Think about every decision you’ve ever made. If you could go back and change any of these choices, would you? This concept fuels the Many-Worlds Theory, which states that every time you make a decision, another “you” from a different universe makes the opposite choice. Dämmerlicht, an indie-game on Kickstarter, is a small adventure game based on this theory.
In Dämmerlicht, you are Sir Pastryfork, a knight in a crumbling world named after tableware. Every choice you make will lead to a different universe, allowing you to play around with timelines and all that fun stuff. This image from the Kickstarter visualizes the concept a bit:
Each dot there represents a level within the game. As you can see, many of them have branching paths based on your actions. An example given on the campaign is that, in one level, you could either join the King or kill him in cold blood. The idea is that players should try to unlock every possible outcome.
Many games have branching paths, but this game seems to go rather in-depth with it. I would say it’s more like Stanley Parable than Mass Effect, for example, in terms of the many directions the story can go.
In the end, Dämmerlicht doesn’t look like it’ll break new ground or set the world on fire. But it looks like a small passion project which, really, is what Kickstarter is all about. Indeed, the developer is only asking for about $330 to pay his musician and a month’s rent. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information (including a free demo).