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A side-scrolling horror comedy visual novel, inspired by the works of H.P Lovecraft and classic survival horror!
A side-scrolling horror comedy visual novel, inspired by the works of H.P Lovecraft and classic survival horror!
903 backers pledged £17,847 to help bring this project to life.

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DOWNLOAD THE PRE-ALPHA CAMPUS TOUR DEMO HERE!

(Please be aware that while the demo was made by our artist in Construct 2, the full game will be created with our proprietary engine currently in development. As such, expect some small bugs and rough edges that'll be ironed out in the full game! Visit The Miskatonic's Development Blog for demo build updates!)

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DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, NEW PROFESSOR AND STAFFER SLOTS AVAILABLE! HELP CREATE NPC CHARACTERS FOR THE GAME!

 Plunge headlong into the writhing depths of The Miskatonic, a side-scrolling, horror comedy visual novel, packed with bizarre and hilarious dialogue, a cadre of warped and damaged students and faculty, and an intriguing, devious narrative! Chat jovially with the local abominations, scout revolting locations for occult expeditions, and investigate the innate strangeness within!

  • A slightly odd female protagonistCharlotte LeStrange has her own secret motivations and ambitions beyond the university’s knowledge, that go beyond her implicit desires to summon Shub-Niggurath. And the university has plans for her of their own.
  • An evolving hub worldWatch the university grow, rot and stuff itself with strange artefacts as Charlotte traipses around New England on her edritch adventures.
  • Old school survival horror puzzles - Find etched keys to open corresponding doors, solve blood-drenched codes and trade weird and warped collectibles for information. 
  • JRPG style dialogue cutscenesInteract with monsters, mutants and generally strange people drawn in a soot and gore-covered cartoon art style, complete with harrowingly humorous dialogue.
  • Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft - A unique and comparatively light-hearted take on the master of horror’s monstrous world. Parodies and references hide in the dark little corners of the story, waiting for Lovecraft fanatics to find.
  • Blow holes in monsters with Charlotte’s overly huge shotgun - Because sometimes the cosmic horrors refuse to cooperate. 
  •  As rotting, dank and unkempt as it is, the Miskatonic is a comparable beacon of light in the darkness of New England. With its recent curriculum shift into the world of the occult, professors and students suffer terrible mutations and psychological distress, when they aren’t exploding or eating themselves alive. Still, they find the work fascinating and important enough to warrant a cheerful mood and high spirits, and for those in administrative or laborious employment, the pay is fantastic.

     Conversing with weirdos is Charlotte’s greatest joy in life, and there’s plenty of weirdos to talk to throughout the game! Some offer insight into the world, others crack dark jokes about the end of it, and still others are there to help with Charlotte’s near-constant predicaments. Comics and illustrations break up the back and forth, keeping the story flowing!

     The Miskatonic features old-school inventory and riddle-cracking puzzles, familiar to everyone enamoured with the days of PS2 survival horror. Find keys, solve codes and collect items to make your way through the surreal missions! Though Charlotte will often joke about the absurdity of the things you’ll find.

     We've already put a lot of time and energy to get The Miskatonic to where it is today, it's a huge passion project that we're madly in love with, and we need your help to make The Miskatonic a great visual novel! While we're a small, two man team working on the large, core parts of the game, your contributions will help us hire additional help for certain aspects, such as background art, music and the coding of individual puzzle elements, so that we can focus on creating a fun, bizarre experience. Any funds that exceed our initial target will be spent on larger amounts of help, so that we can deliver a larger game in a quicker time period!

     We're focusing our rewards system on enhancing the community aspects of Lovecraftian lore by offering the ability to help create the students and faculty of The Miskatonic. You'll work directly with our artist to create an NPC that our protagonist can interact with, and you'll receive a personal character sheet of your designed NPC for personal use beyond the game! Those of you looking for physical merchandise, we'll be opening a merch store for posters, t-shirts etc after the funding of the game! For now, we're offering a PDF art and writing book packed with all the illustrations, comics and scripts that revolve around The Miskatonic.

     The Miskatonic is home to students, staffers and professors of all backgrounds, and we'd love nothing more than to get you guys involve on who these weird and warped people are! Working individually with our artist and writer, you can help us fill the campus and outlying expeditions with strange and bizarre characters. Check out the tier breakdowns below! Character slots that aren't filled by the end of the Kickstarter will be filled by our artist, making sure The Miskatonic is bustling with eldritch creations!

     Our stretch goals take the form of episodic side-stories, designed to flesh out the world of The Miskatonic. These stories will be free for all purchasers of the game, and will come post-launch in the form of updates, except the "Renovations" goal, which will expand the university for the whole game!

    The Miskatonic will be available on PC, via the Steam service or via a DRM free download directly from us, and released for Mac and Linux at a later date! We'll be looking into other distribution services too!
    The Miskatonic will be available on PC, via the Steam service or via a DRM free download directly from us, and released for Mac and Linux at a later date! We'll be looking into other distribution services too!

     Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter! With your support, we'll be able to fully realise the potential of our project, and add our horrific, hilarious game to the visual novel genre! So spread the word, pre-order the game, and enter the rotting, pulsating halls of The Miskatonic!

    "Pop Goes the Weasel", "Reawakening"

    Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Risks and challenges

    Though the core concepts of The Miskatonic are simple, there are still a number of risks involved with undertaking such a project.

    TIME - We believe we've given ourselves more than enough time to produce the game, but unexpected setbacks can stretch out development time. Currently the progression of the game stands at 40% completion, so we don't believe this will be an issue, but if it is, we'll be entirely open with contributors and fans, letting them know what's happening and how it'll affect development time.

    FEATURES - The features of The Miskatonic are inspired largely from classic survival horror games, and should be familiar to every fan. Though, sometimes specific elements of the game turn out to be less fun in practice. We've scripted puzzle scenes to be challenging, yet accessible, and are confident that the gameplay will be fun and exciting for both fans of the survival horror genre and new players alike.

    FINANCE - The Miskatonic's a huge passion project for us, and we're determined to see the project completed no matter how the Kickstarter ends, but we'll need your help to fully realise our vision of what the game can be. With your contribution, we can make The Miskatonic beautifully ugly and as repugnantly funny as possible!

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      Pledge £3 or more About US$ 4

      A copy of "The Art and Writing of The Miskatonic" PDF digital art book and your name in the game's end credits!

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      A copy of The Miskatonic game, and your name in the game's end credits!

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      A copy of The Miskatonic game, a copy of the PDF digital art book and your name in the game's end credits!

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      Pledge £20 or more About US$ 26

      Beta access to The Miskatonic:

      Receive frequent builds and updates at the beta stage of the game, and help us make The Miskatonic as polished as it can possibly be!

      Comes with a copy of the game and PDF art book, and your name in the "Beta Testers" portion of the end credits!

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      Pledge £30 or more About US$ 40

      Alpha access to The Miskatonic.

      Receive frequent builds and updates at the alpha stage of the game, and have an active role in the game's development. Your feedback at every step of the way will be essential!

      Comes with a copy of the game and PDF art book, and your name in the "Beta Testers" portion of the end credits!

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      STUDENT TIER - CREATE A STUDENT NPC

      Work with our artist to create a student NPC for The Miskatonic. See the Rewards portion of the breakdown for more details!

      Comes with a copy of game, PDF art book and your name in the "Students" portion of the end credits!

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      STUDENT TIER SECOND BATCH - CREATE A STUDENT NPC

      DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, NEW SLOTS AVAILABLE!

      Work with our artist to create a student NPC for The Miskatonic. See the Rewards portion of the breakdown for more details!

      Comes with a copy of game, PDF art book and your name in the "Students" portion of the end credits!

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      STAFFER TIER - CREATE A STAFFER NPC

      Work with our artist to create a staffer NPC for The Miskatonic. See the Rewards portion of the breakdown for more details!

      Comes with a copy of game, PDF art book and your name in the "Staffers" portion of the end credits!

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      STAFFER TIER SECOND BATCH - CREATE A STAFFER NPC

      DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, NEW SLOTS AVAILABLE!

      Work with our artist to create a staffer NPC for The Miskatonic. See the Rewards portion of the breakdown for more details!

      Comes with a copy of game, PDF art book and your name in the "Staffers" portion of the end credits!

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      Pledge £200 or more About US$ 264

      PROFESSOR TIER - CREATE A PROFESSOR NPC

      Work with our artist to create a Professor NPC for The Miskatonic. See the Rewards portion of the breakdown for more details!

      Comes with a copy of game, PDF art book and your name in the "Professor" portion of the end credits!

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      PROFESSOR TIER SECOND BATCH - CREATE A PROFESSOR NPC

      DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, NEW SLOTS AVAILABLE!

      Work with our artist to create a Professor NPC for The Miskatonic. See the Rewards portion of the breakdown for more details!

      Comes with a copy of game, PDF art book and your name in the "Professor" portion of the end credits!

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      Pledge £500 or more About US$ 661

      ON-SITE ESSENTIALS TIER - CREATE AN ON-SITE ASSISTANT NPC

      Work with our artist to create an Essential NPC and dormitory room for The Miskatonic! See the Rewards portion of the breakdown for more details!

      Comes with a copy of game, PDF art book and your name in the "Essentials" portion of the end credits!

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    Funding period

    - (30 days)