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$360
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 23 2013 11:28 PM UTC +00:00
$360
pledged of $4,471pledged of $4,471 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 23 2013 11:28 PM UTC +00:00

About

Dark Springs is a unique first-person horror game with a heavy emphasis on exploration and some platforming elements. Essentially you make your way through Dark Springs discovering what happened to the previous occupants via in-game notes. The majority of the game has you exploring and (optional) completing platforming challenges for hidden items that progress the story. If you manage to collect them all, you will be rewarded with a special ending assuming you're brave enough to do so. Throughout the game you will be pursued.. by what i cannot say just yet.

NOTE: The video above contains alpha footage of the first area of the game. We still have plenty more models in need of polish that we need to place there. Plenty more scripts, random occurrences, and creepy "what-was-it"s still need implementing.

Game Features

  • Immersive Story - This isnt your typical jump scare game. Our humble team of two knows that story matters. Thats why we love our story. It feels unique and clever and we cant wait to show you what happens next!
  • Platforming - Thats right, the game will have platforming. Simple, challenging, and fun is what we're aiming for in terms of platforming.
  • Style- The entire game is made to feel like you're in a western horror story, except much more terrifying!
  • Collectibles- We've always felt like collectibles add something special to the game. Even more so when they reward you for collecting them. Be warned however, not every corner is safe..
  • Exploration - You're encouraged to explore! Many visual treats and hidden surprises are rewarded for exploring.
  • Atmosphere - We want you to feel the dread of being watched. "It" wants you to feel the pain of Dark Springs. The creepiness factor will be so high, ill be having nightmares for weeks! Hurray!
  • First Person View - Who wants to be away from the creepiness when you could be face first into it?
  • Easter Eggs - Fun ones! Not the kind that are left by an 8 foot tall ghost/bunny that you never actually see. Make sure you look hard, they wont be easy to find.
  • Fear - Like your first tattoo, you will scream like a little girly man.. or hide it and act like it was nothing.
  • Random Events - Exactly what it sounds like! Random events will be placed throughout the game to give each play through a unique feel. 

Misc. Information

  • Estimated Release Date: Dec 2013 (maybe sooner)
  • Who are the Developers?: Just a couple with a dream based in Sunny California. Me and my husband have been wanting to make memorable games ever since mario graced our living rooms and now we finally get too.
  • What am I funding?: Scripting, Extra Models, Sound Effects, Contracting, and Licenses.
  • What platform will this be released on?: PC, maybe other platforms depending on the kickstarter.
  • How much will the final game cost?: We embrace the idea of TRUE free to play. Therefore when the game is released, it will be free to the public. You play first, then pay after (if you choose too). You can pay however much you think the game is worth. If you think its worth $20 or $0 its up to you.
  • Any stretch goals?:  This kickstarter is the minimum amount required to make this game come to life. We're constantly pitching ideas between fellow game loving friends and ourselves on ways to improve while we're still in the development stage. As the kickstarter grows, stretch goals may be added.

Story Thus Far...

Dark Springs was owned by one of the wealthiest ore tycoons around. He had his workers mine endlessly just to make a profit. One day workers stumbled upon something. Reports of terrifying sounds, odd events, and weird sightings came shortly after. Weeks of disaster forced the old tycoon to part ways with the mine. He eventually sold it to a poor, desperate family who were living on their last meal. The family always wondered why the old tycoon sold the mine for such a low price. It wasn't long until they found out...

Updates

Jun 01 - Started a kickstarter. Game updates will be placed here, our facebook page, and our website when its completed.

Jun 12 - After an unexpected speed bump, things are picking right back up again. Some updates and info regarding mechanics and progress:

  • Creature design is finally complete! Its not your typical "creature" we're just calling it that for the sake of ease without giving away story elements.
  • Platforming has been redone. It didnt feel fun having to make jumps while being terrified especially if you continuously fail thus platforming has been "tuned down". There will still be jumps for exploration, but you CAN complete the entire game without making a single jump now.
  • The first area (formerly intro area) is starting to look real nice. We want to show it off when its almost completely different from the introduction video. 

If you would like more updates beyond our kickstarter, feel free to like us on facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/DarkSprings

Help turn this terrifying vision into a reality!

Even if the kickstarter fails. We're still grateful to those who pledged! I put my heart into this game and will still strive to finish it no matter the cost!

Risks and challenges

While Dark Springs may not be a huge game, we're still only a team of two. We're confident in our ability to make progress in a timely fashion but life does have a way of slowing things down. Despite anything that may be thrown at us, we will strive to deliver a game that is fun, memorable, and worthy of your support!

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    * You're very own Dark Springs T-Shirt! The t-shirt may or may not be haunted by one of the residents of Dark Springs..

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    * You're very own Dark Springs Hoodie! The hoodie isnt haunted, but it IS cursed..

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    - Dark Springs T-Shirt!
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    * Your name will be engraved in a place where the dead rest (name in the actual game)

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    - Name in credits!
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    - Dark Springs T-Shirt!
    - Dark Springs Hoodie!
    - Name engraving in-game!
    * Get your very own companion, a puppy. Thats right a puppy! He will follow you around and maybe take your mind off the impending doom that is Dark Springs. He also comes with a light on his collar so he doesnt get lost!

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Funding period

- (20 days)