Last Dog On The Moon ©
(The “Game”) is a 2.5D role-playing hack-and-slash side-scrolling videogame. The Game emphasizes real-time action where the player has direct control over the characters instead of turn-based or menu-based combat. The levels will alternate between fighting and puzzle solving and at the end of each chapter there will be a “Boss” fight. The game’s difficulty will flatten out in the middle for a short time and then rise in difficulty again. When the game reaches the finale the difficulty will plateau until the end.
The Game embodies the classic tale of hero and heroine and retells it in an extraordinary setting. Last Dog on the Moon is a tribute to the challenging arcade games that have inspired millions of players with play-action sequences again and again to compete in high scoring competition.
Charles “Charlie” Mercer is the chief protagonist of our storyline. He is thirtyish and handsome with a warriors’ 6’3” physique and 210 lbs. of pure muscle. The ones who cross his threshold of patience are reeducated with steel and silent ferocity.
His background is that of an escaped slave and he has spent most of his adult life on the run. If he seems to lack empathy for his fellow man it is only because he has seen enough of humanity to know better. Charlie knows he is on a mission where there is no turning away or turning back.
In the midst of all this tragedy Charlie becomes the unlikely hero of Titan.
Chloe Echo is an adorable 4’ 76 lb. 12 year old with a deadpan stare and an impish grin. As a Clone, she doesn’t grow in bursts like a human; instead she grows at a steady continuous rate. She has rejected the life she was forced into and runs away from home in search of a more exciting and adventurous existence.
Chloe often hides her insecurities by masking it with sarcasm and is prone to pushing people away rather than reveal her vulnerabilities. She has the capacity to push-pull, propel objects as well as move enemies out of her path with her mystical telekinetic powers.
Through a chance encounter she meets Charlie and joins in his quest to save Titan.
Alexandra "Alex" Skinner
is a longtime friend and companion of Charlie.At age 29 and all of 5’10” 120 lbs. she is force to be reckoned with. Alex joined the Empire army and rose quickly through the ranks until she gained control of her own regiment. Her unit receives orders to find and capture a rebel that turns out to be her old friend Charlie.
Alex is endowed with the same mystical telekinetic powers as Chloe.
is a relic from an old war and still bears a grudge against humanity. She is a major antagonist within the storyline. In her role as a foil, Samantha exemplifies characteristics that are diametrically opposed to those of Charlie, creating a contrast distinguishing heroic traits from villainous one.
When all the Clones on Titan defected from human society to create their own civilization Samantha rose up to rule over them. Now she is terrorizing Titan and thrusting the humans slowly into anarchy.
Samantha's Pantheon of Assassins
The Pantheon of Assassins is group of Clones tasked with the specific job of halting the technological progress of humanity – in any manner that befits the nom de plume of “assassin.”
a human that follows the doctrine of the Clone Mythology. They are soldiers that have the ability to throw chemical bombs that will explode upon colliding with any surface.
a human that has been genetically manipulated to grow abnormally strong and ignore pain. They can fly into a berserker rage and eviscerate enemies when they are provoked.
After the Great War the Clones attempted to bolster their ranks with new Clones, mostly with disastrous results. The defective ones are extremely unstable and can become aggressively violent at the slightest provocation.
are the armed forces of the Clones. They move fast and hit hard and offer little by way of vulnerability. Jackals are built for subduing and killing enemies and are designed to kill as efficiently as possible. Their helm is fashioned into the likeness of a black hound and only a narrow slit allows them to see out of the visor. They carry a great scythe as their main weapon.
Feral Humans live far from the terra formed cities and have become savage and sick. They lead raids on cities and trade caravans and generally hate humans and Clones alike.
Not nearly as dangerous or as well trained as the Jackals but they can be formidable in numbers. They keep the peace in the human colonies but are known to be corrupt.
Lancers are a specialized unit that has a powerful lance that can burn through even the toughest armor.
The storyline takes place in the distant future on Titan, one of moons of the planet Saturn. Titan has been terraformed into a habitable celestial body only to have it fail as an ongoing project.
The story follows the implausible heroes as they traverse a dystopian landscape with the optimistic hope of bringing peace to the wayward settlers who now inhabit Titan. After Titan is terraformed there is a never-ending melee of war and chaos that thrust the inhabitants into the dark ages with severe consequences. Disciplines of most learning factions such as science and math have all but faded into obscurity.
An army of Clones had been sent to Titan to do the required manual labor but have now risen to power and have established themselves as the benevolent demigods who will save Titan from reverting back into an uninhabitable wasteland. In reality, they are capitalizing on the mass ignorance of the populace to prevent them from contacting Earth to mount a rescue mission.
The Player embodies Charles “Charlie” Mercer, the hero of the Game. He is a dry-humored pessimist with an instinctive talent for melee combat and strategy. Charlie is unshakeable and relentless in his efforts. If he seems to lack empathy for his fellow man it is only because he has seen enough of humanity to know better. But his lack of compassion doesn’t dampen his sense of honor as he’ll throw himself into any melee to protect the innocent.
The Player is introduced to Charlie after he has established himself as a respectable citizen earning a modest living in a prosperous and secure city. In a very short time his world is turned upside down as the city is raided by the Clones and burned to the ground. Through a meeting with a group of displaced inhabitants he is introduced to a conspiracy to overthrow the Clones.
Given the opportunity to contact Earth and with Earth’s backing he now undertakes a plan to overthrow the Clones and immediately flees the burning city. Through a series of events he meets and rescues Chloe Echo, a rejected Clone by her elders.
Chloe has the capacity to push-pull and throw objects as well as move enemies out of Charlie’s path with her mystical telekinetic powers. Chloe is grateful to Charlie for rescuing her but Charlie is a loner and wants nothing to do with Chloe. Chloe cajoles Charlie into accepting her so this unlikely pair departs on their quest to save Titan from the ravages of the Clones.
Chloe is the last of her kind. Her race is rapidly running out of life-giving genetic material and potential options. Chloe was sent with two other Clones to find the man who could fix the machine that one day could produce a Y chromosome. Chloe is betrayed and left like a piece of driftwood in a storm. She swears to herself that she will never forgive the other Clones for leaving her.
The Game combines ultra-fast cutting-edge technology with physics based powers to create ferocious battles. The Player will fight hordes of enemies while utilizing his/her ability to throw enemies with physics based powers. It will feature an in-game map to help with the dungeon-crawling, required item management due to the inventory being limited to one item at a time and will introduce the use of item-based puzzles to create breaks between lengthy fights for a balanced gaming experience.
Although the characterizations of both Charlie and Chloe will develop through storytelling, they will also become more functionally powerful by gaining new skills, weapons, and magic. This will create a positive-feedback cycle that is central to the game.
The players grow in power, allowing them to overcome more difficult challenges, and gain even more power. This is part of the appeal of the genre, where players experience growing from an ordinary person into a superhero with amazing powers. The players will choose their powers and skills as they gain experience.
Things such as health and energy will be indicated to the player through visual clues as well as a “Pool Indicator”. When Charlie’s health is low, sparks will shoot out from his armor. When energy isn’t available the player will notice a lack of glowing indicators and objects with high color saturation. When an enemy is hit the total amount of damage delivered will be displayed above the enemy’s head.
Chloe can only user her power as long as there is enough left in her energy pool. The size of the pool represents the amount of energy available in the area. When the Power Pool is empty Chloe will seek out a new power source. A progress bar above Chloe represents the total amount of time until power is available again.
In the early years of Titan the Clones were liberated from their enslavement in order to seize control of Titan. One of the Clones needed to rise up and lead her sisters into battle, and “Samantha” Immer answered the call. The war waged on for years while Samantha watched hundreds of her sisters’ die in the pursuit of freedom. When the Dictator is overthrown and the hearts of the Titan civilization are won over Samantha remains in control to govern over her people and create the laws and freedoms for the new Clone civilization.
Samantha feels that she deserves reparations for the decades of mistreatment the Clones had to endure at the hands of the humans. She organizes a Pantheon of Assassins to sabotage the technology in the other colonies on Titan. The humans were so heavily reliant on the Clones and technology that they struggled to provide enough food and clean water for the colonists. In their hour of need Samantha offered to work with the human engineers and scientists to rebuild the human colonies.
The years pass and human technology continues to fail. The engineers and scientists are never heard from again, but when all seems lost the Clones begin to send large rations of food and water to all the colonies saving the humans from annihilation. Samantha appears before all of the colonies of Titan to credit for the last minute salvation. The humans eagerly proclaim her as their leader.
100 years pass and human society has regressed to medieval European monarchy where the conveniences of technology are forgotten. Samantha remains in power as their self-styled god and uses her Pantheon of Assassins to assassinate anyone that tries to make advancements in technology or spreads conspiracies about her or her sisters.
They all look cute and adorable but any one of them will cut your throat with a smile on her face.
The game will measure progress by counting experience points and character levels. Experience is usually earned by defeating enemies in combat and completing certain quests or conversations. Experience becomes a form of score, and accumulating a certain amount of experience will cause the character's level to go up. This gives the player an opportunity to raise one or more of his character's attributes and the player to choose how to improve their character, by allocating a finite number of points into the attributes of their choice. Gaining experience will also unlock new magic spells for characters that use magic.
Last Dog on the Moon will create strong consumer appeal and consumer loyalty which in turn will create a franchise for titles that can be leveraged across several releases and/or platforms. Further, the Company will leverage its franchise title into recurring sources of revenue by publishing prequels, sequels and add-ons and by pursuing merchandising opportunities.
The Tools Of the Trade
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