Kickstarter Launched 2 days ago. IT ALREADY RAISED A WHOLE $1.00 US DOLLAR! WOW! "GEE WILLIKERS BEAVER".
Wow.. Kickstarter helped me raise an astounding $1.00 !! SO FAR! Incredible! I'm rich bitch!
I'm just blown away guys. Please see the amazing amount of cash such a venue is bringing to independent gamers!
All kidding aside, I have not told Family or Friends about the Kickstarter to see what the website could do to bring notice to my first Indy horror game using Unreal Engine. I wanted to see what Kickstarter could do for eyeballs. So far, the stats are phenomenal.
Currently... literally a few trolls and haters commenting. When I thought I raised my first real funder. A YouTube Troll decided to let me know that the $1.00 was automatic and more lame trollness. "OUCH". Fock Trolls & haters. I wanna see them build a game and get people to play it. If they did, surely they would not be so hell bent on trying to get others to "feel badly". Or would they? Would a famous gamer / Indy Developer troll on new developers trying to make their first game?! Or... would they be celebrating their own accomplishments? Perhaps.. Perhaps more so they would see the hard work they put into such a lesson of learning a new gaming engine called Unreal engine, trying to figure out all the protocols, ideas, strategies and efforts to produce something playable. I imagine someone successful either too busy to making their next art piece to distribute to the world or wanting to help others not hating on certain details.
I don't think I will let family or friends know my Kick Starter launched because I really don't know enough people to meet the total I want to raise to build and work on the full game of Psycho Circus full time while finishing Graduate School. Let's just see where this ends up shall we?
Regardless of the hate ship out there, I am going to finish Psycho Circus part time if I cannot get the support from Kickstarter. I know with family and friends I would not raise enough with their help anyways. Could it bring attention to the game? Sure.. but most won't or cannot even download the demo due to bad computer or other issues.
Most have not had time to play it. Getting others to do something outside of Pornhub, or Netflix these days is impossible. Unless some major advertiser caught their eyeballs after working all damn day at a job... they are so tired of working at...
I get it.. I really do. Independent gamers are LIT because they do it for the fun of it. I am already working on ways to start finishing the game in chapters after I finish the full Demo. I plan on selling here at thegameuniverse.com using Square as well as Steam and Robot Cache.com. I don't plan on Kickstarter working out now and that's ok. Let it run it's course and maybe get some link juice. Learn and keep trying. That's what we all do in life really...
DEAR FUTURE! I saw Mr. Beast post on YouTube. He wrote himself a message. My message is to future me. I hope I keep at this, finish and produce a game that 100,000 have come to love and play. A Million? Well.... Why not. LOL
We all got to keep dreaming. Or life will suck all our hope.
Now you can download the updated Alpha demo's directly from the Game Universe product page at the Game Universe. Just click the Product page to continue.
The latest demo is out and it keeps getting better. What will the Psycho Circus bring to town next?!
You can also still download the updated game demos from my Google Drive account.
Latest demo version is Downloadable here: Alpha 1.4
You can play the newest demo Version Alpha 1.4.
Free until Kickstarter and Alpha Demo phase ends.
Get it now from my product store.
Or Download the Zip file for Windows PC 64 bit from my Google Drive:
Alpha Demo 1.4 DEMO HERE:
Updated places to play the upcoming Demos of Psycho Circus:
I am working on my Robot Cache account. I should have a playable demo there very soon. If Kickstarter does not go as planned. I may launch these in Chapters on Steam. I have a lot of plans coming for Psycho Circus!
For now you can buy here from the Product Store for FREE!
Where is Rosa? In 1984... she went missing at the Psycho Circus Playing the demo I found her video in the 1st horror tent... and well the monster she saw was REAL! Because I just shot one playing the psycho circus Alpha 1.3 demo.. Where is the story going?
Play the earliest copy of the DEMO Alpha Version 1.3 for FREE (PSYCHO CIRCUS) for Windows PC. HERE:
Psycho Circus the video game.When's the last time you visited a haunted theme park for Halloween? How about one full of cult ritualistic serial killers ?
WELCOME TO PSYCHO CIRCUS.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a real killer actually entered a haunted house attraction you were visiting? What about a cult who kills for their ritual sacrifices using haunted house attractions as their cover up? In Psycho Circus there are different story lines that challenge the reality and paths taken in the game.
Play the FREE DEMO here:
BOSS FIGHTS: Bosses will be found all throughout the game. Some with supernatural powers they have received from aliens they worship.
Play the DEMO
Uncover the back story:
As you uncover the story of Psycho Circus. You learn that Aliens are worshiped by the cult in Psycho Circus. The cult worshipers do not look at humans as their own species anymore for reasons that the lower ranked Aliens do not eat them and so the worshipers can enjoy "Valhalla" with the Aliens by eventually super seeding the genetic code and becoming more like the the Aliens. Eventually achieving status and super powers of their own. A cult that really pays off. Or does it?!
You learn that the Aliens love nothing more than their "Good Pets" who bring them fun ways to feed on their favorite delicacy. Fear, adds to the pleasure of both Aliens and cult worshipers. There is a "higher rank" Alien species they take all the sacrifices to first. Of course they try to take you alive so they can devour you after torture and fear spreads through your every core. The Aliens do not like a dead delicacy, rather one in fear. Further, there is a code of conduct. If one keeps bringing the Aliens their delicacy just as they desire... the Aliens won't eat the hand the feeds them. However, if the cult members do not figure out how to bring the fun and excitement to the Advanced Alien species, they are not amused and will turn and eat them. Thus, more reason for the cult members to make your greatest fears happen inside.
THE FIRST ALPHA TRAILER (IN THE WORKS) for Psycho Circus the Video Game.
The next Alien picture below talks about 1 deeper dive into the plot of story you uncover as you roam through Psycho Circus. It could make the game less interesting if you find out this part early. However, it will be disclosed below to the ones who keep reading in order to give a little more background on the story. So skip if you desire.
As the main character, when you take the "Hero Path" you start finding old news articles, old VHS tapes as you play them throughout the game. You find others were trying to take the "HERO" path but they did not succeed. They document findings with a night vision video camera, (One you will get in the game yourself if the full version is funded). As you start to piece together the puzzle of the Circus, you learn these cults have worshiped these Aliens for a very long time. Since far back Sumeria, these Aliens controlled populations who worshiped them to gain their knowledge and power.
You find out that the Aliens now mostly come back in the Fall to devour and feed on their favorite delicacy as their "Cult followers" help them find the "True" fear they all get off on. An Alien this superior is begging for the narcissistic power and ending they deserve. You learn how Aliens built a "VAMPIRE" race during the time of Vlad The Impaler. Why (Nosferatu) and other vampire legends are known to this day. Yet, what park goers do not really know is that Vampires are alive and well in the park. Some still live through Alien technology and some may even be hiding behind costumes. Will you meet one? I suppose it is possible... as anything is possible in Psycho Circus.
September, October, November (the fall) time is when all the sudden uptick of people go missing and no one can explain why there is a sudden uptick in missing people the last few years. Yet some have their conspiracy theories on Psycho Circus and it's illusive powers to suddenly have 100's of people go missing each year that were last seen by the attraction. Some cults gain great power, a vampiric power, living a very long time, using it in political realms pushing desperate claims to control the people. Conspiracy theories are looked at as a crime and anyone who questions the powerful oligarchy as other than correct is looked down upon as conspiracy theorist.
Thus, no one in this day really attempts to push back against the main narrative or story of the media without looking like conspiracy theorist themselves. This ends up leading to a lot of cognitive dissonance where people decide to stop trying to figure out where people are going. In fact, people are happy to go to the Circus without any thought of the missing each year.
As the stories unfold and you are in the gauntlet and PIT OF HELL in Psycho Circus as a true sacrifice... you are not allowed to survive. Anything that survives is failure and these narcissistic creatures abhor failure. These advanced species will not let you escape nor allow others to escape. So you as the main character, might just find an option to destroy the entire circus. Or simply escape with your life before you are obliterated and sacrificed to the cult in a golden bowl as they slowly cook your skin and Impale you alive for the final plating.
The Aliens are really good at covering their tracks and showing their existence since ancient human times. By using other humans as their cover and scape goats, you won't be able to compete with their ability to obliterate you without anyone catching on. However, as you assume the role of the playable characters you get to CHOOSE, decide and change the fate and outcome that will happen inside this years PSYCHO CIRCUS.
Will you be the hero? Will you save yourself or will you be sacrificed to the almighty vampiric race? The choices are yours and yours alone.
Each fall a new DLC will update the tents and horror will reignite the Circus. (SEE THE REWARDS) reach 1000% funding and the DLC is FREE for life of every Kickstarter participant no matter how much you decided to fund. EVERYONE gets a Golden Ticket if Psycho Circus reaches 1000% funding on Kickstarter.
If Psycho Circus receives 500% of funding, the full arcade will open. This is an area where one can relax, play and forget about the horror events.
Play some skill claw and win rare prizes. If funding is not reached for the arcade, the arcade will be scratched for a later project.
In this tent it is 1 of 3 of the main stories of Psycho Circus, you enter as you would in the demo. Single player First Person. This tent is the one I would like to add horror characters into. I think it is perfect for Jason, Mike Meyers, Scream or Freddy Kruger. Yet, royalty rights need to be discussed and looked into better as reallusion outfits may not work.
(HELP UNLOCK THE 3 TENTS) With full Story lines when you help Psycho Circus reach it's 100% funding goal.
This tent will start out in a woods type setting, log cabins and plenty of area to discover and maybe help some trapped people finally get out. The story and plot will unravel the further you go down the rabbit hole of Psycho Circus. You will discover truths you never thought possible some even about the character and perhaps the cult that may even sway the main character to join them for the powers one could hold of eternal life.
The break down of choices are:
1) The hero path where you make all the right choices and everyone is saved. You may even find the ultimate hero path where you get the choice to destroy the circus of these narcissistic Aliens and cult members in a way that gives some real "PAY BACK".
2) The save your self or you only save a few one and some were sacrificed to the cult and aliens... while you tried to make it out. You could not find the ultimate hero ending.
3) You will experience BIJ. You will be obliterated, sacrificed, tortured in ways the ancients loved to watch live among the early human history.
Tent 2 of 3. You get an idea of the Butcher area in the free demo. However, you never get to see outside the butcher area and what else may unfold. Outside is where you find the kid to help them out and more. You start out in a butcher type area as a haunted attraction.
Tent 3 of 3. Giving you a full story surrounding a train and a train yard. If you end up escaping the train you are in a train yard end up in a train yard of horror trying to find your way out of the madness... as the plot thickens and the horrors test your sanity you have to decided using the 3 main tenants of the story. That is, will you become another victim, become a survivor or become the hunter of these Aliens save the others for the sake of humanity.
(FREE DLC for life if Psycho Circus reaches 1000% FUNDING)
The park is full of Easter eggs, surprises and wonder. If enough funds are received, the DLC will become a free year round event for all on Kickstarter who helped make Psycho Circus happen. You will unlock a special GOLDEN TICKET that only you can use each year as the DLC content is released just in time for Halloween!
Everyone who participates with funding success of Psycho Circus at 1000% will get a name of their choice in the credits upon approval. You will also receive a Golden Ticket to all future DLC's for the life of Psycho Circus.
As a VIP of Psycho Circus your name will live in the end credits and a "Golden Ticket" to get events for FREE for the life of the game. This means Psycho Circus needs your help! Can you help spread the free demo of Psycho Circus to your YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more? It's up to you if you will be a "Golden Ticket Holder".
The amount funded would need to reach 1000% to make this happen. This means every October in time for Halloween a DLC update will be provided in a new story and tent. This would be free for the life of the game for anyone who helped become the original funders of Psycho Circus. It only makes sense to give royalty status to the ones who made the game happen! Anyone late to the Circus...after Kickstarter. Well.. they won't have their name in the credits of the game and they will have to pay full for the DLC content each Halloween. You as a Kickstarter original funder are already in even if you donate $1.00. And 1000% funding is reached. LETS GO!!!
Nosferatu (1922) film plays in the theatre area of the Park. Vampires exist. Vlad the Impaler and other legends conjure up ideas of their current existence. Even since 1922 amazing film making. While the movie is just a bit of fun, the reality is the game unlocks a lot of mystery and vampires do come to life in the circus. Will you become one, will you be tortured and devoured or will you destroy the vampiric energy?
This little guy was bad, it looks like he got put in timeout. Or... did the alien just decide to eat one of the tigers and pretend no one would notice ? Or perhaps, was this alien trying to wait for the next victim? Then run... The demo is available for FREE now.
Nelly the Flying Elephant is one of the main event attractions that keep fans coming back each year for more. Have you ever seen an elephant fly from heights higher than any attraction in the park? Nelly makes a perfect landing in the pool for all to see each year. In fact when the country finds out the circus is coming, it sells out and only a few can win fast passes. Lucky for you, the demo has one waiting for you to experience this for Free.
Nelly in the pool after a successful flight.
Up .. up and away Nelly.
Nelly at the top, will she make the jump?
(IF FUNDING IS 100% MET)
With a fully funded campaign the flying five and nelly the elephant will be a fully updated act. There will be more creativity and new main attractions such as high wire walkers, fire breathers, freak shows, sharks, man eating crocodiles, and all sorts of fun will arrive to expand the circuses main event shows to really bring the circus to life and wonder.
(IF 100% FUNDS ARE MET YOU HELP FUND NEW PRIZE BOOTHS)
If funds are met, new weapons, tools, will unlock in the full game. It could be flame throwers, a secret weapon you could unlock or maybe even cheat codes. You will help bring the expansion of 5 to 15 more prize booths. Each prize booth will allow the player to learn how to use them prior to entering the haunted attractions. However, one could be so difficult to beat it could offer you vampiric powers?! "Dunn dunnn dunnnnnn!"
(At 100% GOAL YOU HELP FUND NEW PRIZES)
With the goal of 100% funded: New prizes await to be discovered, from collectable plushies that could be copied to your Google Drive and even allow you rights to have 3D printed toys. The future awaits to be discovered!
(IF 100% FUNDING is met you can make your own Prize Booth)
LIMITED Spots available as a Psycho Circus VIP content creator of prize booths.
If 100% goal is met. You can become an original artist and content creator in the game as a reward for a $500 pledge to Psycho Circus. Get your name in the credits separate from everyone else as a content creator of a prize booth. Not only will you be legendary for the booth, you will have your name separate from all other funders in the end credits. It could be nearly any idea you come up with that is logical and user friendly for the game. Meaning it has to be a prize booth similar to something you have seen at a fair, circus or theme park. For example, it could be bowling, baseball throw at plates, car racers, boat racers, darts at balloons, drown the clown and so on. Your name will will live in the credits of the game for all to see as an artist and content creator in the game.
(VAMPIRE?) Or just... a cult member who will become one?
Play the DEMO here:
If you like the demo and want to help support independent gaming, please consider funding $1.00 to support the demo and I will personally send you a thank you note as the Creator of Psycho Circus. The demo was built knowing that I need to prove the game concept is possible and that I am capable of this project. The demo is only the alpha version 1.2. So it will have errors and bugs that will need to be fixed. The beta and final release of the demo is coming soon. However, if I get enough funding of animation, the final demo will be redon with facial and or body animation using iClone 7, mocap and reallusion.
If I received enough funding I would also use this to get some cool voice software to be able to really change the voices. I hear the Roland VT-4 Vocal Transformer does a great job. Depending on the demand I would also get another computer incase one crashes. I would store the game on multiple devices to ensure data is not lost.
At this point the demo is available to show what the game does with just basic animation and mainly using text and my own voice to get the job done. If there is not a lot of demand for the game, I would keep Psycho Circus with minor animation using Unreal Engine to move the body and Roland VT-4 to get voices more real and original. This means if Psycho Circus receives 100% funding and no more. I do not plan on upgrading with a lot of animation. Rather I would use funds to produce better voice acting and move the body in my own animation sequences using unreal 4. If there was demand to get the animation. This is where I would buy full quality studio animation suits and software to really make the actors come to life.
If there is a huge demand for Psycho Circus the full game being built, I will be upgrading everything and providing much more detailed animation for each character. I am confident I can build a complete game within 4 to 6 months time after being fully funded. I need to know people are interested in the game being funded. The game is looking to provide re-playable areas like the Circus Arcade Room. The arcade room will have table games to play, basketball hoops, a claw machine and I hope to get a few arcades working that will play some games.
The full game will provide updates to the prize booths that would increase them to a row of upwards to 20 games and prizes. I may change up prizes every 4 months so you can win new ones and collect them. I would like to figure a way to bring prizes to 3D printers and Google Drive accounts to collect digitally. Some for early Psycho Circus fans would have rare collectables not released to the public every again. This would ensure something special for early funders. So, for example. Imagine if one got a claw machine prize or a prize booth prize. How cool would it be to 3D print it? Then not have that pattern available for anyone else!!!
If I reach the Kickstarter funding goal I will spend 10 to 14 hours a day to dedicate this game project being built and finished on time. It would allow me to spend my months working on this game rather than a full time job. If you believe in independent gaming and you believe Psycho Circus could be a cool game to play. Then let's make Psycho Circus happen.
More about me:
I am an avid fan of games since Atari 2600 in the 80's. Pole position was something I could not fully comprehend how they could do this on a TV when I was a 5 year old. Later Moon Patrol and Riddle of the Sphinx, Pitfall and Ice hockey came to be the games I admired. I remember being so in awe with being able to play these games on a black and white tv. (yes in the 80's my family had a small black and white radio shack tv).
I knew this is what I wanted to do for a living. Unfortunately, I never fit in with the game testing interviews. As an introvert I did not do so well in interviews. I'm, slight awkward socially. Something I have been working on my whole life. My interviews at Nintendo, Single Trac (Makers of Jetmoto and Twisted metal) in Salt Lake City both failed to land employment in a field I desperately wanted to be apart of. So... I decided to take work where I could. I ended up working McDonalds in High school and then into tech fields as I graduated. However, with the recent changes and rebuilding of my life I have gone back to where my passion is. (GAMING!)
So, this is my work, this is my passion and I am throwing it out there to see what you all think. making games is hard.. but it's fun because I enjoy it. This is my first official game. Unreal engine makes it fairly easy to learn. Nothing super difficult like Neuro surgeons or Elon Musk. But it does take time and effort to study, learn, rebuild and remake parts of the game to make it all work. It takes a lot of grit, grind and passion to desire to finish. It also takes a creative mind to make the story work. There is a lot of debugging, changing and just overall effort to maintaining the ability to make these games happen. Since I have a major in Psychology at Utah State along with 25 years of work experience including owning my own businesses in the early 2000, I have a lot of grit and grind to get this done. LETS GO!
Risks and challengesWe all risk death in life. It is possible I could die in the process of making Psycho Circus the full game. However, I will have a request in place that fans are refunded as much as possible if such an event happened. I'm fit, about mid age and take care of myself more than others as I work out very rigorously about 3 to 4 times a week over 1 hour on average. There is the possibility that the time of the game could take longer to develop if I receive higher funding than expected. This would enable me to get iClone / Live Link and a suite as well as audio software to make the actors come to life. If this were the case, I would spend more time making this happen. I would make that judgement upon funding. There is possibility of sickness. I'm healthy, yet with Covid 19 and other unknowns it is possible I could need to take a break if such events happened. As I have mentioned on my profile, I am a full time Single Dad of a 10 year old. So, if he was to get ill with covid or some other reason I would have to focus more time on him during work hours, My Son would take priority and I would finish the game as I could but it would most likely slow down production if such an event happened. I will update this as needed or what I think about during the making of this Kickstarter campaign.
Thanks to my Newphew Ian and Sister I got some great feedback on the game. Thank you to both of you for helping me make this happen! I appreciate it so much. I know you are busy. Thanks for helping a dream happen for me.
I have produced VERSION 1.3! OUT NOW! It is updated to provide a better way to navigate the maps and story line. Further, I have done away with the need to beat 4 areas to get a fast pass. Now you can go directly to Clownshoot and get the fast pass.
Also some extra easter eggs have been released.
(DOWNLOAD FOR WINDOWS HERE):
Don't forget to visit Psycho Circus on KICKSTARTER SOON! When it launches I want to give everyone who is apart of the full game the credit they deserve.
DOWNLOAD NOW FOR:
Alpha version 1.2
Here is the link to download the latest DEMO Alpha 1.1
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(demo still in the process of reaching beta and completion)
When is the last time you went to a haunted theme park for Halloween? How about one with Cult Ritual Serial Killers?!
(NOTE) Make sure when you first open the game, to hit esc. Make sure you change the graphics card settings to the smoothest setting for your gaming experience!
OUT NOW is the FREE DEMO of Psycho Circus for Windows. I will add Mac and Linux Soon!
Here is the link to download the latest DEMO Alpha 1.1
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I will update once I get an account on Steam or GameJolt to post the demo and hopefully the full game if enough support is there to produce the game.
Help unlock a controller version for PC, Mac, Linux when the game is 100% funded.
For now the keyboard controls are:
(HELP FUND THE GAME at 100%) and Game controllers will be unlocked.
Space to Jump.
Shift to run.
CTRL to duck.
top 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, to load weapons and resources.
Tab to open prizes and diary.
Aim with mouse.
Open doors with first mouse button click.
The Horror / Adventure built using Unreal Engine 4 and Epic Games is now here.
PSYCHO CIRCUS Alpha 1.1 DEMO IS LIVE for Windows.
Here is the link to download the latest DEMO Alpha 1.1
COPY PAST: OR CLICK HERE:
I will update more when I load it to itch.io.