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Kickstarter Round-Up: July 2014
The biggest thing that confounds me about the recent ‘Potato Salad Debacle’ on Kickstarter is that I still don’t entirely know if it’s a good or bad thing for Kickstarter as a platform. On one hand, it is literally the ‘Flappy-Bird of Kickstarters’. But then again, I feel weird denouncing it for being another strong – albeit bizarre – example of Kickstarter letting internet communities get behind projects and make them happen.
Regardless of where you stand on Potato Saladgate, it’s still been a strong month for games on Kickstarter. Here’s the lowdown:
It sounds like a cross between Castlevania and Chrono Trigger and while its no Potato Salad, it’s certainly one of the more compelling game projects to pop up on Kickstarter this month. According to the team, Timespinner wants to bring together the “rich story worlds of Star Ocean, the expansive gothic castle exploration in Castlevania, and the tight gameplay of Megaman X”. On top of that it’s got a pretty nostalgia-rich 2D look to it – which you can get a glimpse at in their pledge video below:
Timespinner has nine days left in its Kickstarter but its well and truly soared past its $50K fundraising goal. You can find out more and pledge your support via their Kickstarter page.
Fire Vs Fire
Fire Vs Fire is a nifty-looking tower defense game that’s been in development for quite some time but only just recently launched its Kickstarter campaign. Although tower defense is hardly the least popular of genres, Fire Vs Fire does look like its a project with a lot of passion for the genre behind it. It’s got a vibrant art style and looks to be bringing with it a new PVP twist that will see players not only manage their own tower defenses but also the creep waves that attack their opponents.
Fire Vs Fire is currently sitting at just under $2K of its 10K goal and you can find out more through their Kickstarter page.
Timespinner isn’t the only game on this month’s round-up featuring temporal-shennanigans with this Firebelly Studios-developed project also boasted a nifty pixelated artstyle of its own. Their Kickstarter page names popular sci-fi shows like Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica as inspirations for their games story and it will see players take the role of a worker on a mining ship who returns home to find his world obliterated.
Temporus only has a handful of days left and is sitting at just under half of its $20K goal. If you want to make this game happen, check out their Kickstarter page for more info.
It definitely makes for a stark contrast against the colorful and nostalgic visuals of the other games on this list but InSomnia’s dark dieselpunk aesthetic isn’t the only compelling thing its offering gamers with its Kickstarter. Developers Studio MONO are promising a fully-fledged single-player and co-op RPG set on a retro-futuristic space-station. Check out Leviathyn’s interview with the project’s lead here and the pledge video below:
Insomnia has just raised its $70,000 goal but has a week left and a slew of cool stretch goals worth pledging money for via their Kickstarter page.
You can check out last month’s round-up here.