Seth Howell has a favor to ask. He needs help making his first game. No, this isn’t one of those “Help my 5 year old make their first game!” campaigns you see all over IndieGoGo, this is an actual adult-ish person trying to make it happen on his own.
The game Seth is working on is called Adrift, and it’s a first person adventure game. It’s fairly unique in that the player isn’t given an explanation of why they’re there; in fact there’s no HUD, enemies, missions, or combat. You’re plopped into a foreign environment and need to figure out what to do next. (insert “It’s kinda like highschool!” joke here.) Given that this is Seth’s first game he’s choosing to keep things a bit small, undoubtedly a wise choice. So instead of being a full blown survival simulator, something I’m still waiting for, Adrift has an ending that you’ll be able to get to in a few hours.
A word of caution before you check out the Adrift funding video. It looks choppier than playing Falcon 3.0 on a 286*. Part of the $6,000 Seth is hoping to raise will go towards new hardware, as well as software. While it may seem a little risky to back a game from an inexperienced developer that’s only shown some rough gameplay samples, the fact that so little money is being asked for helps balance things out.
The Adrift Kickstarter runs until March 8th and has a funding target of $6,000.
*God, I’m old…