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Rogue Star Rescue

Bullet-Hell Insanity + Tower Defense Strategy. A breath of fresh air for roguelike games.

Rogue Star Rescue

Bullet-Hell Insanity + Tower Defense Strategy. A breath of fresh air for roguelike games.

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***As soon as our project is successfully backed, we'll send you a digital copy of the game!***  

 It's time to bring roguelites to the next level! Rogue Star Rescue is a unique mix of bullet hell roguelite shooters and tower defense games. We're adding strong strategy elements to the all-out insanity of bullet hell shooters. 

Stylistically we're breaking away from traditional dark-dungeony themes by making bright and accessible retro-style graphics. Do you remember the first time you played Sonic the Hedgehog? We're incorporating that feeling of visual splendor and wonder. It's much more refreshing than crawling around in the same old dank dungeons.

The action is smooth, the gameplay is challenging, the story is complex and nonlinear. It's a game you'll get sucked into, and will end up spending months exploring the multiple intricacies and outcomes. Keeping the game fun well past the 100-hour mark is our core design focus.

 Each level in RSR is split into two phases, the Exploration phase and the Defence phase. The traps and weapons gathered in the Exploration phase are crucial to your success in the Defense phase.

Step 1 - Explore 

Explore diverse alien planets in the galaxy carefully. Each is procedurally generated from hundreds of hand crafted rooms. Gather crucial resources to defend your objective during the defense sequence. Blast through enemies to earn coins, guns, passive items, synergies, and traps. 

Step 2 - Plan

Position and upgrade your traps strategically for the oncoming enemy assault. You must find a balance between defense and over-defense, overusing your resources too early can be a fatal mistake. Analyze the defense room's landscape and place your traps in a way that takes advantage of narrow corridors, exposed openings, deadly pits, and powerful defence pods.

Step 3 - Survive

Once the traps are placed, the enemies come out attacking in waves. The enemies target both you and the defense objective you're trying to protect. If either are destroyed, it's game over. Strategically work to fight off enemies alongside your traps. The attack waves conclude with a powerful mini-boss, that you'll need a lot of firepower to stop. 

 Games like this are better with friends. Connect with our community online to explore the RSR galaxy with up to 4 people simultaneously! You won't find this feature in the other popular roguelite shooters. Progress with your friends and unlock the secrets of the galaxy as a team. Along with exclusive multiplayer content, there will always be something new to discover.

It's galactic doomsday. A massive Rogue Star has formed from the cosmos and is on a direct collision path with your galaxy. It threatens to vaporize everything. Leaders from planets around the galaxy have assembled a top team of fighters to stop the Rogue Star at all costs.

The evil aliens from the neighbouring galaxy of Uron see the Rogue Star as an opportunity to destroy their longtime rivals. They learn of the team assembled to prevent it, and rush to their galaxy to stop their plans, while the Rogue Star inches ever closer...

Time marches forward, the cosmos regress. A Rogue Star is born with intentions unset. The chaos that forms, in the gasses and smoke, for what it consumes, is left up to hope...
Time marches forward, the cosmos regress. A Rogue Star is born with intentions unset. The chaos that forms, in the gasses and smoke, for what it consumes, is left up to hope...

Choose which planets to travel to and make important decisions that decide the fate of the galaxy! Depending on the path you take, there are over a hundred different outcomes. 

The Rogue Star can destroy the entire galaxy, be reflected to the enemy's galaxy, swallowed by a black hole, sent far away through a galactic wormhole, and dozens of other possibilities in between. It's really up to you to make the right decisions based on the outcome you want to see, and who you want to rescue.

Our Galaxy is a collection of diverse planets with exotic inhabitants. Explore planets such as; Terra, Tropical Island Beach, Steampunk Air Fortress, Frozen Glacier, Dry Wasteland, Fiery Volcano, Nuclear Test Site, Haunted Graveyard and many others.

The map of the galaxy is always expanding, with mysteries and surprises waiting around every cover.

 The environment is randomly procedurally generated by our advanced level generation algorithm. This means that every playthrough of the game will look different. Each level contains 10-25 rooms, showing over a hundred unique rooms during one play through. The algorithm randomly connects pre-designed rooms from an inventory of thousands.

Each planet has its own individual art and feeling. We put great effort into creating art not only for the interior of the rooms but also for the backgrounds and exteriors. Moreover, the environment is alive, with moving floors, dangerous pits, and animated objects, which greatly adds to the feeling of immersion.

Choose from one of the elite team members with a unique set of special abilities, each with a personal drive to save their home planet from annihilation. You won't be able to stop the Rogue Star alone. Rescue your teammates along the way and they'll fight beside you against the evil aliens. Your quest is interactive and full of hilarious dialogue, not another lonely solo-mission.

 Starting with simple slugs that are easy to defeat, and ending with well-armoured dangerous robots, you will need to fight against hundreds of enemies before you face the final boss. Additionally each level has a powerful mini-boss at the end of it, adding to the difficulty of the Defense phase.

 Discover and unlock hundreds of unique items! We're thrilled to present a wide variety of guns from advanced space weaponry, to historical weapons, and everything in between. On top of carrying the main gun, you will have an arsenal of powerful grenades ready at the tap of a button. If that already isn't enough firepower, then you can...

We're making a custom editor that will allow you to build your own weapons, based on handy templates we provide (No coding required!) . Adjust every detail of the gun from it's appearance, to fire speed and damage, and all the special attributes such as explosive payloads and electric zaps. You'll even be able to share your custom creations with your friends in co-op play. We're looking forward to the awesome creations you'll come up with!

 Item synergies are also vital to your success. Strategically acquire specific combinations of guns and items that enable bonus attributes. These can be powerful, so knowing what items to buy really gives you an advantage.

 Level Up! Unlike traditional roguelikes, we've added a persistent leveling up system. With each level you earn attribute points that can improve strength, speed, damage, health, and luck. The more you fight, the more experience points you earn, the stronger you get. Build your player wisely. 

The core mechanics and physics of Rogue Star Rescue have been finely tuned to be responsive, satisfying, and most importantly... fun! With all the other layers in game design, this is the most critical.

Our hero is fast moving and agile, the game moves quick as you blast through enemies and dodge bullets. The guns and shooting are also carefully designed to be as satisfying as possible. We've devoted great attention to the controller vibrations, sounds, and visual feedback mechanisms. Certain combinations of guns can even be dual wielded!

Unique to the genre, we've added the ability to jetpack jump. This allows you to go over obstacles, and it temporarily provides protection against the raining enemy bullets. The controller vibrations have been finely tuned so that you can tell when jetpacking starts and finishes strictly on the haptic feedback of the vibrations. These type of small details go a long way in making a great feeling game.

 While exploring each planet the player must gather traps and resources to face an epic mini-boss and his waves of minions at the end of each level. Strategically placed traps slow, block, push, spike, burn, freeze and shoot at enemies. Traps can be upgraded to make themselves stronger, and specialized attributes can be chosen based on your player type. Managing trap inventory and usage intelligently is critical to your success in the game, especially during the later levels.

Also unique to the genre, we've implemented powerful attack pods that you can enter and blast enemies with. The attack pods shoot two guns simultaneously and protects against a finite amount of damage. 

 We take the audio component of Rogue Star Rescue very seriously and, in collaboration with composer René Breitbarth, we’re sculpting an expansive Original Soundtrack for the game. We're making top-notch music that will hopefully be enjoyed for many years to come.

Each planet has its own theme and variations for the final boss rooms. In addition to the main level songs, the final OST will include a start screen theme, end theme, and interludes. Back our project to receive a digital copy of the soundtrack before the game's full release!

 Full Release

The full release of Rogue Star Rescue will be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux in June 2020. It will be available for the major consoles; Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in the Autumn of 2020.

Early Access

The first alpha version of the game was released on Steam and itch.io in March 2019. Since then we have been committing major updates every two weeks. Backers who chose the Steam delivery option will get immediate access to the alpha, and can follow the game's progress week by week.

 The game is going to be fully available in 10 languages. Currently we are using AI translations, however once the dialogue is finalized we will have everything translated by native speakers. 

 Our small team of 5 is taking on an ambitious project. We see Kickstarter as a great way to raise the funds needed for development PLUS get valuable feedback from our community. We don't want to make this game in a corner alone. Having you actively involved in our development is going to make a much better game. 

Up until now the game's development has been completely funded by our own personal savings. If we reach our funding goal we'll have the resources to make sure every detail is covered. We don't want to cut any corners. This project has been a lifelong dream of ours, and we're going to make sure every pixel is perfect. We are aiming for the top with this one, and we know we can't make the best game in the genre alone. With your support we can make this dream a reality, and we can all enjoy playing it for many years to come.

Risks and challenges

We're 110% devoted to the successful completion of Rogue Star Rescue, however there are some things that could be out of our control. We are already actively released on Steam Early Access, however negotiations with the major console companies could produce delays. We are budgeting an extra 6 months time for release on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and XBOX one. However this could be delayed even further, it is difficult to estimate timelines when dealing with major corporations. In any case you will be the first to know about any developments or delays, and we greatly appreciate your patience.

If we hit our funding goal, our risks are actually quite low for this project. We have a top-notch team with all the expertise and experience needed to make this happen. We have a strong track record of releasing our updates on time (major game update on Steam every two weeks). And most importantly we are all super excited to be making a game of this calibre.

Help us hit our funding goal and we can ensure the success of Rogue Star Rescue. Thank you for taking the time to consider this unique and captivating project. We're looking forward to sharing this journey with you!

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