It’s Sunday, which means that in addition to eating nothing but donuts all day it’s time to check out the Kickstarter video game campaigns that launched last week. This isn’t to say that all the campaigns are worth your money, in fact, many of them aren’t worth more than a disapproving head shake, but it’s still fun. Maybe.

Featured campaigns are those that contain a significant amount of game information, are from known developers, or are otherwise worth your time. The Rest are those that lack information, look sketchy, or are a waste of 1’s and 0’s.


By most standards this is not an entry that would warrant a second look. The campaign is kind of a mess, there’s very little info available about whoever it is making the game, and a look at the developer’s website is a window into the soul of someone doing the minimum to make sure their game has a web presence. The gameplay footage looks crazy fun in it’s own way though. Combined with a low risk funding goal and you’ve got a project worth risking a few bucks on.

In our coverage Nic wrote : “There’s game music that feels half-hearted; there because it’s expected. Then, there’s music that is so wonderfully evocative of a certain era in gaming – so spirited and vital – that it transports you to somewhere special. Listening to Eden’s Last Sunrise‘s bright, swelling strings and spurring orchestral flourishes, I am suddenly eleven years old again, and faking illness to play Suikoden II in bed all dayOh, and as it turns out, there’s a pretty great demo to go with all these nice noises too.”

In our coverage Joanna wrote : “WWII First person shooters are a dime a dozen on Kickstarter, but oddly flight sims (particularly those who ever release) are a rarer bird. The devs at Atomic Jelly decided this could not stand. With help from Polish publisher, Movie Games, they set out to create a realistic aerial combat simulator. One that would let players live out the life of an RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain. The result is a Kickstarter campaign for their new project, 303 Squadron: Battle of Britain. Here they plan to let players take to the skies for some history-inspired action.”

There have been a lot of language learning games on Kickstarter over the years, it’s a whole thing. How does Lingotopia stand apart from that crowded pack? Besides being graphically unique, the game appears to forgo clumsy RPG systems and an overly complex backstory in favor of a much more approachable ‘lost in a strange city’ shtick. A clearly stated funding objective, robust playable demo, and a developer with some real cred (he helped make Slayaway Camp!) make this an easy one to recommend.

Perceptions of the Dead 2

Visual novels aren’t the biggest money earners on Kickstarter, but what they lack in earning power they more than make up for in quantity. Even in the dead of Kickstarter winter there’s at least a few creators looking for backers. This means that we tend to see the same names popping up again and again. While some have radioactive reputations, others have garnered considerable respect through years of creating positive experiences for their backers; this includes Ithaqua Labs. The team is back on Kickstarter for the fifth time, this time with a follow-up to their well received horror comedy Perceptions of the Dead. After you check out the original for free on Steam consider backing the sequel on Kickstarter, the team is an easy bet.

Everyone know that game journalists write about games because they’re not talented enough to actually make their own. Hell, most of us can barely word good, much less create a compelling entertainment product. Enter NESmaker from the folks behind the amazing The New 8-Bit Heroes documentary. NESmaker is a tool that lets us luddites make our very own games so we can stop wasting our time with writing and start fulfilling our Phil Fish fantasies. Our very own Joanna Mueller was impressed with it at PAX South and will have some words strewn together about it soon.

The Rest :

B : A cute edutainment concept that could be great if the developers decide to go for full Frog Fractions levels of insanity.

Evengard Open World RPG : They’re asking for $8,000 to finish their open world RPG, the only work remaining is all the art.

That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns.  Watch your wallets!

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Greg Micek

Greg Micek has been writing on and off about games since the late nineties, always with a focus on indie games. He started in 2000, which was one of the earliest gaming sites to focus exclusively on indie games.

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