About this project
Demo download (alpha version)
We have added upgrades to the project! Now you can get some rewards from higher tiers by increasing you pledge amount. Just send us a message to let us know your choice. Here are the upgrades:
- PDF Guide of the A Rite from the Stars Universe + 12$
- PDF Digital Art Book + 10$
- Minigame for the Secret Area +15$
- Two additional skins and the Mystical artifact to change Hoku's color +15$
We love graphic adventures, both classic and modern ones. Day of the Tentacle, Loom, Broken Sword, Gabriel Knight, Machinarium, The Cave, Gemini Rue... We have played hundreds of them, and that's why we wanted to use our first project to pay tribute to this wonderful genre.
However, we also wanted to offer a visual presentation that is not often seen for this particular genre. Therefore, we decided to set our game in a fully 3D environment using a cartoonish art style.
While designing A Rite From the Stars, we wanted to introduce some interesting and unique features in the gameplay to make the whole game experience fresh while also being true to its Point & Click nature.
We want to keep our vision intact, so we are developing this project using our own resources. However, development costs are still very high, which is why we need your support to make this adventure come true.
Also, please make sure you support us at Steam Greenlight because, if we ARE greenlit, you'll also get a Steam key with your game pledge!
If we reach our main funding goal, we will release the game for Wii U, Ouya, PC Windows, Mac and Linux.
A Rite from the Stars is a 3D Point & Click adventure set in a paradisiacal yet dangerous environment: The Mystical Island of Kaikala.
Kirm, a mute kid from the Makoa Tribe, must overcome a rite of passage in order to leave his childhood behind. In fact, he has been chosen by the stars to become a legend among his peers. So his rite will not be ordinary… and it will definitely not be easy. In order to complete his quest, he will have to master three paths…
...and a Final Trial.
- Pointing and clicking
- Three paths to complete in the order desired by the player
- A unique mechanic for every path
- Performance-based achievements
- Different endings
- More than two hours of original music
- Pixel hunts
- Pointless walks
- Boring inventory management (also known as "Use the stick in everything until it works")
About the paths...
Every path is different. The environment, the challenges and even the gameplay will feature an unique approach in each path. And you (the player) may choose how to complete them! For example, you can start with Wisdom, advance a little and then switch to Spirit... or Courage... or continue with Wisdom. You decide.
Wisdom is, of course, about the mind. Kirm will go through an ancient temple full of traps. In this path, Kirm will be able to pick up items and carry them within each temple room. However, there's no inventory, so he will only be able to carry one item at a time.
Courage is about the will. Kirm will have to get deep into Kaikala's jungle in order to reach The Beast's Cave, where his destiny awaits. In this path, Kirm will meet his power animal, a meerkat. The player will be able to control the two characters at the same time. Teamwork is essential!
Spirit is about the soul and its unknown ways. At some point, Kirm will gain the ability to enter into the spirit world, an alternative version of reality. He will have to use this power to reach the highest spot on the island: The Volcano's Crater. Once there, he will have to seek a revelation from the Heavens.
Kirm is our hero, a mute boy eager to become a man and a legend. He will have to demonstrate that he is braver, smarter and quicker than he seems. The trials that awaits him are not easy, but he will not be alone. Hoku, his guiding star, has descended upon Kaikala to light his paths.
The Makoa Tribe is led by three powerful masters. Each one will guide Kirm in a particular path. They are The Chieft, Ailani, Master of Wisdom; The Hunter, Kekoa, Master of Courage and Waha Nui, The Shaman, Master of Spirit. They will decide in the end, if Kirm is worthy of becoming, not only a member of the tribe, but a respected one.
There are other characters in the game, but we do not want to say much about them at this point. However, here is some related artwork of one of them. His name is Pohaku.
We do love music and we believe it is a main part of the game experience. One of our members, Daniel Núñez, is a professional composer and audio designer. This means that the music of the game is being composed as the game grows. Our musician is present at all design meetings, absorbing the essence of every scenario, of every script line, of every bit of the game... The music of A Rite from the Stars is not just an addition. It is a core feature of the game.
The themes have Mesoamerican, Inca and Tribal African influences. Percussion and flute are the driving force. However, A rite from the Stars OST aims to fuse these elements with the contemporary orchestra. There are several influences, from Ennio Morricone and James Horner works to Civilization and The Legend of Zelda sagas OST's.
You can find some examples below. These songs are not final versions their are not mixed yet. Expect a higher sound quality in the final game. However, we are making a HUGE OST. We already have more than two hours of material.
We are also recording our own sounds to create a really unique experience. You know, we have a game designer who screams like a monkey.
Of course, your support will not go unrewarded! We have prepared some great rewards to show our respect and appreciation for you, the people who like to help other people to fulfill their dreams. These rewards include an extra level designed only for backers' eyes, access to a backer exclusive in-game secret area, some skins, a digital release of the art book with concept art used for the game with commentary from the development team, a digital guide to the secrets of the A Rite From the Stars Universe and, of course, a DRM-free copy of the game and the original soundtrack. And there are more!
You can check all the reward tiers on the right. However, here is more information about some of the most exotic ones (in order of appearance).
DRM-Free copies of the game and Steam keys
DRM-Free copy of the game means that you get a PC, Mac, Linux and Ouya copy of the game. Steam key means that if we manage to get greenlit, you'll also get a Steam CD-Key. Okay, this not an exotic reward, but we just wanted to be clear.
Kirm's Secret Area
A Rite of Passage is a hard endeavor. Sometimes it's good to have a place to rest, a safe haven to clear the mind and give rest to the body. Kirm is able to teleport back (thanks to Hoku) to the Makoa Sacred Grounds. However, the constant presence of the masters can stress anyone.
For that reason, every backer will have exclusive access to an in-game area where Kirm can rest for a while. An area which hides some secrets and some ancient artifacts. A place to watch the stars and where every backer will have a place (because every backer will have a star, look below).
An Extra level
Every Kickstarter copy of the game will feature an exclusive level just for you. We really appreciate your support, we really appreciate that you believe in us and for that we want to give you some unique content. This extra level and the Secret Area made for backers.
We are designing some alternative in-game skins form Kirm, our hero kid. Every one of you will get one of them and the other two are reserved for the "Sparkling Star" tier. As we want them to be as awesome as possible, we want you to give suggestions. Feel free to tell us what kind of skin would you like. Maybe an Autumn Kirm? A Lightning Kirm? Maybe an Aztec Kirm? Keep in mind that we can't add designs whose copyright we don't own. Or course, they are also Kickstarter exclusive.
A physical package including the DRM-free game, the OST, game manual and a T-shirt!
Guide to the A Rite from the Stars Universe
Who the Makoa really are? What are their traditions beyond rites of passage? What beings roam The Island of Kaikala? Why does the Goat like it so much? This book will disclose all of these mysteries. It will also include the testimony of the only occidental person who has claimed to travel to Kaikala and back. The infamous Spanish explorer Fabián Píñez, sailor and treasure hunter from the XVII Century.
Your words will travel to the Island of Kaika and will reach Kirm through his masters' voices. Ailani, Kekoa and Waha Nui will give many advices to kirm throughout the game. In fact, every time he is on the Makoa Sacred Grounds, he is able to approach them and hear their wise words. Some of those advices could be written by you! And every other player will be able to read them too.
Creating an item
The Makoa Sacred Grounds are full of ancient artifacts, mystical totems and wild plants. You will be able to create one of your own. Just use your imagination and our 3D artists will model it and we will include it in the game. You will also be able to write a description for it and Hoku will say it out loud when any player clicks on it. And maybe we would use it for some puzzle or cinematic!
Designing a level
Backers will be able to work with the team to create an entire level. You will give us your idea of a level (including a challenge for Kirm) and we'll make it real. We will also ask you for drawings made by you or reference imagines to fully understand your idea. Then, we will discuss it with you and work on it. In order to make it fit in the game, it is possible that we will need a lot of back and forth communications with The Goat's Crew. We will have to finally approve it, but as long as it fits with the game and it's not technically impossible, we'll do our best to share your vision of the Island of Kaikala with the world!
Limited Edition Physical 3D-Printed Figure of Kirm
Go to bed while Kirm watches your room! Decorate your desktop! Make a huge diorama with figures from other videogames! The possibilities are infinite. Here is a concept sculpt (minor details subject to change).
Become the soul of every party with a handmade carefully crafted Makoa Mask! This is a very limited edition, meaning that only four will be created: one for Kirm and one for every master. You can choose three (I mean three backers, but if someone wants the three of them I think it's fine!). The fourth will remain in our office to remind us of these exciting times! Of course, the masks will be chosen in the order you pledge.
And on top of these rewards, you will also get to name a star in the game! Yes, you can give it your own name, or the name of a beloved member of your family. Seriously, whoever you want. It will also include a quote of your choice. This time around, the sky is the limit!
Every tier features a different kind of star. Take a look to the right for more information.
We’ve also created two handy reward tables below so that you can see what it's included in each reward tier.
Risin' Goat is just one of the many video game studios led by a goat. However, it is the only one that openly acknowledges it. Yes, we are led by The Goat, a mighty being who conspires to take over the world. We do not know how, but someway it is related to making videogames. So here we are to serve The Goat.
Our website: www.risingoat.com
But “who are these people?”, you may wonder. Well, as servants of The Goat we have two things in common: healthy mental madness and a passion for videogames. We knew that, one way or another, we would end up developing games. In September 2013, we knew that the moment had finally come. Indie studios were on the rise and technology was no longer a luxury, so we only needed a leader.
The Goat appeared to unite us under a single flag. In the beginning, we were just four people. However, as the project that would become A Rite from the Stars continued to grow, so did our team. We now work and dream together (but we still sleep in separate beds).
Although this is our first game, every one of us have previous experience on his respective fields. For more information, click on the picture above!
Despite we are fully committed to this project, making a game is a hard endeavor. We are investing a lot of hours and our savings. The Goat is a supernatural entity, but the rest of us need to eat and pay bills. This means that some of us have to keep working on freelance jobs to keep ourselves alive. Therefore, this is where the funds would go:
With your help, we can speed things up and focus 100% on this project, and we can also make it even better. Sure, there are other alternatives like begging to a bank, finding an angel investor or reaching an agreement with a publisher, but we want to keep our vision and creativity completely unaltered. We think that Kickstarter is the perfect platform to fund our game.
This project is our baby and we want it to grow healthy and free of any constraint.
Ouya Doubles Our Fun(ds)!
Double Our Fun(ds)! We're participating in OUYA's #FreeTheGames Fund, created by OUYA to support developers making new and creative console games. OUYA will match your pledge dollar-for-dollar up to your goal amount (and a max of $250,000), so help us get there and make a great game for everyone! To be eligible for this match, we commit that this game will be an OUYA exclusive for a period of time. To learn more about OUYA, go to www.OUYA.tv.
Risks and challenges
Developing a game is an arduous and long path (more so than the paths for the Wisdom, Courage and Spirit tasks combined!). It is full of difficulties and properly handling them at the right moment is a must.
Even though this is our first game, every member of the team has worked on many similar projects: computer programs, videogames for museums, trailers, marketing campaigns, radio shows, journalistic work, architectural modeling, etc. We are all very familiar with hard work, deadlines, solving problems and achieving our goals.
And we really love this project, so we will fight to the death to deliver the story of Kirm to you and to the whole world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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