After a failed attempt at funding their episodic adventure game Through the Shadows on Kickstarter in 2013, Christian developer True Light has drastically lowered their goal for a second attempt from $50,000 to $1,500.
Described as a "sensory experience in the form of a psychological thriller, including elements of a mystery genre, suspense, and intrigue", the story, puzzles and clues in Through the Shadows are centered around information from the Bible.
A young man named Jesse, who always had a sense of purpose for his life and a strong desire to make a difference in the world around him, wakes up one day to find that everyone has disappeared. Strange events start to occur and Jesse soon discovers that he is related to the Seekers of the Truth. They have protected the true word of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and placed crucial information in secret locations that only someone like Jesse is meant to discover at a critical time of need.
Played from a first-person perspective, players traverse the 3D, open-world environments, and even different periods of time as Jesse progresses "through his adventure discovering the information that has been left for him, and will find that he plays an important role in preserving the truth for future generations. He will face an evil opposition that wishes to harm him and to prevent his success, and ultimately to bring the eventual fall of all mankind."
Through the Shadows is now being conceived as an episodic adventure. The Kickstarter campaign, if it successfully reaches its modest goal by July 16th, will fund the first (of "many") of episodes, entitled The Darkness Revealed, which is set to be released at the end of this summer. A minimum $10 pledge will get backers a free copy of this episode upon release.
There is already a tech demo available, so you can check out an early version of the game for yourself. To learn more about Through the Shadows and contribute to the fundraising campaign, visit the Kickstarter page for full details.