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A ridiculously fun 2D arcade game with NES aesthetics and today’s playability. This game is instant play, instant action, instant fun!
A ridiculously fun 2D arcade game with NES aesthetics and today’s playability. This game is instant play, instant action, instant fun!
A ridiculously fun 2D arcade game with NES aesthetics and today’s playability. This game is instant play, instant action, instant fun!
390 backers pledged $9,831 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE 16: PAYPAL! FOR THOSE LACKING A CREDIT CARD, NOW YOU CAN PLEDGE VIA PAYPAL!

Pledges made throught PayPal will be taken into account to reach the stretch goals!

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UPDATE 13: R.I.P. SATORU IWATA

UPDATE 11: THANK YOU! WE ARE FUNDED!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! :D
NOW ON TO THE STRETCH GOALS!! ;D

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You can also send us questions in Japanese, Spanish or German!

日本語でも質問があったら遠慮なく聞いてください! 

¡Podéis hacernos consultas también en español! 

Sie können uns Ihre Fragen gerne auch auf Deutsch stellen!

  • Nintendo NES looks, modern playability! 
  • Side-scrolling action game: Mega Man meets Ghouls ‘n Ghosts with some Castlevania touches 
  • Play in a Hole New World. That is, get into an upside-down world through holes 
  • 2D pixelated love 
  • Chiptune music 
  • Impossible boss battles against huge monsters 
  • PC / MAC / LINUX / ...

We would love to see the game released with the superb quality of music Zack Parrish is famous for (you’ll be able to choose from NES, SNES and orchestrated version to play the game). Also, we would like to release the game in as many game platforms as possible.

If we get more funding, we will add an extreeeeme hard mode, the ability for the 2nd Player to control Fäy and we will make more artwork for the manual (probably a mini comic will be included).

And last but not least, should we reach the highest stretch goal, we will make the 16-bit version of the graphics so you can choose between NES and SNES versions. The same thing you can do with the soundtrack.

The goddess that created the world is sad. The world is full of evil and so she decides to split the world in two, separating and locking all evil away from the peaceful half. The world blessed by the goddess of creation now lives in peace. But then, one day the evil forces find their way to "A Hole New World"…

Assume the role of the Potion Master and his companion Fäy through different worlds in their quest to send all the demons back to their own dimension as they gain new powers and discover the ultimate fate of their lives.

The game is a 2D game inspired by Nintendo NES games like Mega man, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and Castlevania. It’s very easy to learn because of its “Jump” & “Shoot” type of controls, in fact it’s so easy that you can even play with an NES controller (using a USB adapter). However, it is full of possibilities: fire up, down, in diagonal and use your fairy’s powers!

 We have planned 5 different stages in which action takes place right side up and upside down. Getting through holes you change between two worlds: your world and the one the enemies came from.

2 x 5 levels
2 x 5 levels

 You’ll be collecting 5 different cores that will give you new powers and help you fix the world. Not only you, but also your companion Fäy will gain new abilities. Attacks include the basic potions The Potion Master used to make, potions with the power of the thunder, ice&fire potions and many more!

The 5 cores
The 5 cores

The game features strong bosses through the 5 planned stages and even some mid-stage bosses. There are also several endings planned and a New Game + where you can change how the story unfolds!

The development of the game started at Ludum Dare 30 where we did the game over a weekend and we got to be 50th out of a 1000 in the overall score ranking. You can currently download it but please remember it was made in only two days.

Since people seemed to like it, and we liked it too, we decided to make it a bigger and better game. We would love to make the game playable in game consoles, so we are planning on porting the game from Java+libGDX to Unity 5.

The whole game is drawn as fine pixel art, using just the 48 colors + 6 greys palette of the NES (plus 6 extra colors). 

The screen resolution is about the same as the NES adapted to a widescreen aspect ratio. However, for awesomeness reasons, we are not limiting the number or size of the sprites on screen.

And for concept art and illustrations like the game cover or the instruction manual we count on the talent of Sea Snail Studios' Juan Muñoz Medina.

Juan is a flexible artist whose main interests are: comic, cinema and video games. He draws colourful illustrations with a relaxed style using characters of any size or shape.

Sketches by Juan Muñoz Medina
Sketches by Juan Muñoz Medina

We are doing 3 interchangeable Full OSTs for this game!

  • NES OST
  • SNES OST
  • Zack Parrish OST (Stretch goal. Orchestra-quality instruments)

You can select which one do you want to use in the menu before starting the game. They will be based in the same melodies but each of them will have its own character and personality.

The original Audio of the game was synthesised completely using Famitracker, a program that emulates the NES chipsound, therefore only 5 channels were used: 2 squares channels, 1 saw channel, 1 noise channel and 1 DPCM channel (we are not using this one at the moment, maybe in the future?) Example of the NES music:

A Hole New World OST - Let's finish this, Fäy!

Then we decided it would cool to have a SNES version of the music! This OST tries to emulate some of the most popular SNES games samples using virtual instruments. It uses only 7 channels (the last of the 8 channels in SNES was reserved for sfx) and the only effect used is a little bit of reverb in some parts (which you could do on the SNES chip). It was sequenced using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Super A Hole New World OST - Let's finish this, Fäy!:

You can also check Daniel's Soundcloud here

After that we decided it would be even cooler to have an orchestral version of the music! We love the music of Valdis Story so we contacted with Zack Parrish and asked him to make an additional OST. If we reach the first stretch goal he will do a super cool soundtrack using orchestral instruments, synthesizers and electric guitars!

Zack Parrish is the award winning composer of Valdis Story. He comes from a small town in Tennessee and he has been producing awesome music for quite some time. Here is an example of his music:

UPDATE 3: All backers of $20 tiers and above will get one downloadable copy of the game on a platform of their choice (WiiU / XBOX ONE / PSVita / PS4) if we reach the stretch goal of the chosen platform.  

UPDATE 7: The first 100 backers of $30 tiers and above will get a downloadable copy of Valdis Story OST courtesy of Zack Parrish.

$1 - THANK YOU 

Our “holehearted” gratitude, get updates on the development and a cool Wallpaper!

$7 - THE GAME EARLY BIRD  /  $9 - THE GAME

Wallpaper + DRM-Free Digital Copy of A Hole New World + Steam key

$10 - THE GAME SUPPORTER EARLY BIRD  /  $12 THE GAME SUPPORTER

Wallpaper + DRM-Free Digital Copy of A Hole New World + Steam key + PDF instruction booklet

$15 - CREDITS!

Wallpaper + DRM-Free Digital Copy of A Hole New World + Steam key + PDF instruction booklet + Appear in the credits

$20 - EXCLUSIVE

Wallpaper + DRM-Free Digital Copy of A Hole New World + Steam key + PDF instruction booklet + Appear in the credits + Exclusive In Game Special Attack

$25 - YOU WANT IT NOW!

Wallpaper + DRM-Free Digital Copy of A Hole New World + Steam key + PDF instruction booklet + Appear in the credits + Exclusive In Game Special Attack + Access to the beta from day 1 and the forums

$30 - MUSIC ADDICT

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + Access to the beta from day 1 and the forums + NES OST + SNES OST + Zack Parrish OST (if we reach the stretch goal)

$50 - THE TILE ARTIST

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Create two 16x16 pixels tiles that will be featured in the special level. (tile subject to developer approval)

$100 - PHYSICAL

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Tiles + Physical copy of the game & OSTs

$150 - BE IN THE GAME (NPC)

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Tiles + Physical copy of the game & OSTs + We will make an animated pixel art NPC inside the game based on your description (designs subject to developer approval) + Your portrait in the credits

 $200 - BE IN THE GAME (BRAVE NPC)

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Tiles + Physical copy of the game & OSTs + We will make an animated pixel art NPC with more frames based on your description (designs subject to developer approval). Will fight for our hero + Your portrait in the credits

$300 - BE IN THE GAME (HUMAN-SIZE DEMON)

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Tiles + Physical copy of the game & OSTs + We will make a demon (human-size) based on your description. You define his A.I and how he interacts with the main character. Give us your ideas and we’ll make your dream come true (designs subject to developer approval) + Your portrait in the credits

$500 - BE IN THE GAME (ARCH-DEMON)

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Tiles + Physical copy of the game & OSTs + We will make a demon (Arch-Demon size) based on your description. You define his A.I and how he interacts with the main character. Give us your ideas and we’ll make your dream come true (designs subject to developer approval) + Your portrait in the credits

$1000 - THE BOSS

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Tiles + Physical copy of the game & OSTs + We will make a Boss based on your description. You define his A.I. and all his attacks. Give us your ideas and we’ll make your dream come true (designs subject to developer approval) + Your portrait in the credits

$1500 - THE ARCHITECT

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Tiles + Physical copy of the game & OSTs + Design the secret level. Give us your ideas and we’ll make your dream come true (designs subject to developer approval) + Your portrait in the credits

$2000 - THE POTION MASTER

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Tiles + Physical copy of the game & OSTs + Design a new secret weapon! Give us your ideas and we’ll make your dream come true. (designs subject to developer approval) + Your portrait in the credits

$3500 - THE KING

DC game + Steam + PDF + Credits + Attack + beta/forums + OSTs + Tiles + Physical copy of the game & OSTs + Party in Cádiz (Spain). Get to meet the team. We’ll show you around. Get to eat the best food and drink the best wines. (Flight not included) + Your super portrait in the credits + Your name in the credits as Executive Producer

PHYSICAL REWARDS

All $100 tiers and above include a physical copy of the game, instruction booklet and the soundtracks.

Please note: these images might not represent the actual design of the final version.
Please note: these images might not represent the actual design of the final version.

Daniel Pellicer (programming / music composition) Likes music, books, martial arts and games. He learns piano and works as a software developer in the Automotive industry. Loves Mega man.

Juan Jesús Ligero (sprites art / animation) Loves pixels, comics, animation & old action / martial arts movies. Also teaches Taichi in his spare time. His tone alarm is True Survivor and loves Castlevania.

Miguel Murat (game design) Making games since school days, started working in the videogames industry 10 years ago. Plays Go, studies Japanese and loves Ghouls ‘n Ghosts.

Collaborators: Alicia Guardeño (artist), Álvaro Fernández (artist), Alejandro González (artist), Alfonso Hidalgo (libgdx master), Bruno Alba (webmaster), Víctor Ramírez (GNU/Linux guru), Sergio Rubio (Unity consultant), Juan Medina (illustrator), Zack Parrish (music composer).

This project started as a game we did over a weekend for Ludum Dare 30. Since people liked it we continued developing the game but found that, even though we work on the game for free (we’ve been supporting ourselves through our day jobs or personal savings), there are some things we need to pay for like software licenses and taxes.

That’s where we ask you for some help.

Funding split
Funding split

We would like to release the game on as many platforms as possible (please check the stretch goals) so we’ve partnered with some companies that will help us with the release of the game in different platforms keeping costs as low as possible. Still, we will have to pay for a few things like translations or the pricey rating systems.

Please help us make this game a reality!

Risks and challenges

If you compare our Kickstarter campaign with almost any other similar Kickstarter, you’ll find we’ve tried to keep it super low while relying more on the stretch goals. We have thought about this and we think we can pay all the game production costs that we cannot assume with our time and capabilities.

The process of porting the game to Unity should be pretty straightforward, but it may take longer than expected. However we’ve got a big chunk of the game (maps, art, music…) that is already done regardless of the platform, which is a relief.

Hopefully we’re offering a set of tiers and rewards varied enough so that everybody can find a comfortable way of contributing and supporting the creation of this game.

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