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Slide, swing and grapple your way through a myriad of ravenous environments to save the day in this retro inspired 2D platformer.
Slide, swing and grapple your way through a myriad of ravenous environments to save the day in this retro inspired 2D platformer.
194 backers pledged AU$ 12,067 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE #2: Platforms A Plenty! - We need your help to make the Grapple Knight experience the best it can be across all major computer platforms!

UPDATE #3: We Partner with RetroZone! - SNES Controllers added to the All Physical Rewards pledge.

UPDATE #4: Reward Spotlight - Adventure Knight Poster - We shed a little light on the amazing watercolour poster created by Adventure Time's Andy Garner-Flexner.

UPDATE #5: Stretch Goals Revealed! - We give the campaign a once over with visual reward descriptions and a completely revealed stretch goal tower!

UPDATE #6: Box Design Polls Now Open! -  We start the backer only vote to determine which design will become the official box design for Grapple Knight!

UPDATE #8: Palm Kingdoms Lends a Knightly Hand! - Add $10 to your pledge level to receive a PC and Mac copy of Palm Kingdoms 2! Stretch Goals revised to be cooler and cheaper!

UPDATE #9: Wii-U Within Grasp! - We add Wii-U development to our stretch goals and finally celebrate reaching our funding goal!

UPDATE #10: Final Hours! - We say our thank you's and good byes, also PayPal support!

For every stretch goal we hit in addition to the major goal, we will also be adding a certain number of additional tracks and achievements to the game. This allows us to grow their content passively the better the campaign does, so let's help Jouren blast his way down through the tower!

$16,000 - We have heard back from Nintendo and release on the Wii-U is within our grasp! This tier will cover the costs for getting Grapple Knight onto the Wii-U and submitted to Nintendo as well as paying for QA testing to make sure that the console release is top notch. Lets get Grapple Knight onto one of the best consoles of the coming generation!

$21,000 - Need a 1up or feel like your score could be a little better? Perhaps you just need something short, fun and new? After every boss fight as you move to the next stage, you will get to play a bonus stage to earn more points and rewards! Destroy a statue of the Alchemist before the time runs out or maybe you will have to ride a minecart down into the caves before the stage begins!

$26,000 - Someone left the door to the alchemists laboratory open! Aside from the end stage bosses that will award Jouren with powerful moves and abilities, we will create all original act mini bosses that will provide a world of new and intense challenges for players on this epic quest.

$31,000 - A bonus stage and all new environment will be added to Jouren's quest to defeat the Evil Alchemist. You will be in for the battle of a life time as you take on a whole new set of enemies and bosses, but you will be proportionally rewarded with an ultimate and all powerful ability!

$41,000 - We will break out the spit shine and polish Grapple Knight to a blinding sheen. With the creation of even more character animations, transitions, custom special attack animations and animated multi-emotional character portraits, you will be hard pressed to find another pixel platformer out there with this level of absolute completion!

$51,000 - Taking the story to an entirely new level, an animated opening and ending retro cinematic will be created for Grapple Knight to truly pay homage to Jouren's long and difficult quest in the best way possible. How did Jouren begin his quest and what happened after the alchemist was defeated? Watch and find out!

$56,000 - A secondary play mode will be implemented for Grapple Knight, once a stage has been completed in "Story Mode", you will be able to replay these stages in a timed mode where you will compete with others across the globe for the fastest time and highest score. Also great for speed runners!

$66,000 - All main character genders will be swapped in this bonus game mode with the story, dialogue and portraits adjusted accordingly. Play as Louren and her spirit companion Stride as they fight to defeat the Evil Alchemist (who will also be female, all names tentative).

$86,000 - We will take the bonus stage from the $25,000 stretch goal and make it the beginning of an entirely new chapter with a total of 4 stages, each with its own set of new gameplay mechanics, powers, enemies and bosses!

$???,??? - We have made it to the big leagues! Grapple Knight will be ported and released onto one of the amazing handheld platforms out there that would be perfect for our game like the Playstation VIta or the 3DS. Backers will then be able to specify which system they would like their purchased copy of the game sent to by way of digital redemption code!

Grapple Knight is still a work in progress and as such the visuals and features currently available are not indicative of the final product

Download and play the latest Grapple Knight demo here:

How skilled are you? Grapple Knight is a fast paced 2d platformer that is currently in development for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Alongside a retro inspired artstyle and soundtrack, Grapple Knight seeks to challenge players to use quick combinations of slides, grapples, and attacks as you guide the hero, Jouren, through a myriad of environments and enemies!

  • Take on a quest to restore peace to the lands using the spirit grapple of Stroud to swing, grab and zip through environments!

  • Defeat monsters that stand in the way, using your spirit weapons and abilities.

  • Uncover the tombs of Stroud's fellow knights as they offer their aid to Jouren, bestowing new powers.

  • Down the Alchemist's toughest creations, gaining special abilities to reach previously inaccessible areas.

  • Empower Jouren on his journey as he transforms from a common man to a knight of legend!

  • Enjoy challenging retro inspired gameplay, alongside a chiptune soundtrack, and authentic pixel art.
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux versions with Gamepad support.
Given the game's beginnings, we saw it fitting to have the game's art style visually reflect our roots as gamers. We took inspiration of many 16-bit style games and incorporated what we liked from each to create something that we felt best represented that classic era in gaming.

How much of the game have we completed?

The funds for the campaign if successful will be used for the following facets of the games development:

Everyone on the Red Knight Games team knows that we are onto to something truly fun and special with Grapple Knight. We are excited to share our vision with all of you, the Kickstarter community!

We are truly grateful for your support, and as such we want to make sure that your support does not go unrewarded.

Get your own digital copy of Grapple Knight available on PC, Mac and Linux (possibly on other platforms such as Steam, Vita and Wii-U).

All pledges of $10 and above will net themselves the full and final release of the game!

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Created for demonstration purposes
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Created for demonstration purposes
Created for demonstration purposes
Artist: Andy Garner-Flexner
Artist: Andy Garner-Flexner

To see more on the poster's creation process, check out our special reward spotlight!

                                
Created for demonstration purposes
Created for demonstration purposes
Created for demonstration purposes
Created for demonstration purposes
Character design courtesy of backer Seizui
Character design courtesy of backer Seizui

There are a wide range of reward tiers for you to choose from, but it's dangerous to go alone; so make use of this chart that will guide you on your journey to acquiring magnificent gifts. 

Be sure to use the chart above in conjunction with the detailed descriptions to the right of this campaign!

Want to keep up to date? Be a part of the Red Knight Games commuinity? Here are the ways you can:

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge that we are going to have to face both during the campaign and once the game is finished, is that Red Knight Games is a virtual unknown in the gaming world. Considering that not many people know we exist yet, collectively we will need to do all we can to generate as much traffic to the campaign and the Greenlight page as possible by contacting indie review sites, gaming publications, as well as doing cross promotional events and attending expos. By marketing Grapple Knight effectively and making the game the best that it can be, your numbers and support will be the deciding factor in whether we have succeeded or not.

Getting all the physical rewards sorted and shipped out across the pond to our friends in the US will be an endeavour in and of itself which will require a lot of organisation and time, but after having worked with all the print assets up until now, we are more excited than ever before to deliver each and every reward to your doorsteps. We hope that the attention to detail in every aspect of the physical goods won't go to waste on those that were part of the retro gaming scene in their early childhood. Authenticity is something that we have definitely strived for with these rewards.

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    Thank You

    We will be forever indebted to you for sparing what you could to help get this project off the ground.

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    Digital Copy of the Game

    A DRM free digital copy of the game for either PC, Mac or Linux.

    Steam keys will be available as an alternative in the event that the game is greenlit so don't forget to vote!

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    Digital Instruction Booklet

    All previous eligible reward levels + A digital retro instruction booklet for the game in PDF format.

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    $$$$ EARLY BIRD: Extra Copy $$$$$

    A special stand alone early bird tier! Receive all previous eligible reward levels + A second DRM free digital copy of the game or Steam key to give away as a gift for half price.

    This extra copy reward is only available at this tier level.

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    Digital Art Book

    All previous eligible reward levels + A digital art book filled with art and bios from the game along with character concepts and alternative character designs from early iterations of the game.

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    Digital Soundtrack

    All previous eligible reward levels + The complete digital soundtrack to the game including some of the bonus tracks that didn’t make it into the final release.

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    Printed Instruction Booklet

    All previous eligible reward levels + High quality printed retro instruction booklet for the game.

    The digital instruction booklet reward level will still be included.

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    Sprite Head & Special Thanks

    All previous eligible reward levels + A Red Knight Games style sprite rendition of your face for you to keep and use as you wish.

    We will also place your name or gamertag alongside your sprite face on the websites thank you wall!

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    Beta Build Access & Dev Forum

    All previous eligible reward levels + Access to our periodic beta builds and a private developer forum.

    You will get to mess around with new stages, enemies and game mechanics as we begin to experiment with them. Submit your feedback on how these elements should play together and whether or not you would want them in the final release of your game. Shape the path the game takes and make it the best it can be.

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    $$$$$$$ All Digital! No Skin $$$$$$$

    A special stand alone tier! You will receive every piece of game related digital content that isn't considered a stand alone tier, except for the custom character skin, this bundle also nets you a small discount on the combined value of the items!

    The itemised inclusions for this reward are: a digital copy of the game, the digital instruction booklet, digital art book, digital soundtrack, sprite head, beta access and a full sprite body! This special bundle is only available at this tier level.

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    Sprite Body

    All previous eligible reward levels + A pixel avatar of your entire body created in the style of the Red Knight Games team sprites for you to keep and use as you wish.

    You will receive a standard avatar sized PNG at 1 to 1 resolution, as well as a high resolution print ready vector file.

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    $$$$$$ All Physical Rewards $$$$$$$

    A special stand alone tier! You will receive every physical item available that isn't considered a stand alone tier, which includes the much sought after physical game box! This will net you a huge discount on the combined value of the items!

    The itemised inclusions for this reward are: a retro style physical game box, a digital copy of the game and soundtrack stored on a physical medium, the printed instruction manual, printed art book and a printed A1 size game poster! This special bundle is only available at this tier level.

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    Design Hangout

    All previous eligible reward levels + You will get to join us over a Skype call or Google Hangout for an entire day to sit in on and contribute to our design meetings and gameplay brainstorming sessions. You will also get to see first hand how the art and levels for Grapple Knight are created via screen sharing!

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    $$$$$ Adventure Knight Poster $$$$$

    A special stand alone tier! You will receive a limited edition watercolour poster for Grapple Knight, painted by artist Andy Garner-Flexner, a Production Assistant on Adventure Time! Each poster will be a unique, signed and numbered work in a very limited run of amazing artworks and bundled with some of our awesome digital essentials!

    The itemised inclusions for this reward are: A super A3 watercolour poster, a digital copy of the game, digital instruction manual, digital art book and the digital soundtrack! This special bundle is only available at this tier level.

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    $$$$$ All Physical Rewards 2 $$$$$$

    A special stand alone tier! You will receive every physical item available that isn't considered a stand alone tier, which includes the much sought after physical game box and now also includes an exclusive USB SNES controller! This will net you a HUGE discount on the combined value of the items!

    The itemised inclusions for this reward are: a retro style physical game box, a digital copy of the game and soundtrack stored on a physical medium, the printed instruction manual, printed art book, a USB SNES controller and a printed A1 size game poster! This special bundle is only available at this tier level.

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    $$$$$$$ Your Face in Game $$$$$$$

    A special stand alone tier! You will receive all previous eligible reward levels + Your pixel face will make a cameo somewhere within the game. A painting of a noble within the castle walls? Perhaps a poor villager that was turned into a tree? The possibilities are endless.

    You will also receive an in game credit for your likeness! This special reward is only available at this tier level.

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    Printed Poster & Digital Wallpapers

    All previous eligible reward levels + A printed and signed A1 poster of the finished game cover art

    We will also include an official Grapple Knight digital wallpaper for you to enjoy while you wait for your poster to arrive!

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    Printed Art Book

    All previous eligible reward levels + A high quality printed glossy art book so that you can enjoy the tactile and collectable sensation of Grapple Knight's amazing concept art, character designs and bios!

    The digital art book reward level will still be included.

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    Boxed Copy of the Game

    All previous eligible reward levels + A physical retro style box for the game, along with an embedded physical storage medium containing your copy of Grapple Knight!

    You will receive a limited edition 16-bit style box for the game complete with printed front and back slip, along with a copy of the game stored in the box. Also perfect for holding your printed instruction manual!

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    Director for a Day

    All previous eligible reward levels + You get to be director for a day, sign off on character and enemy designs as well as work with us to balance and brainstorm game mechanics and boss battles.

    Any decisions made need to be within the games original theme and scope, so nothing crazy or offensive. You will also receive an assistant designer credit in the game!

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    $$$$$$$$ You as an NPC $$$$$$$$$

    A special stand alone tier! You will receive all previous eligible reward levels + We will work with you to turn your likeness into an in game NPC!

    Choose from the pool of available powers and we will then work to define your NPC's look based on your personality. The gifts that you bestow on the player will be available at the various warrior shrines throughout the game. The list of powers to choose from is on a first come first serve basis.

    You will also receive an in game credit for your ghostly likeness! This special reward is only available at this tier level.

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    $$$$ All Digital Content Rewards $$$$

    A special stand alone tier! You will receive every digital item available that isn't considered a stand alone tier, which includes the amazing custom hero skin! This will net you a huge discount on the combined value of the items!

    The itemised inclusions for this reward are: a digital copy of the game, the digital instruction booklet, digital art book, digital soundtrack, sprite head, beta access, a full sprite body and a custom hero skin for your character! This special bundle is only available at this tier level.

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    Custom Hero Skin

    All previous eligible reward levels + We will take your full body pixel likeness and turn you into a custom skin for the main character, complete with character portrait for dialogue!

    Perform every move that Jouren is capable of as you look to defeat the evil alchemist. Your character skin will be unlockable for all to enjoy by completing various in game tasks and challenges, but we will give you an unlock code so that you can play in your custom skin from day one!

    You will also receive an "elite backer" in game credit for your likeness!

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    Hang Out With the Devs

    All previous eligible reward levels + Hang out with the developers of Grapple Knight for a few days. Watch movies, play games and eat junk food with us!

    We will wine and dine you, as well as take you out to some of our local game dev meet ups where you will be able to hangout with some of the other great developers in the Australian indie scene.

    Travel and accommodation are not included.

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