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Update #1: Power-ups, Chef Penguino Promo, and T-shirt details
Planet Io Entertainment, who brought players the memory-stretching game Chef Penguino, present to you Ancient Axes: Heroes on Paper, an action-packed puzzler for solo players and an action-stuffed thrill ride for 2-4 players. Planet Io hopes to bring back the successful couch and arcade co-op from the lost 1980's legends like Gauntlet and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and at the same time inject some unique paper-style art influenced from the likes of the Paper Mario series.
The first concept of Ancient Axes was created in 2008 by a collaboration of game design students from the University of Baltimore and the Image Campus of Argentina. The unique single player idea has been refined and the entire game expanded to include multiplayer.
To make Ancient Axes all that it can be, we need your help! With a successfully funded Kickstart, we will be able to afford the time, energy, licenses, more licenses, pizza, and coffee needed to make this dream a reality!
So, what awesome powers can pledging to Ancient Axes grant you?
+1 POWER OF NOSTALGIA & CAMARADERIE
Taking inspiration from the classic Gauntlet series, as well as many other multiplayer adventures from the 80's, we've put together a unique 2-4 player quest that will be completely separate from the single player campaign. Each player will receive an infinite amount of throwing axes, swords, arrows, or magic missiles to decimate the enemies on the battlefield (of which there will be many).
Find power-ups to infuse your weapons with fire or ice. Search for keys to open a new way. Ignore the new way to find a secret area. Collect collectibles and achieve achievements!
In addition to a complete multiplayer campaign, players can look forward to Endurance Mode - an Ancient Axes take on the popular "Horde" mode found in other video games. Choose an arena to be dropped into as wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies attempt to slaughter your party.
+2 INTELLIGENCE IN MIND-EXPANDING PUZZLES
While multiplayer will offer a frenzied kill-everything eat-pizza then move on mindset, playing the game single-player style will reward you for taking things a little slower. Controlling two characters at once (each with unique movement), you will need to overcome various lever switching and button pressing puzzles, all the while keeping two characters alive while throngs of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls attempt to gobble them up.
+3 CHARISMA FOR YOUR CHARACTERS
Warriors, knights, archers, and wizards, oh my!
Each player will be able to select their own hero. Throughout the game, you might just find new ways to customize your hero!
+4 MUSICAL WISDOM
To complete the experience, the game will be equipped with a fitting soundtrack. Musical tracks will be composed by various artists, including eclectic desert rocker Mosno Al-Moseeki, techno-dub rasta-man Rod Gnarley, and that guy who created the music for Chef Penguino (game designer Dan Jorquera).
Did you enjoy the music presented in our Kickstarter video? Download it for free.
+5 FAITH IN OUR PROMISES
What we promise to deliver with Ancient Axes: Heroes on Paper...
We plan to use Steam's Greenlight program to make it onto Steam and add in Steam achievements. In-game achievements will be available to all systems regardless.
+6 LUCK... OH, IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT REWARDS!
Here's an easy-to-read breakdown showing what you can get for supporting the development of Ancient Axes:
Forum Access. Once the Kickstarter is completed, private forums will be available to all backers!
Beta Key & Full Game. Pledge $8 or more to get a guaranteed beta key this March and the full game once it is released!
Soundtrack. Pledge $17 or more to grab a digital download of the Ancient Axes: Heroes on Paper soundtrack!
Backer-only Endurance Mode Arena. Pledge $25 or more to grab a unique Endurance Mode arena which will be available only to our backers!
Fight off gelatinous cubes and other jelly-filled monsters in a slime stained dungeon until your thumbs grow callouses!
T-Shirts and Stickers. Pledge $60 or more to grab a one-of-a-kind T-shirt so you can take the Ancient Axes heroes with you wherever you go. Available in hunter green for dudes or violet for girl gamers.
Men's sizes: S M L XL. Women's sizes: S M L XL.
In addition, you will receive a sticker pack that will have those famous Heroes on Paper placed on a clear background, ready to be assigned to any post that might require a brave adventurer.
No additional cost is necessary for international shipping. (Woot!)
Design a Hat! Pledge $250 or more to design a "hat" or a costume players can unlock by playing the game! Choose a character, think up an idea, and watch it come to life atop a sticker-adventurer's head (maybe a red fez or a pink cowboy hat?). Please think up something non-offensive. In addition, your name will be included in the credits of the game and on our website!
Design a Weapon! Instead of a hat, pledge $1000 or more to design a weapon! This can be an unlockable weapon for the character of your choice or a power-up able to be picked up (maybe something that transforms your weapon into a rainbow trout or a slathers it with poison). Please think up something non-offensive. In addition, your name will be included in the credits in the game and on our website - weapon designer names will appear before hat designer names. This reward tier also allows you to include a special message next to your name on the credits in the game and on our website. Want to tell that special someone they'd look great in a suit of armor? Have an urge to tell the world that grilled cheese sandwiches are better with pepperoni? This a great way to do it! There's a 140 character (letter) limit - like a tweet.
+7 STRENGTH FROM OUR STRETCH GOALS
What could be in those treasure chests? We won't know until we meet out initial goal!
Risks and challenges
We will do our absolute best to release the final game by June, but it may prove to be a difficult task. Our success in meeting this date depends partly on the success of this Kickstarter campaign. That said, we guarantee our backers will receive a beta version of the game in March (we're hoping to let you play the AA:HoP beta the day the OUYA comes out!). The game works great on PC, but so far it has been untested on OUYA, Mac, or Linux, so we will need some brave beta testing pioneers to help us early next year.
The basic mechanics of the game are complete - we just need to work on the final presentation, art, and content of the game. We are 100% confident that we can deliver Ancient Axes to the players mid 2013 - we just need your help!
We decided not to have a limit for our $250 or $1000 designer reward tiers - if these are extraordinarily popular, it may add to the development time. It's also possible that we won't be able to adhere to everyone's request for a hat/weapon - for example, if something is too vulgar or explicitly protected by copyright. In these cases, we will do our best to communicate with our backer-designers until both parties are happy. This also applies to the $1000 message included in our credits lists.
Ancient Axes: Heroes on Paper will mark largest project Planet Io has yet undertaken. Planet Io is new to Steam, and the whole gaming industry is new to the OUYA. Our release date may be affected by Steam policies and OUYA functionality.
Lastly, quality is of utmost importance to us. Bugs and other issues will undoubtedly pop up during development - these issues can often take longer to fix than anyone would like. We won't release the product until we believe it is finished. (You can help by participating in our beta tests!)
If you decide to pledge, we thank you for supporting indie game development, believing that there's still a place in the market for action-packed couch co-op games and unique puzzlers, and most of all, for putting your faith in us and our dream.
Thanks for checking out Ancient Axes: Heroes on Paper!
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