Hardyston, NJ, December 13, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- FIDIM Interactive, LLC announced today that they will be using a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of their next video game. This may come as a surprise to those who are familiar with FIDIM’s earlier work since FIDIM is a one man-shop and the name is an acronym for “Fine! I’ll do it myself!” But with this video game it seemed to make sense to hire some help.
FIDIM Interactive LLC’s sole member, a 38 year old comedian named Tom Rockwell, known online as “Devo Spice,” has produced several video games in the past. With those games he did everything himself, from the game design, the graphics, the sounds, and the programming, to the game’s ultimate release and distribution. So why the change of tactics now? It’s a matter of economy.
“I could do everything myself on this game like I’ve done in the past,” says Rockwell. “But my estimates put the development time between 18 and 24 months in this case.” Rockwell found a team of professional iPhone developers on a popular freelance web site who said they could do it in three months.
“I don’t have any experience developing games for iPhone or Android, so it makes more sense to pay someone else to do it,” he said. Rockwell will act as the producer and art director for the project, but all the programming will be handled by an experienced team of developers.
The campaign launched on December 9, 2011 and as of this writing is 5% funded. Rockwell is looking to raise $5000. The money will be used to pay the developers to program the game, pay a musician to score the game, and then market the game once it’s done.
The game is called Rollers. In it you guide an alien creature who can roll himself up into a ball through a series of underground caverns smashing the crystals which are growing there, poisoning the atmosphere. Collect coins, rescue creatures, avoid enemies, and destroy all the crystals before the air in your environment suit runs out and you advance to the next level.
The game will be available as a free download with two sets of levels. Additional levels will be available for purchase from within the game. The game will also come with a level designer which will allow users to create their own levels to play or to sell to other players from within the game.
The Kickstarter campaign will run until the morning of January 9th, 2012. As with all Kickstarter campaigns if the goal is not reached then the user who donated money is not charged. Rockwell has set up several rewards at different levels for donors including free levels, beta access, t-shirts, and replicas of in-game items such as the coins, medals, and the characters themselves.
The Kickstarter campaign can be found at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/371528925/rollers-iphone-game.