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Castle Kong

A modern video game homage to the greatest arcade game of all time.

Castle Kong

A modern video game homage to the greatest arcade game of all time.

$2,174
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
24
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, August 7 2019 11:01 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 7, 2019

About

 Designed to evoke the emotional and trigger responses of old school arcade games, Castle Kong does not disappoint!

  • Insert a virtual coin to play
  • single screen action
  • 22 levels that contain 4 stages as PauperBoy journeys to save PrincessGirl
  • Internet High Score table! Also with a replay system that allows the community to verify the submission.
  • AND A FREAKING KILL SCREEN

Let's take a closer look at the four stages that comprise Castle Kong:

Stage 1 - The Castle Wall

From the beginning, we wanted stage 1 to be about the climb up to the top of the wall.  DK was always about climbing up but for aesthetic design reasons we went away from that for all four stages as you will come to see.

Stage 1 - The Castle Wall
Stage 1 - The Castle Wall

Thus, the most important thing for us was to replicate the feeling of intensity generated by DK throwing barrels at Jump Man, and we accomplish this through barrels of oil that the Baron throws over the side.  Very medieval BaronMan!

 Stage 2 - The Courtyard

Stage 2 - The Courtyard
Stage 2 - The Courtyard

This is our homage to the spring stage.  We have a point press spot, made it fairly easy to get down (with shortcuts), and the Baron throws cannonballs in a specific pattern, which requires patience and timing..

 Stage 3 - The Chicken Pot Pie Factory

Stage 3 -- The Chicken Pot Pie Factory
Stage 3 -- The Chicken Pot Pie Factory

You may recall the infamous 'pie factory' from DK, so named because the giant larger than life bowls of cement resembled pie.  So we went full on pie here! Watch out, when BaronMan finishes a pie he throws out the chicken bone.  Also why are there chicken bones in the pie??

 Stage 4 - The Throne Room

Stage 4 - The Throne Room
Stage 4 - The Throne Room

 And finally, the Throne Room.  Instead of taking the girders out from beneath DK, here you make a chandelier fall from above.  Watch out! The chandelier spills magic fire that comes to life and attacks PauperBoy!

Joshua Chudnovsky - Executive Producer

Josh is old.  So old, he remembers the original Donkey Kong arcade game in Showbiz Pizza.  The upside is this positions him perfectly to recreate the arcade fun as an homage.  Josh has now helped produce over 20 video games.  His latest creation "Call me Phrasy!" is a mobile game dedicated to his love of play on words.

Andrej Jagar - Animator 

Andrej lives in Bosnia and has never eaten a marshmallow. After completing his first game “Ragtag Adventures” (available now Steam, Switch) he asked Josh if he could exchange his services for a bag. Josh agreed reluctantly, feeling that it may have been too high a price. #MarshmallowsForAndrej 

Damir Havlovic - Programmer

Damir lives in Bosnia and because of that had to illegally stream Game of Thrones. He wasn’t happy with the final season. Damir loves all things Zelda and is actively seeking the Triforce of Power so that he can remake the the final season of GoT. #TriforceForDamir

Dusica Košarac - Artist

Dusica lost a bet to Andrej Jagar and now lives with him out of pity.  Because she's a girl, she's also the most talented of the four people in this group.  Dusica is obsessed with Pokemon and hopes to find a Diglett in real life some day and dress it up as a detective. #DiglettForDusica

My friends, let me take a moment to get real.  This game is not a mass market idea.  I'm fully aware of this.  This game is a passion project that has spanned 6 years of me shelving ideas and tinkering with artistic aesthetics.  If you've gotten this far, it's because your passionate about this kind of game, and that's why Kickstarter.  This Kickstarter is for you.  I want to make some exceptional collectibles (like the TinyArcade, Mini Cabinet, LE boxed copies), while getting enough on the backend to complete the project the way it needs to be done.  I also need some additional funding to finish a full-size cabinet and get this sucker in Barcades across the country! I can't do this without you!  

Distribution of funds
Distribution of funds

 Why Kickster? Stretch Goals!

Let's dev this game to the max! Keep helping to fund the game and we can get enough funds to do a live championship tournament!  Also an NES version for the pure of heart, why not? Because we'd need to rewrite the game in assembly, this will cost the most.  But if we hit it, new rewards will be introduced!

 We're very excited to announce that the good folks over at Haruman Customs will be designing our Bartop Arcade cabinets!  Check out this beauty!

Custom Instruction Card, complete with not good grammar!
Custom Instruction Card, complete with not good grammar!

We've got some truly amazing rewards planned! Not just standard fare (but still high quality) t-shirts... 

But also - how 'bout a tiny arcade from the Tiny Circuits guys!? 

Also...

  • In commemoration of 1981, we'll release 1981 limited edition, numbered copies of the physical release.
  • And because there can be only 1. There is a single reward up there for the one person who simply has to have ASS as their initials in the high score table.

To all of you who love the arcade, help us make it possible to relive it in a whole new way!

- Josh Chudnovsky, founder, Drowning Monkeys

Risks and challenges

We took a big risk letting Pauper Boy climb ladders with the pitchfork in hand, but it seems to have worked out ok. But seriously, we're in Beta, the risk to us to release is marginal.

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    THE GAME! ULTIMATE ARCADE EDITION!

    Okay folks, here's the big one. Get absolutely everything we've offered so far, and also, a Haruman Customs Minitendo Arcade cabinet, designed with custom Castle Kong art. Limited to a run of 10, complete with numbered plaque!

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    This reward tier has everything in the $1250 tier but will allow you to work with Harumon Customs to make sure you get the layout that best suits you.

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