" Take the addictive qualities of puzzle games like Bejeweled and Candy Crush, and add in a little more action." Austin Chronicle
This is Matt from indie studio Part Time Evil, LLC with some fun news about our new game for iPhone, iPad, Android, and more!
To sum up why we're excited: it's puzzle gameplay meets American football action meets role playing game elements.
I grew up playing the classic RPGs like Phantasy Star, Final Fantasy, and even older ones I could find used, like Bard's Tale. Some of the coolest parts of football, like improving your players and your team, are very similar to an RPG. In Puzzle Football, there are several key RPG elements:
- Choose a set of power cards to take into each game, like magic spells in an RPG.
- Level-up your team to take on stronger teams in cooler stadiums!
- Level-up your players through strategic gameplay.
- Earn new Equipment that makes players more powerful. Equip this on players.
- Before each match, choose the best players, teams, and power cards.
Just like in fantasy football, sometime you want to play football without making a character run around. Puzzle Football is all about the desire to get cool objects and use football strategy.
Help Kids Stay Active
We are donating 5% of this campaign to NFL Play 60 program (specifically, to physical fitness and after-school programs) to help kids stay active. We benefitted from active lifestyles as kids, and we think it's important to give back so all kids have this opportunity.
Hardcore football fans can use football tactics to build the strongest team for a matchup, and to make the right play at the right time.
Puzzle fans who may not know football well are able to enjoy the fast-paced puzzle action.
- Choose the right players for the game. Get them equipped with the gear that works best. Choose a deck of powercards.
- Decide your best strategy for the play, and try to collect those tiles. For example, if it's 3rd and 10, you probably want to pass.
- Balance the playcalling with the team maintenance. Tiles aren't just for making plays! You need to maintain your line of scrimmage, or you will get dominated! A team with no control over the line of scrimmage loses energy and performs poorly!
- Call a play after you get the tiles. Touch the right player to make him do what he does best: pass, long pass, or run!
- Use power cards strategically. Just like a magic spell, these things need to recharge!
As of now, we plan to make 20 players for the launch. Players are made in vivid pixel art!
Your team carries a set amount of players. Depending on the matchup, you need to choose the right players. As you can imagine, this really depends on who you are playing, their roster, and their style of play. This is inspired by our love for battle-type card games.
Power cards boost your powers or allow you to do tricks in the game. They are comparable to magic cards in a tabletop game, or magic spells in an RPG video game. Except here, they will affect football powers!
Up the accuracy of your quarterback, freeze all the opponent's tiles for a turn, turn all run tiles into pass tiles to form a pass play....and many, many more! These cards are collectable and unlockable; the farther you progress, the cooler the cards.
Play against your friends in a turn-based game. Right now, we are planning on single player and network turn-based (for friends that are in different cities). Pass-and-play is in our plan if we receive enough funding (great mode for car trips and hanging out with friends).
Glossy football cards. Stay tuned, as well will preview a new one every few days.
A secret, special player that you will receive a code to unlock.
This player CANNOT be earned or bought by anyone who does not give to the campaign. It is exclusive.
We will give you a special code to unlock this team. Imagine how cool it will be to play your friends with a team they can't have!
This team CANNOT be earned or bought by anyone who does not give to the campaign. It is exclusive.
Includes the SECRET PLAYER reward.
NAME A TEAM! We will put up a private survey of ONLY the people who pick this reward. This select group will each get a nomination for a new team name (and city!) and then the group will vote on it. Do you know of a city that deserves a pro team. Here's your chance!
We only censor it for copyrights and ratings.
Includes Secret Team Reward and Secret Player Reward.
Play the game before anyone, and give your input to make it what you want.
We want your ideas, since you're a member of the team. Get super early access to the game. Tell us what your wishes for the game are, and we'll consider all of them and use them to make the best game! Limited availability!
You and ONLY you, get to name a character! Name it after yourself, your dog, or your best friend! Of course, we will approve it, so don't get any crazy ideas!
There's a complete list of rewards to the right. ->
Stay tuned for frequent updates on rewards!
RPG RPG RPG! We have the swiping gameplay and the play logic working well at a prototype level, but what REALLY takes the time is the RPG progression. That's the part we're passionate about, and it's also the most time consuming.
FOOTBALL TEAMS : We want to make 5-10 of these, with their own personalities and cool pixel art logos!
EQUIPMENT: We plan for about 40-50 awesome items that can be equipped: titanium helmets, leather gloves, unobtanium shoes...you name it! These all need to be balanced in stats.
POWER CARDS: Power cards are my favorite part of the game. They are like casting spells in an RPG, and discovering them is what drives me in this game. We plan to ship with about 15 of these.
PLAYERS: We not only have the cool pixel art humans, but we are planning on CRAZY players, like pirates, zombies, and robots. We figure, if we're already mixing football with a puzzle game, why not get crazy!
FULL QUEST PROGRESSION: I grew up with RPGs, and it's always fun to have an end to strive for. You will be able collect new items, discover new players, and "beat" parts of the game.
Hall of Fame Goals
Any money we raise above the core goal will be 100% used to make this game even sweeter. We outline our proposed plan below, so you know what to expect!
Our team members (some of them are secret so we can't use their names) have worked on hit games like Darksiders, MechAssault 2, Area 51, and UFC Undisputed for major studios and publishers including Midway, THQ, Microsoft, and EA.
Not only do we have the track record in the console game industry, but we finish what we start in indie, too! We successfully funded and delivered our rewards for our first indie title on another crowdfunding site that shall not be named. Now we're happy to be here on Indiegogo for Puzzle Football! And we are happy to offer even better perks this time around!
The game has a playable front end right now, as you can see. However, a game like this gets its magic from having a deep progression, balanced stats, and LOTS of custom characters, teams, and equipment.
In addition, we still need to program the networked multiplayer aspects.
If you follow video games, you will notice that the goals of this project are much lower than the cost of making the game.
Besides the fact that we need to be funded to finish the game, we are doing the campaign to get feedback and ideas from the community. After all, you'll be the ones playing it!
So thanks for your contribution!
Email us team@PartTimeEvil.com, or simply answer this survey.
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