[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 : Charmixy: Witch Academy
What it is : Marcus wrote: “As a child I totally wanted to be a witch. Shows like Bewitched and Sabrina the Teenage Witch just made the concept seem wildly fun. Of course, I grew up and did not spontaneously gain magical powers. With that said, thanks to games like Charmixy: Witch Academy it looks like all us non-witches can enjoy playing pretend. In this game you enter Edelwhite Academy, a premiere school for young witches. Once there you may battle against other classmates (either computer-controlled or actual players) in puzzle-based combat.“
Game : Roguelands
What it is : Marcus wrote: “It’s really cool to see developers who are now on their third or fourth Kickstarter campaigns after having previous successes. Sean Young is one of these people. After crowdfunding his previous projects (Pixel Kingdom andMagicite) he has now returned with Roguelands, the latest and most ambitious game yet. As the name might suggest, it also features a good deal of roguelike features, although there’s a lot of other inspirations at play too. Players, either alone or with a group of other players, explore procedurally generated planets in search of resources. Of course, each planet is full of danger – not to mention a monstrous creature known as the Destroyer which is always hot on your trail.“
What it is : Marcus wrote: “If you’re a fan of YouTube channels all about video games then you may have seen John “Gamester81″ Lester before. Although I’ve lessened my video consumption over the last few years, I definitely used to watch his content alongside many other great folks. Under the company Collectorvision, he is at work creating a brand new SNES game titled Sydney Hunter and the Caverns of Death. This action/puzzle/platformer puts you into the shoes of intrepid adventurer Sydney Hunter as they explore dangerous caverns. With only a simple boomerang, players will need to be very careful to survive the adventure.“
Game : Over The Hills And Far Away
What it is : Marcus wrote: “If there’s one thing visual novel fans like me adore Kickstarter for, it’s that the platform is always home to cool new projects of the genre. This week WarGirlGames launched their campaign for Over The Hills And Far Away. Before we dig into that story, it’s worth recalling this developer came to Kickstarter previously to fund My Little Dictator. That game is still underway but hopefully this start of a different campaign signals their other title is nearing completion. So, let’s get back to Over The Hills And Far Away!“
Game : Izle
What it is : Marcus wrote: “It seems no one can keep Ynnis Interactive down. Since 2013 they’ve hit up Kickstarter with six different video game projects (most of which succeeded). So far two have launched, Mysterious Cities of Gold and Kill the Bad Guy. Their more recent campaigns for Shiness and (very recently) Goetia are still in development. Even so, they’re more than happy to host a Kickstarter for developer Area Effect’s new game Izle. So, let’s talk about this brand new title and see if it sounds worth that $90,000 funding goal.“
Game : Ira
What it is : Marcus wrote: “It’s always refreshing to see new point and click adventures emerge since the genre has so much to offer. Ira, currently on Kickstarter by developer Ore Creative, is the latest out there. It tells the story of a fellow named Ira who grew up on Earth but obsessed with the stars. When humanity gains the ability to explore Ira is even more captivated – enough to join the second space flight team and see what other planets have to offer. Unfortunately, once pulled out of a multi-year sleep he finds himself completely alone (aside from an AI companion). What happened and why was Ira so compelled to be a part of this expedition since his youth?“
Game : Visions of Zosimos
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Back in 2012, Forever Interactive came to Kickstarter with a cool collectible card game (CCG) meets MMO concept in the form of Visions of Zosimos: Chaos Omen. Despite the fact that there are tons of fans in both these camps, the campaign was only able to make a little over $4,000 – nothing close to its $30,000 goal. The team kept at it and continued polishing their game until now. They’ve finally launched a new crowdfunding campaign for Visions of Zosimos which provides a clearer image of the project as well as a great deal of video footage.“
What it is : Marcus wrote: “It was thanks to masterful companies like Lucasarts and Sierra that I fell for the point and click adventure genre during its heyday. Infamous Quests, developer of the Kickstarted adventure game Quest for Infamy, really channeled those influences and created a surprisingly authentic-feeling new title. They’ve now returned to Kickstarter with the promise of two new games instead of just one! The first is a prequel to Quest for Infamy called Roehm to Ruin. The other is a brand new series titled Order of the Thorne.“
Game : Hush
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Basically all of us fear something. As children, we were also often filled with even more fears about things like monsters lurking in the dark. What if there were a game based around the concept of childhood fears? Hush is that game and it’s currently on Kickstarter. Presented as a mashup of hack and slash with puzzler elements, Hush tells the story of Ashlyn. As a young girl, she has many fears, but must overcome them – with the help of players. With such a cool concept it’s surprising that more games haven’t attempted to take on this concept before.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
Cereal Killers : A platformer with a cute concept from a high school aged game developer.
Reiner Knizia’s The Confrontation : One of the rare cases of an expansion being funded on Kickstarter.
The Dravidian Tale : A 16 bit style RPG with a very humble $200 funding goal.
Reach the base : A zombie game with nothing to show except for some Cryengine shots.
Faint Vision : A horror game with nothing much to show at the moment.
Scared of the Dark : Another horror game with almost nothing to show, but it does have a small $150 funding goal.
Age of Victory : Kind of a first person Age of Empires.
Containment Breach : A pretty slick looking survival game that merges multiple genres.
Nimbus : An online card game that has a demo available to download.
Shap : Another example of a cool concept with nothing to show yet.
Surviving the Glade : An everglades survival game with, you guessed it, nothing to show.
The Witch Hunter : A classic style 2D adventure game, with nothing to show unfortunately.
Pixel Shift HyperLight : A campaign re-launch for this 2D twinstick shooter.
corrupt landing : Even though the developer is only asking for about $500, the complete lack of information or effort is a bit insulting.
Parasite Warz : An RTS starring microscopic organisms.
Survival Instinct : A survival game with some test footage to show off, but is it worth $300k?
Project FPS : I don’t understand why someone would launch a campaign for $2mil with absolutely nothing.
The Mystery Project : Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and GTA all combined into one game; supposedly.
The Withering : It’s always curious to see a campaign with so many videos to show off, but to have it still missing it’s primary funding video.
Providers : A first person action RPG.
Block Party Sports : a cool looking sports game with a variety of events, and some super blocky athletes.
Build your own Spacerocket : A very raw point and click adventure game with a fun concept.
Rocket Powered Machines : An F-Zero inspired racer.
Ninja Chronicle : A 3D action adventure game that looks a bit too raw to justify it’s $75k funding goal.
Velocity Interstellar : A hyper fast Asteroids style space shooter.
That’s it for last weeks Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!