In January 2013 Digital Hero Games, based out of Nashville, Tennessee, launched Cowbell Hero on the iTunes App Store.
It is a unique rhythm game that lets you play Cowbell along with licensed music like “Down on the Corner”, “Hair of the Dog”, and most importantly “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper”.
The game features 11 classic rock songs from the 70's as well as 15 original ones like the epic “More Cowbell” written specifically for this game.
We also wanted a game that tells a story. So Cowbell Hero features over 30 minutes of video cut scenes telling the story of one man’s journey from a small town to a rock legend.
The game is still available for sale on the App Store for iPhone and iPad (Get it Here), but it may not be there much longer.
Since the game is already available for iOS you are probably wondering why we need your help. Let me explain...
The commercial music was licensed for three years. By the time the game became available on the App Store, about two years of the contracts had already passed.
The development process was long and full of setbacks, and at the time we had no previous experience licensing commercial music. With dreams of wearing gold plated diapers we pushed ahead and eventually ended up creating a fantastic game.
However, after all the work that went into creating this game, we are at the point where the song licenses need to be renewed or the game needs to be taken off the App Store. For a game like this to be on the App Store less than a year would be a tragedy.
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In the immortal words from Bruce Dickinson I say, “Guess What? I got a fever and the only prescription is More Cowbell Hero!”
Here is how the music licenses work.
The song publishers are paid royalties on every copy of the game sold, and part of the license agreement is an advance payment. This advance is a safeguard for the publishers in case the project does not bring in a lot of money.
This advance payment adds up to thousands of dollars per song that has to be paid up front to license this music.
The first time around we paid all the development costs without outside funding. This time around we need your help to pay the license fees.
Let's give this game a second chance and keep it on the App Store for another three years!
Here are the songs we licensed:
- “Down on the Corner” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
- “Hair of the Dog” by Nazareth
- “Little Willy” as made famous by Sweet
- “Incense and Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock
- “Evil Ways” as made famous by Santana
- “Time Has Come Today” as made famous by The Chambers Brothers
- “Got to Give it Up” by Marvin Gaye
- “Better by the Pound” by Funkadelic
- “Rock Me” by Steppenwolf
- “Good to Your Earhole” by Funkadelic
- “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” as made famous by Blue Oyster Cult
Soundtrack CD. 15 original songs including "More Cowbell". Screen printed disc and digipack case.
Comic Book - Standard Cover. 48 page full color comic featuring the entire Cowbell Hero story. Plus 5 new pages showing the "disco showdown" and the "battle with Death".
iPhone Case. Available for iPhone4, 4s, and iPhone 5. (You will receive a survey to select model of case).
T-Shirt. The official t-shirt! Don't settle for cheap online imitations. Wear it with pride. (You will receive a survey to select size).
The Poster and Alternate Cover Comic Book both capture the true essence of Rock n' Roll and Cowbell. The poster is printed at high resolution and suitable for framing. The alternate cover comic book is limited to 100 copies. It will be signed and numbered.
The Cowbell Hero Arcade Experience!
A one of a kind custom built Cowbell Hero arcade style cabinet. It is a hand built oak cabinet. Metal iPad enclosure with lock. Back lit artwork behind iPad and back lit marquee. Sony speakers with sub. Removable back door with lock. Inside of cabinet signed by the game's (and cabinet's) creator David Corrigan. A professional cabinet all the way. Also includes a new 16GB Black WiFi iPad with Retina Display ($499 value). Just plug it in and enjoy Cowbell Hero the way it was meant to be played! Shipped door to door via freight company. $250 of shipping in the continental US included.
In addition to re-licensing the music we want to port Cowbell Hero to other mobile platforms. We are ready to get started. We just need your help.
Once our initial goal of $12,000 is met we will begin porting Cowbell Hero to the Playstation Vita!
$12,000 (Initial Goal) - Playstation Vita
$22,000 - Windows Mobile
$32,000 - Android