About this project
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!
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!
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Support this project
- (35 days)