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Build a town from the ground up in this open-world construction simulator for industrious boys and girls of all ages.

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THE WORLD IS YOUR CONSTRUCTION SITE. GRAB YOUR HARD HAT!

In BUILDANAUTS, you’re the foreman, the city planner, and the mayor of the town of your dreams. Plan your town, then bring it to life with the help of your construction crew. Build a town that your townsfolk, the Buildanites, will be proud to call home!

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Punk & Lizard
"Do you remember Bob the Builder and Sim City? Ever wanted to be Bob to build and manage your own city? Well I’ve got some awesome news for you."

GoNintendo
"Buildanauts has Wii U stretch goal"

Cliqist
"As opposed to the likes of Sim City, Buildanauts is very small in scope, which should keep it easy enough for many players to enjoy."

GameSpark (Japan)
"...the visual has become a very pretty atmosphere."

IndieGames.com
"It's hard to find games that parents and kids can play together..."

Update #3 Buildanauts: Kickstarter Dev Diary Video - Roads & Traffic (Pre-Alpha)

Update #2 New Press, Twitch and Momentum!

Update #1 Welcome! Timeline, Release Schedule, Live Stream and Platforms!

EXPLORE

Survey a vast open landscape just waiting for your construction crew. Jump in an excavator and dig the terrain, or run around with a shovel looking for resources. 

DESIGN

Shape your structures by choosing paint colors, textures, details, and building material. Then, assign tasks to your skilled construction workers and watch them turn your vision into a reality!

BUILD

Build your town from the ground up just the way you want it! Use a fleet of heavy vehicles and a variety of construction tools to place city props, lay down roads, and much, much more.

MANAGE

Keep your resident Buildanites happy! Attract more townsfolk by keeping your town in top shape, but be careful: too much neglect and your Buildanites will move out!

Ever dreamed of putting on a hard hat and driving an excavator through a busy construction site? Now you can! BUILDANAUTS is a fun construction game for industrious boys and girls of all ages that allows you to survey, design, build, and manage your very own town. In BUILDANAUTS, you’re the city planner, foreman, and mayor of a town you’ll build from the ground up.

BUILDANAUTS (formerly known as Tiny Diggers 2) is the game for the kid in all of us who made truck noises while digging in the mud with a plastic bucket. We began work on BUILDANAUTS eight months ago, and have been busy bootstrapping and prototyping the game in Unity 3D, toiling away on evenings and weekends while making other games for our clients. We have now moved into a brand new office in the heart of Halifax to work full time on the game. This is where you come in!

EXPLORE YOUR OWN OPEN WORLD

 The world of BUILDANAUTS is a vast canvas just waiting for you to shape it. You can jump in an excavator to dig the terrain, or just walk around with a shovel looking for resources. 

DESIGN AND BUILD A TOWN FROM THE GROUND UP

Watch in wonder as your construction crew realize your plans by building houses, buildings, and roads! Design your town using a flexible 3D editor, then grab a tool and lend a hand around the construction site.

MANAGE YOUR OWN LIVING TOWN

As you build houses and roads, resident Buildanites will move in and bring your town to life. You’ll have to keep them happy by managing traffic, maintaining roads and houses, and building improvements. The happier your residents, the more will move in!

CLIMB THE RANKS OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORLD

Start out as an Apprentice and work your way up to Foreman simply by playing the game, or by completing side-quests and challenges. Reach population milestones, keep your Buildanites happy, and manage your money well, and you will be rewarded with more tools, vehicles, and skills.

OPERATE HEAVY MACHINERY

Dig holes, dump dirt, deliver materials, pick up garbage, and more! In BUILDANAUTS, you can drive a wide variety of vehicles, including excavators, dump trucks, bulldozers, forklifts, flatbed trucks with cranes, wrecking balls, steam rollers, recycling trucks, cement mixers, food catering trucks, cars, and more!

WIELD CONSTRUCTION TOOLS

Grab a tool and perform jobs to improve your town and earn in-game currency. Tools include: hammers, shovels, pickaxes, jackhammers, saws, and many more.

BUILD WITH A FRIEND IN 2-PLAYER CO-OP MODE

Take jobs together with a friend or family member, or wander off and explore together. BUILDANAUTS will be playable in online co-op on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and in local co-op on consoles.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR CHARACTER

Choose from numerous outfits, facial expressions, gender, skin tones and helmet colors! 

EXCITING SOUNDTRACK BY SEAN BEESON

We’ve teamed up with award winning composer, Sean Beeson to make the soundtrack of BUILDANAUTS as exciting as possible! Sean has worked on music for film trailers, including Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Hairspray (2007), in addition to numerous cable TV shows and over 75 games.

PLAY ON PC OR CONSOLE

BUILDANAUTS will be available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. We will release the alpha-beta desktop versions in November-December 2014, and we’ll roll out the console versions in the spring of 2015. We already have licenses and dev kits from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo; now it’s time to finish the job!

We’ve bootstrapped development of BUILDANAUTS out of our own pocket and through a local business bank and a funding organization. We’re ~ 50% done with the game, but now we need additional funding to pay the staff as we complete the project.

We’re looking at six months of development left to finish the game. With your help and support, we can create a multi-platform game that’s ambitious and truly original. Help us realize our vision!

Funding through Kickstarter will allow us to address and polish the following aspects of the game:

• Additional staff and content;

• House editing and drawing tool (drag and drop planning);

• Truck controls and interaction;

• Terrain system;

• Character tasks;

• Resource management;

• Character animations;

• Side-quests;

• Currency system;

• Character challenges;

• Optimization;

And much more!

TouchTilt has development licenses for the Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U. Shortly after a desktop launch we'll be porting to these consoles.

Buildanauts will be available on the following platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One. 

Expected launch dates:

  • Dec 2014: PC, Mac, Linux (ALPHA BUILD)
  • Q1 2015: Xbox One
  • Q2 2015: PS4
  • Q3 2015: Wii U

Buildanauts is approved for development on Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo platforms and of course PC, Mac and Linux. Now it's time to start finishing the game.... all we need is your support!

Stretch Goals are an important part of the Buildanauts project, because they will shape the game's content in a big way. New trucks, tools, enhanced gameplay and challenges will add something special to the final product and make an already great game even greater! 

WALLPAPER

You'll receive a set of exclusive Buildanauts high-res backer wallpapers. 

THE GAME

Get the game for cheap on PC, Mac or Linux when it's finished, DRM-free. Plus get a Steam key
 

EARLY ALPHA ACCESS

Get exclusive, early Alpha access as soon as it's ready (PC, Mac or Linux) and all the game updates until the final release. This will allow you to help influence the game as it progresses on a feedback forum. Plus get a Steam key for Early Access.

WEBSITE & GAME CREDIT

"Kickstarter Supporter" credit in the game and website. Your name will be displayed on the Buildanauts website and within the credits section of the game.

YOUR CHARACTER!

Your likeness as a townsfolk in the game! Submit a photo along with a name and our artist will recreate your face as a (your name) texture in the game which players can choose. We reserve the right to reject inappropriate photos and names. 

DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK + OUTFIT

Get the full soundtrack of the game (number of tracks TBD) + Design an outfit for a character and name it for players to choose in the game. Photos or sketches of outfits accepted. We reserve the right to reject inappropriate outfits or names. 

2 COPIES OF THE GAME

You will receive 2 copies of the Beta to give to your friends. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

ART BOOK

Early mockup only
Early mockup only
The Artbook will contain 15-pages of concepts, early-stage character and truck development and Kickstarter exclusive high-res images.

T-SHIRT

Does not represent final design
Does not represent final design

Receive an exclusive Early Backer, Buildanauts T-Shirt. After funding, we will produce a survey for size, kind and gender. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS. ADD $15 CAD for shipping outside USA/Canada


IN-GAME BOOK + ART GALLERY

We'll have a very prominent, special 'Thank You Backers!' BOOK on the table inside the Construction Trailer where you can see your name and a photo that you submit to go along with it. We reserve the right to reject any inappropriate photos. + Create your own drawing (1 each) to hang in the walls of a special Art Gallery building in the game. We'll stick them in a nice frame along with your name on the bottom where players can walk in and see all the drawings. 

PERSONAL BACKER & STATUE

THANK YOU! We'll put your name prominently in the beginning of the game right after the TouchTilt logo appears, along with a special thank you! + Work with our 3D Artist to sketch out a non-complex statue (prop) of yourself or anything - within reason in the game. This prop will be seen by everyone and can be used to decorate your town.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOREMAN

'Supportive Producer' Credit (as your name) most prominently in the splash screen at beginning of the game. + Work with us to create a new truck based on your idea. + Create a fictitious building that players can place in their town and how they can earn in-game revenue from it. + Framed and signed, exclusive single-print poster. 
Our office space in Halifax
Our office space in Halifax

TouchTilt Games is an independent game studio based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was founded two years ago by Shane Whitehouse, a veteran of the interactive entertainment industry. We create high-concept, fun games for multiple platforms, and emphasize simple play, positive experiences, and creative problem-solving. We strive to make games that will stick with you for a long, long time.


Risks and challenges

It’s well known that time management can be challenging when developing a videogame. Fortunately, our team is made up of videogame industry veterans who have shipped many games and know how to do it all over again. Together, we have over 12 years’ experience making and finishing games. We know how to plan and schedule development, then deliver on that plan.
As you can see from the screenshots and prototype videos, this game is well past the ideation stage. We know the game we want to make, and we’re looking for investment through Kickstarter for very specific tasks that will take us all the way to release.
We’ll keep you up to date on our progress here on Kickstarter and give you sneak peeks at the progress of BUILDANAUTS. Your money will enable us to finish the game, and your early feedback will guide our choices in making it awesome.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $0.89 USD

    THANK YOU!

    Our ultimate gratitude! Follow the Buildanauts journey with access to all our campaign updates.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $9 USD

    GET IN EARLY!

    A limited number of $10 copies of Buildanauts are available to the very first Kickstarter backers who support us. Available on PC, Mac or Linux for April 2015, DRM-free. PLUS Steam key. PLUS "Kickstarter Supporter" credit in the game and website.

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    Limited 36 backers
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    Pledge $15 or more About $13 USD

    GET A COPY FOR CHEAP!

    Get a copy of Buildanauts! Don't forget: we'll be selling Buildanauts for $30 after the April 2015 release. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    2 backers
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    Pledge $25 or more About $22 USD

    ALPHA ACCESS!

    Get access to the Alpha of Buildanauts, released in December 2014. (PC, Mac or Linux). This will allow you to help influence the game and offer feedback as it progresses through a forum. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    14 backers
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    Pledge $30 or more About $27 USD

    DIGITAL ART BOOK! + WALLPAPER PACK

    Digital PDF art book of our concepts and planning PLUS an exclusive, high res wallpaper pack. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    5 backers
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    Pledge $40 or more About $36 USD

    DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK + OUTFIT

    Get the full soundtrack of the game! + Design an outfit for a character and name it. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    0 backers
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    Pledge $50 or more About $44 USD

    2 GAMES

    You will receive 2 copies of the Alpha to give to your friends. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    3 backers
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    Pledge $75 or more About $67 USD

    T-SHIRT

    Receive an exclusive Early Backer, Buildanauts T-Shirt (see images below). PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.
    ADD $15 CAD for shipping outside USA/Canada

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    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $85 or more About $76 USD

    YOU'RE IN THE GAME!

    Your likeness as a townsfolk in the game! (See details in 'Rewards') PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    Limited 1 backer
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    Pledge $100 or more About $89 USD

    IN-GAME BOOK + ART GALLERY

    We'll have a very prominent, special 'Thank You Backers!' BOOK on the table inside the Construction Trailer where you can see your name and a photo that you submit to go along with it. We reserve the right to reject any inappropriate photos. + Create your own drawing (1 each) to hang in the walls of a special Art Gallery building in the game. We'll stick them in a nice frame along with your name on the bottom where players can walk in and see all the drawings. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    Limited 2 backers
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    Pledge $150 or more About $133 USD

    PERSONAL BACKER & STATUE

    THANK YOU! We'll put your name prominently in the beginning of the game right after the TouchTilt logo appears, along with a special thank you! + Work with our 3D Artist to sketch out a non-complex statue (prop) of yourself or anything - within reason in the game. This prop will be seen by everyone and can be used to decorate your town. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    Limited 6 backers
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    Pledge $700 or more About $622 USD

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOREMAN

    'Supportive Producer' Credit (as your name) most prominently after the splash screen at beginning of the game. + Work with us to create a new truck based on your idea. + Framed and signed, exclusive single-print poster. PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.
    ADD $15 CAD for shipping outside USA/Canada

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    Limited 0 backers

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