NEScape! Press Kit
NEScape! is a game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), developed and programmed by Kevin Hanley, with graphics by Jon Piornack, music by Travis Nelson, and story and puzzle consultation by Kyndal Howard. It was released in 2019. It is a mystery escape room game designed to optionally be played with the Super Nintendo mouse.
In NEScape! it's you against the clock in an intense race to escape the room before time runs out! Do you have the mental fortitude to assemble the clues and connect the dots so that you might overcome the challenges and see what lies on the other side of the door?
Summary Fact Sheet
Kevin Hanley: programming & sfx
Jon Piornack: background art, sprites & box illustration
Travis Nelson: music
Kyndal Howard: story & puzzle consultant
Nintendo Switch (tentative)
Kickstarter launch: May 15, 2019
NES Cartridge: September 3, 2019
PC/Mac/Linux: September 3, 2019
NES ROM: USD $10
PC Digital: USD $20
NES Cartridge (with box): USD $60
This game has not been rated
Full Game: 60 minute timer
Speed runs: under 12 minutes
NES ROM: 512KB
Planning on NEScape! began in late September 2018 by Kevin Hanley & Kyndal Howard. The ideas were presented to Jon Piornack on October 11, 2018, when he began work on graphics. Travis Nelson submitted his first batch of music on November 13, 2018. The first chapter was completed and a demo debuted at MAGFest in National Harbor, Maryland on January 3, 2019. Upon return from the expo, development resumed and continued until the game was considered complete on March 15, 2019, the day it was submitted to IndieCade (The International Festival of Independent Games). NEScape! was accepted by IndieCade as an award nominee in the Adaptation category.
The Kickstarter campaign raised over $15,000 in the first 24 hours of its launch, and went on to raise almost $40,000 by the end of the 30 days.
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