[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 : Haven’s Demise
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Looking for a new roguelike? If so, you’re in luck because the genre is always teeming with new entrants. The newest of the new is Haven’s Demise by Bandana Studios. It might not completely reinvent the wheel, but it seems fun anyway. The basics are that you’re a character named Dimi who happens to be stalked by Death. Stressed as they may be, Dimi isn’t ready to meet his maker, so the player’s goal is to actually kill Death. You’ll only be able to accomplish this after making your way through five levels, though.“
Game : Siboot
What it is : Serena wrote: “Have you ever wanted to play a game where you didn’t have to have a twitchy trigger finger, reflexes like a cat, or the need to solve every puzzle on the planet? Chris Crawford has taken to Kickstarter to develop Siboot, a game based less on dexterity or intelligence and more on intuition and reading others’ emotional cues.
In Siboot you’re playing as one of four political rivals seeking to gain control of a colony on a remote and desolate alien world. Do whatever you can to succeed: gossip, lie, threaten, manipulate and otherwise use your enemies’ own weaknesses against them in debates and other forms of political machinations. Sounds like fun, no?“
Game : R.O.T: Age of Arius
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Given the complex nature of RPGs, it makes sense that we don’t see them quite so often as other genres on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. With that said, a surprisingly polished-looking game by the rather verbose name of Remnants of Twilight: Age of Arius just hit Kickstarter and is already generating a buzz. So let’s look into the game a bit more and see just why it has already generated over two thousand bucks and is likely to do well despite a failed campaign last year.“
Game : Beyond the Mountain
What it is : Serena wrote: “Action-adventures aren’t that popular of a gaming genre when compared to other play styles, but it is still beloved enough to warrant the occasional title. And Beyond the Mountain aims to take this and make it its own. 8 bit boomerang is touting this game as “an action adventure game with dungeon crawler gameplay”, which basically means that it’s an RPG without stats or a hack-and-slash adventure game. Your pick.“
Game : Boyfriend Stealer
What it is : Marcus wrote: “You know, some visual novels really are wish or fantasy fulfillment. Dating sims, in particular, tend to create worlds where every possible person you might be interested in romance with has the potential to respond in kind. So, what happens when you enter a world where everyone is already dating someone else? Apparently the fantasy becomes to take their boyfriend from them! Okay, so maybe the logic is a bit weird, but that’s basically the premise of Boyfriend Stealer which just launched on Kickstarter.“
Game : Kotosha
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Tower defense is a genre that flourished semi-recently for reasons unknown, getting modes in Assassin’s Creed games for goodness sake. Since then, the flame has mostly fizzled out, though the genre is still quite fun! Kotoshais a new campaign on Kickstarter looking to revitalize this style of gameplay in a mostly traditional fashion. There’s none of that third or first person interactivity as with Orcs Must Die! or Sanctum here. Instead, as with more traditional titles, you’ve got an overhead view of the map and a great host of towers to place on the field.“
Game : AstroKill
What it is : Serena wrote: “In AstroKill you have two factions vieing for dominance. And each one has their own single-player story campaign, which means if you prefer to take on the game’s AI instead of other humans you’re welcome to do so at your own leisure. Of course, multiplayer is always an option and a few play modes are already planned, such as deathmatch, team deathmatch, and attack/defend.“
Game : V.E.C.T.
What it is : Marcus wrote: “The consumer version of the Oculus Rift is coming! No, not this year, but even a release window of 2016 is something for fans of virtual reality to get excited about. It’s because of the latest information Oculus VR announced that I feel we’ll see a slight pickup in VR games on Kickstarter and elsewhere. After all, folks are going to want to play games on that consumer version headset when it’s finally available! V.E.C.T. is one such game, currently designed for Oculus Rift DK2, is an on-rails shooter inspired by the likes of Star Fox.“
Game : The Human Reignition Project
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Another month, another visual novel published by Sekai Project is now on Kickstarter! This time it is The Human Reignition Project by Alienworks. Those with a taste for games from the English visual novel scene have probably already heard of it, too. After all, this is a title that has been in development for basically two years now! You can chalk that up to the fact that, as devoted as the developers are, their time is quite busy split between school and work. It’s that same old story which has brought many other creatives to Kickstarter, after all.“
Game : Rabbit Syndrome
What it is : Serena wrote: “What exactly is Rabbit Syndrome, though? It’s the basis for getting the main character to go out and socialize. To meet new people. It is an illness that affects people, such as our shut-in protagonist, in which you need to make friends or you “die of loneliness”. A rather macabre way of starting off with a dating sim visual novel, but it seems to be rather effective as you’re going to be doing a lot of decision making and, hopefully, find your purpose in life. Or something like that.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
Tower Defense: Multiplayer Edition : A tower defense game. Pretty self explanatory.
Rails & Riches : A spiritual successor to the Railroad Tycoon series that’s having trouble taking off due to no game to show, and an overly aggressive funding goal.
Asteroid Warrior : A pretty straightforward looking retro space shooter with a funding video that’s much too long.
Pixel Hero Prologue : A low-fi RPG with a mix of several elements that could have some pretty funny satire if they pull it off.
Fragmentum : A blocky RTS that emphasizes customization.
GenetiX, Enter the Rift : A 2D RTS that needs to show more if it’s going to get some funding.
Threads of Life: Geth : $25,000 for an RPG with nothing to show.
Cymbaline : A cartoonish action RPG.
After Dark : Brought to you by “Yo Mama Entertainment” !
Cuteventure : A cute little platformer.
RoboRun : A pixely endless runner with a somewhat confusing funding video.
Death At My Door : Lots of text, but nothing to show.
El Cthaeh : Couldn’t read the campaign because it’s in Spanish, but there’s nothing to see anyway.
Legion Online : A 2D MMO with nothing to show except for a couple prototype screens that look like they were created in MS Paint.
A History of the Earth: Death and Violence : $150,000 for a couple hundred words and a graphic lifted from the net.
Beyond Black Space: Valkyrie – Space Shooter : A promising top down space shooter with a modest budget.
Angry Mechanic Adventures : A very rough looking platformer with an oversized budget.
Scout’s Honor : The budget is only $500, but there’s no game to see. Sooooo.
The Silent Roads: Desert : A campaign re-launch of this post-apocalyptic title with a much more reasonable budget.
Roguelike : A rough looking beat-em up.
DEFCON Risk : The developer is asking for $5,000 to get another computer, but has nothing to show.
DIFERS : A sci-fi squad shooter with a very reasonable $3,000 budget.
Horror-Game : A “horror game” with two or three sentences worth of text.
Battle for Maryland: Eyes of the Rebellion : $112k for something that’s a borderline insulting to be honest.
Language of Death RPG : If I had a dollar for every time that graphic was used as a Kickstarter campaign cover image.
Q-Zone : A nice looking cartoon style shooter, worth a look!
Block Party Sports : Relaunch of an intriguing blocky sports game.
Volaticus : A flying RPG for use with The Oculus Rift; would be nice if there was more to see.
That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!