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Seventeen Uncles: A Pug’s Life settles in on Kickstarter
Written by Jack Allin — February 27, 2015 at 00:44
Normally the phrase "it's a dog's life" isn't considered a good thing, but it is when the canine in question is the star of a new upcoming point-and-click adventure Seventeen Uncles: A Pug's Life, currently seeking funding through Kickstarter.
Life does indeed become pretty rough for Kirk the pug, a "happy family pup and Grub Relations Executive in the local bee-run honey factory, whose life is turned upside down when a deal with the Devil goes horribly wrong following the death of his darling wife Dilys." Now in order to win back his wife's soul, Kirk must venture through a variety of bizarre locations, including a "tattoo studio run by an octopus, a rocket launch site manned by an axolotl astronaut and a massive termite mound cut off from the rest of the world since the end of the great war with the ants." As if that weren't enough, along the way he'll run into a handful of other zany characters such as "occult armadillos, pub crawling sloths, stink selling bats, taxi driving dung beetles and many many more."
A one-man production by indie developer Jonathan Cheetham, the game's 2D hand-drawn graphics clearly show off his artistic inspirations, including LucasArts classics like Sam & Max Hit the Road and cartoons like Rocko’s Modern Life and Adventure Time. According to Cheetham, Seventeen Uncles will be "family friendly without being too sickly sweet and boring, but not afraid to have some darker themes without resorting to excessive violence, gore or foul language." In between the comedic dialogue will be puzzles that are "logical with the fun cartoon nature of the visuals", though if you need some help you can "consult the psychic tick that lives on your head... who, in exchange for a little mammalian blood, will tell your future and give you some puzzle hints."
To this point Seventeen Uncles has been entirely self-funded, but in order to finish it for PC, Mac, and Linux before the end of the year, Cheetham has turned to Kickstarter to raise a modest £3,000 by March 25th. A minimum £7 pledge is all that's required for a downloadable copy of the game upon completion. If you're on the fence, a playable alpha demo for PC is already available for download.