[dropcap size=big]E[/dropcap]very week we take a brief look at all of the Kickstarter video game campaigns that launched in the previous week. This isn’t to say that all of these projects are worth your hard earned cash, but with any luck having all of them in one place will make it easier to educate yourself on the projects you’d like to back, and which ones to run from. You’ll find two types of campaigns listed, “featured” and “the rest“. Featured campaigns are those that contain a significant amount of game information, are from known developers, or are significant in some other way. The rest of the games are usually smaller campaigns that are lacking in information, are from unknowns, have unanswered questions, or have not yet stood out for one reason or another.
Featured Campaigns :
Game : On My Own
What it is : Marcus wrote: “On My Own puts you in the shoes of an adventurous (and bearded) man who is surviving in the wilderness. To do so he’ll have to collect resources, craft them into useful tools, hunt, forage, and nourish himself. You’ll do all this in a pixelated isometric landscape which looks fairly simplistic, but also kind of cute. Although there is currently only one biome implemented getting Kickstarted would allow for other seasonal biomes to be created. Similarly, with funding they’ll be able to add in more animals as well as more ways to nab food (fishing, for example). Beyond that there will simply be more activities to perform and crafting recipes..”
What it is : Marcus wrote: “The original offered two game modes: Story and Survival. With the funds from this campaign Ivent expects to add PVP and co-op modes as well as something called Dark Mode. Then there will be the added bonus of added character customization. This wasn’t such a huge deal in the original single player release but will definitely help when folks are going online to fight against one another. Of course, in an ideal situation Strength of the Sword Ultimate would come to PC as well as PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One. However, that’d be a pretty expensive endeavor so consoles are left as a far off stretch goal.”
Game : Steve, The Alright Knight
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Steve, The Alright Knight is a 2D platformer/puzzler/action game thing. There’s actually not so much concrete description of the title from a gameplay perspective on the campaign page, but expect to explore a cartoony, colorful world and fight lots of enemies. One aspect being pushed heavily is the fact that it’ll include voice acting. OF course, this fits in with the humorous tone the team is working toward and should help flesh out Steve’s milquetoast nature well. Here’s hoping we hear more description of gameplay as the campaign progresses.”
What it is : Marcus wrote: “In Three Monkeys the world has been plunged into darkness after the sun was somehow ripped straight out of the sky. While most of the world’s citizens are now afraid of dangers that lurk in the dark, our hero Tobar begins his journey. Being blind since birth he knows how to navigate this sort of landscape. Besides, he’ll also have the help of a sprite named Yoska. She will provide “eyes” on the situation, alerting you to enemies, as well as just helping to visualize the landscape. Along with that, there is heavy focus on ensuring that audio is as engaging as possible so that players can truly imagine what this world might look like. Binaural audio techniques will further immerse folks with its ability to render sounds coming from different “locations” when the user wears standard headphones.”
Game : Two Tomorrows From Now
What it is : Marcus wrote: “While most crowdfunding campaigns would try to sell you on their deep narrative, the focus here is primarily on the improv concept of “yes, and” wherein you do not say no to someone during idea generation to lead to far more interesting results than would result from closing yourself off. The adventure game will include FMV, yes, but what your character ends up doing and the choices they’ll have to face will be defined by players. Each 15 minute playthrough will allow for a huge breadth of weirdness to occur – or heck, maybe it’ll be totally monotonous, but you’ll have yourself to blame as you’re the one driving the story! All of it sounds a bit ridiculous, but in a wonderful way.”
The Rest of the Campaigns :
WarRab: Veteran : A steampunk and fantasy inspired RPG with a very humble campaign goal.
Cube Ninja! : A 3D platformer with a minimalists aesthetics.
Acres : Another open world exploration survival game with lots of scenery shots.
Symera : An RPG with lots of text, a few bits of art, and no funding video.
Sous Chefmonsieur : Another campaign where the developer is asking for money with nothing to show but a logo.
Never Forgotten : The intro text states “Bringing back the decent gameplay without cutscenes, tutorials etc.” Without much in the way of game detail either.
War of the Ancients : The developers have obviously put a lot of work into this already, but it’s not working $30k in funding yet.
Snowbroken : Another 2D survival game, but this one has some pretty great pixel graphics if you ask me.
Warden : A multiplayer survival horror game that sounds really interesting, it just needs some new artwork.
Battle Tank Defence : A mostly pretty top-down take combat game.
Sneaky Ninja : It’s “Mario meets Mark of the Ninja,” and it looks pretty cool.
Project Astral Glade! : Sometimes funding someones dream with very little hope of success is great, but it’s never work $200,000.
Pixel Shift HyperLight : A twin-stick shooter that could really benefit from a speed boost; not to mention some animated GIFs on the campaign page to show it off a bit better.
Love/Hate: The Game 2015 : Based on the Irish television show, this campaign is to raise money in order to get the rights to make the game. These sorts of campaigns always turn out great.
Super Cucumber & Down the Drain : An oldschool platformer with some child-like graphics.
ZomHeads : I don’t usually try to be mean, but this is one of the more annoying funding videos I’ve ever seen.
The Floor Is Made of Lava : A platformer with a great concept that’s already looking better than the 2012 game with a very similar title funded by someone else.
Our Nation’s Miner : This open world game is promising a ton, but at least the developer waited until they had a lot to show before starting their campaign.
The Villium Shards : A fantasy RPG that shows a lot of great content in the funding video.
Glitch Hunter : A cyberpunk card game with a lot of potential, look for more coverage of this one soon.
The Adventures Of Kroma 2 : This seems like a really interesting 2D platformer, but campaigns with a huge scrolling image with all of the info really turn me off.
Super Babies: World of Trouble : A cool concept, guiding a baby through the world, that’s squandered by making the movement unlike any baby ever. Unfortunately all of the best parts from the funding video are stock Unreal Engine 4 environments.
Chrono Legends 1999 3-D : It’s always interesting to see people try and fund projects using IP they don’t own.
Meme CCG : The highlight of the campaign is when the question of whether it’s legel to use all of the material, the developers answer? “It seems so.”
Raxis Saga : A 16 bit JRPG.
That Should Have Been a Game : Another great example of IP violation.
Your Own Super Hopper : A very basic 2D puzzle platformer; but at least there’s a demo available.
Arco : A fantasy puzzle RPG with some lovely looking graphics.
The Language Game : A competitive language learning game. Seems interesting!
Hunted By Myths : Lots of typos, very little text, no video, no real screenshots, and already talk of a sequel.
Divisors : A multiplayer math game that makes my brain hurt, but that’s the point.
Journey Temples : Nothing to show, and very little to share. Low funding goal though.
True Zombie Survival : Promises everything under the sun, shows nothing; not even a little.
Project Exalted : Same as above.
Realistic Zombie game : Same as above.
Star Borne : Some cool ideas in this stylish space game. $100,000 funding goal though?
1V1 Magazine : A gaming magazine that covers nearly everything. The lack of any images, samples, website, or video are troubling.
That’s it for last weeks Kickstarter campaigns. Watch your wallets!