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$1,062
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 8 2019
Last updated July 8, 2019

Lunch Break Arcade (Canceled)

A collection of retro PC games you can play on your lunch break.

Lunch Break Arcade (Canceled)

A collection of retro PC games you can play on your lunch break.

$1,062
pledged of 14 500 $pledged of 14 500 $ goal
39
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 8 2019
Last updated July 8, 2019

About


Frantic, fun games for frantic, busy people. Go for a new high score one lunch break at a time.
Frantic, fun games for frantic, busy people. Go for a new high score one lunch break at a time.

Some of my fondest memories are from the local arcade I spent most of my youth in. From playing Rampage, to Mortal Kombat, and everything in between. The games and my memories of them are varied, weird, and nearly endless.

Roughly 25 years later, I'm an independent game developer and freelance illustrator, and I find myself having less and less time to actually play games, let alone search out any still functioning arcades in my area.  That's where my new project "Lunch Break Arcade" comes in.

Inspired by all the days I spent eating lunch (and browsing reddit too much) at my work desk, I decided I'd like to have some fun games to play while I eat.  My goal is to create a collection of games that take people back to those carefree days spent in arcades, while still offering fresh new gameplay experiences that anyone can pick up and play with just a mouse.

The success of the Lunch Break Arcade Kickstarter campaign can provide a solid foundation for my future as a game developer, and create a platform to continue to deliver interesting, new experiences to everyone that helps!


With your support I will be able to:

  • Take the time to update and improve the art and code of each of these games so they can be the best versions of themselves
  • Pay for quality, catchy, original music tracks (the one aspect I can not do myself)
  • Handle administrative fees and a small amount of marketing costs
  • Add more gameplay and features as funding grows

If successful, not only will I be able to complete this project and deliver 5 super fun games to experience, but I also hope to be able to continue to add more games to the arcade in the future!  This is a project I see myself supporting for years to come!


Now let's talk about the games!

Golden Rush is a high speed parody of classic Oregon Trail gameplay. Manage your party's well being as you race across the frontier...without stopping. Take control of your speed, gather resources, make split second decisions, and always keep pushing forward.
Golden Rush is a high speed parody of classic Oregon Trail gameplay. Manage your party's well being as you race across the frontier...without stopping. Take control of your speed, gather resources, make split second decisions, and always keep pushing forward.
Gunlocked is best described as Fruit Ninja meets Galaga. Chain together combos as a variety of enemy waves fly down the screen and into your sights.  It starts simple, but shields, missiles, EMPs, and even bosses make things a lot crazier.
Gunlocked is best described as Fruit Ninja meets Galaga. Chain together combos as a variety of enemy waves fly down the screen and into your sights. It starts simple, but shields, missiles, EMPs, and even bosses make things a lot crazier.
In Astro-Mutt players take on the role of a jetpack toting dog, as they deftly dodge debris and dash to fuel cells to stay in flight. This is a ground-up, PC remake of an Android game with new art, mechanics, and difficulty balance.
In Astro-Mutt players take on the role of a jetpack toting dog, as they deftly dodge debris and dash to fuel cells to stay in flight. This is a ground-up, PC remake of an Android game with new art, mechanics, and difficulty balance.
Skiternity is an endless skiing game inspired by SkiFree. Dodge obstacles, grab some air, do some tricks, and don't get caught by the yeti.
Skiternity is an endless skiing game inspired by SkiFree. Dodge obstacles, grab some air, do some tricks, and don't get caught by the yeti.
In Swiper players dash through a dragon's den swiping as much loot as they can without waking the beast or alerting other monsters. Take what you can get and get out with what you take...
In Swiper players dash through a dragon's den swiping as much loot as they can without waking the beast or alerting other monsters. Take what you can get and get out with what you take...

Where the project is at currently:

  • The five games are in an early playable state, but in need of a lot of art, music, and polished content that I can not fund alone.  The art shown here will be dramatically improved over the duration of development if funding is successful. You can see an example below.
  • All of the games can be run in screen-filling, pixel-perfect scaling on almost any modern computer monitor, or windowed.
  • A playable demo will be ready before release around January 2020 for all backers.
  • I estimate 10 months of development will be needed to finish the project
Astro-Mutt.  Old missile animation in the Android version.
Astro-Mutt. Old missile animation in the Android version.
Astro-Mutt: Furever.  New missile animation in the Lunch Break Arcade.
Astro-Mutt: Furever. New missile animation in the Lunch Break Arcade.

I've previously released a number of small projects (Arcane Golf, most recently) and I have learned so much along the way.  From design, to game balance, to setting and meeting deadlines, each project has made me a better game developer, and I feel ready to take on my biggest project yet.  BUT I need your help to take this journey! So let's get...mooooving...

Risks and challenges

As a solo game developer, the greatest risk to this project is simply life. Illness or an accident can unexpectedly delay the release date of this project. If I'm not working on the game, nobody is! I've done my best to account for these sorts of things in my estimated delivery date, but the universe is fickle, and I won't rush development just to play catch up.

"A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad." -Shigeru Miyamoto

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    Steamed Lunch

    Get a digital copy of the full game. All tiers include a backer only demo before the release of the game.

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    • Lunch Break Arcade PC DEMO (Est. 01/2020)
    • Lunch Break Arcade PC Digital Copy for Steam or Itch.io
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    Lunch Buffet Special

    In addition to two digital copies of the game, you'll also get access to a treasure trove of music tracks, animated gifs, and other behind the scenes materials. This digital archive includes illustrated design documents, funny glitches, animation tests, early footage, and unreleased game art not shared anywhere else. This is a limited discount on the regular Lunch Buffet tier.

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    Lunch Buffet

    In addition to two digital copies of the game, you'll also get access to a treasure trove of music tracks, animated gifs, and other behind the scenes materials. This digital archive includes illustrated design documents, funny glitches, animation tests, early footage, and unreleased game art not shared anywhere else.

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    VIP Lunch

    In addition to everything in the Lunch Buffet tier, you'll get to create a named, alternate character in Golden Rush. Choose whether you're a Bullwhacker, Lumberjack, Doctor, or Hunter. 32x32 pixel art portrait in the style of Golden Rush and additional art to fully integrate your character into the game. And a special thanks credit in-game.

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    • Lunch Break Arcade PC DEMO (Est. 01/2020)
    • Lunch Break Arcade PC Digital Copy for Steam or Itch.io
    • Exclusive Art and Music Collection
    • Special Thanks Credit In-Game
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    The Lunchtime Connoisseur

    In addition to everything in the Lunch Buffet tier, you'll get to be a named, alternate character in Swiper. 48x48 pixel art portrait in the more detailed style of Swiper's main character portrait with a number of facial expressions to fully integrate your character into the game. You'll also get your name in one of the default high-score lists, an extra special thanks at the top of the credits in-game. Includes 4 digital copies of the game.

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    • Lunch Break Arcade PC DEMO (Est. 01/2020)
    • Lunch Break Arcade PC Digital Copy for Steam or Itch.io
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    • Extra Special Thanks In the Credits
    • Your Name In A Default Highscore List
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