Neofeud - a Dystopic Cyberpunk Adventure

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    Neofeud is a Dystopic Cyberpunk adventure game in the vein of Blade Runner, but with an overlay of Game of Thrones-like political intrigue, and 1366x768, hand-painted, stylized visuals.

    Get Neofeud before it's release on Steam and get the Neofeud bonus content (2 1/2 hour soundtrack + Neofeud in ebook-form) FREE! Plus you get a Steam key once it's available there!

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    Synopsis:

    2033 - We create AI. Sentient robots arrive, but not as our Terminator overlords or our Singularity saviors -- conscious machines are humanity's unwanted bastard children. A few are geniuses who design flying cars, beat cancer, invent teleportation, but millions of defective prototypes roll out of factories -- mentally challenged, motivationally-challenged, criminally-inclined. Legally conscious, but unhirable, these "Defectives" are shuffled through public housing and welfare assistance, straining the already overburdened back of the meager social safety net. The robots who don't end up in prison are dumped, as a last resort, into a massive landfill known as "The Pile".

    Humans engage in perfection of their species -- or at least the powerful and well-connected -- genetically engineering children with human and animal DNA. The failed eugenics experiment "Frankenpeople" are discarded into "The Pile" as well. The new dynasties, 'Neofeudal Lords', live in towering neon glass castles, shuttle around in pristine nanotech-enabled pods, minds and bodies full of cyberware, spending most of their time taking selfies and "optimizing their monetization schemes". A race of supermen concerned only with their own status, their prestige, their success. Where machines have become all too flawed and human, people have become flawless, perfect, cold machines.

    Karl Carbon is an ex-cop, dishonorably discharged from Coastlandia PD for disobeying an order to shoot an unarmed sentient humanoid. Karl is exiled to "The Pile" as a lowly social worker. There he counsels gangbanging foster-kid robots and confiscates chimera-children from deadbeat half-wolf parents. Till one day a case goes horribly sideways and Karl is drawn into a sordid conspiracy that could threaten the strained fabric of Human-Robot-Hybrid civilization -- or save it.

    FEATURES

    • 15+ hours of gameplay.
    • An original dystopic sci-fi world and story that will (hopefully) make you question some of your core beliefs.
    • Tricky yet satisfying, point-n-click detective work, interspersed with tense action shootouts.
    • Handpainted, uber-gritty, noir futureland. Makes Mad Max and Rick Deckard crap their pants.
    • Endless bombardment of witty one-liners from hardboiled cyberpunk.
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    Robopocalypse!

    This took me a long, long time. I think the only background that's ever taken me longer was The Neofeud Sky Palace.

    Worth it, though, I think!
     
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    Hey guys! So the big news is Neofeud is just $10 for the next week! You'll also get a Steam key for free when Neofeud hits Steam, September 19th!

    That's right, at long last, Neofeud will be coming to Steam September 19th!


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    As I am a one-person indie developer, I'm my best to get the word out about Neofeud for the Steam release, but have basically no marketing budget. So, proceeds from the Itch.io sale will be used to help pay for publicity of Neofeud's release, and app submission fees for the next Silver Spook Game! I'm hoping to raise at least $200 which would help to cover the costs of some social media promotions, as well as the $100 submission fee for the next Silver Spook game, Dysmaton.

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    Here's a rundown on the work I've been doing over the past month or so:

    • X Create Version 1.2 build of Neofeud - with 30+ bug and glitch flixes
    • X Onboard Neofeud to Steam (And wrap my head around being a Steamworks developer, generally!)
    • X Create art, coding, and test 37 new Steam Achievements
    • X Create the Neofeud Steam Storefront
    • X Research and begin working on promoting, increasing visibility, and preparing a successful game release campaign (I really need Neofeud to do well with this Steam release to keep making games!)
    • X Test the latest Neofeud version with Steam achievements, send out to closed-beta testers and implement fixes as needed
    • X- Finish several more speed-runs and stress-tests through of Neofeud to ensure stability of the Steam version
    Some of the Neofeud achievement artwork:

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    Simultaneously, I've also been working on writing the game story for Dysmaton, creating art assets, and implementing into the game itself as well. While I am somewhat used to taking on many or all of the jobs of game development, at this point I notice that working on successfully rolling out a game, and handling the business and marketing end of it, whilst trying to develop *another* game is proving to be the straw that's breaking this camel's back. Which is one reason why I'm hoping this Itch.io sale will be able to raise a reasonable amount of funds that I could then use to pay for help with the business and marketing end, as I basically have zero budget that isn't earmarked for groceries, the roof over the family's head, and other essentials.

    So if you were considering picking up Neofeud at some point, now's definitely the time, and I'd greatly appreciate it!

    Special thanks this month to Frank from Utomik (AKA "From Frank w/ Love") for all his help with so many aspects of Neofeud especially in the promotion department - https://twitter.com/_kaassouffle

    As well as Mark J. Lovegrove for his invaluable advice as a veteran of the indie game industry - https://twitter.com/Screen7uk

    Finally, have a look at this brand-spanking-new Silver Spook Podcast I just recorded today with amazing science fiction author, Brandon Hovey!



    In this episode, Silver Spook and Brandon discuss insider-tips on bring a game to Steam, how to promote your indie game, book, or other artwork, and more!

    If you're an indie game developer, a cyberpunk or science fiction writer/fan, or generally just a cool person, definitely hit me up, as I'd love to talk to you! :D
     

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    Neofeud is now on Steam!

     
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    This looks awesome, love the art style!
     
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    Thanks very much! It is also now on sale. :) Here's a recent review from the Indie Games section of Gamasutra:

    "This is an ambitious, atmospheric cyberpunk scenario and essentially the work of a single person (voice acting excluded). Oh, and it might also be one of the best adventure games I have played in a while, so there's that."

    Granted, a lot of this is "just" good cyberpunk in the vein of Gibson, Dick, and Stephenson. However, the world building is something else. It has a thickness, a density to it. Almost every line of the game's technobabble fleshes out the game world some more. If that's your thing, the game is immensely enjoyable."​
     
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    Another recent Neofeud review:

    A Diamond Of Storytelling In The Scrap Pile

    "When I play a game, I play to be compelled or immersed in some way. The game has to dig its claws in and drag me in. Walking away has to be difficult or that’s exactly what I’ll do. Neofeud grabbed me in just that way through its gripping mastery of storytelling, akin to how last I binged on episodes of Game of Thrones.

    Neofeud is a point-and-click game set in a sci-fi dystopia borne of the minds of every prominent science fiction writer from the past century, from H.R. Giger to Ridley Scott. The result is a disturbing yet strangly familiar dystopian society in which social inequality is systemic, the top one percent have their own one percent, and the birth of A.I has resulted in a massive population of unemployed sentient robots. Sound interesting? We're only just dipping our toes.

    Beginning by introducing the main character of the story, an ex-cop and currently social worker named Karl Carbon, the story of Neofeud quickly explodes into a story rife with psuedoscience and more twists than an M. Night Shamlyan movie. As a single conspiracy unfolds, others follow, creating a story layered so deep that by the halfway mark of Neofeud’s potential 15-hour game time I found myself questioning characters motives even more than the main character of the game itself.

    Past endless conspiracies and a spiraling story, the characters of Neofeud are developed so much more than characters in nearly any other game I’ve recently played. Karl and the cast that he interacts with are human to a tee. Interactions with them are immersive and real, a necessity when a majority of the game is dialogue."​

    Read the full review from Sprites and Dice.
     
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    Neofeud Update #1 is here, making it a better, smoother game!

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    Hey cyberpunks, humanoids, Neofeudal lords and ladies!

    Thanks for your support of Neofeud! In response to your feedback, I've fixed and patched up several of Neofeud's important issues. This latest update should smooth out and make for a better overall game experience.

    To try out this update beta, simply:

    1.) Right click on "Neofeud" in your Steam Library.
    2.) Click on "Properties".
    3.) Click on the "Betas" tab.
    4.) Chose to opt in to the beta in the drop-down box.

    I would greatly appreciate feedback on this update, so that I can ensure it improves the game for all systems and is stable. Help me make Neofeud the best game it can be!

    Bug Fixes

    - The Arcade Fight scene is now clearer, and less unnecessarily difficult and confusing. Getting away from the bar is simpler, and there's more time to handle the escape when being shot at by the SWAT behind the Kill Machine arcade game.

    -Fixed the bug where you would get stuck in the arm screen if you use it during fight with Talos.

    -Fixed bug where in the elevator (when you are with the security guards), if you click out of the elevator through the exit option, you could get stuck, and have to reload a previous save state to get out of it.

    -Can no longer save the game from the start menu which would overwrite your progress.

    -Fixed error message in High City, after 'giant spider area' 'in "room42.asc", line 326 Error:Face Character: characters are in different rooms'

    -Fixed issue where 'firing your big object' in the High City office at the wrong time caused problems.

    -Fixed issue where, while following the robot girl, if you get out of range before she appears, the game will crash trying to load two savestates at the same time

    -Various typos cleaned, bugs squashed, wrinkles ironed.

    Thanks for all of your support and help!

    -Silver Spook
     
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    Neofeud is just $9.90 for the next week! If you've been considering picking it up, now would be a great time!

    Here are some other recent reviews that have just come in on Neofeud:

    A Diamond Of Storytelling In The Scrap Pile

    "When I play a game, I play to be compelled or immersed in some way. The game has to dig its claws in and drag me in. Walking away has to be difficult or that’s exactly what I’ll do. Neofeud grabbed me in just that way through its gripping mastery of storytelling, akin to how last I binged on episodes of Game of Thrones.

    Neofeud is a point-and-click game set in a sci-fi dystopia borne of the minds of every prominent science fiction writer from the past century, from H.R. Giger to Ridley Scott. The result is a disturbing yet strangly familiar dystopian society in which social inequality is systemic, the top one percent have their own one percent, and the birth of A.I has resulted in a massive population of unemployed sentient robots. Sound interesting? We're only just dipping our toes.

    Beginning by introducing the main character of the story, an ex-cop and currently social worker named Karl Carbon, the story of Neofeud quickly explodes into a story rife with psuedoscience and more twists than an M. Night Shamlyan movie. As a single conspiracy unfolds, others follow, creating a story layered so deep that by the halfway mark of Neofeud’s potential 15-hour game time I found myself questioning characters motives even more than the main character of the game itself.

    Past endless conspiracies and a spiraling story, the characters of Neofeud are developed so much more than characters in nearly any other game I’ve recently played. Karl and the cast that he interacts with are human to a tee. Interactions with them are immersive and real, a necessity when a majority of the game is dialogue."

    Sprites And Dice

    Neofeud is science fiction at it’s most raw and visceral. [...]

    Neofeud is the debut game of native Hawaiian, Christian Miller. It’s an ambitious project, drawing on personal experience as a STEM teacher for underprivileged kids in Honolulu as well as a wide array of popular sci-fi films and books. The aesthetic is heavily skewed towards Blade Runner or The Fifth Element, while the story is reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the film version of I, Robot.
    Players take on the role of Karl Carbon, a police officer turned social worker. I was immediately hooked by this detail. I had expected to play a character akin to Decker in Blade Runner; a sort of rogue-cop with good intentions. There are definitely cop-like qualities about Carbon, but he’s a social worker through and through. And this makes for a compelling story, and some truly heartbreaking gameplay.
    Drawing from personal experience, Miller has delivered us a story that is so much more than “humans vs. automations.” Carbon has cybernetic enhancements, but they’re obsolete and he can’t afford to replace them. He works with AIs and robotic entities that society has deemed “defective” and “unhireable.” He understands what it’s like to be cast aside and denied resources at every turn.

    Steam Shovelers


    Neofeud takes place in a dystopian future where faulty sentient robots and failed human hybrids form the bottom layer of society, while neofeudal lords live carefree in luxurious floating cities. The extensive storyline is very political, but also full of action and really entertaining. This game is an impressive piece of work, since it’s quite excellent on many facets.

    [...]

    This spectacular and complex story will take at least 12 hours to play through, and the writing is excellent and enjoyable. The characters are fun, the setting is really interesting so you’ll want to learn more about it, and there’s always so much happening which makes you want to continue playing to see where the story will take you next.

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    In addition, check out this awesome article on Silver Spook Games and Neofeud in Hawaii print publication Ka Wai Ola!

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    This article is actually included in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the biggest Hawaii newspaper, which is a pretty cool honor!

    You can see the rest of the article here:

    Want to see how I make these games? Come hang out! I livestream every Saturday around 4 PM EDT!
     
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    Neofeud is now 25% off for the Halloween Steam Sale! http://store.steampowered.com/app/673850/Neofeud/

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    And here's another review for Neofeud:

    http://entertainium.org/…/neofeud-do-androids-dream-of-a-f…/
     
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    Silver Spook Live #25 - Silver Spook Cosplays a character from Neofeud! And re-enacts some scenes from the game in this Halloween special. :)

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    Here's another recent review that just came in for Neofeud:

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    Hey guys! So I have recently had the pleasure of talking to Mark Yohalem, writer of the Wadjet Eye point-and-click adventure game Primordia for my podcast, which does involve talking about Neofeud and the state adventure games generally speaking.



    "In this episode, Silver Spook speaks with Mark Yohalem, writer of Primordia, a legendary sci-fi point-and-click adventure game and a big inspiration behind Neofeud.

    Mark and yours truly discuss the State of Adventure Games which somewhat resembles that of Schrodinger's Cat (never quite alive or dead!), Primordia and the making thereof, Mark's exciting new 'mythological, mid-apocalypse RPG' in development with Wormwood Studios, some insider game-dev shop-talk, Unity vs Adventure Game Studio pros and cons, Mark's and my favorite cyberpunk, the difference between depressing and melancholy, the psychological selling-points of post-apocalypses, why appellate lawyers may be cannibal shishkebabs in said apocalypse, and much more!"
     

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