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 :
Game : NOOZh
What it is : Georgi wrote: “Each nightmare features a mysterious entity (named NOOZh) playing hide and seek with you, lurking in the shadows and generally being a creep. And apart from the fact that the aforementioned baddie kind of looks likeAku from Samurai Jack, perhaps the most intriguing part of NOOZh’s concept is the fact that there are no saves; essentially, the game is a rogue-lite in which all choices affect the world in irreversible ways, with each playthrough being supposedly unique thanks to levels being randomly-generated.“
Game : Project Resurgence
What it is : Serena wrote: “In Project Resurgence the world on the surface has pretty much ended. A cataclysmic event sent the surviving population underground and just recently have they emerged from their subterranean vaults to rebuild society. After some time these five tribes found each other and a period of hostility began until they finally decided to band together in a sort of cooperation. At least in the main hub of Dehrgada, a sort of melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. One of the interesting things about this title is that it’s episodic, which is pretty rare for an RPG to undertake. Whether this works or not remains to be seen but it’s certainly something to look at.“
What it is : Marcus wrote: “When it comes to visual novels, strange titles are par for the course. Root Double- Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition is one such game with weird name but intriguing storyline. Played from two perspectives, players will have to both discover the truth behind a nuclear meltdown at a research facility and actively try and save the people trapped within. Is that super brief description enough to get you interested? Then it might be a good idea to upvote the visual novel on Steam Greenlight.“
Game : Ira
What it is : Serena wrote: “Just in case you’ve forgotten what Ira is all about, let’s do a quick recap. You play as the titular character as he has finally realized his dream of reaching for the stars in an alternate history Earth. The space race started much earlier and as humanity worked together to make the world a better place instead of trying to kill each other off we already made it to Mars. Enter a strange signal from a nearby system and we strove to check it out. Contact with the first expedition was lost but our hero and others were recruited to continue the mission.“
Game : Leonard Saves the City
What it is : Stephanie wrote: “The prototype for the game has been in development for several months and the development blog is worth a peak. Essentially, the creator has gone for a low poly style with lots of vivid colours. It does pay off from what I can see. It seems that polygons have really come back in fashion in the indie community, just casting my mind back toRace To The Sun, Refuge, That Dragon Cancer and Home Free (Incidentally also about a dog exploring a city).“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
Bermuda Balloon Splash : A bubble popping game that you’ve played a million times before.
Otherworld : The developer is definitely correct in describing this point-and-click adventure game as surreal.
Wanted American Outlaws : So many images on this campaign page, but so little to see.
Orbfall : This one screams sketchy to me. The week before the developer failed with the same campaign raising $1353 from 14 backers in 28 days. This new campaign? Successful in it’s 7 day campaign after raising $3110 from 18 backers. All the tiers add up to 18 backers and $514, so someone dropped a couple grand I’m thinking.
Race to the White House: 2016 Primaries : An RPG Maker game about the political primaries. Compelling for some, not so much for others.
Mars Odyssey : This looks like Tribes: Mars to me.
Hockey Rival : This campaign is to raise advertising money, but none of the game itself is shown.
From Ashes : This might be a record for a no-info campaign.. $2.5 million funding goal.
The Master : Great looking action adventure with some cinematics I absolutely love. Unfortunately the gameplay footage is extremely choppy.
Crimson Iris : $500,000 for nothing.
Blue Guerrilla Educational Games : Some educational games being created by teachers, I dig it. Unfortunately they need to offer up something more compelling if people are going to back it.
Kid Stuff Games Series : An exceptionally 90’s budget-ware creation.
Eternal Relics : I don’t understand how this project was awarded the Kickstarter seal of approval.
Runes of Anarchy : A multiplayer dungeon shooter that looks as though it’s from another era of gaming.
Centuries : Love the concept. Unfortunately that’s all it is at this point.
Project NOR : We’ve seen this before, and there’s nothing new being offered.
Project Ovary : The $200k funding goal is completely out of place for what’s being shown.
Morbus : At first glance this seems promising, but they’re just promising way too much for too little of an asking price.
Destiny Monsters : The cover image is very confusing, like a screengrab from some 80’s surveillance tape.
Vex : A cool looking platformer that I’m hoping we take a closer look at soon.
Lost Tunnels : Nothing to see of this dungeon crawler, but the funding goal is low!
Pixgen : Another Minecraft clone.
Space Chronicles : This browser based space MMO seems cool, but the footage looks too sluggish.
That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!