How We Want To Add Animals In Voodoo

Animals In Voodoo

Animals In Voodoo.

What’s one of the key elements lacking in our indie game Voodoo? Okay, fair enough. There’s still a whole lot lacking. However, one of the elements we’re absolutely crazy about adding is a variety of wildlife. This is the entire reason for our Kickstarter stretch goal on animals.

Animals In Voodoo.

But hear us out.

Animals In Voodoo.

We really don’t want to come off as the typical “help us with our Kickstarter campaign and we’ll add something cool” type. No. Our ideas for animals have been brewing for a long time and we believe they truly bring something fresh and innovative to gameplay. Allow us to tell you why.

Animals In Voodoo.

We’re not so satisfied with animals in video games in general. Don’t get us wrong. Several games have gone to astounding lengths to represent the animal kingdom. Some titles that come strongly to mind are MGS 3: Snake Eater and Far Cry 3. However, we’d like players to experience the spiritual connection between so-called “sentient beings” and wildlife — kind of how it was portrayed in Avatar.

Adding Animals In Voodoo

We sketched out very roughly how an entire animal ecosystem could fit into our game. Ideally, we dream of creating a world where the wildlife is actually affected geographically by the activities of players — and vice-versa! We’re obsessed about experimenting with this. But here are three takeaway ideas on how animals will actually increase the dynamism of Voodoo’s gameplay.

(1) Subsistence Hunting

In Voodoo, you need to find food in order to survive. Naturally, we intend to have hunting as one of the more thrilling gameplay aspects to support this concept. We’d actually already started developing in this direction but put things on hold while we focused on some core aspects.

FunFact: before we thought of a Voodoo LAN-party (deathmatch) we thought of a Voodoo Hunting Party!

Animals In Voodoo.

Animals In Voodoo

(2) Supernatural Sidequests

In our very brief history of masks in Africa, we touched on how some African tribes believed that there was a spiritual connection with mankind and the animal kingdom (there most likely is!). Now there’s not much of a story with Voodoo except for yours — survival. But wildlife can bring in more. We’d like to include sidequests that can help you gain animal powers while showing you interesting aspects of their life. This is one of our earlier ideas that was rekindled when we discovered another amazing indie title, Lost Ember.

Animals In Voodoo.

Animals In Voodoo

(3) Changing Perspectives

Here’s one idea that we hope you will love as much as we do. So far, the experience with Voodoo has been on barefoot escapades with fierce Shaka Zulu-like warriors. But dream with us and imagine you could ride with the kings of the jungle! Yes. Riding through the blood lands of primal Africa, exploring and conquering with the beasts?! What?! We’ve only made it this far, but we still believe that’s an idea worth a stretch goal!

Animals In Voodoo.

Animals In Voodoo

Animals In Voodoo.

If this blog entry got extremely long please don’t blame us! We just wanted to give you an idea of where we want to go with Voodoo and stomp off some of our adrenaline in this crucial period. So, while we’re struggling with our Kickstarter, join us in thinking past that. Help us go just a little bit further into our stretch goals!

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Grab Your Mask And Celebrate Halloween With Us!


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Grab your mask >> Feel free to color it in. Use it as your profile picture for Halloween!

A Very Brief History Of Masks

We’re not really sure why cultures all around the world embrace masks. We do have an inkling of some things that mask-wearing is linked to in Africa that we attempt to embed in our game, Voodoo. This is some pretty cool stuff you may not guess from watching our trailer.

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Communication With Ancestral Spirits: In West Africa especially, masks are used in ritual masquerades enacted to communicate with ancestral spirits. In Voodoo, you will be able to invoke a variety of spirits to unlock special knowledge or abilities. You’ll have to find the right mask for the right spirit though!

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Grab Your Mask

Communication With Animals: Some African tribes believe that animal masks can be used to befriend and talk to wild beasts. Additionally they can also help to gain favor from the spirits of the forest or open savannas. Although we’re still far behind with development of our wildlife, we hope to implement a scheme in Voodoo whereby the right mask can help you with hunting (or taming?) the right beast.

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Aura: Throughout many African tribes, a mask — much like a crown — is simply used to project a particular aura. Power. Wisdom. Benevolence. In Voodoo, we want you to have a lot of creative power over what a mask means for the identity of your tribe. This will be a fun part of our crafting system in the full release.

Grab Your Mask

We had crazy amounts of fun with masks at Milan Games Week and of course we’d love for you to join in! So grab your mask (click here), get creative with it, and join us in making this Voodoo mask your profile pic this Halloween!

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