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POWERUP is a 2D Dungeon Crawler for 1 to 5 players inspired by classic platform videogames.
POWERUP is a 2D Dungeon Crawler for 1 to 5 players inspired by classic platform videogames.
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POWERUP the 16bit Board Game

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No one knows how or when they appeared, but the BUGs are here. At first they seemed like glitch, a purple blip on the screen, creeping in from a gap. And then they got bigger, and bigger, and started to bite. They'd show up in the middle of the Abbey, eating up Mario or ruining your best game of Golden Ax.

The BUGs have invaded all your classic games. These games that made you so happy as a child are now being conquered by these monsters from another dimension. If  things continue like this, there will be no classic games left.

Don't despair! There is a singular group of intractable warriors with the ability to stop them, a group of fighters equipped with the cutting-edge tech and the determination of all the classic game characters: the BUGBUSTERs are here too.

As a BUGBUSTER, your missions is to stop the invasion of the BUGs and find the cure.

The BUGMISTRESS, supreme leader of the BUGs, will stop at nothing to eliminate the threat, and will launch her final attack against them. Will the BUGBUSTERs survive this attack? Will they be able to eliminate all the BUGs?

POWERUP is a 2D Dungeon Crawler simulating classic 16-bit Run and Gun platform games. It’s cooperative, with the option to play in skirmish mode competitively. 

Squash the BUGS! Jump! Capture all the coins! Grab the POWERUP! Become EPIC! 

POWERUP is a table top game for 1 to 5 players inspired by classic platform video games. Specifically the Run-And-Gun ones. 

Remember how it felt to meet your best friend at the local arcade to play? We loved that feeling! And that’s why we decided to create this game. We want to bring you back to that place, and to be able share it with a younger generation as well. 

You will be part of an elite squadron in charge of eliminating Earths’ biggest threat: The BUGS.  The BUGS are creatures from an X Dimension who delight in annoying and tormenting humans crossing their path. Only a small elite group has the skills to stop them, and that’s you guys: The BUGBUSTERS! Run, shoot, punch, pummel, pick up coins and upgrade your character. Destroy the BUGs to win. 

Do you like retro platform games? Did you own a Megadrive and watch Masters of the Universe? Were you one of the ones that scooped up coins other players had left behind? POWERUP is a game for you.

ENGLISH AND SPANISH

The cards and the elements of the game are maintained in English for consistency with the arcades of 1990. The Manual comes in both English and Spanish.

Las cartas y los elementos del juego se mantienen en inglés por la coherencia con las recreativas de la época. El Manual viene tanto en ingles como en castellano.

2D DUNGEON CRAWLER

The modular board is in 2D. Like in classic platform games, a BUGBUSTER can move side to side or up and down. But be careful, don’t go down too fast! 

3 GAME MODES 

Play the perilous “Escape the HQ” campaign cooperatively. Enjoy Arcade Mode playing with friends on 8 types of missions. Challenge your friends to play “Death Match” and earn more victory points than your rivals. 

100% PIXELART 

Emulating classic 16-bit platforms the whole game is in pixel art. Discover the details in each card that will bring back the wonderful memory of these games.

+160 CARDS +128 TOKENS 

The Final Prototype & Contents
The Final Prototype & Contents

Everything you need for Campaigns and Arcade Mode is in the basic box. Pressed 2mm cardboard tokens are battle-ready. 

8 BUGBUSTERS! 

The basic game comes with 8 different BUGBUSTERS to choose from. Each of them with different traits and game strategy. 

Example of BUGBUSTER card
Example of BUGBUSTER card

EPIC MODE!

Turn your character into EPIC and destroy hordes of bugs in a burst. But be warned, EPIC mode doesn’t last forever.

EXAMPLE of EPIC BUGBUSTER card
EXAMPLE of EPIC BUGBUSTER card

8 BUGS

The BugMaster’s ranks are comprised of 8 different types of BUGs with different qualities and strategies. Destroying each of them will require a different approach. 

Example of BUG Card
Example of BUG Card

WEAPONS

Example of Weapon
Example of Weapon

Gear up at the POWERUP portals. In the basic game there are 32 special weapons with which to arm your warrior.

POW! CARDS

Example of POW! CARD
Example of POW! CARD

With the POW! cards you will have an ace up your sleeve in BUSTER to BUG combat These cards will give you advantages with extra dice rolls or additional character qualities to help you crush your rivals.

                   

TYPES OF PLEDGE

Testing the game

(this video has English subtitles)

Over 1 year ago we set out  to create a board game emulating the platform classics. This was our first prototype game in 2017.

Our first prototype
Our first prototype

For us one of the key parts of developing the game has been testing it  as much as possible. We have spent hundreds of hours assembling and taking apart game features, our goal was for balance and a game pace that made it challenging and fun. The premise has always been KISS (Kept It Simple & Sexy). We wanted a fast-paced game but with a strategy component that made it replayable.

Test! Test! Buggie!
Test! Test! Buggie!

We have given a lot of thought to the role of the bad guy. We wanted this role to have it's own strategy. It's important to us that the player who leads the BUGs has lots of fun doing it. 

Fools, Friends and Family... Thank you!
Fools, Friends and Family... Thank you!

HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER

In this expansion we broadened the scope of available characters with 32 new BUGBUSTERS. These new characters are very lethal and have some wild powers. Adding new characters allows you to have spectacular DeathMatch games.

MERCS

The MERCS expansion allows you to hire services of mercenaries and bounty hunters to favor your side of the gameplay. Whether you are a BUGBUSTER or BUG you can hire them to help you change coins or spawn points. 

Get this mini expansion that comes with 32 cards of hard and deadly mercenaries.

STORE REWARDS

Stores are important for us.

Game stores are special places, safe havens to daydream and let your inner-child out for a bit. So we want you guys to have something special from us: Store Reward cards.

Store Rewards are cards that give a player an additional advantage for their character at the beginning of the game. Each of these improvement cards is printed with the name of the store where it was received. In the game, if you lose against a player and you have equipped your character with the Store Reward, you must hand it over to the player who has defeated you. 

It's a tough rule, we know, but this brings more fun and risk when playing with these advantages. It's also a big thanks to stores backing the campaign. If you are a store and you take one of the store packages we will provide you  with a rewards pack personalized to your store.

The Final PROTO of the game
The Final PROTO of the game

estimated shipping prices

We want the shipping price to be as tight as possible for each one. If you live in Spain you can pick it up in store if you live in any capital. These are the estimated shipping prices for the CORE BOX:

South America 23 EUR
Australia 19 EUR
Canada 17 EUR
Japan 15 EUR
USA 15 EUR
Singapore 14 EUR
Europe ( Austria Belgium Switzerland Germany Denmark Finland France United Kingdom Ireland Italy Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Sweden Russian Fed. Czech Republic) 10 EUR
China 14 EUR

If you want more info about another place, send us a message

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STRETCH GOALS

There are three types of rewards in the game. The rewards for the basic box, the rewards for those who have the expansions and rewards for those who have any of the deluxe versions.

  • The Core Box Backers has only the Core Stretch Goals.
  • The Expansion Backers has the Core Goals +  the Stretch Goals of its expansions
  • The Deluxe Backers have all the Stretch Goals

Do you want to be part of the game? with the Ultra Deluxe version we customize your own attack squad of 4 hunters with you and your friends. What are you waiting for to be inside a board game?

SPANISH REVIEWS


WHY SUPPORT IT? 

This project is very important to us. For us the 80s and 90s were our earliest childhood and all the pop culture of the times made us who we are today. For this product we have invested love and care into all the tiny details, so that the experience of testing it was always the best. The materials, the colors, the names, the references, the game system ... have been carefully examined and worked through, in order to have a product that we are proud of and that would be as important to you as it is to us.

The final product is amazing, it is a game that makes people smile and bring back their childhood, showing to younger generations many of the things that now make us as we are. It brings on laughter, unrest, chaos, and epic moments that make people always want to play another game.

We want to continue expanding this universe, to bring continuity to it and to be able to add new extensions building from the basic game and nurturing the engagement we've seen players experience.

If when you see the pixel drawings your heart beats faster and a smile comes to your face, back it,  because we know this will be something that brings you joy. 

We are a study of game creators in which we have a lot of senior profiles of the audiovisual sector. This is our first table game that comes to the conventional market, but we have a lot of experience as a consultant in gamification of companies and advertising campaigns.

Ramón Redondo
Game Designer & illustrator

This is me in the nineties, watching my uncle shoot the first BUGGIE. I've been playing all my life. I love videogames and tabletop games... since I played the first Star Crusade all board games seemed like ways the author spoke to me, bringing me in. Today, I work as a Creative Director of a large full-service agency, with clients like Adidas, Samsung or Puig. I bring gamification to all our ad projects. This game is one my post personal works, a way to let my imagination run wild and tell a story.

Irene Tremblay
Operations Manager

In the nineties I was completely immersed in music and film. But as you can see from the photo, I was more of a nerd than a cool-kid rocker. Can I blame computers? The Internet became my world when we were both super-young. So I ended up working at websites and then as a User Experience Designer at tech firms. I love games with great artwork and intuitive rules, which are also my favorite things about POWERUP.

Music & VideoTeaser from the incredible AxelCasas, Gorka Ronquete and Didac Alcaraz. We love you! 

Thanks to Bea Bosch for the best BugBuster BIOS.

Thanks to the ludo association for giving me so much for so little. Thanks to all the designers of this association's experiences that have helped me to make my dream come true. Without them none of this would have been possible.

Risks and challenges

The game is 100% complete and playable, and the only design changes at this point will be those generated by different rewards. The money is for production of copies based on the prototype . We have a trustworthy manufacturing partner, but there is always the chance of a slight delay inproduction.

The date that we have set is a date that takes that type of setback into consideration, so it's likely we will have it before and therefore send it out earlier.

We will keep you informed about each step in the manufacturing process because we are very excited about the project and we want you, the people making it possible, to participate in this excitement with us.

We have made sure that the production of the game is done by a single manufacturer, avoiding depending on multiple suppliers. We've also made sure that the materials that are used are easy to manufacture so that you can have the game in the estimated timeframe.

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    POWERUP Board Game - Core Box

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    POWERUP - Here Comes A New Challenger

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    POWERUP DLC Edition

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    POWERUP Deluxe Edition

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    POWERUP Ultra-Deluxe Edition

    The Core Box of POWERUP with all the expansions and UltraBonus. Shipping will be charged separately after the Kickstarter Campaign has been completed.

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    STORE POWER PACK

    6 x Basic Core Box plus 12 store rewards. Shipping will be charged separately, once the Kickstarter Campaign has completed.

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    STORE POWERUP+EXPANSION PACKS

    6 x Basic Core Box + 6 x Here Comes a New Challenger Expansion + 6 x Mercs Expansions + plus 24 store rewards. Shipping will be charged separately, once the Kickstarter Campaign has completed.

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    BIG STORE PACK

    12 x Basic Core Box plus 36 store rewards. Shipping will be charged separately, once the Kickstarter Campaign has completed.

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    DELUXE STORE PACK

    6 x POWERUP Deluxe Editions + plus 32 store rewards. Shipping will be charged separately, once the Kickstarter Campaign has completed.

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