So what do you have going on this weekend? Bored? Maybe in the mood for something different and unique?
Well it appears a bunch of crazy Polish developers (who where funny hats) got together to build a game call MouseCraft, which is currently in Alpha (Linux, Mac, and Windows/PC). Even more, you can play for free and contribute based on a “pay what you want” donation to Crunching Koalas through their Beta Program. Which also gives donators the option of selecting where they want their contributions allocated for developing new features. Giving you the option to help shape MouseCraft’s development.
Honestly, all of us here at Linux Game News think this model is a great way to build up a fan-base and also give the gamer a chance to try out something really impressive. And yes, it is just that.
What is MouseCraft?
MouseCraft is a tile-matching puzzle game where players help mice in their relentless quest for cheese by stacking world’s most famous blocks: Tetrominos. Really, it’s a cross between Tetris and Lemmings
Starring: Crazy Cat Scientsist, Three Blind Mice and Tons of irresistibly delicious Cheese.
Basic Gameplay Features:
- Release the mice when you are ready.
- Watch them march in the cheese direction and help them by using even more Tetrominos.
- Gather shiny collectibles and use special bricks properties to keep the mice out of danger.
- Complete the level by getting as many mice to the cheese, as possible.
- Experience a remix of two classic gameplay mechanics: Pile up Tetrominos to create a safe path for as many mice as possible.
- Discover an epic tale of a crazy cat scientist who is striving to unlock the potential of a mysterious, mice-powered machine.
- Defeat obstacles, overcome gaps, and gather collectibles by using various types of blocks, be it Jelly, Explosive, or Crumbling.
- Prove your stacking skills by playing the game in a fast-paced Arcade mode or a mind-challenging Puzzle mode.
- Get involved by creating your own maps and show of your creativity while sharing these with our community.
- Groovy, funky soundtrack composed by Mikolai Stroinski, one of the most talented polish musicians, known for scoring Dark Souls 2 announcement trailer
Where players can get the FREE Alpha and the Final version?
MouseCraft is still a work in progress, but everyone can download and play an early version of the game for free. It’s very simple- anyone who would like to play MouseCraft just needs to sign up for the Beta Program.
Pay-What-You-Want for the Final Version
Those who enjoyed the Alpha version of the game and would like to play the full version of MouseCraft can support the developers and backing Crunching Koalas through a Pay What You Want donation.
To get the full version of MouseCraft:
- Decide how much you are willing to give for the final version of the game
- Optionally- tell Crunching Koalas what features they should include in the final version by choosing how you would like you contribution allocated.
- You can even gift a copy to someone else.
- Input your (or your friend’s) email address and follow further instructions. This is a special launch offer ending on 31st of August. Crunching Koalas would love to keep this promotion forever, but it really depends on how it goes.
What will players get if they buy the game now?
Everyone who decides to acquire the game now, will receive:
- The final version of MouseCraft as soon as the game is finished. Free updates and additional content included.
- A DRM-free, cross-platform, digital copy of the game, with all the extra content added by default.There’s no need to beat the average price – it is the player who decides how much the game is worth.
- If MouseCraft makes its way to Steam, everyone who contributed will receive a free key to redeem. Check out our MouseCraft Greenlight page and consider voting “Yes”.
- Ten most generous contributors will receive our public thanks and will get a special place in the final game credits (only if they want to). Here is the list of generous contributors along with other statistics.
Planned release date
Crunching Koalas are planning to release the final version of MouseCraft at the turn of September or October 2013.
MouseCraft will be available on PC, Mac and Linux, that’s all that is certain right now.
We just don’t know yet, we would like to keep it in a Pay-What-You-Want model, but it depends on how the launch promotion goes.
Will MouseCraft be available on Steam?
Only if the players want to, here’s our MouseCraft on Steam Greenlight.
About Crunching Koalas
A small but ambitious independent studio, based in Warsaw, Poland. Their mission is to deliver fulfilling experiences, by patiently crafting cheerful digital entertainment for all those, who need a break.
It means, Crunching Koala don’t want to waste your time – but make games that are packed with memorable content and designed for everyone who’s willing to spend their time playing.
The studio was founded by five fresh developers: Tom Tomaszewski, Lukasz Juszczyk, Kris Lesiecki, and two casual game industry veterans- Konrad Olesiewicz and Maciej Biedrzycki, founders of Codeminion and creators of many games, such as Ancient Quest of Saqqarah or Phantasmat.