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TZUUM (Canceled)

The inventor of Laser Tag, George Carter III, has created an audio immersive outdoor combat game for your iPhone ... and It's AMAZING!

TZUUM (Canceled)

The inventor of Laser Tag, George Carter III, has created an audio immersive outdoor combat game for your iPhone ... and It's AMAZING!

$8,660
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
52
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 6 2016

About

Inventor George Carter III is revolutionizing the gaming industry once again with TZUUM, his innovative outdoor combat game that combines military concepts with the technology of the iPhone.

Carter III first made waves in the gaming industry in the mid-80’s with his introduction of Photon, the world’s first Laser Tag game, which has steadily climbed the ranks of most popular games ever. Carter III combined the roots of Laser Tag with classic outdoor fun, competitive stakes, and modern-day iPhone app play to create his newest gaming venture, TZUUM (pronounced “Zoom”). Seamlessly weaving military technology with audio immersion, Carter designed a live action outdoor combat game that allows players to utilize virtually any space as their playing field allowing them to stay connected through their iPhone while it provides audio effects and serves as the gun, map, and scoring system. Realizing that smart phones have become an inextricable part of the fabric of American lifestyles, Carter created TZUUM in a way that allows players to jump into their phone through a free download game.

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TZUUM allows users to battle anytime, outdoors without the hassle or cost of having to go to a physical arena. Additionally, it does not require players to wear any type of weighty equipment or sensors, allowing them to dart quickly through their battle field of choice. TZUUM immerses its players in the battle through the use of headphones where players can hear shots whizzing by and shrewd spotters sanctioned to lead players away from danger toward areas that provide the highest tactical advantage. GPS technology and sensors in the phone offer players up-to-the-second location updates and allow for them to acutely aim and shoot their targets spot on by using close air support weapons such as drones and helicopter gunships.

“The eye forgives what the ear does not,” said Carter. “Using three-dimensional sound and an audio-first approach, TZUUM is more intuitive and stands apart in the Augmented Reality gaming world that is used to seeing mainly visual-first approaches.”

TZUUM is truly the way Laser Tag was meant to be played!

TZUUM is a unique outdoor augmented reality gaming experience that briliantly marries technology with freedom of movement. Augmented reality is huge right now but the majority of experiences rely on viewfinders which, while fun, make natural body movement through an environment awkward.

Besides, why do we need a virtual environment when we have a compelling, real environment on the other side of our front door?!

The TZUUM experience is based on the pure and simple fun of running around outdoors for cooperative gameplay - which can't be done when you have something covering your eyes. By using three-dimensional audio TZUUM creates an emotionally engaging, immersive gameplay experience that will have players moving even more than Pokemon Go!

ADVANCED WEAPONRY
Because targeting is geolocation based it's possible to hit players at ridiculous distances (seriously, we tagged someone two towns over during testing.) The initial version of the app includes direct fire capability and indirect fire options such as Drones and Gunships with a range currently capped at 500 meters (which we may increase once we learn how users like to play.)

 

 

 

SHIELD
Point the phone upwards to activate your shield and buy yourself some time to take cover.

 ENEMY POSITION SCAN

TZUUM can hit a target 5 football fields away which means gameplay is possible over large areas. You'll definitely want to do a scan for opposing team position to locate them.

AUDIO IMMERSION
This is one of the coolest aspects of TZUUM. Use your headphones to get cues from your spotter and hear the combat around you. Check out sample audio clips below in the music & Sound section!

PHONE GRIP
This is the other cool aspect of TZUUM. Totally mechanical, no electronics yet ridiculously responsive. Play with the optional TZUUM Phone Grip for faster gameplay and more freedom of movement.

 

 

TIMED GAMEPLAY
Set the game length and go at it. Your spotter will let you know when the game is about to begin as well as when it's about to end.

We have a TON more gaming options in our backlog but we're eager to get this first version into your hands so we can learn about what you like and don't like. We're building this game to be a fun, cooperative outdoor gaming experience for YOU so we'd love to hear your feedback!

 

We are looking for a few good players to test out TZUUM and help us shape what is soon going to be the next most talked about game.

There are a limited number of spots we can support so sign up at www.tzuum.com if you want to help us make gaming history ... again!

 

 

 

 

Put your headphones on and check out these examples of the actual, immersive audio you'll hear during game play. Being outside playing the game you'll already be in the middle of the action but this audio takes it to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

 

 We're always looking for feedback so feel free to reach out and share your thoughts. And if you want to experience the gameplay with audio, early, sign up to beta test at www.tzuum.com!

 

We're sure there is a pledge level for everyone! Keep in mind, the more players in a match the more exciting the experience so go for multiple Phone Grips so you're combat ready. Also, at each level we have included a Kickstarter Exclusive of game content for our backer as a special thanks for supporting this project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George has told us, on a couple of occasions, he's worked with a number of different teams over decades of building products but the TZUUM team is one of the best he's worked with. We're incredibly honored to be a part of George's team and enjoy crafting the TZUUM experience with his attention to gameplay detail. The team is made up of award-winning game designers, app developers, Experience Designers and marketers. We all take our craft personally, are dedicated to creating the best gaming experience possible and, most importantly, we're confident you will absolutely love TZUUM!

 

This is George's last big project so to see this funded would be a dream and go a long way toward making his last project a success. We've got stretch goals that, if we are lucky enough to reach them, enable us to make amazing additions to the game. George has a ton of great ideas for the game based on his experience  - which has inspired our team to add a bunch more. We really want to hear what your ideas are, as well.

Please like, follow and share to help us reach these goals!

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While the game works great with just the phone we've realized during our rigorous testing the best TZUUM experience is with the Phone Grips. We've invested heavily in the app development and are using Kickstarter to fund the production of Phone Grips to support the growing interest in TZUUM. 

Our goal is the best possible gaming experience that more closely matches George's original vision for Laser Tag and is a lot more fun.

We've tested a number of different designs and George developed an INGENIOUS Grip as the final solution. No batteries, no electronics yet we've achieved split-second reaction of the app upon pulling the trigger. You have to experience it first-hand! (pun intended)

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Risks and challenges

George Carter III and his team have a 50 year track record of bringing engineering projects from R&D concept to consumer-grade retail products.

Over the past 2 years the TZUUM product has gone through numerous iterations and stress testing for both usability and material durability. We have completed nearly a 1,000 hours of field testing simulations and are confident that the finished product will withstand the normal stress of gameplay - as well as offer reasonable protection of the user's phone.

The tooling of the Phone Grip is complete, and all specs are ready, we just need the backers to help with the manufacturing process and cost. To speed up the process, we are doing all of the final assembly in Texas. By doing this, we can assure quality, cheaper shipping rates and it will speed up the delivery of the product greatly. This will reduce manufacturing chain risk almost completely.

While we are confident that the hardware and first iteration of the software with pre-loaded gameplay modes will be done in 2016, any additional gameplay modes which are unlocked with stretch goals will not be delivered simultaneously. The good news is that additional content will simply be an app update to the program installed on your phone. This process makes it super easy for us to keep the latest and greatest version of TZUUM updated.

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    Special Guest Invite to TZUUM Event with George Carter III Playtesting \ Includes 4-Player Premium Pack \ Flags \ Limited Edition Laser Tag Soundtrack on Original CD \Two Year Membership \ Rules Advisory Committee \ Audition for Spotter Voice \ Signed "Blue-Handled" Phone Grips \ Beta Tester \ Signed Original Photon Gear \ Also Includes ALL unlocked Stretch Goals
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