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€2,829
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 25 2015
€2,829
pledged of €12,500pledged of €12,500 goal
95
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 25 2015

About

Portalnauts is a 2D platforming action adventure game featuring multiple characters, each with unique abilities, using their skills to fight an evil invading force all across the multiverse. Players will travel through the game recruiting and unlocking characters to help tackle the increasingly challenging worlds and unique bosses that lie within. 

When an evil force comes to invade the earth, just as it has in countless other dimensions, it’s time for the Portalnauts to join forces and take on this shadowy menace before the world, and even the universe is lost!

The full game features:

  • Instant switching between characters with different powers and abilities!
  • More unlockable characters, yet to be revealed!
  • Action platforming featuring a vast selection of levels and worlds!
  • A collectibles and upgrades system to power up your characters!
  • A retro inspired chiptune soundtrack!
  • Unique monsters from alternate dimensions (you can even pledge and design some monsters yourself!)
  • Challenging bosses, designed to make use of all the characters abilities
Inspired by 16-bit classics like Mega Man X, Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Sonic 2 & 3, Revenge of Shinobi and more, Portalnauts aims to capture the feel of early 90s games while bringing modern gaming standards into play.

The Portalnauts soundtrack features an exclusive chiptune tracks from the awesome Box Robot Studios! You can check out some of Box Robot's audio goodness at youtube.com/boxrobotstudios or check out a track from the game below:

 

Portalnauts Demo (Windows)Portalnauts Demo (Mac) - Portalnauts Demo (Linux)

The Portalnauts are a team of heroes from different universes uniting to defeat an evil pan-dimensional maniac. As you progress through the game you will unlock additional characters, each with unique abilities, who must all work together to take the madman down. More characters will be added as development continues, but here are some of the characters revealed in the game so far!

The main protagonist of the game, and creator of the Portals you travel through. He thinks he’s pretty great.
The main protagonist of the game, and creator of the Portals you travel through. He thinks he’s pretty great.
A hard-nosed fighter from the wastelands of his home-world, with the help of the other Portalnauts he decides to fight back against the darkness threatening his home. Did I mention he has a rocket pack and he fires lasers & rockets?
A hard-nosed fighter from the wastelands of his home-world, with the help of the other Portalnauts he decides to fight back against the darkness threatening his home. Did I mention he has a rocket pack and he fires lasers & rockets?
A silent warrior, bound by his code to cause no physical harm, that doesn’t stop him jumping and flipping all around the place with amazing agility.
A silent warrior, bound by his code to cause no physical harm, that doesn’t stop him jumping and flipping all around the place with amazing agility.
A holographic simulation created by the Scientist to assist in his work. She usually knows more about how things work than he does, not that that would be hard.
A holographic simulation created by the Scientist to assist in his work. She usually knows more about how things work than he does, not that that would be hard.
The mysterious villain of the game, nobody knows who he is, all they know is that he must be stopped at all costs!
The mysterious villain of the game, nobody knows who he is, all they know is that he must be stopped at all costs!

Below are some of the rewards you will get for pledging to support Portalnauts!

EARLY BIRD PORTALNAUT! - DRM-free digital copy of the game as well as a Steam key at a lower price only available through this Kickstarter!

GET THE GAME! - When the game is finished you will get a DRM-free digital copy of the game as well as a Steam key!

 MANUAL MADNESS! - Get a retro-styled instruction manual filled with hints and strategies to help you get through the game, as well as a copy of the game itself!

 EARLY ACCESS! - Get access to alpha & beta versions of the game before it's released to the general public!

AUDIO HEAVEN! - Get a digital download of the game’s soundtrack on release, as well as a copy of the game! Also includes a digital copy of the final game and alpha & beta access!

DIGITAL ART BOOK! - Get a kickstarter-exclusive digital art book featuring concept art and other fun stuff from the development of Portalnauts! It’ll look great on your digital shelf! Also includes: a digital copy of the final game, alpha & beta access and soundtrack download!

GET IN THE GAME! - Have a pixel-ised version of your face appear in a special area of the game, along with a small bit of personalised text too! Also includes: a digital copy of the final game, alpha & beta access, soundtrack download and digital art book!

DESIGN AN ITEM! - Suggest or design an item to be hidden somewhere in the game, whether in the background or as a secret collectible! Also includes: a digital copy of the final game, alpha & beta access, soundtrack download and digital art book!

LEVEL HEAVEN! - Become involved directly with the game's development and help design a level for inclusion in the game! Also includes: a digital copy of the final game, alpha & beta access, soundtrack download, digital art book and GET IN THE GAME reward tier!

IT’S A MONSTER! - Help design an enemy for inclusion in the game in many different places! Help decide how it should move and how it should attack. Also includes: a digital copy of the final game, alpha & beta access, soundtrack download, digital art book and GET IN THE GAME reward tier!

WHO’S THE BOSS? - Help design a massive threat for our heroes to overcome and defeat. From character design to how it attacks, we’ll make something fun and challenging together Also includes: all previous tiers!

If we can hit our main target, there are a number of features I’d love to add to the game depending on how much we can raise for development costs. Some are listed below with more to be revealed as we hit our goals!

Portalnauts needs YOUR help, so spread the campaign everywhere you can, from Twitter to Facebook to anywhere else you hang out. Make videos of yourself playing the game’s demo and having some fun. Anything you can do to help spread the word of Portalnauts can only help make this campaign a success and get you an even better game once it’s complete! You can share updates about the game from all these places!

You can also help by voting for Portalnauts on Steam Greenlight and help the game get released on Steam when it’s completed!

Publishing a game costs money, so funds will be used to pay required fees necessary for the game’s release. Funding will also go to pay for additional software & equipment, such as Unity Pro to make creation & testing of the game as smooth and straightforward as possible. Of course a portion of the fees will also go towards kickstarter’s fees as well as paying taxes on the funds raised. 

If any stretch goals are met additional funds will be spend hiring talent to complete additional work and assist with the game’s development! These additions will be poured into adding more features to Portalnauts, depending on how much we can raise, so whether you can make any pledges or just help by sharing this KickStarter with your friends online, every bit of help will make the game better and better! 

This will allow me to dedicate my time to making Portalnauts the best and most fun game it can possibly be for all the backers!

With a background in Computer Programming & Design, as well as a lifelong love of games I’m bringing all my experience together to make Portalnauts as much fun to play as it can be. I’ve been making videos talking about games on my youtube channel for a number of years. I’ve also been creating tutorials dedicated to teaching others to make their own games, as well as streaming development of Portalnauts live on my twitch channel.

 I’m 100% dedicated to making Portalnauts as fun as possible, and I can only do it with your help!

Risks and challenges

Portalnauts is a big project being developed by one person. As such there is always a risk of unforeseen circumstances holding up or delaying production. I am, however, fully committed to this project having already spent a significant amount of time creating the playable demo that currently exists, and providing the funding goal is met this project will be released as a full game without any corners being cut.

There are always risks of programming & coding issues arising, but the main functionality of the game is in place, and almost everything else has been prototyped to ensure they will work at least at a basic level. As such, I feel like these issues won’t cause many problems or hold up the game’s planned development schedule.

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