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What is Blossom Tales?

Drawing inspiration from the beloved top-down adventure games we grew up with,Blossom Tales is a refreshing combination of classic Action-RPG gameplay and modern design. Players can expect a one-of-a-kind experience as they explore hand-crafted dungeons that cleverly combine pre-designed layouts and randomized areas, all while using the handy target-lock system to take out specific enemies, lock onto a boss’ weak spot, and interact with puzzle elements and game world objects. The young Lily will also keep players on their toes by occasionally introducing enemies, story events, and more as she helps her Grandpa tell the tale.

Featuring a vibrant world to get lost in, challenging quests to complete, and memorable characters to meet, our hope is for players to feel as though they've been transported back to the glorious days when pixelated visuals and chiptune music captivated us for hours on end.

We plan on releasing Blossom Tales in late 2015 for the PC.


What is the story?

Always eager to hear stories of heroism and danger, the young Lily asks her Grandpa for another one of his delightful adventures. Unable to resist her adorable plea, the old storyteller begins his tale of a kingdom where a youthful warrior (also named Lily, of course!) had just been initiated into the esteemed Knights of the Rose. However, that same day the evil wizard Crocus placed the King into an everlasting sleep with one of his dreaded spells. Sworn to aid the crown at all costs, Lily must explore dark dungeons, face terrible creatures, and meet many peculiar characters all in hopes of finding the mystical ingredients capable of forming a cure for the King. The future of the Kingdom of Blossom rests on her shoulders!

Features

  • An Unforgettable World -- Fierce snow beasts, creepy undead monsters, and cackling witches are a few of the many remarkable characters and menacing foes you'll meet as you explore abandoned grottos, enchanted forests, and dragon-infested caverns.
  • An Unpredictable Story -- Although the tale is being told by Grandpa, you can expect his lively granddaughter to occasionally chime in and affect the game. For instance, a quiet trip through a cemetery can quickly change if little Lily decides that an army of undead should rise and attack!
  • Classic ARPG Gameplay -- Zelda being the most obvious inspiration, Blossom Tales offers a fun, familiar experience via an arsenal of unique spells and weapons, dungeons with combat and puzzle challenges, and a rich interconnected world.
  • A One-of-a-Kind Adventure -- Blossom Tales will do more than fill you with nostalgia as you enjoy a fresh mix of fun gameplay elements. For example, the handy target-lock system will prove useful to adventurers as they explore dungeons with both randomly-generated areas and pre-designed layouts, resulting in an adventures that feels unlike any other.
  • Easy To Learn, Fun To Master -- Accessible enough for any gamer while also providing enough depth for those seeking a challenge. Whether you grew up with the classics or this is your first ARPG, you’ll be captivated by the engaging gameplay, charming characters, and hard-won rewards.

Core Mechanics

  • Primary weapon - Classic Sword and Shield combo to hack away foes and block oncoming dangers.
  • Secondary tools - Several weapons and items to discover during your travels, such as a Bow n Arrow, torch, and magical wand.
  • Target-Lock - Keep an eye on an enemy by using the targeting system. Very handy when combined with ranged weapons.
  • Special Abilities - Elemental attacks, sword and shield charge attacks, dash and spinning sword attacks, and more.
  • Puzzles and Dungeons - Solve clever challenges by pushing/pulling blocks and bouncing on surfaces as you traverse enemy-infested dungeons-- some of them randomly-generated.


Who we are

Castle Pixel is an independent game developer stuck in the '90s making awesome retro games with today's technology! Our goal is to provide memorable adventures that we would have run straight home from school to play if we were still kids. Games that anyone can jump right into while still offering a formidable, rewarding experience. Games that fill you with warm, fuzzy nostalgia while feeling new via fun, exciting gameplay. Most importantly, games that give players the same joy our favorite pixelated games did and still do today. We hope you love playing our games as much as we love making them!

Rob Maher @r0bbieTheRobot Artist, animator, programmer, and game designer with the dream of being a game developer since his childhood days of playing NES with his older brother. Rob helped create the acclaimed 2D retro platformer Rex Rocket as well as small iOS titles like Not Quite Red. He is now a full-time indie developer and anxious to put his many skills and awesome imagination to use toward bringing Blossom Tales to life.

Tyler Bud @kidexodus By day, a mild mannered student at The University of Toronto-- but by night you'll find him scouring the city, illuminated by the glow of his laptop screen as he slings 1s and 0s into his latest project. A programmer of various languages for almost 10 years now, Tyler has worked on several games including sci-fi platformerRex Rocket and tiny roguelike Not Quite Red.

Alex Wiklund Sound Cloud Alex is involved in the demoscene and is a member of the legendary group Fairlight (FLT). He's been making music for numerous demos on all different platforms and is also involved in the game industry, including 10 commercial game projects.

Miguel Vidaure miguelvidaure.com Miguel fell in love with a game's ability to paint memorable worlds while playing classic gems like Chrono Trigger and Ocarina of Time as a kid. With a UCSC degree in 'Game Narratives and Design" and nearly 20 game projects under his belt (including Rex Rocket), he is the perfect storyteller for providing colorful dialogue, characters, and more for Blossom Tales.


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Help us share our legendary tale with other kingdoms throughout the land!

On behalf of His Majesty King Orchid, we invite thee to our fair Kingdom of Blossom to hear an incredible tale passed down for many generations. N'er before hast thou heard a story like Blossom Tales, an amazing adventure where one brave girl faces a myriad of dangers to save her King and country.

The heroine of our story is Lily, a young girl that joined the esteemed Knights of the Rose the same day the evil wizard Crocus cast a dreaded spell to place the King into everlasting sleep. Now part of a royal unit sworn to aid the crown at all costs, Lily must traverse ancient dungeons, wield powerful weapons, and face terrible foes to find the mystical ingredients that can cure His Majesty.

Our desire is to have our talented scribes at Castle Pixel print this charming tale so that every kingdom can enjoy it. I bid you, help us attain the funds needed for making this worthwhile endeavor a reality!
Thank you,Herald of Blossom

Kickstarter Page Kickstarter.com
Greenlight Page Steamcommunity.com
Website Castlepixel.com

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Arethrid
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This is looking great and you are using XNA Framework! Nice. Tracking!

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