[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 :
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Do you love X-COM, Star Control II, Master of Orion, and FTL? Then take a seat and read over the campaign page for Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander as this game is probably right up your alley. Developed by the humorously named Massive Damage, Inc. Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander takes inspiration from all these fantastic titles but transforms them into a distinctive property. The three main tenants of this game are as follows: lively crew members who each have their own traits, heavily strategic battles both on ground and in fleets, and an emergent storyline which is different every time you play.”
Game : Descent: Underground
What it is : Marcus wrote: “It was back in 1994 that Descent first graced computers. The 3D flight-based shooter was an immediate hit, spawning two sequels which each improved upon the adrenaline-pumping gameplay. Unfortunately, the era of PC gaming dominance was about to get overrun by consoles… The series was quietly ended and folks did their best to find new frenetic space games to scratch that Descent itch. With the rise of both indie games and Kickstarter PCs have become a massive target audience once again – and now Descent is back in the form of Descent: Underground. And yes, this campaign is by folks who own the name so it’s a completely legal endeavor by developer Descendent Studios.”
Game : Dungeons of Aledorn
What it is : Marcus wrote: “You’ve simply got to appreciate when developers reference truly classic games as inspirations for their own. If nothing else, it definitely helps to get folks pumped. Team21’s upcoming title Dungeons of Aledorn notes games such as Betrayal at Krondor, Fallout, King’s Bounty, and Might & Magic just to name a few. With such high hopes there’s definitely a lot that Dungeons of Aledorn must live up to if its Kickstarter succeeds. As one should expect from that laundry list of references, this game is a truly difficult RPG with a complex, tactical system in play.”
Game : Seven Dragon Saga
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Do you remember when Double Fine hit Kickstarter a few years ago and ushered in a great deal of notable developers to the service? It appears we’re in the second wave of established creator crowdfunding with recent campaigns such as ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove and Descent: Underground. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Today behemoth PC game developer Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI for short) are back. They’ve got a new name – Tactical Simulations Interactive – but their skill remains unchanged. SSI was best known for its RPGs such as the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons video game series, among many other RPGs and strategy titles.”
Game : Cursed Sight
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Developer InvertMouse has done quite well for themselves thanks to Kickstarter since 2014. Every single one of their campaigns have succeed so far, and Cursed Sight is the latest. If the name is familiar to you, it might be because you saw the free Steam release of Without Within (if not, feel free to check out our review!) or played Unhack. In any case, it seems Kickstarter success comes to easily for two main reasons: funding goals are always set at a fairly low threshold and that visual novel fans are quite obsessed with crowdfunding.”
Game : Bloody Monday!!
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Most of us grow up being taught to repress our emotions. Men, in particular, but everyone is prompted to not cry in public, not lash out in anger unless it’s 100% warranted, and basically keep ourselves “under control.” It’s certainly not the case that everyone can or does abide by these social concepts, but in Bloody Monday!! nobody can stop their emotions from being revealed. This Kickstarter game by Aftertype Games takes place in some alternate universe called Psychoreality. Here, whenever an emotion bubbles up it makes itself known publicly. Rage, sadness, stress, and everything else are then used as power for battles.”
The Rest of the Campaigns :
The Void Beyond : A space exploration sim from a developer that politely outlines his lack of experience making games.
Rescue from Goblin Deep : A cool looking Gauntlet puzzle type game that’s hurt by a horribly bare bones Kickstarter campaign.
Wormhole City : A sci-fi action game with a little bit of everything thrown in. Worth checking out.
Spyne the Punkupine : A platfomer straight out of the 90’s.
CloneSpace : A nifty space shooter that claims to combine Asteroids, Minecraft, and GTA.
M.A.G. Chaos Reborn : The funding goal is $1,750,000.
Amarant Book : A cartoonish looking adventure puzzle with a lot to show off.
DinoSystem : A dinosaur sandbox game that even allows for breeding.
Wayra : A 16 bit 2D RPG
The Vex: Shadow of 8 : “Sound amazing?” the campaign has to ask because it shows nothing.
Boch Man : This might be the most confusing campaign I’ve ever seen. The budget breakdown really is something to behold though, especially the part where “Church” is allocated 10% of the funding, unless they raise $100k, in which case the church gets nothing.
Nerdbert: The Signature Hunter : An interesting sound convention based game that needs some work on presentation.
My Homemade MMO :An MMO for $90? Well, the developer just wants to buy the appropriate software from Steam. Better than asking for $1.75 million i suppose.
June’s Story : Artwork is pretty important to visual novels; unfortunately this campaign shows none.
Left Behind : Only 100,000 slots left in the $1.00 pledge tier!
Elkabo : A roguelike that needs a graphical overhaul, which is why the developer is asking for $600. Seems reasonable enough.
Jack Stone Puzzle Galaxy : One of the first lines in this video-less campaign : “There will be updated previews/videos of its progress once contributions are made.” The $30 funding goal has been reached, but no sign of additional info.
1 of 11 Football : A football game, pretty straightforward. It does have VR support though.
Bathroom Simulator : One of the most descriptive game titles ever.
Shadow of Nebula : A cyberpunk inspired point and click adventure game that’s worth a closer look.
Mr. Mac’s Rainbow Greenhouse : A combination childrens show and adventure game.
Heronoid : An RPG meets Arkanoid hybrid where Arkanoid is spelled with a C for some reason.
LastOnesLeft : In an update the developer on this campaign makes a plea for at last $500 to get started. The campaign has a $1,500 funding goal though, so $500 wouldn’t help much.
Labyrinths of Fear Arc : The next chapter in the Die Nachtblume series.
8Bit Fiesta : A 2D action party game.
Prison Life : The most luxurious prison sim ever.
Legions : A trading card game with an impressive funding video, but not a single screenshot on the campaign page.
Yargis : This game was originally funded for over $10,000 back in 2013, then went MIA until December 2014 when they announced the games release. Now they’re asking for $1,000 to get discs for the game.
Ardalon : A space shooter that could use a bit more action in the funding video.
American Fire :Station 52 : It’s hard to take a campaign with so many typos seriously.
That’s it for last weeks Kickstarter campaigns. Watch your wallets!