[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 :
What it is : Serena wrote: “The castle in The Eyes of Ara has its own fair share of secrets and mysteries left unsolved. And, like the genre that it’s a part of you’ll be left to your own devices to solve these puzzles and uncover the clues left behind by its previous inhabitants. Just what went on there and why are there weird happenings occurring now? These puzzles range from simple and mundane “find the key to open something locked” to the downright mindbending that covers multiple stages and several rooms. There are lots of things to do in the castle and not all of them are mandatory.“
What it is : Marcus wrote: “So, here’s something that folks may not know – I was once outrageously obsessed with The Sims. That life simulator/god game provided countless hours of gameplay as I forced Sims to bend to my will. Because of a taste for these types of experiences, it was impossible to skip past the TGL: ThanksGiving LIFE (hencefore referred to only as “TGL“) Kickstarter page without reading over every tidibt. Basically, TGL is a modern god game with focus on just one character. You select the character you’ll follow around, but basically it is your aim to get their life out of the doldrums and make them successful, or at least happy, individuals by completing their life goal“
Game : Galaxy Heist
What it is : Serena wrote: ”
Space based combat has been around for decades and has proven itself to be a popular multiplayer pastime. Between titles like Elite and X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter taking down other ships is a fun diversion from other types of action games. And Galaxy Heist takes this approach and beautifully merges it with first-person shooter fun.
Galaxy Heist takes two very different genres and merges them into one two-part grudge match. Each battle starts out with 4-5 players in a large ship taking on other ships with 4-5 players on board. And each match can have several ships in the fight. The aim is to disable each of the enemy’s ships and then board them to either destroy them from within or to commandeer them for their own use.“
Game : Shape of the World
What it is : Marcus wrote: “A lot of folks out there have a distaste for the exploration genre of games (often called “walking simulators” by their detractors) but for those that enjoy them, they’re a great, relaxing experience. Personally I do love titles of this sort, from Proteus to Eidolon, and as such Shape of the World is quickly shaping up to be one campaign I’ll keep an eye on. The basic premise is that players explore a “procedurally populated environment” and place markers along the way. Straying from the path is expected, and leads to more gorgeous vistas.“
Game : Neptune Flux
What it is : Marcus wrote: “A lot of times, futuristic fiction tends to imagine a future where people attempt to leave the Earth when the planet is collapsing due to natural/social reasons. However, in Neptune Flux, the world has become nearly uninhabitable and space transportation just isn’t going to happen. Instead, humanity turns to the Earth’s oceans as a last potential means of survival. Sarah is the member of a team called A.Q.U.A. set to colonize the sea depths and gather additional resources. Players will explore the ocean, solve missions, and uncover secrets in this upcoming adventure game.“
Game : Steamroll
What it is : Serena wrote: ”
Puzzle games have always been for the more intellectually minded of gamers and Steamroll takes cues from old classics as well as newer titles. Inspired by games like Marble Madness and Portal this puzzler will have you bouncing off the walls. Quite literally.
In Steamroll you’re in command of a rolling ball called a “Scarabeus” that you can use to either move around or deploy to shoot smaller balls around the room. And these aren’t just your average balls generally shot out of cannons. For you see, the Scarabeus is more than just a launcher of round metallic ammunition. It’s also a factory of sorts.“
Game : The Bards Tale IV
What it is : Serena wrote: “The fans have spoken and Brian Fargo has listened. The man who Kickstarted two hugely successful games is back with The Bards Tale IV. And it’s a direct sequel to the last game in the trilogy leaving off where that game ended (or so I’m led to believe…I haven’t played a Bard game since the first one and that was so long ago I don’t remember much of it). That said, this one looks to be a dungeon crawl worth backing even if you’ve never heard of the franchise.“
Game : Memory’s Dogma
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Sekai Project has just returned to Kickstarter once again! This time they’re presenting LizArts’ upcoming visual novel Memory’s Dogma. If you’ve been following Sekai Project, then you might remember that this partnership was just announced at FanimeCon 2015. In any case, it looks to be a far bit more serious than, say, the also recently-launched tank dating sim Panzermadels. The story places us in a near-future sci-fi setting where human memories can be extracted, saved, and even stolen. Protagonist Kusuhara Hiroki is struggling after the death of his dear friend. Luckily, there are these places called Connect Centers where you can revisit the stored memories of the deceased.“
What it is : Serena wrote: “Regalia‘s tale revolves around a young and inexperienced ruler named Kay who’s been suddenly thrust into taking on the role of ruler of his family’s land. The problem is that what’s left of it is a miserable dump. The family’s domain lies in ruins and his family has racked up enough debt to make anyone weep. And to add to the insult everyone who used to live there have packed up and left. Kay and his siblings are pretty much forced to start over from scratch.“
Game : Diluvion
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Do you remember Arachnid Games? They were the folks behind the Kickstarter for College-Ruled Universe, which eventually launched under the tweaked title Ballpoint Universe Infinite. They’re returned to Kickstarter with yet another gorgeous game, although this one definitely features a different aesthetic. Diluvion is a game about exploring the vast oceanic depths in a submarine, taking care of the crew and submersible, and fighting back against the enemies lurking just out of sight. It’s only by pinging the sonar that the world around you slowly becomes visible, but you won’t always like what you see.“
Game : Faceted Flight
What it is : Marcus wrote: “To some degree it has felt like the closer we get to the Oculus Rift’s official consumer launch that the excitement has honestly decreased a bit. No longer are we seeing tons of crowdfunding campaigns which offer VR experiences exclusively, but that mini drought is over with Faceted Flight. Sure, there’s a hefty amount of flight sim-esque games which also offer VR support, but those tend to focus on far more realistic sorts of flying. This game, on the other hand, takes it inspiration from easy to pick up titles such as Star Fox and Pilotwings.“
Game : Reikon Dungeon
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Roguelikes have definitely become a bit of a saturated genre, but for fans such as myself it’s hard to really mind the absolutely wealth of potential games to play. Another one was just added into the mix and it’s called Reikon Dungeon by Alcapa Games. It’s a 3D real-time dungeon crawler with procedurally generated levels as well as loot. Of course, it’s also meant to be quite a challenge to play through. As far as the visuals are concerned, they’ve got a real voxel flair, although some folks may not like that as much as pure pixel art or otherwise.“
Game : Song of Horror
What it is : Serena wrote: “Song of Horror takes place in a mansion once inhabited by a writer of some renown, Sebastian Husher, and the search for his whereabouts. The main protagonist is Daniel Noyer, a former entrepreneur on hard times that had to take a job at a publishing house to make ends meet. His latest assignment? Find one of his firm’s biggest clients who’s been incommunicado for weeks.
Take control of Daniel and up to fifteeen other playable characters as they investigate the hauntings of the apparently cursed mansion. Song of Horror doesn’t pull any punches, either. With the exception of Daniel each one has only one life to live. If they perish that’s it for them. No rewinding of time or loading a saved game. They’re worm food. Or worse.“
Game : World’s Dawn
What it is : Serena wrote: “For those that don’t want an adrenaline rush or their brains fried from mindbenders, games like World’s Dawn are a nice way to just unwind and have some fun without getting all twitchy. You’re a farmer. You own a plot of land and you work it. Plant and harvest crops, tend to your livestock, go out into town and mingle with the other villagers, or just chill. It’s up to you..“
Game : Quern – Undying Thoughts
What it is : Serena wrote: “Welcome to the island. You’re stuck here. Forever. Congratulations. Make yourself at home…it’ll be a long stay. That’s more or less how Zadbox Entertainment’s Myst clone Quern starts. And it’s heavily inspired by that classic first-person adventure game. Right down to the exploration of a deserted island and solving puzzles to get off of it. But despite the similarities it still maintains its own personality.“
Game : Walkerman
What it is : Serena wrote: “I’ve always been one to call visual novels a sort of “adventure-lite” gaming genre. They take a lot of what makes an adventure exciting and fun, particularly a good story and interesting characters, but they generally don’t have a lot in the way of puzzles. So, it’s not much of a stretch to consider taking the best of both worlds and making a hybrid game. Scalemail attempts to do just this in Walkerman.“
Game : The Lost Pisces
What it is : Marcus wrote: “The Lost Pisces may have just launched on Kickstarter for Xbox One and PC, but as a follower of indie teams, I’m quite surprised to see it finally on the crowdfunding site. Originally, Sirenum Digital had planned a Kickstarter years ago! For various reasons though they’ve had to continue pushing the date back, until today. So, let’s go over the pitch and project which have been years in the making. The game is a reimagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen “The Little Mermaid.” Although it may look fairly like a gorgeous, if typical action adventure, the main focus is actually on communicating with your AI partner, Pisces.“
Game : We Happy Few
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Wow, here’s a roguelike with one heck of a unique concept. In We Happy Few, you are the citizen of a dystopian 1960s England where everyone is on drugs. These drugs, known as Joy, turn regular folks into blissfully happy, obedient beings. However, if they recognize that you’re not taking your Joy – that you’re a “Downer” then you’ll be in for quite the beating. So players must do their best to blend in or hide, though eventually they might need to give in and take some Joy themselves. Whether you die from an overdose, fail to escape the city before it collapses, or get ambushed by a mob, you’re going to have to start again.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
The Adventures of Egaro and Vordek : An RPG Maker rpg from a 14 year old, with no screens, video, or concept art.
Wanted: American Outlaws : A western game with nothing to show except for some models.
Shape Crusher Reloaded : An old-school puzzle game with an overly aggressive funding goal.
Minions CCG : A collectible card game with nothing to show in exchange for the $10,000 asking price.
Six String Sunset : A somewhat rough looking RPG with a cool sounding wild west steampunk theme.
Unlived War – The Day We Fight Back : Another zombie shooter.
Fire Isle : A role playing game of some sort with very little as far as a description goes.
Gangland : A gang themed action game with nothing to show.
Brokntalk : A social game of telephone for… your telephone.
The Auro Quest Expansion : An expansion to Auro Quest, a nifty looking turn-based strategy game.
KiloSpace : A space base management game that I’d love to learn more about, but unfortunately the Kickstarter doesn’t have much to show.
Antinomy : A really cool looking open world action game, that’s being hurt by an overly aggressive funding goal.
Haven : An RPG with nothing to show.
Bello Magorum : Another RPG with nothing to show.
The Isle : A dinosaur infested action game with a funding video that doesn’t live up to the awesome cover image.
Jumper : A Portal inspired first person puzzle game.
Psi : A side scrolling brawler that looks a bit too rough to really take off.
War Zone : Four Fronts : A WW2 themed shooter with nothing to show.
Manticore:Escape : An action space shooter with some great looking screenshots, but no video to show.
Microships : An Asteroids inspired space shooter.
Paction : A very boxy Pac-Man clone.
Crisential : An interesting looking blocky RPG.
World War WarPzone : This campaign is so all over the place there isn’t even a time period determined yet.
Eradication: The Game : An open world shooter in need of some artwork.
BitMan : A Super Mario Bros clone with a developer asking for over $30,000 to make it happen.
That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!