[dropcap size=big]E[/dropcap]very week we take a brief look at all of the Kickstarter video game campaigns that launched in the previous week. This isn’t to say that all of these projects are worth your hard earned cash, but with any luck having all of them in one place will make it easier to educate yourself on the projects you’d like to back, and which ones to run from. You’ll find two types of campaigns listed, “featured” and “the rest“. Featured campaigns are those that contain a significant amount of game information, are from known developers, or are significant in some other way. The rest of the games are usually smaller campaigns that are lacking in information, are from unknowns, have unanswered questions, or have not yet stood out for one reason or another.
Featured Campaigns :
Game : FreezeME
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Some folks grew up with the early days of video games, while some others were children of the 90s. Falling into this category myself, it’s very easy to lament the style of early 3D platformers which have mostly disappeared from the landscape. Instead, indie developers have been hard at work creating their own NES-era creations. As time goes on though it seems we’re likely to see many more 90s based games as we’ve already seen a few. One of the latest is FreezeME which takes inspiration from classics such as Super Mario 64. Heck, just listen to the music and it’s not hard to guess the developer’s favored platformers.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
Harmonia Tactics : A tactical RPG with roguelike elements that looks promising, might be worth keeping an eye on!
Warriors of Lemuria : Another entry into the very crowded “open world sandbox survival” genre; at least this one has a lot to show already.
Toast! – Late to school. : An endless runner with lots of artwork on the page, unfortunately almost all of it is from other games.
Exodus : Religious themed games have a tough time getting funding, having a campaign page with no real info on it doesn’t help.
2nd Dimension Ghost : I can appreciate people going to Kickstarter to fund wild dream with little chance of becoming a reality, but there needs to be more effort put into it than this.
Hanako – Soul of the Samurai : Another promising game to keep an eye, unfortunately the campaign is DOA.
The 8th Continent: Lunar Destiny : This moon exploration/civ game looks pretty rough at the moment, but there could be something here.
Dark Dayz : At first glance this game seems entirely forgettable, but it looks like fun and could be worth a second look.
Wubmarine : Any game that focuses on an EDM soundtrack so heavily is an immediate turnoff.
The Safeguard Solution : I’m actually having a tough time figuring out what’s going on here.
Abandoned : An intriguing game, but the near complete lack of updates on the developers successful campaign from 3 years ago is a turn-off.
Vacuos Terra : A retro style platformer with some fun MS Paint looking graphics.
Probe : A top down space shooter that’s offering quite a bit more depth than what’s typically found in the genre.
Forgotten Trail : An educational game with some nice twists from an experienced team.
Soulless : Of course games are going to look rough while still in development, but the horrific frame rate in the funding video isn’t doing this campaign any favors.
Face IT : A really cool looking game that could use a Kickstarter campaign overhaul.
Planet Fulcrum : A slick campaign with an interesting game. Unfortunately the way the game plays isn’t communicated very clearly.
Stray Cats The Game : As a $5,000 Kickstarter this would be off the wall and fantastic, unfortunately they’re asking for $75,000.
Political PunchOut : The days of using kids to ask for money on Kickstarter are over, it’s not cute.
Dwarf Project : A pixel-tastic side scrolling survival game.
Star-Bored : A deep space strategy RPG that could be interesting, but is buried in an uncompelling Kickstarter campaign.
Greanwold’s Magic : The game description reads like a list of SEO keywords.
That’s it for last weeks Kickstarter campaigns. Watch your wallets!