Become K.C. Morgan, paranormal investigator, and search a New England mansion for your missing father. Battle the forces of corruption infesting the mansion armed only with your wits and an old .38 revolver, and gather scrolls of forbidden lore. But the more you discover, the more warped and twisted the world – and you – become.
Uncover the story of Lore Finder, a 2D metroidvania and a modern queer reimagining of the cosmic horror genre. Coming to a PC near you on Steam.
- [2018-12-11] Now available in Japanese / デモ版は日本語でお楽しみいただけます
- [2018-12-05] Everyone who submits a speedrun time will be in the credits
- [2018-12-04] Demo updated, new enemy type, Algarott boss fight implemented
- [2018-12-04] Speedrun contest started, winners will get trophies in full release
- [2018-12-04] Voice of Bigby (Wolf Among Us) joins cast, delivers chilling monologue
Please see this update post for detailed information about the stretch goals.
If we hit the $27,000 voice acting goal, Adam Harrington - best known as the voice of Bigby Wolf in The Wolf Among Us - will be joining the cast as the voice of Bertram, one of the game's primary villains. Check out this sample he did for us!
Traverse a changing world
Individual rooms will transform and hold new surprises as you accumulate powers.
Find your own path
Non-linear design encourages freeform, exploration-based, and self-directed progression. Complete sections of the game in what order you like.
From the dark and oppressive living areas, to the impersonal basement with its cold steel and mortar, to the dank caverns that lie even further below.
Accumulate forbidden powers
Embrace your own corruption, fight fire with fire, and wield dark powers against their own progenitors.
Face climactic terrors
Within the mansion dwell dangers of elevated strength and influence, often guarding crucial ways and powers.
Uncover a family's corruption
Experience the result of the restless emotions of the mansion's formerly human inhabitants expressed through an eldritch power, from the anxiety of a frustrated would-be scientist to the isolation and anguish of a child unloved.
Piece together past events
Explore and find scattered evidence of the inhabitants' otherworldly transformation through journal entries and memory-stained objects.
"Mega Man X, Metroid and Bloodborne are an odd set of inspirations, but from the demo I just played of Lore Finder, a Lovecraft-inspired exploration platformer, they blend surprisingly well" – Rock Paper Shotgun
"Lore Finder, even in this early state, asks questions of personal identity and its reflection in the body we inhabit, all while providing solid action against some sickening creatures in an unsettling place." – Indie Games Plus
"The demo does a great job of highlighting Lore Finder‘s strengths: Its audiovisual and narrative atmosphere and theme, its blending of mood and mechanics, and even its flexibility" – Ninja Blues
Kitsune Games is a small LGBTQ-friendly indie game development studio. By backing us, you'll not only be helping to make this cosmic horror metroidvania a reality, you'll also be contributing to queer visibility in gaming. The game features a non-binary protagonist, K.C., and you'll be supporting queer creators to boot.
This campaign also offers access to unique swag like exclusive prints, laminated member cards, lanyards, plushies, and even a chance to leave your own mark on the game!
We decided on Kickstarter because this is a great community of people who've made a lot of cool stuff happen. We've taken Lore Finder as far as we currently can on our own, so we need your help! This project has a small scope, with realistic scale, and attainable goals. We want to be creators that this community can trust to deliver a fun game, on time, with help and feedback from you.
We're running an any% speedrun contest for the demo which runs through December 23rd. The top three runners will be immortalized in the final release with trophies bearing their names and times, displayed inside the mansion. Additionally, anyone who submits a video of their run will be listed in the game's credits under a special speedrunner section.
What happened to turn the mansion into such a gallery of horrors? We'll be sending exclusive journal entries to give you a glimpse only to our mailing list, so make sure to subscribe! You can also follow the project through our various social media channels.
Lore Finder will initially be available for PC Windows on the Steam store at release. You can wishlist it on Steam now.
Mac and Linux
The game will be powered by the FNA library created by Ethan Lee, which is used in the Mac and Linux ports of games such as Eversion, Celeste, Salt and Sanctuary, FEZ, Rogue Legacy, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Bastion, Transistor, and even our very own MidBoss. Our Mac and Linux on release stretch goal has been met, so Lore Finder will releases simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and Linux!
More details can be found in this update post.
If fully funded, we will have a stretch goal to partner with Ratalaika Games, a porting and publishing company responsible for porting over two dozen games to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PS Vita handheld, to bring Lore Finder to all four of these consoles.
Lore Finder is a modern queer reimagining of the cosmic horror genre, taking influences from the various games and literary works in the genre first inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, set in the latter half of the 20th century. It is the story of K.C. Morgan (a non-binary character) who is a Private Investigator turned Paranormal Investigator after the disappearance of their father, Richard Morgan, a professor and researcher at Boston University. Eventually, their search takes them to a mansion owned by the Wright family on an island off the New England Coast.
Once there K.C. discovers that the residents and staff have been horribly corrupted by some twisted occult influence, the only clues as to their fate, and the fate of their father seems to be found within scrolls, written on human skin, filled with dark forbidden lore so terrible that it may rend the very fabric of reality itself.
Matters become even more disturbing once K.C. begins to explore the basement. Evidence of terrible, inhuman experiments lie discarded next to twisted bodies and implements of torture.
Alone, and facing terror, madness, and corruption, not only all around them, but also within their very soul, K.C. must work their way through the mansion, risking death, madness or worse in an attempt to uncover what happened to the inhabitants of the mansion, and their father.
K.C. Morgan (The protagonist)
As a genderqueer non-binary person in the latter half of the 20th century, K.C. lives outside mainstream society, making ends meet as a Private Investigator. That all changed when their father went missing. Searching for clues K.C. turned up nonsensical writing from their father about things from beyond this reality, things that aren't perceived by most people.
Following the trail, K.C. started taking on jobs steeped in all sorts of occult weirdness, the better to understand what had happened to their father. Eventually, they took on the job of Paranormal Investigator as a fulltime position, which at least saved some money on the office letterhead.
K.C. is a skilled shot with their .38 special revolver, with the grit and resolve to match, but what they'll find in the New England mansion will test even their limits.
Pamela Jones (The girlfriend)
A librarian who started dating K.C. after they came into the library often enough with odd requests on niche, paranormal subjects. Pamela cares about and supports K.C. in their quest, but doesn't really believe in the supernatural. Or at least, so she thought.
Pamela had responded about a job at the Wright mansion, to tutor their only child, but once there an odd feeling of unease overcame her. She could swear there were things moving in the corner of her eyes, but if she turned to look they were gone. Upon hearing K.C. was going to this very same mansion Pamela tried to reach K.C on the phone, but only got their answering machine, leaving a message begging them not to go.
The Wright family
An affluent family living off the New England shore in a mansion on an isolated island, only reachable by ferry, with staff living on-site in the servant's quarters.
Bertram (The Wright Family patriarch)
Head of the household, Bertram is an aspiring scientist and mathematician. A patron of the sciences and intellectuals, Bertram hosts many parties at his mansion for intellectuals, scientists, academics, and philosophers. However, he feels continuously frustrated by his inability to genuinely contribute, instead of merely aspiring to, and has been known on occasion to go into fits of dark brooding for days at a time when feelings of frustration and inadequacy build to intolerable levels, setting the entire household on edge.
Rosemary (The Wright Family matriarch)
Bertram's wife and a prolific artist. Though her specialty is in the visual arts, she dabbles in many forms and media. A quiet, reserved soul, she prefers smaller, more personal gatherings. She will spend long periods of time isolated in her art studio, engrossed in her work, with nothing but the sound of the radio to keep her company.
The Only Child (The Wright Family heir)
Bertram and Rosemary's child. With busy parents, and only staff around on the isolated island, the child is often bored and lonely. As a result, the child has an imaginary friend.
Minions of Chaos and Corruption
Most of these poor lost souls were at the mansion when everything went wrong, and have fallen victim to the corruption within. Some other unfortunates have been drawn to the mansion and the darkness within like moths to a flame, enthralled and corrupted even before reaching their destination. Whatever the source of their dark genesis, they have all become dark, twisted monsters whose still human visage is all the more horrible for being only skin deep.
A creature hidden from sight until one's eyes are truly opened. These bat-like creatures fly around, their single putrid-green eye splitting into a gaping maw of teeth when anything comes near, swooping down in a vicious attack.
They also make for a really cute plushie!
This grotesque shambling corpse that was once a man seems to be infested with something. Tentacles cover their face and seem to function as eyes, with a larger tentacle protruding from the mouth which seems to propel the corpse forward. At the back of their neck some slick mass pulsates.
Non-Euclidean Horror Algarott
A vision of nightmares brought to life, Algarott dwells in the places between, and can travel through geometry composed of straight angles. Its skin – if it can be called that – is a sickly ooze, creeping over its form and randomly erupting into grasping tendrils that appear to have a mind of their own. Gaps in the ooze reveal the flesh underneath. Its torso is shaped like a dog's, and its hindquarters like a horse, though with hooves that instead turn into slithering tentacles, while its tail has another gaping maw.
Want to discover what other dark and twisted horrors can that we come up with? Fund the campaign and find out!
As you can see by playing the demo, a substantial amount of work on the game has already been completed, which is why we're asking for a lower initial funding amount to complete the rest of the game and deliver a completed project.
For the initial $10,000 goal, the breakdown is as follows:
Q: But where are the fees, shipping costs and such?
A: We believe so strongly in this project that, if it is funded, we will cover taxes, fees, and other expenses on the initial funding goal out of our own pocket.
Risks and challenges
Kitsune Games is an indie studio that has been around for nearly 6 years, and the team collectively has over 20 years of industry experience and has worked on and shipped many games.
Lore Finder itself is already reasonably well developed, as we feel the demo shows. We've added a generous overflow buffer of time to complete the project for our estimate, and we've chosen stretch goals that are fun for you, the backers, but won't cause giant delays in the completion of the game.
While there's a risk backing any kind of project on Kickstarter, we feel confident that if we hit our funding goal we can deliver the product described within budget and on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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