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Amanda French first cut her gaming teeth by playing such classics as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Super Mario World at the ripe age of four. From there spawned a lifelong love of video games, particularly narrative heavy adventures and open world games. A creative writing graduate of Full Sail University, Amanda writes fiction novels in her spare time. You can find her work at the Independent Author Network under the pseudonym, Illise Montoya. Amanda’s all-time favorite games include Dragon Age: Origins, Fallout 2, and Tekken 5. She lives on the California coast with her husband and young baby son.

A Closer Look At Stealth Shooter Red Awakening

In my opinion, Red Awakening is one of the more interesting video game campaigns to have shown up on Kickstarter this month. Maybe because...

Want More Yuri Visual Novels Like Starlight Vega? Try These.

As a writer of queer fiction, I'm fairly open about my bisexuality. Getting married to a man and becoming a mother didn't make this...
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform where people can donate money in order to help make video games get made. This is the story of 5 of the most terrifying video game Kickstarters.

The Crucible of Videogame Crowdfunding

Since I began at Cliqist, I've had to review a number of crowdfunded games, and I noticed something odd happening to my average number of...

Red Awakening Stands Out in Bloody Neon

Red Awakening's campaign recently launched on the 22nd, and it has 30 days to raise £100,000 (or $150,555.50) by May 22nd. This stealth horror FPS...

Book of Unwritten Tales 2 and Female Misrepresentation

Before we go any further, if you haven't beaten Book of Unwritten Tales 2 yet, then I recommend doing so before reading onward as there are spoilers...

Rabbit Run and its $1.6 Million Kickstarter Goal (No, Really!)

Trust me, you read that right. Rabbit Run is apparently Sonic the Hedgehog meets Mario Kart, which I suppose doesn't sound half bad in...

Giggles and Puzzles Galore in the Book of Unwritten Tales 2

So I'm just going to be up front in stating that I've never played Book of Unwritten Tales 1. I briefly wondered if this...
Seven Dragon Saga

Where The Seven Dragon Saga Kickstarter Went Wrong

I once covered a variety of reasons why developers should avoid launching crowdfunding campaigns during the holiday season. But it's spring now, right? All the...
Dreamfall Chapters is a Kickstarter funded episodic adventure game that continues the adventures from The Longest Journey

Ragnar Tørnquist Discusses Dreamfall Chapters, Technology, and Crowdfunding

Ragnar Tørnquist is the founder of the Norwegian indie game studio, Red Thread Games, and also the writer and director of the recent episodic adventure...

WarRab: Veteran Rejected by Greenlight – Young Indie Dev Soldiers On

WarRab: Veteran was an indie RPG written, coded, and designed by one young man: an 18-year-old by the name of Chadrick Evans. I wrote...

Sunless Sea Beginner’s Game Guide

Sunless Sea is a Lovecraftian roguelike sea exploration game that manages an impressive narrative voice amidst its immersive gameplay. To see my full thoughts...

Lose Yourself in the Sunless Sea

The time has come to discover who you really are, earn your salt as a captain, and become lost in the dark maw of...

Is the MyDream Early Access For You? Maybe.

MyDream is the voxel-based sandbox multiplayer game by MyDream Interactive, Inc. whose slogan was not only, “Think outside the blocks,” but they assured parents...

Saving The Day in Republique Remastered

Republique Remastered is a topical stealth game that was originally released on mobile devices, though from the beginning there were always plans for a PC...
Woolfe is a Kickstarter funded 3D platformer featuring a tough as nails Little Red Riding hood. Look for it on PC, Xbox One, and PS4

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, More Than a Pretty Picture

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a 3D (or 2.5d, as GRIN likes to bill it) side scrolling platformer that was funded back in...

Edge of Eternity Welcomes Chrono Trigger Composer Yasunori Mitsuda

The team at Midgar Studio have done it, the Kickstarter for their JRPG Edge of Eternity reached its stretch goal of $130k. At this landmark,...