Every 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 : Invisible Apartment 3
What it is : Serena wrote: “All good things must come to an end, and Vysoko Anime Production will be concluding their Cyberpunk visual novel series with Invisible Apartment 3. Intended as a four part story, with the first three already released, this one will hopefully tie up all loose ends and finally see an end to Kacey’s running from Central Intelligence. For better or worse. Hopefully for the better. As I have gotten through the series I’ve started to really feel for her and Alex and want to see them have a happy ending. With or without each other. You can read our previous coverage to get an idea on what to expect with the finale.“
Game : Failsafe
What it is : Serena wrote: “Parkour games are a unique bunch. They add an element to platforming and exploration that few traditional games have these days. And Failsafe not only looks to continue the tradition of those that came before but it also looks to make it its own. Our protagonist, Isra, can run along walls and push off of them with ease, allowing her to reach areas most mere mortals cannot. Plus, she’s got a cute little robot companion with her to help boost her to new heights and make it to secret areas normally closed off.“
Game : Dark Flame
What it is : Serena wrote: “So, what exactly is Dark Flame? You play as a knight during the Batlic Crusades. Unfortunately, some weird illness has started driving the rest of your order quite mad and it’s up to you to fight the evil that has been spreading both from within your fellow crusaders as well as what’s pervading the realm as a whole. This is what made me take notice of the game. I could honestly take or leave the gameplay, but I just find the plot gripping enough to maybe put a few bucks into the campaign.“
Game : CDF Starfighter
What it is : Dan wrote: “The two previous titles I alluded to, CDF Ghostship and Ghostship Aftermath, were released to mixed reviews but were notable for how much had been achieved by such a small development team with very little funding. This followed a very unsuccessful first Kickstarter campaign for CDF Ghostship with less than 5% of the £25,000 ($40,000) target reached and a similarly dismal Indiegogo campaign but despite these setbacks development continued and it seems almost sheer force of will and hard work got the two games released. The follow-up work and engagement with reviewers was admirable and something other indie developers could clearly learn from.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
Super RPS Fighter : RPS, as in Rock Paper Scissors. I can’t imagine how that would be fun for more than a couple minutes.
Shaman Story : Cute open world Pokemon style game, except with spirits.
How To Kill A Cat : An over-the-top action platformer that has some great ideas.
Zluoride Z: For a bit of flesh : A lovely looking zombie trading card game, check it out.
Cursed Mind : A paragraph of text, that’s it.
Life Is Hell : I always get disappointed when I see a great name and cover image, only to find that the campaign has nothing to offer.
Nuclear Power Plant Simulator : I love these kind of everyday life sim games, unfortunately this one isn’t offering enough at the moment.
Econia : A game with cute concept art that aims to tell players how much democracy sucks.
DominationHack.it : Hacking sims are fairly common on Kickstarter, unfortunately this one shows nothing.
The World of Evo : An interesting JRPG from a developer with a number of successful Kickstarter campaigns under their belt, unfortunately their sketchy update history doesn’t inspire confidence.
A Princess To Save Me : Another RPG Maker game that looks like it could go beyond what we typically see.
SoundRunner : A platformer that turns your favorite songs into levels, a fantastic idea.
Tiny Biome : The worst fly-by-night campaign I’ve seen in a while.
Learn Japanese To Survive! Hiragana Battle : Another game in which you learn Japanese as part of a game, it’s becoming it’s own genre at this point.
The Center: Act 1 – Axis : A lovely looking action adventure that’s shown a ton of progress since its failed campaign earlier this year.
MushroomBallVR : It’s like Super Monkey Ball with 90’s graphics for the Oculus Rift.
Citadel Siege : So much text in this campaign. Even the funding video is almost entirely text.
Real Fight : No images or art, just more text; and a $40k funding goal.
Funk Unplugged : An N64 style platformer with a very reasonable goal.
Seafarers of Oceanus : A classic Greek style strategy adventure that could use some cleanup.
Box Shooter : A shooter in which you shoot boxes. What’s curious to me is that there’s a demo of the game available, but the Kickstarter page lacks any real information.
The Sword of War : A campaign relaunch with the only changes being a new video, it still lacks any real info on the campaign page.
Vanity’s Dawn : I can understand someone launching a campaign with “placeholder” artwork, but don’t expect to raise almost $50k
Undead Legions – Resurrection : A cute and gloriously violent top-down shooter.
NetherWorld’s : Another RPG Make game that offers basically no information.
Heart of an Angel: Broken Wings : Far too many high quality visual novels launch on Kickstarter for someone launch a no info campaign and expect to get $20k.
Garsylum : A platformer with more heart than most, unfortunately the 90’s style artwork is not the sort of retro art people want; but hey, the funding goal is low!
Dead of Dead : They’re asking for $65,000 and offering up no video, no real game info, and a stolen Dead Island screenshot. Pass.
DeProgrammed : Another no info campaign. Why do people keep launching these?
LF Soulmate : I don’t typically include non-game campaigns in this list, but I couldn’t pass up including a dating site. Yes, a dating site.
Kybernan Holographic Gaming Network : I can only assume this is a joke. Check it out and see for yourself, and go ahead and throw in some cash towards the $100,000,000 (yes, $100 million) funding goal that it will never reach.
Envelope Licking Simulator : If you’re going to launch a campaign for an off-the-wall idea at least put a little effort into it.
Catamancer : A followup campaign to the one that previously failed. always makes me nervous when developers relaunch with a funding goal so much lower than what they previously ‘needed.’
The Lost Sun : A zombie shooter with lots to see before you back. Unfortunately that funding goal will likely be the campaigns undoing.
That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!