Two New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) students, John Groh and Corey King, have successfully raised $7,000 to fund a video game they created called “Parkourasaur.” Earlier this month, when the pair sat down for an interview with the Beacon, they had raised just under $2,000 through the website Kickstarter.com. On Oct. 8, they reached their goal of $7,000, raising about $5,000 in one week.
“Reaching our goal was a huge relief,” said Groh, 20, in an email. “It was like a full-time job running the Kickstarter campaign. Now that we've made it, we can shift our focus back to the development of the game.”
The game is being engineered for smart phones, and will be available for purchase on the iOS and Android marketplaces. Groh and King said the game has been compared to the hugely successful Angry Birds, the parent company of which is now worth about $8 billion. Groh and King, 22, are hoping to hit it big with their game, which features a dinosaur that must collect its eggs during what Groh called the “dinosaur apocalypse.”
Now that they have the proper funding, Groh and King said they plan to make major progress on the game.
“From here on out we will be spending every waking moment finishing, polishing and testing Parkourasaur so we can ship a quality title in a timely fashion,” said Groh.
The release date is tentatively set for Nov. 26, but the pair said it could change depending on how adjustments to the game progress.
Groh and King had 74 total backers that helped to raise $7,060. Most backers, according to the Kickstarter website, donated between $50 and $75, with 11 people donating $75 or more (three people donated more than $300). Each of the contributors, even those who donated $1, received a special perk – the larger the donation, the bigger the reward. Those who pledged $300 or more received a slew of added bonuses, including the opportunity to have an in-game character created in their likeness.
Groh said all of the donors deserve a huge thank you, and King said he’d like to extend a special “thanks” to his parents, Randy and Laurie.
“They definitely helped us out when we needed it,” King said.
The money raised will cover hardware and software costs, as well as licensing fees. The pair hope to make a profit off of the game through a series of micro-transactions in which users can buy accessories for their dinosaur.
For more information on “Parkourasaur,” visit www.uraniumsquid.com.