MANE | narrative interaction that let you experience lion cycle of life.
- Wild Lion simulation narrative choice-matters RPG | Lion cub tale of brother
INTRODUCTION : // Hello! I'm Khanin. the sole developer for MANE. Apologize in advance for My English that is kinda rusty (especially when you spending time speaking it to no one : P)
MANE begin with the vision i have last November when first Lion King (2019) trailer came up
and sparked my friend to introduce me to this documentary 'Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand (2015)' and he called it "a realistic gruesome Lion King". so I watched it and like "whoaa.. these Lion life are so mafia-like!" It is cruel and ruthless the way lion social behavior function. but there's also something sad and heartfelt element in it. and these documentarian and the reserve stuff are having hard time to see the event unfold. It took a decade of observation unfolded into a bloody yet glory tale.
then came 'MANE' a narrative focused game emphasize on branching and consequence to
telling tale of lion brothers and let player narrate your lion cub fate in the dangerous wild and fighting for dominance. also Thank to the same friends who also have a hand on writing part of the game too
and help watching too many lion documentary clips.
MANE is a lion narrative simulator adventure about the extremely violent power struggle among st several lion families in the wild.
The player will be making choices as a lion throughout periods of the lion life from birth till death. Guide your lion cub in mastering skills , bonding with brothers or demanding dominance and respect from young age. To tailor your way to surviving in the wild. A fate destined for hardship as a male lion.
You are a male lion cub born within a pride named "Kuanza"; a strong healthy pride claiming an abundant grass field on the west region.
On your youthful day, you will be spending with four brothers; Black beard , Moon , Winky and Mhlophe ;The new young male cubs of Kuanza pride.
These carefree and safety periods will inevitably not last. And,Not all will make it to adulthood when the threat come.
Forcing into adulthood, your grown-up days will be full of hardship. Surviving on your own for foods resource in the wild region of lands. full with restlessly dangerous animals. Striving together with your brothers through blood and sweat. Until your time for conquering lands and claiming prides for your own come.
"MANE" is narrative role playing game focusing in choice and consequences with element of interactive game world point and click style and board game-like strategy aspect of event card and stats.
"MANE" narrative are moved by periods of player's lion phase; youth ,coalition and ruling periods.
Each Phase will presented in a limited cycles and Every cycle presented with a list of possible actions to take. Player will be challenged to maintaining and balancing their stats and relationship.
NARRATIVE DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
MANE are designing with many branches to determine many possibility. It is not the goal to build your lion to be a leader of your coalition and claim yourself as a mighty king. But to survive the wild at whatever cause. Choosing to bond with the brother and seeking glory in being your brother closest comrade could go a long way. Having your part in pushing which brother you'd like to see claim the throne. Or,Seeing your lion legacy unfold differently and try your luck at taking the nomads way. Seeking no pride and territory could also lead you into much more interesting path. Because in the end, All the glorious conquers, kills and, reign will turn to earth as well as all things. Capture your tragedy legacy and celebrate the cycle of life.
Build your legacy | A king ,a nomad or a victim of the war and the wild. Playing as a lion from a cub. Seeing how your lion legacy unfold.
Survival for the fittest | The Wild is restlessly dangerous. Plan you move and spend time strategically. A male lion life is destined for hardship, Every event challenges can result in dire situation.
Build your coalition | Enter lion adulthood with Force of Greatness and might. Train your lion cub skills as well as your brothers to preparing for the wild.
Brotherly love/rival | A Full narrative quest story and consequence dedicated for each brothers. Your brother can turn out to be a loyal comrade leading you to the glory or a rivalry await for betrayal.
Unique presentation | Stage-like exaggerating visual scene design for an authentic nature tale scripting in documentary manner presenting A.I. operative guiding you in follow your named lion.
Explore , Conquer and Claim territories | A wide range of natural region present in stage platofrm. Opening war and invade toward other lion territories. claiming lands and owning prides to build your reign.
Re-playable | A path for a king is not an easy one. Fail-often. Seeing how your lion life turn out differently each play-thought;
Personalize and customization wears | Character creation; picking your mane style and color for your lion,Customize with 3 type wearable reflecting each of your lion skill.
Support and follow the development on Sun-torn.itch.io/mane