheco (Inspector Pancakes; Dreadful Sirens; Marvel), Elby Teufel (hunktears.sexy), Seth Boyer (Welcome to Night Vale; Tiny Cartridge), and John Warren (The Sun at Night; Murder at Mystery Manor; Tumblewords).
To see some of us in action and better understand the story behind this game, check out this mini-documentary by Vice that followed us around for the early parts of development!
Your support doesn’t just bring The Gift of Tingle to True Buckaroos Around the World (though assuredly that would be reward enough); you can also get early beta access to the game, behind-the-scenes updates and exclusive Project Tingler rewards like having the butt-pounded star of an Original Chuck Tingle Story named after YOU!
Our first support level is not only a pledge to Prove Love Is Real, it is a vote where you determine a key element of the game itself! Will you join TEAM SPAGHETTI SWEETIES or do you choose THE CHOCOLATE MILK CUTIES???? This may be the most sexy and important decision of your life.
Early access to Project Tingler means you get the game before the public does. That's right, you get to prove love before the bucks and ladybucks who abstain from Kickstarting us in the butt. Backers can also get exclusive access to crude Photoshops, making-of clips, and general Tinglenanigans while the hard buds make Project Tingler.
We also have mugs and t-shirts.
If you're one of the few who decide to be extra nice, you can get a custom Chuck Tingle-style cover with your face on it! These items will be delivered digitally directly to backers AND will be hidden objects to find in the game itself. YOU'RE A COLLECTIBLE NOW, BUCKAROO. (Limit 69)
What about the hardest buds who prove love with high rewards?? You could get a REAL PROP from the production of Project Tingler along with an attached card commemorating the occasion and describing the prop's use during production! Buttplug Bandolier? Executive dildo? Who knows what delights you'll pull from our exotic and sensual treasure box! (Limit 50)
For buckaroos who want to BE in Project Tingler, we have two limited reward tiers for you. You could be a HANDSOME LIVING OBJECT in Project Tingler! If you're one of the ten who do this good way, you simply need to send us footage of your face (don't worry - we'll work with you through the process). That's right, buds need not be in Los Angeles to become a living object! (Limit 10)
For buds in (or visiting) city name of Los Angeles, you could be one of the three who dons full UNICORN BUTT COP REGALIA in Project Tingler! There will be a production day between November 15 and December 15 (relatively flexible) where YOU can join the game buds for a day of fun and booty shorts. (Limit 3)
Finally, buds who wish to truly know the way of love can be our highest reward bud and have the good Dr. Tingle himself name a protagonist after you in one of his Tingleverse adventures. This is a digital product and the three buds who do this way will need to understand they will be subjected to literary poundings in heart, brain, AND butt. Please understand. (Limit 3)
Project Tingler has two main physical rewards — If you want extras you will have an opportunity to add a UNICORN BUTT COP T-SHIRT ($35 for U.S. orders, $45 for International - prices include shipping & handling) or a TRUE BUCKAROO MUG ($20 for U.S. orders, $30 for International) at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
We don't have any. We have a specific vision in mind for the game, and overfunding will go to polishing & improving the game we already want to make. If we absolutely had to pick a stretch goal, it would be for 69,421 - thank you for not leaving the total as the sexweed number.
Chuck and the Project Tingler team want to make this game like the rest of Zoe's games - pay what you can. Crowdfunding gives us the freedom to make Project Tingler the loving gift to the internet we want it to be and provide voracious Tingle fans with early access to the game, special rewards, and an opportunity to be part of this Truly Magical Process.
The greatest funding requirement is the cost of filming the entire game as an FMV Adventure. Why are we going back to a decades-old form of game making that was hastily abandoned and literally no one asked for? Because we are dedicated to pouring our hearts into crafting ridiculously awesome things quite seriously, and FMV matches the stock photography style of Chuck's covers. We’ve spent a considerable amount of our own money and countless hours (we’re not joking. We’re too sleepy to count anything right now) to develop a game that truly emulates the distinct feel of a Chuck Tingle novel.
Over the last few months we’ve experimented with production pipelines and the tech, and we’ve done multiple shoots, so we know how to minimize risks and waste that can come from needing to re-shoot footage. We've prototyped out a level that meets our standards, because we didn’t want to come to you before we’d eliminated the biggest, girthiest risks in creating the game! Project Tingler has been hard in development for almost a year at this point, and we are well-equipped to handle the challenges that naturally arouse during the process, including ones that aren't exclusive to working in FMV.
The core team has shipped a combined 12 games in the past 5 years, and we're well-versed in how to finish a game and accurately budget (ignore what we just said about not being able to count).
Your support helps us pound the world in the butt with the Gift of Project Tingle...for all Buckaroos Who Kiss The Sky.
Risks and challenges
Modern-day FMV games are relatively uncharted waters, but thankfully we're coming to you after almost a year of developing the game. Physical rewards will be created and shipped by Amplifier, a top printing and fulfillment company who’ve worked with Nerdist, Geek and Sundry, and more.
The biggest "risk" might be the fact that it's comedy that deals with sexuality - only the most subjective thing we could choose to do. Everyone has a different sense of humor, but we hope that you've got a good feel for what ours is. In case a few things aren't clear, here's what we do think is funny
-The human condition
-The Bigfoot Pirate Ghost condition
-Unicorns that walk like men, yet are not bound by man’s laws
-The unexpected juxtaposition of disparate concepts (for instance: pirate, ghost, and bigfoot)
-The absurd treated as the mundane
-The mundane treated as the absurd
-Big Dogs (t-shirts)
Here's what we DON'T think is funny:
-The twenty Twitter accounts that pop up immediately after a current event happens like Left Shark or Ken Bone
-Racism (stop it)
-Sexism (stop it)
-Any other mean-spirited shit where the punchline is punching down
-The basic concept of people of the same gender being in love and/or having sex with each other. We all take this one very seriously, and it's extremely important us, as we've only got like...one token straight person on the team. You know, just to keep it interesting.
-That dream you had once where Kevin from Accounting made this face at you, and you were like "whaaat", and- I guess you had to be there.
-People who don't read past the title of a Chuck Tingle book to discover the unironic beauty and joy he brings us.
Also my cat sits on my keyboard a lot which is a real difficulty and I want you to know that. It's an ongoing challenge and makes it hard to type. I don't have a solution to this problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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