By Justin Guillou / March 17th, 2015
Today I am here to tell you about Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter brought to us by RosePortal Games. This is a new RPG-style adventure game that is trying to follow in the footsteps of those 32-bit JRPGs we all know and love. So much so that they have even created boxart for it in the same style of a Ps1 game. Actually, if you pledge $60 towards this project you will get a physical version in a Ps1-style case along with two digital copies of the game.
What makes this game special is that the events in it are based on real events. It is said to be inspired by the documentary The Wire Nest and as such, ship breaking or the process of disassembling ships and recycling the parts, will play a part in the story. In fact you will be exploring a ship as it is being taken apart at a ship breaking yard. You play as a young girl who is out to go find her parents and along the way her doll comes to life and helps her in battle.
Speaking of the battles, they are going to be infrequent, so those of you who hate the relatively high encounter rates found in many JRPGs can breathe easy. The developers said that they wanted each encounter to feel unique much like a boss battle. At the end of a battle, you are given a ranking up to three stars. You are awarded a star if you:
- Defeat the enemy.
- Defeat the enemy within a small amount of turns.
- Defeat the enemy while taking minimal damage.
The girl’s imagination is also supposed to affect the environment. For example, if she sees a patch of moss, she may interpret it as a forest and then the room will suddenly turn into one. She will be able to jump and climb her way across the various areas in typical platformer fashion. Some of you old-school RPG aficionados may want to check this one out. Why, you ask? What if I told you that Hiroki Kikuta will be working on some of the music? I can hear the hardcore fans are already screaming and throwing their wallets now. For those of you unfamiliar with him, he is known for his works in the Mana or Seiken Densetsu series.
RosePortal Games are asking for $15,000 for this game. They are currently at $3,713 with 163 backers and only 4 days left to go. Pledge $15 to get a digital copy of the game, $20 or more will get you the soundtrack and if you are really trying to give these people a hand, you can pledge $2,500. What will that get you? Well, how about all of the rewards in addition to being part of the team? You will be able to collaborate with RosePortal Games and take part in designing enemies, battle techniques and cutscenes. This is a reward limited to only one lucky backer.
Unraveled will be coming out on PC, MAC, Linux, iOS and Android. The developers noted that they wanted it to be released on “All” platforms so more could be on the way. The estimated delivery for the rewards is November 2015. You can check out the Kickstarter campaign for Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter here.
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