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Kickstarter Round-Up: November 2014
With the holiday season fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to give the gift of giving via Kickstarter. Though the relationship between consumers and creators has been a tricky one, and while Kickstarter hasn’t done much to clear things up, it’s certainly made it easier for each side to reach out to the other. As much as I love it, Indie Game: The Movie has left many with an idealized view of what indie development is like versus the many more everyday struggles that a lot of developers face. It take a lot of time, effort, money and discipline to pull off indie games development, why not throw in a few dollars and support someone’s dream game?
Anyhow, here’s the round-up:
That Dragon, Cancer
Speaking of supporting dream-games….That Dragon, Cancer is an intriguing-looking project that’s an interactive point and click adventure and love letter to the married-development team’s son Joel, who recently passed away from terminal brain cancer. According to the Kickstarter page, the game will see you exploring five different physical spaces – each enriched with the thoughts and memories of Joel’s parents. According to the pair, “Our desire is to craft an adventure game that is poetic, playful, full of imagination and of hope. This is how we choose to honor him and his memory.” Check out the emotional pledge video below:
That Dragon, Cancer is currently sitting at around $33,500 of its $85,000 goal. The project has 29 days left, so get donating over at the Kickstarter page.
Late To The Party
On the more-conventional side of things comes Late To The Party, A Cold War Espionage RPG developed by India’s Pyrodactyl Games. This 2D adventure will you see take on the role of a KGB investigator caught in the middle of a Baltic conspiracy. It’s got a very distinct look to it and the developers are promising some cool gameplay hooks here courtesy of Soviet rich spy history. There are also some nifty conversational encounters on the table here with players able to navigate their way through conversations by pushing different angles and influencing their target into certain actions.
Late to the Party is currently sitting at just under $10,000 of its $50,000 goal. Check out their Kickstarter page for more info.
The last game of this month’s Kickstarter round-up is the stealth platformer Aerannis. According to their Kickstarter page, Aerannis an ambitious title that promises “stealth action and massive bosses” with players tasked to “take hostages, lay traps, assassinate politicians, and decide whether to uphold an ancient society of shapeshifters that’ve guided humanity’s advances or destroy them all.” Like many Kickstarters, it’s got a delightfully retro-aesthetic to it and the pledge video shows off the plethora of stealth options on offer.
Aerannis is currently sitting at roughly $70 below its $6000 goal and I heartily recommend checking it out and pushing it over the line over at its Kickstarter page.