MISSING: The Complete Saga is a reality-based role playing game set in the rural Indian countryside. Through this game you take the journey of an impoverished but brave village girl, Champa, in her fight against her nefarious circumstances, becoming a victim of trafficking for prostitution, and finding her own place in the world thereafter.
The MISSING game project began as a free iOS and Android game - for those who are interested, this game, with all its quirks and imperfections, may show you a bit of where we are coming from in terms of narrative. The older game is a point and click-style game, where the project you're currently funding is an RPG, but thematically there are similarities. The game takes you through the journey of one trafficked girl, Champa, and what she must overcome to escape this dark world.
We launched this "prototype" game last year, to raise awareness about trafficking. It won NASSCOM Indie game of the year and has over 1/2 million organic downloads across 70 countries.
Traffickers work hard to ruin millions of children's lives every year. That's why we need to work harder and smarter than them. MISSING is focused on innovating how we address this social problem. After the global acceptance of our first game, lots of feedback and research we decided to embark on this new journey to really reveal how big a problem trafficking is. We believe awareness drives to action and empathy and initiatives like this can really build a safer world for all children. That's why our new game is an extended version of Champa's life, which takes you through a deeper and richer storyline.
We invite you to take a look at our first game, which was the catalyst for us to Kickstart the brand-new RPG.
Your journey begins with Champa as a young girl, playful and carefree. She likes to play hide and seek, but also has to help her mother do chores and lots of other work, which most girls her age don’t have to do. Her life is hard, but she can always find ways to have fun!
MISSING: The Complete Saga, has a strong focus on building your own character, while
going through your unique journey of life as Champa.
You must make your own choices as you proceed further in the game. This results in a completely different development of the main character for each individual player. Your small decisions throughout her life will shape her destiny. Be it the skills she will learn, the career path she will follow, or even with whom she will fall in love.
But in this part of the world, some rules that shape lives are twisted, deformed and cruel. The choices in this game aim to mimic the harsh realities that are faced by individuals who become victims of trafficking, and also highlight the difficult choices one has to make to survive in the dark hole of sexual exploitation.
It’s all up to you.
Even if she does, her life and the game don’t end there. Like in the real world, there is still hope. She is not going to give up, and you must use all her skills to help her escape the city brothel to her village and to her family. You have the power to bring her a brighter future.
MISSING: The Complete Saga is a 3D role playing game. Your character will have an inventory, and skills based on a skill tree. The game features day/night cycles, and each day you will be assigned new daily tasks, some are based upon new events and happenings. The daily tasks will change as you grow up. You are free to explore the village, take on alternate tasks, and learn new skills apart. Every skill you learn can come handy when you are in danger.
The gameplay evolves with her age. From casual and twitch-style games in Champa’s childhood, to more creative and crafting challenges when she is picking up skills, to more strategic time- and resource-management when she reaches the middle of her life life. If she gets trafficked to the cities, elements of stealth and light combat are introduced. That too will be dependent on the skills she has learned.
Players may not experience every facet of the gameplay on one playthrough, as the life path of each player character will differ. Consequently, the outcome of the game for each player will be quite different.
The game is based on real life instances. The tasks and challenges that you will face are taken from the real life stories and happening of girls living in impoverished rural villages, gathered by MISSING, an anti-trafficking campaign in West Bengal. West Bengal is notorious for trafficking, and it is reported that 42% of all cases of trafficking in India occur in this state. MISSING is the brainchild of artist and activist Leena Kejriwal, who has been involved in the Anti-Trafficking space for 15 years. Through her work at the ground level she learned the importance of leveraging technology for maximum social impact.
This is their story.
Apart from the background and ambient scores, the game will feature rich instrumental pieces played by NPCs in the game. Their music will be there to accompany Champa along her journey. India is very rich in traditional and folk music and musicians. The soundtrack of the game will be leveraging their talent.
All proceeds from the game will be donated to the MISSING Public Art and Awareness Campaign once it’s released (the Kickstarter will fund the game’s development). The MISSING campaign aims to sensitize the populace to the desperate plight of millions of little girls who are trafficked for sexual exploitation. Today, there are 30 million prostituted women worldwide, out of which most are young girls.
At the grass root level, MISSING’s work in rural Bengal has helped save girls from the dark world of sexual exploitation and rehabilitate them, saving their future. As MISSING works in the thick of the trafficking belt, we are able to extend our help just where it is needed and save girls as and when we get any information of a trapped girl in the brothels of India.
Our team moves fast in conjugation with the police and the girls' parents, and we have experienced a 99% success rate in bringing them back home. Further, our livelihood program facilitates the rehabilitation of survivors.
Your contribution will aid in the efforts to save and strengthen the lives of missing girls. With your help, we will move toward a systematic change and empowerment in deep inaccessible rural pockets which are highly prone to trafficking.
We are turning to Kickstarter to make our creative dream of MISSING: The Complete Saga into a reality. We will allocate the funds towards our creation as illustrated by the above image. Whatever funding is received in excess will be directed towards saving of more missing girls.
Have we got news for you!
MISSING the Complete Saga has been been featured in a number of prestigious publications and we wanted to share it with you!
We thank you all for your support, recognition and faith in our game!
Risks and challenges
Game design and development can be risky, with time constraints providing unexpected challenges. While we cannot promise that we won’t run into any of these hurdles, we can promise that we will keep our development process open to you on our website. Fortunately, we are well versed in working under the pressure of tight deadlines and budgets always delivering a high quality product. Our previous game, the MISSING: Game for a Cause has over ½ Million organic downloads in 8 months and is being played in 70+ countries across the globe.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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