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Last updated May 3, 2019

Invisible Fist - Late Capitalism Card Game

Fight the Invisible Hand of The Free Market as a billionaire, middle-class student or a factory worker in this political game!

Invisible Fist - Late Capitalism Card Game

Fight the Invisible Hand of The Free Market as a billionaire, middle-class student or a factory worker in this political game!

$840
pledged of $1,500pledged of $1,500 goal
40
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 18 2019 1:57 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 3, 2019

About

The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer while the middle class disappears.

That’s why we are making a game about three very different characters fighting against the Invisible Hand of the Free Market. From the rich to the poor, you will experience both the highs and lows of Late Capitalism. Laugh, cry and empathize with others in this dark-comedy Card Game! 

Enough said. Download the demo and try it for yourself! It's still lacking some of the features and the balance may need some more work - let us know what you think. 

Work is in progress — So, this does not represent the final look of the game.
Work is in progress — So, this does not represent the final look of the game.

Invisible Fist is an indie, dark-comedy card game inspired by the rising inequality.  It’s a narrative deck building RPG game set in Late Capitalism and inspired by Cultist Simulator and Slay the Spire - but with a more casual gameplay. You will fight The Invisible Hand of The Free Market either as a multi-billionaire, a college student or a factory worker. 

 3 playable characters:

  •  Stories inspired by real news. Avocado toasts 🥑 instead of buying houses ? Check! Off-shore tax 💸 havens? Check! Working in a factory till you literally DIE ☠️? Check!

  •  150+ cards – play Work, Relax and Sleep cards to balance your Life, Stress and deal damage to the Invisible Fist. Gain special cards to create new combinations!

  •  Supporting characters- build relationships with your friends and family by performing missions for them. These relationships unlock powerful Special Cards. 
  •  Watch out for stress!- a little stress will motivate you, but a ton of it will give you a stress-related disorder. You can become depressed, delusional or suicidal among others. Even though they are negative, they will push you to adapt your playstyle, and add more strategies to the gameplay.  
  • · Create your own story- Your play affects dozens of your character's stories. You will deal with IRS investigation for your offshore accounts. Try to avoid a second shift in the local café or having to get money to see your family for holidays for the first time in years. Let's find out how it goes! 
  •  Sports Commentator - A sarcastic TV personality who snorted a little bit too much before your fight. Comments on your every move. Love him or hate him, he will talk you to death.
  •  A journey around the Late Capitalism - learn about the life, struggles and boons of Late Capitalism. Visit these locations among others: 
Trailer Park
Trailer Park
Millenials' room
Millenials' room
Private helipad
Private helipad

For graphics, we chose Rotoscoping. It’s an animation technique dating back to 1915 and was invented by a Polish-American animator called Max Fleisher. First, we record a life action, then our Art Director trace them in Adobe Illustrator to create our graphics. After all, we want Invisible Fist to be inspired by real people.

It also makes it easier to include you in the game if you choose a Tier with this reward! 

PRESS

"It’s not a title for everyone. But it surely stands out from other indie games because of one thing - it doesn’t cover up relevant problems in genre limitations of escapist genres like horror or sci-fi. Invisible Fist is brutally frank and a little bit grotesque, just like the modern world. We need more games that hit you between your eyes like this one."

Grzegorz Burtan, WP.pl [Polish]

I really want Invisible Fist. I will not hide that I like it to be a political game even if I prefer something more subtle, but what I would love to see is that each of those characters was at a different difficulty mode. Then, it would be really clear what we are talking about.

Javier Alemán, Nivel Oculto [Spanish]

TESTIMONIALS

"I don't often say 'this is something really different', but this is something really different. It's witty and peculiar and I'm really looking forward to the finished game."

Alexis Kennedy - Weather Factory (Cultist Simulator)

"In this brave and exciting game Invisible Fist, we see corporate capitalism and Silicon Valley explored for what it is: a scourge standing in the way of a fair and bareable mental life. Fun, provocative, brave and successful."

Alfie Bown - lecturer in Media Arts at Royal Holloway University London and author of The Playstation Dreamworld (Polity, 2017) 

We've won a fancy award at the Warsaw Games Show! Yay!
We've won a fancy award at the Warsaw Games Show! Yay!
We've showcased Invisible Fist on Games for Impact.
We've showcased Invisible Fist on Games for Impact.

Failcore is a Warsaw-based studio messing with games, politics and pop-culture. Invisible Fist is our first game so we are really hyped! We believe that we can bring innovative stuff from different areas of experience other than games. 

Check out Jan's previous projects.   

 Check out some of Oliwia's art. 

Our friends from Pineapple Works software-house provide us with the top-notch programming and porting solutions and help us make our ideas a reality. 

STEAM-KEY

Get a Steam-key that lets you activate and download the game digitally from Steam. 

DIGITAL ZINE

Dive into Late Capitalism’s absurdity and our development process and ideas we had for the game in this underground publication by Polish zines legend Maciej Misiewicz

YOUR FACE IN THE GAME

Become one of our Ring Announcers and show up randomly after every turn. Just send us your photo and you can become one of them! 

We’ve been developing Invisible Fist for over a year now. It’s our first game in this team and we are happy with the results. Kickstarter is a mean to secure funds to make the game even better and let people become a part of our journey before the game launches. 

Don’t feel ready to participate now?  

Click here to Wishlist Invisible Fist on Steam and buy it when it comes out!
Click here to Wishlist Invisible Fist on Steam and buy it when it comes out!
Click here to join our Discord channel.
Click here to join our Discord channel.

Risks and challenges

The game is almost completed and will be shipped in April. Hurray!

However, please keep in mind there could be a slight delay - game development is a crazy business and these things sometimes happens.

Our Kickstarter goal is to add more mechanics, content, and polish the game, so the main risk would be that you don’t like the finished product. Other than that, we are sure we will complete the game with stretch goals unlocked by additional funds.

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