Raising $85,000.00+ in 45 days for a passion project is not very appealing to a small development company that spent over two years creating a game that should have already been published. The industry is ever evolving but we were too far into development to stop and jumping onto the next platform did nothing for the game or the newer console so it made sense to finish the game where it was intended, Nintendo DS.
Ryan Morrison and Ryan Harbinson are the founders and executive producers at Island Officials LLC in historic Woodbury, NJ where in the back of a board game store they make games (digital and analog). The company was started in a basement in 2007 and then legitimized in 2009 before the release of their first game “Hands On! Tangrams” for the Nintendo DS (November 2009). Their newest game, “Orion’s Odyssey: A Pattern Blocks Adventure” has been finished since the summer of 2012 and awaits launch for the DS.
Orion's Odyssey: A Pattern Blocks Adventure is a comedy-puzzle game with memorable characters, a strong emphasis on presentation and a whole lot of heart. Follow Orion, an alien robot with the fantastic ability to construct any object he can think of, as he journeys around our planet to help everyone he comes across, whether they ask for it or not! Together with his sidekick Ryan, a hyperactive seven-year old with a thirst for adventure, they will journey across ten unique levels filled with zany characters, odd creatures and a plethora of puzzles to solve!
Retailers have scaled back considerably with the launch of newer systems but the DS has a user base of over 1 million units and the games are compatible with both the DSi and 3DS units alike. Since retailers have backed off it has forced Publishers and Distributors to do the same. With two years of self-funded development Island Officials is determined to get the game to print. Using Kickstarter as the funding platform by reaching out to friends, family and fans alike we would like to raise enough money to get the game printed on physical cartridges and in the hands of our backers.
Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model so if Orion’s Odyssey project doesn’t reach its goal at the end of 45 days then it may never get to the physical market. To follow their project, be sure to find them on Twitter ( @Island Officials) and Facebook and spread the word to your social media networks. Consider donating as little as $1 to help their project come to life. If you decide to donate more, you might be among the first in the world to play an outrageous comedy based puzzle game on an amazing platform.
The official link for the campaign is here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigrye/orions-odyssey-a-pattern-blocks-adventure-for-nint
Ryan Morrison studied Graphic Design and Business at Gloucester County College and Rowan University and is currently a Software Engineer at The SI Organization, Inc. in King of Prussia, PA as well as the CEO of Island Officials and an Adjunct Professor of Game Design & Development at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ. Ryan Harbinson studied Graphic Design and Game Design at Camden County College and is the Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the IGDA in addition to his role as the COO of Island Officials in Woodbury, NJ. More information on Island Officials can be found on their website www.islandofficials.com .