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Kickstarter Round-Up: August 2014
Last month’s Yogventures debacle may have been one of the most high-profile Kickstarter failures to date but I can’t say I was all that surprised to see the long-silent development of Yogventures come to a close. In fact, considering the historical precedent for movies and TV shows being poorly adapted into games I’m surprised more eyebrows weren’t raised when professional Lets-Play outfit Yogscast crowdfunded a game based on their own persona.
If any good could come out of this whole thing, I hope it leaves consumers in a more enlightened place in regards to not only the responsibilities and limits of Kickstarter but also just how much time, money and risk goes into games development.
On the lighter side of things, this month’s Kickstarter crop looks pretty promising:
Ever thought X–COM would be better with less aliens and more six-shooters? Hard West might be the game for you. It’s an isometric squad-based tactics game set in the wild west. Hard West is being put together by a handful of ex-Techland employees and they’re promising fun and dynamic combat encounters that’ll incorporate not only cover mechanics but also more complex maneuvers such as ricocheting bullets.
The game is currently sitting at around half of its $70K goal with 25 days to go. You can find out more through their Kickstarter page.
At this point, Kickstarter and adventure games are that couple that’s been going out for well over a year but still manage to find a way to make themselves the most adorable thing in the room. In much the same vein as Broken Age and Last Life, Jenny LeClue is a 2D adventure game that promises plenty of quirk, mystery and challenges for both veteran adventure gamers and genre newcomers. The game’s practically oozing with charm – just check out the pitch video below.
Jenny LeClue has already soared past its $65K goal but its got another nine days left and plenty of exciting stretch goals. Find out more on their project page.
Aegis Defenders fills this month’s quota for nostalgia-driven 16-bit platformers and genuinely like it could be a lot of fun for fans of that particular genre. The GUTS Department-developed title will see players take on the role of rune hunters searching for an ancient weapon called the Aegis. Players will be able to level up, customize and swap between different characters as they explore an expansive overworld and leave their mark on the world. There’s even a potential co-op mode coming courtesy of the game’s stretch goals.
Aegis Defenders is comfortably sitting at around $70,000 with 22 days to go. You can find out more at their Kickstarter page.
Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries
A loose take on the classic fairy tale, Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries looks to be a cinematic, atmospheric and visually jawdropping platformer in the vein of games like Trine or Limbo. It’s being put together by the guys and gals at GRIN Gamestudio and it’ll see players taking on the role of the titular heroine to navigate a twisted 2.5D world that’s equal parts fairy tale and steampunk.