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It's been awhile since I've been compelled to browse the ever growing list of active Kickstarter projects. Not because there aren't any
worthwhile contenders, but more likely because it's easy to get sidetracked
looking at the many different projects and wanting to support a bunch of them.
But today I happened to notice a news announcement on the front page of Game
Informer by Isaac Federspiel's (I'm assuming that is an intern) titled, Former
Triple-A Devs Get To The Choppah With Desert Strike-Inspired Kickstarter (you
can read it here
if you want). What grabbed my attention wasn't the cheesy Arnold Schwarzenegger
quote, rather, it was the mention of Desert Strike.
A new Desert Strike?
I've bored many of you before about my passion for
helicopters. As a kid growing up I dreamed of being a helicopter pilot. But the
truth is, helicopters aren't the safest vehicle to pilot and it's probably a
good thing I never pursued that career path. But that doesn't mean I don't love
flying them in the virtual world. At one point, I was so proud of my helicopter
piloting skills in Battlefield 2, I used to tell my friends and family I could
fly a Blackhawk...and I convinced myself I could (not really - I've sat in the
cockpit of a Blackhawk - I doubt I could even start one).
Bottom line is...I love helicopters.
And I love Desert Strike.
I never owned Desert Strike when it first came out. But I
had a friend that had it and I always enjoyed playing the game. Of course it's a
different style of game play than the simulator-like games that put you in the
cockpit. Desert Strike is more of an arcade shooter with an overhead camera
view - not quite top down, more like a ¾ view. It was a fun game...and did quite
Of course I had to read the article, check out the
Kickstarter project and do a little homework.
First and foremost, the Kickstarter page is exactly what
you'd expect to find. A story about why this game, a product description, a
trailer, and of course - the incentives for contributing...5 pounds will get you
a digital download of the game. Not bad. That's what...10 bucks or so. I've paid
more for less appealing games. I won't go into all of the details about the
incentives, but the highest incentive (only 1 available) lets you name the
co-pilot. I thought that was kind of cool. Anyway...the project is open from Mar
27 2014 - Apr 27 2014 (31 days)...and yes, I will probably cough up the 5 pounds.
So, I did notice the Kickstarter project page included a
link to the developer's page (well duh, of course it does) which is Nice Touch
Games. I wasn't familiar with them, but like many other indie studios, it is
comprised of developers who have worked on other projects. They have a few
other games, but none I've ever heard of.
Nice Touch Games is a
indie games studio based in London England. Established in 2011 by two
individuals with a passion and commitment to games, its sole aim is to make fun
games that appeal to everyone with that little extra "nice touch". (Nice
Touch official webpage link)
Of course from there I found the product page for Killstorm.
Now we're talking.
Take the pilot seat of
a lethally-armed attack helicopter in this reimagining of a retro classic.
It's fairly obvious what game they are referring to as a
There isn't a lot of content on the webpage for the
game, but that's okay because what they do offer is a playable demo of the game
you play from within the browser. How cool is that? You can check the demo out here.
I'm surprised at how well this browser version ran. Smooth.
I played it for about thirty minutes. It's super easy...you pretty much just play
with the mouse. I'm also surprised at how well they captured the essence of Desert Strike, the original game it clearly draws its inspiration from. The
explosions are impressive, the helicopter movement is fluid and the action is
fast paced. I think they have a little gem of game. Oh sure, it's a crowded
market and there are plenty of good games on Kickstarter that get overlooked.
Whether you like the game enough to donate to the
Kickstarter or not, you might still be interested in checking out the website
to try the game first hand, especially if you're a fan of Desert Strike.
In other news, its Friday and the weekend is here. Can I get