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Once upon a time there was a boy named Pete who slept quietly in a coma. When he opened his eyes, he found himself in a nightmare.
Once upon a time there was a boy named Pete who slept quietly in a coma. When he opened his eyes, he found himself in a nightmare.
Once upon a time there was a boy named Pete who slept quietly in a coma. When he opened his eyes, he found himself in a nightmare.
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Once Upon A Coma – From The Creator of Pinstripe

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Hi there! My name is Thomas Brush, and I've been making games since I was a teenager. Because of Kickstarter, the emotional story of an ex-minister's journey through Hell called Pinstripe was released to glowing praise in 2016 from Steam, The Washington Post, and TIME Magazine. After five years of solo development, I couldn't be prouder of what we released together.

I’ve also released two other award winning games, Coma (2010), and Skinny (2011).

 

Pete, Punky, and Jon are happy the grown-ups are gone. Simeon... not so much.
Pete, Punky, and Jon are happy the grown-ups are gone. Simeon... not so much.

 

After Pete wakes from a strange coma, he discovers things aren’t exactly as he remembers. His home-town is overrun with naughty children, and the grown-ups have vanished.

Pete quickly learns of massive insects, child-eating zombie-parents, other-worldly puzzles, and intricate maze-like forts woven together throughout a large late-summer dreamscape. The same forts Pete and his gang built a year earlier are suddenly larger, stranger, and more dangerous than ever.

The adults are pissy zombies inspired by Gorey and Kenn.
The adults are pissy zombies inspired by Gorey and Kenn.

With the help of your childhood pals, your pet bird, and your father’s trusty razor blade, it’s up to you to discover the secret of your missing sister and the bizarre world around you. To do this, you must learn various pieces of music written by your sister scattered across the world. Play them on your old piano to unlock secret passageways, clues, and new abilities for traversal across the increasingly threatening landscape.

Pete's razor blade is used for more than just shaving.
Pete's razor blade is used for more than just shaving.

Leave the safety of your home-town of Reddington, and fight your way through insect-ridden childhood forts, like The Spiderian Well, Bloodwick Hollow, Ashcliff, Fluffbucket Deep, and Blackfork Hospital.

Engage your childhood pals in make-believe side-quests, like finding your best friend Preston’s home-made Coma Cards, a fun little card game revealing secrets about the world, creatures, bosses, and characters, rumored to give you magical abilities.

 

  • A piano-centric, beautiful soundtrack inspired by Debussy and Chopin. 
  • Old-school, simplistic Zelda-inspired adventure featuring hack-and-slash mechanics, monsters, and collectables. 
Occam's Razor aches for a painfully close shave.
Occam's Razor aches for a painfully close shave.
  • Learn to play the game’s soundtrack on your piano. 
  •  6 Eyvind Earle-inspired, hand-drawn worlds (home-town, fields, water-well, forest, underwater, mountains, and more!) 
  • Fight your way through a bizarre cast of enemy types and bosses! 
  • That wonderful feeling of childlike wonder and exploration you used to get when you played games like Ocarina of Time, Super Metroid, and Super Mario 64. 
  • Did you and your buddies ever try and make a card game when you were kids? Pete and his buddies did, but they were stolen. Collect all Coma Cards for bonus abilities and outfits! 
  • Engage in hilarious dialogue trees reminiscent of Night in the Woods and Undertale. 
Pete's friends are really mature.
Pete's friends are really mature.

 

Pete's been nominated by SXSW Gaming Awards and more!
Pete's been nominated by SXSW Gaming Awards and more!

 

Once Upon A Coma was lucky enough to be nominated by SXSW this year,  featured at PAX’s Indie Mega Booth in 2017, and nominated for Best Action/Adventure at Denver DreamHack in 2017. I’m extremely honored to be listed among some incredible games at these events. 

 

  

 

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to make games. It all started when I was 3, watching my older brothers freak out when they opened the Super Nintendo on Christmas morning. But, believe it or not, after my first commercial release last year, I was burnt out, and wanted to quit indie game development altogether.

Snake Head is mean, and reminds me of my insecure brain.
Snake Head is mean, and reminds me of my insecure brain.

Prior to Pinstripe's release, Serenity Forge and I began working on the bones of a 1:1 HD re-release of Coma, but I wasn't really feeling the project. Even worse, after Pinstripe's release, I found myself wishing I wasn't a game developer. I took some time off, and spent some time talking with Z at Serenity Forge, and my dad. They both encouraged me to look hard at what made Coma special. That's when I found the time to finally sit down and play the original, the game that millions of player enjoyed almost a decade ago. 

We scrapped the original plan of creating an HD Coma remake, and decided on making a full-on sequel, with all new graphics, music, mechanics, characters, and a brand new plot. And that's when Once Upon A Coma was born.

From Reddington Field to Ashcliff, Once Upon A Coma is super pretty.
From Reddington Field to Ashcliff, Once Upon A Coma is super pretty.

Along with Serenity Forge, my friends and family continually reminded me of what made Coma so special, and ultimately, woke me up. They reminded me why my childhood dream of being a game developer was so important.

 

 

There’s a very loud voice in my head that says I can’t be lucky twice. To be honest, I’m more frightened to launch this Kickstarter than the last one, because I know how important this is. Being an indie dev with a wife and brand new daughter is tough, but I know that I've proven myself to my fans, backers, and ultimately, myself, with my recent release of Pinstripe on Steam, Xbox, and PS4. I know that together, we can make an incredible game again, and this time, make it even better.

Although it's a "Thomas Brush Game", some much needed coding and marketing support will be provided by some great friends.
Although it's a "Thomas Brush Game", some much needed coding and marketing support will be provided by some great friends.

Because of your support, and the support from Serenity Forge Studios, I can confidently flesh out Pete’s strange adventure, and make it as epic as possible! I’ll be partnering with a brilliant developer and a long-time Coma fan, Erik Coburn, who will code the game, giving me time to do what I do best: music, story, art, and game design.

Bless your heart, Preston. Too bad no grown-ups = no school!
Bless your heart, Preston. Too bad no grown-ups = no school!

  

 

The gaming community craves games like The Legend Of Zelda, but it’s strange how rare games like these really are. Moreover, 2D adventure games done well are even rarer. My dream is to not only take inspiration from the Zelda franchise, but to also translate that into the classic side-scroller 2D space. It’s a difficult challenge, but that’s where your constructive criticism and encouragement comes in.

Explore breathtaking environments.
Explore breathtaking environments.

It’s also a story-driven adventure game about exploring a strange and beautiful world. That feeling that we all felt when we were kids is a huge theme in Once Upon A Coma — things seemed bigger, stranger, prettier, and more connected when we were children, and it’s my goal to bring that sense of adventure to your PC, Mac, and Linux. 

Once Upon A Coma is about 50% complete. The core mechanics, look and feel, music, and story have been completed. The remaining 50% of a game’s development is notoriously known to be the most difficult, so your support through this expensive and exhausting phase is super important. 

Swingaroo across farting eggs like the good old days.
Swingaroo across farting eggs like the good old days.

Fortunately, I've grown exponentially as a developer since my previous game's release. I’m smarter than I was during the development of Pinstripe, and Erik Coburn and the team at Serenity Forge will ensure development is on schedule. Your support will pay for various production costs associated with making any game (localization, ratings, team salaries, equipment, etc.) 

With your help, and the help of the team at Serenity Forge, Once Upon A Coma is scheduled for release in Fall of 2018 for Steam, GOG and GameJolt!

 

Can we hit the Switch stretch goal? Let's do this!
Can we hit the Switch stretch goal? Let's do this!

 

I've never considered myself a "real" musician. I can't really write or read music, but I know what makes me feel something, so I'll typically guess and check while I record piano until it feels right. That's why Once Upon A Coma's piano-centric soundtrack was heavily inspired by Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune. That song makes me feel something, and I knew I wanted to game to feel like that. 

Every song you learn is part of the game's soundtrack.
Every song you learn is part of the game's soundtrack.

Once Upon A Coma's prequel, Coma, and my other adventure game Skinny, received multiple music awards for their unique and atmospheric soundtracks. Like Pinstripe, Once Upon A Coma is unique in that the visuals, story, and music are all created by myself, leading to a rich world that is atmospherically cohesive and rich with emotion.

  

 

 

Full transparency: Serenity Forge's investment in the game was a year ago, and revenue from Pinstripe is certainly helpful, but this is not enough to make Once Upon A Coma what I know it can be. That's where you come in. With your support, Once Upon A Coma can be taken to the next level. I can invest more time, energy, and resources into making it one of 2018's best indie titles, I know it!

When I released the first Coma installment almost a decade ago, the game received resounding support from millions of players across the world, but Pete's world can be so much more.

It’s a wonderful feeling to know that the Kickstarter community is, in a way, a safe-haven for indies like myself, similar to that of the Flash community years ago. An outlet that allows for not only pre-ordering, but also ways for you to get involved in the project, and ultimately ensure studios like mine can make great games, just like the good old days of Flash, Newgrounds, and Salad Fingers. Your support for games like Once Upon A Coma is essentially one of the few effective ways small studio’s like mine can remain in operation.

With your help a beta build will be available for testing in July of 2018, and the final build in Fall of 2018. Once Upon A Coma will be released for PC, Mac, Linux, and maybe even Nintendo Switch, all because of you.

  

 

Budget is subject to change.
Budget is subject to change.

Once Upon A Coma’s total development budget including but not limited to this campaign is $158,000 USD (includes hours put in already + hours for this summer), coming from Pinstripe revenues and support from Serenity Forge. Serenity Forge will be providing development support from one of their brilliant developers, Erik Coburn, while also helping publish the project. Making a great game is difficult enough, so the support from Serenity Forge’s marketing team will ensure the game is released to as many potential players as possible. 

 

 

The Once Upon A Coma team is spread all across America. From the offices at Serenity Forge in Colorado, to the small home office of Thomas' Atmos Games Studios in South Carolina, we're small, young, but extremely dedicated to making profoundly impactful games. 

"Nice to meet you 2018-Pete, I'm 2010-Pete. You're so handsome and dashing." Fan-art by @cremexbutter
"Nice to meet you 2018-Pete, I'm 2010-Pete. You're so handsome and dashing." Fan-art by @cremexbutter

 

 

 

www.atmosgames.com

Atmos Games (aka Thomas Brush) is responsible for game design, story, art, music, and anything other than coding in Once Upon A Coma. 

www.serenityforge.com

Serenity Forge will be coding and distributing Once Upon A Coma. From near death experiences to rediscovering the American Dream, Serenity Forge makes games that are unique and meaningful.

Some icons by on this page were designed by jr1018 from Vecteezy. Font Barkentina used with permission from Kiril Zlatkov.

Risks and challenges

Once Upon A Coma draws plenty of inspiration from Ocarina of Time. The unavoidable challenge of taking inspiration from a 3D adventure game and translating it into a side-scroller is certainly a challenge. Fortunately, I have a great team, including Erik Coburn, who is constantly researching, testing, and build a world that feels like Zelda, but works well in a 2D side scroller space. I've also had almost a decade of experience creating games of this nature, and feel confident I have learned what I need to to make an incredible side-scroller experience rich with Zelda-like mechanics and inspiration.

I'd also like to be transparent about the schedule. Many of you know that my previous game Pinstripe took almost 5 years to make. An obvious challenge and question is: "What's going to stop Once Upon A Coma from taking 5 years as well?" Two things: first, my team. Erik Coburn is a genius developer, and has already built a system that would have taken me 2-3 years to create. I'm not kidding. Additionally, I've learned so much. About 75% of Pinstripe's creation timeline was due to inexperience, and frankly, learning on the job. I was also working part-time on Pinstripe. Now, I have a team, experience, and more than 40 hours a week to dedicate to the adventure.

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    Enjoy a digital copy of Once Upon A Coma’s gorgeous and haunting 20-song soundtrack written by Thomas Brush. You'll also receive a digital book full of the game’s gorgeous hi-res hand-drawn art! Oh, and get your name in the credits!

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    Enjoy a digital copy of Once Upon A Coma’s gorgeous and haunting 20-song soundtrack written by Thomas Brush. You'll also receive a digital book full of the game’s gorgeous hi-res hand-drawn art! Oh, and get your name in the credits!

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    Itching to cut deep inside Pete’s strange and haunting mind? Get exclusive access to the Once Upon A Coma alpha, and also receive a Coma University M.D. Certificate signed by Thomas Brush. Plus, your name will appear in the credits as part of the elite “Neurosurgeons”. (Certificate is digital only if outside U.S.)

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    Receive a signed piece of sheet music for the Reddington Theme signed by yours truly! You'll also be recognized as part of the few "Chief Physicians" in the credits, and also in-game in Bloodwick Movie Theatre! (Certificate is digital only if outside U.S.). Finally, get the original Coma, my other game Skinny, and some strange short animations I made that started my career.

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    • Deluxe Edition: The Original Coma, and More!
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    I'll put you in the credits as Co-Producer! I'll also sketch a digital cartoon of you in Pete's trademark black and white striped shirt and a bloodied barber's razor with a personal message, and give you an extra Steam key. I also really want to meet you! I'll schedule a Skype call where we can meet and talk about you, your ideas, and grow as friends! (Certificate & sheet-music is digital only if outside U.S.)

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    • Name in credits as "Co-Producer"
    • Meet Thomas Brush in a Google Hangout!
    • Deluxe Edition: The Original Coma, and More!
    • Official 20-Song Soundtrack by Thomas Brush
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    Imagine seeing your name listed in the credits as “Producer”. And, even better, imagine running through Reddington Cemetery and coming across a gothic tombstone with your name on it! You will get a bonus key, the Deluxe Edition, a meeting with me via Google Hangout, and more! (Certificate & sheet-music is digital only if outside U.S.)

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    • Your name forever etched in Reddington Cemetary!
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    • Signed sheet music of Reddington Theme signed by Thomas Brush
    • M.D. Certificate from Coma University signed by Thomas Brush
    • Deluxe Edition: The Original Coma, and More!
    • Meet Thomas Brush in a Google Hangout!
    • Official 20-Song Soundtrack by Thomas Brush
    • Exclusive Alpha Access!
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    Imagine not only seeing your name in the credits as Executive Producer, but being able to play as yourself! In addition, imagine seeing your beautiful face painted in Pete's strange world. You will also get a bonus key and a meeting with me via Skype as well! (Certificate & sheet-music is digital only if outside U.S.)

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    • Once Upon A Coma Digital Copy (Steam/GOG)
    • Play as YOU in-game!
    • Elegant painting of you in-game!
    • Signed sheet music of Reddington Theme signed by Thomas Brush
    • M.D. Certificate from Coma University signed by Thomas Brush
    • Name in credits as "Executive Producer"
    • Free Bonus Game Key (Steam/GOG/GameJolt)
    • Meet Thomas Brush in a Google Hangout!
    • Official 20-Song Soundtrack by Thomas Brush
    • Exclusive Alpha Access!
    • Digital High Res Art Book
    • Deluxe Edition: The Original Coma, and More!
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Digital Wallpaper & Ringtone Set
    • Once Upon A Coma Discord access!
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    Master Producer

    Thousands of players across the world will not only see your name at the top of the credits, but also on the main menu! Not only that, but players across the world will be able to play as YOU! You will get a bonus key and a private meeting with me via Skype as well! (Certificate & sheet-music is digital only if outside U.S.)

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    • Once Upon A Coma Digital Copy (Steam/GOG)
    • Play as YOU in-game!
    • Your name front and center on main menu!
    • Your name in credits as "Master Producer"
    • Free Bonus Game Key (Steam/GOG/GameJolt)
    • M.D. Certificate from Coma University signed by Thomas Brush
    • Signed sheet music of Reddington Theme signed by Thomas Brush
    • Meet Thomas Brush in a Google Hangout!
    • Official 20-Song Soundtrack by Thomas Brush
    • Exclusive Alpha Access!
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Digital Wallpaper & Ringtone Set
    • Digital High Res Art Book
    • Deluxe Edition: The Original Coma, and More!
    • Once Upon A Coma Discord access!
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