Nubarron: The Adventure of an Unlucky Gnome seems to be quite the interesting Kickstarter proposal. The game begins with a little gnome living in a fairy tale forest. As long as he has his lucky hat, everything is just fine. Unfortunately, at the start of the game he loses that hat and a stormy rain cloud assumes position over his nearly bald head. This is hardly the same. Instead of granting luck, the cloud shoots out lightning bolts! If player’s aren’t careful they’re fry the gnome alive. That alone seems like a challenging component for a platformer, but there’s more to it than that.
You can actually utilize the cloud’s lightning for good. For example, there are many enemies that will be in the path your journey. By simply getting close enough the cloud should electrify them instead of you, clearing the path. What other uses does electricity have? Just like in real life, it can also power machinery. Another feature allows for said lightning to set things on fire although how this will help (or hinder) situations isn’t explained yet. All in all, this puzzle mechanic seems very interesting even if it also seems quite challenging.
Unlike many puzzle platformers, Nubarron: The Adventures of an Unlucky Gnome has a painterly art style rather than pixelated graphics. This definitely jives with the fantasy themes it hopes to convey. The game is currently on Steam Greenlight if you’d like to see it on Valve’s platform. Developer Nastycloud needs $50,000 to bring Nubarron: The Adventures of an Unlucky Gnome to Windows, Mac, and Linux.