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Last updated November 13, 2019

POLITICAL QUEST: A Satirical Point and Click Adventure Game

An anti-hate adventure in the tradition of classic Lucasarts and Sierra games. Go on a Political Quest!

POLITICAL QUEST: A Satirical Point and Click Adventure Game

An anti-hate adventure in the tradition of classic Lucasarts and Sierra games. Go on a Political Quest!

AU$ 6,699
pledged of AU$ 20,000pledged of AU$ 20,000 goal
97
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 13 2019 4:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 13, 2019

About

The near-final box art! (Subject to change).
Basil at home in his apartment.

Who I am and why I want to make this game

Hi! My name is David Longo, I'm 30 years old, I live in Sydney Australia and I've been a die-hard point and click adventure game fan my entire life. 

I recently lost my job at the Sydney Morning Herald as a video producer. The SMH was bought out and the new owners got rid of the entire team I was a part of. Since May 2019 - when I got let go - I decided I wanted to try and fulfil my dream and make a SCUMM style adventure game using not only all the political elements I amassed working for the newspaper during the Trump era, but all the ideas for puzzles and locations I've been thinking about since I was old enough to read! In my spare time I've been a hobbyist filmmaker and a comic-book illustrator, but my passion has always been with Roger Wilco, Bernard Bernouilli and Guybrush Threepwood. 

I am pretty nervous making such a big go of it with this kickstarter, but the outpouring of love from everyone has really encouraged me. So using Unity I've made heaps of levels (rooms) for demonstration purposes in the above trailer and stills below. I hope you can help make my dream come true and fund me to write and complete this game. 

Here's Basil lost in the labyrinth that is the YooToob HQ

A huge huge game!

I promise for a HUGE HUGE point and click that honours everything you expect from a game in the classic style: the humour; the style; the tongue-in-cheek meta elements. I think it's important to address so many of the political things happening today, and I hope to do that in a satirical way. By playing an apathetic character the journey of my game will hopefully allow you to come away with a bit of knowledge on how to navigate today's political landscape. 

In the same way that Monkey Island has pirates, this isn't a how-to manual on living life as a pirate. I hope that exploring my massive world and interacting with it through all the multiple variations will make for a thought-provoking and ultimately positive and inclusive experience. To laugh and to have fun! It's a game with wizards and magical forests!

Reasonable goals

I want to set a reasonable goal. I hope to raise $20,000 Australian dollars. Enough for me to finish the game within a reasonable time - one year - and to deliver AWESOME rewards, not junky trinkets, but to deliver the full-on BIG BOX experience of the classic games of yore. I hope you enjoy all the info below and THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading and engaging! I've put my heart and soul into it all.

It will release on Mac, Windows and iOS to begin with. Depending on funding, I'm hoping to conclude stretch goals for Nintendo Switch and other console releases. 

You play as Basil Berkley, a 30-something YooToober known for his pop culture videos. Aneeta, his fellow YooToober, has disappeared and now he must raise his following (and cash) in order to find and confront her.

His pet peeves include Episode 8, phase 5 films, and he does not drive. Basil is married with a wife and child although he never shows them publicly. He loves dark and gritty superhero films and thinks he is way smarter than he actually is. 

Aneeta is another moderately successful YooToober. Recently she made a series of videos criticising the depiction of female characters in video games and movies. Although her videos continued to slay in the views and advertising revenue, she just went dark!

Her channel: gone!

Why would anyone leave behind a successful YooToob career? It’s the question that drives Basil mad … Isn’t being a YooToober with a huge following the ultimate goal in life? Where did Basil's internet friend go and why?

In the tradition of classic Lucasarts and Sierra adventures, go on a classic quest!

From Sydney to Paris to the United States to London (and lots lots more) - travel and encounter political correctness at every stop!

Explore Universities, safe spaces, city streets, debate halls and a whole host of environments. Traverse the safe space forest, try to solve problems and escape YooToob’s mysterious headquarters.

POLITICAL QUEST is planned to be a massive point and click adventure game, double the size of Monkey Island, over 100 locations, dozens and dozens of dialogues, debates and of course the puzzles.

No deaths are possible. This is a breezy point and click adventure. No Sierra-style constant saving at every corner. 

There are multiple paths to finish the story, with alternate solutions to every puzzle! Be good-hearted, be a prick, virtue signal your way to victory OR ride the fence the entire way through.   

Ward off the social gatekeepers with your WIT or your BRAWN:

Wit

Using wit means using evidence-based logic and facts. Fight social gatekeepers in the marketplace of ideas.

Brawn

Using brawn means taking the NPC's out ‘the hard way’ - KNOCK THEM OUT with your fist.

Basil on the Josepth Rogaine podcast show.

To find Aneeta and beat POLITICAL QUEST you'll need to increase your fame. Fame = money, and money = plane tickets. Lots and lots of plane tickets. Trace Aneeta's path and eventually you'll solve the mystery. 

Debate on the stage

Debate barely-disguised stand-ins of celebrities, the more debates you win, the more cash and invites you’ll receive!

Podcast

Attend Podcasts and go on internet shows with even more barely-disguised celeb stand-ins!

Classic cursors

Look, talk, use, walk and all the classic cursors you expect.

Conversations

Classic style dialogue. Have conversations & debate with every NPC.   

Inventory system

Collect, use and combine items you pick up along the way with Basil’s suitcase.  

I want to make the rewards as awesome as possible! Especially for point and click fans. I've thought long and hard about what I would want as lifelong fan of the genre, so here's what you'll get if you donate!

Most of these at the lower tiers are digital. I don't want to run a campaign where I hit you with surprise shipping prices at the end. All the physical items are for the higher pledges, that way I don't need to include 'surprise' shipping costs later. All these rewards contain no hidden additional costs. Shipping is factored in.

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A hand-drawn thank you note - I'll email you a cool print of one of the characters with a hand-written thank you note.

'The life and times of Basil Berkley' Comic Book - I will make a digital comic book detailing the life of Basil before the game begins. 

Soundtrack - A full album of tracks. Digital download.

Hint book - One of my favourite things as a kid (and still as an adult) were the small hint books that you could get for point and clicks. I especially loved the little novella Space Quest ones. That were hint guides as told through narrative. Eg "Nothing much in here. Hmmm, this piece of wire looks to be in pretty bad shape. Maybe I should grab a few strands - never know when it might come in handy." With heaps of other bits and pieces, interviews and faux articles etc. Can't wait to make this one in particular, if I get funded.

BIG BOX - This is the one. A huge classic style big box game set! With all the bits included inside. Faux floppy disk coasters, fake DRM, pamphlets and more! The box art is being illustrated as we speak and I can't wait to show it to you! This will be super limited so get them early!

Fake DRM wheel - now my game won't actually have DRM, but I used to love how old games like Monkey Island and Space Quest came with hard copy DRM, like a cardboard wheel you had to spin, or a little pamphlet. I'm definitely doing a mix and match spinning wheel. HOW CAN I NOT?!

ART BOOK -  I will have so much documentation of my process from design to all the sprites. I'd love to put together a real nice art/making-of book. 

Be in the game/contribute to a scene -  I'll use your likeness to turn you into an approachable NPC. Donate enough and I'll even let you conceive your own podcast segment. As long as it is limited to one screen/room of the game, and it will of course be vetted by myself. It has to be within reason and good taste. 

Every pledge - Every one, no matter the pledge, will get my personal thanks via email and a thank you in the credits. 

Risks and challenges

I'm a single developer already working a casual job. To make the game I'm using Unity and the amazing Adventure Creator plug-in. I'm a hobbyist illustrator and musician, and I comfortably made every asset myself. Everything you see in the trailer above is also running in-game.

I've never made a video game before and I don't have an inbuilt audience. I only hope my love of point and click games shines through. I've budgeted for the minimum to make the game and to get awesome valuable rewards to you all. The risk, for me, is not getting it in front of your eyes.

This risk comprises of getting the game made within a reasonable time. I'm putting everything into the art, story and playability of this game. But I also want it to be massive. I'd be fooling myself and you, if I promised that no delays, no real life stresses would get in the way. That being said, I think I can do it in a year.

I've made it as easy for myself as possible. I learned Unity and some C#. I fully tested everything out to prove I could do it before even thinking about this Kickstarter. The game I've planned is HUGE and I hope to spend a year working on it every day. I will be updating constantly. But if there are any questions concerning the project or my progress on it, please feel free to contact me.

Lastly, I am uncertain of whether I can include voice acting. The time and effort required to record and code each and every line of dialogue is something that 20k won't make possible. I'm determined to try. So, if my dreams come true and we do get funded, I'll commit every cent over the 20 to the voice cast. I have a few actors ready to go if their (extremely) reasonable rates can be met.

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