Hot Tin Roof on Kickstarter from Glass Bottom Games

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Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora, the latest project from Glass Bottom Games, has gone to Kickstarter, fedora in hand, seeking a mere $20,000 to make its noir Metroidvania title a reality. The cat-crazy team from Colorado wants to keep its programmer alive – ah, altruism – during the development process, hence the need for money. Also fedoras and cats, and if this trailer doesn’t win your heart, you clearly haven’t been eating pie at the right diner.

This PC, Mac and Linux 3D side scroller has you, as private detective and cat fancier Emma Jones, on the trail of a bloodthirsty killer, or possibly killers. Your cat Frankie is your best friend, but your second best friend is your revolver, which can be loaded with different cartridges that allow you to track enemies, bash down locked doors, shoot out grapple lines for acrobatic level-bouncing or otherwise deal with the puzzles and adversaries on offer. Use ’em wisely and you can uncover new areas of the game world to explore, and mine for clues. “The core side-scrolling, platforming and revolver tech is solid,” says Glass Bottom Games, “but we’ve got a long ways to go in terms of adding content and fleshing out the world.” The Kickstarter cash will get the team the extra six months it needs to bring Emma and Frankie to life.

Hot Tin Roof on Kickstarter from Glass Bottom Games

It’s Metroidvania inspired – but with more of the Metroid, less of the vania. It’s an explorable city with soul! Full of characters to chat up and secrets to explore, it’s not just a corridor you fight through on your way to your next ability.

Speaking of new abilities – you will find different cartridge types for your revolvers. Change the way you play with knockbacks, grapplers, blood splatters, fireworks and more! Knock down locked doors, panic other characters into letting you slip past, and grapple up buildings. Each new tool unlocks a new corner of the world so you can find even more clues and secrets! Each one brings you a step closer to unraveling the mystery, and finding the killer.

To get Hot Tin Roof this far took 5 months, and most of our savings. The core side-scrolling, platforming and revolver tech is solid, but we’ve got a long ways to go in terms of adding content and fleshing out the world. The $20k buys us the 6 more months we need to finish and polish the game.

With that 6 months, we can complete the game out to a decent length. If you played Guacamelee, figure something on that order. If we start hitting stretch goals, we can pull features and additional regions back in from the cutting room floor. That would result in a longer development period, and an even meatier game experience.

If you’d like to see a rough breakdown of where the money goes, it looks a bit like this.

Hot Tin Roof on funding breakdown for game development

At time of writing this one has a touch over $6,585 of the cash it needs, with 32 days to go. If you want in on a good thing, or just like cats in fedoras, now’s the time to put your money where your revolver is.

Check out Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora on Kickstarter

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