[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 : Cross Fate :
What it is : Serena wrote: “Visual novel fans rejoice. Mecha fans rejoice. Tactical action game fans rejoice. That’s right. There’s a game that combines the best of all worlds. Cross Fate, at its core, is a tactical mecha combat game featuring everyone’s favorite giant robots beating the crap out of each other. But, during downtime and between missions scenes between the various characters in the game unfold in a visual novel style format. It doesn’t really sound like it should work, but it looks like they might be able to pull this off should it get funding.“
Game : The Dwarves :
What it is : Greg wrote: “Now KING Art is back with another Kickstarter. This time it’s for a beautiful looking action RPG called The Dwarvesthat we teased last week. All of the things you would expect from a KING Art Kickstarter are there: gameplay packed trailer, tons of game imagery, and plenty of info to review. I won’t get into a ton of details regarding the gameplay, lore, and technical whiz-bangs being promised in The Dwarves, you should check it out yourself.“
Game : A House of Many Doors :
What it is : Serena wrote: “Houses can be pretty damn creepy when they’re just houses. When they’re haunted they become scary. But, what happens when a house is a portal to many different realms? And not just a gateway but a parasite that devours said realms and makes them a part of its own? Well, you got the aptly named A House of Many Doors. It’s an exploration RPG where you play as a poet, a journalist, and a spy. Not unlike myself…okay, maybe not quite but it does sound like a fun premise.”
Game : Life in Bunker :
What it is : Serena wrote: “It’s very rare for me to be interested in a base building game, but when one does pique my interest there’s a reason for it. There needs to be a unique hook that grabs my attention or else I’ll quickly overlook it. The premise behind Life in Bunker certainly fits what I look for. In a nutshell, it’s a “vault building simulator” where you take on the construction of an underground bunker and expand it so that the survivors of some apocalypse can continue to survive and thrive.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
Legacy of Svarog : A classic looking action adventure. It’s got a ways to go, but there could be something there.
Phenomenally powerful princess Pink : The game is less significant than the funding shenanigans happening. A 500 Euro funding goal, that was met after 4 days thanks to a single backer.
Viva Sancho Villa : An amazing action platformer that we haven’t had a chance to cover yet. I’m confused by their lack of funding though.
Rifles: War has begun : A whole lotta nothing.
Occupation Wars MOBA : More nothing!
Orange Moon : A side scrolling action game that could be cool if the developers revamp the level art.
The Bug Tournament : Another campaign with nothing to show except for a lifted cover image.
The Monolith : Lot’s of these “showing off rough landscapes in place of gameplay” campaigns on Kickstarter.
ApoCatlypse : This RPG looks pretty rough, but the funding goal is super low.
Bits of Creation : It always bothers me developers show off screenshots that are supposedly from the game, but the funding video is basically nothing.
Forest Heart : If you’re going to ask for $75k you need to show more than a time-lapse video of some artwork being sketched out.
Wentfortest : This only shows off some environments, but they look amazing. In addition to that, I’m a sucker for survival sims.
eMe’s Launch Pad : This doesn’t look worth $20k unfortunately.
Colony Rush : A colony building strategy sim from some developers that are very proud of being from Texas.
Combat Operations : I’m all for hardcore strategy games, but I need to see more than a couple maps.
JamG : Another marble platform puzzle game.
Detective English and the Grammar Stone : Five minutes of someone using VideoScribe is way too much.
Souls Return : A $130k asking price with nothing to show.
Infinitrap : It’s rough, really rough.
Lightbender : There’s no shortage of light bending puzzle games, but at least this one was a low funding goal.
Soldiers Defence : There’s just not enough here to justify asking for more than $40k.
Mystic Destinies: Serendipity of Aeons : It’d be nice to see more of this visual novel, because what we’ve seen so far doesn’t look amazing.
Cards : A lot of tabletop games gone digital games out there these days.
Water : The World in Chaos : A relaunch after the previous campaign failed to gain any traction, maybe a demo would help?
Cold Cases: Wesley Devant : A mystery visual novel that really sounds interesting. Unfortunately there’s nothing to see yet except a ton of text.
Eye In The Sky : First thing I thought of when I saw this was “I’m gonna wreck it!” Man, Wreck-It-Ralph is a great movie.
Socuwan : MMO’s on Kickstarter are always a giant risk, but this one sounds and looks very cool.
Psypher : It’s impressive how much of this campaign’s page is devoted to backer rewards.
Black Campaign – New Order : An RPG with a really interesting concept that’s one of the few campaigns out of Vietnam.
Castle Heist : A stealth game that certainly looks pretty. Although, to be honest, I was hoping the side-scrolling portions of the trailer were actual gameplay.
Distress : A sci-fi visual novel with some great 70’s style animation artwork.
Mesozoica : A Jurassic Park strategy sim game.
That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!