About this project
Henshin Engine : The GAME is part of a mixed-media project based on the web comic by Sarumaru. Henshin Engine for the PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16 and PC CD-Rom/Steam has a set release date of March 28th, 2017. Henshin Engine is a 2D action platformer running on REAL classic gaming hardware for a true Retro-Experience! Since the game was programmed from the ground up for real classic video game systems, the classic experience will play and feel authentically retro whether you are playing it on a classic game system or the PC.
Henshin Engine is the story of gaming-gal Yuki Shirokawa who just started an apprenticeship for the Jipang Electronics Corporation (JEC). Her favorite gaming console is the FX-Engine, a product of JEC. She later discovers something crazy about her beloved FX-Engine that would change her life. Watch the opening sequence to Henshin Engine below;
And now you know a bit more about our adventure!
- Fast-paced 2D Retro Action
- Made from the ground up for REAL Retro Hardware.
- 8 Stages including horizontal shooting stages
- Amazing in-game soundtrack by Simon Johansson
Here's an excellent presentation video of Henshin Engine by the folks over at www.PCENGINEFX.com - it showcases some gameplay footage. Check it out!
Watch this next video for some awesome samples of the in-game music in Henshin Engine along with some informative tidbits!
So Why Kickstarter?
Henshin Engine started off as a small passion project but quickly started growing into something much greater. With more and more people following the web-comic, it made sense to improve upon the game. But we want to go beyond it all and bring the wonderful retro world of Henshin Engine to all of the world! On top of many hours being spent making the game up to this point, funds have already been poured into the project to partially pay the some staff involved as well as promoting the game and buying space at conventions and traveling to show the game and spread awareness. Much of what we raise will go to having the game professionally authored,produced and packaged, We would like to surpass our initial goal to bring you some really great content. Take a look at the stretch goals to see what's possible!
Sarumaru - Creator of Henshin Engine. Character and Pixel Art.
Video games and anime from the 80’s and 90’s heavily inspired Saru’s artwork and ever since he was young. He’s always wanted to be involved with video games that have that anime-flair. In 2008, Saru was chosen to design a mascot for an online music-rhythm game, Osu! Click and Rhythm. Later, he would become the art director for LVL UP EXPO creating much of their promotional materials including the mascot characters that are still used in their marketing materials today. In 2015, Saru would go on to create the Instagram webcomic, Henshin Engine.
Nodtveidt - Lead Programmer. Game Planning.
Not only is Nodtveidt an avid old-school gamer, he’s an old-school game coder to boot! As a matter of fact, his passion for coding started at only 9 years old, he’s been coding ever since, doing work as a contracted programmer on top of coding and making his own games. His early inspirations were home consoles like the Commodore 64 and the Atari 2600 and later, the TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine). in 2012, he lead a team in creating a PC Engine/TG-16 game by the name of Mysterious Song. His own re-imagining of the PC turn-based RPG. In 2015, Nodtveidt partnered up with Sarumaru to be the coder of Henshin Engine.
Simon Johansson - Game Music Composer.
The Swedish freelance producer Simon Johansson brings his unique musical touch to the Henshin Engine project. From electronic melodies to metal, Simon will deliver that sound. Simon has also worked on many independent projects including Osu! Stream, a music-rhythm game on iOS. Music so good, you’re going to want to play with your headphones on.
Justin Cheer - Background Artist, Element Design.
For some time now, Justin has been involved with other retro-game related projects. More notably, Eponasoft's Mysterious Song and Lucretia Demon Princess. Currently, he designs the majority of the background elements for Henshin Engine.
Jesse Hernandez - Social Media and Public Relations.
Like Saru, Jesse also had his involvement with LVL UP EXPO filling in on various roles. At current, he is solely focused on social networking, public relations and social media for Saru Studio promoting Henshin Engine and the games to follow.,
- $22,400 - The game gets ported to the Dreamcast and will be added to any of the physical media tiers as an alternate choice. Estimated release of late 2017 if this stretch goal is reached. STAGE CLEAR!!
- $28,000 - We will make a 30-minute mini-documentary, "The Making of Henshin Engine" which will be made in cooperation with Rob McCallum of Pyre Productions, The creator of Nintendo Quest, Power of Grayskull, Box Art and more! STAGE CLEAR!!
- $35,000 - We would then port it to a cartridge or CD based retro console (Sega CD/Genesis/MD, GB etc.) which will be decided by a poll on the Henshin Engine Official Website and will be added to the physical media tiers as an alternate choice. -LOCKED!
- $44,000 - Henshin Engine gets ported to PSN and Xbox One -LOCKED!
Pledge $1 or more
**HENSHIN ENGINE SUPPORTER**
Receive a huge thank you from The Henshin Engine team! Your support gets us one step closer to our dream!
**Does Not Include Stretch Goal Content**
Pledge $5 or more
**PUSH RUN BUTTON**
Thank you for the support! By choosing this tier your name will receive a Digital wallpaper of Yuki or Geni and a special thanks from the Henshin Engine Team!!
**Does Not Include Stretch Goal Content**
Pledge $15 or more
***THE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!**
By choosing this tier, you will receive a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of Henshin Engine:The Game. INCLUDES: Digital Download of the game Digital Art pack Digital Post Card of Henshin Engine
**Does Not Include Stretch Goal Content**
Pledge $39 or more
***RESURRECTION OF THE PC ENGINE/TURBO**
HENSHIN ENGINE:THE GAME. By choosing this tier you will receive the PHYSICAL COPY of Henshin Engine:The Game for the PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-16 CD or PC CD-Rom version of the game. Your name will also appear in the Credits.
Pledge $78 or more
**TWO HENSHINS ARE BETTER THAN ONE**
By choosing this tier you will be able to choose two(2) PHYSICAL COPIES of Henshin Engine:The Game for the PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-16 CD or PC CD-Rom version of the game, any combination of the two. (as well as other CD versions if they become available). Your name will also appear in the Credits.
Pledge $80 or more
**THE TREASURE BOX**
INCLUDES: Henshin Engine Kickstarter Exclusive Button Set + **Japanese Style Henshin Engine phone card + Kickstarter Exclusive 4x6 Prints + One physical copy of Henshin Engine on the PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx 16 CD or PC CD-Rom + Digital Art pack and a Henshin Engine Original CD Soundtrack. Your name will also appear in the Credits.
**does not function as actual phone card and is merely cosmetic goods
Pledge $99 or more
**SOFT COVER COMIC BOOK + TREASURE BOX**
This tier includes a 60 Page Soft Cover Comic, This is a specially marked Kickstarter Version of the Henshin Engine Comic Book (The story follows Yuki and how she becomes the FX unit)
This also includes contents of the THE TREASURE BOX tier.
ALSO INCLUDES: Henshin Engine Kickstarter Exclusive Button Set + **Japanese Style Henshin Engine phone card + Kickstarter Exclusive 4x6 Prints + One physical copy of Henshin Engine on the PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx 16 CD or PC CD-Rom + Digital Art pack and a Henshin Engine Original CD Soundtrack. Your name will also appear in the Credits.
Pledge $140 or more
**TREASURE BOX + COMIC + ARTBOOK**
This tier comes with a Full COLOR Henshin Engine Art Book. This also includes THE TREASURE BOX and The SOFT COVER COMIC BOOK.
INCLUDES: A 60-Page Soft Cover Specially marked Kickstarter version Henshin Engine Web Comic book + Henshin Engine Kickstarter Exclusive Button Set + Japanese Style Henshin Engine phone card+ Kickstarter Exclusive 4x6 Prints + One physical copy of Henshin Engine on the PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx 16 CD or PC CD-Rom + Digital Art pack and a Henshin Engine Original CD Soundtrack. Your name will also appear in the Credits.
Pledge $220 or more
**SHOUT OUT IN COMIC BOOK**
Get a shout out for your webpage, business, Youtube channel, facebook page or maybe your cat! Your ad will also stay in the original distribution run of the comic. This tier also includes a Digital Version of the game as well as the Soft Cover Comic.
Pledge $299 or more
**GET DRAWN INTO THE HENSHIN ENGINE COMIC**
That's right! Be immortalized by being drawn into the Henshin Engine web comic as a random character. This pledge also includes the TREASURE BOX + COMIC + ARTBOOK tier.
Pledge $1,100 or more**THE ULTIMATE PC ENGINE FAN**
HOLY CRAP!!! Get a custom PC Engine unit with artwork drawn by the creator! This is a one of a kind item (includes accessories like controller, power, RF connector and original box). This pledge also includes the TREASURE BOX + COMIC + ARTBOOK tier and two 11x17 posters of Yuki and Geni. Your name will also appear in the SPECIAL THANKS Credits.
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Risks and challenges
Right now, the only risk we might face is releasing the game on time for unforeseen reasons as none of us knows what the future holds. However, we don't expect any real turbulence along the way and releasing the game on schedule should be more than doable. Updates will be frequent and we will let you know what's happening every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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