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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.
Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly Developer: 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.
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.
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/AAnima - 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.
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.
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.Boss MonsterProject Type: Card GameFundraising Goal: $12,000Funds Due By: N/AWe've traversed a multitude of dungeons in our gamer careers, but Boss Monster places you in the role of the villain who builds these dungeons. Not only do they have to look good, but the brave nemeses attempting to thwart your plans have to fail before they slay you.
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.
Castle StoryDeveloper: Sauropod StudioFundraising Goal: $80,000Funds Due By: N/ACastle 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.
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.
CreaDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $15,000Funds Due By: N/ACrea
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.
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.
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.
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/AThe
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
Double Fine AdventureDeveloper: Double Fine and 2 Player ProductionsFundraising Goal: $400,000Funds Due By: N/ADouble 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.
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.
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.
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/AEndless
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.
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.
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/AWhats 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.
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.
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.Hero-U: Rogue To RedemptionDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $400,000Funds Due By: N/ARogue 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.
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.
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/AKaiju 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.
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.
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.
Legend Of DungeonDeveloper: RobotLovesKittyFundraising Goal:$5,000Funds Due by: N/ARobotLovesKitty'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/AReplay 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.
Lilly Looking ThroughDeveloper: Geeta GamesFundraising Goal: $18,000Funds Due By: N/ALilly 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.
Malevolence: The Sword of AhkranoxDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $6000Funds Due By: N/AThis 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.
Mercenary KingsDeveloper: Tribute GamesFundraising Goal: $75,000Funds Due By: N/AMercenary 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/AOUYA
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.
Paper SorcererDeveloper: UltraRunawayGamesFundraising Goal: $5,000Funds Due By: N/AA
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.
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.
Pier Solar HDDeveloper: WaterMelon Co.Fundraising Goal: $139,000Funds Due By: N/AOriginally 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?
Project GianaDeveloper: Black Forest GamesFundraising Goal: $150,000Funds Due By: N/AProject 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/AProject
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
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 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.
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.
The RepopulationDeveloper: Above and Beyond TechnologiesFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: N/AThis 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/ARyan 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.
Rival Threads: Last Class HeroesDeveloper: Studio KontrabidaFundraising Goal: $5,000Funds Due By: N/ARival
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.
Ron Paul: Road to REVOlutionDeveloper: DanielFundraising Goal: $5,000Funds Due By: N/AThis 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.
Fundraising Goal: $12,000
Funds 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
Shadowrun OnlineDeveloper: Cliffhanger ProductionsFundraising Goal: $500,000Funds Due By: N/AShadowrun
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/AJordan 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.
Sidius NovaDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $3,000Funds Due By: N/ASidius 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/AThis 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.
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.
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.
Star CitizenDeveloper: Cloud Imperium Games CorporationFundraising Goal: $500,000 Funds Due By: N/AStar 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.
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.
Steam Bandits: OutpostDeveloper: Iocane StudiosFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: N/ASteam
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/AUp 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/AJuxtaposed 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. Super CombomanDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $14,900Funds Due By: N/AThis 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/AThe 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.
Tropes vs. Women in Video GamesProject Type: Video Documentary SeriesFundraising Goal: $6,000Funds Due By: N/AThis 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.Unforgotten QuestDeveloper: N/AFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/ALoot, 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.
Ukiyo-e Heroes Project Type: Woodblock artFundraising Goal: $10,400Funds Due By: N/AUkiyo-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/AAn 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/AUnusual 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/AVolgarr 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.
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.
Wasteland 2Developer: inXileFundraising Goal: $900,000Funds Due By: N/AMany 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. YogventuresDeveloper: The Yogscast and Winterkewl GamesFundraising Goal: $250,000Funds Due By: N/AThis 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!”
Z.Developer: Downward ViralFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/AZ.
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.
Zombie PlaygroundDeveloper: Massive BlackFundraising Goal: $100,000Funds Due By: N/AThis 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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A lot of those on the front page lack funding and only have a few days to go:( It's kind of depressing, actually. It's the end of the month though; I'm waiting for my next paycheck. Can't give 'em anything right now.
I hope a lot of these make it...
So sad Ashley AO went next to nowhere over on Indiegogo, especially with some of the places I spotted their videos. Kickstarter does offer at least a slight sense of security though with it return of money if the project isn't funded.
Yogscast doesn't deserve anybody's money.
Surprised Curt Schilling's not on here. jajaja
Yes, Castle Story does look like it's shaping up rather well...
Cheetahmen II: The Lost Levels.
Companies arent waiting to see how well the other games do.. Seeing a developer ask for 900,000 is a bold move. On what grounds of success does he stand? When there isnt anything in the hands of gamers from those other successful kickstarters.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS 'PLANETARY ANNIHILATION'????? I honestly have no idea how GI could have missed it when it's one of the biggest video game projects currently being funded- www.kickstarter.com/.../planetary-annihilation-a-next-generation-rts
I really think Chivalry should be added to the list. If for nothing else that the fact there is really nothing in the market that even comes close to it. www.kickstarter.com/.../chivalry-medieval-warfare
cool read picture interesting
Wow. This was a interesting article.
Is this some kind of sick joke?? Why has PLANETARY ANNIHILATION never ever ever been mentioned in one of these lists?? I am more excited for PA than any other game that has ever been announced, ever. Just for those of you who don't know yet due to GI's mysterious obliviousness, here is the link to their Kickstarter page (that has already finished funding with over 2 million dollars): www.kickstarter.com/.../planetary-annihilation-a-next-generation-rts
C'mon GI, I know you can do better than this.