Just in time for Halloween, The 31st has arrived on Kickstarter. Never heard of it? Good, then keep reading. You’re in for a treat (and a trick).

As you probably inferred from the title, The 31st is a Halloween-themed game, a first-person shooter than brings all kinds of late-90s wackiness to the table. I’m reminded of Doom and Serious Sam. There’s an obvious aesthetic contrast between those two titles, of course, but in terms of what’s on offer gameplay-wise, I feel it’s an apt comparison. Crazy enemies, a nice range of weapon types, secret areas, and a sense of humor? Sounds like a good time to me.

The 31stEven the early footage on the project’s Kickstarter page (which looks like its been stitched together with tape) makes the game look tons of fun to play. Indeed, there are a variety of ghoulish enemy types on display – some of which are noticeably gooier than others. Skeletons, goblins, witches, swamp things – the game lives up to it’s name, all right.

I would hope that with $40,000 of funding, developer Eric Lengyel of Terathon Games could polish, buff, and shine things up, and make everything a bit more presentable. In fact, I have every faith in his abilities. He’s an experienced dude, having published several books on all kinds of technical stuff I’m not even going to pretend to understand.


If you too would love to shoot the Grim Reaper in the face next Halloween, consider backing the project. You can follow its progress on Kickstarter, Facebook, Twitter, and its official website. You can also find smartypants Lengyen’s Twitter account here.

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Gary Alexander Stott

Gary Alexander Stott is a handsome young writer from Scotland absolutely brimming with talent, who feels his best feature is his modesty. When it comes to overthinking narrative and storytelling in games, his otherwise useless degree in English with Creative Writing comes in very handy indeed.

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