Announcing “Age of Grit” Kickstarter

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In a few weeks we’re going to launch a Kickstarter campaign for the game we are currently working on: “Age of Grit.”  When it’s done it’ll be released on PC, Mac, and iOS. The game is currently in the very early stages of development. Right now we have some concept artwork, a few of the in game graphics, and some of the basic programming work done–but we’ve got a long long way to go.  You can check out some of the early concept art below.

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Age of Grit is the story of a captain, his ship, and his crew. The world of Age of Grit is known simply as “The West.” It’s a rough land–a land of robbers, scoundrels, and tyrants. But it’s also a land of great opportunity–for fame, for fortune, and above all for glory. “The West” is a steampunk world; technology is based on steam powered and clockwork based machinery. In many ways the world is a romanticized version of the American Old West of the 1800s–with cowboys, lawmen, bandits, train robberies, and of course: plenty of shoot outs.

Your home is a beat-up steam powered airship. It’s seen better days but she’s a hearty old bird. You and your crew smuggle goods, hunt down outlaws, and fight for what’s right…as long as it pays well of course. Your ship is fully customizable–you can upgrade the guns, the engines, sensors, and all the other main components. When you finish jobs and get paid you can use that money to purchase better machinery from one of The West’s many shops and dealers. Or if you’re lucky you might be able to salvage better parts from the wreckage of a downed enemy ship. As you improve your ship you’ll be able to take on bigger and more powerful foes and in so doing spread your fame across The West.

The combat of the game will be strategic and focus on managing ship systems in response to enemy threats. You’ll have to blast enemy ships to smithereens before they do the same to you. You command the airship by directing steam pressure to the different areas of the ship–specific weapons, sensors, repair systems, engines, etc. You only have so much steam pressure per turn so you need to use it wisely. You will need to know when to strike, when to defend, when to conserve pressure for a later round–and when to unleash all hell on your opponent. How you control your ship’s physical systems is important, but properly managing her crew–the soul of any good ship–is just as critical to victory.

Some of my favorite games of past and present are great because of the characters in those games. Final Fantasy VII, Baldur’s Gate, Knights of the Old Republic  and newer games like The Walking Dead or Paper’s Please–part of what makes these and similar games shine is the people you encounter or get to play. It’s part of what makes the RPG genre so compelling.  Some characters are jerks, others are weird or funny, and still others you really grow to care about. You root for them and care about their plights. You’re sad when things don’t work out for them and you celebrate when they find their happy ending. They are just pixels on a screen but a good game can really make you care–profoundly–about the imaginary people who live in the game’s world. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go play the recent game “Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons” and try to beat it while maintaining a dry eye. This is a key focus for Age of Grit–characters who are interesting, silly, diabolical…but also characters with depth who players really end up caring about.

Hopefully that gives you a bit of idea regarding what AOG is all about.  I’m so excited to make this game–I think it can be something really great. We’ve got some awesome people on board–artists, animators, designers, programmers, musicians–and I think they’re equally passionate about this project. I’d love to hear any input or comments from anyone here! Does this sound like a game you’d play? Any suggestions?

Once the Kickstarter is up and running I’ll add a link and anyone whose interested can check it out.

The Great iqSoup Impy Screenshot Contest of 2013!!!

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Impy Screenshot ContestWe’ve seen unanticipated success with our new game Impy! Its had great feedback and seen a surprising number of downloads! A big thanks to everyone whose downloaded, enjoyed, and rated our game. So to celebrate we are holding “The Great iqSoup Impy Screenshot Contest of 2013!”

To enter the contest: 1) download “Impy” from the App Store and play it to your little heart’s content. 2) Review us on the App Store. 3) Take an awesome in-game screen shot (the awesomer the better) and post it along with your App Store review on Dress Impy in some sweet digs and take the most clever screen shot you can! The post that gets the most LIKES will win the contest and the grand prize of a $25 iTunes gift card! Feel free to pester your friends, family, and Farmville neighbors to come and thumbs up your entry. There will also be a an honorable mention chosen by iqSoup–the winner of which will receive a $10 iTunes gift card. The contest begins now and will end Friday, November 1st at 10 pm EST. Good luck!!!

Impy is Coming to the App Store this Thursday!!!

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To be released Thursday, October 10, 2013!!! It will be free for the first week, after which the price will be $0.99. Make sure to check it out! App Description: Impy is an enthralling cave-flyer unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Perfect for short moments of free time. Some have called it the ultimate toilet game–your morning excretions will never be the same!!! Since Impy was a tiny hatchling he dreamed of exploring the depths of the underworld. Now he is old enough to fly; to leave the nest and venture out into the abyss. Guide him through the vast kingdom of the imps, deep amongst the hot fires of the Earth’s core. Dodge fireballs, avoid vegetables (extremely toxic to imps), and feast on the finest delicacies the underworld has to offer. Find untold riches hidden in the endless bowels of Impy’s dark domain. -journey across the underworld in a difficult, nail-biting, mind-scrambling, nosebleed-causing, tooth-shatteringly-awesome adventure -conquer a long series of challenging quests and savor the sweet taste of victory -enjoy dozens of amazing gear items–including a HAZMAT suit, a pretty sweet tomato hat, and a sinister goatee -battle the world–contend with friends and other players through a competitive online ranking system -original chiptune soundtrack by the legendary Beat Scribe himself!!!