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Your hallucinations may hold the key to redeeming yourself. Take to the streets and prove your innocence in this JRPG-inspired game!
Your hallucinations may hold the key to redeeming yourself. Take to the streets and prove your innocence in this JRPG-inspired game!
Your hallucinations may hold the key to redeeming yourself. Take to the streets and prove your innocence in this JRPG-inspired game!
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"The team of SWDTech Games know that fans of the genre tend to enjoy deviating from the beaten path of the main quest" - Dave Giltinan, Read Retro

"Right the wrongs of the past, or create more in Pixel Noir" - Jenn Stille, Indie Game Magazine

"I'm all about seeing something different...and that's what this is." - Alpha Omega Sin

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Who can you trust when you can't trust yourself?

Living on the streets of a shithole like Pinnacle City, there’s only two things to keep you going: A pack of cigarettes and the feeling that there’s more than this.

There was something rotten in that rundown place. You were in over your head, but you were too proud to admit it. It was your pride that killed your partner. With the hospital burned to the ground and nothing to exonerate you, they threw you in jail.

For ten years you were haunted by unanswered questions and unspeakable horror, frightened by what you saw, what you did - and what you could still do. Now you’re scraping by as a private eye, running a business out of a crappy apartment. But a chance comes along to clear your name once and for all. With your sanity at stake, how can you afford not to take it?

Pixel Noir is a JRPG-inspired detective game set against a film noir backdrop. Think Earthbound meets Sin City!

  • Solve a variety of mysteries as Pinnacle City’s cheapest Private Eye! From missing pets to murder investigations, your detective skills will earn you either fortune or face punches. 
  • Fight enemies in turn-based combat. Unleash devastating combo attacks by teaming up with other heroes in your team! 
  • Explore Pinnacle City--a wretched hive of scum and villainy harboring black market trade & hawked by colorful characters.
  • Use your investigation mode to reveal clues. Level it up over time to unearth new secrets and storylines!

Solve Pinnacle City’s darkest mysteries as the city's cheapest Private Eye! 

Taking on jobs from your clientele will push you deeper into seedy Pinnacle City. From missing pets to murder investigations, your detective skills will earn you either fortune or face punches!

Heroes will have their own, personalized gestures! Subtle actions like these add to the sense of pixelated immersion you'll feel while playing Pixel Noir.

Fight enemies in turn-based combat!

When taking on the muggers and murderers of Pinnacle City, use timed attacks for extra damage and character-specific special abilities that give you the edge over your enemies. Pair up with your teammates and unleash devastating combos for serious damage!

Whether it be the Vanguard Militia, sewers monsters, or back alley thugs, beat'em down and level up!

Take on unique bosses with their own special skills!

A thriving, seedy underbelly has firmly planted itself in the heart of the city. From organized crime families to street gangs, Pinnacle City has much to offer would-be thugs & gangsters. With different sections of Pinnacle City under the control of different gangs, can you figure out how to reclaim your town?

Try out different strategies with gang bosses--you might find that there's more than one way to skin a cat!

Explore Pinnacle City!

Exploring the city can land you with some killer items, introduce you to characters you would've never met otherwise, and even lead you to stumble across secret passageways. Needless to say, exploring is highly encouraged!

Immersion is an important part of the Pixel Noir--there is a ton you will be able to interact with and examine as part of your investigation. 

Investigate everything to find out what’s really happening!

Major cases have multiple outcomes based on how many clues you're able to find. As such, the Detective’s Investigation Skill is an invaluable tool in your arsenal. Use your investigation mode to reveal clues. Level it up over time to unearth new secrets and storylines!

Keep track of clues that help you to crack each case. Keep track of clues is essential. There could be additional clues that you find that could drastically alter the outcome of the case!

Upgrade and customize your weapons!

Weapons can be modified to not only suit your play style, but also exploit the weaknesses of your enemies. Some upgrades can even power up your characters' special abilities!

Changing rounds and modifying weapons allows players to get creative with battle strategies!
Changing rounds and modifying weapons allows players to get creative with battle strategies!

While, you can certainly brute force your way through Pinnacle City, it's often wise to switch ammunition and/or swap out weapon modifications before big battles!




The Pixel Noir soundtrack includes a combination of 16-bit chiptune emulation for most of the game and orchestral pieces for big, hulking boss fights. It's inspired by classic NES and SNES-era games as well as film noir classics such as "Chinatown".

We’re THRILLED to announce that the composer of Secret of Mana, Hiroki Kikuta will be joining SWDTech Audio Composer, Kunal Majmudar on the soundtrack :D

Expect tons of battle themes and epic boss themes! To help raise funds for development, last year we put out the Super Mysterious Detective EP, which you can check out below to give you a taste of what's to come!

Here are some reward tier concept images! CHECK IT OUT!

Only 15 of THE MARK Edition are available! Part of the $350 dollar tier!
Only 15 of THE MARK Edition are available! Part of the $350 dollar tier!
T-Shirt Concept Design!
T-Shirt Concept Design!
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE party member Stretch the Bartender wants you to pay your tab! Part of the $25 tier!
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE party member Stretch the Bartender wants you to pay your tab! Part of the $25 tier!

We've been building Pixel Noir for quite a long time. Two years to be exact! We've gone from old, proof-of-concept builds to UX (User Experience) test builds to the current pre-alpha state that you see in the Kickstarter demo.

We want to bring this game to you as quickly as possible. We're proud of what we've built and are excited to build more and show off more of our vision for the game! For the past four years, we've been self-funding Pixel Noir. With a very limited budget and a part-time staff, the going has been fulfilling, but slow. We've been able to create some of our key back-end systems, but there is a LOT more to build and develop if we want to get Pixel Noir up to spec with the vision we have in our heads. Unfunded, it would take us years to build out a reduced scoped game.

With your help, we can get our staff on an expedited development timeline to deliver lots of additional story and gameplay depth! We urge you to play the demo and see for yourself how fun it is. It's got grit. It's got sarcasm. It's got panache. For us, it's our dream game.

We've laid out a simple cost structure below that helps explain the costs:


SWDTech Games is a team of gamers dedicated to reimagining the classic RPG experience for modern-day platforms such as PS4 and PS Vita. We grew up playing games like Final Fantasy, Earthbound, & Chrono Trigger, and aspire to produce our own classic.

Our development team is locked, loaded, and ready to fire on all cylinders. Most of us are experienced professionals that have been on multiple projects with both AAA companies like Capcom, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoon Network, Sony; and smaller Indie companies like WadjetEye Games, Indestructible Cannon, Hotslug, and more! We’ve come together to create the RPG we’ve wanted to play for over a decade now!

 

Special Thanks 

We wanted to give special thanks to a few key people who have helped us get here! Special thanks to Kay Kennedy for designing this beautiful Kickstarter page, thanks to Luke Esquivel for helping us get our concept demo off the ground, thanks to Robyn Stevens & Kris Carpenter for writing the book on PR and social media, and thanks to Adam who helped us flesh out those early art concepts!

Thanks also to all our friends, family, and loved ones that have stood by our side through the long nights of the past and those still yet to come! Most importantly, thanks to all the fans and supporters and have stood by our side throughout the process. We love you all!


Risks and challenges

Please be aware that, as with any game development project, certain features or plot lines may not make it into the final game due to various roadblocks we might run into.

Also, be aware that concepts may change between now and the final release.

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    [THE SHYGUY] • Get a special Pixel Noir Kickstarter backer avatar!

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    [THE EARLY BIRD] • Get one copy of Pixel Noir for either PC, Vita or PS4 for a bargain! • Any/All DLC or extras that are made available to purchase post launch! • Everything in the SHYGUY tier!

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    [THE REGULAR JOE] • One copy of Pixel Noir for either PC, OSX, Vita, or PS4! • Any/All DLC or extras that are made available to purchase post launch! • Everything in the SHYGUY tier!

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    [THE LOOKOUT] • Start the game with 1 x Pop's Old Service Revolver, 1 x Lucky Pocket Watch, 1 x Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket • Everything in the REGULAR JOE tier!

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    [THE SPEAKEASY] • Get a digital download of the Pixel Noir original soundtrack by composer Kunal Majmudar! • Everything in the LOOKOUT tier!

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    [THE INSIDE MAN] • Get beta access to Pixel Noir! Beta will be presented as a full-featured Pixel Noir side story • Stretch, the bartender is available as a Kickstarter-exclusive party member for the full game! • Everything in the SPEAKEASY tier!

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    [THE LOCK BOX] • Get the Pixel Noir Challenge Pack! Get a box detailing the Detective's most dangerous cases, with each item leading the player down their path. Each case will risk your life, but also offer a substantial reward if you can solve it! • Everything in the REAL MCCOY tier!

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    [THE DIGITAL] • ALL DIGITAL TIER! All of Pixel Noir's DIGITAL items in one bundle! This includes: Pixel Noir for your choice of available platform! (Choice will be made after the end of the Kickstarter via backer survey!) • The digital items from THE LOOKOT tier! • The Pixel Noir soundtrack from THE SPEAKEASY tier! • The Pixel Noir Beta and the Kickstarter Exclusive Stretch The Bartender party member from THE INSIDE MAN tier! • The Challenge Pack from THE LOCK BOX tier! • The digital art book from THE FENCE tier! • The Alternate Playable Character Pack from THE GRIFT tier! • The super amazing Arranged Album from THE BOOTLEG tier! • All of this at a deal for anyone who wants all the Digital Content and none of the Physical goodies!

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    [THE NEWSIE] • Get a limited edition, hand-drawn Pixel Noir physical poster signed by the entire dev team! • Everything in the FENCE tier!

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    [THE GRIFT] • Get the limited edition alternate playable characters digital pack! This pack includes all of our rejected character ideas, fleshed out for you to play through the game with. Play through Pixel Noir as Robo-Detective, Mutant Stretch, and all characters from the SHOTMAKER tier! • Everything in the NEWSIE tier!

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    [THE BOOTLEG] • Grab yourself a digital copy of Pixel Noir arranged album, featuring Big Giant Circles, Disasterpeace, Sean Beeson, Will Roget, Zircon, Mustin, A_Rival, Dale North, and more! • Everything in the GRIFT tier!

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    [THE BOX JOB] • An autographed, physical, hi-quality art book! • A physical retro style box so Pixel Noir can sit alongside with the rest of your 16-bit RPG collection! • Everything in the BOOTLEG tier!

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    [THE CLEAN SNEAK] • Level up your early access game by getting access to both the Alpha and Beta versions of Pixel Noir! • Everything from the BOX JOB tier!

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    [THE COOLER] • Design your very own Pixel Noir non-playable character (NPC) with this exclusive tier! This includes working with creative team to develop the character design, back story, and dialogue responses! • Everything in the CLEAN SNEAK tier!

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    [THE NECKTIE] • Design a unique piece of armor! Work with the creative team to develop the look and feel, special qualities, rarity, cost, and where in the game you acquire it! • Everything in the CLEAN SNEAK tier!

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    [THE SPECIAL OCCASION] • Design a unique weapon, piece of armor, and accessory! Work with the creative team to develop the look and feel, special qualities, rarity, cost, and where in the game you acquire each piece of the set! • Everything in the CLEAN SNEAK tier! **NOTE** This is replacing THE NECKTIE and THE ROSCOE, while adding building your own accessory to the mix! Anyone who backed those tiers will be auto-magically upgraded to this tier. This is a pretty big tier now, please feel free to ask us for more details if you are curious about anything!

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    [THE CANARY] • Design a Pixel Noir CRDTech Card! CRDTech Cards unlock three things: (1) A summon style attack if used in battle (2) An achievement when discovered (3) A real, physical card created by our Illustrator Maximo! • Also, if the stretch goal is reached, the card will be playable in he CRDTech Mini Game! • Everything in the CLEAN SNEAK tier!

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    [THE DON] • Be the boss! Work with the creative team to develop a boss design concept, back story, special abilities, weaknesses, and reward(s)! • Everything in the CLEAN SNEAK tier!

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    [THE FRAME] • Design a client case for Pixel Noir! Work with the creative team to develop the client's back story, case locations, clues, & rewards! • Everything in the CLEAN SNEAK tier!

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    [THE MARK] •Get a physical briefcase filled with case file dossiers, and a code for a specific case that only a select few in this tier and above will have access to! • Everything in the CLEAN SNEAK tier!

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    [THE ARCHITECT] • Design a unique area and 3 NPC's that will be unique to your area! Work with the creative team to design an area with its own back story, gang, and up to 3 NPC's! • Includes everything in the CLEAN SNEAK and the COOLER tiers!

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    [THE KEEPSAKE] • Choose the default name for the detective! Get a physical ID card just like the detective! Includes everything in the MARK tier!

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    [THE SHOTMAKER] • Make yourself into a playable character! Work with the creative team to develop a concept design, a custom skill tree, and special abilities! Your character will be playable for your copy of the game and included in the GRIFT DLC patch! • Includes ALL previous tiers except for [THE KEEPSAKE]!

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    [THE BANKROLL] • Party with the team behind Pixel Noir! Get flown out to the convention of your choice, stay at the SWDTech hotel suite, & party with the development team! (includes all travel & convention registration & hotel costs)! • Includes ALL previous tiers except for [THE KEEPSAKE]!

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