A solar kart racing game incorporating real locales, solar physics, a comedic attitude, and a positive social impact worldwide.
The year is 2033. Global climate change efforts of the past 20 years have failed. The environmental apocalypse has arrived and it is causing strange mutations across the planet. The global community has one last hope to save the world. We have created a race for change...The Solar Games.
The Solar Games is a social impact video game that empowers players to create change in the world through having fun while playing a video game.
The Solar Games will release on Android, iOS, PC, Mac, and Linux all of which will be DRM-free.
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The first in the series, The Solar Games is akin to Mario Kart meets Fallout. The game is set after an environmental apocalypse where the global landscape has become a surreal wasteland. Gameplay is fast and intense but with a dose of humor. Players will be able to race in multiple modes, including single player and multiplayer, across realistic tracks based on real world locations. The initial landscape is based on Haiti with more planned for the future.
The game will feature five classes of karts that players can race with and against: Buggy, Truck, Trike, Bike and Big Wheels.
Kart Customization and In-Game Currencies
Through the course of the game players will earn Carbon Points. Carbon Points are an in-game currency that players can spend to upgrade all of the different parts of their kart: solar panels, motors, tires, frames, shells and batteries. Players can also purchase or occasionally earn Solar Cash, the second in-game currency. Solar Cash can be spent on the same kart upgrades to receive them faster, to purchase cosmetic upgrades to the kart and other exclusive in-game content. The purchase of Solar Cash will not create a pay-to-win atmosphere.
Each player will have an in-game garage that will hold all of their karts and parts that are not being used. The garage can be upgraded to store more karts and parts. Players will also be able to show off their garage to their in-game friends.
Each player can interact with other players through a world hub. The world hub will bring players together through Alliances of racers that work together to show off achievements of the team and provide a centralized place to socialize with people from all over the world.
The Solar Games will feature several different race modes. Players can race in traditional race modes such as circuit and time trial races. There will also be a unique Pink Slip mode, where players can put their karts or Carbon Points on the line and race in a single, very intense, winner takes all match. League and Alliance play will allow players to be put on to a global ladder, and see where they stack up against the best in the world. There are also several other modes planned for the future such as Last Man Standing mode, Stunt mode, Battle mode, and Kitty Cat mode. Check back in the future as we near our funding goal and release our stretch goal list.
Real World Locations
The Solar Games is initially based on Jacmel, Haiti and surrounding areas. We have traveled to Haiti to film and document the look and feel of the landscape and culture. We are now turning this into gameplay experiences for a realistic and unique feel for the player. In the future, we hope to feature more locales such as China, Africa, and India. Check back in the future as we near our funding goal and release our stretch goal list.
The Solar Games Features
Features from our Demo
The Solar Games Gameplay
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Player freedom is essential throughout The Solar Games. In addition to fully customizable karts, players can also customize their audio experience. In-game music will integrate culturally relevant and collaborative music efforts from local artists for each locale. Players will have the option of streaming music or listening to curated playlists by celebrity artists. Players will have the option to submit music on a monthly basis and have the community vote on their favorite submissions. The community chosen works will then be available in The Solar Games marketplace.
Comedic commentary tracks are a backseat driver experience where players choose from a variety of comedic characters. Guest comedians and commentators will be available in The Solar Games marketplace. Players will have the option to submit comedic commentaries on a monthly basis and have the community vote on their favorite submissions. The community chosen works will then be available in The Solar Games marketplace.
Lil' Scotty Commentary Introduction
T-Funk Dance Commentary Introduction
Sean Paul Zshey Commentary Introduction
We believe that social impact video games should provide a real world impact for adversely affected populations while still being fun. The Solar Games is based around real world locations and as players enjoy the game they will be able to see the digital landscape of these locales transform into a more sustainable and greener world. This creative project is not an awareness campaign or awareness video game and we are not donating any of the Kickstarter funds to any charity or charitable cause. Donations to causes, in our opinion, cause a lot of problems as we have seen so often and that is exactly what we are not trying to do. Please see our website if you are interested in learning more about our social impact.
We expect the game to be completed by the end of November, 2013. We fully expect the game to be released on iOS, Android, and PC/MAC/Linux all at the same time in December.
The ethos of Kickstarter is creativity and passion. Creativity and passion (and our personal funds) only go so far. We are now at a point where we cannot go any further. We have been completely personally funded up to this point. But now we need your help! Without funding, the project will not continue. The team’s personal resources are depleted and we have many expenses that must be paid for. While many people outside of the industry believe that making video games is fairly inexpensive, that is not the case at all. In fact, it is quite the opposite. So, please help us reach our funding goal so that we can make our dream a reality.
Our team has worked very diligently to make a budget that is as low as possible, but is also very realistic. We need to pay for professional software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, Unity Engine, Microsoft Office, and Ableton Live, music, marketing, advertising, energy bills, the office space which we are renting from CoLab Orlando, and the talented people who are developing the game. Our team is made up of several professionals in the industry who are working to make this their full time career. We have a team of more than twenty people that have been working at their own expense and now cannot work for free any longer. Your pledge dollars are going completely towards making The Solar Games.
“It’s On” is a documentary web series that makes you part of the creation of The Solar Games. It is filmed and hosted by Cesar Munhoz and stars the entire Solar Games team. The short webisodes will premiere on our YouTube channel and website each Monday. Check out the Pilot episode below!
The Solar Games team is a group of more than 20 individuals from diverse backgrounds and fields that have come together to make one excellent video game experience. The team culture integrates fun, comedy, and compassion. This culture is a strong part of who we are and bleeds into The Solar Games.
Bradley Bulifant: Executive Producer
Rodney Smith: Producer
Brandon Estep: Technical Producer
Steve Brown: Creative Director
Phillip Mullennax: Marketing Director
Wossenu Areda Weldekiros: International Development Director
Jessie Chin: Artist, Web & Media Designer
Jacob Morris: Lead Programmer
Tyler Edlen: 3D & Environmental Artist
Chris Rodriquez: Graphic Designer
Cesar Munhoz: Videographer & Creator of “It’s On” YouTube Series
Additional Team Members:
Arielle Goldfarb: Concept Artist
Brian Russ: 3D Artist
Chris Halterman: Sound Assets
Christine Lancaster: Sound Assets
Dana Carlstrom: Artist & Repertoire
Demetrios Panayi: Music Licensing
Jonathan Giffin: Sound Assets
Jon Rivera: Animator
Keith Caro: SEO & Music Marketing
Kyle Romanak: Film Production
Luis Miranda: User Experience Tester
Mark Baculanta: 3D Vehicle Artist
Nikko Laudicina: Sound Assets & Mastering
Oscar Araque: 3D Artist
Pete Bingham: Special Effects
Ryan Getsie: Music Marketing & Journalism
Zach Ahearn: 3D Artist
Follow our blog for regular updates on the current development and making of The Solar Games. Share and follow the conversation on our favorite social channels...
Currently, we are purely focused on getting funding for our initial goal. However, we wanted to share with you a few of the plans we have for when we exceed our goal with your help!
For gamers, we hope to release our game on XBLA, PSN, and Ouya.
As we have recently been given access to Google Glass, we will be announcing a stretch goal for Glass integration in the future.
We will be producing a collaborative Haitian music experience for The Solar Games. This will involve bringing Haitian artists and producers together to provide a fully immersive experience based on the culture of Haiti, and then do the same for future locations.
Also, we will be releasing other locations to the game. We hope to integrate China, Africa, India, and also include a community choice location!
**Note the $5 reward level (and above) contains copies of The Solar Games that are DRM-free. Your choice of Android or iOS AND your choice of PC, Mac, or Linux.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Making video games is tough work. It involves a very large amount of planning, scheduling, and management. Fortunately, we have two fantastic producers who have over 25 years of scheduling and management experience combined. Also, we have spent considerable time on our schedule and budget to limit all risks, and maximize all opportunities.
We are working with a very talented, hard working, and passionate team. Every team member has already put in up to eight months of work to get to where we already are. This includes a very thorough pre-production period where we completely fleshed out the game. We are dedicated to making this game a reality, and will do whatever it takes to make it successful.
While one can only hope they are working on a game that will be fun, that is our desire, and we believe that with your help we can do it! In the mean time, we have built in a few systems that will allow players to give feedback including: having our game tested by Luis Miranda who specializes in user-experience, a closed beta, an open beta, and several opportunities (Google + hangouts) for the Kickstarter community to ask questions and provide feedback. So, please pledge, participate in the hangouts, and provide feedback so that we can make the game as awesome as possible!
We hope that you will enjoy watching as we create a game that not only should be fun to play, but will also create a social impact that will affect thousands of people worldwide.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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DIGITAL NOVELLA ============================== DIGITAL ART PACKAGE + Get a digital download of The Solar Games novella written by Annie Craton! The novella tells the story of The Solar Games. The text will also contain music, video, and imagery that relates to the story of The Solar Games.Estimated delivery:
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FOUNDER ACCOUNT ============================== DUAL MILLIWATT + An invitation to join the ranks of the most exclusive club at The Solar Games: The Founder's Club! This gets you exclusive access to the in-game Founder's Badge, 500 Solar Cash each month for a year, and you will receive every game created by goodXgames for FREE for the next 10 years!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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PETAWATT ============================== TERAWATT + Designers get ready! Work with our art team one-on-one to design your own kart shell and racer helmet! You get your shell and helmet for free! Plus you will see your artwork featured in our in-game marketplace! And of course you still get a design credit!Estimated delivery:Add $250 USD to ship outside the US
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EXAWATT ============================== PETAWATT + A Kickstarter exclusive beautifully crafted papier-mâché mask made exclusively for The Solar Games by a Haitian artist! A digital version will be created for your in-game use! ============================== ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE NANOWATT LEVEL.Estimated delivery:Add $250 USD to ship outside the US
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ZETTAWATT ============================== EXAWATT + An invite to join the team during The Solar Games Official Launch Party. While here in Orlando you get to take a tour of the office and enjoy your own Q&A with the team! You must be at least 21 years old and able to arrange travel to and lodging in Orlando, FL.Estimated delivery:Add $250 USD to ship outside the US
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YOTTAWATT ============================== ZETTAWATT + You get to work alongside The Solar Games art team to create your own racer from the ground up! Design your own kart, bobblehead helmet, and shell! Plus you will see your artwork featured in our in-game marketplace! You get all of your designs in-game for free! And of course you still get a design credit!Estimated delivery:Add $250 USD to ship outside the US
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SOLAR DEITY ============================== YOU HAVE UNLOCKED THE POWER OF RA ============================== YOTTAWATT + Design an exclusive track for you, your company, or brand! The track will be featured in our in-game marketplace! You get access to the track for free! Additionally your design credit will be upgraded to SOLAR DEITY!Estimated delivery:
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