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Our regularly revised feature keeps you up to date on the Kickstarter games worth watching, and helps you track projects both before and after they’re funded.
Welcome to the Kickstarter Compendium, a gathering of games and game-related projects that we’ve come across that deserve your attention. The crowd-funding model for video games has resulted in some interesting new game ideas, and new projects are going up on a weekly basis that deserve your attention.
The only problem is keeping track of it all – what’s worth watching, and what are these different projects about? As an ongoing feature, our Kickstarter Compendium is your guide to games seeking funding through Kickstarter. After funding projects are complete, this feature will also track what games (and game-related projects) got funded and what games didn’t, and where possible, offer links to the projects as they are developed.
Games Seeking Funding
AfterlandDeveloper: Imaginary GamesFundraising Goal: $32,000Funds Due By: June 27,2013
Afterland is sure to be popular with casual gamers who are looking for something outside of the mainstream. While it is a social turn-based game, Afterland is unique in that it has card based gameplay with a macabre art-style. Fans of Alice: Madness Returns should definitely take a look. Afterland is planned for release for iOS devices late this summer and for Android this fall.
AlumDeveloper: Micah OrsieFundraising Goal: $10,000Funds Due By: July 4, 2013
In this point-and-click adventure, Alum must find a cure for a mysterious plague causing loved ones to feel hopeless inside. With puzzles to solve and a deep story to unveil, Alum is aimed at those looking for a simple adventure game with a nostalgic feel. Alum will be exclusively available via digital download for PC.
ArmikrogDeveloper: Pencil Test Studios, Inc.Fundraising Goal: $900,000Funds Due By: June 27,2013
From the creator of Earthworm Jim comes Armikrog, an adventure game that uses Claymation. Armikrog will feature the voice talents of Michael J. Nelson, John Heder, Veronica Belmont, Rob Paulsen, and Scott Kurtz. The hero, Tommynaut, and his blind dog Beak-Beak land on an odd planet and get locked in a fortress named Armikrog. Help the duo escape using point and click gameplay to solve puzzles in this PC, Mac and Linux adventure.
Dungeon of Elements (DoE)Developer: FrogdiceFundraising Goal: $20,000Funds Due By: June 19, 2013
DoE combines RPG elements with classic puzzle gaming in such a way that it’s the perfect gateway to draw casual gamers into a more intense gameplay experience. Basically, imagine Dr. Mario if it were also a dungeon crawler and you have a good idea what to expect out of DoE.
GoD Factory: WingmenDeveloper: Nine Dots StudioFundraising Goal: $70,000Funds Due By: July 6, 2013
If you've ever wanted to build your own ship, you're in luck, space cowboy. GoD Factory allows you to do just that, plus lets you make alliances with three friends to take on opposing teams in four-on-four battles. This space combat simulator will be available only for PC.
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl FleetDeveloper: Alasdair Beckett-KingFundraising Goal: £ 15,000Funds Due By: June 29, 2013
Follow pirate Nelly in her mission to overtake Baron Widebeard and his bird minions in this point and click adventure for PC/Mac/Linux. With a hand-drawn, colorful world also comes over 45 original characters and almost as many locations to explore. Though The Fowl Fleet is a sequel, it is still accessible to new players. For those who want to know more about Nelly, the first game is free to play.
Our Darker PurposeDeveloper: Avidly Wild GamesFundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: June 27,2013
If Tim Burton and William Golding collaborated on a game project they would make Our Darker Purpose. This title offers more than just an eerie atmosphere and a Lord of the Flies-like story, though. Our Darker Purpose combines elements of RPGs and adventure titles to bring a unique experience. Play as young Cordy, as she navigates through the Edgewood Home for Lost Children as the students have taken over the school. Find the administrators at the top of the school to discover the secret behind the disappearance of all the adults.
Pixel Press: Draw Your Own Video GameDeveloper: Robin @ RoundthirdFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: June 14, 2013
Pixel Press is exactly what its title says. Draw out your design for a level on a printable graph paper sheet, snap a picture with an iOS device, and play your level. Drawing and video games – what’s not to love?
Skara: The Blade RemainsDeveloper: 8 Bit StudiosFundraising Goal: £150,000Funds Due By: June 29, 2013
Players can battle it out online in Skara using hand-to-hand combat in a fantasy world. Skara is planned for PC, next-gen devices and mobile platforms and draws influences from several different gaming genres. One of the innovative features of Skara is that it will not have a leveling system. This means that new players have a shot at competing against long-time players as the highest skill wins over the best grinder.
The St. Christopher’s School LockdownDeveloper: Laney BerryFundraising Goal: £9,000Funds Due By: July 11, 2013
As an adventure game, each episode of The St. Christopher’s School Lockdown is shown from the perspective of a different student stuck in a lock-in protest in their British prep school. Rather than tedious puzzles like fetch quests and item combinations, this point and click aims to offer more entertaining play.
A Vampyre Story: Year OneDeveloper: Autumn Moon EntertainmentFundraising Goal:$200,000Funds Due By: July 1, 2013
A prequel to the PC game A Vampyre Story, Year One is being developed by a former Lucas Arts employee and looks especially promising in the animated previews. Using full 3D character models and animations, A Vampyre Story: Year One is easy on the eyes. In addition, a mobile game is also a possibility. In this graphic adventure game, you must help Mona find a way out of trouble for Froderick the bat.
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