Strangelight Games has already invested a considerable amount of time and money into their new action-platformer, Super Red-Hot Hero. Now the team has taken to Kickstarter to raise the remaining funds necessary to complete the game’s production.
The campaign goal is relatively meager at only $7,778. The money will go towards paying the game’s legal fees and hardware upgrades for the developers. While I love when projects don’t set outlandish funding goals, it’s possible to shoot too low as well. Based on Strangelight’s estimates, roughly a quarter of the funds are expected to be used on fees and backer rewards. This leaves me to wonder if Strangelight will be able to complete the project without additional support?
My typical crowdfunding caution aside, Super Red-Hot Hero looks like a decent SNES style platformer. Players take on the role of an escaped experimental being, code-named Super Red-Hot Hero. After Kazan scientists replace his heart with an energy source cultivated from pure lava, Hero managed to escape confinement. Now he is out for revenge against the evil Kazan Army.
The silly premise sets up the games most notable mechanic, the hero needs to constantly replenish his energy to survive. In addition to energy balls scattered throughout the stages, players can also defeat enemies causing them to explode in a fiery mass of Red-Hot energy. The hero then uses the explosions to teleport around the level, allowing for creatively different methods of completion. It’s a nice addition that sets the gameplay apart from the slew of other crowdfunded action-platformers on offer.
Currently, the team plans to complete Super Red-Hot Hero by Fall of next year. This could mean they are far enough along in development that they really only need a little extra money to compete the game. Hopefully, that is the case as running out of money can be the death of even the most amazing project.