Developer Luke Miller is looking for a little crowd-funding support for his second big point-and-click adventure game called Escape From Pleasure Planet. It’s a gay-themed comedy with brightly colored backgrounds, vibrant visuals and a gay protagonist hunting down a villain across a galaxy of diverse aliens and unique characters.
The game is Miller’s second attempt at broaching the topic of a gay protagonist in a comedy adventure similar to the likes of Sierra classics such as Space Quest or King’s Quest. Miller originally released My Ex-Boyfriend The Space Tyrant a couple of years ago for PC. It’s currently discounted by 75% off during Steam’s Summer Sale.
Very much like My Ex-Boyfriend The Space Tyrant, Miller’s new title, Escape From Pleasure Planet, uses the interactive entertainment platform to entertain and enlighten audiences about LGBT culture and issues.
According to Miller he faces an uphill battle with getting his new game greenlit through Steam’s Greenlight process and he also faces an uphill battle with getting the game funded, mentioning in the press release…
“Even though our first game made it through Greenlight, it was rough going, so we’re hoping that by combining Kickstarter and Greenlight we’ll speed up the process and avoid another backlash.”
The Kickstarter pitch video for Escape From Pleasure Planet doesn’t hold back on any of its content, giving gamers some uninhibited glimpses into some of the escapades that will be present in the game. You can check out the pitch video below.
Story wise the game reminds me a lot of Space Quest IV, which featured Roger Wilco traveling through time and encountering some alternate realities of the Space Quest saga, including his journey to the more inversely hetero-themed Space Quest X: Latex Babes of Estros.
In Escape From Pleasure Planet players will track down a dangerous villain to a planet that holds more secrets to it than just being a place where tourists (alien and human alike) can have their every fantasy fulfilled.
Miller is looking to get the game Kickstarted for the price of only $3,694. The project still has 29 days to go before it wraps up, so it’s likely that he’ll be able to hit the goal with enough exposure. According to Miller, combining the Kickstarter and Greenlight campaign together could help it meet its target faster and get through the Greenlight phase quicker, mentioning in the press release…
“Kickstarter is a great way to raise money for indie games but the smaller market size for gay developers means it can be extra hard to reach a target. I think that puts a lot of queer developers off using crowd-funding tools.”
“However I think fear of failure is not a reason for LGBTI developers to avoid Kickstarter and Greenlight. We need more gay games!”
The biggest criticism of the point-and-click game My Ex-Boyfriend The Space Tyrant was that the animations were stiff and there weren’t enough animations. This time around Miller plans to invest about 20% of the funds into the art side of the game, so maybe we’ll see slightly more animations this time around compared to the last outing. 50% of the funds will go into the wide-sweeping category of “Development”.
If you want to see this game on Steam’s store you can upvote it and favorite it by checking out the Steam Greenlight page, or if you want to contribute to the crowd-funding campaign you can do so by paying a visit to the Kickstarter page.