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Join Lori and Corey Cole, award-winning game designers of the Quest for Glory game series, Castle of Dr. Brain, Shannara, Mixed-Up Fairy Tales, and Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption in a new Hero-U story adventure.

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Summer Daze at Hero-U is a light-hearted interactive tale of friendship, fun, and folly suitable for all ages. It's up to you to save the upcoming Harvest Festival at Hero University from imminent disaster... or make it even worse! Will you forge life-long friendships? It all depends on how you play the game.

For fans of our previous game, Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, Summer Daze at Hero-U is a prequel to that game. It takes place during the Summer before Shawn O'Conner becomes a somewhat-unwilling student at Hero-U. As a Disbarred Bard student, Tilly aill meet Master Gerhard von Urwald and Mr. Terk, and knows about the Headmaster. Ifeyo has a mostly separate cast as a Wizard student.

With a diverse cast, and narrative-driven gameplay, Summer Daze is part visual novel, part adventure game, and a dash of “light RPG” for everyone who enjoys great storytelling. New players will enjoy the simple point-and-click interactions and lighthearted humor.  More experienced players will dig into the nuanced puzzles and masterful game design by two of the most acclaimed game designers.

“Summer Daze at Hero-U is a new direction for us. We’ve crystallized the story and characters into a fast-paced illustrated adventure that can be played anywhere.” – Corey Cole

Play day 1 of Tilly's story

The best way to learn about Summer Daze at Hero-U is to try our playable demo. You can download it now from itch.io at https://transolar-games.itch.io/summer-daze. You’ll be able to play the full first day of Tilly’s game.

NOTE: Anything in this demo is subject to change in the full game. That may include editing, adding more player choices, and additional art, animation, music, etc.

Here's a short video of the beginning of Tilly's story:

  • Interactive adventure story with role-playing elements
  • Light-hearted game filled with humor and charm
  • Choice of two playable characters - and two very different stories
  • Set at Hero University - the school from Rogue to Redemption
  • Meaningful and memorable interactions with 23 unique characters
  • 25 beautifully-rendered locations
  • Playable on PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and Switch
The Hero Ewe Needs You at Hero-U

Summer Daze is an interactive story game that changes through your choices. You play as the studious Wizard Ifeyo or the mischievous Rogue Tilly. Your choices will help you make friends, have exciting adventures, and help the Harvest Festival succeed (or fail gloriously).

This is a dialogue-driven point-and-click game with choice menus and an interactive game map. The focus is on the story and characters. There is no "hunt the pixel," juggling dozens of inventory items, or getting lost in a maze. It's a purer, more focused form of adventure game play.

Try out the free gameplay demo. Players of all ages have praised the intuitive game controls and gentle sense of humor in Summer Daze at Hero-U. 

A Page from Tilly's Journal (Prototype)
Interactable Map of the University Environs
Tilly's Bedroom, where she has a few choices each evening
Mr. Terk returns... And he is still a jerk!
Tilly tries to con Junger Maximilian into doing her work. He isn't having it.

Corey and Lori Cole, the husband and wife team behind Transolar Games, have designed many great games including the Quest for Glory series, Castle of Dr. Brain, and Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. With the support of their talented development teams and devoted fans, they continue to create role-playing, adventure, and story-telling games full of lore, mystery, wonder, and beauty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Coles

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Lead developer Cidney Hamilton wrote e-commerce and enterprise software before joining the development team for Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. She does gameplay scripting, web infrastructure, playtest coordination, UI design, and systems programming. Cidney is also a major contributor to Archive of Our Own, which won this year's prestigious Hugo Award for Best Related Work to science fiction & fantasy.

https://www.funimation.com/blog/women-game-development-cidney-hamilton/

Our lead artist is the extraordinarily-talented John Paul Selwood. “JP” was a key artist on Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. He has also created backgrounds and character art for Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements, and other games from Himalaya Studios, Tierra Entertainment, and Crystal Shard.

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Character designer and animator Al Eufrasio created animation art for Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. He is also known for his contributions to Sierra games such as Torin’s Passage, Space Quest 6, The Realm, Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail, and many others.

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New to the team is composer and musician Brandon Blume. Brandon composed the soundtrack for Mage’s Initiation. His previous work includes soundtracks for AGD Interactive on several Sierra game remakes.

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Here's a project expense breakdown assuming we make just above our minimum goal at $100,000:

We've been working on Summer Daze at Hero-U for over a year. Kickstarter funds will mainly be devoted to current and future operations, in addition to repaying some of our expenses to date.

The percentages will shift to some extent if this campaign earns enough for us to reach stretch goals. I'll adjust this breakdown as the campaign progresses.

Some potential stretch goal upgrades might include:

  • One or more foreign translations ("localized versions")
  • Professional voice-acting
  • Additional choices, animation, and sound effects
  • Pre-production on Hero-U: Wizards Way
  • Plush Meerbat Toy add-on option

Risks and challenges

We could miss the delivery estimate. Our policy is to keep working on a game until it's ready. We had to add years to the schedules of two of our previous projects to get them right. However, we've developed seven other games within a few months of the original estimate. Every game project is unpredictable, but we have never failed to deliver a game we promised; some just took longer than others.

Another potential challenge is that we rely heavily on every member of our team. If illness or accident affects our writers, programmers, or artists, that could add a substantial amount of time to the schedule.

We've sought to prevent some of these challenges by putting a full year of development into the game prior to bringing it to Kickstarter. In contrast, our previous project was still in an early concept stage when we sought crowdfunding for it. We believe we've scheduled Summer Daze conservatively.

If this campaign is wildly successful, fulfilling stretch goals and managing the player community may add additional delays to the schedule. We want to keep our players and backers happy, and sometimes that can take time away from game development.

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    Summertime Fun

    When the game is ready for release, we'll send you a unique game key for your choice of Steam, GOG.com, or itch.io. In the meantime, you'll get to see frequent progress reports with game art, music, and other unique content. We also hope you'll join us on the Transolar Games Discord to chat about Summer Daze and our other games.

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    Sights and Sounds of Summer

    In addition to the game and other Summertime Fun rewards, you'll get a digital copy of the original soundtrack, a downloadable art book, and a downloadable coloring book. The art book will give you a behind-the-scenes look at game art and concept sketches. The coloring book will let you personalize the game art, or give your children a chance to be creative with it.

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    Summer (and Winter) Games

    In addition to the previous digital rewards, we will provide you with two digital game keys from some of our most popular games - the Quest for Glory Collection on GoG.com and Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption on itch.io. We'll get you those keys within the next few months so you have something to play while we finish developing Summer Daze at Hero-U.

    We'll also hook you up with some cool Summer Daze at Hero-U screen wallpaper.

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    Beach Blanket Beta Early Bird

    Hit the beach early by getting the game before it's finished! Comb the beach for secrets in the alpha and beta test versions of Summer Daze at Hero-U. We're starting with Tilly's story, so you'll have an opportunity to play through her section of the game while we are still developing Ifeyo's section.

    Then you'll get to try that out in its charming, preliminary state before we find the spelling and grammatical errors, out-of-order plot elements, and so on. You'll get to help us make all that better in time for the game release.

    You'll get credited in-game and on our website for your generous support and contributions to the game.

    We'll also give you a one-year invitation to our "Heroes only" channels on Discord, where you can converse with the other cool kids. There you'll get to suggest a joke or pun that we'll try (subject to editorial approval) to incorporate into the game or website.

    We'll send you an awesome desktop wallpaper download for your screen... or desk!

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    • Backer credit in-game
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    Beach Blanket Beta

    Hit the beach early by getting the game before it's finished! Comb the beach for secrets in the alpha and beta test versions of Summer Daze at Hero-U. We're starting with Tilly's story, so you'll have an opportunity to play through her section of the game while we are still developing Ifeyo's section.

    Then you'll get to try that out in its charming, preliminary state before we find the spelling and grammatical errors, out-of-order plot elements, and so on. You'll get to help us make all that better in time for the game release.

    You'll get credited in-game and on our website for your generous support and contributions to the game.

    We'll also give you a one-year invitation to our "Heroes only" channels on Discord, where you can converse with the other cool kids. There you'll get to suggest a joke or pun that we'll try (subject to editorial approval) to incorporate into the game or website.

    We'll send you an awesome desktop wallpaper download for your screen... or desk!

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    • Premium "heroes" Discord role for one year
    • Beta Test Access
    • Backer credit in-game
    • Screen wallpaper
    • Game key
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    Beachcomber - Collectible Boxed Game

    You'll start with all the rewards from the Beach Blanket Beta level, including the "heroes" role on Discord and all the digital rewards of that tier.

    You'll also get a collector's boxed edition of the game, just the thing to brighten up your game shelf. In the box will be a DVD containing the game and a CD of the original soundtrack.

    Note that we can't start producing these items until we've released the game in digital format, so your souvenir boxed game will arrive several months after we finalize the digital version of the game.

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    • Downloadable Coloring Book
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    Romantic Picnic Basket

    You'll start with all the rewards from the Beach Blanket Beta level, including the "heroes" role on Discord, plus you'll get some physical goodies in your basket too.

    Love Tilly's and Ifeyo's journals in the game? You'll get a personal copy in a "flippy book" - Flip it over to switch characters. The journal will include Tilly's and Ifeyo's unique sketches and some room for your own drawings, thoughts, and notes.

    You'll get a collector's boxed edition of the game, just the thing to brighten up your game shelf. In the box will be a DVD containing the game and a CD of the original soundtrack. There will also be a cool cloth map of the Hero University as seen in Summer Daze at Hero-U.

    Note that we can't start producing these items until we've released the game in digital format, so your picnic basket will arrive several months after the digital release.

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    • Soundtrack CD
    • Cloth Map
    • Printed "flippy" journal
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    • Art book (download)
    • Original Soundtrack (digital)
    • Downloadable Coloring Book
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    Summer Selfie Super Edition

    This is the ultimate reward tier for true fans of our games who really want to show the Hero-U School Spirit!

    You'll send us a photo or other picture, and a description or text to go with it. Our artists will turn this into a game-compatible drawing that everyone can see in the final scene of the game along with your text. As space for these is limited, and we don't want it to become too cluttered, we're limiting this reward to the first 25 backers to choose it.

    We'll also send you a poster, signed by selected team members including Lori and Corey, that contains your picture.

    Of course, you'll get the digital game key, alpha and beta access, opportunity to submit a joke, flippy journal, boxed game and soundtrack CD, cloth map, and all the other cool stuff from the Romantic Picnic Basket tier.

    Your "heroes" Discord role? Permanent (subject to adherence to our "play nice" server rules).

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    • Lifetime access to the Discord "heroes" role
    • Picture and Credits in the Game
    • Autographed Summer Daze Poster
    • Game DVD
    • Soundtrack CD
    • Printed "flippy" journal
    • Cloth Map
    • Game key
    • Art book (download)
    • Backer credit in-game
    • Downloadable Coloring Book
    • Original Soundtrack (digital)
    • Screen wallpaper
    • Beta Test Access
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    Summer Selfie Sponsor Edition

    This reward tier is for true fans of our games who want to help us make more great games! You'll be listed in the end credits along with a custom cartoonized image created by one of our talented artists!

    You'll send us a photo or other picture, and a description or text to go with it. Our artists will turn this into a game-compatible cartodrawing that everyone can see in the end credits of the game along with your text. This will be in a special "Sponsors" section.

    We'll also send you a poster, signed by selected team members including Lori and Corey, that contains your picture.

    Of course, you'll get the digital game key, alpha and beta access, opportunity to submit a joke, flippy journal, collectible boxed game and soundtrack CD, cloth map, and all the other cool stuff from the Summer Selfie Super Edition tier. Only the in-game location of your picture and text changes.

    Your "heroes" Discord role? Permanent (subject to adherence to our "play nice" server rules)!

    Includes:
    • Lifetime access to the Discord "heroes" role
    • Picture and Credits in the Game
    • Autographed Summer Daze Poster
    • Game DVD
    • Soundtrack CD
    • Printed "flippy" journal
    • Cloth Map
    • Game key
    • Art book (download)
    • Backer credit in-game
    • Downloadable Coloring Book
    • Original Soundtrack (digital)
    • Screen wallpaper
    • Beta Test Access
    • Collectible game box
    • Autographed Sticker
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