It’s rare that we go with two projects of the same genre back to back on the Kickstarter, and even more so that we spotlight something with a six figure goal, but we can’t not talk about Mark of the Old Ones.
Described by its creators as a Lovecraft-inspired Metroidvania with a physics-based movement mechanic, the game checks pretty much all of the boxes right from the jump. Read on for an overview of the project and more details on what to expect in the forgotten city of Namaset.
Explore Namaset, a city from the dawn of humanity. A city of beauty and unspeakable horror. A city built for the Old One Kraal. Unearth bizarre technologies and creatures not of this world. Delve deep into Namaset’s twisted history, and make its future.
Mark of the Old Ones tells the harrowing story of Thomas Lyle. While soaring above the Brooks Mountain Range on the North Slope of Alaska, disaster strikes. His plane is grounded. His pilot killed. His legs mangled. Dauntless, Thomas drags himself from the wrecked carapace of his single-engine surveyor’s plane. Drawing on his experience from World War I, he ties off the stump of his bleeding right leg. Knowing the cold of Alaska will kill as sure as any wound, he seeks shelter in the foreboding mouth of a nearby cave.
Mark of the Old Ones will have multiple pathways through the game. We hope that you will want to explore all of the paths to collect upgrades for your abilities, and to unearth the full story of Namaset. Spoiler alert: when you enter Namaset, it is very much a sleeping city. As you progress through the game you awaken the city, and the terrors that dwell within. The way we are designing the levels is going to give you a different playing experience as you do your Metroidvania backtracking: as you awaken Namaset, the environment will attack, puzzle, and challenge you in new ways.
The team at Hit the Sticks has some serious chops of their own as the creators of the Get Gosu tournament platform and the multiplayer only Just Tactics, not to mention the voice talents of previous Geek of the Week Stephanie Yuhas. Oh, and apparently they’ve gotten the official greenlight from Sony… so there’s that.
The game is a ways off, but the team is gearing up for full time development. Take a look!
The Project: Mark of the Old Ones
Creators: Hit the Sticks
Sweet Spot: $10 gets you in for a digital copy of the game. At $200 you get your likeness in the game… but probably as a human sacrifice. Choose wisely.
Funding Deadline: November 5th, 2013
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