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 : Sukerunton To Koi Ni
What it is : Serena wrote: “In Sukerunton To Koi Ni you play as a real live flesh-and-blood girl as you get accepted into some prestigious school or something. The only problem? All of the other students aren’t exactly what you’d expect. Everyone minus some of the faculty are of the living impaired variety, walking bags of bones if you will. And, apparently, at least the main love interests are dressed for the occasion and have full heads of hair minus the skin and muscles usually attached to it. Yeah, my first impression of this premise was that it had to be a joke.“
Game : Blacksea Odyssey
What it is : Gary wrote: “Blacksea Odyssey looks cool. That really is the best way to describe it if the game’s Kickstarter trailer is anything to go by. In fact, I suggest checking out said trailer in all of its 60fps smoothness right now on the project’s Kickstarter page. Now, let’s get down to business.
Blacksea Odyssey follows a universal hunting tournament that has competitors battling against colossal creatures. The game is a top-down 2D shooter with RPG and roguelike elements – and yes, that does sound exactly like every other Kickstarter project out there. However, the game boasts a few interesting mechanics that make it worth checking out.“
Game : Sociable Soccer
What it is : Dan wrote: “Sociable Soccer may not be the legal successor to Sensible Soccer and Sensible World of Soccer (Codemasters have owned the rights since 1999) but it certainly looks to be the spiritual successor. ‘Fast-paced and instantly playable’ is the mantra with graphics and a brief gameplay video demonstrating that it remains true to its roots, while the ‘sociable’ element of the title refers to the key role multiplayer is due to play.“
The Rest of the Campaigns :
Felisfire – Planet of Alien Felines : Did you know that I have 4 cats? I hate the fact that I have four cats, it makes me sad every day. However, this alien cat breeding game looks nifty!
Axis Football 2016 : I can understand that people want a football game other than Madden, but if you’re going to make one it needs to look better than NFL 2K on the Dreamcast in order to compete on any level.
AmericanZ: Survival of the Dead : Another zombie something or other game for the low low cost of only $100,000.
Sneaky Monster : Another in the seemingly endless stream of “My child came up with this!” games on Kickstarter.
Violent Sol Worlds : A neat looking top-down shooter that doesn’t really justify the $40k asking price.
No Second Chance : A bomb disarming game inspired by Policenauts
Conquirere : I love strategy games, but there’s no way this should require over $100,000.
Game Retailer Tycoon : The title speaks for itself, unfortunately the campaign page offers nothing.
Rougarou: Bloodlines : I like the idea here, unfortunately the developer is reaching for the stars without the required resources. This needs to be scaled back.
Not Your Space : An RTS that I’m not really connecting with, but the developer did have a successful campaign and game release so there’s some confidence that the developer knows what he’s doing.
Super Kitty Boing Boing : More cats! Although, these look like more fun than the ones I have. Also, how about the developers studio name on this one?
Fall of Han : A strategy game about the fall of the Han Dynasty, sounds awesome! Unfortunately the campaign has nothing to offer.
Crypt Underworld : Not really my thing, but the original ‘Crypt Worlds’ was popular with some. Take a look at this one, it’s just about funded already.
The Ladon Device : A great looking space shooter / mining sim / RPG that I’d love to learn more about. That $100,000 funding goal is a killer though. Oh well.
Zallis Online Games : $500,000 for this very 90’s looking game.
1979 Invasion Earth : A Space Invaders update with a £1 funding goal.
The Final Frontier: Space Simulator : Curious. This space sim failed to hit its funding goal in September, but it’s back again with a campaign that offers up even less info and is on tracking to being funded.
Glory Kingdom : A crazy looking tower defense game with some nice graphics and a low funding goal that’s already been met.
BattlKey : The funding goal is low, but there’s no real info offered up.
TMM: Entourage : A top-down shooter with combos and strategy elements.
Sectors : I can appreciate the developers showing off lots of footage of this open world game, unfortunately it doesn’t look worth $150,000 at this point.
Stellarum : I’d like to say that $1,000 is a reasonable funding goal, but it isn’t for what’s being shown.
Flights of Fancy : The only words I have are: “$100,000? Really?”
Cycle Of Tyrfing : The campaign for this metroidvania platformer looks really promising, unfortunately the gameplay footage looks extremely rough.
Apocalypse Hotel : I love the idea of running a hotel after the apocalypse, I just wish this was more of a strategy/management game.
Andromeda Wild : A survival game that has lot’s of promise. I hope the devs keep at it.
The Dark Unknown : A super old-school looking Ultima inspired RPG.
Dungeon VR : At first glance I figured this looked awful, but the video piqued my interest a bit. Nice to see a VR game supporting Google Cardboard.
Virtual Reality Football : The second football game of the week. This one offers nothing, absolutely nothing.
where were you when it happend. : I was at home not backing this $200,000 no information giving Kickstarter campaign.
Helga’s Wrath : It’s always disappointing when such a lovely looking project leaves so many questions. Namely, what kind of game is this exactly?
That’s it for last week’s Kickstarter video game campaigns. Watch your wallets!