By: Ted Sterchi
An action-adventure RPG with heart
Orange Island is a new retro single-player 8-bit action-adventure platformer game being developed by former SEGA designer Ted Sterchi.
This game is being carefully developed to be a completely authentic experience, fully created under the graphic and audio specifications of the NES.
Players will explore a vast island, swapping between five different playable characters who have their own unique magical abilities and discovering who is best suited for different areas and obstacles. This is an island that will reward the curious with plentiful secrets and hidden ancient relics to be found.
We think every kind of gamer can enjoy the experience of a slightly obtuse old-school game that's balanced to be friendlier to modern gamers.
One regular vacation soon turns into a generational tale about family, friendship, hope, bravery, and our impact on the environment.
You’ll want to spend all summer here.
A modern spin on an 8-bit action-adventure game!
Swap between five playable characters as you progress through a pastel tropical island, struggling against the local slimes while discovering hidden secrets of the land. But don’t let the bright palette and abundant goodies fool you - this sugary-sweet island has a deep history.
You’ll unlock new weapons and magical abilities along your quest, helping you face the most treacherous beasts as you enjoy and explore a free-form open world.
We’re developing our own take on the classic action/platforming gameplay from side-scrolling NES games like Legacy of the Wizard, Kirby's Adventure, and Zelda II, mixed with some puzzles and RPG elements similar to Wonder Boy, Mother, and La Mulana.
If you like games like those, there’s something here for you.
- 6+ hours of gameplay with vast areas built for non-linear exploration
- A touching and timely story told via cutscenes and conversations
- Five playable characters with individual magical abilities and stats
- 8-bit graphics, chiptune audio, and gameplay authentic to the NES
- A unique pastel pixel art style
- Engaging puzzles with retro side-scrolling platformer mechanics
- Side-quests and activities to complete in numerous towns, inns, and shops
- Diverse characters and themes created by a queer developer
- No microtransactions, loot boxes, or gambling nonsense
- “Shoot-em-up” sequences with classic spaceship combat
- Arrangements by Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta and Nintendo composer Soyo Oka
- Releasing on PC and Mac with controller support, and on physical NES cartridge
- Future platforms include PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch
As Theo and his friends Azure, Kira, and Ami arrive on the coast of the tropical Orange Island, they learn of the island's history and the complicated past between Theo's grandmother Mary and the local slimes.
The four tweens spring into action and begin to learn magical powers from her, acting quickly to save her life and perhaps even bring peace to the mysterious land.
Certain areas or puzzles will be more suited to or require a specific character's abilities, encouraging frequent swapping to progress the story and unlock new areas of the world map, giving everyone a chance to shine.
The plot will be told through dialog scenes and flashbacks that occur between completed areas and boss battles. Your choices also greatly affect the story, the areas you'll explore, and even the ending of the game.
Are you up for the challenge of Orange Island?
This adventure platformer pushes its pixels to the limit! As you jump around and explore the sugar-sweet tropical island, you’ll learn new magical powers and grow stronger in combat.
You’ll have to get comfortable with your favorite character’s abilities in order to play around their varying stats like power, range, and jump height.
Switching between Theo, his friends, and his grandmother will help you solve puzzles and unlock new locations, and many treasures and side quests require a specific hero’s abilities.
There will also be a sleep and hunger meter, and other interesting status effects!
You'll traverse forests, coral reefs, high-tech towers, beaches, spooky caves, and many more strange and unexpected places!
Throughout the open map you’ll find towns with shops and inns, meeting the local islanders who may have a secret to share about their part of the world.
Enjoy the most exciting summer vacation ever.
Here are some of the coolest rewards you can pick up! Please refer to the side panel to see what's included in your pledge.
Orange Island on a physical playable NES cartridge. Pink-colored carts are exclusive to this campaign - last chance! Physical box and manual available separately or as a bundle. Also available in white!
Physical 11"x17" wall poster. Artwork is exclusive to this campaign - last chance.
Brand new Orange Island t-shirt featuring Azure, Theo, and Mary! Produced by Fangamer, art by Sarlis.
Vinyl album of the chiptune Game OST, or the Acoustic Remix album! Produced by Ship to Shore. Artwork is exclusive to this campaign - last chance.
Cassette tape of the chiptune Game OST, or the Acoustic Remixes album! Produced by Ship to Shore. Artwork is exclusive to this campaign - last chance.
Although much of the music in the game will be composed by Ted, we've also got some special guests on the soundtrack! Including...
Hiroki Kikuta is a composer and sound designer known for the iconic Secret of Mana and a handful of other classics. His list of works is incredible, and we’re honored to have his proficiency included in the game.
Listen to his other music here
Soyo Oka is a legendary composer who has written for some of your favorite retro Nintendo games. Not only has she written for many Japan-only NES games, she was the composer for several SNES classics like Super Mario Kart, Pilotwings, and SimCity! Orange Island is the first NES game Soyo Oka has composed for since the 1990s!
Mark Sparling is a chiptune master. To make sure that we're being true to the NES, Mark will be arranging and producing all of our songs in FamiTracker. A couple of Mark's original tunes will also make it into the game. Check him out!
Anton Corazza is a lyricist and composer. His track 'Slime Brilliance' is one of the most intricate songs so far!
Please stay tuned as our guest contributor list may grow!