Factsheet

 

Developer:

Aloft Studio

Based in US

Founded 2013

Release date:

Mid-2019 TBD

Platforms:

PC / Mac / Linux/

Targeting Switch

Description

Hazelnut Bastille is a topdown adventure game with metroidvania elements which seeks to continue the great lineage of superior design from the mid 90's- the moment in time when mainstream 2D titles reached arguably their greatest level of refinement, in titles such as Super Metroid and Link to the Past. We seek to emulate this period in most ways, from graphic presentation, to audio production, to general level design philosophy.

Hazelnut Bastille tells the story of a young woman who travels to a foreign shore on the outskirts of her world, in order to seek out the promised gifts of mythological ancients, in hopes of retrieving something which was lost to her. On the way, her story becomes irrevocably intertwined with the lives of those living in this far off land.

 

History

Hazelnut Bastille started as a prototyping project in April of 2016, and has been in full time development ever since. The project is being developed in the Unity Engine, in a custom framework built in C#, and features its own custom development tools and level editors which allow us to manage environmental art and level design scripting in one package. A systems prototype was released in July of 2016, followed by serveral public demo iterations, and another demo and promo trailer is expected for March 2018.

 

Features

-Heavily conscientious level design

-Metroidvania progression

-Classic open-world Overworld and Dungeon format

-16-bit graphic and audio style

-8-voice Chiptune and lofi sample soundtrack

-Classic 8-way and 4-way navigation modes for gameplay

-Enemy design invoking original standards of 16-bit era

-Intense, brutal bosses which require learning and observation

-Highly challenging combat sequences with a high skill ceiling

-Puzzles built around observation, item use, and sequential logic

-Complex trading system to obtain optional items

-Customizable playstyle based on which items player obtains and equips

 
 
 

Video and Gifs

Images

 
 

Logos and Icons

 

Past Articles

Kotaku:

March 13, 2018; Ethan Gach; Feature

https://kotaku.com/secret-of-mana-s-composer-signs-on-to-retro-jrpg-1823733196

RockPaperShotgun:

November 19, 2018; Dominic Tarason; Feature

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/11/09/hazelnut-bastille-kickstarter-and-demo/

 

NintendoLife:

Ryan Craddock 28, 2018; Ryan Craddock; Feature

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/11/back_zelda-inspired_hazelnut_bastille_for_usd5plus_on_kickstarter_and_youll_get_a_second_game_for_free

October 19, 2018; Ryan Craddock; Feature

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/10/zelda-inspired_hazelnut_bastille_wants_to_bring_snes_magic_to_switch_kickstarter_coming_soon

March 12, 2018; Jon Cousins; Interview

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/03/feature_snes-style_rpg_hazelnut_bastille_coming_to_switch_with_secret_of_mana_composer_in_tow

 

GameInformer:

October 17, 2018; Brian Shea; Feature

https://www.gameinformer.com/2018/10/17/zelda-inspired-hazelnut-bastille-begins-kickstarter-campaign-next-week

March 13, 2018; Brian Shea; Feature

https://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2018/03/13/16-bit-rpg-hazelnut-bastille-coming-to-switch-adding-secret-of-mana-composer.aspx

Famitsu:

October 24, 2018; Mills Yoshi; Announcement

https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/24166381.html

 

Silicon Era: 

 

July 24, 2017; Joel Couture; interview  

http://www.siliconera.com/2017/07/24/hazelnut-bastille-developer-talks-building-upon-great-design-legend-zelda/

 

June 9, 2017; Joel Couture; Demo Annoucement

http://www.siliconera.com/2017/06/09/hazelnut-bastille-demo-looks-satisfy-link-past-itch/

 

December 13, 2016; Joel Couture; Project Introduction

http://www.siliconera.com/2016/12/13/hazelnut-bastille-top-homage-link-past/

Cliqist:

December 8, 2017; Nic Reuben; Demo Reaction

http://cliqist.com/2017/12/08/zelda-inspired-hazelnut-bastille-lied/

 

 

PCGamesN:

January 14, 2018; Dominic Tarason; "Rundown of the week"

https://www.pcgamesn.com/best-new-indie-games-pc-january-14-18

 

 

Gematsu:

October 23, 2018; Sal Romano; Feature

https://gematsu.com/2018/10/hazelnut-bastille-kickstarter-campaign-launched

NicheGamer:

November 28, 2018; Ryan Pearson; Announcement

https://nichegamer.com/2018/11/28/hazelnut-bastille-8-bit-prequel-dawnthorn-announced/

IndieGraze:

January 23, 2018; Eric Meyer; Interview

https://www.indiegraze.com/2018/01/23/interview-hazelnut-bastilles-dennis-varvaro/

 


FextraLife:

July 8, 2017; CTRLALTQUIN; Overview

https://fextralife.com/hazelnut-bastille-hands-on-impressions-a-snes-zelda-style-rpg-that-is-a-throwback-to-the-past/

 


Ninichi's Music Blog:

April 11, 2017; Ninichi; Overview

https://ninichimusic.com/blog/2017/introducing-the-game-hazelnut-bastille

 


AlphaBetaGamer:

July 3, 2017; Calum Fraser; Overview

https://www.alphabetagamer.com/hazelnut-bastille-alpha-demo/

 


Go Nintendo:

February 12, 2018; Raw Meat Cowboy; Switch speculation

https://gonintendo.com/stories/301893-aloft-studio-looking-to-release-hazelnut-bastille-on-switch

NintendoEverything:

October 2, 2018; Brian Shea; Feature

https://nintendoeverything.com/hazelnut-bastille-first-teaser-trailer/

 

Gry-online.pl:

July 11, 2017; Polish Language Article; Overview

https://www.gry-online.pl/S016.asp?ID=34788

 


Nintenderos:

February 12, 2018; Alberto Millan; Spanish Language Overview

http://www.nintenderos.com/2018/02/parece-bastante-probable-que-hazelnut-bastille-llegue-a-nintendo-switch/

 


One Angry Gamer:

July 1, 2017; Billy D; Demo annoucement

https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2017/06/hazelnut-bastille-legend-of-zelda-inspired-adventure-game-gets-free-demo/31996/

 

Mag.mo5.com:

June, 23, 2017; Guillaume Verdin; Overview, French Language

http://mag.mo5.com/actu/117049/hazelnut-bastille-un-jeu-dactionaventure-retro-en-demo/

 


Pawn's Perspective:

May 31, 2017; Rob Kalajian; Overview

http://pawnsperspective.com/hazelnut-bastille-public-demo-released/

 


PlayerNotes:

July 16, 2017; IamDeus; Polish Language Overview

https://playernotes.pl/gry/hazelnut-bastille-dungeon-crawler-z-potencjalem/

 


RetroManiac:

June 5, 2017; Overview; Spanish Language Overview

http://retromaniacmagazine.blogspot.com/2017/06/descarga-la-demo-de-hazelnut-bastille.html
 

July 2017 Community Demo Plays

 
 

Team

Aloft Studio

Aloft studio is a small collaborative group founded in 2013, with 2 major product releases currently being developed.

 

Team actively working on Hazelnut Bastille are:

Dennis Varvaro, age 31, does Art, Design, Writing, and Community media and Marketing for Aloft. 

He is a long-time student of Game Design Theory, and a life-long gamer with high reverence for the great productions of the early 90's.He has been involved in the indie game development and protoyping scene for around 7 years. He is the holder of a Professional-Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame with an emphasis on historic and traditional design. He has done work in classically-oriented architecture and landscape architecture firms on the US east coast and in Belgium, and has contributed to historic architectural survey work for the Prince's Foundation. He is also an adept at several commercial game engines and computer modeling suites, and an amateur musician and composer.

Mark Harbaugh, age 31, does Code, Prototyping, Scripting, and Design for Aloft. 

He has been writing code for over 13 years now, and is fluent in C#, C++, Javascript, HTML, PHP, Actionscript, GML, and Clojure, as well as Assembly and Machine language. For almost as long, he has been putting those skills to work prototyping around a dozen of his own game concepts. Mark pursues game development as a way of balancing his interest and proficiency in computer science with his strong creative impulse. He has a great love for the idea of games as a vehicle for storytelling and world building, as well as a careful hand for the minutia of a functional game structure. Mark is a long-time student of the mechanics of classic-era game engines, and their common solutions, and brings this knowledge to bear in invoking the feel of these great titles by learning from their solutions.

 

Shannon Mason, (AKA "Pongball"), age 35, is joining us as a composer for Hazelnut Bastille.


She is a lifelong composer who has worked on indie and casual mobile games for around 7 years. Shannon writes in a wide range of musical styles, but has found a particular niche in the romanticism of the 16 bit era. Through her close understanding of the writing techniques and character of the time, she has managed to create a sound which is a direct continuation of the lineage of the great 16 bit soundtracks, rather than merely an imitation of them. 

 

Samples of past work can be found at:  https://soundcloud.com/pongball  

 

 

Also working with Aloft, on the Sticks and Starships project, is:

Chris Boltonage 32, does Code, Engine Design, Prototpying, and Scripting for Aloft.

 

is the holder of a Bachelor's of Computer Science, and is an experienced team member with 10 years of engine deisgn experience. He has extensive knowledge in a multitude of computational theories, and with it, has tackled a variety of independent roles in the software development industry including the implementation, debugging, and maintenance of various systems for core engines, games, and tools. He has a strong past game industry experience working on cross-platform games and was responsible for designing, developing, and deploying core technology for independent developers. He is also an expert at module assembly, game-physics construction, and environmental rendering. He brings to the project over a decade of C++, C#, Java, and Lua-script coding, among many other languages.

Social Media Pages

Follow our development of Hazelnut Bastille on:

Our project site:         http://www.aloftstudios.net/hazelnutbastille

Twitter:                       https://twitter.com/AloftStudio

TIGSource:                  https://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=56748.0

IndieDB:                      http://www.indiedb.com/games/hazelnut-bastille

Contact

EMAIL us at:       aloftstudios@gmail.com