Remember those old magnetic gyro-wheel toys we played with as kids? We brought it back. With style.
Do you remember these?
We do. In fact if you're like us you remember wasting many hours over this little device.
There's nothing like the gravity defying nature of magnets. It's something magical and fascinating. Toys have used both magnets and gravity to entertain in novel ways for ages, and now it's time video games do.
Rails is a mobile game for iOS and Android. It's based on a novel usage of gravity and magnets that are a throwback to the toys we played with as kids. It's stylistically simple and downright fun to play.
The game's simple design and ease of accessibility make it a perfect traveling companion. It's a pick-up-and-play game. The motion controls make it a wonderful challenge for young and old alike.
"How do I play rails?" You might be asking. It's as simple as moving your phone. Tilt your phone to build up momentum, and build up momentum to swap rails. Swipe the screen to jump.
Each level is a puzzle. Collect all the orbs and move on to the next level. Some levels will have multiple exits and tricky, physically simulated mechanisms that you'll have to navigate.
It's being released this September and we need your help! We have so much momentum built up behind the project already, but without your help it's going to be tough to distribute this game and give it the future it deserves.
Rails is technically a platforming puzzle game, if you want to put a label on it. But what sets Rails apart from the rest of the platforming world is the same thing that made our favorite toy so fun: magnets.
The magnets act like real magnets and will allow the wheel to stick to any rail it may be touching. The slower the wheel is moving, the less likely it is that it will break the magnetic pull. The more momentum and speed you build the easier you can break away from the magnets.
Rails also features a state-of-the-art Cat Scan Cam. This will give you the ability to put pictures of your cat on the wheel for customization. You can also use pictures of your friends, children, or boss.
Beyond that here's a list of some equally important--but self explanatory-- features:
- Time Trials (Ghost Racing)
- Leader boards
- The Top Shop (Top Upgrades and the Such)
Rails is powered by Cryogenic Studios' Hippo 2D™ engine.
How To Play
Rails is a pretty fantastic twist on a really simple concept.
Rails will feature at least 4 different art styles, one for each act in the game. Each art style is going to be built around the features and gameplay aspects of each of these acts.
We love music, and hate to limit ourselves to one style of song. So Rails is going to be chock-full of varying types of music that correspond to the art of the level. If you click on the link above you'll get a chance to listen to one of our songs called "Wheels Up."
What else can we put in rails? Here is a list of features the staff of Lava Yeti want to put in the game, but aren't necessary. If we're able to raise more than our goal than we'll be able to include:
150% of goal = Extra-hard levels included in the base game
200% of goal = A multiplayer battle arena
300% of goal = An in-game level editor and features to share custom maps with your friends and the rest of the world
So you want to know where your money's going to go to? We already have a game prototype and are working to take that to a fully fledged game. That involves lots of tweaking, new art, music, and marketing. If you back us than you're playing an incredible part in making this wonderful new game a reality.
To sum things up we've made this awesome game. We want you to play it, and to get there we need your help.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The biggest obstacle we're facing is running out of money too soon. Even with the $3,000 we're still operating on a tight budget. So we're going to solve this by being proactive, only spending our dollars where it counts. That way, we can use it to the best of our ability, and you guys still get an awesome game out of the deal.
As far as other set backs, we're looking at an early September release but we all know delays do happen. We're doing everything we can to prevent that from happening on our side. If production delays do happen we'll keep you in the loop every step of the way. Accountability and communication with our customers is very important to us. Rest assured that our staff will do everything in our power to ensure that this game is released and meets the standards of quality that the community expects.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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So you took it upon yourself to fund the whole project? Well that's awesome! So what do you get? Everything listed above, plus you'll be our lifelong friend. As long as we're making games, we'll keep you in the loop with prerelease updates and exclusive information not available to anyone else. Basically, we'll keep you in the loop on the ongoings of Lava Yeti just like you were a real life friend of ours, because you are! Also includes a real life Rails model, some posters and any other swag we can come up with, all signed by the entire team.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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