Every 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 : Marcus wrote: “Today marks the launch of the Narcissu 10th Anniversary Anthology Project arriving on Kickstarter with a goal of $75,000. This is a huge moment for fans of Narcissu as this collection is no doubt going to be a must-have for them. Not only that, but it will help introduce a new era of visual novel fans to a fantastic series. It’s worth noting that if you do not have any knowledge of the series (but would like to) that you can play Narcissu 1st and 2nd for free on Steam.“
Game : Wintertide
What it is : Laura wrote: “Wintertide’s primary talking points are a unique reincarnation system (which allows the player to reincarnate as an animal upon death, and allows them to hunt the other players), the ability to track and hunt others, a competitive 5v5 team deathmatch mode, a standard crafting/looting system, and an execution option which can be triggered if the player catches another off-guard (and if they have the right weapon for the job).“
Game : Pankapu: the Dreamkeeper
What it is : Serena wrote: “Pankapu: the Dreamkeeper is the story about a defender of dreams against a horde of nightmare creatures bent on complete control of both the dreamlands and the waking realm. He won’t be alone in his quest, and he’ll have plenty of tricks up his sleeve in order to combat the evil. While this is an action platformer it does borrow from some other gaming genres as well. In particular the use of three different “Aegis”, or suits that bestow special abilities, and each one having its own “Nebula”, or the equivalent of a skill tree in most RPGs these days.“
Game : Infectonator Survivors
What it is : Dan wrote: “Zombies have become such a common trope in video games that there’s a whole subgenre of zombie survival games and that’s firmly where Infectonator: Survivors sits. From Indonesian developer Toge Productions this survival simulator sees you manage a small squad of survivors against a zombie apocalypse, although the atmosphere is a lot less oppressive than many zombie titles with some cutesy pixel graphics.“
Game : Grey Night
What it is : Laura wrote: “Grey Night, a cinematic platformer which has obviously been inspired by Limbo, is a single player venture into the story of a man who, upon awakening from a car crash, realizes that his daughter is gone. Gameplay includes solving puzzles, bossfights, and quicktime events, but there is no dialog to drive the story—the plot is powered by animation. This choice was intentional, as the creator goes on to elaborate on the Kickstarter page, “That’s why all the cut-scenes are interactive, I want the player to really feel like he is the main character.”“
Game : Labyrinth
What it is : Serena wrote: “All right. So you crack open your randomly generated packs. They’ll have cards from one of four different disciplines that you can pick from to build your deck. These are like colors of magic in most duel-based card games. Instead of things like black and red mana you’ll be drawing upon more of an ideal than raw power. It’s not outright stated in the pitch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you can mix and match these types of cards but I’m sure it’ll be stronger in “single color” decks.“
Game : Song of Horror
What it is : Serena wrote: “Back in June the survival horror adventure game Song of Horror ran on Kickstarter and, unfortunately, failed to get funding. Now they’re back with a second attempt, this time with a longer campaign and smaller asking amount. Roughly $55k, converted from Euros, to be more precise. Two of the main reasons for lowering the funding goal is a combination of finding a publisher to help out and having already gone through most of their savings developing the game during these past few months. Here’s hoping that they get it this time because it does look like a good game.“
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What it is : Dan wrote: “A first-person shooter version of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was released on the Nintendo DS several years ago, but this new iteration promises to a far more faithful adaption. Your character progresses through the various dungeons and passageways, pausing every so often when a decision needs to be made. Combat takes place through the custom GridBluff fighting system with both you and your opponents making your moves at the same time – although it’s worth noting an alternative dice rolling combat system is available for purists (although without the option to cheat and re-roll as I did as a youngster).“
Game : Seduce Me 2: The Demon War
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Seduce Me was quite the enticing otome visual novel when it launched back in 2014. I certainly enjoyed it, and was more than pleased that developer Michaela Laws made the game available for free.
If you enjoyed Seduce Me, or simply are looking for some sexy new otome titles to play, then you’ll definitely want to look into Seduce Me 2: The Demon War which is currently on Kickstarter. This title picks up after the original where a full-fledged war is about to break out.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
GX Australia 2016 : The fantastic #EveryoneGames convention is back, but this time in Australia.
Dad Quest : A cool looking platform adventure that I need to take a closer look at.
Infinite Adventures : “Eye of the Beholder JRPG” is what came to mind when I saw this. Check it out.
Sam’s Unexpected Adventure : I’ve said it before, but it always makes me feel uncomfortable when developers talk about their kids in their campaign.
Cold Blooded : A gang strategy game that made me realize I have no idea how Kickstarter chooses their Staff Picks.
The Mud of the Worlds : I’d love to see more WWI themed games, unfortunately I doubt this one will ever happen, especially with it’s $1.5mil funding goal.
Project 37 : If the talking-head portion of your video as lagged as this one is then I don’t have faith that you’ll be able to develop a game that isn’t equally laggy.
Iron Heart : A giant monster tower defense game with a tiny funding goal.
MeMe Battle : Cool concept, but why is the second ‘M’ capitalized? Also, I’m concerned about potential IP violations.
Kingdoms of GridWorld : A pretty looking strategy game that attempts to ride a fine line between hardcore and casual.
Toontownstories: Ninjas in Danger : A late 90’s flashback if I ever saw one.
Manatee Simulator : I had hoped we were past people trying to fund off-the-wall ideas just to be silly, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The Paths Before Us : Absolutely nothing to see, and very little to read.
Shepdoog : The animated GIFs look fun, but the funding video does not unfortunately.
Rasta Run : I think that weed themed games have lost their edge, which leaves Rasta Run with a very rough looking endless runner.
Atroscia : This makes me think of a rough demo video that they used to include on Next Generation Magazine demo disks.
DioJi’s Scooter Races : An interesting case of the developer talking about plans for money and development so much that they fail to talk about the game itself.
Major\Minor : A furry themed visual novel that shows nothing, but has already raised almost $200.
Project Alter : Lot’s of text, a few concept images, and not much else.
Golden Boot Soccer Manager : I know nothing of sports management sims, do you? How’s this look to you? It doesn’t compel me to try and get into them.
Legacy : Over four minutes of the editor being demonstrated, but no game footage or screens.
Super Monster Jam : A nifty looking top-down shooter that could be worth a closer look.
Metal Shock : A Halo 1 looking shooter with a hefty funding goal.
Bjorn Krieg : It’s always bugged me when people refer to themselves as “indy” developers. Like Indiana Jones?
Indy Scene Wrestling : All kinds of possible IP violation happening in this campaign.
MEDiAN : The idea of exploring alien worlds is crazy exciting for me, unfortunately this campaign does nothing for me.
Chips Challenge Ultimate 3D : A $300,000 funding goal for a Chips Challenge remake.
Pr0code : Yet another campaign with a bit of text and not much else.
Solar Hideout : An intriguing 4X strategy game with a demo and a reasonable funding goal.
Trabel – the earth of soul : An SNES style JRPG with a super-low funding goal that basically turns this campaign into a flexible funding one.
Challengers of Khalea : A solid looking turn-based strategy game. The developers could stand to focus more on showing the game in their video though.
Memories of Aeldaria : An action adventure that could be something, unfortunately the campaign shows almost nothing of the game and has an overly aggressive $150k funding goal.
Survive Jail : A game based on what it takes to survive in jail could be interesting, unfortunately the only thing this campaign has to offer is a neat title.
That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!