[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 : Between Heartbeats :
What it is : Greg wrote: “As things stand now Between Heartbeats is struggling a bit, with just £461 raised of a £6,000 funding goal. Is the goal amount too low? Do the graphics not pop enough? Do the developers not have a big enough name? Who knows, sometimes campaigns just miss the mark. Hopefully the Between Heartbeats campaign can get some blood flowing (heh), I’d love play it. Course, as someone who doesn’t own a WII U I’ll have to hold out for the PS4 and Xbone stretch goals; but they’re not overly aggressive at just £7,500 and £10,000 respectively.“
Game : Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age :
What it is : Serena wrote: “A meteor has fallen to earth bringing with it a resurgence of magic, endowing humanity both with technological and arcane might. Factions vie for power as they struggle in a land that has become much different. No, I’m not talking about Shadowrun. I’m talking about Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age. It is an RPG/RTS hybrid game where our heroes fight to survive and to keep a weird floaty…thing from falling into the wrong hands. Because apparently it is the main ingredient in some powerful spell or something.“
Game : Healing Process: Tokyo :
What it is : Serena wrote: “Healing Process: Tokyo really does delve into some serious issues that afflicts more people than you probably think and the developers want to make sure that they treat depression and suicidal thoughts with respect by doing their research before really getting down into writing the story for the game. At the same time, they want to take players on a trip inside poor Russell’s mind as he fights his inner demons and fears to come out on top.”
Game : For The King :
What it is : Serena wrote: “For the King is a rogue-like RPG that can be played either solo or as a multiplayer co-op, each player taking control of one or more citizens of the realm as they go questing in dungeons and rid the land of evil evilness. Take on the role of the Hunter, Scholar, or Blacksmith…among several other unlikely classes like the Herbalist, Woodcutter, and Trapper. Travel the land in search of fame and fortune. Earn Lore to help augment your abilities and loot items for use in battle and out.“
Game : Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan :
What it is : Serena wrote: “According to the lore, Auriona is a rich planet covered with six continents, each with its own race and population. What they have in common is a strange form of energy known as “Aurion”, memories and fragments of the past used to fuel what amounts to technology. Devices which can be used both for war and for prosperity. It’s the warmongers that have forced people like Enzo and his ancestors to pick up arms themselves.“
Game : NoseBound :
What it is : Serena wrote: “But, not is all as it seems. Remember when I said that horror plays a big part in Nosebound? Yeah, dig too deep and you’re gonna get bitten by the creatures of the night. And I’m not just talking about drug dealers, prostitutes, and other criminal lowlifes. I’m talking about the big nasties that haunt your nightmares. The sort of things that will quickly send you to the insane asylum, complete with comfy white jacket and padded cell.“
Game : Pixel Noir :
What it is : Serena wrote: “Welcome to Pinnacle City, a place filled with rampant crime and violence where it’s always dog eat dog. You play as a PI who’s down on his luck and still struggling with what happened to him and his partner a decade ago. He lost his life and you were blamed for the carnage caused. A stint in prison later you’re released and decide to take on freelance work. And that’s how Pixel Noir starts.“
Game : Witch boy Magical piece :
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Those of us who are both fans of crowdfunding and visual novels know that Sekai Project is an extremely strong presence in both scenes in the West. They’ve successfully raised funds for seven visual novels so far, and have just added an eighth! That newest game is Witch boy Magical piece, which we told you about when it was announced at Otakon earlier this year. In case you missed that, let’s recap the basics. In this title, a group of charming young men are the only ones capable of stopping a dastardly alien menace. How? Their power allows them to turn into magical girls!“
Game : Aberford :
What it is : Serena wrote: “Despite being a fan of horror, tales of zombies actually are pretty low on my list of favorites. It takes a gripping story or interesting premise to pique my interest. Telltale’s The Walking Dead certainly comes to mind. And so doesAberford. Like its inspiration, while taking on the undead menace is a big plot device it’s also about the characters and how they deal with a world that’s just been turned upside down. Which lends a more human element to any story and helps to understand their plight.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
Classic Sonic Sega Genisis on EXE : Otherwise known as “Adventures in intellectual property infringement.”
Dodge A Block : It’s like Tetris meets Adventure.
dragon monster : This actually looks pretty cool, but the Kickstarter needs a serious overhaul. Maybe time for a relaunch?
Who’s Your Daddy : In the funding video a baby goes into an over. But hey, it’s already been fully funded so what do I know.
Haunted : Another in an endless line of Kickstarter horror games. We’re going to see a lot more of these in the coming weeks, so get ready.
Seduction Project : A visual novel for guys that comes across as a bit creepy with the inclusion of real women.
Special Agents : Cool character model, unfortunately that’s not enough to get $5,000 on Kickstarter.
Magic Tower : RPG Maker games rival horror games on Kickstarter.
Star Nomad 2 : A tactical space game about trading and such. Could be one to keep an eye on!
Flesh Eaters : An interesting top down horror game worth a look. The funding video really should start with the gameplay though, and not make the viewer get to the 3:00 mark.
Super Dodger – Episode One : A cool looking 3rd person shooter that needs to focus on showing off it’s great visuals.
Project Kolo : A choppy concept video and a wall of text.
ChopperSquad X : All I can think of is that the chopper in this game is so tiny compared to the other units.
Twin Fune : A rough looking shmup with multi-ship control.
Bullet Force : A first person shooter for mobile devices.
Reabsbot : An offline version of Reabsbot, a game I’ve never heard of.
Legacy of the Elder Star : An interesting shmup with some great animation and combat flow.
Rothschild: The Sheep will Wake : A procedurally generated horror game with a lot of cave action. All caves.
Gnomes vs. Fairies : An N64 style action platformer.
That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!