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- - We reached 5K! As promised, we will add Android and iPad version of the game to the pre-order rewards. Any money we get beyond this point will be used to pour more love into the game and support our team. - -
No, that isn't a typo. Organ Trail is a zombie-parody-remake of the classic game, Oregon Trail, for the Apple 2.
This game currently exists as a playable flash game at our website:http://www.hatsproductions.com/organtrail.html
We released the game about 14 months ago and the game exploded beyond our expectations with over 600K players so far. So we've decided to listen to the fan's comments and turn Organ Trail into a proper game for iPhone, iPad and Android. We want the PC/Mac version to be something that you would buy on services like Steam or Desura.
Totally fake story behind the game:
"Originally developed many years ago as a teaching tool for students, schools across America used the game to prepare children for the impending zombie apocalypse, and dysentery. But what the public doesn't know is that the released version does not follow the program director's original design. Before they tried to have him killed, he stole all the code and it has taken him 40 years to program the game in his own vision. Unfortunately no one uses the Apple-II anymore, so he's putting it on those newfangled phones."
This is a Director's Cut. We want to give a proper treatment to this game and include all the ideas that we didn’t get to the first time around. The story will get a slight re-arrangement and it will play better than the one you can play for free on our site. Plus, you will be able to play it on your phone! (Hot Damn!)The largest task will be to overhaul the interface to fit a touch interface in addition to the mouse and keyboard.
As you can see from the rewards, the community also has a chance to contribute to the design of this game. It’s all so very exciting/frightening!We will be adding a new conversation mechanic, where you will meet other survivors and interact with them.
We are also adding tombstones written by the community to the random encounter system.We will be redoing the entire soundtrack, for a commercial license. And I’m glad to announce we will be giving that soundtrack to anyone who donates 20$ or more.
We will finish all the art. (Did anyone even notice that we didn't finish the art last time?)
And... Other changes!
***If you need international shipping, please contact us and we will figure out how much more it will cost us to send you rewards***
PLEDGE $1 OR MORE
***ALL SUPPORTERS WILL GET A SPECIAL THANKS IN THE CREDITS***
PLEDGE $10 OR MORE
Your choice of 5 Organ Trail postcards or buttons.
Postcards are available for the following 10 cities: Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, Dallas, Albuquerque, Las Vegas & Salt Lake City.
PLEDGE $20 OR MORE
A Digital-preorder for the game on iPhone, iPad, Android, PC or Mac. A Digital version of the new soundtrack. A custom tombstone engraving of your choice*, to be added to the game. And your choice of 5 Organ Trail postcards or buttons.
*all submissions must pass an approval. (Nothing to offensive!)
PLEDGE $35 OR MORE
A Limited Edition Organ Trail Shirt. You can pick between multiple designs, including our GLOW IN THE DARK zombie hoard shirt, in men’s or women’s fit. (Plus digital-preorder, digital-soundtrack & custom in-game tombstone.)
PLEDGE $50 OR MORE
The Big Bundle - A Limited Edition 11" x 17" Organ Trail Poster. Plus, everything mentioned above. (Digital-preorder, digital-soundtrack, custom in-game tombstone, shirt, postcards AND buttons)
PLEDGE $50 OR MORE
Limited Reward: 10
An achievement of your naming and design added to the game. We will talk to get your suggestions on the design and content. Note that I retain veto power for these ideas. You'll appear in the credits as a Consultant Designer. (Plus digital-preorder, digital-soundtrack & custom in-game tombstone.)
PLEDGE $100 OR MORE
Limited Edition Organ Trail Statue.* (Plus digital-preorder, digital-soundtrack & custom in-game tombstone.)
*size has yet to be determined. Should be ~4 inches around the base.
PLEDGE $100 OR MORE
Limited Reward: 20
The Big Bundle, PLUS: A random encounter in the game designed after your specifications.This is for the new conversation mechanic being added to the game. We will talk to get your suggestions on the design and content. Note that I retain veto power for these ideas. You'll appear in the credits as a Consultant Designer.
PLEDGE $150 OR MORE
All the physical goods and more! The Big Bundle & Organ Trail Statue. Includes: A Limited Edition poster, shirt, postcards & buttons. (Digital-preorder, digital-soundtrack & custom in-game tombstone.)
PLEDGE $250 OR MORE
Limited Reward: 5
The Big Bundle & Organ Trail Statue. PLUS: A "Zombie Caricature" of yourself. We will make 2 versions; one illustrated and one pixelated. We will give you a digital copy, and mail you a framed 3x5 sized print. As well, if you want, we will find a way to slip your undead likeness into the game.
PLEDGE $500 OR MORE
Limited Reward: 2
The Big Bundle & Organ Trail Statue. PLUS: Help us design a new game mechanic for the game. It could be a new hunting mini-game that let's you scour the city for supplies other than food, a new special infected enemy type or a proper cure added to the game. We will talk to get your suggestions on the design and content. Note that I retain veto power for these ideas. You'll appear in the credits as a Designer.
We don't make any money! All the operating costs of the Hats has been out of pocket so far. We really want to make a cool game and that takes more than pocket change. Here is a breakdown of where the money will go.
There are 2 tiers of goals we have planned for.
For $3,000 - We will be able to buy the development licenses we need to publish the game, bare minimum.
For $5,000 - We will be able to purchase necessarily development hardware for iPad and time-saving development tools for the project.
Any amount beyond our goal will really help us polish the game into something great. It would also be cool to pay people who are sort of doing work for us on a, “good faith,” basis. We currently net no profit from the Hats and all the money we get will be be a great seed for all future projects.
We hope you are as excited as we are. I'm freaking out! But in a good way.
If you donate to our project and ever meet me in person, be sure to tell me so I can look you in the eye when I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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