Elegy for a Dead World, from Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal, has a special place in my heart. After all, it was the first Kickstarter project I ever backed. So two years after the game was released it was a pleasant surprise to see a new update appear. Unfortunately it wasn’t about new game content, but instead to proudly announce 10,000 Elegy stories have now been shared online.

Elegy for a Dead World is a video game where you write the narrative and share it with others.

As a bit of background, Elegy for a Dead World is a game about writing fiction. As you explore one of three ruined worlds you’ll be prompted to provide a written narrative by filling in words from a variety of templates – or a ‘free text’ mode if you’re feeling more creative. Those expecting a traditional ‘game’ might be put off by this, but it delivered what it promised at the time. It was also finished three months ahead of schedule, which is certainly a rarity among Kickstarter campaigns.

The Legacy of Elegy for a Dead World

Elegy for a Dead World received a generally positive reception when released. It currently has an average score of 65% on Metacritic.com, with scores from 14 different publications. What’s more notable is the ‘very positive’ rating on Steam with 81% of the reviews categorized as positive. Interestingly, it actually benefited from the change to Steam’s review policy that saw non-Steam purchases filtered out. Those reviews (which included professional reviewers given game keys and Kickstarter backers) were only 45% positive. So excluding them has definitely helped improve the displayed rating.

Elegy for a Dead World is a video game where you write the narrative and share it with others.

While it looks unlikely we’ll ever see any new content for Elegy for a Dead World, Popcannibal do have another crowdfunding project with the upcoming Make Sail. Once again it’s an innovative prospect, taking the form of a ‘physics construction adventure’ as you build and sail your own designs. For this newest project, Popcannibal have looked to Fig rather than Kickstarter and have already reached their $50,000 target with time to spare before the November 3rd deadline. You can read more about Make Sail right here on Cliqist.

About the Author

Dan Miller

Dan’s gaming habit began in the 1980s with the NES and since joining Kickstarter in 2014 he’s backed over 100 crowdfunded projects - more than half of which were for video games. Hailing from the UK, he also writes for BrashGames.co.uk

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