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A game about becoming a monster to protect somebody you love. Read more

665
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$31,405
pledged of $150,000 goal

Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 17, 2014.

A game about becoming a monster to protect somebody you love.

About this project

Update: We have been privately funded. Please check the updates for latest backer updates, game progress, and preorder information.

For My Brother follows a girl who is willing to give everything for her younger brother. As she fights to gain the powers of untamed nature in order to save him, she becomes less and less human and their bond is changed forever.

Throw Trucks With Your Mindour first kickstarter-backed game, hit beta as scheduled and promised to backers. Now we're excited to be back for a second title with members of the amazing Machinae Supremacy creating the soundtrack!

 

For My Brother is heavily inspired by the Insular Art style, (the art of the early Romanization of the British Isles), and from broader illuminated manuscripts.

    Insular art has a beautiful tradition of strange and fantastic beasts, and these have been deeply inspirational in creating our own creatures for Sister to fight!

    Some of the forms of Cat
    Some of the forms of Cat

    The game beautifully showcases an ancient backdrop of nature, which lets the  reference style really shine. It also lets us harken back to many classic standbys of the late 80's, such as parallax backgrounds, while giving a fresh new look to the 2D platformer genre.

  • Sidescroller puzzle platformer movement
  • Enemy-sparse environment with epic bosses 
  • Defeat a boss form, gain its powers
  • Use your powers to explore more areas
  • Gameplay influences: Shadow of the Colossus, Megaman, Super Metroid

 Transform along with Sister into something more powerful but no longer human.

Human Movement
Human Movement
Sister with Claws
Sister with Claws
Sister with Dash
Sister with Dash

This gameplay mechanic, along with animation quality, are two of the primary reasons we have decided to make a sidescrolling game with a 3D engine. After shipping our last game with UE3, we're thrilled for the chance to take advantage of all the new features of UE4. Using a 3D engine we're familiar with will allow us to produce excellent levels, bosses, and other content for you to enjoy.

Robert Stjärnström, Jonas Rörling, and Andreas "Gordon" Gerdin of Machinae Supremacy will be joining the development team to create an all-new original soundtrack for For My Brother. Machinae Supremacy has a long history of awesome, combining their love of metal, video games, and all things nerdy.

For this game they are bringing together traditional Celtic folk music with their famous SID metal for an over-the-top original soundtrack, just like they did for the trailer.

The poster, unsigned in packages $70 and up, signed in packages $130 and up
The poster, unsigned in packages $70 and up, signed in packages $130 and up
Wooden Laser Cut Pendants. Cat (leftmost) in packages $90 and up, full set in $150 and up (what you see here are mockups)
Wooden Laser Cut Pendants. Cat (leftmost) in packages $90 and up, full set in $150 and up (what you see here are mockups)
The shirt! Available in packages $110 and up! American apparel, unisex and women's cuts
The shirt! Available in packages $110 and up! American apparel, unisex and women's cuts
The Cat Plushie! (in the $250 package and up) made with love by Diane of DianesDungeon
The Cat Plushie! (in the $250 package and up) made with love by Diane of DianesDungeon
$5: Your name in the Credits
$5: Your name in the Credits
$15: The game and your name in the credits
$15: The game and your name in the credits
$30: For my Brother, the soundtrack, and your name in the credits!
$30: For my Brother, the soundtrack, and your name in the credits!
$30: add our previous game!
$30: add our previous game!
$50: add the soundtrack and a PDF art book!
$50: add the soundtrack and a PDF art book!
$70 add an unsigned poster!
$70 add an unsigned poster!
$90 add the Cat pendant!
$90 add the Cat pendant!
$110 add a T-shirt!
$110 add a T-shirt!
$130 Get the poster signed!
$130 Get the poster signed!
$150 A full set of pendants!
$150 A full set of pendants!
$180 Special Tier: add a digital commission!
$180 Special Tier: add a digital commission!
$250 add a cat plushie!
$250 add a cat plushie!
$350 Special tier: add artifacts from the music!
$350 Special tier: add artifacts from the music!
Special Tier $600: add a physical commission
Special Tier $600: add a physical commission
$1000: Add a wooden 3D scene and either a digital or a physical commission
$1000: Add a wooden 3D scene and either a digital or a physical commission

 With our powers combined, members of our team have contributed to making 10 great games come to life, including Star Trek Online, Champions Online, Guild Wars 2, and our very own Throw Trucks With Your Mind. We've made robots for NASA and software for Google. We know what needs to be done to scope out, build and deliver a project, no matter if it's making 250K in 6 months to save a hackerspace, creating 8 albums of music or delivering a title to our backers. We're excited for the challenges of making this game, but we're more than ready for them.

(Team from left to right, top row: Lat Ware, Katy Levinson, Caspian Priebe, Kiyome Provost. Bottom row: Lynda Miller, Matt Olch, Stephanie Chan, Robert Stjärnström, Jonas Rörling, Andreas "Gordon" Gerdin)
(Team from left to right, top row: Lat Ware, Katy Levinson, Caspian Priebe, Kiyome Provost. Bottom row: Lynda Miller, Matt Olch, Stephanie Chan, Robert Stjärnström, Jonas Rörling, Andreas "Gordon" Gerdin)
Budget of how we plan to use the kickstarter money
Budget of how we plan to use the kickstarter money

Risks and challenges

As a team, we’ve run two successful Kickstarter projects and shipped a game through Kickstarter before (Throw Trucks With Your Mind). We know what we’re getting into and we know what we need to do to make our backers happy.

We've learned a lot through this process: how we work together, how long it takes us to deliver things, the importance of minimizing the number of outside vendors, and that we never want to ship ceramic or glass rewards again.

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FAQ

  • Windows, Mac and Linux

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  • Here is a link to their verified Facebook account promoting it https://www.facebook.com/machinaesupremacy/posts/10152023265396887

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  • When Throw Trucks With Your Mind Started, it was just Lat. Now we’re a studio!

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  • Yes! Partly because we have souls and partly because we don't want Cory Doctorow to dropkick us.

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  • We would like to do console ports as stretch goals.

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  • We'd like to do this but don't have the partnerships set up yet. Until further notice, all the downloads are from us. Sorry!

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  • You show us code that makes Unreal 4 run on FreeBSD and we're happy to talk about it.

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  • Right now we really want to make our kickstarter minimum! After that, we'd be happy to accept alternative currencies and payment methods.

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  • Throw Trucks With Your Mind (we write TTWYM) was designed to mimic biofeedback programs which are used to treat a wide variety of medical issues. Two developers on the team have personally been through such programs: one for ADHD and one for chronic pain.

    Biofeedback therapy is expensive and often difficult to obtain. We thought packing it up at video game prices was a good thing to do for humanity. The game is also suppose to help people, and it isn't done in our eyes until it is.

    This is why the game is currently being studied at UCSD for how well it treats behavioral disorders related to autistic spectrum disorder and ADHD. We are actively working with more neurology labs around the country to get more studies and trials done. We may have to tweak our game depending on their findings. We don't want to have to slap the word "beta" back on it, so we're leaving it on for now. We can't rush medical testing, we are too ethical to sell it as medicine until it is proven, and we sure can't do the science ourselves and still have it be legitimate 3rd party actual science.

    All game features of TTWYM promised to backers and all the rewards have been delivered with the exception of the OSX build (which should be delivered in under 4 weeks, we ran into a little trouble with that). We didn't advertise it as a medical device on kickstarter (just as a sweet game), so we're in the clear there re:delivery of science.

    Medical testing is going to take some time, and there isn't a ton for our team to do until we get the findings, so we figured it was a good time to launch this game. We expect any changes the study results require to be primarily programming, so leaving the programmers free to implement those changes by having the majority of the challenges on the art side seemed ideal.

    (I should point out you can buy and play the beta game right now. It is feature complete except the OSX build as discussed. www.throwtrucks.com)

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  • Yes the $30 tier which includes the soundtrack also includes the game. Sorry that was not clear, it was meant to read "For My Brother (the game), the soundtrack, and ..." I can not edit the reward tiers once somebody pledges, but hopefully this FAQ will help.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $5 reward

    18 backers

    Your name in the credits!

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  • You selected
    $10 reward

    200 backers All gone!

    The game, early bird special: a digital DRM-free copy of For My Brother when it is finished, and your name in the credits! Game will work on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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  • You selected
    $15 reward

    187 backers

    The game: A digital DRM-free copy of For My Brother when it is finished, and your name in the credits! Game will work on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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  • You selected
    $25 reward

    62 backers Limited (138 left of 200)

    This game and our previous one, early bird special! A digital copy of our game, your name in the credits, and a copy of our other title Throw Trucks With Your Mind! (Headset for Throw Trucks With Your Mind sold separately.) Both are DRM free, of course! Throw Trucks With Your Mind is available for Windows and Mac, but For My Brother will also work on Linux!

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  • You selected
    $30 reward

    6 backers

    This game and our previous one! Get a digital copy of this game, a digital copy of Throw Trucks With Your Mind, and your name in the credits! (Headset for Throw Trucks With Your Mind sold separately.) Both are DRM free, of course! Throw Trucks With Your Mind is available for Windows and Mac, but For My Brother will also work on Linux!

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  • You selected
    $30 reward

    107 backers

    For My Brother, the soundtrack, and your name in the credits! By popular demand we have started offering this tier. Thanks for your feedback and keep up the love!

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  • You selected
    $50 reward

    30 backers

    Pretty sounds and pictures! Get the amazing soundtracks to both of our games as a DRM-free download. You will also get access to a digital PDF art book, a copy of Throw Trucks With Your Mind, a copy of For My Brother, and your name in the credits!

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  • You selected
    $70 reward

    7 backers

    A beautiful poster, unsigned but ready for your wall! You also get the art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $90 reward

    5 backers

    Laser cut wooden pendant of Cat (pictured on the farthest left of the set) It is about 2" in diameter and thick enough to stand up to a beating. Is it a necklace? Keychain ring? Zipper pull? Earring? You decide!

    Plus you also get the unsigned poster, the art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $110 reward

    7 backers

    A T-shirt! Available in both women's and men's cuts, it will be awesome. Shirts are printed on American Apparel.

    Plus you also get the Cat pendant, the unsigned poster, the art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $130 reward

    4 backers

    Your beautiful full size poster is now hand signed by our team! This includes the Machinae Supremacy members in Sweden!

    You also get the Cat pendant, the T-shirt, the digital art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $150 reward

    6 backers

    Laser cut wooden pendant set: your single pendant replaced with a full pendant set, each boss beautifully made into an icon and laser cut into wood. They are about 2" in diameter and thick enough to stand up to a beating. Are they necklaces? Keychain rings? Zipper pulls? Earrings? You decide!

    Plus you get the T-shirt, the signed poster, the digital art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits.

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  • You selected
    $180 reward

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    Small digital commission of a single character in the style of the game from one of our artists! Do you have a favorite bit of The Beyond you want for your wall? Tell us and you can have it!

    You also get the signed poster, the full pendant set, the T-shirt, the digital art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits!

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  • You selected
    $250 reward

    6 backers

    A plushie of the Cat! You can snuggle it all night! Bonus: the plushie is probably far better tempered than the actual character.

    You also get the signed poster, the full pendant set, the T-shirt, the digital art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits!

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  • You selected
    $350 reward

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    Get an autographed copy of something from the recording sessions. These are objects like the sheet music, drum sticks and guitar picks used by the actual musicians who play on the score! Each will be autographed too! Needless to say, this prize will be a limited run.

    You also get the plushie of the Cat, the signed poster, the full pendant set, the T-shirt, the digital art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits!

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  • You selected
    $600 reward

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    Physical commission! You'll get a one-of-a-kind hand-drawn piece of your choice, crafted by a member of our art team just for you!

    You also get the plushie of the Cat, the signed poster, the full pendant set, the T-shirt, the digital art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits!

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  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    3 backers

    A beautiful laser cut wood scenery set of The Beyond. Each layer of the wood will be laser cut and then layered on top of one another, so no two are quite alike!

    You also get your choice of the physical commission or the digital commission, the plushie of the Cat, the signed poster, the full pendant set, the T-shirt, the digital art book, the soundtrack, both of our games, and your name in the credits!

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Funding period

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