Official Game Title: Terrorarium
Publisher: Games by Stitch
Developer: Games by Stitch
Genre: Action Platformer, User-Generated Content
Rating: ESRB Everyone 10+
Number of Players: 1
Play Modes: Single-Player Mode and Maker Mode
Platforms: Windows PC
Release Window: July 28 2020
Terrorarium is a game about wanton destruction, adorable gore and... gardening! Take on the role of an alien gardener whose all-consuming ambition is to win the coveted blue ribbon at the Intergalactic Horrorcultural Society Competition. There is no planet too remote, no plant too deadly, and no hazard too great to stand in her way of obtaining the rarest and most volatile specimens in the galaxy. The Gardener controls a small swarm of Moogu: a cute, invasive species who obey her every command. As obedient as they are stupid, the Gardener has no qualms about sending hordes of them to violent deaths in her quest to conquer each Terrorarium. Utilizing her deadly wit and unscrupulous competitiveness, players guide the gardener to total horticultural victory.
In Maker Mode, choose how the chaos unfolds. Design and publish your own levels with vicious creatures, treacherous hazards, plant monsters, lovely foliage, and destructible terrain. With these moveable, scalable, customizable assets, you can create a beautiful garden, a deadly maze, or a murderous gauntlet.
When your creation is complete, share the levels you build with your friends, frenemies, and the world so they too may see the horrors you have wrought.
Terrorarium is a collaborative effort between Stitch Media and the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo. The project began as a brainstorming session between Stitch studio founder Evan Jones, studio director Wayne Shipley and game designer Adam Bradley, who wanted to make a game that reveled in the hilarity and joy of destruction. That first prototype was entitled Tiny Apocalypse. Inspired by the George R. R. Martin's short story "Sand Kings, "the team wanted to make a game where losing catastrophically was both fun and sometimes desirable. After a 3-day game-jam and a short proof-of-concept development phase, the game evolved from cruelly building and gleefully destroying tiny civilizations, into one where the same destructive impulses could be explored through the world of intergalactic gardening.
With a new direction and title, Stitch Media began developing Terrorarium in earnest in early 2018. The team decided to approach community building as an integrated part of the development cycle from the very outset. They incorporated a strategy of radical transparency into their work, documenting their daily progress and process on social media, discussing the project on a development blog and streaming their creative process live on Twitch. They have also opened their dev process up to feedback and playtesting as early as possible, inviting playtesters into the pre-alpha process to incorporate player feedback right from the beginning.
• Visit alien worlds as The Gardener and hurl Moogu at vicious plant monsters
• Build the most terrifying and sophisticated murder garden in the galaxy
• 60+ customizable assets in our Maker Mode
• Conquer increasingly difficult puzzles in Campaign Mode
• Easily shareable levels, challenge your frenemies!
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"Terrorarium is an intriguing Pikmin-esque puzzle adventure that promises a blend of destruction, gore and gardening as you take on the role of a gardener who’s attempting to create the greatest terrarium in the galaxy!"
-- KJ Robertson, Alpha Beta Gamer, "Terrorarium -- Pre-Alpha Signup"
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