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€9,830
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 5 2019 1:16 PM UTC +00:00
€9,830
pledged of €50,000pledged of €50,000 goal
203
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 5 2019 1:16 PM UTC +00:00

About

 Wanna get your hands on the very first demo of Out of the Hat? Click below to download it from Indiexpo.net or itch.io!  - don't stray too far from the path or you might get lost in the woods!

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Out of The Hat is an innovative puzzle platformer where you will be thrown in a bizarre world inspired by the masters of the uncanny, including Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, HP Lovecraft and many more. 

You will follow the adventures of a little girl, as she runs aways from the clutches of an evil Magician and his Circus. You will face the dangers of the woods and other unusual places, but also experience the magic that this adventure brings with it. 

Just like with magic, nothing is what it seems: the world you're exploring hides one big secret and as you push deeper in this adventure you will realise that something does not add up. Magic has changed this world, almost as if it had been shaped by someone's fears.

Out Of The Hat is a journey inspired by fairy tales and archetypal nightmares, where you can rise from dark events or succumb to them; where you will have to face your monsters if you hope to overcome them.

Out of The Hat was born out of the question: Can we make a game that doesn't simply tell a story, but actually has the player experience the story through the game mechanics? Our answer was to create a character with no particular skills or powers: as you play, you will be as powerless and frightened as a little girl lost in the woods.

The magic hat you stole from the Magician before you fled the Circus will become your best ally - by throwing it and teleporting out of it you will have a chance of escaping the many bizarre creatures who populate the woods and the other areas in the game.  Becoming a skillful trickster is your only hope of survival.

Evil trees, eye brambles and other malevolent plants and creatures aren't just ornamental either: fears and feelings shaped this world and, if you survive, you might discover who did it and why. 


Funding Goal - The Girl, The Circus and The Woods - 50.000€

In Out of the Hat you will explore a creepy and fantastic world that hides secrets and mysteries you will have to find.

In The Circus you will witness how the negative influence of the Magician brought the place to ruin: attractions and rides will be decrepit and falling apart. The circus tent will be full of random objects and broken parts of what once seemed to be a beautiful and happy place. 

Once you have come out of the circus you will enter The Woods, where the uncontaminated nature hides long forgotten secrets. Here, the harsh conditions have transformed flowers and trees into mortal dangers, ready to spring as you blindly progress through the forest. 

Venture in The Orphanage where the little girl used to live before joining the Circus. Her nightmares will come to life, challenging you both physically and mentally, but also giving you the chance to overcome her deepest fears in this disturbing place. Here the gameplay will be enriched with stealth mechanics that will make the challenge even more difficult but also more fun.

As you progress through the game, you will learn new abilities related to the hat, which will enhance your skillset but also add more challenges based on dexterity and timing.

We have stretch goals planned (like the exciting prospective of bringing Out of the Hat to Nintendo Switch with digital copies!) but need to meet our funding goal first. If you're interested please help us spread the word so we can reach the funding goal and reveal the next ones!

The core of Out of the Hat is the hat-throwing mechanic. Every element of the game is built around it. Going further in the experience you will find menaces that will challenge your ability. The hat can be used in multiple fun ways: you will be able to glide, perform tricks, hide from lethal dangers or just play around with it. 

A mechanic that is easy to learn and hard to master, that will challenge you but also make the exploration fun.

The story starts as the apparently simple adventure of a little girl running from an exploitative foe into a dangerous forest - a narrative paradigm that we have all been familiar with since Snowhite. However, as the story untangles, you'll notice details that will make you doubt every aspect of this reality. Is your original goal, recapturing a rabbit in order to put an end to your own suffering, really what you're meant to do? What hides behind these bizarre buildings and huge trees?

Out of the Hat is about more than finding a rabbit in a dangerous forest: it's an adventure that will lead you to question everything you see, an emotional journey that will make you reevaluate what you think of heroes and villains. 

 Schedule

We are Not A Number. We are an indie game development studio based in Turin, Italy. We got together in 2017, originally working in a flat with no internet and water leaks everywhere. As our customer base grew and we started picking up bigger B2B jobs, we decided it was time to move somewhere with functioning toilets - and wifi. Although we develop apps and other interactive media for external clients, our passion and mission is to create our own in-house video games: this is what we set out to do when we created our studio and it's what we will hopefully get to do with your help. You can find out more (and see our pretty faces) on our website: http://www.notanumber.games.

Helheim

Our very first project together, Helheim, was a fast-paced hack’n’slash where the main character, Hella, the Norse Goddess of death, has to face an entire army equipped with powerful firearms at the rhythm of dubstep music. The core mechanic of Helheim is the ability to deflect bullets and kill enemies without even touching them. The Helheim (the equivalent of Hell) has been revisited as an old reign where ancient structures are crumbling, giving way to a new and mysterious technology. Those who once were the inhabitants of the helheim are now a lethal army, whose only end is to kill you.

Helheim came out on Steam in February 2019 with the help of our publisher 34BigThings, you can check it out here.

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Some of the members of our team already worked on a platform game which came out on Nintendo Switch in June 2018, produced by Polymad and published by 34BigThings.

Parallel is a stylish neon puzzle platformer where you control two characters at the same time. You will need dexterity, planning, and timing, to guide the two luminous squares efficiently. Parallel is also about friendship and synergy. Have a friend join in, and cooperate to get through the hardest levels. 

You can check Parallel on the Nintendo store by clicking here

Out of the Void

Out of the Void is a puzzle-platformer based on space modification, created in 2016 by one of our co-founders and game designers.

A robot is lost in the void and you have to help him out: in each environment you have to reach the exit, but it will not be easy to succeed. Each level is made up of geometric shapes, lines, prisms, and the character can move inside or out of them, turn them inside out and jump around. You will also find all kinds of traps and strange mechanisms that you must use to get to the end. Out of the Void presents a unique atmosphere, thanks to its minimal but evocative graphics.

You can download Out of the Void from Google Play by clicking here

Why Kickstarter?

We really want to build a solid community for Out of the Hat and we believe Kickstarter is the best platform to achieve that.

We want this game to be funded by people who believe in it. We are a bunch of dreamers who decided to express themselves by making games. We didn't get into this line of work with the goal of making money, but the reality is that we need some in order to make this game the best it can be.

Our core team is comprised of 3 artists, 2 game designers and 1 programmer, who have already worked pro-bono to develop the demo of Out of the Hat (download it here if you haven't yet!). Our funding goal will go entirely to the development team in order to reward their efforts and bring this bizarre and fantastic world to life.

Risks and challenges

We would not make videogames if we were not prepared to face the risks and the challenges they bring with them.

Of course meeting the proposed deadline is hard: you never know what unexpected events will occur, it could be a sick artist, a heartbroken developer, technical difficulties. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) we have already been through it. For our first game, Helheim, our team expanded to accommodate 17 people, and even though our core team remains small, we are still in touch with all those artists and developers. We only need a team of 6 people to develop Out of The Hat, so should any problems arise, someone from our network will be ready to jump in and help us out.

The art style will be a great challenge, there are plenty of platformers with stunning graphics, and we don't want Out of the Hat to be any less. We already worked on the art direction to create the vertical slice playable as a demo, so we are on the right path. It's a big challenge, but it's all healthy competition, and we are sure ready to accept.

Of course, another challenge is that this is our very first Kickstarter, but in this industry if you never venture out of your comfort zone maybe you're doing something wrong. We planned this for months, contacted people who have run successful campaigns before us, studied charts and statistics, worked hard to make sure this will work - with your invaluable help as backers and supporters of course!

Ultimately, the reason why we will overcome every challenge is because we are really passionate about this project and we want you all to experience Out of The Hat.

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Funding period

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