What does it feel like to not exist? That is the philosophical question posed by the indie developers of Lioness, but luckily the game itself won't have to find out, as the experimental adventure has already surpassed its initial crowdfunding goals with weeks left to go.
In this planned seven-part series by indie developers Zak Ayles and Phillip Lanzbom, Lioness casts players in the role of a freelance journalist named Eggert Kirby, as he "conducts research for an article about a series of seven mysteriously missing people. Of course, nothing is as it seems and he soon befriends a nicotine addicted cat and unravels a plot involving time-travel, yakuza, and interdimensional coffee."
Described as an "experimental adventure game about human connection", Lioness is anything but a traditional point-and-click experience. It does promise to offer familiar conventions like "meeting new people, solving problems, and exploring unique urban environments, all rendered in colorful, fluid rotoscope graphics" but the developers have also promised that "rather than navigating a static tree of binary decisions, we are strongly focusing on providing an organic narrative experience that feels personal and unique to everyone who plays it."
What does that mean? Well, we won't find out until the game is released for PC sometime before the end of 2014. If that sounds like a long time away, there will be plenty to keep you busy while you wait, as backers will also receive seven other indie games in the "Braingale collective", as well as another game created by the Lioness developers themselves.
Although there are "no plans for project expanding stretch goals" and the game has already met its target fundraising goal of $7,000 by August 6th, all pledges will serve to "offset living expenses and development costs" in order to make the game as good as can be. A minimum $7 will result in the a free download of each episode as soon as it's completed.
You can learn more about Lioness and contribute to the campaign by visiting the Kickstarter page.