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Poi is an indie 3D adventure platformer inspired by classics like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Super Mario Sunshine.

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Poi is an indie 3D adventure platformer inspired by classics like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Super Mario Sunshine. It is in development for PC and Wii U and has been greenlit on Steam. If we meet our goal, Poi is targeted to release in 2016.

In Poi, you'll free-roam through big open world levels and smaller challenge levels in a search for explorer medallions. Getting those medallions won't be easy though as you'll need to pull off classic 3D platforming feats in order to grab them. Run, jump, flip, bounce, balance, climb, slide, swim and more to collect them all for every level. As you collect more explorer medallions, you'll meet new characters and discover more worlds for you to explore!

One day, a young and rambunctious runaway was napping under a tree when suddenly something heavy landed squarely on his forehead. Rudely awoken, he discovers the culprit to be a mysterious and worn book with the words "Explorer's Log" printed in large gold letters on the cover. 

Flipping through the old pages, the boy discovers notes and sketches of wondrous far off lands. Curiously, he also finds a page titled "How to be a Master Explorer." Reading further, an overwhelming sense of adventure ignites and he decides right then and there to become a master explorer. Quickly grabbing his backpack, he turns around and is startled to see an old man standing in front of him. To the boy's surprise, the figure tells him the book belongs to him and that he is the Master Explorer. 

"So you want to be a master explorer, eh? Travel the world and find explorer medallions! Maybe then you'll be worthy of that title." -The Master Explorer

Amused by the child's reckless enthusiasm, the Master Explorer decides to take the child aboard his airship and bring him along in his journey to uncover the many secrets scattered across the world of Poi.

In Poi, you can play as a boy or girl!
 
Your character!
Your character!
A young child that dreams of grand adventures. When they stumble upon the Master Explorer’s book, they find themselves caught up in the journey of a lifetime. We want Poi to appeal to as many players as possible, so you can choose to be a boy or girl when you start the game!

The Master Explorer
The Master Explorer
The Master Explorer is a mysterious fellow who recruits you after you find his explorer’s book. He doesn’t tell you much about his past, but it’s clear that he knows quite a bit. Aboard his airship, you’ll travel across the world of Poi collecting explorer medallions for him.
A few friendly faces
A few friendly faces
Along the way, you’ll meet many other characters in the world of Poi. By helping them out, you’re sure to get some nice rewards!

High above the clouds, you'll pilot the Master Explorer's airship around the world in search of explorer medallions. Watch out for floating islands and new characters!

The Sky, high above the clouds.
The Sky, high above the clouds.
A windy seaside canyon known for its lighthouse and windmills.
A windy seaside canyon known for its lighthouse and windmills.
An active volcano with mysterious ruins in its shadow.
An active volcano with mysterious ruins in its shadow.

Secret Places

These areas are inaccessible by airship--you'll need to use other means to reach them. In these places, you'll find more difficult platforming challenges.

These levels will test your platforming prowess!
These levels will test your platforming prowess!

And others...

Your journey to become a Master Explorer will take you to many places across the world of Poi.

What is that?!
What is that?!
Run & jump!
Run & jump!
Go for a swim.
Go for a swim.
Dive into the sky and soar!
Dive into the sky and soar!
Careful... use ropes to cross.
Careful... use ropes to cross.
Slide down slopes!
Slide down slopes!

Here's a taste of the orchestral soundtrack being composed exclusively for Poi by Lyndon Holland. If you pledge $60 or more, you'll receive all the tracks in lossless quality on the digital soundtrack!

Sky Theme

Trailer Theme

A mysterious map we found...
A mysterious map we found...

If Poi surpasses its goal, we'd love to add a bunch of cool new stuff to the game!

Bonus World - We'll have time to build another whole level to explore in addition to the ones we already have, and are planning to build.

New Game+ - An altered version of the game to play through after you've beaten Poi once.

Local Co-Op Play - Play Poi on the couch with a friend!

PS4 Version - A digital release on PS4.

And more!

$20 - Play Poi
You can get a digital copy of Poi for $20 (PC or Wii U), or you can pledge more and join the Poi Explorer's Club!

$40 - Junior Explorer's Club + Beta
You get a digital copy of Poi (PC or Wii U), a custom Poi postcard mailed to your door, your name in the credits and beta access!

$60 - Explorer's Club
You get a digital copy of Poi (PC or Wii U), a digital eBook on the making of Poi, the digital Poi soundtrack, a custom Poi postcard, and your name in the credits.

$80 - Exclusive Explorer's T-Shirt + Explorer's Club
You get an exclusive Explorer's Club t-shirt plus a digital copy of Poi (PC or Wii U), a digital eBook on the making of Poi, the digital Poi soundtrack, exclusive digital wallpaper, a custom Poi postcard, and your name in the credits.

$125 - Collector's edition box + Exclusive Explorer's T-Shirt + Explorer's Club
You get a boxed version of Poi that comes with a DVD copy of Poi (PC) or Nintendo eShop download code (Wii U) plus an exclusive Explorer's Club t-shirt, a digital eBook on the making of Poi, the digital Poi soundtrack, exclusive digital wallpaper, a custom Poi postcard, and your name in the credits.

We've come to Kickstarter because we need funds to finish the game, and because we want to connect with 3D platforming fans.

We've been working on Poi out of our own pockets for the last year as a passion project. Right now, we have the game engine, the hub world, and two levels at alpha complete--which means they are playable, but still in need of polishing and bug fixing.

In order to finish Poi so that we can release it as a high quality game, we still need to:

  • Build more open-world levels packed with secrets and places to explore
  • Add even more 3D platforming moves & features
  • Pay for more art (3D characters, textures, UI, etc)
  • Improve character animations
  • Pay for custom music and SFX for the game
  • Pay for software licenses
  • Optimize Poi for Wii U
With your support, we'll have the funds needed to finish all these tasks and release Poi on PC and Wii U in 2016!

Paul Ewers and Ben Gable left their jobs in early 2014 to pursue their dream of starting an independent game studio. They formed PolyKid in San Francisco, California and started working on Poi. Ben and Paul both graduated from DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington and have worked on PC games such as Igneous (2010 IGF Student Showcase Winner), Kabloom, the mobile game Star Thief, and independent Wii games. 

David has been helping out with Poi's character designs and other 2D & 3D assets. He started working as a freelance 2D illustrator in 2006 and then 3D art in 2012. Now he works across a wide range of independent games and is very active in the Unity indie scene.

Lyndon's Portfolio

Lyndon wrote and composed the music for the Poi trailer as well as the Sky theme. He will be composing the music for the rest of Poi's levels as well! As a graduate of one of the top film schools; The National Film and Television School, he has written music for such indie games as Aviary Attorney, Verde Station and is currently writing the music for Virginia.

Let your friends know about Poi! We need a lot of support to reach our Kickstarter goal and get the game into your hands! 

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Risks and challenges

Making video games is hard--especially 3D platformers. And while this is our studio's first commercial game, we've been lucky enough to build games as hobbies, academically and professionally over the last 10 years.

As such, we know many of the challenges that come with building a game, and that's why we've spent the last year making a game engine that's stable, runs fast and allows us to easily create fun experiences.

Shipping on consoles (compared to PC) can be a daunting task. Fortunately, we've spent the last few months working directly with Wii U development hardware, so we can confidently say Poi is possible on the Wii U. We also have outside connections that will support us, should any technical problems arise. Additionally, being part of the Unity community is a big help.

Regarding budget, we're a small team working out of a shared-home office, so we're able to spend money efficiently. This also helps us keep focused and stay on schedule, so we can release on time and don't waste unnecessary resources.

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FAQ

  • Yes! We would love to release Poi in as many countries as possible and in as many languages as we can.

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  • Yes, if funded, Poi will be available on places like GOG and Humble.

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  • Making a 3D platformer takes a lot of work to ensure that it plays well and is free of bugs. Additionally, since we are releasing on both PC and Wii U, we need to accomplish this for both platforms--which takes more time and effort. And when you factor in costs for other things like software licenses, development hardware, art and music, it adds up quickly.

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  • Keep in mind we've been working on Poi for the past year full-time--so we already have much of the game built. Additionally, we've spent a lot of time making sure it runs well on both PC and Wii U, instead of promising extra platforms in order to raise more money. So we're confident we can deliver a high quality game if we reach our goal.

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  • We would love to bring the game to Xbox One with enough community support!

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  • Absolutely! The game will natively support Xbox 360 & Xbox One controllers (with rumble), DualShock 3 & 4 as well as many other third party controllers. You can even play with a GameCube controller, provided you have a USB adapter!

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  • The honest answer is that we won't be able to finish Poi as we originally intended. We would not be able to pay for custom art and animations to make the game look better, and we would not be able to pay for the custom soundtrack that Poi deserves. We would also have to return our Wii U development hardware.

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOX

    A boxed version of Poi that contains a DVD copy of Poi (PC) OR a Nintendo eShop download code (Wii U) + all previous tiers.

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    STAR EXPLORER

    We'll name a star in the night sky after you! Everyone will be able to see your star and your name in the game using the explorer telescope + all previous tiers.

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    THE POI EXPLORER'S BOOK

    We'll send you a PHYSICAL hard cover version of the Making of Poi eBook with a bunch of art and game information in it + all previous tiers.

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    VIRTUAL HANGOUT WITH THE TEAM

    We will set up a chat with you so we can talk about all things Poi! You can share any ideas you might have about the game with us and we might even tell you some secrets + all previous tiers.

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    BE AN EXPLORER IN THE GAME

    We'll have our artist David sketch and model you into an explorer. Then we'll put you in the game for everyone to see. Where will you show up? You'll have to wait and see! + all previous tiers.

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    You have our unbounded gratitude!

    You are named as an executive producer in the credits + an extra special gift + all previous tiers.

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