Kerhonkson, NY is a sleepy town located about two hours north of New York City. Characterized by lush forests and starry nights, it is well known as a hotspot for hang gliders and mountain climbers. In the summer the spanning meadows come to life with the sounds of birds and cicadas, while families of deer can regularly be found frequenting their favorite ponds and streams.
It is here that Phineas Gearbox constructed his secluded lab in the tiny hamlet of Palentown which is located inside the Catskill State Park area. No matter where his elaborate adventures led him, Gearbox was always happy to return to the fresh air that gently rocked the pine trees in its breeze. This “zone” is the location of the game’s first 10 levels. Although the levels are still being designed, we envision meadows, forests, ponds, creeks, rocks and flowers to be the backdrop of this laid-back entry point to The Mechanical World of Dr. Gearbox.
Zone Boss - Bash Crasher
A loud “Boom!” breaks the eerie silence. In the distance, the crack and shriek of branches breaking and trunks snapping alert you that something dangerous is approaching. At first you think it might be a tree bending in the wind - a flash of brown bark and green leaves moving in the thicket - but then you notice the scowling mask and flailing arms. Bash Crasher might not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but his war club is the hardest hitting weapon in the woods.
Bash is the final boss in the Kerhonkson zone. Drawing on the power of nature, his mission is to protect the forest from … well, from you and everything you represent. At least that’s the way he sees it. Go ask the trees if technology is their friend, they’ll cough from the pollution and loudly reply “No, sir!” Do the creeping vines take kindly to robots? No, they do not.
Using brute force over brains has enabled Bash to rise to the top, but in the process he might have confused your intent.You are going to need to keep your wits about you if you hope to best this foe and avoid meeting the business end of “Bash Crasher”. Can you defeat Bash and make him see the errors of his ways? Can this giant forest spirit even become a friend in your quest? Can you help nature through the use of technology and seek a balanced alliance? Only time will tell.
Deep within the snow-capped Canadian Rockies lies the endless nature of Jasper, Alberta. A true natural treasure, this location boasts glacier-fed blue lakes, winding aqua green rivers and dense fir and aspen forests. The diverse ecosystem is home to grizzly bears, moose, sheep, and elk along with thousands of species of plants and insects. This is our planned second “zone” that will contain levels 11-20. Currently under development, concepts include snow storms, frozen bodies of water, canyons and thick snow covered forests.
Zone Boss - Gribnok
The clicking and crackling and sound of ice cracking can be heard over the wind, as you peer into the distance, squinting to see through the dancing snow. There it is again: Click click click drush! Whatever’s making all that racket must be huge, but all you can make out are the vague shapes of trees, thin and slender. Wait, did that one just move? Before the cold froze Botley’s voice simulator, you heard him faintly say “Warning…warn---... I-s- ...I-spy...her,” his voice getting slower and quieter until he shut down.
Your heart races as the sound gets louder and nearer, and you pull you bear suit closer for comfort and for warmth against the biting wind. Suddenly Botley begins to whir and hum as his operating system boots back up. Picking up mid sentence, he shouts: “--ning, Ice Spider! Warning, Ice Spider!” Before you can react, a giant articulated spider leg slams down in front of you, and you are face to segmented eye with an abominable arachnid, whose giant white fangs lock at you and whose giant blue hue blocks the horizon.
As it stares down all you can think is “Do ice spiders weave ice webs? Are ice spiders poisonous? Maybe I should… run!”
Mohave County, AZ
Home to a plethora of tough, heat-adapted animals, Mohave County, AZ is as treacherous as it is beautiful. Bats, Lizards, Spiders, and more can be found hiding in the shadows to stay cool. With pristine and expansive sand dunes, the breathtaking Colorado River, and mesmerizing mountain formations, it's the perfect location for our 3rd planned zone. Mohave County, AZ will span levels 21-30. Don't forget your sunscreen!
In the shadow of the Kilauea volcano lies the small town Kalapana, which is the setting for our fourth and final zone. Located on the coast of the island of Hawai’i, Kalapana’s lush tropical landscape was transformed into a fiery furnace when Kilauea erupted, spewing lava flows toward the sea and forcing Dr. Gearbox to abandon his famed Center for Geothermal Research and Botanical Experimentation.
Return to Kalapana with Botley, Jessica, and the others in order to test your skills.To complete levels 31-40, you’ll have to draw on all of your knowledge to defeat the most challenging opponents in the game and face off against the final boss. What secret is hidden at the end of Kalapana? Dr. Gearbox needs you to solve the mystery.