Although online multiplayer has become the norm, many of us still prefer gaming on the couch with some buddies. After all, you can’t punch friends in the shoulder through the internet (yet!). Indie games like REPULSE: Galactic Rivals help keep that culture alive, and you can back it on Kickstarter now.
REPULSE is a top-down competitive local multiplayer game with an overdosed neon design and techno soundtrack. The mechanics are simple: you play as a ball and can attract or repulse cubes. With these mechanics you have ten different gameplay modes, two of which are available in the free demo. One mode involves knocking opponents into death rays, while another uses a hot potato mechanic where the cube has a countdown timer and whoever holding it when it runs out explodes.
While some game modes are simple, many are not. Freeze, for instance, has a single player able to control the cubes. Using the cubes, their goal is to freeze the other players. Once frozen, players have to dash twice to break free, but another player can also dash into them.
As of right now, the gameplay is mostly finished. The team still have to add the rest of the game modes, but most of the funding will go towards starting their company so that they can make more games. They cite the biggest reason for the Kickstarter as exposure to build their community. The team may add online multiplayer as a stretch goal if they reach their goal.
REPULSE aims to make a pretty complex game out of very simple mechanics. Anyone can pick up and play it. If these kinds of party games are your style, check out the Kickstarter for more info.