Bolt Riley: A Reggae Adventure Game is being Kickstarted by Adventure Mob, who also worked on Cocktail Run, Comfy, Pizza Morgana, Knights in Shining Armor, and Star Shipping Inc. They were also involved in Freshbiz, Nancy Drew, and Leisure Suit Larry, all previously-Kickstarted games. Oded Sharon is the founder, CEO, and game director/producer. Lori and Corey Cole, of Quest for Glory and Dr. Brain fame, designed the second chapter of Bolt Riley and were also heavily involved in the other two parts.
Here’s the plot:
You play as Bolt Riley, a poor boy from Trenchtown, Jamaica, on his pathway to stardom. Bolt is struggling to survive and has to deal with a gang of Rude Boys. You go through a journey of self discovery, of love, friendship, and inspiration, where you are introduced to Reggae music, you have to form your band, get inspiration, write and produce your songs and then perform them. The story consists of three parts each focusing on a different aspect of Bolt Riley’s passage into becoming a Reggae legend. This is the true story of the underdog who breaks out and becomes a worldwide sensation.
That’s definitely something new for the adventure game world; I absolutely love this concept and the artwork is gorgeous. They’ve got a $120,000 goal, and I really hope they make it by November 25th. Unfortunately, the game is divided into three chapters, and the Kickstarter’s initial funding goal is only to make sure that the first chapter is complete. However, “the game was designed in 3 parts, each given to a different game designer, telling an entirely unique and self-contained story.” Oded Sharon describes the chapters more as sequels.
The reward levels range from $12 for an early-bird backer copy of the game all the way up to $10,000 (which is to spend a weekend in Israel with the creators, travel expenses not included).