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Mansion Lord seeks to combine murder mystery, business sim, world-building and turn-based RPG combat all in one game all wrapped up in lovely 16-bit pixel graphics resulting in a final look that isn’t too far removed from mobile games such as Tiny Tower or Pocket Trains.
Players will build their mansion tile by tile and invite guests to dinner parties. As those guests start to embark on murderous sprees, you can hire detectives to identify and capture them for a reward. Detectives can be levelled up and equipped with a huge variety of different weapons and accessories as well as teach them new skills to make them more adept at their sleuthing.
Cash bounties are nothing without the ability to spend them though, so you can also look forward to buying new rooms for your mansion, research new upgrades and buy new and more effective equipment for your detectives.
But that’s not all! You also need to keep your employees happy by giving them gifts and providing them with their own personal bedroom, build relationships between different detectives to make them more effective at working together and even send them into randomly-generated dungeons to clear out all manner of nasty monsters.
Aside from Steam, the game will also be distributed through Desura and GOG and the developer is also hoping to release the title on iPad, Android, PS Vita and Wii U in the future – depending on how their Kickstarter goes. It’s currently sitting at $15,982 of its $28,000 goal, with 11 days to go.
Mansion Lord will be released sometime in mid-2014, with a price currently set at $10.
It’s not the first time something like this has happened, but Pixel Piracy developer Vitali Kirpu and executive producer Alexander Poysky have decided to openly encourage those interested in giving their game a try to simply pirate a copy. In a statement made today, the duo even provided a torrent as an official link to the pirated version:
“Here is a direct torrent link that we will personally seed to our currently available version of the game. We aren’t idiots, we aren’t high. We believe that anyone who wants to pirate our game will do so anyways, and feel it’s a much safer bet to offer those people the official link to our game in hopes that they keep their computer’s virus free.
If you LIKE the game you can support us in a number of ways besides purchasing the title outright. Steam greenlight is very important to us right now, and a vote for it DOES make a difference, and your warm reception on our IndieDB review page is what pushed us to initially take this decision. Not everything is about money, and we want to thank those that pirate our title and actually give them the opportunity to do so with our blessing, while giving them an opportunity to actually make good on the piracy itself. Tell your friends about us, share the link around IF and only IF you enjoy the game, and if you DON’T enjoy it at least you didn’t have to pay for it!
- Vitali Kirpu and Alexander Poysky”
“Think of the long term here,” Poysky said, speaking to IGM about the decision to invite anyone interested to download a pre-release version of the pirate simulator/roguelike game. “Piracy WILL happen.” With that said, Poysky believes exhibiting some control over the situation can benefit them down the line. “There are many ways someone who doesn’t pay for the game can still support us. Think about it, if you like the game, you will be inclined to tell people about it, vote for us on Steam Greenlight, reddit, tweet, and use social media to express your like of the title,” he said. “Now, if you pirate a game, love it, and help it grow through it’s alpha, that to us is worth the money you would have invested in the game.”
That’s not to discourage would-be purchasers, though. Those who do pay for the game – currently available at a 40% discount through Desura – will have access to all future versions of Pixel Piracy and be granted Steam keys, should their Greenlight campaign be successful. As far as how long this piracy offer will last, Poysky mentioned that, “We may or may not decide to have a set cut-off point in the future and leave the torrent as a sort of “full demo” version, but currently we are happy with our decision.”
To catch up with the game’s progress as it develops, follow along @PixelPiracyGame and check out their IndieDB page; where voting for the IndieDB Game of the Year is currently taking place. The team is also fond of a Let’s Play by Youtuber TheRPGMinx found here.
PixelJam recently announced that their co-operative dinosaur racing game Dino Run 2 , previewed at IGM earlier this month, is going to include hats created in the images of many beloved indie game characters, including Tim from Braid, the alien from Alien Hominid, and the spelunker from Spelunky. PixelJam’s love for the indie game scene runs so deep that there are even hats representing games that haven’t even been released yet, like Hyper Light Drifter. Being able to make a velociraptor look like a capybara or a pirate is quite a lighthearted addition to a game centered around trying to avoid extinction by simply running away from it. These hats will also be available in Dino Run: Special Edition, the predecessor of PixelJam’s current project.
Those interested in Dino Run 2 can check out a live stream being hosted by the developers tonight at 9:00 PM EST. They will be answering questions about the game, chatting with the viewers, and racing against anyone willing to in Dino Run: Special Edition. They’ve also invited some other indie game developers to be guests on the stream.
The Kickstarter for Dino Run 2 is still up and running, with ten days and a little under $130,000 left to go.
The developers can be contacted via Twitter @pixeljamgames.