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Become the Hamster-fu master in this arcade brawler for the Nintendo Switch, mobile, & PC. Hold the fate of Hamsterdam in your paws!
Become the Hamster-fu master in this arcade brawler for the Nintendo Switch, mobile, & PC. Hold the fate of Hamsterdam in your paws!
Become the Hamster-fu master in this arcade brawler for the Nintendo Switch, mobile, & PC. Hold the fate of Hamsterdam in your paws!
699 backers pledged $15,725 to help bring this project to life.

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You hold the power to start a revolution in your paws, and only you can bring justice to the mean streets of Hamsterdam! Will you be the hero your town needs? Will you become the Hamster-fu master you were born to be? Will you defeat the whisker twister in chief, the vile Chinchilla Marlo? You bet your bushy tail!

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Hello again Kickstarter, we’re back with something a little different!

We’re Muse Games, you may know us from our teamwork-based Steampunk vehicular combat series Guns of Icarus, or from the magical phosphorescent forest of CreaVures.

We’d like to introduce you to our newest creation, Hamsterdam! The brawling hamster-fu beat-em up made for Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, PC/Mac, and PS Vita!

Let the mob take over Hamsterdam? Not in this life! Your town is beset by the vile Vermin Gang and the scourge of MarloTonic™, just as the evil Marlo planned. The one thing he didn’t plan on? A Hamster-fu master with cheek pouches stuffed full of J U S T I C E. 

The once peaceful town of Hamsterdam is in danger! The vile chinchilla Marlo and his Vermin Gang are wreaking havoc and terrorizing the town. Enter our hamster hero, Pimm, who must harness his mightiest martial arts powers and kick tail through district after district, on a heart-pounding journey to take down the Vermin Gang, save his grandfather, and restore peace to Hamsterdam.

Hamsterdam. The once beautiful town Pimm calls home, now a degenerate den of crime and corruption.

This is the sauce of all the trouble in Hamsterdam. Using Marlo Tonic to control the population, the nefarious Marlo is sitting pretty at the top of the food chain, but he’s about to be cut down to size when the fur starts to fly!

Hamsterdam is a game where rhythm & precision meets some good old fashioned button mashing. With classic arcade brawling mechanics and tap and swipe martial arts combos, the power of Hamster-fu is in your paws!

Boss battles

Beating down the faceless goons of the Vermin Gang is one thing, but sooner or later Pimm will come toe to toe with fiendish boss battles that will really test your skills.

Scooter

Every street-smart superhero needs a ride that shows the bad guys they mean business. Take Pimm for a ride on his scooter, and maybe once Hamsterdam is safe, you’ll be riding off into the sunset.

Swing, tap and swipe, rhythm

We built Hamsterdam with the intuitive gesture controls of the Nintendo Switch and the touch controls of other mobile devices in mind. It is also playable with a keyboard and mouse on PC/Mac. Unleash your inner Hamster-fu master and swing, tap, or swipe your way to victory!

Nintendo Switch™

We'll support multiple ways to play on Nintendo Switch, including Joy-con, buttons, and touch
We'll support multiple ways to play on Nintendo Switch, including Joy-con, buttons, and touch

 Mobile/Play It Anywhere

 Concept Art

Why Kickstarter?

We always aim to push the boundaries and create new experiences for players with different genres, art styles, and mechanics. Not only that, we like to push ourselves, get out of our comfort zone, and take creative risks. Hamsterdam is our first project for the Nintendo Switch, and we are really excited by what the Joy-con offers. We believe that the Nintendo Switch adds another dimension to the brawler genre, and we aim to explore that with Hamsterdam.

The funding from Kickstarter would help us tremendously with additional art, sound design, and music. Perhaps more importantly for us is getting your help in testing different aspects of the game. We still need help tuning pacing, progression, and making sure all the combat and onboarding elements are easy to understand and play. For that, your support would be invaluable.

 Influences


We started the project from a game jam idea - it would be interesting if we could take the classic beat’em up, brawler experiences (such as Streets of Rage, Fist of the North Star, Super Punch-Out!!, and Arkham Asylum) that we loved, and marry them with the controls of the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, so that people can use gestures to bring action to life.



To craft the vision of Hamsterdam, we are continually inspired by 80’s kung-fu movies, the ground-breaking perspectives of The Wire, the satirical depiction of Amsterdam in the famed Pulp Fiction scene, and beautiful visuals and humor of Ratatouille. 

Guns of Icarus Tie-In

If you’re finding this project and Kickstarter page from the Guns of Icarus community, a hearty welcome! We’re really humbled by the continued support from the Guns of Icarus community, and we hope that you’ll get a kick out of this game as well!

We’ve been working on this project while most of our Muse teammates have continued work on Guns of Icarus, and the project has finally come far enough for us to bring it out of the shadows and onto Kickstarter!

As a token of our appreciation for backing us on Hamsterdam, we’ve also created a special item in Guns of Icarus just for you. If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, you’ll be receiving a redemption key that you can use in-game to receive this special item.

Risks and challenges

The major risk for a Kickstarter project is not delivering a game after a successful campaign. We are a self-funded indie game studio, and this means that we’ve gotten this far with the project with our own funds from the proceeds of the games we made. By the start of the Kickstarter campaign, we already have stable playable prototypes for the Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs. The prototype already include all the core combat mechanics and levels that we planned for initial release. With the help of our Kickstarter backers, we want to do a lot more testing to polish progression and pacing as well as work through any remaining ease-of-play challenges that we may face. As a team, we at Muse Games have also had a track record delivering on Kickstarter campaigns, releasing 2 games and an expansion off of successful Kickstarter campaigns.

Another risk is not delivering on the physical rewards after the completion of a Kickstarter campaign. To mitigate this, we’ve scouted out the vendors that we would be using for the rewards, and for most items, we’ve already made small batches or samples to test the quality of the items. We also have experience successfully delivering physical rewards from our prior Kickstarter campaigns.

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    Thank You with a 80's Kung-fu Beat

    A hearty hamster-style welcome isn't just words. It's high res pictures and 80's hamster-fu beats as well.

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    EARLY BIRD: The Game Pass

    For the first 50 backers only, a copy of Hamsterdam for every platform the game is available on at the best value imaginable. Also includes access to early testing, a digital art book, and everything in Thank You.

    Includes:
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Digital Artbook
    • Early Testing Access
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    The Game Pass

    Copy of Hamsterdam for every platform the game is available on, so you can play it on the couch, on the go, and in front of your PC! Also includes access to early testing, a digital art book, and everything in Thank You.

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    Anthology Early Bird

    We're updating this tier as a special thanks for our early supporters from the Guns of Icarus community. Now, for limited quantity, you will also get an exclusive Pimm airship decal in addition to the costume set in Guns of Icarus, plus the collector's edition (game plus soundtrack) of every game in our catalog, at the current pledge amount.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Guns of Icarus Costume
    • Muse Games Pack (game & soundtrack copy of all games we've made)
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Digital Artbook
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Soundtrack
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    Anthology

    Not only will you get everything in The Game Pass, you'll also get an exclusive costume as well as a Pimm airship decal in Guns of Icarus, plus the collector's edition (game plus soundtrack) of every game in our catalog.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Guns of Icarus Costume
    • Exclusive Pimm Airship Decal
    • Muse Games Pack (game & soundtrack copy of all games we've made)
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Digital Artbook
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Soundtrack
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    Walk-In Closet

    Looking good is 3/7th of the battle, and with 4 Kickstarter exclusive outfits, this is the best way to expand Pimm's wardrobe. Also includes everything in The Game Pass.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Pimm Skin Pack (4 exclusive Pimm outfits)
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Digital Artbook
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Soundtrack
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    Caretaker

    A set of stickers, a stack of buttons, and a poster for your wall! Also includes everything in The Game Pass.

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    • Stickers
    • Buttons
    • Hamsterdam Poster
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Digital Artbook
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Soundtrack
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    Threads

    Who needs a hamster-fu scroll to learn hamster martial arts when the fabled 16 stances are printed right on a t-shirt. You will also have your name in game credits and receive everything in Caretaker.

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    • Hamsterdam T-shirt
    • Name in Game Credit
    • Buttons
    • Stickers
    • Hamsterdam Poster
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Artbook
    • Digital Soundtrack
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    Squishy

    A project featuring a kung-fu fighting hamster just doesn't seem complete witihout a squishable reward. With your support, you get a choice of a Pimm plushy or pillow! You will also have your name in the game credits and everything in Threads.

    Includes:
    • Selection of Pimm Plushy or Pillow
    • Name in Game Credit
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Hamsterdam T-shirt
    • Buttons
    • Stickers
    • Hamsterdam Poster
    • Digital Artbook
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Wallpaper
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    Citizenship

    Newly reclaimed real estate in Hamsterdam will need owners. Now's the perfect time to name a property on the canal front or in the seedy red light district (that we agree to of course). You will also have your name in the game credits and receive everything in Squishy.

    Includes:
    • Name an item, property, or real estate in Hamsterdam
    • Name in Game Credit
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Selection of Pimm Plushy or Pillow
    • Hamsterdam T-shirt
    • Exclusive Pimm Skin Pack (4 exclusive Pimm outfits)
    • Buttons
    • Stickers
    • Hamsterdam Poster
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Artbook
    • Digital Soundtrack
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    The Mayor

    Be the ultimate extra! We'll work with you to design a citizen of Hamsterdam in your likeness, and you'll see it wander in town or help you in a fight. You will also have your name in game credits and receive everything in Squishy.

    Includes:
    • Hamster citizen designed to your likeness or input
    • Name in Game Credit
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Selection of Pimm Plushy or Pillow
    • Hamsterdam T-shirt
    • Exclusive Pimm Skin Pack (4 exclusive Pimm outfits)
    • Buttons
    • Stickers
    • Hamsterdam Poster
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Artbook
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Wallpaper
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    The Ava

    Lead artist Ava is also a master knitter, who knew! With your generous support, Ava will personally create a five-of-a-kind Pimm knitted-hat just for you. You will also have your name in the game credits and receive everything in Squishy.

    Includes:
    • Special knitted Pimm hat by the lead artist Ava
    • Name in Game Credit
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Selection of Pimm Plushy or Pillow
    • Hamsterdam T-shirt
    • Exclusive Pimm Skin Pack (4 exclusive Pimm outfits)
    • Buttons
    • Stickers
    • Hamsterdam Poster
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Artbook
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Wallpaper
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    Collaborator

    With your amazing support, we'll have you be a part of the team to design a special outfit for Pimm. You will also have your name added as a Collaborator in game credits, and receive everything in Squishy.

    Includes:
    • Co-design a Pimm skin with us
    • Name in Game Credit
    • All Access Game Pass (every available platform)
    • Selection of Pimm Plushy or Pillow
    • Hamsterdam T-shirt
    • Exclusive Pimm Skin Pack (4 exclusive Pimm outfits)
    • Buttons
    • Stickers
    • Hamsterdam Poster
    • Early Testing Access
    • Digital Artbook
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Wallpaper
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