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Join Heli as she guides the fates of four spirits stuck in Midli, in an otherworldly and atmospheric Breakout inspired mobile game
Join Heli as she guides the fates of four spirits stuck in Midli, in an otherworldly and atmospheric Breakout inspired mobile game
Join Heli as she guides the fates of four spirits stuck in Midli, in an otherworldly and atmospheric Breakout inspired mobile game
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Midli: A Dark and Mystical Tale of Letting Go

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Our funding goal has been hit! We're overwhelmed by the amazing response from all of you! It really means a lot to us that so many of you have felt a connection to our game.

We're also super excited to announce that we'll be working with award winning, and College Emmy-nominated composer Robert Mai to create a full original soundtrack for the game! Not only that, we're also offering a limited chance to get the full digital soundtrack for a discounted £5 right here and now! All you need to do is increase your pledge to be £5 higher than your reward tier (check the video below for instructions)!

Our game will feature 8+ unique songs, all with variations to give a different feel to the various levels within each world. We can't wait to show you more soon!

 

Midli is a laid-back Breakout inspired adventure, with a relaxing, yet dark atmosphere, where you collect the soul fragments of lingering spirits, to uncover their stories and help them move on.  

Play as Heli, a mysterious girl who guides the fates of the spirits stuck in Midli, as she discovers a story of her own.  

Midli: (/pronounced like the drink 'mead' + the name 'Lee':/) from the Old Norse word 'miðli' meaning in-between
Midli: (/pronounced like the drink 'mead' + the name 'Lee':/) from the Old Norse word 'miðli' meaning in-between

At DinoByte Labs we’ve been gamers for over 20 years, and we love looking at how we can take the classic games we loved, and add a modern twist. Our favorite games today have depth and great stories, so when we started working on Midli we wanted to combine unique and dynamic mechanics, with captivating art and sound design, and a compelling choice driven narrative.

Midli is developed for initial release iOS and Android mobile devices, with the potential for a PC release if we hit our stretch goals.

Features:  

  • Enjoy a deeper mobile gaming experience
  • Change the story depending on how you play  
  • Discover multiple endings!
  • Get to know a diverse cast of characters, each with their own story
  • Explore a dark, yet relaxing atmosphere 
  • Experience the story of Midli through animated cutscenes
  • Encounter several unique and interesting enemies
  • Play with environmental obstacles like rain and darkness, time manipulation and much more!
  • 45 levels, spanning 5 aesthetically and mechanically different worlds - with more worlds depending on stretch goal funding!
Pre-Alpha Gameplay
Pre-Alpha Gameplay

 

Remember, you can add £5 to any reward tier to get the Midli original soundtrack add-on!

 

Our physical rewards make a great gift, and you will receive them well in time for the holidays!
Our physical rewards make a great gift, and you will receive them well in time for the holidays!

 

Midli follows the journey of Heli, a girl tasked with helping those who struggle to move on from her world.

Heli's Concept Design
Heli's Concept Design

We were inspired by “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God”, a Korean TV drama written by Kim Eun-sook. It tells a series of short character based stories parallel to the main plot, each one only a few minutes long, yet they quickly get you caring for the characters and what they’re going through. This became the basis for how we designed our narrative, and how we present the characters Heli meets through the game.   

What you learn about those characters will change based on whether you collect their light or dark fragments. You can even influence the outcomes of their stories, as it will be up to you to determine their fates, either by ‘forgiving’ or ‘forgetting’ them. Ultimately this will even change how Heli's story ends.

Pre-Alpha Footage
Pre-Alpha Footage

You will get to know our cast of lost spirits through their own unique short stories spanning aesthetically and mechanically different worlds, each as diverse as the characters themselves.

  • Yuri Park, a youthful girl in her 20s, struggles with the uncertainty of her future 
  • Erik Haraldsson, a husband and father, is unable to express his emotions and affection 
  • Josephine Lewis, a family matriarch, regrets missing out on the life she dreamed of 
  • Nicolas Santiago, a remorseful troublemaker, fears others see him as darkly as he sees himself 
Yuri Park, one of the spirits stuck in Midli
Yuri Park, one of the spirits stuck in Midli

 

A core part of our design for Midli was always centered around the mood and atmosphere. The story deals with some darker themes, and we wanted our art to reflect this. However, it was important to us that our game felt otherworldly and calm, not scary or creepy.  

Louise, our producer, has a lot of experience with anxiety and panic attacks, and one of the main things that help her feel at ease are soothing sounds, such as wind chimes, which coincidentally and appropriately have a lot of associations with spirits.

To create the mood we wanted for Midli, we added a lot more of these atmospheric sounds such as rain, whispers, bells and wind instruments. Coupled with our art style and ambient lighting, this really helped Midli have that otherworldly feeling we were going for.

Part of why we aspired to perfect this mood and aesthetic, is because we feel visual storytelling can be as important as the narrative itself, so our art and atmosphere is all formed with specific themes and symbolism in mind relating to the story of Midli and it’s cast.

Concept Storyboards for Heli's Story
Concept Storyboards for Heli's Story

 

When we were designing our mechanics, we thought a lot about how we could translate parts of our atmosphere into gameplay. If it was raining, shouldn’t that affect how fast the Heli flies, and could we use light to guide or darkness to obscure? 

Pre-Alpha: Rain and Darkness Levels
Pre-Alpha: Rain and Darkness Levels

We used these elements to inspire our design, and we’ve worked really hard to make Midli interactive and dynamic, allowing you to play with time manipulation, spiderweb slingshots and much, much more!  

Forgotten Shadows Concept Sketches
Forgotten Shadows Concept Sketches

Spirits are not meant to linger in Midli for too long, but during our world building, we liked the idea of having these dark creatures who were permanently stuck there. We designed the Forgotten Shadows based on this, ghostly beings who come in various shapes and sizes, each one adding something different to the gameplay.

Evolution of a Forgotten Shadow from concept to game
Evolution of a Forgotten Shadow from concept to game

    

 

  • Shadow World (£4,500) - An additional “secret” unlockable short world dedicated to the Forgotten Shadows and their story 
  • Additional Soundtrack and Art (£6,000) - Upgraded soundtrack with more original music and even more unique art throughout the game 
  • Heli’s Story (£8,000) - Additional levels, cutscenes and story focusing on Heli and her backstory
  • PC Version (£10,000) - A PC release of the game with widescreen cutscenes 

We are a pretty small team of 3 based in London. While we all have experience making games for others, Midli is really our first chance at creating and publishing something entirely on our own, based solely on our vision.

So far we have self-funded (yes, from our own pockets!), both the making of our prototype and our first demo, but we really need YOUR help in order to bring Midli to the players. 

From left: Louise, Christian and James
From left: Louise, Christian and James
  • Louise Leolin - Games Producer (Game design, user research and experience design, aesthetic design, marketing and game assets)
  • Christian Lovdal - Games Director (Game design, story writing and programming)   
  • James Pendry - Lead Artist (Concept and promotional art, animations and CG cutscenes)

 

Funds are a super important way to help support our project, but there is even more you can do and it’s free! We’re a pretty small studio, and not many have heard of us yet, so every time you share our story you are helping spread the word to even more potential backers! Even if you don’t have a huge following, every share helps ❤  

Here are some posts we’ve made that you can like and share on various networks, and while you're at it why not give us a follow?:  

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If you are a member of the press you can view our press-kit or contact us directly for more info and interviews!

 

Making games cost a lot of money, so here is how we anticipate to divide our Kickstarter funds
Making games cost a lot of money, so here is how we anticipate to divide our Kickstarter funds

 

 

Risks and challenges

Assuming we get funded, this game WILL get made, 100% certain, no matter what. Yes, we’re that confident in it. However, making games costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time. We really want to release the full game in November, and we’ll be working hard to hit that deadline, but it may take shorter or longer than expected.

If we hit some of our stretch goals, this may mean additional development time is needed, but this should not go beyond the end of 2017.

Our rewards will also obviously be shipped as soon as we’re able, but if there ends up being a lot of you, this too might take a bit of time. We have chosen the delivery date to be in November and we are confident that we will manage this.

We also would like to point out that most of the footage shown in this KickStarter is from our alpha build, and there is a chance that some of the art may change. If so it will only be because we feel we can improve it, so the change will be for the better, while remaining in the same general style.

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    Whispered in the Wind

    Thank you so much for your support in helping make our little indie game dreams come true!

    We will do much more than just whisper your name in our ‘Thank You Shout Outs' video, which we’ll post on our YouTube channel! We may even attempt to say thanks in your native language.

    As an extra thanks we will also give you some pretty HD wallpapers with Midli art, for you phone and desktop!

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    Written in the Stars

    Wow! Thanks for your interest in making Midli come to life!

    We don’t know how we’d write your name in the stars, but we sure can write them in our game credits to show off how you helped make Midli possible!

    We will also give you 1 copy of the game and everything from the 'Whispered in the Wind' tier!

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    Peek Behind the Veil

    It means so much to us that you want Midli to succeed!

    We will let you peek behind the scenes and be the first to try out the game while it’s in BETA. You will even get a closer look at the development process of Midli in our digital booklet ‘The Making of Midli’ with behind the scenes pics, concept art and design notes.

    Of course all previous tiers are also included.

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    A Note from Beyond

    Really, we can't thank you enough! But we'd like to try!

    We will send you a personal 'thank you' postcard from London (consider that the “beyond”) signed by the Midli team. Not just any postcard either, this will feature pretty Midli promo art on a quality glossy postcard.

    You will also of course receive all of the rewards from previous tiers.

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    • Your name said in our 'Thank You' video
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    • Your name in Midli's game credits
    • Digital Booklet "The Making of Midli"
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    One of Us

    Your AMAZING support completely blows us away!

    It's thanks to YOU that Midli can be made, so we want you to feel like you’re part of the DinoByte team! You will get a cute DinoByte Labs team enamel pin with our lil' skeleton Dino mascot as well as everything from previous tiers.

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    • Your name said in our 'Thank You' video
    • Copy of Midli for your mobile device
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    Seal Your Fate

    Thank you for making Midli's future so bright!

    Our tarot cards probably won't actually show you the future, but they sure are pretty! As a thanks for backing Midli you will get an exclusive and frankly SUPER COOL set of 6 tarot cards featuring the characters from Midli. The cards will be 55mm x 84mm with rounded corners on glossy 350gsm card stock, and they come in a classy black envelope sealed in wax with the custom DinoByte Labs seal of approval (literally).

    As if that wasn't cool enough, you will get everything from the previous tiers as well!

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    • HD Midli wallpapers for your phone and desktop
    • Your name said in our 'Thank You' video
    • Copy of Midli for your mobile device
    • Your name in Midli's game credits
    • Digital Booklet "The Making of Midli"
    • Early Beta Access
    • DinoByte Labs Team Enamel Pin
    • Handwritten Midli postcard from the team
    • Set of 6 Midli Tarot Cards in a Wax Sealed Envelope
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    Clairvoyant Seeker

    ** You’ve clearly predicted our bright future as one of our early backers, so you can get this tier at £5 OFF!**

    Wow! Thank you so much for supporting Midli!

    In addition to all the amazing and exclusive loot from the previous tiers, you will get an ULTRA THICK (600gsm) high quality Midli art card. This card was specially made in collaboration by DinoByte Labs founders Christian and Louise, just for you lovely KickStarter backers! The card will be printed on high quality textured cardstock (178mm x 127mm) and signed by the artists.

    Includes:
    • HD Midli wallpapers for your phone and desktop
    • Your name said in our 'Thank You' video
    • Copy of Midli for your mobile device
    • Your name in Midli's game credits
    • Digital Booklet "The Making of Midli"
    • Early Beta Access
    • DinoByte Labs Team Enamel Pin
    • Handwritten Midli postcard from the team
    • Set of 6 Midli Tarot Cards in a Wax Sealed Envelope
    • Signed SUPER Thick Midli Art Card
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    Relic Seeker

    Wow! Thank you so much for supporting Midli!

    In addition to all the amazing and exclusive loot from the previous tiers, you will get an ULTRA THICK (600gsm) high quality Midli art card. This card was specially made in collaboration by DinoByte Labs founders Christian and Louise, just for you lovely KickStarter backers! The card will be printed on high quality textured cardstock (178mm x 127mm) and signed by the artists.

    Includes:
    • HD Midli wallpapers for your phone and desktop
    • Your name said in our 'Thank You' video
    • Copy of Midli for your mobile device
    • Your name in Midli's game credits
    • Digital Booklet "The Making of Midli"
    • Early Beta Access
    • DinoByte Labs Team Enamel Pin
    • Handwritten Midli postcard from the team
    • Set of 6 Midli Tarot Cards in a Wax Sealed Envelope
    • Signed SUPER Thick Midli Art Card
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    Thought Stealer

    We are utterly blown away by your support!

    We’d love to chat with you in a 1 hour video call, and let you get inside our minds! Consider this a 1-on-1 A.M.A. where you can ask us anything from what's it like to be a game dev to what are juicy secrets behind Midli's stories (You will have to sign an NDA for this info since it's very top secret!!) For this reward we can guarantee DinoByte co-founders Chris and Lou for the call, and the possibility of requesting our artist James to join.

    AND OF COURSE all previous tiers are included.

    Includes:
    • HD Midli wallpapers for your phone and desktop
    • Your name said in our 'Thank You' video
    • Copy of Midli for your mobile device
    • Your name in Midli's game credits
    • Digital Booklet "The Making of Midli"
    • Early Beta Access
    • DinoByte Labs Team Enamel Pin
    • Handwritten Midli postcard from the team
    • Set of 6 Midli Tarot Cards in a Wax Sealed Envelope
    • Signed SUPER Thick Midli Art Card
    • 1 Hour AMA Video Chat with the Midli Team
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    Master of Shadows

    Our ultimate backer! We are so grateful for your generosity!!

    This is a really unique reward, so it is limited to only 2 backers! You will get to help us create one of the Forgotten Shadow creatures in game. Once it is designed and named, our artist will draw some fancy concept art which you will receive as a one of a kind high quality A4 print, signed on the back by the team. We will also credit you in our game with the badass title of “Mistress/Master of Shadows” (your choice).

    You will of course also get all of the other great rewards from previous tiers!

    Includes:
    • HD Midli wallpapers for your phone and desktop
    • Your name said in our 'Thank You' video
    • Copy of Midli for your mobile device
    • Your name in Midli's game credits
    • Digital Booklet "The Making of Midli"
    • Early Beta Access
    • DinoByte Labs Team Enamel Pin
    • Handwritten Midli postcard from the team
    • Set of 6 Midli Tarot Cards in a Wax Sealed Envelope
    • Signed SUPER Thick Midli Art Card
    • 1 Hour AMA Video Chat with the Midli Team
    • Design your own Forgotten Shadow + a one of a kind signed print
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