Creature Keeper is all about the creatures, so make your friends stand out more with Creature Accessories! Stat enhancing creature equipment is planned, but with a little extra effort I can make some equipment visible on the creatures themselves!
I think about the games industry sometimes and all of the passionate people that I've met throughout the years. I'm hoping to inspire more of these wonderful people to follow their dreams, and I think having a female character to play as is a good way to help!
==> Creature Keeper Demo3 (free) is out now at itch.io! <==
The free demo will be updated throughout the Kickstarter. Feedback and suggestions are very welcome at the Creature Keeper Discord community. There will be no public updates to the demo after the Kickstarter ends. To access further updates, consider backing at the Alpha / Beta Tier. You get an extra copy of Creature Keeper as well!
Creature Keeper is a top-down action-adventure RPG where you can befriend wild creatures and raise them to fight alongside you! Scout the creatures of the world and build up your dream team! Cook foods to strengthen your creatures and craft trinkets from the materials grown in your pocket garden. Learn skills from your strongest to help you take on bigger creatures.
Creature Keeper is inspired by many games to make the creatures and combat shine. From the Zelda, Rune Factory, and Diablo games; to Path of Exile, and Ragnarok Online.
- 50 Unique creatures to befriend and fight alongside with. Assemble your dream team from the ground up!
- A polished combat system built upon fluid animations and tight controls.
- A variety of weapons, skills, and magic to customize your playstyle with.
- The Pocket Garden : A farm on the go. Grow ingredients, buffs, equipment, and more without ever needing to return to town. Useful both inside and out of combat!
- A cooking system, based on creatures' tastes, to power up creatures! Learn recipes from eating foods and as you level your cooking skills.
- The Bestiary : More knowledge = more power! Raising or fighting creatures will level up Bestiary Entries which grant descriptions, notes, skills, player stats and more
- Colorful, fluidly-animated sprites interacting in hand-designed environments.
- Original music and sound design done by the same person making the gameplay and art - me!
- Community Backed Development : Creature Keeper has a set direction already, but your feedback will help see where it can improve. Join the Discord server via the link below!
There's no faster route to a creature's friendship than through its stomach. Your challenge is discovering its favorite foods. Once you have succeeded, creatures will join your battles as you explore the far reaches of the world.
Each creature you add to your team brings their own strengths. With 50 to choose from, how will you build your dream team of creatures? A balanced and deliberate group? A single overpowered bat? Or how about an army of loyal BEES?
The number of creatures you can have at one time depends on their strength, your skill in handling them, and how strong you yourself are. Here's a small sample of your future companions!
The Amphibole is a giant frog usually found lazing around cool water sources. A fully mature Amphibole has mastery of controlling its body; it will not hesitate to crush its foes with its massive size.
This flying creature, although weak and cowardly by itself, becomes more and more dangerous as others of its kind join the fight. Weak as it may be, it has a lot of potential and can stand up to many great foes with proper training and diet.
The Nokobo is a creature of resilience. Stories are told of how in exchange for being stripped of flight, the Nokobo was given legs that could tear through the thick hide of a fearsome Pelliat.
No stranger to the dry deserts of the world, the Canvulf circles around its prey and when it finds an opportunity it lunges in for quite a nasty bite.
The Bep is a giant insect that wanders around looking for food sources. Its strength lies in its small size and agility, effortlessly dodging attacks.
Befriending creatures is all fun and games until you run into chaotic forces like the infected, deadly constructs, hostile elementals, and the undead which will attack you on sight. Fight back with your combination of befriended creatures, arsenal of weapons, and weapon skills.
All creatures have strengths and weaknesses that will test your ability to adapt and prepare. Skeletons for example are weak to blunt damage, like your fists, and resistant to piercing damage, like a spear. Use the strength of stinging bees, crushing frogs, and slashing birds to help customize the way you play!
With many combinations of creatures testing both your preparedness and adaptability, the fast paced nature of combat will make it important for you to change strategies on the fly. Using the item ring, you can quickly use items and change which weapons are equipped to your three weapon slots.
You can learn weapon skills by training with creatures, which allows you to use your weapons in unique ways. Access a shield dash, shield throw or all its other skills using a combination of moving forward, a modifier button, and the assigned button for the shield.
Yes, you can farm for food to prepare for your creatures, but what is unique to Creature Keeper is the Pocket Garden, a portable 5x5 magical grid which you can use to plant seed tiles that you find on your adventures. Seed tiles come in many sizes and shapes and grow into not only food ingredients, but also buffs, equipment, items, consumables, creature parts and more!
No need to go back to town to manage your crops in the middle of a quest - your pocket garden is always by your side. With limited space and many options to choose from, what will you grow in your pocket garden?
Each creature has their tastes in food and finding out what they like makes it easier for you to befriend and raise them. Cooking brings out the raw potential in your ingredients while letting you combine flavors to match the tastes of your creatures. Eating cooked foods yourself gives you some nice healing and buffs too.
Start cooking with basic lv1 recipes to level up cooking skills like meat, vegetables, oven, glaze, sauce and more. Cooking enough with the same recipe unlocks more complex lv2+ versions. Learn more recipes by eating new foods and becoming inspired from mastery in certain combinations of cooking skills.
In Creature Keeper, you become stronger by learning about new creatures and logging them in your Bestiary. Raising or fighting creatures earn you unlock points to level up their Bestiary Entries. Points can be spent to unlock that creature's descriptions, resistances, drop rates, and more, including player stat upgrades and weapon skills!
Creatures of the land are suffering from a strange sickness, going berserk, attacking people and other creatures alike. For many years, stories linked the cause to curses, the wrath of gods, war, and even cautionary children's tales. From these stories, one stands out of a hero who traveled the world with creatures by his side. The hero was able to talk to creatures and even stood before mighty dragons.
Many adventurers have been inspired by tales like this, including yourself currently on the road of a dark rainy night. Your story starts as an unknown form with a vicious aura slowly emerges from the shadows. Just before you can ready your sword to parry, a wicked force destroys it, turning your feet to run for your life. As the shadow closes in on you, a glint emerges ahead from the thick curtain of rain.
You chase the light and as you reach out to grab it, the earth disappears from under your feet. The warm brightness turns to sunshine revealing a towering tree bursting with pink flowers; rock sculptures; and sounds of calm flowing water. A ragged scarecrow with a giant pumpkin head perks up, fumbles around putting on a welcoming face, "Welcome to- Wait... Where are we?"
A warm pulse pulls your attention to a mesmerizing pink crystal in your hand, brimming with unknown energy. Who is this talking scarecrow? Why are creatures going berserk? Does the hero that speaks with creatures really exist? Answers to these questions and many more wait for you in the world of Creature Keeper.
Hey everyone, Fervir here (@blankthevidya). Seven years ago I first got interested in gamedev, starting with a distant ancestor prototype to Creature Keeper. I didn't know how to program, draw, compose, and design, but now I do all of those things, and more. My bread and butter is pixel art and animation and I helped ship my first game, Tangledeep, crafted with love, early last year.
I love every aspect of game development and I'm proud to show off Creature Keeper to the world. I've always been interested in mechanics, combat especially, and Creature Keeper is the result of many "Holy S***" moments, polished to create maximum fun. I always strive to learn and improve, and hope to create a beautiful game that feels great to play!
As a one person team, a successful Kickstarter gives me the option to work on my game Full-Time from now until its completion; otherwise, I'd have to find part time gigs, setting back the release. The goal of $30,000 is the minimum I need to make the game, and every dollar beyond that will expand my options to secure the game's completion and enhance the completed game.
Risks and challenges
I've made the entire game by myself so far, and finishing it will also depend on me. Managing all that work is tough and has led to delays, but I've grown more experienced in preventing those delays. With that in mind, Creature Keeper is a game I love working on, a dream game, which will further ensure my best efforts.
Thank you for your support, and I hope to see you in the Discord!
- (30 days)