Join The Voodoo Thunderclap!

Join the Voodoo Thunderclap!

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It was only just a while ago that we were quite far from the goal of our Kickstarter campaign for Voodoo. But we’ve already been joined by over 100 backers who have brought us to more than 15% of our target!

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These awesome backers have donated generously, given us great feedback through pre-alpha access, and even created lots of fun videos to help share the message as well as gameplay.

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Join the Voodoo Thunderclap!

The Voodoo Thunderclap!

Because we are new to Kickstarter, we’ve been looking for ways to get the word out and one backer made a great suggestion: Use Thunderclap! So, please join our Thunderclap campaign (click here) and add your voice to our message. It will go a long way in helping us reach our goal! And there are truly a lot of fresh ideas for Voodoo that we’d like to realize.

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Besides from joining us on Thunderclap, there are a few exciting updates coming up very soon! Please check the updates section on our Kickstarter page. This weekend we’ll be starting a Backer’s Quest and next week we have some new amazing challenges and more pledges to add! We think we’re going for a record 🙂

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Besides from a little violence in Voodoo, we’d like to assure all our fans that we are proponents of peace. “We are all one tribe” — this is our message. And to see how harmless we are, please enjoy the video below.

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.Join the Voodoo Thunderclap!

Funfact: Al is even softer than we are despite his “tough guy” appearance with a toy gun. We have proof!

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But truly, while we’re developing our game, we’d like to know what you think are some important survival strategy tactics. What kind of things should we include that will make Voodoo more fun and challenging for you? Don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know!

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3 Colossal & Heroic Izimu Battle Videos

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Some of our Kickstarter campaign backers for Voodoo have already gone ahead to challenge the Izimu. They’ve created some amazing gameplay videos and we just wanted to share some of them here.

Izimu Battle Videos

JackHammer’s video has actually been sped up. Why? Because he took down an Izimu entirely by himself. That’s not all. He took down the Izimu flawlessly — with zero deaths! Keep in mind that this is just the pre-alpha version of Voodoo. As the game gets closer to completion and we wrap up with the first Izimu, it will be a lot more tough to defeat than that! Nonetheless, excellent job JackHammer!

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KrazzykillaB’s video brings the music back to a normal tempo 🙂 He was also most likely the first player to take down an Izimu on a live server. However his video is brilliant because it shows the systematic patient approach and a little team effort!

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Cryptic Hybrid’s video is very cool because it sums up one very important gameplay element. The frustration of not being able to figure out how to take down a boss! Although by now we’re sure Cryptic Hybrid has figured it out, this is still a fun video to watch. Cryptic Hybrid is also much more meticulous about introducing you to various aspects of the game itself.

. Izimu battle videos

. Izimu battle videos

Vezsstur has also been actively playing Voodoo. His videos are funny but so far he hasn’t shared a video of an Izimu battle with us. We’re expecting something hilarious!

. Izimu battle videos

A big thank you to all the streamers who have been sharing their amazing videos! We hope you join us in the fun and support our campaign on Kickstarter!

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The Difference With Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus vs. Voodoo

Shadow of the Colossus.

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Since we launched our Kickstarter campaign, a lot of people have asked us what the difference is between Shadow of the Colossus and Voodoo. We just wanted to share a quick article to answer that.

Shadow of the Colossus vs. Voodoo

(1) Single Player vs. Multiplayer: Shadow of the Colossus is characterized by a slightly eerie solo journey. Voodoo on the other hand is completely a multiplayer game. You can say that Shadow of the Colossus and Voodoo are polar opposites in this regard. We thought it would be a fun gameplay alternative to be able to battle the huge colossi in multiplayer, coordinating with your team like a hunting party. Communication and team effort are a huge part of overcoming obstacles and challenges in Voodoo.

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(2) Open-world freedom: In Shadow of the Colossus, after defeating a colossus, the player is returned to the central point to repeat the process — that is, find another colossus. In Voodoo, there is much more freedom in exploring the landscape. Bumping into an Izimu might in fact be totally coincidental. And accidental!

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(3) Player versus Environment: Shadow of the Colossus set out to have no enemies except the epic battles against the colossi. In Voodoo‘s plan, there will be wild animals to defend against as well as hunting, food gathering, and resource gathering.

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In a nutshell, Shadow of the Colossus is a game that takes you on a personal challenge. We drew some inspiration from this amazing game. But Voodoo is ultimately about a collaborative challenge and survival as a team (or rather, a tribe). Of course, it takes place in a completely different cultural backdrop and with different objectives too.

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We hope this clarifies some of the key differences between Voodoo and Shadow of the Colossus. If you’ve backed our Kickstarter campaign and already have pre-alpha access to Voodoo, maybe there are some other differences that you’ve noticed. Please share this with us (and anybody else who asks)!

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How To Take Down The Izimu [video]

Taking down the Izimu!


Spoiler Alert: If you’re not interested in finding out how to defeat the first Izimu (Shadow of the Colossus-type bosses) in Voodoo this article is not for you! To be fair, this is a pre-alpha version of Voodoo and the Izimu will be slightly tougher when the full game is released.

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Battling the Izimu

We caught up with KrazzykillaB who streamed his defeat of the Izimu a little earlier. Here’s what he had to say about the Izimu battle gameplay.

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Q: What was battling the Izimu like?

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Krazzy: Fighting the Colossus was super fun! Something very new, very unique, and exciting! The music made it that much more intense.

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Q: How did you know how to defeat the Izimu?

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Krazzy: While fighting the Izimu I saw 4 targets. 2 around its head and 1 on each knee. I figured that if I shot the target on its knees, the Izimu would fall down for me to shoot the targets around its head.

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Q: What do you think is lacking from the Izimu fight that would make it more enjoyable?

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Krazzy: A slingshot to shoot at the Izimu with! But really, it all felt very balanced, very smooth; it was not too easy and not too hard. It was a challenge.

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Well, this is what he said when he had already defeated the Izimu twice!

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Needed: Audio For Izimu Battles…

We couldn’t be happier that players can already enjoy Voodoo through our Kickstarter campaign. However, If you watched the video with the Izimu battle, one thing in particular is killing the vibe. As creators and gamers it’s all too clear.

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While the soundtrack is pretty amazing (gothic meets tribal!) the Izimu itself is missing proper audio engineering to really immerse you in the experience. You can’t hear the roar of the titan, the quaking when it stomps, and the avalanche of its apocalyptic fall from power!

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Audio is an important part of a rich experience and that became even more apparent when we watched this gameplay video. We’d probably become numb to it ourselves. Here is a clear example where community feedback is so vital for game development.  Please support our Kickstarter campaign so we can improve these types of aspects! The devil — we mean Izimu — is in the details!

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By the way, Cryptic Hybrid also battled the Izimu but so far has been less prosperous against its massive powers 😛

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New Kickstarter Pledge: The Advanced Base Pack

Get the new Kickstarter Pledge

. Support us on Kickstarter and get the new Kickstarter Pledge


Just earlier, our crowdfunding campaign for Voodoo was selected as one of Kickstarter’s “Projects We Love”! It’s a great feeling to get that kind of support (check the blue banner in the image below) on top of all the support we’ve gotten so far! However, rewind a few hours back, and we weren’t in the best of moods…

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New Kickstarter Pledge

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Part of survival is being able to take a negative situation and make it a positive. Today we had a negative situation. Somebody contacted us through our Kickstarter campaign pretending to be a certain “famous YouTuber”. We were obviously excited. Gaming YouTubers really support indie game studios by trying out their games and presenting them to new audiences.

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Long story short, we caught the ruse but not before we had sent over pre-alpha Voodoo Steam keys. At least we sent them to the true YouTuber! In any case, the culprit confessed and apologized. This was pretty impressive. After all, it’s just a gamer who really wants to play Voodoo. So, we decided to draw on that positivity a little. We went into a “voodoo” trance (watch the video below) and came out with a new idea…

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Our New Kickstarter Pledge

We’ve mentioned before that we did kind of put our campaign together in a rush. In retrospect, we realize that there’s not really an inbetween Kickstarter pledge from the Base Pack (€3) to the Gazelle Pack (€15). Today, we’re going to introduce a new Kickstarter pledge: The Advance Base Pack (€9). This gives you access to:

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♦ “Thank You” Mention in Game Credits

♦ Pre-Alpha Access [immediate]

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Getting played for a fool when you’re in full campaign mode is a downer. And of course, it’s really unfair to trifle with another’s reputation for your own pleasure. But hey, we think if you’re bold enough to admit when you’re wrong and say “sorry”, everyone deserves a second chance. With our new Kickstarter pledge, the Advanced Base Pack, you can support our campaign for Voodoo and get instant pre-alpha access.

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If you like a game on Kickstarter but are unable to support it, just kindly ask the devs. They may have a spare key for you. It probably won’t be the case because they’re reserving keys for backers. Just remember in whatever you do: keep it real. And if you’re running (or ran) a Kickstarter campaign and you can relate to this story, we hope it brings you a smile.

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Voodoo Kickstarter Campaign’s Gazelle Pack

Support our Kickstarter Campaign and get Open Alpha Access

. Support our Kickstarter campaign

Our Kickstarter campaign for Voodoo took off this weekend. 66 backers have already brought the campaign to over €2,600! We’re really excited about this even though we still have a long way to go. It’s just terrific to see the enthusiasm for our game. A few people even increased their pledge after they had a chance to try out Voodoo!

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We really didn’t do a lot of prep before we threw Voodoo out there. This idea for a Kickstarter campaign just popped up and we said “Heck, let’s do it!” Besides from raising more funds that we need, we thought a Kickstarter campaign would be a good way to increase our community. A good community brings out a great game. This is one lesson we’ve learned on this #GameDev journey of ours. More on that soon 🙂

Our Kickstarter Campaign’s “Gazelle Pack”

This is what the Gazelle Pack in our Kickstarter campaign offers backers in a nutshell:

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♦ “Thank You” Mention in Game Credits
♦ Pre-Alpha Access [immediate]
♦ Digital Copy of Voodoo
♦ Player Skin Pack #1 (3 skins for your character)

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For €15, you can basically pre-order a copy of Voodoo when it comes out in 2017. But we don’t want to keep you in suspense all through Christmas, New Year’s Eve and spring! So, we also make it possible to immediately get pre-alpha access to Voodoo. Yeah! Although the game is still in development, we’ve been convinced through awesome YouTube gameplay videos that there is enough for your to enjoy while we build. Trex even tried to make music! LOL.

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Player Skin Pack #1 simply means that you’ll be able to choose from three types of “skins” for your character. This option is available for backers of the Kickstarter campaign. It’s special in that it will only be available to backers. So later on, when you’re forming tribes in Voodoo‘s jungles, you’ll be able to identify the people who were here at the beginning with you. Hopefully you’ll be the friendlier for it!

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“No matter whether lion or gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running.” This is the African quote on our Gazelle Pack. Understand: A gazelle knows it must run to stay safe from the lion, and the lion knows it must catch the gazelle not to starve. In the game of survival, you have to keep running! Now off we run! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more updates from our Kickstarter campaign. You can visit our page here.

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Get Pre-Alpha Access to Voodoo on Kickstarter

. Support Voodoo on Kickstarter


A few seconds ago… Oh, wait. Was it hours? — We launched a Kickstarter campaign for Voodoo! I guess something just got us into that all-or-nothing mood. 2017 is around the corner. On our calendar that tells us that very soon we’re supposed to get a game onto Steam! This is what is on our mind…

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Join us in our Final Survival Round This Weekend

Some of our YouTube friends and some of us here (who prefer not to be named) are going to be having a final survival round this weekend. Why do you say “final”? Because from next week this build will no longer be online 🙁

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But there will be something even better… What? The answer is just below this neat key configuration 🙂

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Support us on Kickstarter!

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By the way, this diagram here is for all the earlier players who were left wondering how people got all the way up that tower!

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An Open-World In Primal Africa Awaits…

So, we’ve been able to review the combat mechanics through the first playtest that’s been going on for about two weeks. We’ve had a lot of great feedback. There are still some fixes to be made but we’re comfortable that it won’t affect experimenting with more parts of Voodoo‘s world. This is kind of why we dared to launch this Kickstarter campaign!

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There’s an African proverb that says “To get lost is to learn the way”. We’re inviting you to get lost in Voodoo‘s world. We on the other hand — we’ll get lost in finishing the rest of the game. (And all these bug fixes!)

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Support Voodoo On Kickstarter!

. Support Voodoo on Kickstarter!

Support Voodoo on Kickstarter!

Now it’s more than a question of manners. We’re not sure we can say “thank you” enough times to the people who are joining us on this crazy journey of ours. We’ve still got a ways to go but today was primal! Some amazing backers got us to over €1,500 within an hour!

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Okay, well we’re going to get back to campaigning so we make sure this project comes out as supercool as it’s supposed to. In the next few days, expect quite a few updates and a breakdown on some of the Kickstarter reward tiers. Pretty cool, in our humble opinion! Check them out here >>

 

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