Kickstart This: ‘The Secret Cove’ Hunts Treasure in Cornwall

Cheeky Sprite Studios, based in the United Kingdom, invites players to explore the beauty of Cornwall in their forthcoming game The Secret Cove. If ancient legends, buried treasure, and point-and-click adventures are your cup of tea, get ready to enjoy a whole kettle.


You take on the role of an unemployed deckhand, looking for work. One night in a local pub, as you’re cozied up with a pint, you overhear a pair of old sea dogs talking about the Cornish legend of ‘the secret cove.’ One of the fishermen claims to possess the journal of a notorious smuggler, now deceased, which can lead an intrepid soul to the secret cove and the treasure hidden there. From this conversation, you find yourself on the non-linear adventure of a lifetime as you explore real-life scenes in Cornwall. Solving puzzles, assembling tools, uncovering artifacts, and navigating lost smuggling tunnels, every step you take will – hopefully – bring you that much closer to untold riches and fame.


The journal is not complete, so part of your journey will involve discovering the lost pages. Your travels will take you through interactive scenes, beautifully rendered in 3D, which will have you traveling on land, underground, and even underwater, accompanied all the way by a dramatic, atmospheric soundtrack composed by Rich Douglas. You’ll visit famous landmarks throughout Cornwall, including St. Ives Wharf, St. Michael’s Mount, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and even Tintagel Castle – rumored to be the birthplace of King Arthur. You’ll need all your wits and sense of adventure to bring this story to its conclusion.


To help bring The Secret Cove to PC gamers everywhere, Cheeky Sprite Studios just launched a Kickstarter campaign. They hope to raise £50,000 in order to finance their vision of what the game can be. The target platform is Windows 8 – PC, mobile, and tablet – but they also plan to release for Windows 7, Android, and also iOS devices. They hope to bring the game to Steam Greenlight, and with any luck, they’ll be able to launch it not only for the initial platforms, but also for Mac and Ouya, with language translations in Spanish, French, and German. Be sure to check out the Kickstarter, and meanwhile keep tabs on Cheeky Sprite Studios on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Laura, to borrow a phrase from Metal Gear Solid 3, has one good eye and can still fire a gun. She refers to herself as a "video dame," and has been an avid gamer on various platforms since she first picked up a Pong controller over 30 years ago. She takes great delight in explaining different games to her husband.