Our group of five became electrified with the idea of making the game, Tesla Tales, back in 2014. A few amped up meetings and the project was born under our new studio name of FridgeDoorGames. Since this time we have been coding, drawing, recording, editing and, occasionally, opening up the fridge door for a bite to eat. And like Tesla's alternating current, we have gone back and forth to make as many improvements as we can from feedback through family and friends for an awesome gaming experience.
Tesla Tales is a 2D platformer video game. The player blasts robots, upgrades weapons, invents gadgets, and fights as the Master of Lightning himself, Nikola Tesla, in this historic rivalry against Edison... with some artistic licensing.
Tesla has harnessed the power of the sun and wants to share it with the world, but Edison has a darker ambition. He blocks the sun right out of the sky with giant solar panels, gaining a monopoly on solar energy and leaving the world in darkness. Tesla must fight through Edison's army of robots and defeat his nemesis to bring the sun back.
We've been working on Tesla Tales since the fall of 2014 and it just keeps getting us more excited.
To date we have made tremendous progress. Our official (pre-alpha) teaser has been published showcasing many of the characters and the amazing visuals pixel art brings to Tesla Tales.
Another big accomplishment has been our internal tiling tool created to make the level design iteration process faster and simpler. This allows us ,as level designers, to spend more time coming up with ideas, keeping the game fun, and pushing the game forward to a faster completion.
Our library of sound tracks now totals 18 and many of the sound effects are complete for various weapons and actions within the game.
We are now up on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and our own website (www.fridgedoorgames.com). We continue to post new characters, sound tracks, and GIFs to these sites on a weekly basis.
We are putting in as much sweat equity (blood, sweat, and tears) as we can but there are just some things we need to fund that we can't do without your help. This includes legal work, accounting assistance, advertising and promotion. All these things will put us in a better position to bring the game to you as quickly as possible and allow us to concentrate on what counts thereby producing a great game for you, the player!
We are well on our way and we are committed to finishing this project. Join us in harnessing the final energy needed in the making of Tesla Tales and grab a cool reward tier along the way!
Here is the shirt for the ELECTRIFIED reward:
Risks and challenges
Risks abound in the making of any game. FridgeDoorGames has always maintained a close relationship with other studios, for just that reason. If we can't figure something out, we reach out to our peer studios, coders, musicians, and artists for their opinions and help. We have quickly learned that gaming studios are a close knit community more than willing to assist us with obstacles as we are to lend them a hand.
We have great in-house expertise but this established peer relationship with others provides added insurance that Tesla Tales will not be unduly held up by problematic glitches.
Other risks always include the need for additional funding but with a successful Kickstarter campaign we will have taken care of the major expenses out of our control. The rest is just sheer hard work!
- (30 days)