Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler!

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Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler!
Developer(s) Venture Moon Industries, Autumn Moon Entertainment (licensor)
Publisher(s) Alliance Digital Media
Designer(s) Bill Tiller
Composer(s) Pedro Macedo Camacho
Engine Unity
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Ouya
  • WW: October 6, 2016
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler! is a point-and-click adventure game spinoff of Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island, developed by Venture Moon Industries for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, and Ouya. In August 2014, a crowdfunding campaign was launched to fund the title, originally envisioned for a modest two-to-four hours of gameplay. As it neared completion, however, the game found a publisher and additional episodes are planned. The first episode was released on October 6th, 2016.[1]


Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler! employs a traditional point-and-click interface, with gameplay consisting of solving inventory and dialog puzzles.[2]


The game follows Duke Grabowski, a brutish pirate who must convince his crew that he has what it takes to become a captain.[2]


In 2013, Autumn Moon Entertainment made an unsuccessful attempt to crowdfund, via Kickstarter, A Vampyre Story: Year One. A key objective of the project was to convert the company's proprietary engine to Adventure Creator, an extension of Unity.

Despite the failure of the Kickstarter, the team, consisting of Bill Tiller, Gene Mocsy and Jeremiah Grant, decided to continue the effort without funding. Duke Grabowski began as a proof of concept for the new engine, but the team found the character so enjoyable that they decided to expand the tech demo into a complete, albeit small, adventure game. In August 2014, a Kickstarter was launched with a modest goal of $40,000, which it narrowly achieved.

Despite being developed by the core creative team of Autumn Moon, the game is being released under a new label, Venture Moon Industries. The three developers formed this company so that they would share ownership of the property, whereas Autumn Moon is owned by Bill Tiller. Since Duke Grabowski is a spin-off of Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island, Tiller is licensing the IP to Venture Moon through Autumn Moon.

Also contributing to the project are LucasArts adventure veterans Alyssa Clark, Dave Grossman, and Larry Ahern, the latter two making cameo appearances in the game. The soundtrack will consist of selections from the Ghost Pirates score composed by Pedro Macedo Camacho as well as new music by Jared Emerson-Johnson.[3]

In May 2016, Venture Moon announced that the game had reached an agreement with a publisher, Alliance Digital Media. The partnership allowed the team to work on the game full-time, and broadened the scope of the project as well - Duke Grabowski was expanded into an episodic series, with the game that was originally crowdfunded serving as a self-contained first episode.[4]


  1. ^ "Kickstarter for Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler!". The International House of Mojo. 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  2. ^ a b "Bill Tiller's Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler! sets sail on Kickstarter". Adventure Gamers. 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  3. ^ "Jared Emerson-Johnson scores gig scoring Duke Grabowski". Mixnmojo. 2016-07-12. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  4. ^ "Update #32 - Good, Bad and the Sad". Kickstarter. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2016-05-03.

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