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31 Days of Zero Suit SamusProject Type: Art bookFundraising Goal: $20,000Funds Due By: N/A
Artist and podcaster Chris Furniss is compiling a hardcover book of his "31 Days of Zero Suit Samus" illustrations and the work other professional video game-related artists.
The Adventure PalsDeveloper: Massive MonsterFundraising Goal: $28,190Funds Due By: N/A
Everybody needs a best friend. In Massive Monster’s adventure game, The Adventure Pals, evil Mr. B has kidnapped your dad in hopes of turning him into a hot dog. Taking on the role of a young adventurer, you set out with your two best friends, a pet rock and Sparkles the giraffe, you travel through a world “fueled by imagination” to stop him. Mixing together platforming, RPG elements, and combat arenas, The Adventure Pals gives players five areas to explore with twenty-five levels each. The cartoony game will also feature local co-op, towns full of quests, and open-world exploration. Massive Monster’s campaign ends August 27.
Adventurezator: When Pigs FlyDeveloper: Pigasus GamesFundraising Goal: $20,000Funds Due By: N/A
Adventurezator allows players to not only play through levels, but create their own point-and-click adventures for friends to try. All objects in the sandbox world of Adventurezator are “emergent.” This basically means that each object has a pre-defined use and reaction to other objects. The developers at Pigasus give an example of needing an object for liquids in a quest scenario. Rather than the player being told they need a specific type of chalice or goblet, all receptacles can serve as liquid-holders. It takes the nonsensical aspects out of many questing scenarios. Just the same, obstacles can be set up by players creating levels because they know certain characters or objects will respond to each other in pre-determined ways that can require strategic thinking to get through. To see this type of emergent level design in action, be sure to check out Adventurezator’s preview on Kickstarter. The game with sandbox mode is planned for PC, Mac, and Linux. A later release without sandbox mode is also in the works for iOS and Android.
Aegis DefendersDeveloper: Guts DepartmentFundraising Goal: $65,000Funds Due By: N/A
A tale of grandfather Bart and granddaughter Clu, Aegis Defenders puts you in the role of the two explorers in search of a relic that can save their world, the Aegis. They must use their respective engineering and combat skills to defeat a host of enemies across a beautifully animated world.
The game's already been funded, but the stretch goals for local co-op and two additional characters, the monk and assassin, sound way too cool to forgo. With enough funding, Aegis Defenders will also come to PlayStation 4 and Wii U, where four-player cooperative adventuring would feel right at home.
AfterlandDeveloper: Imaginary GamesFundraising Goal: $32,000Funds Due By: N/A
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.
AmplitudeDeveloper: Harmonix Music SystemsFundraising Goal: $775,000Funds Due By: N/A
Before Guitar Hero, Rock Band, or Dance Central, Harmonix had an enthusiastic following of fans for its fantastic PS2 music game, Amplitude, an evolution of an earlier project called Frequency. After years of hearing fans beg for a follow-up, Harmonix is leaving it up to the vocal fan base to fund a sequel. The original Amplitude is a controller-based music game requiring incredibly fast reflexes and frenetic controller button tapping, and includes a fantastic party game multiplayer mode. Harmonix hopes to launch this new version on PS3 and PS4.
Ancient DystopiaDeveloper: Dystopia GamesFundraising Goal: $1,100Funds Due By: N/A
Ancient Dystopia is intriguing enough based on gameplay but throw the fact that a 16 year-old is developing it, and it becomes even more interesting. Players must gather their party and assist the Rebel Coalition in its quest to defeat the Emperor. An RPG reminiscent of classic Final Fantasy games, Ancient Dystopia will not only allow you to customize your party members but also your hometown. Nw shops and residents will assist you as you progress through the story.
Anima - Gate Of MemoriesDeveloper: Kai NesbitFundraising Goal: $90,000Funds Due By: N/A
Anima - Gate of Memories is an action-focused RPG that allows players to freely experience a world brimming with an enticing story and striking characters. Two sould are trapped in a parallel dimension, and must unravel its secrets before they slip into RPG-induced madness. Like other RPGs this generation, the payer's choices will impact other characters, as well as the overall story.
AntharionDeveloper: Orphic SoftwareFundraising Goal: $10,000Funds Due By: N/A
Antharion is a turn-based combat, party-based game with old school vibes. With a custom party of four and an open world ready to explore, it hearkens back to 16-bt era RPG games. The world contains over 100 dungeons, around 20 cities, and more than 50 monster types to do battle with. Don't forget the 45 unique magic spells either; this game sounds huge.
ArmelloDeveloper: League of GeeksFundraising Goal: $200,000Funds Due By: N/A
Only a few days remain to throw your support behind this digital card and board game. The project has already hit its fundraising goals, but it’s not too late to contribute to stretch goals (and snag some snazzy rewards). Armello stars a cast of anthropomorphic animal heroes that live in the kingdom of Armello. The game promises to mix role-playing with classic tabletop gaming mechanics, but all set on your digital screen. Your furry hero travels across a beautiful map, completing quests, fighting monsters, and more. Armello is targeting release on iPad, and PC/Mac/Linux, but a yet-to-arrive stretch goal would add Android and Windows tablets.
ArmikrogDeveloper: Pencil Test Studios, Inc.Fundraising Goal: $900,000Funds Due By: N/A
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.
AuroDeveloper: Dinofarm GamesFundraising Goal: $7,500Funds Due By: N/A
Dinofarm is creating a turn-based, dungeon-crawling strategy game. Players can specialize in fire, ice, illusion, and other abilities, and the game features pixel art created from scratch.
Awkward Zombie: Volume 1Project Type: Comic bookFundraising Goal: $8,500Funds Due By: N/A
Awkward Zombie is an online video game comic that has been published weekly for the last five-plus years by Katie Tiedrech. She wants to sell a book featuring the first 100 comics, with more to be included in later volumes.
Battle Chef BrigadeDeveloper: Trinket StudiosFundraising Goal: $38,000Funds Due By: N/A
Imagine a 2D Monster Hunter game inspired by Cooking Mama and designed by the Legend of Korra and Studio Ghibli animators. If you’re like us and have no imagination, take a look at Battle Chef Brigade. In Trinket Studios’ genre-mashing PC game, a cooking competition pits hunter-chefs against one another in a challenge that breaks the divide between the arena and the kitchen. The side-scrolling action and culinary combination elements, along with an endearing anime style and full original soundtrack, make it one to watch.
Battle Chef Brigade is already fully funded, but a lot of stretch goals still vie for your dollar, including voiceover work, more playable characters, and extra language localization. It’s currently a PC exclusive with no console stretch goals as of yet, but Trinket’s self-proclaimed interests lie in branching out to other platforms.
Black The FallDeveloper: Sand Sailor StudioFundraising Goal: £25,000 GBP ($40,206.50 USD)Funds Due By: N/A
Sand Sailor’s Limbo-inspired game is self-proclaimed as many things: a “2.75D” sidescroller, a game about choice, and a metaphor for the four-person team’s personal experiences growing up in a communist country. What can be said about the game without playing it is that its art style, most immediately reminiscent of Limbo’s silhouetted appearance, lends itself to the oppressive atmosphere of the game. Expressive character animation gives it a sardonically lighthearted vibe, stark in contrast to its grave subject matter.
In addition to having a distinct art style, Black The Fall features a reputation system in which the way you play dictates the way the game responds. If you’re aggressive towards an NPC, maybe he’ll trip an alarm that exposes you to enemies. If you’re gentler with the natives, though, they might help you out by showing you secret areas.
BlindsideDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $7,000Funds Due By: N/A
Blindside is an audio-only game, intended to be fully accessible for visually-impaired gamers, and to offer gamers who have played only visually-intense games the experience of encountering a world without sight.
Boma Naraka SuraDeveloper: Anantarupa StudioFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
There are plenty of Metroid-style games out there, but Boma Naraka Sura might be the first based on Southeast Asian mythology. The story follows a young girl named Sveta who awakens in the lowest level of the underworld with no memories. There, she teams up with the imprisoned and enigmatic entity Bomantara. This being also has unfinished business, so the two set out to reclaim their memories and fight through the six realms of the world. As Sveta regains fragments of her memories, she can upgrade her abilities and craft new equipment. Additionally, she can meet and recruit mythical beasts from real-world scripture to fight by her side. Like any good Metroid-style adventure, unlocking new skills will enable Sveta to discover new areas and secrets.
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2Developer: KING Art GamesFundraising Goal: $65,000Funds Due By: N/A
KING Art Games released The Book of Unwritten Tales in 2012, which was well received by critics. However, the publisher went bankrupt, and the developer amassed debt. KING Art is now releasing a sequel to The Book of Unwritten Tales, and is asking for your help with a unique pitch video. They admit up front that The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is already funded and will come out, even if the Kickstarter campaign fails. This campaign’s purpose is to improve the game, do more, and make it truly memorable with things like side quests and fully orchestrated music. Apparently fans agree with its philosophy, since they have already surpassed its fundraising goal with over 30 days left. If you have a point-and-click adventure game itch that can’t be scratched, check out The Book of Unwritten Tales 2.
Boss MonsterDeveloper: Brotherwise GamesFundraising Goal: $85,000Funds Due By: N/A
After a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring its card game to life in physical form, Brotherwise Games is back to bring its video game-inspired card game to mobile devices. As card games continue to gain traction in digital spaces, this one is worthy of attention for any fans of classic NES titles.
In Boss Monster, you play as the boss of a dungeon against other bosses. You build a dungeon by laying down a trail of cards to build space between you and invading heroes. You must balance difficulty of your dungeon rooms with loot rewards to entice the heroes to advance. The first player to defeat 10 heroes or surviving after heroes have slain all their opponents wins. Release is planned for iPad and Android tablets so please back it because I want to play.
BreachDeveloper: Space RhinoFundraising Goal: $35,000Funds Due By: N/A
Developer Space Rhino is taking a chance on combining features from several popular strategic game genres and seeing how they mix together. At its core, Breach utilizes tower defense mechanics to defend against waves of attacks, but with a tinge of competitive MOBA and RTS thrown into the mix. The team hopes to eliminate some of the more passive elements of tower defense in exchange for an active, competitive 3v3 experience set in a rich fantasy backdrop. Initial release is headed towards Android and iOS.
Buddy And MeDeveloper: Sunbreak GamesFundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: N/A
Buddy and Me is a platformer embellished in a beautiful art style for tablets and mobile. It is the story of a boy and his best friend who run through the forest together, seeking adventure.
Camelot UnchainedDeveloper: City State EntertainmentFundraising Goal: $2,000,000Funds Due By: N/A
Camelot Unchained is a counter-revolutionary MMO set in a post-apocalyptic world where the boundary between two dimensions has been pierced. This led to the almost-extinction of the world and you must fight to get your world back.
Car Mechanic Simulator 2015Developer: PlayWayFundraising Goal: $20,000 CADFunds Due By: N/A
Playway’s new game is a direct sequel to their previous installment, Car Mechanic Simulator 2014. This simulator will place you in the shoes of a car mechanic, featuring improvements such as new cars and parts. There will be 16 new car models, and each will have more than 200 customizable components. Another new addition is mission mode, which will generate random car repair jobs that are time-restricted. There will be different difficulty and payment levels. Beyond car repairs, you will also have to manage your work environment with new skills and designs for the garage. Car auctions are another way to make an extra buck, where you buy old cars to renovate. Stretch goals will offer DLC packages with more cars, such as the classics and hot rods selections.
Castle StoryDeveloper: Sauropod StudioFundraising Goal: $80,000Funds Due By: N/A
Castle Story is a creative sandbox game. Similar to popular sandbox games such as Minecraft, Castle Story allows players to explore vast worlds and build whatever they like. However, Castle Story has worked in a unique strategy element by requiring players to build complicated, firm, well thought out structures in order to withstand the hordes of enemies who come out at night.
Catlateral DamageDeveloper: Chris Chung/Fire Hose GamesFundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: N/A
“Cel-shaded first-person cat simulator” is a phrase we never thought we’d type, but that is precisely the experience developer Chris Chung hopes to create with his game. In Catlateral Damage, you play as a housecat, and your primary form of interaction with the environment is pawing things off of shelves and desks. While the game allows players to perform “sillier” cat actions like meowing and coughing up hairballs, Catlateral Damage also incorporates power-ups, mission structure, and collectibles. The Kickstarter page even has a playable demo, should you find yourself unable to wait for some feline frolicking.
Cavern KingsDeveloper: VineFundraising goal: $2,500Funds Due By: N/A
"An endless and explosive game about digging your own grave" is one of the best pitches to grace Kickstarter, and the trailer for Cavern Kings certainly lives up to its tagline. In Cavern Kings, you take control of one of four characters and see how far down you can burrow into a cavern full of increasingly more difficult enemies, taking them down using weapons and power-ups that stick indefinitely.
It's already almost quadrupled its funding goal, but it's still a bit of a ways away from a stretch goal that would double the available power-ups from 50 to 100. It's also hit its stretch goal for online co-op, which would mean twice as much mayhem for you and your friends.
Celestian Tales: Old NorthDeveloper: Ekuator GamesFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: N/A
This turn-based tactical RPG features six playable characters whose stories will be told over three decades, each with unique perspectives and story arcs that are sometimes in contention with one another. At times, character’s storylines will converge and experience game events together. Don’t let the game’s art style fool you; Celestian Tales: Old North is aiming to create a serious tale of grey morals and questionable moral decisions, with the goal of having the player ask themselves if they did the right thing. Ekuator Games is planning on releasing the game episodically for PC, Mac, and Linux, with each part offering several hours of gameplay and a piece of the larger story.
Chain Gang ChaseDeveloper: Joe PietruchFundraising Goal: $10,000Funds Due By: N/A
Chain Gang Chase is a multiplayer game developed by professor Joe Pietruch of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Pietruch had been a backer of Ouya’s Kickstarter campaign, and first started developing his Chain Gang Chase with the Ouya in mind. For those who don’t know, a “chain gang” is a group of prisoners, typically a work crew, who are chained to one another by leg irons. The game has a simple premise: each player controls a convict in an escaped chain gang. As many as eight people can play, working together to navigate obstacles, solve puzzles, and evade capture. Lastly, players must utilize an oncoming train to sever their respective chains – simultaneously. Chain Gang Chase is planned for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Ouya. Support for Android, iOS, and the web depends on the success of the campaign.
Chaos RebornDeveloper: Julian GollopFundraising Goal: $180,000Funds Due By: N/A
Chaos Reborn is a reboot/sequel to the classic strategy title Chaos: The Battle of Wizards, originally published by Games Workshop in 1985. Players take control of a wizard who uses spells and summons creatures to do battle against another wizard doing the same. Maps will feature varying terrain that must be taken into account when making tactical decisions, and the game will include numerous RPG elements for improving your wizard. A large scale single player campaign is also planned. If funded, Chaos Reborn will be appearing on PC, Mac, and Linux in the spring of 2015. You can check out this feature on the original Chaos here for a better idea of where this new game is drawing inspiration from.
CLANGDeveloper: Subutai CorporationFundraising Goal: $500,000Funds Due By: N/ACLANG's development team was co-founded by sci-fi author Neal Stephenson. The
game will be an authentic sword-fighting game that uses a high-precision, third-party motion controller.
Close YourDeveloper: William HellwarthFundraising Goal: $20,000Funds Due By: N/A
There’s a cliché saying that life flies by in the blink of an eye. The game Close Your has taken that idea and made a game around it – kind of. Currently in development by William Hellwarth, Close Your lets you live a life from birth to death, but with a twist. Every moment in this life – no matter how big, small, happy, or tragic – lasts only as long as you can keep your actual real life eyes open. Using a webcam, Close Your tracks when the player blinks, moving scenes forward when they close their eyes. “Could be five seconds or five years. Life literally flashes before your eyes as you try desperately to hold onto each fleeting moment,” the game’s campaign page reads.
Opening with a meeting from Death himself, Close Your takes an involuntary bodily function and makes it a time machine of sorts – taking you through moments like your first steps, a kiss, and death of loved ones. Each moment lasts only as long as your eyes will let it. Hellwarth is asking for $20,000 and has currently raised over $11,000.
CodemancerDeveloper: Robert LockhartFundraising Goal: $12,000Funds Due By: N/A
Looking for a project with an educational twist? Codemancer is set in a fantasy universe of magic and monsters, but is actually a teaching tool targeted at 9-14 year-old kids who might be interested in learning programming. The game’s magic system is based on the same principles as coding, and the team’s stated goal is to cover the same fundamentals that would be communicated in a university Programming 101 class. Codemancer already nailed its fundraising goal, but if you’d care to add to the total and show your support for this kind of game, there’s still time to contribute.
CreaDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $15,000Funds Due By: N/A
Crea is a sandbox game similar to Minecraft and Terraria, and will feature fully moddable worlds and characters. It will be multiplayer-capable, and the development team hopes to make the game available on Steam.
Crossing SoulsDeveloper: FouratticFunding Goal: $45,000Funds Due By: N/A
Crossing Souls takes you back to the summer days of your youth, when it was just you and your buddies trying find ways to pass the time. On one particular day, five friends discover a stone that allows them to travel between the living and dead planes of reality. Players will control this group over the course of their magic adventure as they solve puzzles and fight enemies ranging from soldiers to dinosaurs.
Filled with vibrant neon hues, Crossing Souls borrows an ‘80s aesthetic, but it’s not parodic like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon’s. Rather Crossing Souls comes off more as a loving recreation of the games of days past with its orthogonal 2D perspective and blocky characters.
Crystal CatacombsDeveloper: Levels or LivesFundraising Goal: $7,500Funds Due By: N/A
Crystal Catacombs is an action platformer with procedurally-generated dungeons. The art style is inspired by Super Metroid and Castlevania, and the game features a stat-based character upgrade system.
Dad QuestDeveloper: Sundae MonthFundraising Goal: $8,000Funds Due By: N/A
Turns out child endangerment can be charming, as long as your kid is indestructible. Dad Quest is a student team-developed 2D action platformer that takes an unusual approach to parenting. Players control a Dad on a quest to reach the mythical Dad Island, running through colorful levels with a Child tucked under their arm. In this world, parents of either gender can use the title Dad and fling their Child to defeat wacky enemies. RPG elements include leveling up the Child to learn new skills. Players accomplish this by tossing the Child through the window of a gym, school, or other building. Though bizarre on many levels, Dad Quest looks like it offers a fun mix of unique gameplay concepts that could appeal to players with the right sense of humor.
Darkest DungeonDeveloper: Red Hook StudiosFundraising Goal: $75,000Funds Due By: N/A
Darkest Dungeon is the first project by Red Hook studios, and it's a unique one. It is a rogue-like turn-based RPG that attempts to show the psychological damage done by adventuring. You will lead a team of four heroes into crypts and other nasty locations, and battle the monsters they contain. At times your party members may become frightened, stressed, or develop phobias based on the dangers they’re put through. Interesting mechanics and the dark, gothic art style make Darkest Dungeon a tempting campaign to fund. Darkest Dungeons will release on PC and Mac if funded, with the possibility of expanding to Linux, 3DS, and other consoles in the future.
Dead StateDeveloper: DoubleBear ProductionsFundraising Goal: $150,000Funds Due By: N/A
Dead State is a survival RPG set during the zombie apocalypse. The game features turn-based combat and character skill branches.
Defense Grid 2Developer: Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD, and RazerFundraising Goal: $250,000Funds Due By: N/A
The team behind the original, well-received Defense Grid, wants to build an expansion for the first game, and to create an all new sequel. The first Defense Grid is a strategic tower defense currently available on Steam.
Descent: UndergroundDeveloper: Descendent StudiosFundraising Goal: $600,000Funds Due By: N/A
Kickstarter is a haven for revamping long-abandoned franchises, and Descent: Underground is just one of the latest cult classics to look for a new lease on life via crowdfunding. The original Descent released on PC in 1995, arguably too early for its “six degrees of freedom” space flight – and right in the middle of the console market’s rise to power. Inputs weren’t as accurate as they are now, and the flashy console wars stole the PC platform’s thunder. However, recent years have seen a big resurgence in spacefaring games like Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous. Enter Descent: Underground, a multiplayer focused ship game with a voxel environment that can be destroyed over the course of a game. If funded, Descent: Underground will also be one of the few games using Unreal Engine 4, and the engine shines in the enclosed spaces of the map Descendent Studios has shown off. Keep a doggy bag handy if you’re thinking about backing Descent, though, you might need it when the release date rolls around.
DiaboticalDeveloper: The GD StudioFundraising Goal: $145,517Funds Due By: N/A
Diabotical is an old-school arena FPS that’s aiming to be a successor to the old Quake games. Players control colorful, spherical robots and battle it out using seven different weapons in “lots and lots of maps.” Development team The GD Studio is behind the project, and has grown over the last two years from an esports media house to game studio while focusing on the competitive FPS experience. Diabotical aims to avoid a “pay-to-win” system by having in-game purchases only be available for cosmetic items. Players will also be able to create and share their own multiplayer maps, game modes, power-ups, weapons, mods, and more. Diabotical has reached its funding goal, but is accepting further donations until September, with perks ranging from custom skins to being able to design your own Eggbot fighter with The GD Studio’s art, design, and sound team.
DieselStörmersDeveloper: Black Forest GamesFundraising Goal: $50,000Funds Due By: N/A
This unabashed action extravaganza is a 1-4 player cooperative run ‘n’ gun. DieselStörmers features procedurally generated levels and customizable weaponry as players charge through stage after stage of chaos in a medieval city overtaken by futuristic weaponry and the hunger for oil. The multiplayer mode includes an interesting twist on the standard formula in the form of an arcing energy ball that connects the onscreen characters, which helps to confront and defeat enemy forces. An initial release is headed to PC/Linux/Mac, with later releases on PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U.
Doko RokoDeveloper: Okobu GamesFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: November 19, 2015
What if, instead of a rich lore spread out thinly over a vast world, the world itself was a contained, thriving ecosystem in a colossal tower? That’s the question developer Erick Mack wants to address in this side-scrolling action game: What does a world look like stacked on top of itself rather than built outward. As the “Unslain,” players battle their way through the tower with a collection of massive swords, trade tales with the strange denizens of the tower, and discover ancient magic manuscripts to aid in their upwards journey.
Double Fine AdventureDeveloper: Double Fine and 2 Player ProductionsFundraising Goal: $400,000Funds Due By: N/A
Double Fine Adventure is a point-and-click game developed by Tim Schafer and Double Fine. 2 Player Productions will be documenting the entire development process and will be releasing monthly video updates to Kickstarter backers.
Duck Quest?Developer: Waffle Friday StudiosFundraising Goal: $500Funds Due By: N/A
Duck Quest? is an 8-bit online flash game about a duck who has lost
her baby chicks in the park. The development team also hopes to make iOS
and other mobile versions of the charming title.
DuelystDeveloper: Counterplay GamesFundraising Goal: $68,000Funds Due By: N/A
Duelyst first saw life as a custom tabletop board game played among
friends, and has now been rebuilt and reimagined for the digital realm
as a tactical-turn based game in the same vein of Fire Emblem or Final
Fantasy Tactics. Players will assemble squads of sprite fighters, each
with unique abilities and spells, and go toe-to-toe with other players
in a variety of multiplayer game modes. Duelyst will also include a
single player mode where new units and spells can be unlocked and
brought into multiplayer. The developers, whose work experience includes
Diablo III, Rogue Legacy, and the Ratchet and Clank Series, promise
short gameplay sessions of 30 minutes or less, hundreds of units and
spells to use, and five unique factions set in a world that isn't just
another generic fantasy setting.
Dungeon of Elements (DoE)Developer: FrogdiceFundraising Goal: $20,000Funds Due By: N/A
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.
Earthlock: Festival of MagicDeveloper: Snowcastle GamesFundraising Goal: $150,000Funds Due By: N/A
Playing as desert scavenger Amon, you must stop an impending war by
uncovering the secrets of a planet that has stopped spinning long ago. A
demo of the game is already available and features classic turn-based
battles, an old-school RPG overworld, and no random enemy encounters.
The game also features a unique organic crafting system that allows
players to grow ammunition for their various weapons. Earthlock:
Festival of Magic is planning to release on PC, Mac, Linux, Wii U, Xbox
One, and PS4.
Echoes of the First DreamerDeveloper: Highwire GamesFundraising Goal: $45,000Funds Due By: N/A
After a messy breakup with Bungie, Destiny and Halo composer Marty O’Donnell has paved his own path with Echoes of the First Dreamer. It’s a musical prequel to Highwire Games’ VR game Golem, which debuted at PlayStation Experience in December of last year. Although you wouldn’t expect a Kickstarter to be necessary for a project that’s already in full swing, it’s interesting to imagine an auditory prequel to a video game. Usually a soundtrack accompanies a game just fine, but having an audio-prequel introduce players to the themes of Golem before it comes out is a fresh idea. Highware Games plans to contribute an additional $20,000 above the project goal if the Kickstarter is successful.
EcoDeveloper: Strange Loop GamesFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
From the makers of Vessel comes a bold and ambitious new game: Eco features Minecraft-like creation with the added twist of player-created pollution affecting the environment. Mining waste makes water undrinkable, and chopping down too many trees transforms lush woodlands into desert. Each server starts at the beginning of man, with players working together to defend themselves against an impending natural disaster. Yet they must exercise caution, as a certain level of pollution will destroy the world, resulting in permadeath. On the other hand, if everyone refuses to use the environment's resources, then natural disaster will kill off all of the players.
Edo SuperstarDeveloper: Jed HenryFundraising Goal: $65,000Funds Due By: N/A
Masaru is an arrogant monkey, but for a good reason. Pretty much no one in all of Japan can best him in a fight. After realizing that joining a ninja clan means staying on the down low, Masaru quits the gang and heads off on his own. His goal is to defeat other colorful, animal enemies on his path to Edo – and gain superstardom along the way.
Edo Superstar is likely best enjoyed on iOS and Android, as full touch-screen compatibility will be added. However, PC and Mac editions are also in the works.
Elysian ShadowsDeveloper: Elysian Shadow TeamFundraising Goal: $150,000Funds Due By: N/A
From reading the Kickstarter listing, Elysian Shadows aims to be the Shovel Knight of RPGs: an homage to a bygone era littered with frustrating mechanics alleviated with modern sensibilities. Imagine a pixelated Paper Mario aesthetic with nods to 16-bit Squaresoft RPGs like Secret of Mana, and that's the gist of this game.
Bringing together Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis inspired soundtrack with an impressive lighting system, the Elysian Shadows team wants to bring its game to PC, iOS, Android, as well as Ouya and Dreamcast. For any old-school JRPG fan, this one is definitely worth checking out.
Embers of CaerusDeveloper: Forsaken StudioFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
The team creating Embers of Caerus is an international group of volunteers. That the developer is so passionate about its game that its individual are willing to go unpaid should say a lot about how amazing Embers of Caerus' potential is. At its core, Embers is an open world, MMORPG set in a living fantasy world.
Endless Migration 2Developer: HotAirRaccoon GamesFundraising Goal: $8,000Funds Due By: N/A
Migration 2 is a sequel to the original mobile game, Endless Migration,
in which players control a flock of birds. The sequel will set your
flock of birds adrift in time, and they must be led back home to Canada.
EverspaceDeveloper: ROCKFISH GamesFundraising Goal: $244,285Funds Due By: N/A
Imagine No Man's Sky as a roguelike with more realistic graphics. You're now thinking of Everspace, a space shooter with a non-linear story and AAA quality visuals. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Everspace lies in its extensive upgrade system; because this title has persistent progression, players can build more and more powerful ships as they sink more time into the game. Prepare to spend hours optimizing engines, weapons, sensors, armor, and more.
Every Day Is PlayDeveloper: Matthew KenyonFundraising Goal: £26,000Funds Due By: N/A
While not a game, Every Day Is Play will still likely to interest gamers. The campaign is meant to fund a large collection of art inspired by games all gathered into one, hardcover book. All types of projects will be featured, from graphic design to sculptures. For those looking to fund the project, £20 nets the backer an e-book copy. For £30 or more, you can have it on your coffee table.
Exogenesis ~Perils of Rebirth~Developer: KwanFundraising Goal: $32,000Funds Due By: N/A
Fans of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Zero Escape should perk up and pay attention to Exogenesis. The game combines the traditions of adventure gaming with visual novel storytelling to tell an original tale. Set in 2069, the main characters are a young team of treasure hunters; in the course of one of their quests, the main character’s young sister is tragically killed. The subsequent story involves the quest to bring her back. Make sure and check out the fourth-wall-breaking pitch video, where the anime-inspired main characters make their case for the project, which is aiming for release on PC, Mac, and Linux.
Exoplanet: First ContactDeveloper: AlersteamFundraising Goal: $45,000Funds Due By: September 12, 2015
Exoplanet: First Contact, a third-person action RPG, strikes a pulpy Western tone. "As a matter of habit," says the game's hero, space cowboy Jack Sharp, "like brushing your teeth, you'll want to keep your knife always sharp." Gameplay shifts between classic shoot-em-up combat and open-world exploration, with a healthy dose of story in between. Exoplanet: First Contact's influences range from the Fallout franchise to the famous Dune book series.
The Flame in the FloodDeveloper: The Molasses FloodFundraising Goal: $150,000Funds Due By: N/A
Developed by another studio formed in the wake of the Irrational downsizing, The Flame in the Flood imagines a post-America in which it isn’t quite clear how it came to an end (“with a bang or a whimper?” asks the Kickstarter page). The game features a soundtrack by alt-country rock artist Chuck Ragan and a storybook art style that give the appearance of an atmospheric experience.
Looting, crafting, and traversal mechanics maintain gameplay as players traverse a procedurally generated river through backwater America toward an untold end. Survival is paramount: weather, wilderness, and other survivors can present obstacles to the player’s journey. A light permadeath system in which supplies are carried over from the time of your last death gives The Flame in the Flood a “rogue-lite” tension. Check out Matt Helgeson's feature to learn more about the story behind The Flame in the Flood and its developers.
For My BrotherDeveloper: Crooked Tree StudiosFundraising Goal: $150,000 (Canceled, privately funded)Funds Due By: N/A
For My Brother is a 2.5D platformer about a young girl who transforms herself into a monster for the sake of her younger brother. Drawing inspiration from games like Shadow of the Colossus and Mega Man, Sister gains skills to navigate the environment and defeat monsters and bosses, but only at the cost of her humanity. Although For My Brother displays old-school influences in its mechanics, its Insular art style and fused Celtic/metal soundtrack set it apart from the crowd. For My Brother is in development for Windows, Mac and Linux, but Crooked Tree may bring the game to consoles through stretch goals.
ForcedDeveloper: BetaDwarfFundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: N/A
An arena combat game allowing you to team up with friends, Forced is in the top 3% of Steam Greenlight. The game allows you to rank up your character and improve weapons to deal with the increasing difficulty of each wave, described as a mix of Diablo and Left 4 Dead.
Forsaken FortressDeveloper:Photon ProductionsFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
Whats better than a post-apocalyptic world game? A post-apocalyptic world game with base building. In Forsaken Fortress, you'll design and upgrade a base with which to house survivors in. Maintaining the base, interacting between survivors, and scavenging for supplies in the wasteland are all integral ingredients for survival.
Friday the 13th: The GameDeveloper: Gun MediaFundraising Goal: 700,000Funds Due By: N/A
Horror fans have begged for years for a proper Friday the 13th game, and Gun Media hopes to deliver just that. Designed as an asymmetrical, 7v1 multiplayer experience, six players control Crystal Lake counselors cooperating to survive against another player behind the mask of the machete-wielding juggernaut (played by original Jason actor, Kane Hodder). Each counselor possess unique skills and Jason boasts a variety of appropriately brutal executions like smashing heads into trees or eviscerating victims with his machete. For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.
The Gallery: Six ElementsDeveloper: Cloudhead GamesFundraising Goal: $65,000Funds Due By: N/A
A new game in development for the Oculus, The Gallery is an urban exploration intertwined with a secret and shrouded in uncharted mystery. You must travel into six painted portals which represent the core elements of life: Air, Water, Fire, Earth, Love and Death. Retrieve a hidden key from each portal and escape The Gallery. What begins as a typical adventure ends in a volcanic eruption of action and adventure.
Game DeveloperzDeveloper: Onion SquireFundraising Goal: £8,000Funds Due By: N/A
Have you ever wanted to experience the struggles of game development?
Well now you can, thanks to the Kickstarter for Game Developerz, a
tabletop game that is all about forming your own game studio. In the
game you must assemble a team of talented game designers and craft your
dream game, all the while dealing with publishers, critics, and random
events. The Kickstarter campaign has already reached its fundraising
goal, but you can still lend your support to receive a copy of this
tongue-in-cheek look at the world of game development.
Guardians Of The RoseDeveloper: Broc CopelandFundraising Goal: $7,500Funds Due By: N/A
Guardians of the Rose is the next in a long line of retro, 2D-inspired games that take a familiar art style and add an extra layer of beauty, such as Hyper Light Drifter – also a Kickstarter success. A 2D open-world adventure game much in the style of the Legend of Zelda series, players are allowed to choose their own ways to play the game, from which directions they explore its open-ended world, to how they tackle its main and side-quests, to whether they want to be good or evil while pursuing its ultimate objective of restoring peace to the land. The game is being designed by Broc Copeland, who’s employed members of his young family to help with development. While his wife helps with beta testing, his young son Ender acts as art director, sitting in Copeland’s lap and telling his dad what to draw “literally pixel by pixel; color by color.”
GaymerconProject Type: ConventionFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
Gaymercon is an upcoming gaming and tech convention to be held in San Francisco during the summer of 2013. It is intended to be a convention that is safe, welcoming, and celebratory of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender gamers, as well as straight allies.
GlitchedDeveloper: En House Studios Fundraising Goal: $7,500Funds Due By: N/A
What if your video game knew you were playing it? That’s the crux of Glitched, a retro-inspired RPG by En House Studios reminiscent of the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. After a glitch appears in the town of Betwixt, Glitched’s protagonist slowly begins to learn of the player’s existence. Together, an unlikely duo, you, the player, and Gus begin exploring the world of Soren, from cities to ruins, to discover what’s going on with the mysterious glitch.
Glitched is well over its funding goal, having raised over $42,000 of its $7,500 goal. But it’s still worth checking out for its fourth wall-breaking story and “Essence System,” a mechanic that tracks the player’s choices to shape your own personality type.
The Grifta – Morphing GamepadDeveloper: Paul WeatherstoneFundraising Goal: £65,000Funds Due By: N/A
This gaming controller mod aims to reinvent the way we play games. It’s made up of three units: the left part, the right part, and the middle connector. The Grifta can be dismantled and reassembled in its three-unit form, shaped into a comfortable controller optimized for the player. These different shapes include the Grifta mouse, Grifta split, and Grifta classic. What’s particularly unique is its compatibility with a gaming mouse. You can use the right or left unit as a joystick or d-pad, while your other hand holds the mouse. The gamepad features ABXY buttons, just like the Xbox controller, but has redesigned shoulder buttons for quicker access to the triggers. The buttons and D-Pad are made from mechanical components, which the Grifta team stresses are more comfortable than rubber surfaces. This controller is no longer just a prototype or concept, and has already been produced with a manufacturer. The Grifta will be compatible with Windows, Android, and PlayStation 3. Using the XIM adapter, it can also be used for PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander Developer: Massive Damage, Inc.Fundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: N/A
Halcyon 6 may have a rather modest Kickstarter goal attached to it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an ambitious game. The strategy roguelike puts players in control of a massive space station that is also the last hope for humanity. It combines a bunch of elements from some of the video game world’s most challenging games into a world inspired by classic science fiction universes like Star Trek and Star Wars.
Players’ biggest hurdle will be the brutal turn-based combat, both in space and on the ground. Backing up the fight against an overwhelming alien force, is the need to manage the Halcyon 6 space station in a manner similar to XCOM’s home base. Developer Massive Damage, Inc. has also promised a crew of characters full of personality, and that their personality will impact how the characters perform in certain situations. Topping off everything are gorgeous pixel art aliens and outer space vistas.
Heart Forth, AliciaDeveloper: Alonso MartinFundraising Goal: $60,000Funds Due By: N/A
Already well past its funding goal as of this writing, your interest in Heart Forth, Alicia at this point may be about looking forward to a brand new entry in the fan-favorite “Metroidvania” genre. Alternately, if you’re interested in the remaining stretch goals, your money could make them happen, including a version of the game on Wii U. Heart Forth, Alicia stars a young wizard on a quest to save her homeland. The game combines '90s-era graphics, Metroid-style exploration, and some light RPG elements for a charming aesthetic. The game also includes an intriguing second story about a real-life woman told through live-action footage – how the two stories intertwine remains to be seen. PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, and Linux releases are all currently planned.
The Hero TrapDeveloper: SmashWorxFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
paced dungeon crawler, The Hero Trap is a roguelike where you control
three heroes and must swap between them on the fly to defeat the
monsters and traps the dungeon throws at you. Only one of your heroes is
"materialized" and can be harmed, while two ghost heroes follow behind
in ghost form and are immune to damage. Switching between the three
characters and utilizing their unique abilities is key to making
progress. Developer SmashWorx is looking to bring the game to PC, Mac,
Linux and consoles on the PlayStation 4 and Vita is successfully
Hero-U: Rogue To RedemptionDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $400,000Funds Due By: N/A
Rogue to Redemption presents you with turn-based combat and adventure game puzzles. The character relationships are drawing comparisons to Persona games, while the story itself changes based on the way you play.
Hex MMO Trading Card GameDeveloper: Cryptozoic EntertainmentFundraising Goal: $300,000Funds Due By: N/A
Hex will combine the open world feel and story of a MMORPG with the strategy and collecting aspects of a trading card game. The creators at Cryptozoic Entertainment previously published the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, and aim to make Hex a successful new installment for the PC and Mac. Players new to collectible card games should not be intimidated to give Hex a try, as Cryptozoic aims to make the game accessible by being free to download.
Hollow KnightDeveloper: Team CherryFundraising Goal: $35,000Funds Due By: N/A
Many modern games have a tendency to infantilize their audience, telling players how to complete mission objectives and quests in overbearing detail. Hollow Knight stands out in contrast, giving players little guidance and tough challenges. As the eponymous hero, players will discover their quest for themselves as they platform their way through the kingdom of Hallownest. Hollow Knight’s mechanics are indebted to classic platformers, but the game doesn’t crib their visual style. Hallownest and its inhabitants come to life in gorgeous 2D animation despite their ghastly appearances.
HomeMakeDeveloper: Franklin Cosgrove & ArchgameFundraising Goal: $15,000Funds Due By: N/A
HomeMake features a shape-shifting, endless neon cityscape of Galaxy Seed Sumimoto, an inverted planet. Sumimoto is a subjective experience, and each trip around the planet as a different denizen reveals new perspectives of the city, each reflected in the changing architecture between avatars. On top of their unique perspectives, each character has his or her own special platforming abilities, forcing players to swap between multiple characters like Kigi the robot and Sandwiches the fox to traverse all of Sumimoto. Currently planned for Windows, Mac and Linux, the developers expressed interest in releasing HomeMake on consoles, even the Dreamcast.
Hover: Revolt of GamersDeveloper: Midgar StudioFundraising Goal: $38,000Funds Due By: N/A
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why there aren’t more first-person free-running games in the style of Mirror’s Edge, you should keep an eye on Hover. The project cites Jet Set Radio and Mirror’s Edge as chief inspirations, and watching footage of the game, it’s almost exactly what you’d expect if you mashed those two games together. Players sprint and leap their way through a futuristic and colorful city in an effort to depose the reigning mayor and his anti-video game politics. The game is already funded, but several thousand more dollars will bring about a Wii U port. Midgar’s parkour game is already running in the direction of release on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux.
Idle Thumbs PodcastProject Type: PodcastFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: N/A
Idle Thumbs is a popular video game podcast that went dormant several times due to cost. The team behind the podcast wants to set up a permanent recording base for the cast, and add an additional book club series.
Infinity: BattlescapeDeveloper: I-Novae StudiosFundraising Goal: $300,000Funds Due By: N/A
This ambitious sci-fi title promises to have over 100 players facing off in massive spaceship battles in the vein of Star Wars and Battlestar: Galactica. Teams are divided into three major corporations vying for control over the many moons and planets across a seamless, true-to-scale solar system. Players pilot a slew of customizable ship types, from smaller fighters to massive destroyers, all of which look great thanks to the game’s impressive graphical prowess. Designed by a team comprised of industry vets who worked on games such as Gears of War, Unreal Tournament, and Microsoft Flight Simulator, Infinity: Battlescape looks to have the development chops to match its grandiose vision.
Jetpack 2Developer: Adept SoftwareFundraising Goal: $10,000Funds Due By: N/AThe sequel to the 1993 shareware, Jetpack, Jetpack 2 again allows players to use the level editor to create their own trials. The game will also employ a real physics engine (unlike the first game), and will feature a soundtrack.
Kaiju CombatDeveloper: Sunstone GamesFundraising Goal: $350,000Funds Due By: N/A
Kaiju Combat is a fighting game being developed by some of the same people who developed the 2002, 2004, and 2007 Godzilla fighting games. Kaiju Combat will be for 1-4 players, will be released on PC only initially, and will possibly incorporate the Godzilla license.
Kingdom Come: DeliveranceDeveloper: Warhorse StudiosFundraising Goal: £300,000Funds Due By: N/A
Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s developers at Warhorse Studios are sick of RPGs with elves, magic, and dragons; and they think you are too. Kingdom Come: Deliverance offers a realistic medieval fantasy game, which they liken to Braveheart. Players can play as a knight, rogue, bard, or mixture of the three as either a villain or hero. It will use a first-person combat, touted by the developer as innovative. Kingdom Come’s detailed, vibrant visuals look like it is taking advantage of the CryEngine it’s powered by. With that and its experienced developer team, this looks like an interesting game. Warhorse hopes to release its game on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Mac, and Linux in late 2015.
Knock-knockDeveloper: Ice-Pick LodgeFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: N/A
Ice-Pick Lodge is creating a game based on files they claim to have mysteriously received from an anonymous person back in 2011. The game plays as a series of nights during which the main character is forced to play hide-and-seek with terrifying monsters who make their way into his house. The art is gorgeous, the monsters are sufficiently creepy, and the whole premise sounds like a real-life Creepypasta.
KônaDeveloper: ParaboleFundraising Goal: $40,000 CADFunds Due By: N/A
Few games manage to make their setting a memorable character in and of itself, but Kôna's 1970 Quebec already makes a haunting impression. Explore the quiet, snowy town of Cree as private investigator Carl Faubert and unravel the mysterious disappearance of its citizens.
LabyrinthDeveloper: Free Range GamesFundraising Goal: $150,000Funds Due By: N/A
We covered Free Range Games’ promising blend of RPG dungeon crawling and collectible card games in a more in-depth preview, but the developer still hasn’t quite met its goal. Taking a page from Hearthstone, Free Range Games is planning on a player-friendly free-to-play model that allows you to earn every card in the game without spending real money. Those cards contain new party members, the attacks, spells, and equipment that they use during the turn-based tactical combat, and even monsters you can use to design and defend your own dungeon – the asynchronous multiplayer allows you to create the perfect defense deck to protect your lair while you’re away from the game, giving the PVP a single-player feel.
Lacuna PassageDeveloper: Random Seed GamesFundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: N/A
Jessica Rainer is the sole survivor of a crash landing on Mars. As the player, your objective is to carry out the Heracles mission: to investigate the disappearance of the first crew who traveled to the planet. Uncover audio recordings, documents, and take pictures of your findings to aid your investigation. Using satellite data, Lacuna Passage’s environments are based off of the actual topography of Mars. Lacuna Passage is planned for PC, Mac, and Linux release in December 2014.
The Last Door, Episodic Horror AdventureDeveloper: Alejo ACFudraising Goal: £3,852 Funds Due By: N/A
The Last Door is an atmospheric, episodic, horror adventure game with orchestral music used to heighten the mood. Set in the late 19th century, the story draws inspirations from H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, focusing on a character who arrives at an old friend's house to find that something is seriously wrong in Sussex County. Following the pilot episode, the developer hopes to continue the story with more episodes.
Last LifeDeveloper: Sam Farmer/Rocket ScienceFundraising Goal: $75,000Funds Due By: N/A
There’s still a little time left to put some money towards Last Life, a science-fiction game with noir overtones. The player controls a detective who was murdered but then 3D printed back to life to solve his own murder, which leads to a wide-ranging conspiracy. This initial Kickstarter is meant to support the crafting of the first of three episodes in the storyline, which cites Kentucky Route Zero and The Walking Dead as storytelling inspirations. The game is getting a helping hand from Double Fine in distribution, and is targeting a release on PC, Mac, and Linux. Help the team reach the next stretch goals to add additional voiceover work throughout the game.
The Last TimeDeveloper: Big Cow StudiosFundraising Goal: $6,208Funds Due By: N/A
The Last Time isn’t shy about its influences. True to the campaign’s headline, the short demo evokes Quantic Dream and Telltale Games in spades. This narrative-driven point and click adventure focuses on smart dialogue, nonlinear plotting, and interpersonal relationships. Dialogue trees branch out depending on player choices. The decision to say something seemingly innocuous, for example, might have repercussions further down the road. Players assume the role of Jack Glover, a retired police officer traumatized by a crime from decades before. A surprise phone call from his old life drags him back into the modern world where Jack must fight his flaws or give into them, depending on player choice. The Last Time is a one-man project that’s a love letter to both old-school point-and-click adventures and modern, branching storytelling.
Legend Of DungeonDeveloper: RobotLovesKittyFundraising Goal:$5,000Funds Due by: N/A
RobotLovesKitty's game features pixel art in a rogue-like, 4-player beat 'em up. The combat tends toward arcade classics like TMNT and X-Men, while the 1-player permadeath mode sets it aprt from those. The constantly generated content means hours of exploration and replayability, especially with up to three friends tagging along.
Leisure Suit LarryDeveloper: Replay GamesFundraising Goal: $500,000Funds Due By: N/A
Replay Games secured the rights to the Leisure Suit Larry series and intends to make a "reloaded" version by updating and rewriting content from games 1-7.
Lightspeed Frontier Developer: Riveted GamesFundraising Goal: $2,500Funds Due By: N/A
This ship-building open world simulator allows players to use materials found in space to craft ships used for battling and exploring alike. Collecting modules for your ship allows a greater variety of ship classes, which in turn unlocks more missions and areas to explore. When battling other ships, knocking components off their build allows you to fly up and attach them to your own ship if you're quick enough. Mining is also a key aspect of ship-building, and material-rich asteroids can be extracted and then either sold or crafted into new pieces for your ship. You can currently try out a demo on IndieDB here.
Lilly Looking ThroughDeveloper: Geeta GamesFundraising Goal: $18,000Funds Due By: N/A
Lilly Looking Through is a point-and-click adventure with all hand-drawn backgrounds. Some of the people working on the development team have previously worked on the Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Bolt, and the Chronicles of Narnia films.
LionessDeveloper: Zak AylesFundraising Goal: $7,000Funds Due By: N/A
Lioness has the ambitious goal of making the player question the complexities of human nature, connectedness, and existence. The trailer is simple but flashes questions with more intricacies than their basic syntax implies: If you could live your life again, would you change anything? Would you change who you are? Would you become a different person? Would you still be you? Who are you?
Whether or not Lioness aims to answer any of these questions for protagonist Egger Kirby is unclear. But with the promise of a non-linear, complex narrative, it certainly looks worth a try. Lioness is planned for a PC, and possibly Mac, release.
Long NightDeveloper: Trickster FaceFundraising Goal: $10,000 CADFunds Due By: N/A
Inspired by the original Resident Evil, Silent Hill 2, and similar titles, developer Trickster Face hopes to recreate their classic survival horror feel with Long Night. Like the others mentioned, Long Night is a third-person game. It takes place at a summer camp where players take control of a teenager named David searching for his lost friends. During David’s ordeal, players will confront monsters, uncover secrets, and do their best to keep him sane. Anyone interested can try out a demo version of the game and find more information on the Trickster Face website. According to the developer, work on Long Night is already halfway done, and the game will be released regardless of the campaign’s success. Additional funding will help the developer make it a more polished game, however. Long Night is expected to release in May 2014, on PC, Mac, and Linux, as well as PSN and XBLA at a later date.
The Lords Of RockDeveloper: Dave KillingsworthFunding Goal: $8,500Funds Due By: N/A
The Lords of Rock is redefining the phrase ‘Battle of the Bands.’ This tabletop game will let players form a band with prominent figures from a wide variety of mythologies and legends. Anubis, Athena, and Odin are just a few of the characters already confirmed in this crazy card-based game. Players will select their pantheon and band members, then do battle to capture the most souls by rocking each venue. Stretch goals for the project will add a Chinese pantheon, elder gods, and even more venues.
LumbermancerDeveloper: Roger BiersbornFundraising Goal: $15Funds Due By: June 25, 2016
Lumbermancer is an interesting case as far as Kickstarter campaigns go, because, well, the game is already finished. Its creator, Roger Biersborn, is using the platform more or less as a means for distribution and advertising for his game. Players will have to simultaneously control two characters, the Lumbermancer and the small logs that can do his bidding, through a 2D adventure. The ultimate goal in Lumbermancer is to get the Lumbermancer to a sandwich. According to the game’s Kickstarter page, the stakes are low, it’s just lunchtime. That being said, the journey will be dangerous and the Lumbermancer will have to rely on his log companions to help him fight ghosts, monsters, and even the devil, which try to block his way. According to Biersborn, the risks behind funding Lumbermancer are pretty slim. “The game is done! The rewards are made and ready to ship! So you won't have to wait a long time, and unless I die, you'll get everything for sure!” he writes.
Malevolence: The Sword of AhkranoxDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $6000Funds Due By: N/A
This turn-based fantasy RPG is an homage to classic PC RPGs like Eye of the Beholder and Might & Magic. Filled with plenty of dungeon crawling and questing, the project boasts a goal to have an infinite, persistent game world.
The MandateDeveloper: Perihelion Interactive LLCFundraising Goal: $500,000Funds Due By: N/A
A sci-fi RPG, The Mandate casts players in the role of a starship
captain, in the command of the Mandate’s empress, recently crowned
following the death of her father. Players can reclaim the rebelling
fringe worlds and find the Mandate’s grand fleet, as the empress
commands, or disregard her orders by joining another faction entirely.
Alliances notwithstanding, players’ behavior and choices may affect
their reputation and relationships. Drawing inspiration from series like
Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly, The Mandate emphasizes
the personal roles played by your ship and her crew, as your home and
family respectively. The Mandate can be played alone or cooperatively
with up to six players, and is planned for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Those interested can try out the game’s interactive prologue and ship
designer on its Kickstarter page.
Mark of the Old OnesDeveloper: Hit the SticksFundraising Goal: $46,000Funds Due By: N/A
Only a few days remain if you want to fund a game that combines the gameplay traditions of Metroid and the storytelling milieu of H.P. Lovecraft’s horror fiction. The story revolves around controlling a powerful being named Mogal that must delve into the mysterious caverns under the mountain once built in worship of an ancient being called Kraal. Mark of the Old Ones offers a twist on the classic exploration game, as your character navigates the world using strange dark tendrils that reach out to grab the environment and swing around. Hit the Sticks' unusual but intriguing game is headed to 64-bit PC and Linux.
Max GentlemenDeveloper: The Men Who Wear Many HatsFundraising Goal: $500Funds Due By: N/A
Max Gentlemen is an arcade-style game that revolves around
hat-stacking, something its aptly-named developer explains is the result
of manners taken to the extreme. This Kickstarter campaign has already
met its fundraising goal many times over, but there are still a number
of stretch goals that haven’t been reached. Max Gentleman is planned as a
free game for iOS, Android, Ouya, PC, Mac, and Linux. The Men Who Wear
Many Hats does hope to sell extra content in the future, but stresses
that the full game will be available free of charge.
Mercenary KingsDeveloper: Tribute GamesFundraising Goal: $75,000Funds Due By: N/A
Mercenary Kings is a 2D action game with platforming and crafting elements, created by several members of the team that developed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. Weapons are fully customizable, and local 4-player co-op is available. The game will be published on PC.
MechrunnerDeveloper: Spark Plug GamesFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
Spark Plug Games is behind this transforming robotic battle game, in which players navigate an endless series of arcade action fights. At first glance, the game calls to mind endless runners, in which you’re constantly surging forward along a static track. The difference here is that your transforming mech robot regularly encounters things that need to be blown up with heat-seeking missiles and lasers. If all goes well, Mechrunner will charge into battle on PS4, Vita, and Steam.
Mediocre MonsterDeveloper: Opal SquadFundraising Goal: $50,000Funds Due By: N/A
There’s no sympathy for JRPG monsters. Slimes are obliterated at the beginning of Dragon Quest without remorse, eerily smiling as Level 1 heroes plunge them into the void with a cheap copper sword. It seems depressing, but the genocide of early RPG creatures isn’t as bleak as it seems. The Bestiary is a company that employs random-encounter monsters who pretend to die for protagonists. You work your way up the corporate ladder, moving from the tutorial forest to a palette-swapped monster who is only marginally stronger. Mediocre Monster is a creative take on what it’s like to be on the other side of turn-based RPG combat.
Meriwether: An American EpicDeveloper: Sortasoft LLCFundraising Goal: $35,000Funds Due By: N/A
Based on the titular explorer and his companion William Clark, An American Epic tasks you with forming the Corps of Discovery. Over the course of the historic 28-month journey, you'll lead this band of hunters, explorers, and interpreters on a mission to find an all-water route across the country, form good relations with Native Americans, and map the area as well. The game splits your time between "Lewis" and "Travel" mode. "Lewis" mode will allow you to hunt and interact with characters, while "Travel" requires you to complete part of the famous expedition.
MidoraDeveloper: Epic MindsFundraising Goal: $60,000Funds Due By: N/A
Many Kickstarter games are homages to classic NES and SNES titles, and this action-adventure game is no different. In Midora, you explore the eponymous world as a white-haired young girl named Snow in Legend of Zelda fashion: descend into dungeons, collect items, and defeat bosses. Snow can also craft new items and potions and manipulate water for magic spell attacks and interacting with the environment. Epic Minds hopes to bring Midora to Windows, Mac and Linux, and possibly consoles and mobile devices should it reach its stretch goals.
MöiraDeveloper: Onagro StudiosFundraising Goal: $13,225Funds Due By: N/A
Möira (not to be confused with Barry’s daughter from Resident Evil Revelations 2) is a retro platformer molded to fit the aesthetics of the Game Boy Color. Made by the Brazilian independent developer Onagro Studios, Möira follows the adventures of Rubick, a student mage with the worst grades at his magic school. His master inexplicably goes missing, and now Rubick must travel through Magic Kingdoms in search of his teacher. Möira takes more than a few pages from the likes of Cave Story, Ori and the Blind Forest, and other gear-gated exploration titles. The game has already been Greenlit by Steam’s community, and asks for a modest amount of money in comparison to other titles on the list.
MonochromaDeveloper: Nowhere StudiosFundraising Goal: $80,000Funds Due By: N/A
This puzzle platformer is faithful to its namesake in stylistic quality; stark black, blurry gray, and only a splash or two of crimson make up the palette. The game takes place in a dystopian world in which you must care for your little brother. To get him through obstacles is a challenge, as you can’t leave him behind, but carrying him has other limitations. Monochroma looks like a mixture of Limbo’s style and some of Ico’s gameplay mechanics that come along with caring for a companion— not a bad combination at all. Monochroma is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux with possible later releases for Ouya, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
MyDreamDeveloper: MyDream InteractiveFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
Taking ideas from MMOs and real-world activities like geocaching,
MyDream will allow players to build and design their own quests and
environments for others to share and explore using 3D creation tools.
The developer is looking to promote cooperation rather than competition,
and as a result your character will gain experience by exploring,
building, and cooperating with others as opposed to defeating monsters. A
pledge of $5 grants you access to the game’s beta and additional
support grants various in-game items.
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl FleetDeveloper: Alasdair Beckett-KingFundraising Goal: £ 15,000Funds Due By: N/A
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.
NeloDeveloper: Magic & MirrorsFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
Calling Nelo “fast-paced” is an understatement. Even adjectives like frenetic, breakneck, and frenzied don’t seem to do the twitchy shooter justice. Nelo takes place in a grim sci-fi setting where a race of aliens war with their own A.I. creations. You use four levitating robotic hands to shoot enemies as you pop the perspective back and forth between third-person combat and twin-stick shooting similar to Geometry Wars. If you’re curious how Nelo actually plays, you can check out a pre-alpha demo on the game’s Kickstarter page.
Neptune FluxDeveloper: Zoxide GamesFundraising Goal: $8,000Funds Due By: N/A
Developer Zoxide Games has called Neptune Flux a classic point-and-click for the modern age, which means at first glance it may not seem like a point-and-click at all. Neptune Flux takes place entirely within the dark depths of the true final frontier: the bottom of the ocean. Players take control of a character named Sarah as she completes tasks deep underwater for a mysterious corporation called A.Q.U.A. Neptune Flux combines classical point-and-click style world interaction with dark, undersea exploration, and a sprawling narrative that continues to unwind as Sarah explores deeper and deeper. Set in a future where the surface of the Earth has become dry and almost unlivable, Neptune Flux delivers a curious dose of story-driven undersea exploration as Sarah tries to both cope with her own past decisions and do her job as an A.Q.U.A. employee. As you’d expect, the corporation’s true intentions are less than pure and Sarah must do her own exploration to uncover the company’s real motives. Neptune Flux seems like a project that sets out to create an amazing world without being unrealistically ambitious. It’s hard not to be interested in this project when it lists inspirations like Fallout, Myst, and LucasArts era point-and-clicks.
NightCryDeveloper: Playism GamesFundraising Goal: $300,000Funds Due By: February 23, 2015
The creator of the Clock Tower series, Hifumi Kono, and The Grudge director, Takashi Shimizu, are teaming up to bring to life the Japanese-inspired horror game Night Cry. The game is a result of Kono wishing to return to his horror/adventure roots. This 3D point-and-click game puts you on a luxurious cruise that takes an ugly turn as passengers are murdered left and right. Investigating objects, rooms, and clues will slowly lead you towards the culprit. As you search, however, a terrifying dark presence known as the Scissorwalker stalks the hallways, wielding giant scissor blades. Your cellphone can be used to communicate and discover other survivors, but its ringtone can attract the Scissorwalker’s attention.
Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: A Visual CompendiumDeveloper: Bitmap BooksFundraising Goal: $36,733Funds Due By: N/A
Though already funded, we felt it was worth including this upcoming book because it’s just really cool. Bitmap Books’ unofficial book covers the history of the Nintendo Entertainment System, and its tentpole games, such as The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Double Dragon, and over 100 more. The book features high-quality glossy photos and art, as well as a forward by Kevin Bayless, an ex-Rare developer currently working on Yooka Laylee. Bitmap Books has done similar releases for the Commodore 64, the Commodore Amiga, and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
Novus AEternoDeveloper: Taitale StudiosFundraising Goal: $75,000Funds Due By: N/A
Novus AEterno is an ambitious MMO RTS game from developer Taitale Studios, which plans on making it the largest strategy game to date. Generous investor donations allowed Taitale to cancel the game’s first Kickstarter campaign, and launch this second one with a much lower fundraising goal. In just over four days, the relaunched campaign achieved base funding, and is now focused on stretch goals. Novus AEterno has players start with a home planet, which they’ll never lose, and expand their empire across the universe. The game features sandbox gameplay and a seamless world, hosting all players on a single universal map. Players can influence one another, and make choices that could have in-game consequences even in the far future. Check out the game’s Kickstarter page and website for more information. Novus Aeterno is planned only for Windows at the moment, but Taitale is exploring the possibility of Mac OSX and Linux support.
Nubuwo Summer BundleProject Type: CD SoundtrackFundraising Goal: $8,000Funds Due By: N/A
This game music project is aiming to craft a 2-CD soundtrack for the online browser game Rokko Chan, including both music from the game and new original tracks by eight participating composers.
ObductionDeveloper: Cyan, Inc.Fundraising Goal: $1,100,000Funds Due By: N/A
It’s been twenty years since the release of Myst, a game that’s most famous for its immersive environments, and its influence on the graphic adventure genre. The game spawned a franchise, with Cyan, Inc. as developer for most of the entries, including Myst and its sequel Riven. Now they' working on Obduction, which isn’t a sequel, but is inspired by the Myst experience. Cyan is designing Obductiion with the intent of evoking many of the same feelings felt by first-time Myst players. Obduction is planned for PC and Mac.
Olympia RisingDeveloper: PaleozoicFundraising Goal: $10,000Funds Due By: N/A
Olympia Rising is a 16-bit platformer with a heavy emphasis on jumping all over the screen. You play as Iola, a hero who resides in the Fields of Asphodel. She awakes during a purge of the Underworld, and sets off on a quest to rejoin the living world. To do this, you must fight your way through the many stages of the Underworld and then visit the Olympic throne room to meet Zeus. Olympia Rising has a fun, fast-paced soundtrack and looks similar to old school Castlevania games, but with a greater sense of mobility. Paleozoic includes the link to a demo on their Kickstarter page if you’d like to try before pledging money to its campaign.
Orion TrailDeveloper: Schell GamesFundraising Goal: $90,000Funds Due By: March 12, 2015
This game is a reference to the old-school, educational game Oregon Trail in every possible way, but replaces 1800s America with a futuristic space adventure. In the game, you start by picking out a suitable ship, and then you can choose from a selection of captains, one being Cymric Manx, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Grumpy Cat. As you venture through the galaxy, your crew will respond to different prompts that can be either hazardous or positive for your team. How should you investigate this black hole? Should you attack the oncoming, possibly hostile aliens? There are also mysterious illnesses and ailments that can overcome your team. Orion Trail puts those difficult choices in your capable Space Captain hands. Each decision has consequences, often pulling at your resources such as food or fuel, or adding to them. Stretch goals include the inclusion of a new mini-game, new playable Lieutenants and Captains such as the Fabulons (in all their well-groomed, perfect hair glory), and twice the amount of random space encounters. Orion Trail is planning a PC, Mac, and Linux release, and currently offers a free demo on its Kickstarter page.
The OrphanDeveloper: Windy Hill StudioFundraising Goal: $32,000Funds Due By: March 2, 2015
The Orphan is a platformer that looks and feels like a mix of Limbo and Another World. It has mostly monochrome colors, unique lighting, and dark silhouettes, creating an eerie look that resembles old photographs. However, unlike Limbo, there are no puzzles. Instead, The Orphan focuses on stealth, exploration, and combat. Several in-game items can be used against enemies, such as grenades and laser guns. Playing as a young boy, you venture through the barren world as the sole survivor of an alien invasion. Be careful with every step, because you never know what human-killing machine is around the corner. The project is slated for PC, Mac, Linux, and Steam, but if the stretch goal of $36,000 is achieved, the team will be bringing the game to PlayStation 4.
OscarDeveloper: Team SharkeyeFundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: N/A
Oscar is a side-scrolling platform that puts players in the shoes of a young girl and her elephant companion Flynn. As the two go on adventures through Oscar’s daydreams, hints of the girl’s painful reality begin to creep in. The developers promise that Oscar is all about experiencing the story for yourself and putting the pieces together – they will never tell the player what exactly is going on or how to feel about it. Team Sharkeye is planning to release the game on PC.
Our Darker PurposeDeveloper: Avidly Wild GamesFundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: N/A
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.
OUYAProject Type: ConsoleFundraising Goal: $950,000Funds Due By: N/A
OUYA is a new console powered by Android. It will be completely open in
terms of software development (anyone can publish to it), and hardware hacking (which won't void your warranty). Developers like the creator of Prince of Persia and companies like Mojang and thatgamecompany have expressed their excitement for its possibilities and its potential competitiveness in the console market.
OverfallDeveloper: Pera Games Fundraising Goal: $65,000Funds Due By: N/A
One of the more ambitious roguelike titles in recent memory, Overfall's procedurally generated world is massive and dynamic, with the ruling factions changing based on how the player interacts with them. This game also features hand-drawn art for more than 80 characters and over 100 locations along with interactive story encounters and a handful of character classes.
Pankapu: The DreamkeeperDeveloper: Too Kind StudiosFundraising Goal: $44,130Funds Due By: N/A
Blending action, platforming, and role-playing, Pankapu appears to be as imaginative as it is colorful. Inspired by Lakota culture, Final Fantasy, and scored by Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta, Pankapu puts players in the diminutive boots of Djaha’Rell, a knight out to protect his world from the invading Nightmares. Equipped with three uniquely-powered sets of armor that can be swapped on the fly, players leap and hack their way across an expansive, beautifully illustrated 2D world. Pankapu is planned to be an episodic adventure, and players can take it for a spin by downloading the game’s alpha.
Paper SorcererDeveloper: UltraRunawayGamesFundraising Goal: $5,000Funds Due By: N/A
A visually innovative RPG inspired by games like Wizardry, Paper Sorcerer casts the player in the role of a rogue sorcerer aiming to escape from a book in which he has been trapped by enemy heroes. Players can summon forth monsters to fight as part of their party, and the game includes both battle and puzzle elements.
Party GolfDeveloper: Giant MargaritaFundraising Goal: $10,173Funds Due By: N/A
Party Golf is a golf game. Okay, before you pass out from overexcitement, consider that the game takes inspiration from other competitive “sports” titles like Sports Friends and Nidhogg. Two to four players swing their ball in a procedurally generated course, completely customizable in all aspects. According to the developer, there’s over a trillion possible combinations, including changing your ball into a giant rectangle, your course being shrouded in darkness, and various ball power-ups. If that wasn’t good enough, the game also features local competitive multiplayer.
Pathfinder OnlineDeveloper: Goblinworks Inc.Fundraising Goal: $1,000,000Funds Due By: N/A
Pathfinder Online is designed to encourage human interaction between players. Economics, politics, and diplomacy will all play a huge part in this fantasy world. Originally a tabletop RPG, Pathfinder's world promises exploration and warfare in addition to player interaction. The tabletop RPG roots are influencing much of the character progression, a staple of MMOs. The fundraising goal is massive, but the developer is well on its way to the finish line.
PerceptionDeveloper: The Deep End GamesFundraising Goal: $150,000Funds Due By: N/A
Horror games are an art, not a science, and the guys at The Deep End Games are in the middle of painting one creepy portrait. Perception exists as a horror narrative adventure brought to you by some of the developers behind BioShock and Dead Space. The first -person game starts with a familiar premise: You play as Cassie, a young girl exploring an abandoned estate trying to discover why the house has been plaguing her dreams. The twist? Cassie is blind and uses sound to see. Everything in the house is hidden beneath a layer of darkness until the sound of Cassie’s footsteps, her walking stick, or sounds within the environment reveal the world to her. Players must balance the need to “see” with the urgent need to stay quiet and hide from the dark presence stalking Cassie within the walls of the estate at Echo Bluff.
Pier Solar HDDeveloper: WaterMelon Co.Fundraising Goal: $139,000Funds Due By: N/A
Originally designed for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Genesis, Pier Solar HD follows the character Hoston on a quest to save his ill father. Claiming to be the largest 16-bit RPG ever, the game promises a massive world with 50+ hours of gameplay. Original enemies, weapons, characters, combat system, and an original score promise that this game could be the new coming of 16-bit adventures.
Pixel Press: Draw Your Own Video GameDeveloper: Robin @ RoundthirdFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
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?
Pixelsphere – A Musical AdventureDeveloper: Alex SmithFundraising Goal: $5,000Funds Due By: N/A
Alex Smith, the musician behind The Cynic Project, is the creator of Pixelsphere, a classic platformer that involves music as an essential element. Pixelsphere features dynamic music generation, so the soundtrack changes depending on how the game is played. Pixelsphere takes place in the land of Hexatonia, a brightly colored land with an omnipresent melody in the air. Players control Axl as he travels through Hexatonia in search of his missing father, a Hexatonian anthropologist. The game is already playable, and funds from the Kickstarter campaign will go to hiring artists, contracting developers, and paying for the software Smith needs to finish it. Pixelsphere – A Musical Adventure is planned for PC and Mac OSX, with an estimated release date of September 2014. Smith is exploring the possibility of porting the game to other platforms, including iOS, Android, and Ouya once the PC and Mac versions are finished.
Planet ExplorersDeveloper: Pathea GamesFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
Planet Explorers puts you in the midst of the year 2287. Earth has reached out into space. One of the first colony ships is sent out to the planet Maria. As it lands, something happens and the ship crashes into the planet. A minimal number of survivors make it to the planet on life boats, and they find a world flooded with hungry creatures. Players must explore this new, dangerous world, gather food to survive, build shelters to live, fight creatures off, and dominate the planet in order to establish a new home.
Planets3Developer: Cubical DriftFundraising Goal: $250,000Funds Due By: N/A
Combine Elder Scrolls-style character progression with the voxel-based world of Minecraft and you get Planets3 (pronounced
planets cube). The game lets players explore their own cube world,
fighting monsters, leveling up craftsmen, and meeting local inhabitants
before setting off to explore a galaxy filled with even more planets.
Your character grows more powerful as they perform actions, with
sprinting increasing your stamina capacity while wielding heavier
weapons increases your strength over time. Planets3 will also
feature quests, dungeons, and boss monsters to conquer and defeat. And
of course, being heavily inspired by Minecraft, there are countless
items, weapons, and vehicles which can be created to suit the player's
PrismataDeveloper: Lunarch StudiosFundraising Goal: $140,000Funds Due By: N/A
Developed by PhD-level MIT students, Prismata is an unconventional project that blends elements from card games and real-time strategy titles, yet doesn’t lay claim to either label. Aesthetically, it looks like a card game, but there are no decks to be found. Instead, players get their units on the field by spending resources, which they farm during the matches. Both you and your opponent share the same pool of randomly selected units to choose from too, so if you’re defeated with a trump card, you only have yourself to blame for not using it first.
Lunarch has crammed Prismata full of content; players can partake in standard duels, customize their units with cosmetic items, stream their matches, and play an episodic campaign spanning over 40 missions. What’s more, the developer plans to update the game with new units and tweaks every month. If you want try a match for yourself, check out the demo on the Prismata website.
Project GianaDeveloper: Black Forest GamesFundraising Goal: $150,000Funds Due By: N/A
Project Giana is the placeholder title for the followup to the original 1987 Great Giana Sisters, a Mario parody game that was eventually pulled off the shelves by Nintendo's legal arm (though a DS version was released in 2009). Project Giana is a platformer that asks players to control two different Gianas; one's cute and the other's a punk. Players can also switch between the nightmare world and the dream world in order to solve puzzles.
Project LodusDeveloper: Leviathan InteractiveFundraising Goal: $50,000Funds Due By: N/A
Project Lodus is a co-op action RPG set in a pseudo-post-apocalyptic cyberpunk world. The game will feature a loot system and its combat will be choreographed for multiple action sequences. Player-characters begin their stories at age 15 and progressively get older as the game continues.
Project MaidenDeveloper: Kevin B. ColeFundraising Goal: $9,600Funds Due By: N/A
In most games, you gain more powers, level-ups, armor, equipment, etc. as you work through them. Project Maiden aims for the opposite. In this title, you start off as the most powerful version of the protagonist, Imogen. Each level Imogen must give up a power as she works toward fighting the final boss to retain her sanity and save her own life. Project Maiden is planned for PC. Other platforms such as Mac, Linux, and Ouya are also a possibility.
Project NimbusDeveloper: GameCrafterTeam/Kiss Ltd.Fundraising Goal: £6,000Funds Due By: N/A
Project Nimbus is a mech action game being developed by GameCrafterTeam with the help of Kiss Ltd., a digital distribution-management agency. The story plays out in the late 21st century, and mankind must live in flying cities due to a war that rendered Earth’s surface uninhabitable. Players control an agile, high-flying, heavily armed mech called a “BattleFrame,” which they’ll use to combat legions of others. Nimbus features free-flight, so players can soar across the devastated planet and experience Earth’s day-night cycle and changing weather. They’ll also be able to replay any cleared missions with other BattleFrames encountered during the story mode. The developer is completely focused on the single-player campaign right now, but multiplayer could be added in the future. The highest reward tier is just £25. Project Nimbus is currently planned for a PC release only, unless the campaign reaches its £7,000 Mac stretch goal.
Project PhoenixDeveloper: Creative Intelligence Arts, Inc.Fundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
Project Phoenix has a ton of experienced developers at its helm, including professionals who have worked on Final Fantasy, L.A. Noire, and Valkyria Chronicles. The famous composer Nobuo Uematsu is even attached to the project. Project Phoenix will be a combination of RTS and JRPG, and has already gained a lot of attention in the Kickstarter community as the first game projects from Japan. You can read more about Project Phoenix here.
Pro Wrestling X Developer: Wrestling Gamers UnitedFundraising Goal: $6,400Funds Due By: N/A
Pro Wrestling X looks to return to the glory days of wrestling games
like WWF No Mercy on the N64. The developers aim to craft a game that is
open and moddable, giving gamers the freedom and tools to create and
share new content. The base game is modest, matching its modest funding
goal, and will come with one arena, two playable fighters, a variety of
wrestling moves and controller support. Already reaching its goal, the
developers are toying with stretch goals such as character customization
and new arenas. Pro Wrestling X will be released on PC, Linux, and Mac.
PulseDeveloper: Team Pixel PiFundraising Goal: $75,000Funds Due By: N/A
Pulse is a first-person survival game set against a world that can only be discovered by sound. You are basically blind like a bat, and you use something like echolocation to make your way around. Using the sounds and reverberations, you can map out your surroundings. Using visual memories from when they were younger (and not blind), the player can use these memories to help them map out their environment. Creatures both kind and cruel are present and will either aid your journey or slow you down.
QuiplashDeveloper: Jackbox GamesFundraising Goal: $15,000Funds Due By: N/A
The team at Jackbox Games has been making the wildly popular You Don’t Know Jack series of trivia games for years, but they hit a massive homerun last year with the release of the Jackbox Party Pack. The quirky collection of games, particularly new creations Fibbage and Drawful, were an instant hit. The games also became a go-to option for streamers on Twitch who were searching for a way to get their audiences involved in the show. Quiplash is partially a response to the Twitch community, while also being a simple and brilliant idea for a party game. Two players are given a prompt to submit answers on their phones, and those answers are then judged by as many people as the players can coordinate – whether that’s a stream full of fans or a room full of friends.
Rain WorldDeveloper: Joar Jakobsson and James PrimateFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
Rain World is a platformer where you play as a Slugcat, a character more adorable than the name would suggest. Rain World takes place in a world constantly barraged by rain so tremendous that creatures frequently hibernate; only waking up to hunt for brief periods so they can survive. Slugcats are in the middle of the food chain, so you will need to both hunt and avoid being hunted by other predators. There is an unnerving atmosphere just going off the Kickstarter video, and the soundtrack really helps build that up. It’s not surprising this game has already more than doubled its funding goal, between the adorable character and the dark world it inhabits. Even though it is well past its goal, there are still backer rewards available.
Ray's The DeadDeveloper: Ragtag StudioFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: N/A
Ragtag studios has an impressive track record; the team's credits include Halo Wars, Thief: Deadly Shadows, and Stubbs the Zombie. Together, they want to make a game akin to Pikmin with classic adventure game brand of humor.
You play as Ray, both in human and undead form, as you try to piece together how he came to be zombified. Along the way, you'll recruit zombies to your cause (by infecting the unsuspecting living), each with their own abilities, all the while listening to the synth sounds of musical artists like Shovel Knight's Jake Kaufman and admiring the hand-drawn characters.
Rebuild: Gangs of DeadsvilleDeveloper: Sarah NorthwayFundraising Goal: $25,000 CADFunds Due By: N/A
Rebuild: Gangs of Deadsville is the third entry in Sarah Northway’s well-liked Rebuild series, following the free Flash game Rebuild and Rebuild mobile on iOS and Android. Like its predecessors, Gangs of Deadsville tasks players with finding and recruiting survivors of a zombie apocalypse, but this time the goal is to not only survive the zombie hordes, but to resurrect human civilization as well. Although the campaign has already met its initial
funding goal, there are also several stretch goals to shoot for. Rebuild: Gangs of Deadsville is planned for iOS and Android, in addition to Steam distribution for PC and Mac.
Regalia: Of Men and MonarchsDeveloper: Pixelated MilkFundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: N/A
In Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, players take control of a young ruler named Kay who, upon returning to his domain, finds the lands in ruin and a massive debt accrued in his name. Regalia prides itself on telling a story without falling back on larger-than-life scenarios or typical JRPG character tropes. Combat is handled on an isometric grid, featuring distinctly designed and hand-drawn characters and environments. Outside of battle, players are encouraged to build relationships with NPC characters throughout their party and hometown, which provides bonuses throughout gameplay. Regalia is directly inspired by games like Disgaea and Persona, but manages to take elements from both games while maintaining its own unique look and feel.
The RepopulationDeveloper: Above and Beyond TechnologiesFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
This MMORPG is set on a colonized planet where humanity is under attack, both from each other and the indigenous lifeforms. The game is built to allow player choice both in and out of combat, and both the skill and mission systems are being built with an eye toward innovating away from the MMO norm.
RepubliqueDeveloper: Camouflaj/LoganFundraising Goal: $500,000Funds Due By: N/A
Ryan Payton and the team at Camouflaj and Logan hope to create a triple-A console experience on mobile devices with their stealth game, Republique. Hope is a young woman desperate to escape from a dystopian facility. She calls your phone, and you must help her navigate her way out with the aid of cameras and other security devices.
ReVeNDeveloper: Varia GamesFundraising Goal: $18,000Funds Due By: N/A
If you’re a fan of the 2D Metroid and Mega Man games then you might want to take a look at ReVeN. Varia Game’s 2D platformer-shooter stars a 400-year-old android war veteran who has the ability to think on his own and adapt to new situations. What sets this game apart from similar titles is the ability to constantly shift power between shields, weapons, sensors, and mobility. Also included is crafting and mining components that should go well with exploring the desolate and eerie world of ReVeN.
Rival Threads: Last Class HeroesDeveloper: Studio KontrabidaFundraising Goal: $5,000Funds Due By: N/A
Rival Threads: Last Class Heroes is a 2D side-scrolling action RPG that started development last year, but could use one last push to help with Unity Pro and other related finishing costs. You play as a high school student who controls a marionette, which is a kind of avatar that accurately reflects the contents of each puppeteer's soul.
Rocket Ranger ReloadedDeveloper: CinemawareFundraising Goal: $89,999Funds Due By: N/A
If you’re a gamer jaded with morally ambiguous villains and yearn for the day you could just take down good old-fashioned baddies, then look no further than Rocket Ranger Reloaded. Reloaded is an update of Cinemaware’s Rocket Ranger, a 1988 action game inspired by the rocket man serials of the ‘40s. Players will once again have the opportunity to take control of Rocket Ranger as he squares off against the Nazi menace.
More than just a remake, Cinemaware is pulling out all the stops for Reloaded. Besides boasting a massive leap in graphics from its humble Amiga origins, the game will feature new territories and locations for players to explore, new weapons and gadgets for Rocket Ranger, and new action sequences.
Ron Paul: Road to REVOlutionDeveloper: DanielFundraising Goal: $5,000Funds Due By: N/A
This politically charged Kickstarter project is designed as a sidescrolling action game in the vein of Super Mario Bros. or Sonic the Hedgehog, except players take on the role of Ron Paul as he collects gold and delegates across the 50 states.
SanJitenDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $12,000Funds Due By: N/A
SanJiten is a language-learning game that leads players through digital environments and helps them learn the words for the objects around them. Though it will be an educational game, it's also intended to function like typical play-for-fun games by incorporating rewards and point systems.
SaurianDeveloper: Urvogel GamesFundraising Goal: $55,000Funds Due By: N/A
Saurian is all about dinosaurs. It has already been in development for three years and hopes to replicate, as accurately as possible, a real prehistoric era where players exist and survive as dinosaurs. The game has already met its goal and its Kickstarter pitch video shows a great deal of completed work and impressive visuals. It has features the involvement of RJ Palmer, who has become renowned for his realistic Pokémon drawings.
ScaleDeveloper: Steve SwinkFundraising Goal: $87,000Funds Due By: N/A
Scale puts players in the shoes of Penny Prince, imprisoned on several million counts of “depraved heart murder” for accidentally obliterating America’s east coast. As Penny, players work to escape prison armed with a mass-manipulating device of her own creation. The device is capable of sucking the mass out of an object and shooting it into another, mechanics inspired by other physics-based games like the Portal series and The Swapper. Scale is planned for PC, Mac, Linux, and possibly additional operating systems as well.
Shadowrun OnlineDeveloper: Cliffhanger ProductionsFundraising Goal: $500,000Funds Due By: N/A
Shadowrun Online is an MMO for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android tablet, and is set within the popular pen-and-paper Shadowrun universe. It will feature PvP, co-op, and turn-based tactical combat. Players will have the option to play as a mage, a shaman, a street samurai, or a hacker. The game can either be free-to-play, with premium content costing about $10-$12 per month, or be bought for $25 up front, with the option to purchase additional campaigns later.
Shadowrun ReturnsDeveloper: Harebrained SchemesFundraising Goal: $400,000Funds Due By: N/A
Jordan Weisman returns to the game world he first brought to life decades ago; Shadowrun Returns is a new RPG entry in the classic Shadowrun magic cyberpunk future. The highly ambitious project aims to offer a 2D, turn-based system with rich story interactions and highly tactical combat.
Shape of the World Developer: Hollow Tree GamesFundraising Goal: $60,222Funds Due By: N/A
Imagine a game where getting lost is a good thing, then merge that concept with the relaxing atmosphere of a game like Flower and put it in a world full of beautiful visuals that grow and populate constantly around you. That fusion of ideas is roughly what Shape of the World is all about. The game forgoes the usual mechanics of combat, high scores, and health, and instead aims to create a world all about the thrill of exploration. Colorful environments within the game are all procedurally generated; each adventure in Shape of the World leads you through a unique landscape that changes and grows the more you interact with it.
Shenmue 3Developer: Ys NetFundraising Goal: $2,000,000Funds Due By: N/A
Shenmue 3 joins a growing list of games that found massive, unprecedented success on Kickstarter: Mighty No. 9, Bloodstained, and Yooka-Laylee, to name a few. Shortly after the announcement during Sony’s E3 press conference, Shenmue 3 found itself wrapped up in controversy. Ys Net’s initial misinformation about Sony’s involvement in the project did not stop the campaign from becoming a juggernaut, however. With about four hours to go at the time of this writing, Shenmue 3 is sitting on nearly triple its two million dollar goal. As far as the game itself is concerned, there aren’t many details. Shenmue 3 will continue Ryo Hazuki’s quest to avenge his father, all with “familiar elements from its predecessors and new fight mechanics to achieve a new level of interactive storytelling.” Time will tell if Shenmue 3 will be as groundbreaking as the first two titles.
Sidius NovaDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $3,000Funds Due By: N/A
Sidius Nova is a space-based, combo-real-time and turn-based strategy for iOS. The real-time mechanics are condensed so the game can quickly be picked up and put down on-the-go. The game should be available this fall.
Sir, You Are Being HuntedDeveloper: Big RobotFundraising Goal: £40,000Funds Due By: N/A
This game places you in a surreal environment as you elude British gentlemen-robots whose task it is to hunt you.Additionally, the game's consistently generated world will keep you on your toes as you balance stealth and survival as long as you can; before the robots get you that is.
SkyjackerDeveloper: DigitilusFundraising Goal: $200,000Funds Due By:N/A
This first-person free roaming space combat game aims to deliver space adventure, customizable spaceships, and broad freedom to play the way one likes. Among other things, the developers promise the ability to travel from the surface of a planet up into orbit without any break in the action.
Slain!Developer: Wolf Brew GamesFundraising Goal: $12,000Funds Due By: N/A
Slain is a tribute to the brutally difficult, and just plain brutal, side-scrolling action games of yesteryear. The game wears its Castlevania inspirations most obviously, as players dodge bats and battle massive skeletons in the ominous castle setting. If you enjoyed Volgaar The Viking, then Slain’s gameplay is right up your alley. Fans of retro aesthetics are also likely to be drawn in by the game’s gorgeous pixelart graphics. The pixel aesthetic is often overdone or poorly executed in other projects, but Slain’s world is so well animated and richly detailed that it doesn’t seem like an excuse for the developer to skimp on presentation costs.
Soul SagaDeveloper: DisastercakeFundraising Goal:$60,000Funds Due By: N/A
With adorably detailed character designs and story inspiration drawn from PlayStation classics, Soul Saga is definitely a title JRPG fans should look into backing. The combat system allows players to toggle between classic turn-based battles or active time battles. Soul Saga is coming to PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, PC, Linux, and Mac.
Spark The Electric JesterDeveloper: Felipe Ribeiro DaneluzFundraising Goal: $7,000Funds Due By: N/A
With fast-paced levels, sharp controls, and branching paths, Spark The Electric Jester apes the best parts of classic 2D Sonic. Yet the homage to Sonic stops there, as this action platformer also features precise combat. Along with a three-hit combo, Spark can equip weapons, charge up beam shots, and use jump-kicks. Additionally, different costumes give Spark different abilities, such as the purple Gravity Jester outfit allowing him to fly. Regarding bells and whistles, Spark The Electric Jester combines cute pixelated graphics with a retro soundtrack.
SportsfriendsDeveloper: Douglas Wilson, Ramirio Corbetta, Bennett Foddy, and Noah SassoFundraising Goal: $150,000Funds Due By: N/A
Four developers have teamed up to bring you Sportsfriends, four local multiplayer games for the PS3 and PC. The games -- Johann Sebastian Joust, BaraBariBall, Super Pole Riders, and Hokra -- all innovate multiplayer trends and aim to bring people together in one room. For instance, the joust game tasks players with jostling each other's Move controllers without sacrificing their own. Each of the titles exhibit what are sure to be new trends in local multiplayer games; you owe it to yourself to check them out.
The St. Christopher’s School LockdownDeveloper: Laney BerryFundraising Goal: £9,000Funds Due By: N/A
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.
Star CitizenDeveloper: Cloud Imperium Games CorporationFundraising Goal: $500,000 Funds Due By: N/A
Star Citizen is aiming to be an immersive experience, not a one-time story. With constant updates, you'll pilot your ship through the universe and take on roles as commander, bounty hunter, smuggler, and merchant, among others. A single player mode reminiscent of Wing Commander lets you defend settlements across the galaxy's frontiers, ensuring that several different play styles are addressed in one game.
Steam Bandits: OutpostDeveloper: Iocane StudiosFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: N/A
Bandits: Outpost will be a free-to-play game that requires additional
money only for decorative accessories – not for actual gameplay. It's a
town-building game similar to Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, but set
in a steampunk fantasy universe. The development team is comprised
partially of people who were laid off from Obsidian, including
Obsidian's lead producer.
Storm The Castle!Project Type: Co-op Battle Board Game Fundraising Goal: $12,000Funds Due By: N/A
Up to four players can take control of four different Dark Force armies and storm Castle Storm Haven. You'll utilize Halfling archers, musketmen, Dawrven Pikemen, and fireball-hurling mages in the race to breach the keep before any other player. Players enjoying cooperative gameplay and a steep challenge are promised a frantic experience with Storm the Castle.
Strike Suit ZeroDeveloper: Born Ready GamesFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
Juxtaposed against space strategy titles, this game places you in frantic dogfights at the epicenter of space battles. The twist is, the Strike Suit fighter you pilot can transform into a mech warrior Battle Armor suit at the tap of the button, adapting you to different combat scenarios throughout the fights.
Strength of the Sword UltimateDeveloper: Ivent GamesFundraising Goal: $14,000Funds Due By: N/A
The two-person studio behind the PlayStation 3 game Strength of the Sword 3 is back with a new Kickstarter campaign, which aims to remaster its first project and bring it to Windows, Mac and Linux. The new edition, titled Strength of the Sword Ultimate, comes with three new gameplay modes: co-op, PvP, and dark mode. As with the original game, story mode and survival mode will still be playable. Strength of the Sword Ultimate is most innovative in its deathmatch PvP, which will have players duel in a tug-of-war style match beginning in a middle-ground battle area. The first player to overthrow the other’s castle wins. Dark mode also holds potential, described as “a kind of extension to PvP,” where players challenge the dark swordsman and gain loot regardless of who wins. If victorious, players can eventually become the dark swordsman themselves with mysterious powers. Strength of The Sword Ultimate has multiple stretch goals that could also bring the game to Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. One of the developers has even promised to go bowling dressed as a pixie if $100,000 is achieved. If that’s not motivation enough to back this project, nothing is.
The Sun Also RisesDeveloper: Horse VolumeFundraising Goal: $15,000Funds Due By: N/A
Borrowing the name of the Ernest Hemingway novel, The Sun Also Rises describes itself as "a different kind of war game." Based on the project's plans, it's easy to see how Horse Volume wants to make a mature war game beyond hails of bullets and gore.
The Sun Also Rises uses passive multiplayer, meaning the actions you take as one of the three characters - the medic, the analyst, or the boy - affect the outcomes of other players' stories. Using a low-poly graphical style, The Sun Also Rises tackles post-tramatic stress disorder, sexism and nationalism.
SunsetDeveloper: Tale of TalesFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
Citing Dear Esther and Gone Home as influences, Sunset puts you in the role of housekeeper Angela Burns in 1970s South America. Game designers Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn want their game to be one in which you’re not just uncovering the past, but one in which even the smallest interactions can have an influence on Sunset’s other characters. As Burns, the player’s actions—whether those include ordinary housekeeping duties or pushing professional boundaries—influence the owner of the luxury suite, Gabriel Ortega, a revolutionary looking to overthrow the dictatorship. Sunset has already exceeded its funding goal, but you can still pledge for goodies and to help meet stretch goals for console and Oculus Rift support.
Super CombomanDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $14,900Funds Due By: N/A
This Beat-em-Up allows you to customize your own combos with unique stickers. The character customization, perks, and combo chains set this brawler apart, and the unique look exudes a cartoon vibe.
Super Retro SquadDeveloper: Exploding RabbitFundraising Goal: $10,000Funds Due By: N/A
The makers of Super Mario Bros. Crossover bring us this mash-up
sidescroller starring a host of familiar faces from video gaming.
Whether playing as the guy who isn’t from Contra or the guy who isn’t
from Castlevania (or six others) you’ll travel through different worlds
inspired by each of the game’s characters. 40 levels are being created
across the game’s eight worlds.
Tales of Fallen London: The Silver TreeDeveloper: Failbetter GamesFundraising Goal: $10,000Funds Due By: N/A
The Silver Tree is a standalone prequel to the browser-based RPG, Fallen London. The game is text and image-based, and the story is nonlinear. Each player has a deck of cards which determines the trajectory of their game's story. The Silver Tree will be free-to-play, with the option of purchasing new story content and the ability to make moves faster.
TemporusDeveloper: Firebelly StudiosFundraising Goal: $20,000Funds Due By: N/A
A hybrid of old-school games like Mega Man and R-Type with a dash of modern games like Starbound, Temporus tells the story of a space opera across time. You’ll collect resources for game missions, including on-foot enemy blasting and forced-progression spaceship fighting, while uncovering the mysteries of the galaxy. Temporus is up for vote on Steam Greenlight, and currently slated for release on Windows, Mac and Linux.
TimespinnerDeveloper: Lunar Ray GamesFundraising Goal: $50,000Funds Due By: N/A
Imagine if Street Fighter’s Rose starred in a Metroid-style game and also possessed the ability to stop time, and you have the gist of Timespinner. Play as Lunais, a young woman who travels time to defeat the evil empire responsible for her mother’s death. A child prodigy, Lunais uses her telekinesis to defeat screen-sized bosses and uncover hidden areas across a sprawling world. Lunar Ray plans to release Timespinner on Windows, Mac and Linux in late 2014, but you can vote for it on Steam Greenlight now.
That Dragon, CancerDeveloper: Ryan Green & Josh LarsonFundraising Goal: $85,000Funds Due By: N/A
If you have even a passing familiarity with empathy games, chances are you’ve heard of That Dragon, Cancer. This touching point-and-click adventure is a tribute to developers Ryan and Amy Green’s son Joel, who tragically passed away in March after a four-year battle with cancer.
That Dragon, Cancer places a strong emphasis on narrative as it chronicles the third year of Joel’s struggle with the disease. You won’t find any puzzles to solve or platforms to reach. Players need simply to be present in the moment as they experience the hope and heartbreak Joel’s family did. Although originally set for release on Ouya, this Kickstarter was created to bring That Dragon, Cancer to more platforms and a wider audience.
Thimbleweed ParkDeveloper: Ron Gilbert & Gary WinnickFundraising Goal: $375,000Funds Due By: N/A
The point-and-click adventure game is back in vogue thanks to Telltale Games, but Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick pioneered the genre over 20 years ago at LucasArts (then LucasFilm Games). Together the pair created highly influential Maniac Mansion and worked on the wickedly funny Monkey Island games of the early ‘90s. With Thimbleweed Park, Gilbert and Winnick are giving players what they call a “true” point-and-click adventure, and not a title merely “inspired” by its predecessors – that means tough puzzles and pixel-art graphics.
A Twin Peaks-style murder mystery lies at the center of Thimbleweed Park; players start off controlling a pair of detectives investigating a dead body found outside of town. As the game progresses, three more playable characters appear, each with their own part to play in the story. It remains to be seen if Thimbleweed Park can reach the heights of its spiritual predecessors, Gilbert and Winnick seem to be tackling the project with aplomb.
This Is The PoliceDeveloper: WeappyFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/A
Ever wanted to play an epic strategy/adventure game, narrated by the voice of Duke Nukem (John St. John)? Well, now you can, with This Is The Police. This detective game centers on Jack Boyd, a 60-year-old cop nearing retirement. Through the trailer, which is reminiscent of Max Payne's interior monologues, Jack describes himself as an honest cop. But, with only six months left before retirement, Jack wants to go out with a bang and start bending the rules. He’s looking to make half a million bucks as his police enforcement career comes to an end, and he’s going to do it any way he can. The game uniquely blends different genres, such as tycoon, strategy, adventure, and interactive fiction. Player choice is a major component, with each choice creating different consequences.. You spend your time managing co-workers and their partying habits, attending press conferences, coordinating crime scene investigations, and fighting criminal gangs.
Toejam and Earl: Back in the GrooveDeveloper: Humanature StudiosFundraising Goal: $400,000Funds Due By: N/A
Toejam and Earl has always been a weird series (weird enough that we paired the second game with eccentric rapper Riff Raff for an episode of Replay). A handful of the team behind the original game have taken to Kickstarter to fund another entry in the cult classic series. The new game promises a big overhaul to the world of Toejam and Earl. Four player co-op, persistent elements between playthroughs, new music, a combination of both games’ gameplay, 3D terrain, and a new art style are all slated as additions for Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove. To top it all off, the team has already recorded a pretty amazing track as a demo of what to expect for the final release.
Together: Amna & SaifDeveloper: Lyle CoxFundraising Goal: $10,000Funds Due By: N/A
Together: Amna & Saif is about companionship. Players control Amna and Saif, a mother and her son, who must work cooperatively to solve environmental puzzles and obtain the cure for their ill daughter/sister. Designed for a wide audience, game designer Lyle Cox has also implemented optional objectives for seasoned players looking for added difficulty. Together has already met its goal for release on Windows, but stretch goals for Linux and Mac OSX versions have yet to be met with just a few days left for funding.
Tower 57Developer: BenitosubFundraising Goal: $49,460Funds Due By: N/A
In this twin-stick shooter, players must infiltrate and destroy Tower 57 before its inhabitants enact their plan to destroy the player's home tower. From a gameplay standpoint, Tower 57 features destructible environments, six playable characters, and an assortment of intriguing guns. The tesla connectors, for example, shoot out two orbs that stick to enemies, creating bursts of lightning when the orbs are close to each other. The developer intends Tower 57 to be played with a friend, and thus some of the weapons were designed with co-op in mind. Although the crossbow may not deal a lot of damage, it pins enemies to the wall and thus allows teammates to kill them.
Tropes vs. Women in Video GamesProject Type: Video Documentary SeriesFundraising Goal: $6,000Funds Due By: N/A
This video series aims to offer a feminist perspective on the role women take in video games. The 12-part series will address tropes like the damsel in distress and the sexy sidekick, and explore what these issues mean for game developers, publishers, and gamers.
TsioqueDeveloper: OhNoo StudioFundraising Goal: $35,000Funds Due By: September 5, 2015
Tsioque offers a gameplay experience somewhere between an animated cartoon and a point-and-click adventure. The cartoon feel arises from the fully voiced dialogue and hand-drawn animations, while the game aspects come from the possibility of death and a soundtrack that changes based on the player's actions. Additionally, OhNoo Studio has experience with this genre, as the developer's debut title was the point-and-click adventure game Tormentum: Dark Sorrow.
Underworld AscendantDeveloper: OtherSide EntertainmentFundraising Goal: $600,000Funds Due By: March 6, 2015
It has been well over a decade since the fantasy RPG Ultima Underworld franchise had its last release. The series is now being rekindled by its creators, OtherSide Entertainment, with an array of new elements and gameplay improvements. The new entry to the series is titled Underworld Ascendant, and will take place in refined environments such as underground caverns, Dwarven ruins, and enchanted forests. The game’s developers cite Deus Ex, Thief, Bioshock, Skyrim, and others as major influences. Three playable classes include thief, mage, and fighter – each with their own special powers and abilities.
Unforgotten QuestDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
Loot, skills, classes, bosses, and 2D co-op are all included in Unforgotten Quest, an RPG that up to four players can participate in together. You'll be given random choices that walk the line between black and white, pushing you along the free form quests spawned from odd conversations with the world's inhabitants.
The UniversimDeveloper: Crytivo GamesFundraising Goal: $320,000Funds Due By: N/A
The Universim is aiming to explore a field of games that used to be a little more common: the god game. Players control the development of life on a planet, but don’t control the people directly. Rather, players help guide major decisions, such as the evolution of major technologies. The game even lets you unleash wrath (in the form of asteroids and other events) to indicate your displeasure for decisions that your people make. Eventually, your species can evolve to head out into space, encountering new planets that have their own distinct challenges. The initial design seems ambitious and visually vibrant. As of now, The Universim is headed towards PC, Mac, and Linux.
Unsung Story: Tale of the GuardiansDeveloper: PlaydekFundraising Goal: $600,000Funds Due By: N/A
Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians might be the sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics fans have been waiting for. Developer Playdek even managed to get FF Tactics creator Yasumi Matsuno onboard with the project, along with FF Tactic’s composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, and artist Akihiko Yoshida, who also did art for FF Tactics. Unsung Story will use a triangular grid and characters will stand on the intersections, instead of the square-based grid that is usually seen in tactical RPGs. Unsung Story would be hard to recommend since there isn’t much proof of concept shown on the Kickstarter page, but the team assembled makes this a compelling campaign.
Ukiyo-e Heroes Project Type: Woodblock artFundraising Goal: $10,400Funds Due By: N/A
Ukiyo-e Heroes is a series of prints inspired by video games and drawn in traditional Japanese ukiyo-e-style. Prints based on Star Fox, Metroid, Kirby, Zelda, and other games have been completed and will be turned into woodblock prints by a Japan-based master woodblock craftsman.
Unemployment QuestDeveloper: Charles DeYoeFundraising Goal: $1,000Funds Due By: N/A
An old-school RPG with a unique premise, Unemployment Quest puts players into the role of a young unemployed person facing the challenge of the real world. Foes include monsters like “Isolation” and “Shame,” and the game’s primary villain is “Uncertain Future.”
Unusual HeroesDeveloper: Deano CalverFundraising Goal: £ 70,000Funds Due By: N/A
Unusual Heroes features three disabled characters and a dog that are transported on board an alien ship. Using an isometric view and sci-fi RPG progression, you're tasked with exploring the vessel through each individually styled area. Each character has different abilities and in-depth skill trees, allowing you the decision of which works best in each situation.
Volgarr the VikingDeveloper: Crazy Viking StudiosFundraising Goal: $18,000Funds Due By: N/A
Volgarr is a 2D side-scroller with hand-drawn pixel art. The development team promises it will be a punishing game, with difficult bosses, challenging environments, and an angry Viking.
WandererDeveloper: Red Cloak GamesFundraising Goal: $70,000Funds Due By: N/A
Wanderer tells the story of a graying convict named Rook, stranded in stasis aboard an orbital prison facility, only to crash back to a desolated earth teeming with dangerous creatures and bandits. Gameplay fuses traditional 2D side-scrolling, puzzle solving, and dialogue-based roleplaying, all in a pixelated world punctuated by hand-painted environments. Rook isn’t without help in his journey to escape the graveyard planet, as players can befriend a colorful cast of supporting characters to aid in battle, including a young hacker and a teleporting wolfhound named Zigfried.
War For The OverworldDeveloper:Subterranean GamesFundraising Goal: £150,000Funds Due By: N/A
Blending the god game of Overlord with the Rts elements of Starcraft, War for the Overworld tasks you with building an empire underground. You'll have a host of units at your command, ready to defy any forces of good that enter your dungeons. Building doors will allow you to control the flow of enemy forces, allowing your minions the chance to swiftly end the valiant knights' lives.
War of OmensDeveloper: Fifth Column GamesFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: N/A
War of Omens is a digital deck-builder/CCG (collectible card game) hybrid, or collectible deck builder, developed by Fifth Column Games. The card-collecting element gives WoO a sense of progression that deck-building games such as Dominion or Thunderstone don’t normally have. With WoO, players can collect cards to develop their own personal deck, as they would in a game like Magic: The Gathering. Cards can also be upgraded as players progress in the game. In an individual match, players will construct an in-game deck from a bank composed of their own cards. WoO cards fall into three factions, each with three unique heroes, and players can only use cards from one faction in a single match. WoO is completely free-to-play. Fifth Column Games has assured fans that WoO will contain no pay-walls, and that it’s possible to acquire every card without spending real money. War of Omens is a browser-based game, designed to run on most systems and popular PC browsers, so it should be playable on most computers. It only requires the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to run.
War of RightsDeveloper: Campfire GamesFundraising Goal: $106,917Funds Due By: N/A
War of Rights takes the first-person shooter genre back in time to the pastoral fields of the American Civil War. The authentic period piece shooter encourages group-based tactics on the battlefield. Players form lines and fire volleys with black powder rifles that make reloading part of the challenge. Bayonet charges, artillery barrages, and cavalry regiments add deadly realism to encounters. When playing the multiplayer game, players will follow a chain of command that includes privates, flag bearers, and officers. Danish developer Campfire Games also hopes to balance fun with education by providing accurate information about the distant conflict. Players will be able to see if the team meets the challenge of creating an engaging civil war game when it launches an Early Access version on Steam.
Wasteland 2Developer: inXileFundraising Goal: $900,000Funds Due By: N/A
Many of the chief developers of the original Wasteland and Fallout are back together to bring us the first true sequel to the original post-apocalyptic video game. With the aim to bring back the fun of old-school computer RPGs, Wasteland 2 will offer a top-down tactical experience with a deep and complex storyline.
We Happy FewDeveloper: Compulsion GamesFundraising Goal: $201,353Funds Due By: N/A
We Happy Few is a first-person, procedurally generated roguelike that takes place in pseudo-utopic city known as Wellington Wells. The citizens of Wellington Wells are all very happy and rule abiding people who frown upon those that don’t conform to their sometimes insane standards of life. You control a character that has rejected those very rules, yet must find a way to survive within the city. The game follows an alternate take on the events of World War II, where England was all but destroyed and its citizens had to do some terrible things under German occupation. To make it past those horrible memories, the citizens of Wellington Wells developed a pill called Joy that keeps the entire town in a state of ignorant bliss. As a Downer, or someone off their Joy, you must sneak, fight, and steal your way through the streets of Wellington Wells and do whatever you can to keep from starving while you hunt for a way to escape the city. We Happy Few isn’t about stealth; it’s a game built around the idea of hiding in plain sight. Preforming tasks that a happy Wellie wouldn’t approve of draws suspicion and will most likely result in the death of your character. At that point, you’re dead; there is no respawning in We Happy Few. Instead the game drops you in an entirely new, procedurally generated Wellington Wells where you must once again either escape or die.
Wild SeasonDeveloper: Quickfire GamesFundraising Goal: £22,500Funds Due By: N/A
Developed by London-based developer Quickfire Games, Wild Season is a farming sim inspired by Harvest Moon, Rune Factory, and similar titles. Although it shares many features with these titles, Wild Season has a more mature tone, intended to make its characters more interesting and relatable. It also boasts a wide variety of non-farming activities, multiple storylines, and more romance options, including same-sex relationships. Wild Season is expected to release first on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. iOS and Android devices will receive a touch-friendly version of the game as well. Depending on the campaign’s success, Quickfire could add support for other mobile and touch-friendly platforms, as well as current-gen consoles and handhelds.
The Wizards of Trinity BellwoodsDeveloper: Chris de CastroFundraising Goal: $11,571Funds Due By: August 27, 2015
Unlike the majority of the games on Kickstarter, The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods explores a real-life setting. According to the developer, hipsters like to drink in Trinity Bellwoods, a park in Toronto, Canada, and they often forget to throw away their beer cans. This game charges the player with cleaning up the mess and then selling the discarded cans to make money. With an upbeat soundtrack and a vibrant art style, The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods already possesses an impressive level of polish.
World’s DawnDeveloper: David GrundFundraising Goal: $5,000Funds Due By: N/A
World’s Dawn just might be the game Harvest Moon fans have been waiting for. The game, being developed by David Grund, is a top-down life simulator set in a quiet farming village. Most of the gameplay is focused on the day-to-day routine of your character, which includes helping them build up their farm, participating in village wide activities, engaging in activities like fishing or mining, and building relationships with the citizens the Sugar Blossom village. All of this may seem very familiar to games like Harvest Moon, but World’s Dawn prides itself on its diverse characters and story progression. As of writing, a free demo including the spring, summer, and fall segments of the game are up on the game’s website to let players experience a little of the flavor World’s Dawn hopes to bring to the life-simulator genre.
YogventuresDeveloper: The Yogscast and Winterkewl GamesFundraising Goal: $250,000Funds Due By: N/A
This open-world sandbox game aims to offer the freedom and world creation of Minecraft, but with a deeper focus on adventures. Randomly generated game worlds can be changed on the fly, altering terrain layout, adding creatures and NPCs, and even blowing up the world if you prefer. As the game pitch video declares jokingly at its conclusion: “In your face, Notch!”
You Are Not The HeroDeveloper: Donn ManaliliFundraising Goal: $12,001Funds Due By: N/A
You Are Not The Hero is a 2D, action-platformer RPG that gets its inspiration by all the NPCs regularly harassed and likely financially ruined by the so-called heroes of many classic RPGs. As the name implies, YANTH has players assume the role of a non-hero, named Petula, on a quest to get your pendant back from some “heroes” who “scavenged” it from your house. YANTH’s campaign has already collected twice the amount called for in its initial fundraising goal, but there are still several stretch goals that haven’t been reached, including two extra chapters for the game. In order to keep from adding to the development time, these chapters will most likely be released as free DLC. Maybe one will reveal whether Petula would tolerate stealing if she was an NPC.
Z.Developer: Downward ViralFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
Z. is a a zombie-themed downloadable trading card game that can either be played digitally or with physical copies of the cards. Special guest cards include Tim Schafer and Sean Baby.
ZEDDeveloper: Eagre GamesFundraising Goal: $48,000Funds Due By: NA
ZED is an “unpredictable, nonviolent” adventure game by Chuck Carter, whose past work includes Myst, the Command & Conquer series, and even NASA and National Geographic. With ZED, players are invited to explore Carter’s new world, helping a dying dreamer create a legacy for his grandmother by solving puzzles. Interestingly, the dreamer, not understanding why the player is there, can set obstacles in the way of the player, hindering their process. A demo for ZED is currently out now.
Zombie PlaygroundDeveloper: Massive BlackFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/A
This online, team-based action arena game also plans to include RPG elements. Players take on the role of a kid during a zombie apocalypse. Despite the childlike visuals, the game isn’t targeted at kids, but is instead filled with gore and challenging gameplay. Aiming to capture the experience of childhood pretend games of fighting monsters, the game has unique character classes, 4-player cooperative online play, and leveling.
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