Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler adventure game now on Kickstarter

Venture Moon Industries launches a #Kickstarter campaign today for its first point-and-click adventure, Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler! an exciting 2.5D adventure game (PC/Mac/Linux/OUYA). Can the roughest #pirate in the Azurbbean become a true swashbuckler?

The game’s protagonist is big and dumb, no way around it. “I wanted a different kind of lead character,” said designer and art director Bill Tiller, “We’re always playing underdogs in adventure games, the thin little smart aleck who enjoys solving puzzles. What about a huge brute who tries to solve everything with his fists? How would that change gameplay?”

Duke Grabowski is a brutish pirate—a massive, angry pirate who lived to serve the legendary Captain Amerigo, who desperately wants to be a suave & sophisticated swashbuckler. He has a good heart, and he needs your help. He has to complete three tasks to convince his crew he can become captain. So after Amerigo’s tragic death, Duke became obsessed with replacing his mentor as the new captain of the ship.

Duke Grabowski Mighty Swashbuckler adventure game now on Kickstarter

His reluctant but crafty crew say they can only follow a true swashbuckler, someone charming and smooth with the ladies. They give Duke an impossible task: seduce three tempestuous women. Only then will the crew accept him as their leader. Duke is a fighter, not a wooer, and his constant scowl makes people scream. How can he ever succeed?

The gameplay is classic point-and-click goodness that you know and love from games like The Curse of Monkey Island and our own Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island. Enjoy tropical locations, solve amusing inventory and dialog puzzles, and revel in comic pirate mischief.

Enjoy gorgeous tropical locations, engage in comic pirate mischief, and help this ox become a suave and sophisticated hero.

Not to give away too much, but Bill has crafted quite a story. You and Duke will have to win a wresting match, fire a cannon, attack a fort, rescue innocents, and succeed in love. Multiple times.

Concept screenshots, not yet in-game, but using game assets:

Sheriff Nancy Steele disciplines Duke when he misbehaves. Duke Grabowski
Sheriff Nancy Steele disciplines Duke when he misbehaves.
The bouncer at the Gnarly Narwhal only lets in pretty people. Duke Grabowski
The bouncer at the Gnarly Narwhal only lets in pretty people.
Duke tries an unconventional approach. Duke Grabowski
Duke tries an unconventional approach.
Busted again! Hope he makes bail. Duke Grabowski
Busted again! Hope he makes bail.

How to pick up women in a game, swashbuckler style. You have to give Venture Moon Industries credit, it’s original. For more details check out the Kickstarter and early gameplay footage available.

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