About this project
Two friends, with an extreme love for music, set out on a quest to become rock stars!
But, what they thought would be a simple road trip to fame soon turned into an intergalactic fight for their lives!
Will they survive the new hardships laid before them and fulfill their dream?
Tokyo Game Show 2014 DEMO [ SNEAK PEEK ]
Tokyo Game Show 2014 DEMO MUSIC
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Band Saga is a modern Action Roguelike where every level, enemy and item is generated by music. Furthermore, every melody and every sound is synthesized in real time as you play!
Each new area explored will unlock new sounds, items and the ability to modify and sequence them musically in Band Saga's built-in FM Sequencer reminiscent of the Sega Genesis!
When the protagonists visit a new city on Earth they are confronted with a new space Roguelike adventure!
Each city unlocks a pre-made soundtrack that generates the Roguelike's level design. As you progress through the world of Band Saga you will learn to modify sounds and the soundtrack itself to shape the level to your advantage and enjoyment! Advanced players will be able to design and create their own soundtrack!
Every level you complete will unlock a new band character. A "band character" is synonymous with a specific FM instrument which is sequenced into the soundtrack of the game generating challenging Roguelike level designs as you progress. Through gameplay it will become second nature to manipulate the sounds and understand how they are intertwined with gameplay.
Blast Through Enemies with tight and responsive controls while uncovering the mystery of the intergalactic war!
Unlock New Music & Sounds with each new area explored!
Modify Melodies & Sounds as a strategy to morph the environment in your favor!
Summon A Buddy for some 2 player Co-Op action!
Invite Friends & Collaborate Asynchronously to create new melodies and custom levels!
Share Your Sounds & Sequences with the world by exporting and importing midi and wav format!
Share Melodies Via QR Codes on mobile devices!
Because of the nature of Band Saga each song in the soundtrack will be open source and available for download inside the game itself. With that said, the soundtrack has already been released for stream and purchase:
It features additional bonus tracks featuring Laura Shigihara, Stemage, MegaRan, Danimal Cannon and more:
We're just a humble team of 2:
- Roger Hicks [ Programmer, Musical Composer, Sound and Game Designer ] - Twitter: @rekcahdam - Projects: Celestial Mechanica, PulseBoy, Seedling
Band Saga has been self funded for quite some time, but now my funds have run dry. Soon I will be forced to place the project on hiatus and work unhappily in a cubicle. But, with the help of the Kickstarter community, I will be able to focus on transforming this prototype into a full iOS, PC, Mac and Linux game (and other pending platforms) by the end of 2014! Oh, and don't worry, backers will receive the game early!
Q<"Where, exactly, will the cash go?"
- Housing, food and other living expenses; because the rent is too damn high!
- Paying Hillmon Ancrum for his beautiful artwork and animation!
- Business and legal costs
- Contracting a part time programmer and/or animator to expedite development
Receive a DRM-free digital copy Band Saga to play and create to your hearts content! Band Saga includes the fully modifiable FM soundtrack by default!
Receive a DRM-free copy of Band Saga with a PDF instruction booklet, concept art and sexy HD wallpapers!
Receive everything from the previous tier PLUS extra secret blaster weapon, alternative suit and extra band stage!
Receive an early copy of the game to help us find bugs and crashes. Your name will be included in the credits as a QA tester and you will receive all the rewards from the previous tiers!
Receive a digital comic that compliments the story of Band Saga illustrated as well as every reward in the previous tier!
Be transformed into a character to be rescued in the world of Band Saga with your own personalized catch phrase! You will also receive everything in the STORY SUPPORTER tier!
Help design an enemy in the game! You will also receive everything in the STORY SUPPORTER tier!
Help design a boss in the game! You will also receive everything in the STORY SUPPORTER tier!
We'll include you in a fully animated cutscene as well as give you exclusive behind the scenes details on the development of Band Saga! We will take your feedback into consideration every step of the way! You will also receive everything in the CHARACTER SUPPORTER TIER!
Follow Our Development Progress at the following links!
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Risks and challenges
Despite how much we plan and how hard we work, life has a way of throwing those inevitable curve balls. But, eventually, we learn to knock them out of the park anyway.
I've experienced my fair share of setbacks and they've only made me more prepared for this very moment.This is not my first project (Celestial Mechanica, Pulseboy and 25 Year Legend to name a few) and I don't plan for it to be my last. As with any creative project you're bound to run into design, hardware and software issues but, if you're truly passionate about it, you wont let that stop you. With your help, I won't let anything deter me from completing Band Saga.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! I have updated the Kickstarter description to reflect this!
This is because purchasing the game is synonymous with owning the soundtrack! Band Saga allows you to export/download the soundtrack to and/or from whatever device you're playing it on. You can also make your modifications to each track before exporting them or just make your own soundtrack all together!
Those who only want to enjoy the soundtrack separate from the game itself can purchase and download it now at https://rekcahdam.bandcamp.com/album/band-saga-lp .This not only includes the FM soundtrack from the game but it also includes a 22 page prequel digital comic book and bonus collaborations with artists such as Laura Shigihara, Disasterpeace, Stemage, Mega Ran and more! So purchasing this would definitely be worth your while!
Those who become a "BETA SUPPORTER" will have a choice of choosing iOS, PC, Mac or Linux. Stretch goal platforms are not included in the Beta.
If we reach the PSVita Goal you will have a chance to upgrade your tier even after the Kickstarter is over. When that time comes I will make sure to send out a survey to allow you guys to choose which platform you want the game on.
Yes, you can import your own music via Midi files and wav samples!
On iOS you can import Midi files via WiFi and on PC you can choose the file from the menu.
If you export a sequence to a Midi file, from the DAW of your choice, and then import that file straight into Band Saga you'll be able to see what type of level it generates! You can also edit the song in Band Saga as well! But, keep in mind that the instruments are FM based. For example; a Midi file of a composition that uses a Grand Piano VST wouldn't sound the same as it does in your DAW obviously. You would need to assign an FM instrument in Band Saga.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, DON'T WORRY! If you never want to compose or share your own music in Band Saga you don't have to. You can just enjoy the game and it's soundtrack! But, having the ability make your own soundtrack is quite intriguing is it?
Those who pledge to the CHARACTER SUPPORTER TIER will have their characters displayed by their names in the credits as well. But, their character will also be animated into the world of the game itself as a character to be rescued in one of the levels! PORTRAIT SUPPORTERS only have characters displayed by their names in the credits.
Is the comic included with the soundtrack download the same as the comic you receive when you pledge towards the STORY SUPPORTER TIER?
No. The comic from the soundtrack download and the comic from the STORY SUPPORTER TIER are not the same. The comic from the soundtrack download is a prequel to the game. The comic that you receive from the STORY SUPPORTER TIER covers some back story of events that happen in the game itself.
The BONUS SUPPORTER alternative suit and weapon are ONLY cosmetic changes. The attacks and movements look different but the same damage numbers and movement speeds are applied. The extra stage is not apart of the story so it can only be accessed by creating your own music/level. If you are a player who is not a BONUS SUPPORTER but you play the special stage via a shared level from a BONUS SUPPORTER the special stage, will be unlocked for you as well!
The BONUS SUPPORTER content doesn't change the gameplay experience. It's more so bragging rights that you were a backer.
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