If you’ve known and loved games like Grim Fandango, Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle, then you need to get over to Kickstarter. Tim Schafer and Double Fine want to make a point-and-click adventure game full of old school goodness and they need your help. They just need $400,000 for the game currently being referred to as Double Fine Adventure.
So Double Fine wants to make the game. It wants this Double Fine Adventure to be out by October 2012. The rest is up to you. If you want a point-and-click adventure made in that period of time, you have to help pay for it. 2 Player Productions will film the production process and everyone who donates to the Kickstarter fund will get to talk online about the game and help Schafer and Double Fine make it incredible.
Now, the basic pledge is $15. That gets you a beta copy of the game and the completed game when its done. Both will be offered through Steam. If you donate more, you can get bigger and better reward packages. Here’s a list of what’s available if you feel like being especially generous.
- $30 or more: Download of the soundtrack and HD making-of documentary.
- $100 or more: Exclusive poster.
- $250 or more: Autographed exclusive poster.
- $1,000 or more: Portrait drawn by the game’s artist. Only 100 available.
- $5,000 or more: Original painting of art from the game. Only 10 available.
- $10,000 or more: Lunch with Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert and a tour of Double Fine’s office. Only 1 available.
- $15,000 or more: Dinner with Tim Schafer and Double Fine development team.
- $20,000 or more: Dinner and bowling with Tim Schafer and Double Fine development team.
- $30,000 or more: Smiling photo of a smiling Ron Gilbert.
- $35,000 or more: Undoctored photo of a smiling Ron Gilbert.
- $50,000 or more: Character cameo in the game.
- $150,000 or more: A sealed, new, Triangle Boxed copy of Day of the Tentacles. Only one available.
All rewards give you the previous tier rewards as well. So if you donated $250, you’d get the $15, $30, $100 and $250 tier rewards.
It’s really a fantastic idea, and I wish Double Fine all the best. Who knows, it could even set a precedence. If this works for them, then other small developers may turn to Kickstarter to get the games fans want to play, made.
At the moment, Mac and iOS ports of the Double Fine Adventure are being considered. The Kickstarter funding page says if more than the needed $400,000 is raised, the extra money will go towards making ports.