Kharon's Crypt is an eerie non-linear dungeon crawler game full of puzzles, riddles and deadly challenges, and graphics designed to follow the aesthetics of the beloved Game Boy Color. In Kharon's Crypt, you'll be playing as Kharon (a being thought to be death itself) in his mission to escape from the crypt where he had been sealed by a deranged king that wanted to elude death.
As Kharon, your abilities are flying, going through physical objects, and making your enemies feel dizzy. To defeat your opponents and escape from the crypt, you'll need to steal the bodies of your enemies by possessing them. You'll be able to fly in a bat's body, fight from inside a skeleton, or even use a mimic's abilities to help yourself hide.
Do you have what it takes to escape from the crypt and compel the Deranged King to meet his fate?
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Due to being a spirit, Kharon can't inflict damage on his enemies or interact with physical objects. In order to face the crypt's many threats, you'll need to steal the bodies of Kharon's enemies by possessing them.
To possess your enemies, you have to make them feel dizzy first. Once they're knocked down, you can possess their bodies.
You can also turn yourself ethereal to pass through objects, which can be useful if you need to run away. Moreover, the ethereal state turns you invulnerable for a few seconds.
The crypt is infested with dozens of different kinds of enemies. Each enemy has characteristics and abilities specific and exclusive to their body that you can take advantage of by possessing them. For example:
If you steal a winged being's body, like that of a bat, a Shan or a Byakhee, you'll be able to fly over the abyss of the crypt.
By stealing a fluid body like that of a Slime, you'll be able to slip through surfaces.
A Mimic's body can help you remain undetected by other fearsome, powerful creatures.
But the most important and useful bodies for you will be the bodies that have hands. Since Kharon can't interact with physical objects as a spirit–and therefore can't open doors or chests, activate mechanisms, or use weapons–, stealing a body with hands will allow you to do so very easily.
You will find dozens of different weapons in the crypt that you will be able to use as long as you possess a body with hands. Most of these weapons are too heavy to carry as a spirit, and they will drop to the ground when the possession is over. You can pick them up again by stealing a new body.
Main weapons such as swords, spears and axes have two types of offensive moves: a regular one and a special charge move unique to that weapon. Choosing the right weapon according to the situation will be the key to survive the many threats of the crypt.
Aside from the main weapons, you will also find throwing weapons, like Chakrams. Due to their light weight, they're easy to carry with you even when in your spirit form. However, you will still need to steal a body with hands in order to use them.
Cursed Objects are the rarest and most powerful weapons in Kharon's Crypt. They remain hidden in the depths of the crypt and they will come to great use when solving the puzzles and riddles that you will find in the crypt. These objects can be carried even in spirit form.
Like Kharon, other spirits were imprisoned in urns and sealed in the crypt. These urns hold within them the ire of hundreds of years of imprisonment, which will be unleashed once you break them.
You can break the urns either by throwing them or by striking them with a throwing weapon, like a Chakram.
Mirror of Nitocris
The Mirror of Nitocris can be used to deflect harmful flashes and lights to protect yourself.
The Mirror can also show the deepest fears and nightmares of anyone who looks in it.
The Haunted Urns and the Mirror of Nitocris are only two of the ten Cursed Objects that you will find in the crypt. Other Cursed Objects you will find are the Seeds from Lemb, the Járngreipr gauntlets, or the Iron Maiden.
Echoes of the Crypt
As you already know, the crypt is not only inhabited by terrifying creatures. There are also plenty of imprisoned spirits just like you.
The Echoes are the lost, undead souls of guardians that watch over the crypt. They will offer you sound advice and useful clues, as well as sell you maps of the different levels of the crypt. They will also be more than willing to give you some of their prized items... for a reasonable price, of course.
Will you pay them in gold or in blood?
In Kharon's Crypt, you will have to collect heart pieces, literally. When you were sealed, they took everything away from you–even your powers and your vitality. The only way to get them back is to retrieve your entrails.
Find the canopic jars containing your organs in order to get back the power that was stolen from you, and find your heart pieces to regain your vitality.
Puzzles and Riddles
The crypt is filled with hundreds of puzzles and riddles designed to prevent Kharon from escaping that will put your quick-wit and reflexes to the test.
Kharon's Crypt has been designed taking into account three types of color blindness–protanopia, deuteranopia and tritanopia–in order to make the game more accessible.
Every puzzle that requires color distinction in order to be solved has been designed to be colorblind-friendly. So everyone, colorblind or not, should be able see these two lasers as two different colors and distinguishable from the background.
Bosses and Mini Bosses
Demons risen from the depths of hell watch over the thresholds of the crypt. If you want to get away from them alive, you will have no choice but to muster your courage and face these powerful beasts.
But brute force won't be enough to defeat Bosses in Kharon's Crypt. You will need a combination of brains and brawn, and good strategies. Some of the most fearsome ones will be completely invulnerable and our mission will be to figure out how to harm them while trying to survive their brutal attacks.
Choose your weapons wisely before facing these demons, and remember–there's nothing stronger than the fear of death, and you are Death.
There was a King so deranged that he wished to defy his inevitable fate...Death.
When Kharon, the one who carries dead souls to their final rest, came to his castle, the Deranged King imprisoned Kharon in a cursed urn using black magic, thus preventing him from claiming the soul he had come to take.
However, the King knew that Kharon would not stay contained inside the urn forever, so he ordered to find the best and more experienced sorcerers and architects... To dig under his castle and build the most abyssal crypt ever built.
And, with the help of dark pacts and blood magic, he sealed Kharon's urn in it.
And the urn was left to rest in the depths of that eerie place.
And there it lay, still and intact, waiting in the dark. Until today...
Kharon is the main character. He is not Death, but if someone were to describe Death, they'd be describing Kharon. "That is not dead which can eternal lie," and tonight is the night Kharon finally breaks free from the urn that had been containing him for hundreds of years. Tonight is the night fate will be fulfilled, and none of the hundreds of traps and demons that inhabit the crypt will be enough to stop the wrath of the Lord of the Dead.
The Deranged King is the main antagonist. In order to defy death, the King imprisoned Kharon in a cursed urn, and ordered to build the most abyssal crypt that had ever been built to seal Kharon's urn in the depths of the crypt using dark pacts and blood magic. The Echoes of the Crypt tell stories about the King, and in all of them he's portrayed as a wise and kind monarch. But derangement can cloud the vision of even the purest of men when the shadow of death draws near.
They're the souls of people who died long ago and are now stuck in the crypt, unable to go to heaven or hell. They want to help Kharon as they know it's the only way they can break out of the crypt. Some of them will offer you their whisperings (advice), others will give you clues and others will sell you items in exchange for coins to pay for their passage to the afterlife. However, years of ethereal existence have made them very forgetful, and some of them can't remember their names, or if they were even human in the first place. But one thing they know for sure is that they are one with music, as music comes from the soul. And since for them pronouncing lines that don't combine is nothing short of a crime, they speak in rhymes at all times.
The Horrors are Kharon's enemies, but they can also become his weapons. Most of them wander the crypt aimlessly, but the worst Horrors are the ones that seal the thresholds to prevent Kharon from reaching the surface. But those are not the only Horrors you will see in this crypt. The closer you get to the exit, the more terrifying the Horrors you will encounter–Leng Spiders, Ghouls, Ghasts, Yigs, Shans, Byakhees, Wendigos or even Hounds of Tindalos.
There are also Demons that come to the crypt from the depths of hell just to have some fun getting their revenge on Kharon, since he was the one who sent them there and they still hold their grudges against him. They enjoy torturing Kharon and love how dull and eerie the world has become since he was imprisoned.
Gameplay-wise, Kharon’s Crypt is inspired by all the game influences that we had during our childhood. It’s mainly inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons, Hebi's favorite childhood games. They mean a lot to him as they were his first Zelda games, and some of the first games to make him spend months trying to solve many of their puzzles and challenges.
However, gameplay and playability are not everything. For us, the plot is a key component of a video game. That’s why we did our research and read the greatest book by two of the best horror writers, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, to prepare before writing Kharon's Crypt's script.
But literature has not been our only influence. In order to design Kharon's Crypt's universe, we've redesigned bits and pieces of universal mythology and then combined them with the wonder that is Lovecraft's lore. Just to name an example: Kharon, our protagonist, is not just the same Kharon from Greek mythology. He is also partially Osiris from Egyptian mythology and Yog-Sothoth from Lovecraft's lore.
By helping us you will not only make the game possible, but you will also earn amazing rewards available only for Kickstarter backers.
Supporter - €1
Thank you for supporting Kharon’s Crypt! Every contribution counts, so that’s why every supporter will get a personalized thank you GIF!
Early Bird - €9
The crypt awaits you! In return for your contribution, you will receive a digital copy of the game for a reduced price and of course a personalized thank you GIF!
Specter of Discord - €11
The crypt awaits you! In return for your contribution, you will receive a digital copy of the game (PC, Mac or Linux). Not only that, but you will also receive an access pass to join our private Discord channel in which you will be able to see how the game is being developed and talk to the development team in real time! We will also show you our deepest appreciation by immortalizing your name in the credits of Kharon’s Crypt!
Also includes: Thank you GIF
Nintendo Switch Early Bird
(REMEMBER, ALL TIERS BELOW INCLUDES SWITCH VERSION)
The crypt awaits you!
In return for your contribution, you will receive a digital copy of the game for a reduced price (Nintendo Switch) and of course a personalized thank you GIF!
Whispering Raven - €15
In return for your contribution, you will receive a digital copy of the game (PC, Mac, Linux or Nintendo Switch).
Wait, so you want more than just your name in the credits? Then here’s your chance to write a message that will be included in the credits of Kharon’s Crypt! (But keep it nice, there might be ghosts reading them!)
You will also receive a digital copy of the complete OST in HD and a digital copy of the game’s Instruction booklet (manual + art book), similar to those you used to get when purchasing a game.
Also includes: Thank you GIF, Name in the credits & Private Discord Access.
Early Access Phantom - €29
Get an Early Access Pass! You will be able to try Kharon’s Crypt out while the game is being developed. That means you will experience it before everyone else!
Aside from that we will immortalize your soul by adding your own Echo (Ghost) to the game! You just have to choose your appearance and a line for your Ghost to say! Kharon's Crypt's Ghosts speak in rhymes at all times, but don't worry if you can't come up with anything that rhymes, we'll lend you a hand.
Also includes: Thank you GIF, Game (Digital) (PC,Mac,Linux or Switch), Name in the credits, Private Discord Access, OST (Digital), Message in the credits & Instruction booklet (Digital).
Collector Old-School Reaper - €49
You will receive a physical copy of the game for PC, Mac or Linux. You will also get a physical copy of the instruction booklet (manual+ art book) and the Kharon’s Crypt OST in CD format all inside the special edition retro style collector’s box!
But wait, what if you happen to be a collector who doesn't like to take items out of their packaging? No problem! You will also receive a digital copy of the game, digital OST and a digital copy of the instruction booklet alongside the physical copies!
This pack also includes all the previous rewards, like the Limited Run Early Access Pass.
Total reward: Thank you GIF, Game (Digital) (PC,Mac,Linux or Switch), Name in the credits, Private Discord Access, OST (Digital), Message in the credits, Instruction booklet (Digital), Design a Your Ghost, Early Access Pass, Game (Physical)(Pc,Mac or Linux), Instruction booklet (Physical), OST (CD) & Collector’s Box.
Body Snatcher - €95
You will the same rewards as Collector Old-School Reaper, plus one more perk – you will be able to design an enemy for the game! Your enemy will be able to be possessed by Kharon as well, so in a way you're also designing a new look for our protagonist!
What do you have in mind? A multi-stage golem? Maybe a blood wizard? A giant snail!? Let us know and design your very own enemy for Kharon’s Crypt! (Just make sure your character doesn't break the rules of Kharon’s Crypt’s universe!)
Total reward: Thank you GIF, Game (Digital) (PC,Mac,Linux or Switch), Name in the credits, Private Discord Access, OST (Digital), Message in the credits, Instruction booklet (Digital), Design Your Ghost, Early Access Pass, Game (Physical)(Pc,Mac or Linux), Instruction booklet (Physical), OST (CD), Collector’s Box & Design an Enemy.
Architect of the Crypt - €259
You will receive the same rewards as Body Snatcher (you will be able to design an enemy for the game), plus two more perks to make you part of the Crypt!
- Design your own Puzzle for the Crypt! How would you like to challenge the players? With a convoluted riddle? A room filled to the brim with circular saws trying to slice them? Or maybe a balance loaded with bloody skulls? Become an architect for the crypt and put the players' skills to the test!
- You will have a page dedicated to you in the Necronomicon, which means you will be a permanent element in Kharon's Crypt's universe! You can choose whether to have that page dedicated to a Necronomicon version of yourself or to a creature designed by you! Like maybe a demon, a new god, or just any kind of character that fits in the lore. You have full creative freedom!
Tell us and become an active part of Kharon's Crypt development! Any idea can work as long as it fits in the lore and doesn’t break the rules of our universe, but in the Crypt there’s plenty of room for creativity!
Total reward: Thank you GIF, Game (Digital) (PC,Mac,Linux or Switch), Name in the credits, Private Discord Access, OST (Digital), Message in the credits, Instruction booklet (Digital), Design Your Ghost, Early Access Pass, Game (Physical)(Pc,Mac or Linux), Instruction booklet (Physical), OST (CD), Collector’s Box, Design an Enemy, Design a Puzzle & Personal Necronomicon page.
Lord of the Beasts - €666
You will receive the same rewards as Architect of the Crypt, plus one special reward limited to just one person – you will be able to design your own boss!
It’s time to turn one of the creatures from your nightmares into reality. What kind of nightmare do you have in mind? A skull filled with corpses? A fight inside a beast’s heart? Or the Fallen Angel itself!?
Bring it on! And don’t worry if you can't draw what you have in mind. We will help you create your boss and make it as scary as can be. Subject to approval by Andromeda Project. We are ready to face your demons!
Total reward: Thank you GIF, Game (Digital) (PC,Mac,Linux or Switch), Name in the credits, Private Discord Access, OST (Digital), Message in the credits, Instruction booklet (Digital), Design Your Ghost, Early Access Pass, Game (Physical), Instruction booklet (Physical)(Pc,Mac or Linux), OST (CD), Collector’s Box, Design an Enemy, Design a Puzzle, Personal Necronomicon page & Design a Boss.
Would you like to get one or two extra copies of the game? Well, then customize your rewards by adding as many as you want to your base tier!
You just need to select a base tier and add €9 to your Pledge Amount per extra digital copy (Pc, Mac or Linux) that you want to add to your tier.
Here’s a simple three-step tutorial:
- Click “Manage your pledge” at top right corner or “Back this project” if you’re not a backer yet!
- You just need to select a base tier and add to your Pledge Amount €9 per extra digital copy that you want to add to your tier. (Remember to not change your reward level!)
- Confirm your reward amount and it’s done!
We have chosen Kickstarter as our funding method because we are people with little resources who would otherwise be unable to produce a game.
We don’t want to use private funds because, usually, whoever gives the money sets the rules, and our goal is to make a game with its own personality, not influenced by marketing businessmen. We want this game to be incredible, and we want you, the community that will play it, to be our bosses. Together we can make one of the best non-linear dungeon crawlers ever!
All the money obtained from the Kickstarter campaign will be entirely and exclusively used in Kharon’s Crypt’s development. We are not a big company with monetary interests, we only want to make Kharon’s Crypt as great as possible.
The money that you contribute to the development of Kharon’s Crypt won't go into the hands of some large company, but instead to a group of dreamers whose childhood dream was to develop video games. If the project is overfunded, the extra money won't go to us. On the contrary, the more backers Kharon’s Crypt gets, the bigger the shipping and reward production costs will be. All the extra money will be fairly distributed to fulfill every single promise to the backers and make the overstretch goals possible (which means purchasing extra licenses).
Here is a general breakdown of the expenses and what all the obtained money will be spent on:
- 10% Kickstarter fees
- 90% Game Development
- 25% Taxes and operating expenses
- 35% Sound and music
- 20% Art
- 15% Programming and design
- 5% Contingency
Risks and challenges
We Stand Up for the Challenge!
Our team is committed to finishing Kharon’s Crypt. The team has the necessary experience in the video game field not only to finish it, but to make it bigger and greater.
We have already invested a lot of our time and personal money to make this project happen; now we only need your help and support for one last push that will make the game a reality!
With your support, Kharon’s Crypt can be born and become one of the greatest non-linear dungeon crawler games released in the last few years, but always keeping the great old titles and the community in our memory!
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