We usually wait for apps to be launched before talking about them on Appseeq, but The Secret Cove is a project still in development that we've had our eye on for a while, so when the developers, Cheeky Sprite Studios offered us a sneak preview, we naturally took the bait.
The Secret Cove is a point-and-click adventure set in the idyllic county of Cornwall, UK with a storyline involving witchcraft, local folklore and smuggling that will immerse you in a mysterious world based on real locations, and will pit you against some quite ingenious "real world" puzzles that will have you combining and crafting new objects and using lateral thinking in order to progress.
It's an ambitious project that has already been in development for over a year, with a staggered release planned for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Ouya - which you can expect to see launching from October 2015. In the mean time, the indie developer hopes to fund completion of the project via a Kickstarter campaign which goes live today (24th of September).
Interested to learn more, we asked the game's Project Director, Suzanne Mosley-Payne a few questions about the game..
Q. Why did you decide to set this game in Cornwall? Is there anything about the area that you think lends itself to the genre and storyline?
“Cornwall is such a beautiful part of the UK. Its scenery ranging from dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches and coves, breathtaking countryside and quaint fishing villages, harbours and streets. We have both been visiting Cornwall on holiday for many years and its a great location really close to our hearts. Cornwall has a great history of smuggling and coves, which gave us fantastic inspiration for the modern day smugglers lost treasure theme of The Secret Cove game.”
Q. From what we’ve seen so far, there seems to be a lot of attention to detail in your environments. Can you describe the creative process that leads to a finished scene?
“We spend a lot of time brainstorming scenes and ideas. Then model the basic 3D scene, texture it, light it then add extra final objects and details. Its then dropped into our editor where particles and effects are added.”
Q. As a self-funded indie developer, what challenges have you seen during the first year of development?
“Being such a small team The Secret Cove is large scale project for us and extremely challenging. We have had to handle almost every part of the creative, technical and business activities between ourselves due to being self funded. The working hours are extremely long but we are so passionate about our project and love working on it.”
Q. Any advice for your fellow indie-devs?
“We have found being part of communities of fellow indie developers to be a fantastic support and have made some great friends along the way.
We co-host #IndieDevHour on Twitter and are working hard to build up a friendly global community where everyone that is interested in indie development or indie games are welcome. There is a main discussion starting at 7pm (GMT/BST) every Wednesday where everyone chats, shares tips, shares screenshots from their projects, cross promotes and can seek help and advice.
The team are hoping to raise £50,000 and you can back their Kickstarter campaign here.
Cheeky Sprite Studios is an independent development studio based in Chesterfield, UK; founded in 2010 by Project Director, Suzanne Mosley-Payne and Developer, Nigel Mosley.