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The Arcana is a fantasy/romance visual novel for iOS and Android based on the Tarot.
The Arcana is a fantasy/romance visual novel for iOS and Android based on the Tarot.
The Arcana is a fantasy/romance visual novel for iOS and Android based on the Tarot.
1,721 backers pledged $42,039 to help bring this project to life.

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The Arcana - Visual Novel

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✦ Update: EVERY reward tier includes the game & artbook PDF!

THANK YOU EVERYONE! <3 With all your support, we are now fully funded! We are ridiculously excited to get to work on continuing this story.

What is The Arcana?

The Arcana is a fantasy/romance visual novel for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. You, the player, are an apprentice magician with a gift for fortune-telling. Left in possession of an unusually enchanted Tarot deck, you must navigate intrigue, murder, magic… and perhaps a few saucy encounters.

The name and gender of the protagonist is entirely up to the player’s imagination, and with a variety of characters to meet (and romance), The Arcana promises a more inclusive experience than your average visual novel.

Our goal is to start releasing the game serially via biweekly chapter updates.

Interested? You can play through the entire prologue for free:
✦ App Store (iOS)
✦ Google Play (Android)

What will the game feature?

✦ 3 different character routes, with more to possibly be added in the future
✦ Different endings to each route depending on the choices you make
✦ Romance for everyone—choose your protagonist's pronouns, and romance male or female characters
✦ Gorgeous illustrations at key points in the story

Who's behind the curtain?

Nix Hydra is a female-founded mobile game company making magical, colorful, bold products for young women and anyone else traditionally ignored by the gaming industry. Our office is located in Los Angeles, world capital of dream manufacturing and export.

Nix Hydra’s debut game, the virtual pet Egg Baby, has over 15 million downloads, and the sequel Egg! gained 2 million downloads a single month after its launch!

We’re overflowing with new ideas. Earlier this year, Nix Hydra reorganized into several smaller teams—Nix Hydra Labs—to develop more experimental projects. The Arcana has been developed almost entirely by a team of just two of us. If you want to see more, we can make the magic happen with your support!

 

What's in it for me?

By backing this project you will, of course, help bring The Arcana into existence! All reward tiers will receive access to the desktop (PC/Mac) version of the game, and we’re also planning some finely crafted extras that may entice you:

 

 

 

 
Be sure to check the FAQ section below if you have any questions!

Risks and challenges

A lot of game projects get funded and then seem to vanish into thin air. You’re probably wary. We get it.

Here’s the thing: we have already successfully developed and launched apps for iOS and Android. In fact, the prologue of The Arcana is available for free on the App Store and Google Play at this very moment! The entire foundation of the game is already in place. And there will be very little wait—if funded, we can begin updating the game regularly with new chapters ASAP.

Physical rewards (poster, artbook, stickers) may be affected by delays in manufacturing or shipping, but our team has plenty of experience there too.

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    THE SIGNATURE DECK

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    THE GILDED DECK

    Like THE SIGNATURE DECK, the poster & artbook will be signed by the team!

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