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Heartbound is a role-playing game about a boy, his dog, secrets, and sanity.
Heartbound is a role-playing game about a boy, his dog, secrets, and sanity.
Heartbound is a role-playing game about a boy, his dog, secrets, and sanity.
684 backers pledged $19,272 to help bring this project to life.

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You can download and play the Beta right now for Windows, Mac, or Linux. The Beta is free and should run well on most computers. The length of the Beta is about 20-30 minutes on a single run-through. There are multiple story-line paths and a bunch of secrets to find.

 

Current Features:
  • Follow Lore and Baron on their adventures through time and space.
  • Handle combat through a series of unique mini-games reminiscent of Wario Ware.
  • Change the story through exploration and interaction with the world. Not just through major dialog events but small things like leaving the lights on, investigating a book, or ignoring that viking brand dog food.
  • A massive series of optional cryptographic puzzles that can be solved as a community.
  • Varying environments with unique pixel art, an inspired soundtrack, and tons of extra socks.
  • That awful feeling when you do something terrible to someone who loves you.
  • More gags than you can shake a stick at. Binder can lend you one of his if you don't bring your own.

Planned Features:
  • Rebuild the town of Animus as you help its denizens conquer their fears or fix their relationships.
  • Collect mounds of secret goodies to help you through the trials and troubles ahead.
  • Tons of additional characters and combat encounters.
  • More expansive areas to explore.
  • More mini-games per combat and tons of combat encounters.
  • More crying and advanced sadness.
  • Learn about others by living through their memories if you defeat them in combat.

 

 

Lore is the main protagonist of Heartbound. A troubled young man who routinely fights off internal turmoil and negative thoughts. His outlook can alter how he perceives both communication from others and the physical world around him. Together with his faithful companion Baron, Lore manages to make it through each day. Lore has an incredibly bad habit of never cleaning up his socks and they can be found nearly everywhere.

 

Baron is Lore's dog, guardian, and best friend. He overflows with happy-go-lucky positivity in every situation and always knows just what to do. This helps to balance out Lore's innate negativity and unease. Baron has an intense fear of isolation and cannot function without Lore nearby. Because of their reliance on one another the duo are essentially inseparable. Baron would do anything for Lore even at the cost of himself.

 

A mysterious old man who is said to live deep in the forest. Binder possesses immense strength of will and can be incredibly stubborn. His home serves as a makeshift library with tomes and research material covering every available surface. Binder knows a lot more than he lets on but he prefers to allow others the pleasure of discovering things for themselves. He has an intense addiction to apples but will not admit this fact to any living soul.

 

Lore's father is almost entirely absent from his life due to issues outside of his control. As Lore's mental state deteriorates the two drift farther apart. Perception and understanding play a large role in their relationship as father and son.

 

Many more characters exist in the multitude of worlds that await Lore in his adventure. Here are a few of them from the village of Animus which you can read about here.

 

Heartbound does not use the traditional systems of Levels, Experience, or Consumables. Everything is skill-based and combat can change based on your relationships with others or things you have done. Weapons can be found throughout the world and they augment how much damage you deal in certain situations.

Every enemy you encounter has unique mini-games that you will not see anywhere else in the game. There are no random battles and a number of encounters are avoidable based on how you progress. Combat never ends in death and defeating someone allows you to see their memories from their perspective. What you do from there is up to you.

Lore dodges a massive laser and slashing claw attack.
Lore dodges a massive laser and slashing claw attack.

 

Poking eyes in a memorization mini-game.
Poking eyes in a memorization mini-game.

 

Popping pods in a fast paced reaction mini-game.
Popping pods in a fast paced reaction mini-game.

 

These glorious tunes were created by Stijn van Wakeren our Composer and Sound Designer. You can expect a lot more where this came from in the full game and we will be releasing a soundtrack at launch!
Check out the rest of their work here!

                                              Swan Song

 

                                                   Weird

 

                                            Binder's Home

 

                                            Bitter Shadows

  

All of the rewards listed here are for backers of the tiers provided. Anything marked with "backer exclusive" means we will never make them again and you can only obtain them through this Kickstarter. If you have any additional questions about any of this please let us know!

$10 - The Game

  • One Steam Key for Heartbound.
  • One DRM-Free copy of Heartbound.
  • This will be for the OS of your choosing.
  • You will be able to play Heartbound with or without Steam.


$25 - Plus Soundtrack

  • All $10 Rewards.
  • A DRM-Free copy of all of the music in Heartbound.
  • Your name will appear in the Credits!


$35 - Plus Stickers

  • All $25 Rewards
  • 4 backer exclusive die-cut Heartbound stickers.


$35 - Plus Pins

  • All $25 Rewards
  • 4 backer exclusive round Heartbound pins.


$50 - Plus Pins and Stickers

  • All $25 Rewards
  • 4 backer exclusive die-cut Heartbound stickers.
  • 4 backer exclusive round Heartbound pins.


$100 - Plus Poster

  • All $50 Rewards
  • A backer exclusive 24x36 Heartbound poster.


$250 - Plus Socks

  • All $100 Rewards
  • 2 backer exclusive pairs of Heartbound socks.
  • These socks will be in a size of your choosing.


$500 - Plus Sprites

  • All $250 Rewards
  • A set of animated sprites will be made of your custom character.
  • These will be made by our team in the Heartbound style.
  • Idle Animations - Up, Down, Left, Right
  • Walking Animations - Up, Down, Left, Right.
  • Talking Animations - Neutral, Happy, Sad


$1000 - Plus Your NPC

  • All $500 Rewards
  • Your custom sprites will be put in the game as an interactive NPC.
  • Depending on how well it fits we may work them into the story.
  • This may also result in your character being a combat encounter.

 

All of the stretch goals listed here will be given to ALL BACKERS if they are reached. While a lot of these goals add more content to the main game we want to try to give awesome things above and beyond this to our backers.


$7,500 - UNLOCKED!!!

  • Three Backer Only 1080p Desktop Backgrounds.
  • More sound effect samples so Stijn can become legend.
  • An extra optional boss will be added to Heartbound.


$10,000 - UNLOCKED!!!

  • Extension of the Beta up until the discovery of Animus. This is another 10 or so minutes of gameplay added to the Beta.
  • Reveals and full page Bios for Lore, Baron, and Binder. This includes 1080p images, concept art, and backstory on each character.
  • A new and more epic tablet for Shaye to draw all the things.
  • A virtual orchestra so Stijn's legend grows ten-fold.


$12,500 - UNLOCKED!!!

  • Reveals and full page Bios for all of the villagers of Animus. This includes 1080p images, concept art, and backstory on each character.
  • An extra mini-game on every encounter in Heartbound. This brings the total number of mini-games per combat phase to five.
  • An even more powerful virtual orchestra so Stijn will ascend to musical godhood.


$15,000 - UNLOCKED!!!

  • Extension of the ARG throughout development of Heartbound. This means another 10+ pages with music, backgrounds, and puzzles.
  • An exclusive video of Goblin decimating a banana for all backers.


$17,500 - UNLOCKED!!!

  • A digital artbook containing all of the character reveals, environments, and concept art for Heartbound.
  • Another extra mini-game on every encounter in Heartbound. This brings the total number of mini-games per combat phase to six.
  • An exclusive remix of Gadget screaming for all backers.


$19,262 - UNLOCKED!!!

  • One more story-line ending will be added to Heartbound.
  • An exclusive video of Thor decimating a banana for all backers.
  • All backers receive a second copy of Heartbound to give to a friend.

 

All of the money will go to making Heartbound as epic as it can possibly be. First and foremost the grand majority of this will go to making sure that all artists, musicians, and dogs contributing to the game are fairly compensated.

From there we have to put some aside for taxes and legal fees to make sure Heartbound is protected and handled properly.

If we somehow make anything over our goals any surplus will go to bumping up the art and music through purchasing new tools, materials, or instrument packs for the team. Stuff like this can help immensely during the development of a game and will also help us speed up production.

 

Here are some of the things the awesome people of the internet have said about Heartbound!

David Jagneaux wrote an article about Heartbound for IGN.
David Jagneaux wrote an article about Heartbound for IGN.

 

Angelina Bonilla interviewed us about Heartbound for GameSkinny.
Angelina Bonilla interviewed us about Heartbound for GameSkinny.

 

Jason Thor Hall
Game Director

Founded Pirate Software to follow his longstanding dream of building an indie games company. Thor operates as a programmer, artist, and writer on the team. His body is composed of 98% ramen noodles and hate. Owner of Gadget and Gizmo the nightmare cat duo. He bailed out of a 7 year career at a major Triple A developer to create Heartbound.

 

Bradie Shaye Rehmel
Lead Artist

The lead artist and mascot wrangler for Heartbound. She is in charge of all in-game assets, concept art, promotional work and miscellaneous Heartbound-related doodlings. She has an affinity for arthropods such as tarantulas and hissing cockroaches. Goblin her glorious rabbit son is Pirate Software's mascot. Previously created all of the art for Champions of Breakfast under the Pirate Software banner.

 

Stijn van Wakeren
Composer and Sound Designer

The lead composer and musical mastermind for Heartbound. They are in charge of all in-game musical scores, sound effects, and other audio components. They collect large amounts of strange and interesting instruments, incorporating them into the game’s audio score when possible. Some say you can hear their melodic compositions coming down from the Dutch mountains, entrancing those whose ears are graced by it.

 

Gadget
She Scream


Gizmo

Him Claw


Goblin
Him Chew


Baron

In Loving Memory

 

Special Thanks

These awesome people are either past team members or people who joined us for specific freelance work.

 

Andie Gallo and Kay Dominguez
This awesome duo created the frame by frame animation for our trailer in a ridiculously short time. They are seriously fantastic people and super fun to work with.
Check out their work here!

 

Case Baas
Created all of the awesome storm soundscaping your hear during the beginning of the game, a bunch of sound effects for Lore's House, and the music for the ARG.We also made Champions of Breakfast together.
Check out his work here!

 

Daniel Been
One of the original concept artists on Heartbound. Daniel created the original style for a lot of the characters found in Animus.

 

Hannah O'Donnell
Worked as an animator on Heartbound during the Alpha. Created the base for the talking head sprites and the original animations for a lot of the characters.

 

Kevin Wilkinson Jr
The awesome guy who edited our trailer video together! Kevin also did some sweet touch-up animations on Lore's walk cycle.
Check out his work here!

 

You can reach us through any of the social media sites listed below. Our Discord is always open and easily the best way to reach everyone on the team. You can usually find us on voice chat hanging out with the community.

 

 

Risks and challenges

There is a lot that can go wrong during the development of a game that may delay release. That being said, the grand majority of challenges in making Heartbound fell away when we were creating both the Alpha and the Beta. The games entire story is already planned out and all of the core systems are finished and working.

We also released a game together previously which can be found on steam here:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/454380

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