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Use a mix of brawling & a snappy custom COMBO creation system against punks, thugs, gentrification & more in Treachery in Beatdown City

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Welcome to Treachery in Beatdown City, a beat ‘em up like no other.

Updates:

Click to pre-order via PAYPAL or Amazon!
Click to pre-order via PAYPAL or Amazon!

MISSED OUT? GO ABOVE TO PRE-ORDER VIA OUR HUMBLE WIDGETS!

Pre-alpha Demo for all backers $10+! - NEW! - Going offline by May 12th!

A look at level 2

The art of Treachery in Beatdown City

New playable character concept 1

Concept 2 - NEW!

Digging Deeper - Story/Characters/Symbols

part1 - Barak Orama/Mike Moneybags

part 2 - NinjaDragon Terrorists

Developer Diary - hear from the devs!

Marriage and game development!

Treachery in Beatdown City is a tactical brawler - a mix of side scrolling beat-em-up action with snappy menu based COMBO attacks releasing on PC/Mac.

So Treachery in Beatdown City is turn based? Why is that good?

Treachery in Beatdown City is a tough game to describe, but once people get their hands on it, they are hooked. The game is every much a hybrid of action based brawlers, like Double Dragon, and action RPGs, like Fallout III.

Our primary goal has always been to make a great beat-em-up with some depth to the combat, and when people play it they generally agree that we've been successful. They also have suggestions, which we have used to make the game better! 

Instead of spending time memorizing inputs, you just pick moves from a quick to use menu, and make cool combos made up of strikes, preset combo strings and grapples/throws to take on a your enemies.

Players can also use Quick Strikes which are great for breaking open objects and can also be used to fight enemies.

There are also over the top super moves that do high amounts of damage to any enemies they hit. 

The game really feels like a combination brawler & tactics game, never veering too far to one side.

 3 heroes, 3 ways to play!

 Bruce  Maxwell is the lightweight fighter mixing in dance with acrobatic strikes that have a little bit of "magic" to his moves.

By day Bruce is a wealthy stockbroker with an affinity for Asian languages and culture, but also very proud of his Jamaican roots.

 Lisa Santiago is the middleweight fighter focusing on mixed martial arts and boxing. She is currently enrolled in the police academy and has an eye for forensic science.

Brad Steele is the heavyweight fighter with high powered wrestling throws and heavy strikes that are prone to miss. Brad is a former professional wrestler, born in Texas from a Spanish-Mexican family. 

Quick swapping on an overworld map

Swap instantly!
Swap instantly!

Overworld exploration:

  • The map makes exploration speedy, and gives players a chance to heal up in between fights.
  • Switch characters with the tap of a button when moving on the overworld map! 
  • Choose your path through East Fulton, look for hidden items and encounter optional boss fights that teach your characters secret moves! 

Uncut gameplay videos

Sean Baptiste from Firehose Games playing the game for the 1st time, with me on for commentary, to give you a feel of what it's like to first play the game.

And here is me playing  the game with my own running commentary

The continuation of that video, featuring Brad Steele!

The Enemies

Over 26 unique enemies and growing! : Every enemy in the game has a unique look, way of walking, and attacking style.  

There are no palette swaps here!

Grunts are focused on charging into battle.
Grunts are focused on charging into battle.
Sneaky enemies will try to cheat their way to victory.
Sneaky enemies will try to cheat their way to victory.
Grapplers focus on throwing the player.
Grapplers focus on throwing the player.
Support characters cheer on enemies to increase their stats.
Support characters cheer on enemies to increase their stats.
Giants are strong boss types.
Giants are strong boss types.

And don't forget

The NinjaDragon Terrorists!
The NinjaDragon Terrorists!
New enemy type revealed at $5K!
New enemy type revealed at $5K!

The Story

 Treachery in Beatdown City features a story set in a near, alternate history where the US President Barak Orama is kidnapped in the city of East Fulton by Ninja Dragon Terrorists.

Fight through a rogues gallery
Fight through a rogues gallery
Biker brawl!
Biker brawl!

 Brawl with bikers along the riverside of East Fulton. Knock them off their bikes, then prepare for a REAL FIGHT to come!

BEATDOWN IN THE PARK
BEATDOWN IN THE PARK

 Check out a look at the survival mode!

 You can listen to the Treachery in Beatdown City EP, featuring 12 songs right now!

The final soundtrack will feature more battle themes, stage themes, character themes and of course the ending music!

 Energetic Fist

 "Treachery in Beatdown City" title theme

Treachery in Beatdown City has gone from a concept back in 2009 while we were working in the AAA games industry to a full blown project in 2012. We have invested a lot of our time, money and resources into this project. 

We have created the basis for the fighting system that we keep iterating on, and about a 5th of the game content wise. 

We need your support in order to make Treachery in Beatdown City the breakthrough brawler that it needs to be.

Budget

The budget here is to cover our expenses through to March 2015 when we will have the game on sale.

The funds will go toward the living expenses of Manny and Shawn, the core dev team, while they complete the game. Shawn does all of the design and art/writing, and Manny does all of the coding. We will also be paying for more music from Inverse Phase.

That is after the 10% fees and 10% reward costs!

BACKER FORUMS 

Everyone who funds the game at the BRAWLER tier + will have access to forums to vote on how the game will turn out! We will also give you an exclusive look at some of the behind the scenes stuff that it takes to make a game of this magnitude.

DELUXE FIGHTER  ($30

Deluxe Costumes + Weapons that boost your stats!
Deluxe Costumes + Weapons that boost your stats!

These are just 6 of the 9 planned costumes, and 3 of the 6 planned bonus weapons. You will get to vote on the next set of each!

FINE ART FIGHTER ($50) 

Love the art for Treachery in Beatdown City, and want it all at a super high resolution? Then get the artbook! At this level it's a PDF, but you can go for the printed version as well. 

Choose from one of two designs, plus help vote for the 2nd design!
Choose from one of two designs, plus help vote for the 2nd design!
Be in the world on a poster in the background.
Be in the world on a poster in the background.
  
Get your own custom graffiti made for you and put in the game!
Get your own custom graffiti made for you and put in the game!
Darkest Dungeon + Juggernaut Games custom graffiti
Darkest Dungeon + Juggernaut Games custom graffiti

 PIXEL PORTRAIT

On top of the Pixel Portrait reward, be a completely unique boss in the game, complete with your own cutscene dialog.
On top of the Pixel Portrait reward, be a completely unique boss in the game, complete with your own cutscene dialog.
Design one of the NinjaDragon Terrorists!
Design one of the NinjaDragon Terrorists!

 FINE ART OF FIGHTING

Diana will make a one off drawing of any character from Treachery in Beatdown City in an action pose.

VAIN FIGHTER ($500) 

Diana will make a one off drawing for you, of you, in Beatdown City style!

On top of the Pixel Portrait reward, be a completely unique boss in the game, complete with your own cutscene dialog.
On top of the Pixel Portrait reward, be a completely unique boss in the game, complete with your own cutscene dialog.

  Console ports, and a better game are our stretch goals! Anything on top will go towards that! We do NOT want to bloat the game out of control.

Also we will now definitely include a mode where you can play as ORAMA! 

In order to add-on to your pledge, you can go and manage your pledge and just add the amount for any extras you want to pick up. 

For an extra copy of the game, add $10 -> this is a kickstarter only discount 

To add on the PDF manual, add $5

To add on the PDF Artbook, add $20

To add the physical soundtrack CD, add $13

To add on the shirt to any tier, add $25

To add on a physical art book, add $30

 Shawn Alexander Allen (@anuchallenger) is the game designer, animator, visual artist, writer and founder of Nuchallenger. Before creating Treachery in Beatdown City Shawn worked for 4.5 years at Rockstar games where he worked on GTA IV Complete, Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire, Max Payne 3 & GTA V.

Shawn began doing in depth analysis of fighting in games years ago both for work and on his own time, and it became more and more evident that the only thing to satiate that would be to build his own unique brawler.

Shawn was also featured on the Grio 100 

 Manny A. Marcano (@cavaliergames) is the coder and co-designer on Treachery in Beatdown City, having initially built a prototype with Shawn in Gamemaker to make sure they both weren't out of their minds creating a turn based beat 'em up. 

Manny grew up playing all manner of RPGs, beating complex games at the age of 4. He takes pride in building the stats that drive Treachery in Beatdown Cities unique battles.

Previously Manny worked at Take Two/Rockstar Games on The Darkness, Bioshock & Max Payne 3. 

Diana Santiago (@deeluxdi) is a fine artist and designed Lisa, the female protagonist, and makes all of the beautiful non-digital art assets for the game. She also created those lenticular business cards that Shawn carries around, in case you've ever seen them.

She has her Masters in Fine Art and she is also a performance artist and co-creator of the web series Supertight

Diana works a full time job to keep the family afloat during development. 

Inverse Phase (@inversephase) is the composer for all of the music. He has had music on a number of soundtracks including the Super Meatboy OST. Inverse also ran a successful kickstarter to launch a Trent Reznor approved Nine Inch Nails cover CD called Pretty Eight Machine.

Treachery In Beatdown City Will Rearrange The Face Of Modern Brawlers - idigitaltimes

Treachery in Beatdown City, $5 and being uncomfortable for your dream - Polygon

"Treachery in Beatdown City looks like a fascinating hybrid of well-worn gameplay mechanics made fresh as a result of their fusion." - Polygon

TREACHERY IN BEATDOWN CITY RECREATES AN NYC CHILDHOOD IN 16 BITS - Killscreen

How About A 2D Brawler With a More RPG-Like Combat System? - Q & A on Kotaku comments

From Poverty to PlayStation...One Game Dev's Climb Toward Success

The Spawnpoint Blog podcast

Write What You Know, Learn What You Don't - Giantbomb

Nostalgia and Treachery in Beatdown City: A Developer Q&A with NuChallenger - Games Abyss

Huge thanks in advance!

We can only do this with your help, and we greatly appreciate all of your support. 

On behalf of the team, thank you.

Risks and challenges

Game development is an in depth practice filled with technical difficulties, playtesting, bug testing, and numerous other things that can drive a project off rails and delay it substantially.

Shawn has shipped numerous projects on the AAA game level that were on time, or delayed at the last minute and out of his control. The experience with shipping video games, both large and small, is nothing new.

Shawn and Manny both have in depth QA backgrounds helping on AAA & smaller indie games.

At the same time Shawn, Diana and Manny have their own money in the project already, and have spent a lot of time on preproduction to make sure that game development can go as smoothly as possible.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • YES! One way or another. And everyone from Early Bird Tier + will get a code for the game when they are made available.

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  • We have a Vs. mode planned where players can fight using the player characters and enemies in a unique counter-op sort of mode.

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  • That is a goal. We will actively try to make it come out as soon as possible along with the Windows/Mac version.

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  • That is the plan!

    Console development is trickier than Win/Mac development in that Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo all have their own requirements for getting the game onto their platform.

    We are committed to getting the core game done first, but we are of course already in talks with Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.

    If you back the project, and then some time between now and launch we announce a console that we will be releasing on, you can opt to hold out for that code.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $10 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD GAME COPY

    DRM free Copy of the game on PC/MAC

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    EARLY BIRD GAME COPY

    DRM free Copy of the game on PC/MAC

    Our first tier went so fast, here's a new tier!

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    331 backers

    BRAWLER!

    GAME for PC/MAC + BACKER FORUMS + EARLY ACCESS

    Your name will also be listed as a BRAWLER backer in the credits.

    +Included in all above tiers

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    134 backers

    FRESH BEATDOWN

    Digital soundtrack + PDF Instruction Manual + exclusive backer wallpapers

    Receive the awesome full digital soundtrack composed by Inverse Phase, super cool PDF manual filled with art, stories, strategies & tips, just like when you bought games back in the day!

    +Included in all above tiers

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    61 backers

    DELUXE FIGHTER

    BONUS COSTUMES + WEAPONS

    Receive early access to 6 cool exclusive weapons & 9 costumes for your heroes! + vote for which weapons/costumes are added.

    +Included in all above tiers

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    81 backers Limited (19 left of 100)

    EARLY BIRD - SUPER BETA FIGHTER

    All rewards of the $40 tier below. Save some money by supporting us early!

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    Pledge $40 or more

    20 backers

    SUPER BETA FIGHTER

    EARLY ALPHA/BETA BUILDS

    Play early, unfinished builds to play the game and give feedback (or not) to help with active development + Your name will be listed under SUPER BETA FIGHTER in the credits!

    +Included in all above tiers, each backer will be credited once.

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    Pledge $50 or more

    34 backers

    FINE ART FIGHTER

    PDF Art Book + Strategy Guide

    Receive an awesome PDF art book featuring amazing watercolor, ink, pencil and digital art as well as an in depth strategy guide detailing enemy stats, bios, and tips you won't find in the manual! + Your name will be listed under FINE ART FIGHTER.

    +Included in all above tiers, each backer will be credited once.

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    17 backers Limited (33 left of 50)

    EARLY BIRD - DEV TIER

    All rewards of the $64 tier below. Save some money by supporting us early!

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    Pledge $64 or more

    9 backers

    DEV TIER

    Actively participate in game development!

    Sit down with the team via google hangouts and get involved in the games ongoing development - the next closest thing toward working on the game!

    +Included in all above tiers, each backer will be credited once.

    Backers will be credited as DEV TIER

    Estimated delivery:
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    Pledge $72 or more

    21 backers

    RAD ENOUGH?

    T-SHIRT TIER - CHOOSE ONE OF TWO VERSIONS!

    Are you rad enough to wear this T-shirt? Choose to support Barak Orama's freedom, or to support the game + Your name will be listed in the credits under RAD ENOUGH!

    +Shirt not automatically included in all above tiers, please see Add-ons. Each backer will be credited once

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    29 backers

    PHYSICALITY

    DELUXE PHYSICAL EDITION - GAME + T-SHIRT + SOUNDTRACK CD

    Receive a physical CD complete with printed cover and liner notes.

    Later tiers do not automatically include these items. Each backer will be credited once.

    Estimated delivery:
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    Pledge $109 or more

    18 backers

    EXTRA PHYSICALITY DX

    PRINTED ART BOOK

    Receive a printed and signed version of the art book featured in the FINE ART FIGHTER tier + PHYSICALITY tier

    Later tiers do not automatically include these items. Each backer will be credited once.

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    10 backers All gone!

    POST NO BILLS

    BE ON A POSTER IN GAME

    Get a picture of yourself, a character you created or just your name immortalized on a poster in the background of a fight stage.

    Warning, 8 bit stylization can be tricky for intricate ideas.

    Character must be your own design and we reserve the right to reject any concepts, but we'll work with you to make it fit. + Receive everything in the DEV TIER. Shirt + Physical Soundtrack + Physical Artbook not included. Please see add-ons section.

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    5 backers All gone!

    PAINT THE TOWN

    GET A CUSTOMIZED GRAFFITI TAG IN THE GAME

    We will make some graffiti using your name, avatar or whatever you want us to or submit your own graffiti design to be pixelated and put in the game (must be your own creation). We reserve the right to reject any concepts, but will work with you to make sure you are happy. Does not include POST NO BILLS tier. + Receive everything in the DEV TIER.

    Shirt + Physical Soundtrack not included. Please see add-ons section.

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    5 backers All gone!

    PIXEL PORTRAIT

    BE A STREET ENEMY IN THE GAME

    Have your likeness or a character you created turned into an enemy on the streets with increased stats.

    Receive a digital sprite sheet that includes a detailed portrait, a smaller version of the portrait, as well as regular fighter style character complete with walk cycle and a couple of attacks! + Receive everything in the DEV TIER.

    Does not include POST NO BILLS or PAINT THE TOWN tier. Shirt + Physical Soundtrack not included. Please see add-ons section.

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    5 backers All gone!

    PIXEL PORTRAIT II

    BE A STREET ENEMY IN THE GAME

    PIXEL PORTRAIT sold out so quick, we're offering a super limited amount extra. Receive everything in the Pixel Portrait tier.

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    DESIGNER OF EVIL

    DESIGN/BE A NINJA DRAGON TERRORIST!

    Help us make some cool Ninjas, you can even be one! Your Ninja Dragon terrorist can carry cool weapons, have a variety of fighting moves and more! Also you get to write some dialog for the character and you'll get a cool copy of the sprite sheet.

    We reserve the right to reject any concepts, but we will work with you over skype one on one to make sure everyone is happy. + Receive everything in the DEV TIER.

    Does not include PIXEL PORTRAIT, POST NO BILLS or PAINT THE TOWN tier. Shirt + Physical Soundtrack not included. Please see add-ons section.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    FINE ART OF FIGHTING

    EXCLUSIVE SIGNED HAND DRAWN ARTWORK OF ANY CHARACTER IN THE GAME

    Receive an amazing 1 of a kind physical water color & ink drawing of any character in the game, signed by the artist Diana Santiago! + receive a digital scan of the file. + Receive everything in the DEV TIER!

    Your name will be in the credits under a special custom title.

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    1 backer All gone!

    VAIN FIGHTER

    EXCLUSIVE SIGNED DRAWING OF YOU, BEATDOWN CITY STYLE

    Receive a 1 of a kind physical drawing/painting of you in an action pose Treachery in Beatdown City style + signed by the artist Diana Santiago! + receive a digital scan of the file.

    Your name will be in the credits under a special custom title.

    Receive everything in the DEV TIER.

    Estimated delivery:
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    5 backers All gone!

    Ultimate Boss Fighter

    BE A BOSS IN THE GAME + be in a cutscene + have a bio in the game

    Have your likeness placed as a boss enemy on the streets of East Fulton! You will be a unique boss enemy with your own fighting moves & stats. You will receive everything in PIXEL PORTRAIT tier (sprite sheet, etc.) + you will have a bio in the game, as well as a cutscene featuring your character that you will get to help write! + a special thank you in the credits

    Your name will be in the credits under a special custom title.

    Receive everything in the PIXEL PORTRAIT TIER

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    Ultimate Boss Fighter II

    BE A BOSS IN THE GAME + be in a cutscene + have a bio in the game

    The sequel to Ultimate Boss Fighter I. All things from Ultimate Boss Fighter tier included.

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    RUN BEATDOWN CITY

    BE A BOSS IN THE GAME + PERSONAL GRAFFITI + HELP DESIGN A BUILDING IN THE BACKGROUND

    SPECIAL COMBO OF ULTIMATE COUNTER + PAINT THE TOWN + RECEIVE PHYSICAL ART BOOK + SHIRT + CD + PDF MANUAL - Receive a RUN THIS TOWN backer credit in the game and a special thank you.

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    BEATDOWN CITY TOURIST

    Come to New York City (flight and living arrangements not included) and have a tour with the team of New York from their unique perspective. We'll even buy you lunch at one of our favorite places, Katz' deli! Sit in and get an in depth look at game development. These tours will begin after the game is done. Also receive BEATDOWN TOURIST credit and a special thank you. + Receive everything in the EXTRA PHYSICALITY DX tier!

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    S-Tier Executive Producer

    Be listed in the credits first as an executive producer, + receive everything in the BEATDOWN CITY TOURIST tier!

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Funding period

- (30 days)