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Kickstarter Round-Up: April 2014
I knelt down to the forest floor and examined the footprints.
They were fresh.
My hunt through the wilderness of the ‘Net had been a long but fruitful one.
My prey might have begun as harmless and innocent projects,
but they had grown wild and reckless in the jungles of the internet.
Sometimes they evolved out of the exotic quagmire of creative startups
while other times they migrated here from once-prosperous development pastures.
It didn’t matter where these crowdsourced games came from.
They were all mine for the taking.
I heard a rustling in the bushes and scrambled for my freshly-delivered Pebble Watch….
Apologies, I don’t know what came over me – I must have lost myself in the hunt for a minute there.
Anyway, here are this month’s coolest and most exciting Kickstarter games.
Last Life has really come out of nowhere these past few days to become one of the most exciting projects of the month. This is a Double Fine endorsed episodic adventure game and I think it’s just best if I let the premise speak for itself:
“LAST LIFE is a sci-fi noir adventure game for PC, Mac and Linux about a transhumanist colony on Mars. When a murdered detective is 3D printed back into existence, he reopens his last case to uncover what he missed — a hunt that reveals AI corruption, corporate espionage, and the conspiracy that may have led to Earth’s doom.”
Yup. Suffice to say, it’s one of the most compelling adventure game pitches I’ve heard in years and as if that’s not impressive enough – the whole project is being put together by one man (with some help on the distribution side from Double Fine). It’s hard to not get caught up in the excitement.
The game is currently sitting at $41,000 of its $75,000 goal with 25 days to go. I implore you guys to go check out the game’s brilliant art style and back it via their Kickstarter page.
If Last Life is my favorite Kickstarter of the month, Pixel Noir is a very close second. This SWDTech-developed project is looking to blend together 16-bit RPGs and stylish Noir stories into something really cool. Not content with a cool story and a slick looking combat system the ambitious development team behind the project are also promising to bring their unique vision to PC, Android, iOS, PS4 and Vita.
The project is currently sitting at about $8000 of their $97,000 goal so go get to funding this gem of a game via their page. No but seriously – go fund it. I’ll wait.
While Four-Sided Fantasy doesn’t look as complex as the last two games I’ve mentioned, it does still look like a gem of an idea that definitely deserves to get funded. It’s a puzzle platformer that gives you control of a businessman who loses his way and finds himself with the ability to fold space and toggle screen wrapping.
It’s a hard thing to convey in text so I’d definitely recommend checking out the project’s Kickstarter page for some more pictures that explain and (hopefully) capture why the game looks so darn exciting. The project is currently sitting at $8000 of $35,000 with 22 days to go.
Mark of the Old Ones
Mark of The Old Ones is a Metroidvania physics platformer with a twist – it’s going to be heavily inspired by the mythos of HP Lovecraft. The game looks like it’s going to have a pretty rich visual look to it and much like Four-Sided Fantasy, it’s the kind of game that’s well worth checking out in action before you make a judgement on it.
The project is currently sitting at just under $9000 of its $46,000 goal with 24 days to go. Check out their page here.
So THAT’S where all the money went this month. Amello is a genre bending digital board game that sets 4 players in a medieval power struggle reminiscent of something like Game of Thrones, albeit with more talking animals. If the pitch video is any indication, the game has had just as much love and care put into its gameplay as it has its presentation, and it’s all coming together to be something rather special. Armello was recently featured on our latest Under the Radar series.
Aremello is currently at $115,000 or so out of the $200,000 goal with 22 days to go. You can read more about the game and pledge money through their page here.
Choice Chamber looks like the Kickstarter game to end all Kickstarter games. It is a 2D side scroller with a cool audience-generated twist. Choice Chamber is designed around livestreaming and will integrate with Twitch to allow spectators to vote on elements of each level like enemies, hazards and boss fights. It’s certainly a cool take on the genre and Twitch Plays Pokémon proved that interactive livestreaming is a concept with a lot of potential.
The project is currently sitting at about $14,000 of its requested $30,000 and if you want to take a more comprehensive look at, check out their Kickstarter page here.