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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 8 2015

About

Greetings comrades and capitalist pigs alike! The Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un, commands you to stop playing inferior western games and take up arms in defense of our great nation. Glorious Leader!, a stunning marvel of cutting-edge 16-bit graphics and sound, chronicles the incredible, but true tale of the defeat of the entire imperialist army at the hands of Kim Jong Un.

At its core, Glorious Leader! plays like our favorite old school run 'n' guns. But we didn't want to just re-skin an older game.Glorious Leader! has much which make it unique. Here are some of the features you will find in the game.

7+ HARROWING LEVELS

Mission 1: Pyongyang

The crown jewel of North Korea, and thus, the world. A bustling metropolis turned battleground where imperialists run amok. You'll have to fight your way from the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to the Rungrado Stadium. A task easier said than done.

Mission 2: Unicorn Forest

Catch a ride on one of North Korea's mystical creatures to escape the city. Fight your way through a convey of Americans who can only be up to no good.

Mission 3: Paektu Mountain

A holy mountain topped by the mystical Heaven Lake. This hallowed site is the birth place of the dearly departed, Kim Jong Il. Stop the Americans from defiling it as they attempt to steal the sacred water.

Mission 4: Narwhal Sea

No more running. Take the fight to the American fleet with the help of the fabled narwhal, unicorn of the sea. Dodge naval mines, battle jet ski-riding navy seals, and sink destroyers as you race towards the American flagship.

Mission 5: USS Bush

This is no pleasure cruise. Named after America's most revered leader, and loaded with experimental weapons, only superhuman strength and courage can help you survive what lies in store for you on this ship of death.

Mission 6: Fly the unfriendly skies

Hitch a ride on missiles, planes and anything else that'll get you back to Pyongyang. Just one thing, don't look down.

Mission 7: Ryugyong Hotel

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this marvel of engineering also holds the key to thwarting America's final gambit for domination. It's a long way to the top, and who knows what will be waiting for you there.

Bonus Missions

Help us design two bonus missions to test the player's mettle. Take down Sony. Shoot hoops with your buddies. Whatever you dream up.

Don't do it, Glorious Leader! He can pay you 2 million more than Franco could.
Don't do it, Glorious Leader! He can pay you 2 million more than Franco could.

POWERUPS!

Blasting your way through the levels will only get you so far. You will have to take advantage of powerups to overcome your foes.

The powerups function within the Divine Powers system. The player will find Divine Powers scattered throughout the land, and by using different combinations, will be able to create a unique play style.

There are two types of Divine Powers. Active, and Passive. Active powers are used by pressing a button on a controller. These are offensive in nature and can be devastating to the enemy. They must be used sparingly, however, as there are a limited amount scattered through each level.

Dad saves the day
Dad saves the day

By contrast, Passive powers are defensive or augment the player's movement ability. Once equipped, passive abilities function automatically. The player will be able to store two different passive abilities and switch between them at any time. When the player dies he or she will lose both their active powerups and their equipped passive powerup.

UNIQUE WEAPONS!

The player will also come across several unique weapons to help in the fight. Some of these will be common and scattered throughout each level. Others will be rare and only found on certain levels.

Here are just a few of the weapons at your disposal.

Machine Gun

The starting weapon. Lame!
The starting weapon. Lame!

Flame Thrower

Getting warmer
Getting warmer

Spreaderer

Like spreader with more "er"
Like spreader with more "er"

Bazooka

What more can be said?
What more can be said?

WMD

I wonder what this one does.
I wonder what this one does.
BADDIES

Waves of enemies threaten you from all directions. Let your guard down, even for a second, and you'll find yourself hanging out with gramps and dad in heaven.

EPIC BOSS BATTLES

Boss battles have been a time honored tradition in Run 'n' Guns, and we intend to amp them up to 11.

GAMEPAD SUPPORT

He always wins.
He always wins.

UNLOCKABLE CHARACTERS

Play as your favorite despot or all around horrible person
Play as your favorite despot or all around horrible person

DIFFICULTY LEVELS

Have you played the original Contra lately? Without the cheat code? Holy crap it's hard. We want to challenge players of all skill levels, so there will be 3 levels of difficulty to choose from.

CINEMATICS

Telling the courageous tale of Kim Jong Un is a tall order. We are keeping it simple for now, but if we meet our stretch goals will be able to do justice to this epic story.

Every great hero needs a powerful foe
Every great hero needs a powerful foe

UNICORNS

We all know that North Korea is the only place in the world where unicorns can be found. Kim Jong Un can speak to and control all animals, including unicorns, so riding one is no problem.

Why Kickstarter?

A couple of reasons. We want to get the fans involved early to help shape the game, and to validate that we are making something that people want. We also need money to finish some aspects of production. The money will be used for the following.

Music and sound.

Music is an important part of the player's experience, and we want to do it right. The music will be retro-inspired, but modernized for today's discerning ear. We intend to hire a top-tier musician to bring each level a unique and memorable theme.

We also want to provide sound effects reminiscent of the glory days.

Additional Pixel artist:

We need someone to help finish the content for the game, and to rework some of the existing animations for a smoother player experience.

Additional Programmer:

We need to bring someone in a specialist to handle some of the coding.

Proper Testing:

We want the game to be as fun and bug-free as possible. Part of that comes from early access, but part also comes from paid testers who can slog through every pixel of each level to find bugs.

Project Stretch Goals:

We really want to start tackling some of our stretch goals to make the game even better!

Anything above this goes towards developing our own nuclear deterrent
Anything above this goes towards developing our own nuclear deterrent

Poster

Glorious Leader! signed, limited edition poster. Inspired by movie posters and game box art of the 80's and early 90's.

It's about yay big
It's about yay big

 Instruction Manual

Tutorials?! Back in my day, we got one flimsy booklet that told you some of what you needed to know in order to play a game. If you miss those days too, then this is for you.

Instruction Manual mockup
Instruction Manual mockup

Game Box and Cartridge 

Even more beautiful nostalgia. Moneyhorse is collaborating with Hyperkin to bring Glorious Leader! to the RetroN 5. That means a real, physical cartridge! (Either Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis)

Did blowing on it ever really help?
Did blowing on it ever really help?

 T-shirt

Everyone looks happy wearing a Glorious Leader! shirt.

Yes, it comes in sizes other than XL.
Yes, it comes in sizes other than XL.

GAME STORY

Many have speculated over how the Glorious Leader can be harmed by man-made weapons. The short answer: basketball. The Kim dynasty has always been fascinated by the imperialist's only beneficial contribution to the world, but they have never been able to participate because of their godlike powers.

PRESS

Glorious Leader! has garnered worldwide attention from reputable sources like London's The Guardian, and our own personal favorite...Fox News.

Try as she might, Gretchen couldn't hide the love in her eyes.
Try as she might, Gretchen couldn't hide the love in her eyes.

Risks and challenges

Game development is hard. Things change, problems pop up, deadlines shift, developers get assassinated at the request of disgruntles world leaders (hopefully not) . But like the DPRK, we will not fail. We have learned much from that mighty nation and we will persevere!

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    Get a physical copy of the game. We are collaborating with Hyperkin to bring Glorious Leader! to consoles. Either Super NES or Sega Genesis. The cartridge will come with the printed manual in a printed box, just like the old days.

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    Design an enemy to throw at our powerful hero● Get recognition for your work in the credits

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    Design a boss fight! Work with our team to design your very own boss● Get recognition for your work in the credits with the title of Glorious Boss Designer!

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