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Towdie is a 21 century remake of a classic 90s graphic adventure game. The game will be released in 3 formats: Android, iPad, PC.

Right, so our Kickstarter project failed, but this is not necessarily the end for naughty little Towdie and his peculiar world.

We still firmly believe that Towdie would be one of the funniest and most original graphic adventure games that never was.

If you also feel passionate about Towdie, as we all at Cyberdreams do, please help us spread the word about this game and also fill a simple ONE-QUESTION SURVEY

Results from the survey will help us decide whether there is enough people interested in this game and consequently, whether there is a sufficient case for the re-launch of our Kickstarter project.

Update 1 – 19 May – New Pledge Tier added !

We have added a new exciting pledge tier TORCH-BEARER which comes with two versions of the game and a USB Stick/Torch - click on the above link to see details.

Update 2 – 10 June – A Small Taste of the Animated Sceneries

A small taste of what the animated Kitchen location will look like in the actual game.

Update 3 – 30 June – What’s next for Towdie ?

This is the end of this Kickstarter project, but possibly not the end of the world...

Cyberdreams is not an entirely new company, but rather a continuation of former Ultrasoft, the game developer which published over 30 game titles and brought joy to thousands of players throughout the 90s.

Cover Art from some of the Ultrasoft's game titles
Cover Art from some of the Ultrasoft's game titles

Cyberdreams was founded to continue in this tradition and we are at the present working on several video games, both remakes and completely new game ideas.

Amongst countless Ultrasoft’s video games was one title which especially stood out - a charming graphic adventure called Towdie.

Screenshots from the original 90s game
Screenshots from the original 90s game

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a kingdom called Alkria. In that kingdom there was a castle, and in that castle there was a prince, princess, knights, cooks, servants… yadada, dadada. You know - all the usual, boring people.

And then there was Towdie!

Towdie spent his carefree days playing with his older brother Oglie within the castle’s corridors. When one day the evil dragon Quido descended on the land, and made his new home in a lair under the castle, Towdie’s carefree life was turned upside down. Any knight or warrior who dared to face dragon and his fiery breath was instantly reduced to ashes. Seeing that the brute force alone cannot rid the kingdom of the malevolent beast, sorceress Vanda left the castle with a plan to bring some help. But weeks are passing and Vanda is still not coming back, so our unlikely hero Towdie decides to take things into his own hands. His task is not easy however. To defeat the dragon, Towdie must overcome all the obstacles which get in his way and try and get help from the remaining folk of the castle, including a prince and princess, a cook, a smith, a wizard, and an executioner among others, along with various other characters and creatures who can help or hinder Towdie's progress towards his goal.

Towdie is a graphic adventure game published in 1994 by Ultrasoft for the legendary ZX Spectrum home computer. The game, similar in style to Dizzy series, is set in a fantasy land called Alkria and follows adventures of a little restless creature called Towdie. The player controls Towdie, the titular character, who is on the treacherous mission to save the kingdom of Alkria from the claws of the evil dragon Quido.

Towdie is just too good a game to be left lingering in the limbo of forgotten games.

We have decided to give this game a complete graphics overhaul so that the (mis)adventures of little Towdie can be enjoyed by a completely new generation of gamers. With your help, we will bring mischievous Towdie back to life!

Amazing transformation of the 90s classic
Amazing transformation of the 90s classic

Funding Towdie via Kickstarter will allow us to re-imagine the whole castle, room by room, and all Alkria’s inhabitants, in the same, or better, quality as the kitchen above. With your help, the whole castle will soon spring into existence as if by magic!

We wanted to re-create this lovely graphic adventure for years, but did not want to start working on the remake unless we find a graphic artist who will be able to re-capture the spirit of the original game.

Concept Art from the new game
Concept Art from the new game

Now we have eventually found the right person for the job. But the good graphic artist requires also good remuneration. The bulk of the money which we require for this project will go towards covering this cost.

Funding Towdie via Kickstarter allows us to stay independent with unlimited freedom in our creativity. We wouldn’t have to answer to anyone but you - our supporters and backers. In return for your pledges, you will get not only a great game, but also regular updates from people actually working on the game and behind the scenes glimpse at Towdie’s development.

Our primary goal is to re-imagine the original game. We really, really want to make this game a reality, so we have set our initial funding goal intentionally at the lowest possible amount necessary for the completion of this objective. But we don’t have to stop there. Depending on you, our backers, we are ready to make the game two, or even three times bigger.

This stretch goal plan is only for illustration - sequels will take Towdie beyond the castle's walls
This stretch goal plan is only for illustration - sequels will take Towdie beyond the castle's walls

Each of the two new parts will contain 50 entirely new locations, as opposed to 43 in the original game.

But by bigger we don't mean only the size. With your help, we will create two entirely new adventures of Towdie, each with completely new environments, a plethora of new characters and an entirely new, original storyline.

Who the heck are the Blue and Red Knights and what role they play in Alkria’s lore?
Who the heck are the Blue and Red Knights and what role they play in Alkria’s lore?

What lies beyond the walls of the castle? What held up Vanda the Sorceress? And who the heck are the Blue and Red Knights and what role they play in Alkria’s lore? All these questions will be answered in the first sequel, Towdie: The Quest for Vanda.

So we don’t endanger the deadline of our primary goal, the two new stories of Towdie will be released as episodic sequels, after the release of the first Towdie game.

Should we don't hit any stretch goals, any extra money raised will go towards improving the overall quality of the game.

Note: The amounts of the stretch goals will be clarified as soon as we hit the main goal.

Towdie will be released in 3 formats: Android, iPad and PC.

Note: Android will be supported from version 3.0 (Honeycomb) and above.

What do you get for your support apart from the game? As you would expect, the bigger is your pledge, the more goodies you will get in return. We have prepared 20 reward tiers full of cool stuff which you will receive in return for your generosity.

Note: Conversion rates are approximate, rounded up, and for guidance only.

Thank you for all your support and pledges, however small they might be.

With your help, we hope to put smiles on the faces of thousands of new Towdie fans.

Without you, Towdie would stay just a twinkle in our eyes!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest challenge will be remaking the graphics without losing any of the charm and feel of the original game.

We had our sights set on this game for a very long time, but did not want to start working on the remake unless we find a graphic artist who will be up to the job.

Now, with the right person on board, we are confident that this can be achieved and look forward to start working on the project as soon as the funds are raised.

Founder of both present Cyberdreams and former Ultrasoft, Louis M. Wittek is a game industry veteran with over 15 years of experience in game development.

With 36 game titles behind us for Ultrasoft and Cyberdreams combined we are an experienced game developer and we are fully confident that we can deliver the game on time and within budget if our project is funded.

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