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Joanna Mueller is a lifelong gamer who used to insist on having the Super Mario Bros manual read to her as a bedtime story. Now she's reading Minecraft books to her own kiddo while finally making use of her degree to write about games.

Winterflame: The Other Side, Fizzles & Dies With Kickstarter Funds

In 2015 Indonesian game studio, Artoncode ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for their new project. Winterflame: The Other Side was planned to be an exciting puzzle...

Night In The Woods Curious Cat Q&A With Scott Benson

Scott Benson is a self-taught animator, illustrator, and now bona fide game developer. Back in 2013 he teamed up with Alec Holowka and Bethany...

Tidal Games Entices Arcane Backers With Money-Back Guarantee

Crowdfunding by its very nature is a risky business. You’re giving developers your money and trusting them to deliver on what they promise with...
Nelo

Nelo Nixes Repetitive AI Behavior To Stave Off Boredom

Developer, Magic & Mirrors is only a year out from their successful Kickstarter campaign and they are already looking for more of a challenge....
Lords of Xulima is an old-school RPG that was crowdfunded on both Kickstarter and IndieGogo.

Lords Of Xulima Devs Talk Casual Accessibility In Upcoming Sequel

Numantian Games knew what they were doing with Lords of Xulima. Mostly positive Steam reviews and over 1,300 backers don't lie. The 2D isometric, turn-based...

Look at the World Carry-On After JonTron’s Yooka-Laylee Expulsion

Yet another grown-man is facing consequences for his actions. YouTube personality, JonTron has had his minor speaking-role cut from the upcoming platformer, Yooka-Laylee. The...

Make-Believe Games Launches Gameztivism Campaign With President Cthulhu

While some gamers bemoan political messages in the medium, others don’t think subtle messages are enough. Sometimes you have to break into full on...

Children of Zodiarcs Breaks Down ‘Opportunity’ Release Delays

Delays are an accepted if not expected part of game development. Sometimes things happen beyond a developers control and it makes the project take...

Exploring Multiple Exposition Formats In Timespinner

Metroidvania-style games aren’t usually noted for their deep and expansive storytelling. That’s not a dig at the genre, this style of gameplay favors fast-paced...

Gun Media Gives A ‘Sense’ Of Friday The 13th: The Game’s...

While they remain tight-lipped about release dates, developer Gun Media is all about giving the fans what they want. Hardcore horror fans themselves, the...

Bloodstained’s Wii U Cancellation Raises Concerns

Earlier this month the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night forums were abuzz with news that Koji Igarashi’s newest side-scrolling platfomer was coming to Nintendo...

Vidar Dev Gives Inside Look At SXSW’s Inaugural Gaming Pitch Competition

SXSW Gaming just wrapped up their latest expo. In addition to the usual industry fanfare, this year indie game developers got a chance at the...

How Ortus ‘The RPG Of Your Dreams’ Became A Development Nightmare

In December of 2011, a young development team went to Kickstarter to fund their new project. Jazza Studios raised $21,740 to develop their massive...

Cliqist Picks: The Best Kickstarter Visual Novels To Back This Week

Holy crap you guys. There have been a ton of visual novels trying to woo potential backers over on Kickstarter this week. Most of us...

Sacred Fire Presents Psychological Strategy By The Numbers

Since the days of Dungeons and Dragons, RPG’s have relied on the tried and true method of number based tactics. Want to storm the...
Clever Endeavour

Clever Endeavour Gives An Inside Look At What It Takes To...

Look, we get it. Most of you who read Cliqist do so because you want an inside look at crowdfunded indie game development. Maybe...