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Cowfrog StudiosBy Cowfrog Studios
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Cowfrog StudiosBy Cowfrog Studios
First created
$1,327
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
72
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 7 2013 1:13 AM UTC +00:00

About

What is Alacrity Mission?

An RPG pulling from a wide array of SNES inspirations to build a unique experience.

  • Science Fiction Survival Setting with light Horror Elements.
  • Twenty unique crew members, each with their own distinct action skills, strengths, and weaknesses, allowing for diverse puzzle solving and party composition strategy.
  • Permanent death of crew members immerses the player in the tension of narrowing options.
  • Limited Resources against overwhelming odds creates tension and forces the player to plan out their actions. Button mashing and careless choices will result in death.
  • A world stuffed full of secret items, hidden pathways, and lurking enemies delivered in a Metroidvania inspired collectible power-up system.
  • Strategy intensive turn-based battles with quick time events that involve the player in an active role during rounds.
  • Players are rewarded for playing to the bloody end with dozens of fully developed endings centered around how much they accomplished and who, if anyone, survives.
  • Fully involved new game+ allows players to reattempt the journey carrying over their previously discovered components.
  • High Difficulty to define the survival setting and reward players with a sense of satisfying accomplishment for their determination.

Updates

Update #8: Problem Solving

Update #7: Unlockables

Update #6: The Areas

Update #5: The Crew

Update #4: Action Skills

Update #3: Metroidvania Details!

Update #2: FAQ's added in response to questions we have received.

Update #1: Expanded Incentive List and Incentive Explanations

Story

In a distant future, mankind has journeyed into the stars. No longer capable of returning to their dead home-world, humanity dedicates its every resource to developing a stable means of long term survival. The answer comes in the form of small terraformed planets. At great expense and effort several of these worlds are carefully cultivated into automated farming plantations capable of sustaining the moderated population. Their deliveries of edible nutrition are paramount to sustaining the delicate supply of necessary resources. A complete system error occurs on one of these planets, Ambrosia. The cataclysmic results of losing one of these critical food generators are too great to ignore. A small team is dispatched immediately to deal with the problem as quickly as possible. Their small ship, designed for the fastest possible travel available, brings them to the planet without problems. They set down on the base and begin working to determine the cause of the damaged buildings and the power outage. Waiting for them in the shadows, a horde of mutated insects prepares its assault. The crew unwittingly wanders into their nest. The attack that follows leaves their ship incapable of flight. Now the twenty members of the crew must find a way to survive the horrors of Ambrosia. But how? Their ship needs repairs and the facility is crawling with insectoid monstrosities. Alacrity Mission is the story of their desperate attempt to survive.

The Game

An RPG experience with a heavy focus on survival and strategic use of your resources, Alacrity Mission strives to set the player into a science fiction horror themed setting with a unique story. Ammunition, supplies, and energy will all require careful consideration if you plan to survive the perilous scramble to recover parts to repair your ship.

The Crew

Twenty unique playable characters will be yours to choose from as you struggle to determine the best possible group to achieve your intended objective. Each player has his or her own skills, abilities, and tools available which can be used both in and out of combat in a variety of ways to help you uncover the secrets of Ambrosia and fight your way to survival. The crew consists of members from five castes including, Command, Security, Medical, Science, and Engineering.

Puzzles, Mystery, and Pathfinding

The facility and the surrounding areas on Ambrosia are not simply full of ravaging insect cannon fodder. Each area is full of puzzles of varying difficulty and complexity. Players might fight their way through a room full of swarming armored beetles to reach a key-code granting them access to a new area, or find a secret bypass and skip the door altogether. Patience and a little ingenuity will provide a lot of interesting means for progression. The enemies outnumber the crew and resources are limited. Careful thought should be taken to determine the best course of action. Fighting your way straight through the enemies may not be the wisest strategy. Repairing the ship isn’t the only objective. Perhaps the crew could determine the cause of the mutations or even put an end to it if they were to search enough and survive long enough to unravel the mystery.

Map

Eight large and complex areas are filled with their own challenges, puzzles, secrets, enemies, and bosses. Each of these areas connects with its neighbors in a variety of ways allowing for interesting workarounds and shortcuts.

Components

More than one hundred hidden collectible components serve to increase your crew’s strength in a Metroidvania style search and gather system where players will have to scour the darkest of holes seeking each and every hard to reach power up.

Battle

A turn-based battle system, with a heavy focus on strategy and timing, rewards careful planning while punishing button-mashing. Quick time button sequences and well-timed interactions could mean the difference between survival and an untimely death. The difficulty will be balanced high to create a real sense of survival and suspense. Permanent death of crew members will serve to drive the difficulty even higher.

New Game+

Dozens of fully developed endings wait hidden in the game to reward players for sticking it out to the bloody end--no matter how badly it goes. New Game+ will carry over the hidden components, power ups, and accomplishments from your previous playthroughs serving to increase the playability of repeat attempts and to gradually scale down the difficulty.

Awesome Music

Listen to some early renditions of in-game music.

Cold Storage

Vandal Proof (Combat)


Risks and challenges

As a small team, our biggest challenge will be time. Alacrity Mission is a large and ambitious project. There will, undoubtedly, be bumps in the road that will take longer than we expect to complete. However, we will strive to spend every day, until the inevitable release, hammering the iron until it is glowing hot.

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    [EARLY BACKER REWARD] COWFROG'S HOARD - Alacrity Mission Pre-order Digital Download. Digital Download of Alacrity Mission Soundtrack. Digital Download of full length Alacrity Mission Novel. Your name will be found somewhere in the Alacrity Mission universe’s unique lore. Art Pack Digital Download. Kickstarter Exclusive Closed Beta Access. Digital Download of Alacrity Mission Instruction Manual. Digital Download of EG-Suit User Manual. Standard Operating Procedure Handbooks for the five castes. Your name will be featured on the Cowfrog Studios Website on a special thank you page. Stretch Goal Unlockable: Digital Download of Alacrity Mission Strategy Guide. As an extra bit of incentive the top 20 highest paying backers will have the opportunity to name the crew members (names within reason). Thank you! Look for your name in the credits of the game.

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    Art Pack Digital Download.

    Kickstarter Exclusive Closed Beta Access.

    Digital Download of Alacrity Mission Instruction Manual.

    Digital Download of EG-Suit User Manual.

    Standard Operating Procedure Handbooks for the five castes.

    Your name will be featured on the Cowfrog Studios Website on a special thank you page.

    Stretch Goal Unlockable: Digital Download of Alacrity Mission Strategy Guide.

    As an extra bit of incentive the top 20 highest paying backers will have the opportunity to name the crew members (names within reason).

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