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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.
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2Developer: KING Art GamesFundraising Goal: $65,000Funds Due By: March 23
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 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.
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.
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.
Darkest DungeonDeveloper: Red Hook StudiosFundraising Goal: $75,000Funds Due By: March 14, 2014
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.
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.
Kingdom Come: DeliveranceDeveloper: Warhorse StudiosFundraising Goal: £300,000Funds Due By: February 20, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/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.
Novus AEternoDeveloper: Taitale StudiosFundraising Goal: $75,000Funds Due By: N/ANovus 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/AIt’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: February 15, 2014
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.
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 NimbusDeveloper: GameCrafterTeam/Kiss Ltd.Fundraising Goal: £6,000Funds Due By: N/AProject 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.
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.
Rain WorldDeveloper: Joar Jakobsson and James PrimateFundraising Goal: $25,000Funds Due By: February 13, 2014
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.
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.
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.
ReVeNDeveloper: Varia GamesFundraising Goal: $18,000Funds Due By: February 22,2014
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/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
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/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.
Unsung Story: Tale of the GuardiansDeveloper: PlaydekFundraising Goal: $600,000Funds Due By: February 14, 2014
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/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.
War of OmensDeveloper: Fifth Column GamesFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: N/AWar 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.
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.
Wild SeasonDeveloper: Quickfire GamesFundraising Goal: £22,500Funds Due By: N/ADeveloped 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.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!”
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/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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