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An expansive 2D puzzle-platformer set in the realm of Gods and spirits, where dreams are the fabric of reality and souls are reborn.
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Lost in the realm of Gods and spirits, where dreams are the fabric of reality and souls are reborn. On the path to reincarnation, souls must shed their worldly memories. But you have refused to give up your past; a kindred spirit has ignited a flame inside of you...

Evergate is an expansive 2D puzzle-platformer featuring a unique align-to-shoot mechanic. Unleash your Soulflame and harness energy trapped within crystals to solve puzzles, find lost memories, and save your kindred spirit.

Players guide a child-like soul named Ki on her journey through the afterlife. This modern fable was inspired by movies, games, and legends we love. It draws from the wonder of The Neverending Story, the hand-drawn aesthetic of Child of Light, and the Greek myth of Orpheus' descent into the underworld.

  •  A HEARTWARMING EPIC spanning life & death and space & time 
  •  100+ PUZZLES with open-ended solutions
  •  10+ CRYSTALS with unique powers that can be creatively combined 
  •  MYTHICAL AFTERLIFE steeped in lore
  •  COLOSSAL BATTLES against the Gods and nightmares come to life
  •  HAND-DRAWN ARTWORK creates wonder in every moment 
  •  RICH SOUNDTRACK evokes the magic of Ki's journey

Legend tells that the Gods forge each soul's heart—its flame—from the ancient power of the Source. But it's the unique connection to your kindred spirit that has ignited your Soulflame and awakened the Source inside you.

Align crystals between you and the Source and fire your Soulflame to unleash their extraordinary powers. Use these powers to reach the unreachable, confront your foes, and banish the nightmares of your past back to the shadows.

There are more than 10 different types of crystals, each with a unique ability. Combine multiple crystals for even greater effect.

The swap crystal exchanges you with the Source you were targeting. Time slows down while you're aiming so you can precisely line up your shot.
The swap crystal exchanges you with the Source you were targeting. Time slows down while you're aiming so you can precisely line up your shot.
The boost crystal sends a shockwave along your Soulflame, propelling you in the opposite direction.
The boost crystal sends a shockwave along your Soulflame, propelling you in the opposite direction.
The death crystal sends a destructive wave down your Soulflame, destroying the first objects in its path—even if that's you.
The death crystal sends a destructive wave down your Soulflame, destroying the first objects in its path—even if that's you.

Evergate blends cerebral puzzles with skill-based execution. The goal of each puzzle is to reach the gate at the end however you can. Some players may opt for a straightforward route while others will strive for the more difficult complete solution using every crystal. This offers challenges for casual and hardcore gamers alike.

All of Evergate's puzzles are open-ended. These creative playgrounds encourage experimentation and embrace a spirit of trial and error. Messed up your jump? See a more fun solution? Hold the reset button to quickly try a new approach.

A second player can control Ki's spiritual guide. Friends and family can join Ki on her adventure and work through the puzzles alongside you.

The Gods have scattered your memories and taken your kindred spirit deep into the heart of the Afterlife. Search for your memories and reclaim what was lost.

The Afterlife is full of fantasies and dangers arranged into unique domains, each ruled by a deity. You'll explore four of these domains and their native crystals. As you recollect your memories, you unlock new crystals and areas to explore.

Your scattered memories have torn rifts in the fabric of time & space. The Source has brought your nightmares to life and they are bleeding into this reality. Enter the portals to your past and solve the tangled puzzles within. Traverse surreal dreamscapes and reach the gate at the end to recollect your memories.  

While the Source fuels your Soulflame, it is not yours alone. It breathes life into fantastical flora and wondrous creatures. Yet in the shadows, untold nightmares feed off its power and grow...  

Even your recollections are not safe from its ancient energy. Your childhood fears have been brought to life by the Source. To recover your memories, you must first overcome your demons.

But brandishing your Soulflame invites unwanted attention. The deities who maintain the natural order and wield celestial abilities stand in your way. On your quest to find your kindred spirit and reclaim your memories, you must confront these massive, stage-sized deities. 

Sweet Swag!

As a thank you for supporting Ki on her journey, we've assembled a sweet set of swag so you can follow alongside her:   

10" Ki Plushy
10" Ki Plushy

Just add $40 to your current pledge and we'll send a survey after the Kickstarter asking which add-on reward you want. If you live outside the US, there is a shipping cost that you'll need to add to your add-on amount. For Canada it's $5 and for the rest of the world it's $35.

  •  Ki 10" Plushy ($40*) - Super cute and soft 10" tall plushy 
  •  Piano Sheet Music of Ki's Lullaby/Evergate Theme ($5) - PDF of sheet music 
  •  Soundtrack subscription ($10)  - Hear new demo music as it's written 
  •  Art subscription ($10) - Get new concept art as it's drawn 
  •  Custom Digital Art ($500) - Cynthia will draw a custom art piece in the style of Evergate 
  •  Custom Music ($500) - Mike will compose a short piece of music just for you in the style of Evergate's soundtrack 
  •  Music Box ($2000*) - Physical music box that plays Ki's lullaby similar to the one featured in this video 

Just add the amount to your pledge and we'll send a survey after the Kickstarter asking which add-on rewards you want. 

* - needs shipping. If you live outside the US, there is a shipping cost that you'll need to add to your add-on amount. For Canada it's $5 and for the rest of the world it's $35. 



The Devs at Stone Lantern Games want to see what you've got, so we are announcing the start of the #EvergateChallenge! Challenge your friends, yourself, and the clock to see how fast you can beat this special edition version of the Evergate demo. Make sure you checkout the details of the challenge and download the #EvergateChallenge version of the demo.

Windows DRM-Free Evergate Demo
Windows DRM-Free Evergate Demo

 
           Want to talk about the demo or chat with others playing? Have questions? We've set up a Discord server here for everyone in the community! 

Evergate is a passion project for us, a game made with all our hearts. We are in love with its story, world, and characters, and we can't wait to share it all with you. But we need your help to get there!

As our ambitions for Evergate have expanded, we have realized we need more resources to bring it to life. For the past three years, we've been developing Evergate in our spare time and self-funding the production. By backing us, you will allow our small team to:

  • Accelerate our release date by over a year
  • Hire additional developers, artists, and sound designers
  • Release on additional platforms
  • And much more!

Curious about the gameplay mechanics of Evergate? Wondering about who exactly the developers are? Want to know why the heck we want to make this game? Well, all of those questions (and more!), are answered in our "Behind The Afterlife" video.

Stone Lantern Games is a budding indie game studio founded by 4 MIT graduates. Like creating a character in an RPG, each engineer has a specialty: Narrative, Visual Effects, Art or Music.

Kent - Lead

After finishing Elder Scrolls: Oblivion in two sleepless weeks, Kent emerged from the basement of his childhood home with a desire to create an epic story of his own. He began his own journey by learning to code and how to tell stories. While building software for robots, Kent invited his friends from MIT on the chase for that dream—of bringing an entire world to life in a video game.

Ariel - Architect

Ariel's passion for game development began at the early age of 7. His favorite games would often inspire thoughts of new abilities, units, and world lore to enrich the experience. This ongoing desire to tweak existing games evolved into a life long trend of making strange and experimental game fragments. Studying computer science and physics in college have honed Ariel's talents at building procedural animations and interactive media. Kent has concisely summarized him as "a true painter of numbers, with a vast collection of formulas ready to craft any moment."

Cynthia - Artist

Cynthia is the visual mastermind behind the beautiful world of Evergate. She also happens to be an MIT-educated electrical engineer. When she's not showcasing her art, she might be building destructive robots with her Battlebots team or cosplaying as her favorite characters from Overwatch

M. R. Miller - Composer

M.R. was inspired by games like Final Fantasy 7 and Sonic the Hedgehog to become both a composer and a software engineer. He likes mashups of the two disciplines, e.g. he once programmed dancing robots for an opera for the Prince of Monaco. These days, he works on his own music (Planet Diver, Slime-san) and alongside other composers on films (Power Rangers, Fate of the Furious) and games (ABZÛ, Pode).

Evergate is currently under active development. We've shown off early versions to convention-goers at PAX East & West, Boston FIG, and elsewhere. The reception has been overwhelmingly positive: Evergate was selected for PAX Rising; won the Audience Choice award at BFIG; and was nominated for The 2018 Bit Award's Game of the Year and Best Style.

Help us share Ki's journey with more people!

We have created 8 Community Goals that are easy ways you can help spread the word about Evergate. If you as a group can complete 6 or more goals, EVERY BACKER will receive these Kickstarter-only rewards!


All backers will receive exclusive in-game content. These rewards are only available here & now: they will never be distributed later on, so get 'em while you can!

  • New Soulflame animation
  • New jump trail animation
  • Access to a special puzzle room

The Rewards

 The Community Goals 

Here are some links so you can jump right into the action:


Find Your Soulflame

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and finding that special someone who lights your Soulflame can be hard—just ask Ki!

We decided to offer a new reward tier: a personalized soulmate consultancy. We will work with you to find your very own soulmate! For $6500, we will apply our combined powers of data science, charm and romance to help you achieve this dream. We’ll work with you to set up dating profiles that show you off at your very best. And we’ll advise as you connect and bond with potential soulmates.

Disclaimer: We are not a professional dating company. While we will try our best to secure you dates and a soulmate, we cannot guarantee results. What we can guarantee is all the services within the Find Your Soulflame tier.

Are you serious? You will try to find my soulmate?

Yes. We even made a website: FindYourSoulflame.com.

For Real?

Evergate is all about finding your kindred spirit. We thought it’d be fun to bring that story to life this Valentine’s Day. So we created this consultation to help you find your very own soulmate.

Hey, it worked for Ki! It might just work for you:

Risks and challenges

This is our first game so we have and will continue to face new challenges. But at this point, we've laid a solid technical foundation and created all the building blocks we need to construct the final game. The first divine domain is done, but there are still three more to go, as well as the mind-warping finale! There's still tons of work ahead, like console ports, testing, and the full soundtrack.

Not one of us questions whether the game *will* happen, only *when*. We are all thoroughly committed to the project and have been for three years already.

Our biggest shortfall right now is time. A successful Kickstarter will afford us more time to work on the game as well as additional personnel. With the proper resources, we are aiming to launch Evergate in November 2019.

As we progress towards launch, we plan to keep the Kickstarter community appraised of our progress with frequent, regular status updates. Keep us honest and follow along as we code the game, create its artwork, and compose its music.

Making a game is hard, but we're a driven, passionate team. Our time at MIT and as engineers in the real world have given us the skills needed to make Evergate a reality. And with your help, together we can bring this dream to life.

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