Two-man French development studio Dark Screen Games have gone for the crowdfunding approach for their upcoming brawler, featuring characters from a large variety of recent indie titles. The Fig campaign for Bounty Battle is seeking $30,000 and if successful will see fighters from games ranging from Guacamelee, Jotun and Darkest Dungeon pitted against each other.

A quick glance at the promotional video reveals that Super Smash Bros. is the clear inspiration for Bounty Battle, even if it understandably doesn’t have the same graphical quality. Still the 2D ‘cutout’ visuals have a charming quality, even if the screen does seem in danger of becoming obscured during the frenetic special moves.

Bounty Battle

What I do find surprising is the fairly low level of detail in the campaign at the moment. It wasn’t immediately obvious that Bounty Battle will be coming to consoles as well as PC, which I would have thought should be made very clear to backers. Even more baffling is that the creators aren’t focusing on the 20 guest fighters as the main selling point. While five of the indie games featured are clearly signposted, the names of the rest are only briefly seen during the promo video. After a bit of scrutiny I believe I’ve managed to identity most of the lineup:

  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Guacamelee!
  • EITR
  • Awesomenauts
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Jotun
  • Owlboy
  • Nuclear Throne
  • Rad Rodgers
  • The Bug Butcher
  • UnDungeon
  • Axiom Verge
  • Blocks That Matter
  • Flinthook
  • Pankapu
  • Super ComboMan
  • Doko Roko
  • Death’s Gambit
  • Blubber Busters
  • Tower of Samsara

Bounty Battle

In a positive step however, it’s already been revealed that additional guest characters will be added to the lineup as free DLC following the late-2018 release of Bounty Battle. With $10,000 already raised (admittedly $7,000 of that are ‘Fig Funds’ rather than pledges) and a month to go that shouldn’t be a problem – particularly if the various indie games themselves promote the campaign.

Dan Miller

Dan Miller

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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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