About

Fallen Angel is a pixel art hack and slash action RPG where you play as Lucifer returning to the Kingdom of Heaven to seek revenge against your maker.

Battle a diverse army of angelic enemies in fast paced, frenetic combat with an aerial flare inspired by games like Bayonetta and Devil May Cry.

Explore seven unique realms of heaven and defeat the Archangel boss guarding each one.

Fallen Angel features a beautiful and nostalgic art style combined with modern combat design inspired by other indie games like Hyper Light Drifter and Wizard of Legend.


Gameplay

Fallen Angel’s core gameplay is about fast and satisfying top down action. Rip through hordes of angels, knock them into the air, and smash them into oblivion.

 Fill your Pride meter to unleash the beast within and turn into a powerful demon.

Epic Archangels and other challenging divine beings stand in your way. Consume their souls to gain godly powers. 

 Features
 

  • Play with a friend in two player local co-op!
  • Explore the seven realms of heaven, each with a unique theme and setting. Jump and glide through these levels in any order you wish, and find waypoints to save your progress.
  • Smooth and responsive hack and slash gameplay accompanied by an array of abilities. Shoot, Slash, dash, and smash your way through heaven.
  • Knock enemies into the air to juggle them
  • Counter enemies with a perfect parry to stun and execute them.
  • Unlock new weapons and abilities by defeating Archangels and consuming their soul
  • Find skill points by exploring the world and defeating powerful enemies to upgrade your abilities within an epic skill tree. Perfect your playstyle by mixing and matching traits to your liking.
  • Converse with fully voice acted Archangels and NPCs to learn about the mysteries of heaven.
  • Equip items that add special effects to certain abilities.
  • Discover hidden areas by ledge grabbing and climbing.

 Take the role of the most infamous character in the history of mankind, and embark on a bloody quest to regain paradise. 

The universe lies in ruin after the catastrophic War in Heaven. God has departed, leaving his creations to fend for themselves in a universe without fate.

Will you take the Mantle of God and become the new ruler of the universe?

...or will you end the tyranny of creation by destroying it all?

Like John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Fallen Angel re-imagines the biblical lore of Genesis from the perspective of Lucifer. Climb the tower of Heaven, depicted as a giant luxury hotel, towards a final confrontation with your maker.

The pixel art style of Fallen Angel is inspired by recent top down action games like Hyper Light Drifter and Wizards of Legend.

The explosive combat animations and cinematics are inspired by anime series such as Devilman Crybaby andMob Psycho.

Lucifer in Demon Form (Artwork by Jonathan Hsu)

The game features juicy, handcrafted pixel art. Explore a beautiful yet twisted interpretation of heaven drawn by our talented pixel artists.

The Seven Realms of Heaven are controlled by the Archangels. They are loyal to God, but each have a different interpretation of his message. Explore the different levels to find these epic bosses and slay them to take their holy powers.

Uriel, Michael, and Gabriel (Artwork by Jonathan Hsu)

 Boss Concepts (Concept Art by Jimmy Ip) 

Here are some concepts of our epic archangel bosses, each with their own interpretation of God's message. They all have distinct personalities and unique realms. Our team has done extensive research on the ancient texts written about these characters, and we hope fans of biblical mythology will enjoy our faithful but unorthodox interpretations of these Angels.

Gabriel, Archangel of Heralds

Once, Gabriel was God’s personal messenger. Until one day, God bestowed a special upon Gabriel: defend and protect his creation, Adam and Eve. Shocked by the gravity of this task, Gabriel accepted without question. He vows to uphold God’s final order with his life.

Raphael, Archangel of Vitality

Archangel Raphael invites all to his realm to heal from any affliction and enjoy all manners of pleasures. Here, the Angels of Raphael’s dominion party like there’s no tomorrow… for eternity.

Michael, Archangel of Battle

During the War in Heaven, Lucifer and Michael fought an epic battle. Michael remembers this battle as his greatest moment, and claims Lucifer as his eternal rival. Now, Michael sits in his halls, waiting for a worthy opponent to walk through his doors once more.

Uriel, Archangel of Conflagration

Uriel was fanatically loyal to God, and has decided to continue God's work in a twisted vision. Uriel rules the realm with an iron fist, upholding the holy commandments with no remorse. Fire and brimstone rain over any who dare to interfere with Uriel's domain.

Ramiel, Archangel of Guidance

In an advanced data realm, Ramiel studies the mysteries of the universe, constantly trying to decipher God’s creations. Ramiel hopes to obtain the power of god by continuously analyzing data until it is possible to recreate God’s original thought processes of creation. 

Azrael, Archangel of Death

In a dark and cosmic realm, Azrael is in tune with life and death. He holds a book that contains the name of every sentient entity, and is constantly rewriting his tomes for eternity. Azrael patiently waits for the return of all souls to his realm.

Akrasiel, Archangel of Justice

Akrasiel's realm still bears old wounds of The War in Heaven. A civil war rages on and Akrasiel leads God's army to annihilate any insurgencies that emerge. As sheriff of his domain, his sense of duty and vengeance knows no bounds. Akrasiel makes it his divine quest to ensure that “justice” is served.


Narrative Inspirations

The story of Fallen Angel is inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost. Lucifer plays the role of protagonist and Anti-villain, attempting to hopelessly fight God. We are creating  a visceral ARPG experience that explores the deep lore of biblical mythology.

Paradise Lost, Illustration by Gustave Dore

Matrioshka Games is a small development studio focused on delivering visceral action games. Our HQ is based in Philadelphia, but we have team members located all over the world from Brazil to Norway. 

The studio name is inspired by the science fiction/hypothetical megastructure called  the matrioshka brain. It is a star surrounded by layers of shells that absorb all of the star's energy. Our goal as an indie studio is to create awesome games surrounded by layers of talented developers and build a company that will rise to stellar levels.

The backer rewards we are offering shows our gratitude for your support! We can't make this project without your help, and we want you to be a part of the game development. Immortalize yourself within Fallen Angel in a variety of ways with our in-game backer rewards. 

We are avoiding physical rewards because they would complicate the delivery of our product and take away time from developing the actual game.  This way, all your money will directly fund the development of the product we want to deliver.

Higher tier backers get really involved with the games development, and we will be in constant contact with you to make sure your ideas cohesively tie in with the rest of the game. We will design all the art assets based on your ideas, and implement them in the way you want them to be seen. Game design is a very complicated process and ultimately changes may be made in the final product, but we will do our best to work with you and accommodate your vision.



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Looking for just a specific reward? You can do this by managing your pledge and adding the amount of the specific reward desired to your chosen tier. Feel free to mix it up and create your own custom tier! We will send you a survey after the campaign ends to confirm with you which rewards you wanted.

  •  Digital Download of OST: + $7 
  •  Digital Download of Art Book: + $ 9
  •  Early Access to Game Builds: + $13 
  •  Become an Interactive NPC in the Game: + $60 
  •  Receive a Pixel Art Portrait of you that will appear in-game: + $88 
  •  Co-Design a skill tree node: + $200 
  •  Co-Design an Item: + $200 
  •  Co-Design an in-game enemy: + $400 
  •  Co-Design an in-game area: + $1000 
Lucifer Rising (Artwork by Jonathan Hsu)

Risks and challenges

Game development is a crazy, complex and creative process. Every day the team is working hard on this game to make sure it delivers the awesome experience we want it to. A lot of the challenges we are facing come from making sure our combat gameplay is super smooth and tight, and balancing our game development work with the rest of our busy lives. A successful Kickstarter campaign is crucial to fund the team so we can spend more time and effort on game development.

This game began as a small project right when most of us started college. It's been over 3 years now, and it has changed tremendously into this large scale game with multiple levels, bosses, and gameplay systems. We have learned so much from this development process, and we will continue to learn even more as we get closer to our launch date.

We want to be transparent with our development process, so we will constantly keep our backers updated with the latest development features. Each stage of our production plan will be revealed so our fans know exactly what's going well, and what's giving us trouble.

We understand that many video games funded through Kickstarter don’t make it to a feature complete launch. To avoid this, we have strictly designed a game with a reasonable scope that can be executed by our team. Additionally, we are embedded within a supportive indie dev community here in Philadelphia, and we will continue to rely on their support as we develop the game for launch.

We have already come this far with our small team, and we will never give up. We are grateful for your support and we can't wait to let you play the game that we've been fueling with our blood, sweat, and tears. Fallen Angel going to be an awesome, unique game featuring never-before-seen 2D aerial combat and the infamous protagonist, Lucifer himself. Stay with us, and get hyped!

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