Project Category: Funding Year 5

Cultivate: Before Time

The quaint meets the prehistoric when your village is propelled into the past!

Cultivate: Before Time is a relaxing single player farming-meets-mystery branching narrative game.

You play as Claire Potts, visiting your Inventor sister (Professor Eugenia Potts) at her farm “Thyme Cottage”. When a time travel glitch throws the farm and quaint English village back to prehistoric times, it’s time to start exploring!

Farm and forage and solve mysteries along the way. With the help of your sister’s ingenious inventions, you’ll grow things in a matter of moments. As you explore the village, cove, prehistoric forest, caves and even under the sea, you’ll make friends and piece together the puzzles of the past.

Offering the relaxation of a farming game, combined with the intrigue of cosy mysteries, Cultivate: Before Time is a game about community, identity, work/life balance and the nature of time. Cultivate’s mysteries revolve around English quaintness, sci-fi inventions and – of course – DINOSAURS!

Skeleton Crew

Kick your enemies like gothic pinballs in Skeleton Crew, the dungeon-crawler platform brawler for 1-4 players. A band of misfit heroes is all that stands between the last survivors of humanity and the legions of Chaos that have assembled to destroy them.

Join the Order of the Spirit and unlock 18 playable characters like Amanita the Practical Herbalist and Crunch the Pugnacious Priest, each with their own distinct abilities. Confront the many factions of the hordes of Chaos, including the mysterious Fae, xenophobic Beastmen, and the imperious Vampires, each with their own legion of unique enemies.

Explore the vast and crumbling Gothic world of Karpathia with over 20 levels of fortress ruins, desecrated temples, and forbidden forests.

Face down enormous bosses like the Worm-God Crom Cruach and Lord Ordog the Storm Fiend.

Venture into Karpathia alone, or with up to three friends in local or online multiplayer.

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Scramble! Battle of Britain

Scramble! is a mulitplayer, Simultaneous Turn Based dog-fighting game set during that intense and heroic phase of WW2, the Battle of Britain.

Competing players simultaneously issue control inputs for multiple aircraft while the action – and time – is paused. Those commands are then played out over a number of real-time seconds of action and animation, the consequences resolving simultaneously (shots are fired, loops are looped, collisions collided). The action is then paused once more and control inputs for the aircraft can be tweaked for the next action phase. This pattern repeats until the whole engagement is complete and you can watch the events back again as one uninterrupted dog-fight.

Crucially, players have a limited amount of time each turn to manually tweak the flight-paths of all their aircraft and get into firing positions. When the time runs out, both sets of aircraft move and shoot. Breaking down the real-time action into discrete chunks allows players to control an entire complex aerial battle with multiple aircraft in three dimensions. This creates rich tactical scope for players to use several aircraft in conjunction, forcing mistakes from their opponents, all the while up against the pressure of the clock.

Xenosis: Alien Infection

You are a deep space salvage hunter who discovers the remains of the Starship Carpathian, thought to have been destroyed on a deep space mission nearly 50 years ago.

You’ve hit the jackpot. The data core housed in the ship’s AI will be worth a lifetime of credits on the Black Market, so you dock with the ship to retrieve it. The ship appears to be empty. There are no detectable life signs, and besides, surely nothing could still be alive after so many years?

Xenosis: Alien Infection is a retro-inspired, top down sci-fi adventure / survival game, with a focus on a story-driven single-player experience. Blending retro 2D pixel art, with 3D modern lighting, dynamic shadows and 3D positional audio to create a truly unique and immersive experience.

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Glass Ceiling Games

The Glass Ceiling Games is a feminist punk augmented reality game. Your goal is to slay a series of fantasy combat sports and boss up the ranks of a skyscraper called The System to smash the glass ceiling. It’s inspired by Riot Grrrl and structured like a punk album where each level is a new track.

The levels embed the digital in the real world, can be played anywhere and feature cathartic mechanics that include slingshotting catcalls, boxing stereotypes, macheteing unsolicited dick pix, batting away emotional labour, throwing babies in baskets labelled ‘man’s work’, and finally, shooting and dodging mansplains, before the glass ceiling smashes, The System building crumbles, and you’re left triumphant atop the rubble with a haul of freedom, money and joy points.

The game has an iconographic and DIY cartoon neon art style and bespoke soundtrack to immerse you in a satirical alternate power fantasy that subverts everyday sexism.

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Paradise Killer

Paradise Island. A synthetic rock floating on an ocean in another reality. Filled with lunatics and psychopaths and a thousand secrets. On a dark night on the 24th Island Sequence, Paradise is killed.

Paradise Killer is a free form, open world murder mystery game. The player assumes the role of Lady Love Dies, an exiled investigator brought back to solve the mass murder of the ruling Council. Using Starlight, her investigation assistant computer, Lady Love Dies will scour Paradise Island for clues in her quest for justice. Will she find a culprit or unravel a conspiracy centuries in the making?

Gather evidence and interrogate suspects in this open world adventure. You can accuse anyone, but you’ll have to prove your case in trial to convict. It’s up to you to decide who’s guilty.

Buy / Wishlist on Steam Now: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1160220/Paradise_Killer/

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Escape From Citytron

A rocket-propelled giant robot roguelike. Flee the shifting innards of a humongous sci-fi city as it devastatingly transforms into an equally humongous robot around you.

Your only hope of survival is to scavenge components from other robots who have tried and failed to escape, and upgrade yourself with new and high-speed transformation modes.

Cross steel canyons as a rocket-bike! Soar into new areas of Citytron’s vast body as a jet-ship! And, above all, try not to be crushed as your entire world changes around your ears.

A thrilling, heart-in-mouth fusion of transforming mecha and disaster movies.