This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, June 14 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.
Twisty Little Passages is a solo game book that is a unique blend of puzzle and dungeon crawler in a classic tabletop fantasy adventure setting. It features a multi-chapter campaign story that progresses through a series of over two dozen illustrated dungeon maps, where each area is a hand-crafted puzzle. Fight monsters, acquire keys to open doors, get life-boosting elixirs, powerful equipment and enchanted items, and defeat the boss at the end of each level. Use your wits to find the right path through each area and survive. Solve each puzzle to move forward with the story.
Twisty Little Passages is a game of full-color, fully-illustrated thematic puzzles. Engage your imagination in a series of dungeon crawls and enjoy the experience of interacting with a real book at the same time. Play it easily wherever you go!
If you like puzzles, mazes and dungeon crawl adventures, you'll find this a uniquely engaging experience!
Special challenge areas will contain an extended layout, with multiple story pages tied to epic two-page map spreads.
To play, you draw right on the laminated dungeon maps with a fine-tipped dry-erase pen to track your progress as you explore, find treasure, track stats and inventory, defeat enemies and uncover the secrets of solving each area. Survive each puzzle without getting stuck or running out of health. It may require multiple attempts to find the solution to a puzzle, and it's easy to restart your progress by wiping the page to start again.
BONUS MATERIAL: We're including a section in the back of the book with spoiler-resistant progressive hints for all the puzzles to keep difficulty balanced for all players, plus another section with full solutions.
Rules of play
Prototype rules for download (PDF)
2-page print and play version of demo Puzzles 1-1 and 1-2
Each area is a standalone puzzle. New game elements and mechanics will be steadily introduced and puzzles will become increasingly challenging and complex as you progress.
More early puzzles will be unlocked to preview and play as the campaign progresses!
Demo Puzzle 1-3: Unlocks at 90% funded
Demo Puzzle 1-4: Unlocks at 100% funded
Demo Puzzle 1-5: Unlocks at 110% funded
There are 25 puzzles (plus any added stretch goals) total in the book. After the introductory puzzles shown off in the first chapter, each puzzle thereafter gets larger, increasingly more involved, and more complex. Get ready to put on your thinking caps! We designed each puzzle to be played in about a single sitting. Expect to play through each puzzle for around 30-60 minutes, though some especially challenging areas can take longer. You can pause and continue play at any time.
(More content will be added here soon!)
(Minor puzzle spoilers)
Rahdo runs through puzzle #5, providing an engaging experience of what solving one of the final introductory puzzles in the book is like:
Gamer's Remorse plays through puzzles #1, #2 and part of #4 and provides a nice review segment (starting at 18:45):
One Stop Co-op Shop reads through the backstory and plays through puzzle #4 (starting at 5:23):
Twisty Little Passages is Floship Certified.
We will be using Backerkit as our post-campaign fulfillment suite and pre-order management platform, through which additional copies may be obtained following the campaign up until the time the final product is ready to be manufactured and prepared for shipping.
Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter finishes, close to the time the finished product is being prepared to ship, based on actual costs incurred to ship and will be collected via BackerKit. This allows us to charge fairly for all backers and avoid a 'one size fits all' mentality to shipping.
Estimated shipping cost per copy:
US - $6-7
UK - $8-15
EU (others) - $12-16
Australia - $14-16
Canada - $16-20
All others* - $15-25
Final price will depend on the ultimate package weight, which can be affected by the inclusion of bonus and stretch goals.
For orders of multiple units, it is anticipated there will be a reduced shipping price per unit, as low as half of shipping a single unit. This will ultimately depend on your specific order.
Our goal is maximize the value we provide you while keeping production and shipping overhead as low as possible. See the FAQ for more details on shipping considerations.
* We will not ship to Russia, the Ukraine and certain places in Asia and the rest of the world where shipping is problematic, except for specially-made arrangements wherein the Backer takes the risk involved in receiving the package.
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Risks and challenges
We've completed all of the core puzzle content and story for the book and are rigorously playtesting it.
We've produced a preview prototype of the first chapter of the puzzles and story, which we have shared with early reviewers and you can view reaction to in the linked videos. We're raising funds via Kickstarter to generate and assess interest, complete production of the remaining illustration and deliver the highest-quality finished product possible.
We've been careful to keep this Kickstarter campaign as simple as possible to ensure that we can deliver the rewards at a level of quality that we can be proud of.
We will stay in communication with you throughout the project. Your interest and contribution is valued and appreciated!
As producer of six major game titles and a dozen expansions published over 15 years, we have solid experience in finishing, producing and delivering quality products. We have a clear plan for budget and timeline to produce and deliver this book at a high level of quality. Our plans include logistics partnering to able to deliver at scale, matching the demand we receive during the campaign.
As soon as the project is funded, we will apply the raised funds to the successful completion of the book and preparing and submitting it for printing. There is some flexibility in the shipping date based on production scheduling and issues, but I am confident in completing production and delivering this unique experience into your hands in early 2020. Our personal challenge goal is to have the book in your hands by the end of this year.
Stretch goals are being designed so that we can produce and deliver them in line with our published expectations around timing and shipping costs.
Though additional copies may be available at retail price following the campaign, our initial print run will be focused primarily on fulfilling rewards pledged on Kickstarter and there will be no guarantee of subsequent print runs providing general retail availability.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter