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Embark on a wild adventure set in the midst of a rebellion against a totalitarian regime in this new take on the cinematic platformer.
Embark on a wild adventure set in the midst of a rebellion against a totalitarian regime in this new take on the cinematic platformer.
2,824 backers pledged CA$ 81,655 to help bring this project to life.

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Lunark is a 2D cinematic platformer in the vein of '80s and '90s classics such as Prince of Persia and Flashback. Run, jump, hang, climb, roll, and shoot your way through mysterious alien ruins, a flying penitentiary, a high-tech megalopolis, and a majestic forest.

ALPHA GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE:

The game is at approximatively 15% through development. The purpose of the alpha footage below is to show Leo's move-sets and animations, some of the levels and the sound design. The UI is far from final and I'm working on new textboxes (improving the readability and including the portraits).  

I hope it'll give you a feel of the game's ambiance.

As Earth became inhospitable, Noah, an AI whose sole purpose was to preserve humanity, was created. Noah chose the Moon as humanity's Ark - renamed Lunark - using it as a ship to evacuate a handful of chosen ones to the nearest superhabitable planet. Unfortunately, whether the planet was inhabited or not was not part of Noah’s programming.

Centuries later, you play as Leo, an orphan rejected for being… different. You'll retrace your origins in the midst of a rebellion against the totalitarian regime of Lunark, and meet a wide cast of colorful characters, stuck on either side of the escalating conflict. 

I've designed Lunark as a homage to cinematic platformers while bringing modernity to a lot of the core aspects: The controls are responsive and intuitive and the progression system generous. The game is meant to feel fresh while being nostalgic. Lunark is also an adventure focused on delivering a thrilling narrative with explosive moments.

Sums up my main inspirations quite well...
Sums up my main inspirations quite well...

The game will be available Nintendo Switch, PC (Windows) & Mac (OsX) in English, French, and Spanish. I hope to be able to add even more platforms and languages depending on how well the campaign and development goes. A survey will be sent to backers upon release to confirm platform choices.

You have no idea what a 2D cinematic platformer is?

“Cinematic platformers are action-adventure platformers with a strong emphasis on realism, cinematic presentation, detailed character animations, [...] and a minimalistic approach to storytelling”. (“The Cinematic Platformer Compendium” by itchyander)

Just like the fantastic games from which Lunark draws its inspirations, I use rotoscoping for the cutscenes’ animation (tracing over motion picture or 3D footage).

  • Every backer counts! Your name will be in the game's credits and you'll get the "Backer" role on the Discord Channel.
  • Get a DIGITAL COPY of the GAME for Nintendo Switch, PC/Mac (Steam or DRM-Free) or for the platform of your choice available on release (to be specified in the post-KS survey).
  • You'll get the previous reward as well!
  • In addition to the GAME, you'll get LUNARK’S DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK, a WALLPAPER PACK (Desktop and Mobile), a DIGITAL MANUAL.
  • You'll get the previous reward as well!
  • You'll get YOUR NAME HIDDEN IN THE LEVELS!
  • What does it mean? When you walk past the door of an apartment (or prison cell, war memorial, etc.), the player will have the opportunity to press the action button and your name will appear in the dialog box!
  • You'll get the previous reward as well!
  • You want to make someone happy or play on different systems? You'll get 2 DIGITAL COPIES of the GAME!
  • I'll send you a physical numbered POSTCARD with a personalized thank you message!
  • Your name will appear in the credits' SUPERBACKER's section.
  • You'll inherit the "SuperBacker" Role on the Discord Channel!
  • You'll get the previous reward as well!
  • ⚠️ Limited reward!
  • You (or your loved one, your pet...) are gonna BE IN THE GAME as a non-playable character (NPC). It includes a 16 pixels tall MODEL as well as a 26*26 pixels PORTRAIT! (In the final version, the portraits are gonna be displayed in the dialog boxes)
  • You'll get 3 DIGITAL COPIES of the GAME!
  • You'll get the previous reward as well!
  • ⚠️ Limited reward!
  • You're gonna help me design one of the numerous FLYING VEHICLES present in the game's backgrounds.
  • You'll get the previous reward as well!

My name is Johan Vinet, husband, and father of two. I'm originally from France but now live in Montreal, Canada. Although I've worked for several years as a graphic designer, you may know me as a pixel artist and animator in the independent video game industry or even have seen that little red-haired guy running on twitter. I've contributed to a dozen games such as Flinthook, Shovel Knight Showdown, Adventure Time, Mercenary Kings Reloaded and Rivals of Aether.

Prince of Persia, Another World (aka Out of This World) and particularly Flashback have made a significant impact on me as a kid. Seeking to recreate the special feeling conveyed by these games, I started working on Lunark in my spare time. Given the enthusiasm around the project and how my passion grew about it, it became obvious to me that this game had to see the light. In September 2018, I took the leap and decided to quit my job to start my own independent studio: Canari Games Inc.

I was 7 years old when I started music theory and have never stopped playing and composing since. Everything you hear in Lunark comes from me, music and SFX included. Yet, I’m also enthusiastic about working with other collaborators on Lunark's OST depending on how well the campaign does! 

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With your support, my goal is to be able to remain fully independent throughout this venture; without having to look for other contracts or business partners, and allowing me to work with talented collaborators. I really hope to fully realize this personal vision that I have for Lunark, knowing full well that there's an audience craving for this kind of game. 

So this is why I need you: for allowing me to create the best version of Lunark possible.

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> Thanks to illustrator Justin Chan for his amazing cover art! 
> Everything shown is pre-alpha footage, subject to change (for the better!) in the final version.

Risks and challenges

Lunark is already at an advanced stage of its design and is being developed with GameMaker Studio 2, a long-proven engine behind some well-known titles such as Undertale, Hyper Light Drifter and Nuclear Throne.
As for me, I've been a successful freelancer since 2005, participated in the production of a dozen video games and worked for 4 years at Tribute Games where I was closely involved in several aspects of Flinthook and Mercenary Kings Reloaded's release.
Whether on Twitter or Patreon, I've always been committed to sharing my work, which is why I'm gonna be totally transparent about the progress and any challenges I'll be facing. After all, Lunark won't be real without your help.

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