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What's harder than escaping a planet full of dangerous flora and fauna? Doing it all with a crystal-hungry octopus fused to your head!
What's harder than escaping a planet full of dangerous flora and fauna? Doing it all with a crystal-hungry octopus fused to your head!
What's harder than escaping a planet full of dangerous flora and fauna? Doing it all with a crystal-hungry octopus fused to your head!
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Nebs 'n Debs: A New NES Platform Game

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A New Game On Ancient Hardware

Nebs 'n Debs is a new game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Run, jump, and dash your way through 12 levels as you search for the missing parts of Debs's ship to escape the hostile alien planet Vespasian 7MV! Nebs 'n Debs runs on the same type of game cartridge as the original Super Mario Bros. Download and try the first level of Nebs 'n Debs on your emulator of choice.

Features

  • 12 unique levels
  • HAAAAARRRRRDDDDDDDDD Mode (unlocked after beating all 12 levels)
  • Run-jump-dashing-platforming-crystal-collecting action

Physical Release

This Kickstarter campaign will raise funds for the first run of the game. This includes, depending on your pledge, the actual game cartridge, a dust sleeve, box, manual, and poster. The box, manual, and poster are expertly designed by Klinger Creative. All game parts will be new: PCB, cartridge shell, and dust sleeve. No donor parts! All illustrations are created by Kaela Camille Agustin. For example, check out this awesome box cover:

Box Illustration Front & Label
Box Illustration Front & Label

Partying Like It's 1986

Creating a game for an older console like the NES can be a fun and rewarding challenge. Lucky for me, both Anders and Kulor were up for the challenge of creating content for the NES--specifically a resource-constrained game cartridge called NROM-256. Anders Gullmarsvik's gorgeous pixel art and Kulor's catchy tunes are the foundation of the Nebs 'n Debs experience and I think have made the game the best looking and sounding NROM game for the NES.

Mountain Stage 1
Mountain Stage 1
Mine Stage 1
Mine Stage 1
Mountain Stage 2
Mountain Stage 2

Stretch Goals

Nebs 'n Debs Enhanced OST ($12,500)

This will be a digital download available to all reward levels once we hit $12,500! The OST will contain all the original awesome tracks from Nebs 'n Debs as well as a number of enhanced tracks where kulor arranges the original song on more sophisticated hardware such as the SNES...

Curious how an enhanced OST works? Well, check out kulor's work on the Altered Ego OST. My favorite is "Level 2 (Enhanced)".

NESDEV Competition 2016

Nebs 'n Debs started as a 2016 NESDEV Competition entry. That demo version of the game won 2nd place and is included on the Action 53 Volume 3 cartridge. Since then, we have developed the full game with updated graphics, physics, and more music! Note, this is not to dissuade you from playing Action 53 Volume 3.

Talent

 

Nebs 'n Debs is possible due to following talented people:

Kaela Camille Agustin - Artist

Richard 'kulor' Armijo - Musician

Chris Cacciatore - Programmer

Anders Gullmarsvik - Artist

Heather Klinger - Graphic Designer

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge in developing an NROM game for the NES is wrestling with memory constraints. Fitting in the physics, rendering logic, animation definitions, enemy AI, and level definitions into 32K is like assembling an Ikea bed-frame; you're always left with a handful of pieces that didn't quite fit. So you try again! To mitigate this I've waited to Kickstart the game 'til the majority of the levels were complete or in testing and the majority of in-game content was created.

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    Lost your original NES? Can't afford a physical copy? Then this is the pledge for you. Includes the digital ROM of Nebs 'n Debs that can be used with your favorite NES emulator.

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