Published on September 12th, 2013 | by Craig Forshey0
Give A Dog A Home With Defining Indiegogo Ace Tales
Acts of compassion in real life and video games are two things you don’t normally see go hand in hand, but independent developer Bugbyte Productions is on a mission to change all that with its intriguing new Indiegogo project Ace Tales. This currently in development flying game from the Finland based studio has had an ingenious design scheme incorporated into its gameplay that will allow players to donate money to underfunded dog shelters without ever spending a dime. A bonafide game changer, this unique concept takes in-game currency and turns it into a tangible thing with real world implications.
Set in the same universe as Bugbyte’s previous title Daredogs, Ace Tales is an addicting flying game that feels like Jetpack Joyride on steroids. Players take on the role of veteran fighter pilot Ace as he embarks on his most important mission yet, a perilous flight across the Atlantic that will test every skill the grizzled old canine has ever learned. The risks will be great, but so are the rewards as Ace has a noble cause of his own to champion. The first dog who can successfully make the trip across the ocean will earn 25k in doggie bucks, a life changing amount Ace will instead donate to local dog shelters in his hometown that would otherwise be closed down.
Ace Tales gameplay is best described as an “odd couple” style mashup of bullet hell shooters like Sine Mora and power up based arcade games like Donkey Kong. There won’t be any bullets flying around the screen in this game though, at least not in the traditional sense, as players will instead have to use their fingers to guide Ace out of the way of gaseous hot air balloons, squirrels with jetpacks, and a host of other absurdly hilarious adversaries who also want the prize money. A continuously evolving set of challenges will have players earning achievements by collecting scattered dog biscuits and performing death defying stunts.
These collectibles and achievements do alot more than give you a high score and sense of accomplishment though as when players complete these challenges they’ll be directly increasing the donations given each day. While the game does have a donation option that will reward players with cool powerups, the majority of the donated funds will actually come from advertising revenue so players don’t have to spend anything to help our less fortunate canine companions. This is an extremely clever example of activism through video gaming and we wouldn’t be surprised to see other developers following Bugbyte Production’s lead on this one.
Does this sound like a game you’d like to play? Help make it a reality by contributing to Ace Tales on Indiegogo and you’ll get all sorts of cool rewards like doggie t-shirts, your name in the credits, or even a spot with you and your canine companion as characters in the game!
Ace Tales is currently in development for Android, OUYA, and iOS.