[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 : We Need a Hero
What it is : Serena wrote: “Some adventure games are serious looks into the human condition. Some adventure games are pure comedies that’ll leave you in stitches. Some adventure games are just full of beautiful landscapes that make you want to explore every nook and cranny. And then you have the adventure games that can best be described as…weird. We Need a Hero falls squarely in the latter category. Honestly, I’m not sure quite what to classify this one as other than weird. Still, it sounds like my kind of game.“
Game : Red Awakening
What it is : Marcus wrote: “Red Awakening is a pretty cool neon-infused, bloody, stealth horror game. It’s because of that unique concept and visual design that I immediately recalled that the game was originally brought to Kickstarter back in April. It failed back then, and has since returned for another go at funding. There’s not a thing wrong with that. After all, many great campaigns were finally funded thanks to a second launch. The issue, as I see it, is a simple lack of transparency. At no point does this current campaign mention their previous attempt at crowdfunding or what they learned from that failure.“
Game : GalaCollider
What it is : Serena wrote: “I’m not really a fan of 4X games. They’re just a tad bit too slow for me. Even for someone who loves slower paced games like adventures, in relation to the more twitchy action games at least, at least I can take in the beauty of the world around me and soak in the awesome story. However, GalaCollider looks to up the ante and actually make me interested in finally giving a game in the genre a serious glance. And it’s not just because it’s speeds things along, although it doesn’t hurt.”
Game : Divinity: Original Sin 2 :
What it is : Jordan wrote: “During the gameplay I noticed some very interesting things. In the game the party of four consisted of a Dwarf, a Wood Elf, an Imperial Mage, and a Knight. In the scenario shown the party of four needed to go to a town in which they were wanted. When they entered they were immediately noticed by one of the guards. Because one of the characters was born in the town they were infiltrating the guards let them through instead of being thrown in jail; however one of the characters, the Dwarf, was not allowed to enter with the party due to how Dwarves are treated in that world.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
Spectrum Shooter : Love the double talk into the “About this project” section. They say it was created a few months ago, but need fund to create the game.
Sky Gambit : A top-down space shooter that could be interesting, but the funding goal is just too much.
OMNIS – The Erias Line : A JRPG made in Unity that looks like it’s trying big things.
Nomera : Cool looking action platformer. The character motion looks strange though.
Galactic Insomnia : A sci-fi strategy game that’s looks heavily inspired by the new X-Com.
Depression Quest: The Book of Self Help : The developers second try. Originally it had a $250k goal, this new one isn’t much better.
Clutch Diesel : Cool, confusing, and worth checking out.
Soldier’s Destiny : Not much to see other than a few menu screens.
The Wanderer : Lot’s of text but nothing to see.
MUD : An open world adventure that’s like a graphical M.U.D., check it out.
Grace on the Horizon : A $10mil funding goal. That might be a record. The backer comments are entertaining as well.
Kill the Plumber : It’s like Super Mario Brothers inverted.
Streetz : A very rough looking fighting game with lots of Z’s.
Super Untitled Game : A very cool looking platform shooter. That funding goal though.
Project Eternal Child : An RPG Maker game with nothing to show and a $50k (cad) funding goal.
NecroWolves Rising in Packs : Looks lovely, especially the character art at the bottom of page. But please hide the mouse pointer next time you’re recording a funding video.
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs : I’ve never seen a campaign show so much off, but so little of the actual game.
Mafia Tale : Nothing to see. Why do people launch campaigns like these?
Mad Squad : This looks pretty awesome actually, lot’s of fun happening!
Life is Hard : A nifty looking side-view god game, could be something to it!
Mars Tomorrow : Given how awesome this game looks it should be easier to get behind it, unfortunately it’s not shown off enough.
That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!