"Hatch-It!" is a charming and whimsical 3D puzzle game where you must work fast, smart, and diligently to forever change the world.
We wanted to get "Hatch-It!" out to as many people as we could during our campaign. Here is the current Alpha build of the game in web player format. It has many of the features we want for the final release. Because this is a web player format it doesn't have a lot of the graphical enhancements, like weather and dynamic lighting, but it will give you a taste of what we're working on.
It should be stable on all current browsers, although we've had a weird Chrome issue, but even that seems isolated. We'll keep updating the demo throughout the campaign as we continue development.
Enjoy "Hatch-It!" and we look forward to your feedback.
"Hatch-It!" is a charming and whimsical puzzle game where you must work fast, smart, and creatively as a giant asteroid threatens to forever change the world of the dinosaurs. With prehistoric island backdrops and diverse environments, Dr. Tyrannosaurus, PhD, calls upon his trusty (but rickety) robot companion to find, hatch, and rescue as many dinosaurs as possible. It all depends on you to navigate the danger and overcome numerous challenges as dinosaurs with unique personalities and abilities stand in your way. "Hatch-It!" offers an immersive experience in vibrantly colored landscapes with puzzles based on critical thinking skills while new, thematically-linked elements will be introduced through the different worlds, keeping gameplay fresh and engaging.
In development for almost 12 months, "Hatch-It!" is currently in a playable and stable prototype form on both PC/Mac and iOS that includes many of the important features we want to include in the final game. We wanted to create a game that was fun and approachable, but that also used these puzzle mechanics in unique ways not typically seen in the genre. Lastly, we are including an intriguing narrative to combine some of the story and gameplay elements.
- 5 unique areas, with the exploration of beautiful environments.
- A variety of levels that will challenge and charm players.
- 5 distinct dinosaurs that can help or hinder you as you tackle each level. Adding variety to how each level plays out.
- Robot upgrades to allow you to complete challenges as you see fit.
- Simple to learn mechanics with deep complexity in how you problem solve.
- Quirky and lovable characters that tell a novel story with a uniqueness not typically seen in the genre.
- Fall 2014 iOS release date.
Our "Free to Play" Philosophy
No Pay Walls
Free to play has earned a bad reputation over the years, and most of it deservedly so. The big mobile games of today create systems that eventually force the player to endure atrocious time constraints or require specific items to advance. Their business model uses these artificial, developer-induced barriers to incentivize people to spend real world money to move the game along. MVG wants you to experience the game as it was intended without feeling pressured to purchase anything. We will never introduce artificial barriers to our games. In "Hatch-It!", you can complete the whole game from start to finish without ever spending a penny.
How Do You Make Money?
Mobile games are a weird space in that there is a "race to the bottom" in terms of app prices. As opposed to console games which can sell a packaged item for a fixed cost, the mobile market is filled with super cheap or free apps. Most people aren't interested in spending money on apps. As a new developer, we wanted to get our game out to as many people as possible. We decided to offer "Hatch-It!" for free with non-obtrusive ads introduced into spots like loading screens. We are working hard to make sure the ads are not annoying, and under no circumstance will they interfere with your game experience. If you happen to really like "Hatch-It!", you can remove the ads with a $0.99 in-app purchase, at which point your game will be completely advertisement and paywall free.
It's really important to us that players love our game and we look forward to getting "Hatch-It!" into everyone's hands.
"Hatch-It!" looks to redefine what it means to be a puzzle game with challenging levels, approachable mechanics, and a new gameplay and narrative approach to the genre.
Dr. Tyrannosaurus, PhD, scientist and innovator, creates a time machine in order to reverse history, but all does not go according to plan. Crashing upon his arrival, and with little time to work before the asteroid impact, Dr. T hastily builds his new robot companion. Now it’s up to you to venture out into the wilderness and hatch those dinosaurs and teleport them back to the home base time machine, all the while hoping Dr. T can fix the time machine before the asteroid collides with Earth and ends all dinosaur life on the planet.
As you hover throughout the bright and lively environments, you must hatch as many eggs as possible, heralding the new era of surviving dinosaurs.
"Hatch-It!" will feature around 50 levels spread out over 5 distinct areas, each featuring vibrant new environments and unique challenges. Secrets are hidden in each area, requiring a clever mind and skillful play to be able to access every hidden location.
As you work to hatch eggs and release the dinosaurs within them, the perils of your mission are all around you. You must avoid running out of gas or getting destroyed during your journey. Swipe your way across your iPhone and iPad screen as you try and solve the puzzles while using as little fuel as possible. Due to his hastily constructed nature, the robot can only move in one direction at a time, and without brakes he will continue to move until he bumps into something. The level will end when you either hatch all the eggs, run out of gas, or the robot is destroyed. You’ll be assigned a final score at the end of every level based on the number of eggs you hatched, the amount of gas you used, and any injuries to the hatched dinosaurs.
Throughout the game, there will be different parts from the Time Machine wreckage scattered throughout the levels. Use the parts to upgrade your robot and help him overcome the challenges of the prehistoric world. Upgrades can be purchased in any order, allowing you to customize your robot to meet the challenges confronting you.
"Hatch-It!" features a variety of unique dinosaurs that the player will need to help hatch before the end comes. Each dino has it's own personality and will require the player to interact with in different ways to help protecting and utilize the dinosaur to overcome Hatch-It!'s many challenges.
Why simply back a project, when you could also be netting yourself a lot of cool, one-of-a-kind swag? We've created a variety of reward tiers to suit just about everyone, each tier with more interesting rewards than the last. And don't forget, you can always support our project at any dollar amount if you aren't interested in the rewards. Take a few moments to look at our rewards and chose the one that is right for you.
What is a Stretch-Goal Bonus?
We want you to grow as we grow, so we created the idea of stretch-goal bonuses. Depending on your donation level, as we hit different stretch goals, you'll also receive extra rewards reflecting those changes. For example, If you support us at the $75 The Art Lover level, and we reach the $30,000 stretch goal, you will receive the Bonus Level Pack in addition to all the other items you earned through your donation level. We hope that this will be both a way for you to encourage others to support us to help reach our stretch goals, as well as our way of saying thank you and trying to provide you with extra value.
Let us know what you think!
The Digital High Five: We appreciate any and all contributions to our campaign, let us show you with an animated GIF (or feel our love through the airwaves).
The Wallpaper Set: Get 5 stunning digital copies of concept art, gameplay screens, and more used to deck out your computer desktop or even smartphone.
Digital Thank You: Ever wanted to see your name in lights? Is written digitally a good enough substitute? Get your name in our game credits. Because you deserve it.
The Tchotchke Set: Nothing says appreciation and friendship more than a (digitally) handwritten note with stickers, temporary tattoos, and buttons. Display with pride your symbols of our thanks.
The Digital Soundtrack: Get a digital copy of the "Hatch-It!" Original Soundtrack with all the bumping tones of the game.
The Digital Art book: Snag your own copy of the digital artbook full to the brim with concept art from all stages of development as well as commentary about the development process of an Indie studio.
The Shoutout: Get a shout out on Twitter and/or Facebook, your name in our game credits, and a goofy video shoutout of us doing something stupid while we say your name and plug something for you (at our discretion).
For the Kid in You: You get the exclusive Kickstarter Special Edition Robot protagonist in plushie form, perfect for snuggles and play dates and a "Hatch-It!"-styled deck of cards for when you just need your poker night.
Beta Access: We’ll give you early beta access to "Hatch-It!" to play before anyone else in the public can play it.
The Indie Enthusiast: You love games just as much as we do and want a physical copy of the memorabilia from our first foray into game publishing. Get a physical copy of the "Hatch-It!" OST and a physical copy of the Art & Design Book.
The Art Lover: In addition to receiving a physical copy of our Art & Design Book, you will also get a 5 x 7 framed matte digital print from our concept artist.
The Podcast Appearance: Are you a fan of WMVG? How do you feel about being a special guest on our podcast? This tier gets you VIP privileges with our very own MVG podcasters. We’ll patch you in.
Release Party: You and a +1 will be invited to our release party event to celebrate finishing our first big game!
Secret Level Inclusion: We’ll create a special secret area where you and other top supporters will be forever memorialized. Includes your name and a quick special quote that players can discover.
The Pizza Beta Party: With a limit of 25 people, an exclusive pizza party and design event will be thrown in the comforts of our office in Columbus, Ohio. Be a part of the team for a day while you play the Pre-Release Beta of the game and provide your input in a group design session. You’ll also be listed in the in-game credits as Design Contributors for "Hatch-It!". We’ll supply the pizza and the party, you supply yourself and travel and lodging.
One of a Kind Artwork: Our concept artist Katie Hamill (aka the famous deviant artist Elentori) will create you a personalized and one-of-a-kind "Hatch-It!" print. Specs of 5 x 7, matted, and autographed (*swoon*). Only 10 of these unique works of art will be commissioned.
The Level Designer: Want to be featured permanently in "Hatch-It!"? Design a level to be included in "Hatch-It!". Don’t have artistic talent? No worries, we’ll work with you to capture your idea and implement it into the game. Designs are subject to the discretion of our team.
The Shell Designer: Want to be featured permanently in "Hatch-It!"? Design one of 5 eggshell patterns in the game to be cracked by Dr. T’s trusty robot. Don’t have artistic talent? No worries, we’ll work with you to capture your idea and implement it into the game. Designs are subject to the discretion of our team.
The Producer In addition to getting the physical copy of our OST and Art Book, you will receive producer credit in the finished game. Talk about making a permanent impact after your extinction. You’ll also be invited to have dinner with the CEO of Multivarious Games, Chris Volpe, and several members of the Hatch-It Team.
The Executive: You’ll receive Executive Producer credit as well as all the previous, non-unique rewards. You’ll also have our extreme gratitude for helping us bring our game to the world and be invited to have dinner with the CEO of Multivarious Games, Chris Volpe, and several members of the "Hatch-It!" Team.
The "Hatch-It!" Experience: Contribute upwards of $10,000 dollars and we will invent time travel, build a time machine, and send you back with a robot to save the dinosaurs right before obliteration. Good luck! (Note: we will not build an actual time machine).
Given the nature of game development, we've created a series of stretch goals for the project based on possible support levels. Additional funding will give us the freedom and flexibility to create an even more dynamic and interesting gameplay experience.
Multivarious Games is a start-up Video Game Studio in Columbus, Ohio whose leadership is composed of individuals who have been in the technology and game space for many years. For nearly two years, we have developed a strong team of extremely talented artists, programmers, musicians and designers - all local to Columbus, who endeavor to create and deliver novel game experiences that challenge both the players and the industry in a positive and captivating way. As a start-up studio we don’t always have the resources of the larger studios, but our team is committed to producing the best gaming experiences we can.
With this overall mission, and your support, we will be able to create our games and grow this burgeoning industry in a city that's not otherwise known for game development.
With this in mind, we turn to you for assistance. Meet those behind the brainchild of "Hatch-It!"
Project Lead Christopher Volpe
As well as being the team lead, Christopher is the creative designer behind "Hatch-It!" He handles most of the creative oversight, ensuring that the thematic styles are carried throughout the game and the project reflects the enthusiasm and dedication put into "Hatch-It!"
Technical Artist Wesley Adams
A catch-all player, Wes is working on many facets of "Hatch-It!", bouncing from GUIs to 2D animation, and still finding time for 3D animation and rigging. Wes acts as the overseer for a lot of the tasks that need attending, asteroid bless his soul.
Programmer Thomas Allenbaugh
The quick-tapping fingers that built "Hatch-It!" belong to none other than Tom. Without his prowess, "Hatch-It!" would indeed be stuck in prehistoric times.
3D Artist Jillian Chastain
Jillian wrapped herself around the game with the ferocity of carnivorous dinosaurs, handing the environmental models in much the same way. She textured and modeled the environmental assets you see around the game.
3D Artist Roystan Coval
Roy picked up from where Joe left off (see below), adding the finishing touches and his own flair to the dinosaurs models. With his work, Roy guided "Hatch-It!" along its final design iterations.
3D Artist Victor Dearing
Victor modeled and animated the potential savior of all dinosaur kind, Dr. T’s robot. The robot’s unique, cheerful, yet completely underdog disposition came from this guy.
Kickstarter Campaigner Jake Donovan
Jake's been promoting and editing the backends of this project. His networking voodoo skills are something to die for.
Sound and Music Coordinator Jon Gazda
Jon is the music and sound guy. His fresh jams add ambiance to the environments and charm to the animations, making the dinosaur squeals that much cuter.
Concept Artist Katherine Hamill
You might know Katie by the name Elentori. She picked up where Gabe left off (see below), helping to solidify the final look of "Hatch-It!" and bringing it to life.
Level Designer Nolan Leber
Nolan’s job is to challenge and stump you as you navigate the world of "Hatch-It!" His level designs put even the most cognitively gifted to the test, designing labyrinths of puzzles with no quick answer.
Kickstarter Campaigner Lucia Lee
Also part of this ragtag team, Lucia's been working with words. In fact, maybe she even wrote these words. You can yell at her if you find a typo in this Kickstarter.
Community Manager Cody Starcher
Check out the Twitter, Facebook, or our website and you can see what Cody's been working on. He's been diligently stoking the flames of hype for "Hatch-It!" and the company.
Special Thanks to former "Hatch-It!" team members.
Concept Artist Gabe Kralik
Gabe fleshed out the early visions of "Hatch-It!" before enrolling in the art institute FZD School of Design in Singapore. His work established many of the environments from the final product.
3D Artist Joe Maleski
Getting the ball rolling for 3D animations, Joe initially modeled dinosaurs before moving out to California. His initial work guided much of the modeling visions of the game.
In the past, there were few options for smaller studios like ours to become successful. But now, cheaper, more powerful tools have been developed and entire games are available nearly instantaneously over download services, which reduces the cost of development substantially for smaller studios. It also allows for a closer connection between fans and those making the games. This lets smaller companies such as ours, who are really a collection of fans themselves, the opportunity to create high quality games. But these games still have a noticeable cost.
Our team is extremely excited to keep working on "Hatch-It!" Unfortunately, the reality is that the development process has a variety of fixed costs, which we must cover.
At the end of the day, we're gamers and we want to do what we love; playing and making video games. This is the biggest challenge yet as a team, and we're excited for you to join us!
The purpose of our Kickstarter campaign is to make "Hatch-It!" the best game we can. We're coming up on one year of development in what has been a true labor of love.
The funding will first assist with the developmental and promotional costs incurred during game production. While ensuring that we make the best possible game, we also want to offer financial support to all of our team members who have been tirelessly working on the game.
Further, we need to have funds available to pay for any future work and unexpected expenses. This support will allow us to increase our productivity as we going into our final development period before release. Additional funding will give us the opportunity to create more intricate and dynamic levels, additional content, and perhaps even additional game modes. With all of this in mind, we have turned to Kickstarter to assist us with our debut into this industry.
These initial funds are going entirely to development of "Hatch-It!" with almost all of the other costs coming out-of-pocket. Additional donations will allow us to enhance the features of the game, make use of other advertising sources, help us attend expos and conferences, such as GDC and PAX, to better promote the game, and lastly, compensate our team for their hard work.
We would like to thank all of our partners who have helped to support and promote our Kickstarter and "Hatch-It!" Without the help and support of people like these, we wouldn't be able to do what we do.
Risks and challenges
Video game development is an inherently difficult process. For a game to become successful, it must be accessible and be an engaging experience for the player, while meeting high quality standards. An aspect of any game may seem perfect to the developers but completely fail when implemented. Only through iterative experimental processes can games become fully realized and offer players the best experiences. However, the iterative process introduces risk to the development cycle.
To alleviate some of this risk, we have assembled a team built around a core of talented individuals guided by leadership that is knowledgeable about software development. Their knowledge and drive, combined with an understanding of iterative development processes, has allowed the rest of the team to contribute to the project efficiently as well as allowing everyone to have a say in the final product.
Although game development remains risky, our team has continued to work diligently for the past 12 months on "Hatch-It!", making considerable progress on the core mechanics and art direction of the project. The game is now in a playable, stable, prototype form that will act as the base for the remainder of development.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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