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Joshua CasianoBy Joshua Casiano
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Joshua CasianoBy Joshua Casiano
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About

Striped Swipers: When Booty Calls is a point and click adventure game inspired by popular 90's cartoons, New York City life, and the wacky adventure games we've all come to know and love, there's lots of excitement to be had here! 

Enter the ranks of the Striped Swipers, a trio of burglars, as they get themselves into all sorts of perils and adventures because when booty calls - you answer! 

A demo of the game's first chapter is also available! Get your taste of the game as you explore the gang's apartment and their home-turf.

 DOWNLOAD HERE. Windows Mac and Linux versions available 

Point and click adventure: Controls you know and love. Think Sam & Max meets Monkey Island, with some family recipe flavors thrown in that you can't recognize. Is this vinegar?

Cartoon-Aesthetic: Toons and adventure games go hand-in-hand like ghosts and pirates!

See The World: Start in your home street in Brooklyn, head out to sea, get swallowed by a giant monster, get stranded in a spooky castle, enjoy luxury cruise, and finally reach the island full of treasure!

Actually Steal: Now you're justified as an adventure game protagonist in your constant thieving!

Control the whole gang: Over the course of the adventure, you'll get the chance to play as each of the 3 Swipers, sometimes all at once!

Streamlined Gameplay: The game's cursor is context-sensitive, and hard to miss. So no need to worry about pixel hunting!

Boyfriend Sidequest: Some NPC's will actually give Freddy their phone numbers. How many can you get? Who will you pick in the end?!

Puns: Roll your eyes so hard they'll get stuck that way, your mom was right! The other option is to like them and keep your shame a secret. ( I won't judge you, I promise)

The gang have just returned from their recent heist and have learned that they've disturbed the rest of famed pirate; Captain Downbeard. After failing to haunt them, he strikes up a deal with the gang. If they help him find his lost treasure, they get a cut of it. So when booty calls, you answer!

Chapter 1 opens with Downbeard ordering his new and slightly willing crew to fetch him items imperative to their shared quest. These trinkets seem to also conveniently be on the gang's home street, so while Walt and Ralph "prepare" Freddy goes off to snag what Downbeard needs. 

This all seems fine and dandy but is life ever easy? The heist still fresh, the gang is going to have to avoid any police attention, and now ghost hunters?! It seems this recent paranormal activity might be the lucky break some local scientists need. 

Freddy:  The charisma and dexterity of the trio. A sarcastic and flirty rat who enjoys the thrill of his job.

Walt: The intelligence and constitution of the trio. A genius ferret who is short in stature and temper.

Ralph: The strength and wisdom of the trio. A bruiser of a walrus who prefers to solve things peacefully before having to "throw down".

The music of Striped Swipers will explore a few different genres, so I hope you like your playlists on shuffle. 

Composing all these sweet jams is none other than  Chris Wickham 

Check him out on  Twitter 

Get those headphones ready, here's some songs you'll see in the game:

Jeez do I even know? My name is Joshua Casiano. I'm a born and raised New Yorker and video games were my life growing up. My goal lately has been to make my childhood self jealous, and actually make games (what I wanted to do as a kid). Striped Swipers began as something I cooked up for a comic-making class in college, and while I didn't end up using them for my midterm, I constantly doodled them. The gang ended up growing and evolving with me throughout my journey in art school and later animation school. This will be my debut game, and I want to establish these guys as a possible franchise I can build on. Baby steps though...

You can find me in Brooklyn working freelance gigs from home, with my pet ferrets and fiance (not a pet).

While I've been able to work on When Booty Calls during my spare time, I can't do it all. 

Music: I have like zero rhythm (I can barely spell the word). While I've been able to pay Chris out of pocket at an elderly snail's pace, I'd like to give him an actual budget he can work with. 

Supporting Art: Contrary to what I may think, I can't do everything. I've been able to call in a couple of favors from 2 friends of mine in regard to things like background art and various help. While I'd still be handling most of the animation and character design, this would take a huge load off my shoulders. Not to mention, these cool dudes deserve proper payment going forward.

Voice Acting: This will likely be where the biggest chunk of change goes. While I'll be trying to do some voices myself ( I do a killer Ray Romano), it'll help characters come to life and give it the quality you all deserve.

Other: Various fees and such that would help me not be caught with my pants down.

So what do some of these rewards mean? Well let's get the 411 on that!

Soundtrack: mp3's of the songs featured in the game. Listen to them in the shower, on the train, on the run from an angry ghost, anywhere!

Art Book: Wanna get deeper into my head? Well first please be gentle; and secondly, that's what the art book is for! I'll be including things like sketches, my process and thoughts each step along the way, and every frustration. I'll even throw in a "how to draw the gang" like those fun books you see in supermarkets.

Keychain: I know a guy...no seriously I do. I've got access to a laser cutting machine that will allow me to make and send out a cute keychain. I'll put it to a vote later to decide between acrylic or wooden material.

Name In Game: Be on the lookout! There'll be plenty of nifty spots for your name (or nickname) to be featured! List of encountered ghosts? Card game champion? Graffiti? Employee of the Month? Wait-list for at-sea salsa lessons? 

Likeness In the Game: Pick and animal and send a photo of yourself (or consenting relative/friend) and let's get wild! This'll be a bust so a selfie will do. Possible places you'll be seen: Wanted posters, advertisements, more graffiti, tv screens, etc.

Breathing Likeness: Like likeness but like better. Think like an extra in a movie or show. I'll have a list of locations in the game and we stick you in. I'll still need reference for you (or an OC) and an animal to blend together, but now we get to come up with a simple animation for you to loop on....forever.

Talking Likeness: Oh wow you're a full-blooded NPC now! Whether just to chat, give a clue, or even an item, you'll be clickable! Same thing as the previous two, likeness reference and an animal. We'll collaborate a little to make sure you're fine with the script of this character.

Mastermind: The ultimate bragging rights! If you're talking to a friend and they're like "oh wow I really don't get this puzzle, I've been stuck all day" you can cackle with maniacal laughter! With this reward you'll work with me to create a puzzle/encounter in the game. As a bonus, we'll also work together to make an NPC to go with it (can have your likeness or be an original creation)

Wanna keep tabs on the gang (and don't mind a few pet pictures), then here's how!

Twitter:  Chirp 

Facebook:  It won't bite 

Website:  No spiders I swear 

E-Mail: Josh@stripedswipers.com

Risks and challenges

Like with any project, there's always risks of Murphy's Law going into effect. People can get sick, something can get lost, etc. I try to pride myself on being flexible but I can't account for everything. I'm fully aware this is my first largescale project (and Kickstarter) so there'll be a bit of a learning curve.

But I'm a New Yorker and a quick learner, we're hard as nails! I'll do whatever it takes to make sure the budget stays according to plan, or do more work to pay out of pocket. The last thing I'd ever want to do is compromise the project and its integrity.

No matter what I'll always make sure things are transparent, I do not want anyone feeling left in the dark.

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