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Last updated July 3, 2015

BROKNTALK: Fast-Paced Social Game for the Talkative!

Brokntalk is a social game in which you listen to a line, repeat it as good as you can and get scored for how well you repeat it!

BROKNTALK: Fast-Paced Social Game for the Talkative!

Brokntalk is a social game in which you listen to a line, repeat it as good as you can and get scored for how well you repeat it!

CA$ 31
pledged of CA$ 6,000pledged of CA$ 6,000 goal
3
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 3 2015 4:07 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 3, 2015

About

CC attribution: Youtuber Whispers 2 by ASkylitAvenue. Reuse and remix allowed.

Brokntalk is a social game in which a line is passed on between six players. They listen to the line, repeat it and get scored for how well they repeat it. It's online so you can play it with your friends no matter where they are in the world!

Brokntalk combines voice over network technology with a minimalist user interface to bring an amazing experience for you on your smartphones.

You can play this beautiful game by yourself or with friends or at parties. It's a family game, it's challenging and it's fun to play! It's a social game you will not wanna stop playing! 

The rules are simple:

  1. Listen to the line in your headphones.
  2. Repeat it as accurately as you can.
  3. Get scored for how well you repeat it.
You start by joining a circle of six players.
The game begins with the first round and there is no limit to how many rounds you can play.
The first player views this on the screen:
Then they see a text on the screen and read it out loud in under 5 seconds like in this screenshot:
The player at the second spot listens to the line:

...And has only 5 seconds to press the "Speak" button to turn the mic on:
...And pass on the line to the third player before the 5 second countdown:
The third player passes it to the fourth and so on, until all the players have played their part. This marks the end of a round. At this time, you can listen to what each player spoke:
Drag the star from the center to your favorite player to give them one point (except to yourself). Likewise, you can get one or more points from other players if they think you performed well.

Each round takes about a minute to play. After a round has been played, a new round begins. There is no limit to how many rounds you can play. The more you play, the more you score!

BUT THERE'S A CATCH!
To make the game a little challenging, you will be made to listen to some loud music while you're trying to guess the line!

Each player gets one point for successfully playing a round and could get additional points from other players. This way, you can score from one, up to six points in a round.

You can also get higher points if you use multipliers.

Round after round, your score keeps on increasing, but if at any time you discontinue a game, the points scored thus far are counted as your high score for that game.

Silver multipliers double your points and gold multipliers triple your points scored in a round.

Get three or more points in a round to earn silver or gold multipliers in this ratio:

For eight or more points scored in a round, you can get a maximum of three gold multipliers.

Collect as many of these as you can, then spend them one at a time before a new round starts, to get double or triple the score for that round. For example, spending a silver multiplier and earning 2 points would make your points a total of 4 and that would give you two silver multipliers as bonus.

Here’s a screenshot of a new round. You can tap on any one of the multipliers to spend it.

The game-play is accompanied by 40 original beautiful music tracks. These are played in your headphones one after the other, round after round, to make the game more exciting and a little challenging while you try to listen to what the other players are saying.

The only part where the music pauses for a while is when it's your turn to talk.

Five of these music tracks are available for preview here:

Who we are

We are Umara, Mo Ethe, Lalarukh, Masho and Maan, all friends and siblings and you can find us here, here, here, here and here. We can't forget our childhood and the games we used to play as kids. Now grown up, busy with our careers, living and working in different parts of the world, we hardly get time to be together at the same place and play our favorite childhood games like hide and seek, floor is lava, guess the movie and the broken telephone game.

The inspiration for this project came to us when we wanted to play the whispers game one day on our smartphones and thought there would be an app for that but there wasn't and so the idea for Brokntalk was born.

We knew that the technology required to build this game already exists so all we needed to do was to innovate. The idea evolved, scoring was added, multipliers were included, soundtrack was added, interface design was refined and simplified till we had a working prototype.

How much is done?

We started by reducing our idea for this game into pencil sketches. Then we chose the color theme, interface, layout and gameplay. Finally, we decided on the scheme of scoring and multipliers.

We hired a freelance computer programmer to build a prototype for the app, a DJ/producer to compose the soundtrack and a freelance designer to design the layout.

Here are some of the snap shots from our app development days...

The beta app is beautifully built and has been played and tested on local network. We have covered all the progress on Twitter and Facebook.

Along the way, our fan base grew in numbers and we have shared our entire experience in the GameDev community on social media.

What is left to be done?

The app is ready but now we have to set up the server because Brokntalk is a server-based online game played between six real persons, not you against the computer.

The game establishes connection between peers and the server. When a player joins the server, s/he is directed to one of the vacant pools. You can also create private matches with your friends! Each pool has six players. When set up and running, the server will handle thousands of these pools based on an algorithm.

 
Our initial budget
With the help of our friends and family members, we initially managed to raise $5800, which covered the expenses for:

  • Design/layout of the interface
  • Programming for the app 
  • Composition/production of game soundtrack
Where will the funds go?
The funds we intend to raise on Kickstarter are destined to help in covering the expenses for server-side web programming and all server related expenses. The diagram below shows what amount of money is needed by each part of the development process.



Why Kickstarter?
Now halfway into the game's development, we are out of funds which we initially raised ourselves. So now we need more funds to pay for the costs of setting up the server. The app was scheduled for launch in January this year but for lack of funds, we postponed it to February.

We kept on extending and promising the launch date every time and our loyal fans and Twitter followers kept on waiting. Our tweets show a history of how the launch got delayed.

We are passionate about this project, have come a long way into development of this app and have spent a lot of our time and money on it so far. We have done our best to raise funds outside of any crowd-funding platform, but with little success.

So in early May this year, we finally decided to turn to crowd-funding for this project and what better way to do it than on Kickstarter? So join us in this project and together we can continue our work on it to turn Brokntalk into a real product and finish what we started!



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Risks and challenges

Delay in rolling out a perfect mobile application with no bugs/crashes is the only risk. So our only challenge is to minimize the chances of delay in the launch. Even the prototype app that you saw in the video, took months to perfect.

To tackle with this challenge, we would like to ask you to participate in beta testing (by selecting the "Test the Beta" reward tier) because it would save a lot of time for the first version of the app to roll out. Be part of this creative project in any way you can. Even spreading the word about the project would help us a lot.

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    Help this project succeed in return for:
    A heartfelt thanks from the creators of Brokntalk + Shout-out on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
    + Gamedev Journal in PDF format
    + 10 silver & 10 gold multipliers
    + Complete Digital Game Soundtrack

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    EARLY BIRD: ALL THE STUFF!

    Test the beta app with us!
    + You will be allowed to write those short lines that start every new round. Your name and picture will be displayed with the phrase and your name will also be added in the credits as Script Writer.
    + Gamedev Journal in PDF format. This illustrated journal covers the progress and evolution of the design and development of the Brokntalk game. You'll love it if you're a game developer like us!
    + 10 silver & 10 gold multipliers
    + Receive a digital copy of the Brokntalk Soundtracks Album. The album has 40 original beautiful tracks.
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