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The Pedestrian is a 2D puzzle platformer in which you unscramble your environment to traverse a dynamic, life-like 3D world.
The Pedestrian is a 2D puzzle platformer in which you unscramble your environment to traverse a dynamic, life-like 3D world.
The Pedestrian is a 2D puzzle platformer in which you unscramble your environment to traverse a dynamic, life-like 3D world.
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Set to release in mid 2017 on Mac, PC and Linux.

What’s it like inside the world of public restroom signs? Aside from the fact that the symbols are on the job 24/7, dutifully directing humans, is there more to their straight and narrow life? Can an icon of this nature have an adventure and discover solutions to obstacles outside of it’s boxed-in environment? Enter the world of The Pedestrian and find out!

The Pedestrian is a 2.5D side-scrolling puzzle platformer that takes puzzle platforming literally. The player moves from sign to sign, rearranging and reconnecting signs in order to solve puzzles. These solved puzzles connect and occupy space in the 3D surroundings. This allows the player the ability to explore and maneuver smoothly through the terrain.

 

Plan, build, adjust, succeed! The task is simple: get from point A to point B. But as the saying goes, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” Connect signs to create a path to the next leg of your journey. Not only are puzzle mechanics tied to the world, but also to the narrative. Use your imagination and puzzle-solving skills to avoid and overcome obstacles in the signs.

 

The world of The Pedestrian is a lively place. It's home to such sights as: traffic cluttered streets, steaming pipes, music filled elevators, suspiciously abandoned subways, a dark stormy city skyline and more. The environments are meant to be entertaining, as well as a core part of the gameplay.

 

No more walls of text! All puzzle mechanics are taught using symbols and animation, while story elements are portrayed during gameplay. The real-world public sign system was created to give information without the use of text, eliminating the barrier of language. Thus, The Pedestrian uses simplistic sign-style symbols in order to convey needed information for gameplay.

 

The Pedestrian uses no words, so music is a critical component in telling the story. A well crafted, cohesive score speaks louder than words.

Classic jazz is The Pedestrian's base genre, with inspiration from John Williams, Danny Elfman, and Jerry Goldsmith, to evoke the feeling of a bright and bustling world.

Below are a few conceptual-stage musical sketches and instrumental ideas.

 

Skookum Arts is a three-man team based in north central Ohio.

We are Daniel and Jed Lackey and Joel Hornsby. We grew up as neighbors in a small village. As kids, we were all homeschooled and shared similar interests, such as; the usual childhood biking, swimming, sports and lots of video games at each other’s homes. In addition to these normal activities, we enjoyed exploring abandoned buildings in the nearby countryside, creating fun science-type projects...like potato cannons and a forge to melt down and remold aluminum. Our combined passion to discover, design and construct, developed into a desire to start a business in order to create the type of products we enjoy and share them with the world.

In 2014, we decided to focus on game development and began production of The Pedestrian.

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Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges in any creative pursuit is to find a unique and compelling concept that not only draws peoples attention, but also leaves them wanting more. We believe The Pedestrian has already cleared this hurdle and we are now nearing the home stretch in production.

The Pedestrian has been a self-funded endeavor until now. We each had full time jobs when our business began and a few freelance projects also helped with start-up. Our families have been very supportive and contributed financially in order for us to terminate employment and target all our energy on The Pedestrian. We have been able to manage financially, but the well is running dry.

So our dilemma is to either ship the game "as is" or consider other means to finance it's continued development. We could take additional freelance work and possibly have part time jobs, but we would have less time to devote to the game, and thus further delay the launch. Kickstarter is a way for us to fund the project of The Pedestrian, so we can give it the laser beam focus and polish we desire.

Our demo shows the level of commitment and care we are putting into the game, along with the fun art style and unique set of puzzle-platformer mechanics. We're striving to elevate the game to a truly cinematic, singular experience and we need your help to do it!

That being said, we want to be completely transparent about the possible risks involved. We have done research, worked really hard and received a lot of positive feedback, but we are aware that no one is guaranteed success. It could take longer than expected to release, because we absolutely refuse to offer a product with quality less than the excellence we believe can be achieved.

We are 100% committed to this game and unless some unforeseen tragedy occurs...like the internet becomes nonexistent or we all die...we will complete and release The Pedestrian as soon as possible. We have already received the "Greenlight" from Steam and have everything set in place to release when the product is finished.

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    They say, "The early bird catches the worm." But we have an irrational fear of birds, so please stop feeding them worms.

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    EARLY BIRD - The Game + OST

    Get a digital Mac/PC release of The Pedestrian on Steam along with a digital copy of the game's original soundtrack including B-sides exclusive to Kickstarter Backers.

    They say, "The early bird catches the worm." But we have a lazy writer who reuses the same "jokes."

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    Now you can jam to the tunes of the sign people while you procrastinate!

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    Digital Artbook Edition

    Go behind the scenes of the creation of The Pedestrian, read and enjoy exclusive material on how we made it plus a collection of Community created artwork!

    Can you even call a digital book a book. I mean it's basically pages in a file right? So I mean wouldn't it be more accurate to call it a file with pictures.

    Includes digital file with pictures.

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    Two whole copies of the game. Yup you read right, not one, not three, but two brand spankin' new copies of the game. One for you and one for your neighbor, Mr. Jackson... I hear he's lonely.

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    Help us polish the game through our beta testing phase. Access to the game in this stage of development does not allow you post or share information about the game. It is strictly for beta testing purposes, shame on you for thinking otherwise.

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    Puzzle Bundle

    This tier includes three different games! "The Pedestrian", "Hue" and "Q.U.B.E"! To be delivered via Steam.

    We've created a partnership with other indie puzzle game developers to bring you a small bundle of some games that have brought us inspiration, joy and frustration.

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    Get your name, gamer tag, or an icon in the game! On a wall as graffiti or on a sticker placed in the environment etc!

    When you play through the game, make sure you keep an eye out for yours and others' custom decals. There'll most likely be homages to some of our favorite things as well, like water... big fan of water.

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    Create-a-Brand

    Come up with a fictional brand or product that will be placed in various areas of the game. As an example you could have "Tim's TV's" branded on all the TVs or "Hogwash Shampoo" signs throughout the game.

    These should be fictional brands as a way to build life into our game and not a way for you to get advertising for your used car lot, Dave.

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    Heavy Metal Edition

    Receive a 5"x18" physical metal street sign! Fast Fact: metal signs are rad. This concludes our Fast Fact.

    But seriously, It's a custom metal sign with a design that was voted for by our supporters.

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    Heavy Metal Diamond Edition

    Receive an 18"x18" physical metal diamond street sign! It's the big one!

    It's the biggest sign on this side of the Mississippi. Probably not...

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    Design A Puzzle Edition

    This tier harbors the opportunity to have a significant impact on the game. With the support of the team, you'll be able to create your own custom puzzle for all to play. These puzzles will be located in a bonus area.

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    Personal Portrait

    As you play through the game, imagine stumbling into an art gallery with a hallway of paintings. Making your way, you get a closer look at one of the paintings... Wait! that's your handsome mug on the wall!

    At this tier get your portrait from our artist that will be hung in the game's art gallery as part of the story for everyone to see.

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    Executive Producer Edition

    Design an In-game puzzle as part of our main storyline. In the credits you'll be titled as an Executive Producer right next to a reference to the puzzle you created.

    You'll also receive our exclusive diamond shaped pedestrian metal traffic sign as a literal sign of our gratitude.

    While we're at it, we invite you to hang out with the Skookum team over Skype, while we all eat pizza and/or play video games.

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    Dean of the University

    You are the one, the holy one, the one that stands above all others. You will be forever enshrined as a 3D bronze statue standing majestically over your dominion inside the university.

    When your grandchildren ask you,"Papa Backer, why do we keep playing this old game?" You can proudly say, "Because I'm in it and I gotta get my moneys worth!"

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