We've just reached our second and FINAL STRETCH GOAL!!! :D
This is so awesome, and we've really been hoping to make this happen. THANKS everyone for giving TJD3 the best damn soundtrack imaginable!
We've also added a brand new reward to the campaign: Name-A-Henchman
The new reward comes with it's own Henchmania-tier which is in-between Underland Explorer and Punkadelic. You can read more about it in the latest campaign update.
In a shady corner of Kingsport Bay...
...at the outskirts of St Armando, Bwana and his trusted sidekick Kito struggle to make ends meet at their run-down gas station. Little do they know that the search for a lost journal will lead them to forgotten secrets of the mysterious Underland.
The Journey Down is a classic point & click adventure game in three chapters. The first two chapters are already finished and the third (and final) chapter is on its way - but it needs your support!
Pledge $24 or more for THE COMPLETE TRILOGY! Best. Deal. Ever.
The first chapter (released in 2012) is set in the outskirts of St Armando where Bwana, the game's main protagonist, is approached by a mysterious woman from Agibo University. Little do they know that they are about to be thrown into a spine-tingling adventure that will take them far from home and right into a twisting plot of corruption and danger.
In the second chapter (released in 2014) the plot thickens as our heroes plunge down into the mist below the Edge and wind up in the foggy and treacherous town of Port Artue where they find themselves cornered by pirates and on the run from the law.
The final chapter will be the most bombastic part of the series and we promise it will be an absolute over-the-top experience that you will remember with much joy. We want you to think back to The Journey Down with the same warm nostalgia that you have for those classic games from the 90s. And one day, a long time from now, you will look back on this very day and say to yourself: "Damn I'm glad I spent my hard earned cash to shape video game history".
The story and design for Chapter Three is already in place and we're really excited to start actual production. We know every location, character and puzzle that will be there and we know just how we want to put it all together.
The third chapter will cover more ground than the previous chapters so expect a wide variety of locations and landscapes. Rather than having the story revolve around a central geographical point, the game will carry the player through the environments and places that haven't been seen before.
If you're a point & click adventure nerd like us, then it should come as no surprise that LucasArts is our main source of inspiration for The Journey Down. We're huge fans of the old games of the genre, especially the Monkey Island series and Grim Fandango that stand out as unique and pioneering pieces of video game history.
The other main inspiration for The Journey Down can be found in sub-saharan African patterns, fabrics, carvings and traditional masks. The styles used are influenced by many different tribes, but particularly from the Makonde and Chokwe tribes.
Below are musical samples from the first two games' award winning soundtracks. Music for the third Chapter will mainly be produced by Jamie Salisbury, who wrote much of the music for Chapter Two.
Add-on is when you put in a higher pledge than what is your chosen reward tier requires. If say, you choose the 200 SEK "digital trilogy"-tier but pledge 500 SEK, then you have 300 SEK left to spend on add-ons.
When the campaign is about to finish, we'll send out a backer survey where you can specify which add-on you want us to send you. Don't forget to take shipping costs into account if you're going for a physical add-on. Shipping costs are specified for each add-on separately.
Pretty sweet, huh? But if you're missing anything in particular, or if you have suggestions about the tiers and rewards, please let us know in the comments! We'll try to create new add-ons based on backer feedback and criticism as the campaign goes on.
Important: We can't guarantee that all rewards will look exactly like this because we have no way of hooking up all printing details before the campaign has been successfully funded.
It's hard to make ends meet as an independent developer. We've lived cheap as hell the past couple of years - and don't regret it for a second - but reality is a rough lover and now we really need some outside help to afford this final stretch.
To be clear, the amount we ask for this campaign does not cover all the costs for creating the trilogy. It doesn't even cover all the costs for Chapter Three. Actually, we've already covered most costs ourselves using money from previous sales and occasional contract work coming our way. Yes, we do sell ourselves to other game studios now and then..
TL;DR: Give us a hand with the final chapter and we'll give you the entire trilogy dirt cheap :)
So who are these three geeks from Sweden anyways? Well, we started making games together ten years ago and we love it more for every day. We've been working from many different places over the years but you can usually find us somewhere in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Risks and challenges
Having produced the first two chapters of the series, we feel very confident that we know what it takes - and that we have what it takes - to finish production of the final chapter. That said, one should always be aware that unexpected situations may arise and that, regardless of how well you plan your production schedule, you may come across severe problems that could potentially turn the project on its head.
In the case of SkyGoblin, which is an independent studio, there are not many external factors to take into account. However, the simple fact that it is developed by a small team means that every team member is essential to keep up production, and consequently, the production loss from a single team member can result in delays for the entire project. We have taken this into account in the production schedule to accommodate for "hickups" that may occur along the way, but there is always a risk of delays.
The biggest risk - that we'll end up making a new trilogy after this one - is something you'll have to live with :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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