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NZ$ 1,016
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 16 2018 7:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 23, 2019

The Legend of Tobimaru

A 2D platformer fighting game with challenging combat puzzles that are easy to pick up but super hard to master!

The Legend of Tobimaru

A 2D platformer fighting game with challenging combat puzzles that are easy to pick up but super hard to master!

NZ$ 1,016
pledged of NZ$ 10,000pledged of NZ$ 10,000 goal
35
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 16 2018 7:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 23, 2019

About

The Legend of Tobimaru is a 2D action platformer game that sees you playing a ninja on a journey to defeat the enemies that destroyed his village and collect the fragments of his Protector’s Orb.

The game takes inspiration from retro classics such as Super Mario Brothers and Mega Man, as well as classic fighting games such as Street Fighter II. It is a 2D action platformer with combat inspired by fighting games and challenging combat puzzles. It has a linear progression with minimal backtracking to differentiate it from Metroidvania games.

It is a retro-style game with modern twists. We've implemented modern techniques that weren't used in classic games, such as advanced camera control, parallaxing backgrounds using perspective cameras, and dynamic scene loading.

To see the game in action, check out the alpha demo! 

You can download it at:
https://mushingames.itch.io/legend-of-tobimaru

The Legend of Tobimaru will initially release on Steam, itch.io and Green Man Gaming (Windows). Our plan is to make the game available on as many additional platforms as possible after launch.

Tobimaru (飛丸) is the leader and protector of the Jump Clan. His Protector’s Orb grants him EXPLOSIVE jump abilities to reach heights that no one else can.

Tobimaru - The Protagonist
Tobimaru - The Protagonist

His weapon of choice is his Shōtei (palm of hand) as opposed to his knuckles, to minimize the risk of injuries so he can keep fighting for as long as possible.

At the start of your journey, you’ll have just enough strength to fight against weak enemies, but you’ll pick up new combat moves along the way. Soon you’ll be able to fight harder and defeat more powerful foes, realizing your true potential as the wielder of the Protector’s Orb.

#1.  Timing-based combat system with the ability to dodge any time

Dodge any time!
Dodge any time!

#2. Platforming abilities to let you traverse like a true ninja

Experience the power of Tobimaru's orb
Experience the power of Tobimaru's orb

#3. Smooth frame-by-frame animations 

Tobimaru's basic attack animations
Tobimaru's basic attack animations

#4. Currencies and buy power-ups from merchants

You’ll collect currency by defeating enemies or opening chests.
You’ll collect currency by defeating enemies or opening chests.

#5. Challenging combat puzzles to put your skills to the test

When different elements are combined, it creates a whole new challenge
When different elements are combined, it creates a whole new challenge

#6. New abilities and moves to learn

#7. Melee & Ranged Attacks

Melee Combat
Melee Combat
Ranged Combat
Ranged Combat

The Legend of Tobimaru uses a timing-based combat system. Based on feedback we received from exhibitions and alpha testing, we've added outlines that indicate when you should input your next move. If the next move is entered while the outline is visible, it fires immediately. If you miss the correct timing, the move is queued up for when the animation of the current move ends.

Outlines indicate when to input your next move
Outlines indicate when to input your next move

You can also turn right before each move to attack in the opposite direction.

Turn while you build your combo to smash enemies trying to attack you from behind.
Turn while you build your combo to smash enemies trying to attack you from behind.

Unlike attacks, dash, dodge, and jump will trigger as soon as you input them. This will allow you to dodge enemy attacks immediately.

You might be wondering if these features will make combat too easy, but our intention is to provide you with plenty of challenge. The game is easy to pick up and play, but you’ll face difficult challenges that will test your skills even if you’ve mastered the controls.

In The Legend of Tobimaru, you take on the role of Tobimaru, a ninja who has special powers thanks to his clan’s Orb.

Long ago, rival ninja clans constantly waged war against one another. After the discovery of divine Orbs that grant the wielder incredible power, their battles grew even fiercer as they fought to control the Orbs. To put a stop to the bloodshed, Tobimaru brought the clans together in an alliance. Since then, the clans have been at peace, with each leader having a single Protector's Orb.

Concept art of the mystical world Tobimaru lives in
Concept art of the mystical world Tobimaru lives in

But not everyone was content with this balance of power, nor with Tobimaru's enforcement of the new peace. Three clans banded together and attacked his village without warning.

As he fought valiantly to protect the villagers, his enemies found the Protector’s Orb. Too late, Tobimaru realized their intentions. The Protector’s Orb was shattered right before his eyes, and his power left him.

Knowing they would try to kill Tobimaru if he stayed, a dying villager used the last of his strength to flee with him.Tobimaru regains consciousness in the forest. Nearby, the villager lies dead. He can sense that the pieces of his Orb have been taken far away. He doesn’t know what the rival clans are planning, but his goal is certain: he must reclaim the fragments of his Protector’s Orb and seek justice for his fallen villagers.

Tobimaru’s village under attack
Tobimaru’s village under attack

Tobimaru wakes up in the forest of the Blade Clan, where you will face highly trained swordsmen determined to stop him from regaining his powers. Throughout Tobimaru’s adventure, he will fight other enemy clans, each with their own abilities.

The Blade Clan
The Blade Clan
Concept art of the Blade Clan’s forest
Concept art of the Blade Clan’s forest
Concept art of knifesmen
Concept art of knifesmen
Concept art of giant swordsmen
Concept art of giant swordsmen

The game progresses in a linear fashion, but there are many secret areas you can discover while exploring to get extra power-ups and currency. Some are extremely hard to find – even the enemy clans don’t know they exist!

We have a few exciting stretch goals for you. First stretch goal will be revealed once we hit the initial funding goal.

Project Lead

Shingo Tamura
Pixel Artist & Programmer

Contributors

Samantha Lienhard
Story Writer

Pau Damià Riera
Music Composer, and Sound Designer

Bojan Rajic
Concept Artist

Ken Azumaishi
Level Designer & Tester

We've been working on this game for 2.5 years, and we still believe in this game. The project has been completely self-funded up until now. The main reason why we're taking this game to Kickstarter is to get extra funds to be able to fully realize our artistic and musical goals, and push it across the finish line early next year.

We also want to create a community around the game through this campaign for us to be able to connect with our supporters better. We strongly feel that, by having people who support the campaign and believe in the project, we will be able to push ourselves harder than ever to make it the best game possible without compromise.

It's not gonna be just us who will benefit from this campaign. We will be more than happy to share our progress, struggles, and learning through the project with you, so you can truly be part of it, and hopefully you can learn something useful in the process as well.

Let's make this happen, together!

We want to create a game with compelling stories, characters, and gameplay for our players to enjoy, and we are hoping to raise enough funds through this campaign so that we can make the game look and sound absolutely epic!

Our project lead Shingo will not get paid for his time until the game is released. He will pay for his own expenses and continue to work 16-24 hours in a part-time job, and at least 40 hours a week on the game.

This means we will NOT use any of the funds raised on Kickstarter for creating in-game art assets, level design or coding that he will be doing by himself.

Instead, the funds will be allocated as the following:

Art (40%): Character design and environmental design

Audio (30%): Music and sound effects

Software Licenses (5%): Licenses for Unity Pro, other tools and assets

Marketing (7%): Advertising and paid press releases

Physical Rewards (10%): Posters, T-shirts, hoodies and art books

Fees (8%): Kickstarter fee and payment processing fees

If you think The Legend of Tobimaru sounds like a fun game, here are some ways you can help us bring it to life:

  • Support this Kickstarter
  • Provide feedback via comments
  • Follow us on our social media channels (links below)
  • Add Legend of Tobimaru to your wishlist on Steam (TBA)
  • Tell your friends

Our social media channels

Reddit  |  Instagram  |  YouTube  |  Twitter  |  Facebook

Risks and challenges

Game development combines the technical complications of software development with the creative challenges that come with art and design. Therefore, it’s not an easy task. We might encounter obstacles that we didn't foresee and the project might take longer than we thought. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to finish this game.

Fortunately, we are not alone in our journey. Our local game dev community in Auckland is very supportive. We often seek advice from successful game developers within the community about finishing and releasing a game, as well as dealing with financial stress that comes with it. With everyone’s help, we’re sure we can succeed.

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    TOBIMARU

    DESIGN A FULLY FUNCTIONAL ENEMY + DESIGNER CREDITS + ORB PROTECTOR TIER

    Show off your character design skills and work with us to design a fully functional, fully animated enemy for the game. You’ll be included in the game’s credits as an "Additional Character Designer, as well as recognized as Tobimaru in the backers' section of the credits. Includes all rewards from the Orb Protector tier.

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