GameStar Project

An epic adventure set in the universe of video games, and a documentary of how it came true! Which will prevail? The modern 3D world, or the ancient 2D culture?
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Yuan-Hsi Chiang
Gaming
San José
Costa Rica
1 Team Member

It is with greatest remorse that I inform you we have decided to cancel the GameStar Indiegogo campaign. There were numerous questions and claims as to why it was not available on Kickstarter. Because of Indiegogo's Flexible Funding policies, we could not cancel the campaign or give the funds back immediately.

In the case you were one of our esteemed earliest supporters, we will give you the choice to keep your perk for the upcoming Kickstarter campaign, or a full-refund. As a sign of gratitude for your belief in our project, we would like to present you with a digital portrait, songs, and exclusive art from our game, whether you decide to keep your contribution or not.

This is an unfortunate turn of events that we did not expect. The staff at Indiegogo were very pleasant to work with. Perhaps for gaming it does not yet have the acceptance of players worldwide. We encourage you to check out other great interesting game projects here.

We would like to give a very special thanks to you, early enthusiasts, to the IGDA for believing in this project, and to Mr. Inocima from Square Enix, for his continued support. Moving the campaign to Kickstarter will not guarantee success, but we hope that it will do better than here. We are not ready to let this dream go!

GameStar is the most recent indie game by Yuan Works. It tells a very unique story set in a video game world. What if someone from say, Halo was thrown into the Mushroom Kingdom? How would he survive? What would he learn there? What would he find? Hopefully, we'll see what happens! We have working prototypes for Android and iOS, but we'd like to bring it to OUYA, other consoles, and PCs! We're also filming a high definition documentary, because we want to share how we made every part of the game! Who knows, perhaps you will learn how to create games, too!

OF COURSE IF ANY OF THIS HAPPENS, IT'LL ONLY BE THANKS TO YOU! Without your support, we cannot assure you that we'll be able to create the game we dream, much less to bring enhanced versions to your favorite consoles. But we're very positive and believe in this project!

WHO WAS... YUAN WORKS AGAIN?

Two guys who made indie games like Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles. That no one knows about. But have won awards. And stuff. Founded by two Taiwanese-Costarican brothers, Yuan-Hsi and Yuan-Hao Chiang.

Now Yuan-Hsi Chiang is leading a team of young creators in Costa Rica to make this new game happen! Hopefully with your support, we'll be able to add talented new members!

WHAT'S THIS "GAMESTAR" THING?

Lately, many games out for mobiles and even the OUYA tend to be of a single mechanic. Of course, we like casual games, too. But we wanted to create memorable characters, a well-thought story, and a sense of immersing in an adventure. Something a little beyond slashing fruits and throwing birds.

And thus, we've been working on GameStar. A game that tells a very particular story, about a modern-day full-3D character who, by accident or fate, has to wander into a mystical world, where ancient ruins of the “2D” civilization still exist. Where swords and sorcery replace guns and technology.

Younger players will experience a time in video game history that they may have missed, and veterans will go on a trip to hopefully relive and create new great memories! In the battle of the planets, which will prevail? The modern 3D world, or the ancient 2D culture?

WHY INDIEGOGO?

In order to create the experience we envision, with animated cut-scenes and many varied forms of play, as well as to bring this to OUYA, PCs and even other consoles, we are in need of your support! IF YOUR PERK INCLUDES THE GAME, YOU GET EVERY VERSION FUNDED. FREE. PERIOD. Even if you help us with one dollar, we'll be profoundly grateful. And for five, we'll give you this pic of the game's director so you can create all kinds of crazy memes at the expense of his self-esteem!!

WHAT IF YOU GET OVERFUNDED?

All the extra funding will go towards creating a fuller, much closer vision to the dream we have. We don't intend to change the original story and pacing. It is to add all the extras necessary to make the experience more endearing. For instance, our team can create even high-quality 3D cinematics. All we're missing is the financial support. And it would be great to add everyone's favorite console, but it is impossible without the extra stretch. 

AND THE VISUALS AND DESIGN?

Even though we're indie, we have a very “academic” approach to game crafting. We like to start with more traditional arts, like sculpture and illustration, etc., before heading to the computer to create everything digitally. Exploring many concepts, taking our time with design, storyboards... Really trying hard to breathe life into the universe we want to share with you.

WHAT ABOUT THE MUSIC?

We loved the music in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The variety, the quality of the mixing; everything was absolutely gorgeous. Music plays a very important role in the experience, and will range from 8-bit chiptune, to glorified 16-bit FM “Genesis” style sound, to acoustic studio-recorded music. Even a combination everything! All by local talented composers and performers, including the amazing work of César Tovar! With additional caliber by Max Esquivel, Tony Masís, Alejandro DiMare, and Yuan. This is a little sample of what will set the mood in GameStar:

I REALLY LIKE A GOOD STORY IN A GAME.

So do we. The script and design documents are written in a very conservative format, by Yuan, who teaches screenwriting at a local college. We have a story with a definite message and ending. However, how much we can explore that world and submerge the player in its vast richness depends on how many resources we count on. 

A... DOCUMENTARY? LIKE A SHORT FILM?

Yes, and why not! We've been documenting the whole process in HD quality already, anyway. The video above should give you an idea of the quality the film will have. Just watch it in HD.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL PERKS?

Oh, yes we do! Back in our Wind and Water days, we offered a “custom sprite” which was extremely popular with fans. 

Now we offer you a special drawing of YOURSELF by our artists. We will send it digitally, or physically if you desire, with a thank you note and a couple of extras! 

Just for the campaign Yuan-Hsi will be offering traditional Asian calligraphy portraits as well. Stamped and signed, as well as a personal thank you message.

And if you get it sent to you or get any physical rewards, we've been readying many little details such as Prints, T-shirts, Stickers, Figurines, and more!

Of course, for the prestigious collector, we have original drawings, sculptures, and many more highly collectibles. Please ask us!

SO WHEN DO WE GET TO PLAY IT!?

Game development is tricky, with many things that can happen along the way. But we want to have this out for everyone by Christmas of 2014. If funding goes extremely well, we have the opportunity to develop it a little further, 6 to 8 months more.

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  • $1USD
    Buck Supporter

    Thank you very much! We'll give you a nice artwork or a couple of songs! Every little bit helps in a big dream!

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  • $5USD
    Meme Creator

    Our most sincere gratitude. We send you songs, digital art, and other goodies! Plus, an image of our director to create memes at the expense of his self-esteem!

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  • $10USD
    Early Perker

    You get the game cheaper for waking up first! Digital download of all funded versions.

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  • $15USD
    Perky Perker

    Digital download of all funded versions for your playing pleasure.

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  • $25USD
    Early Hoarder

    Ye snooze, ye lose! Every version of the Game funded, the HD Documentary, the Soundtrack, Design Documents, and Artbook! All in digital form.

    10 out of 1000 claimed
  • $30USD
    Full Digital

    Every version of the Game funded, the HD Documentary, the Soundtrack, Design Documents, and Artbook! All in digital form. Pretty sweet deal!

    2 claimed
  • $50USD
    Portrait Supporter

    An autographed drawing of you, in digital or physical* form (see below). Plus everything! The Game, HD Documentary, Soundtrack, Design Docs and Artbook! All digital. *If you want your physical drawing sent to you, please add $15 for shipping. We'll throw extra stuff in, like postcards and keychains.

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  • $65USD
    Sumi-e Portrait Supporter

    A calligraphic painting of you, in traditional Asian style, in digital or physical* form by Yuan himself (see below). Signed and stamped. Plus everything! The Game, HD Documentary, Soundtrack, Design Docs and Artbook! All digital. *If you want your physical painting sent to you, please add $15 for shipping. We'll throw extra stuff in, like postcards and keychains.

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  • $120USD
    Solid Gamer

    A physical copy of the game (which varies depending on the format*, could be a DVD, SD-Card, or custom Flashdrive), in a nice box. As well as everything in digital form, plus the portrait of your choice. And some extras, like high-quality prints, keychains, necklaces, etc. We'll try to throw in a mini-artbook if we get nice funding. *In the case of iOS and Android, it could be an engraved flashdrive with special files instead of the Game because it doesn't necessarily apply.

    4 claimed
  • $300USD
    Materialist Gamer

    A physical version of the game (could be DVD, custom Flashdrive, depends*), boxed with manual and all. The Artbook in physical form, as well as the Soundrack in CD and Documentary in DVD. Plus everything digital and the portrait of your choice. A lot of extra stuff in, and might include a GameStar character miniature if funding goes well. *In the case of iOS and Android, it could be an engraved flashdrive with special files instead of the Game because it doesn't necessarily apply.

    1 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Premium Gamer

    Everything physical that gets produced: Character Miniatures, T-shirts, Prints, Maps, etc. As well as BOTH physical* and digital versions of the Game, Soundtrack, Documentary, and Design Docs. Plus both portraits if you so desire. *In the case of iOS and Android, it could be an engraved flashdrive with special files instead of the Game because it doesn't necessarily apply.

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  • $5,000USD
    Associate Producer

    Everything the Premium Gamer gets. Plus a clay reproduction of the Hero and Andy statuette, the original calligraphy "Share our Dream", autographed and stamped, and credit as an Associate Producer in the credits screen.

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  • $10,000USD
    Executive Producer

    Everything an Associate Producer gets, plus your name is credited next to Yuan's as the Executive Producer of GameStar!

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  • $20,000USD
    Yuan Works Publisher

    Congratulations! You are a millionaire! You also get everything an Executive Producer gets, except you, or your company, get credited as "Presented by Yuan Works AND YOU". You also get every game developed by Yuan Works from now on.

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