Posts Tagged ‘crowdfunding’

Harpoon Spacebeasts In Blacksea Odyssey’s Demo

Blacksea Odyssey [official site] is about driving spears into the fleshy bits of giant spacebeasts till they’re wounded enough that you can embed a harpoon in their bloodied flesh and pull off parts of their limbs. Pretty gross! Also pretty neat, and the Kickstarter it’s running right now offers an alpha demo to horrifically tinker with.

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Sociable Soccer Cancels Kickstarter, But Is Still Coming

Retro revival Kickstarters are interesting ways to find out quite how much people want an old game or genre to return, and how much they miss being young. Remember Sensible Soccer, yeah? On the Amiga, yeah? Your mate Steve would come round after school and you’d play Man U vs. Tottenham and drink blue raspberry Panda Pops and eat Jammie Wagon Wheels? What’s Steve up to nowadays, I wonder? Must be years…

Nostalgia for Sensible Soccer apparently was not strong enough, as designer Jon Hare has cancelled the crowdfunding campaign for his modern follow-up Sociable Soccer. But development’s continuing and publishers are interested in picking it up, he says.

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Hell Labyrinth: Crypt Underworld Kickstarting

Crypt Underworld [official site] is a sequel to Crypt Worlds, a free game described as a “reflecting pool of the futility we all experience”. You can download that right now for a taste of the trashy deconstruction, which plays out like a nightmarish first-person RPG in which nothing really matters until your actions bring the world to an abrupt halt. The sequel is already in development but the team are seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter to pay for rent, food and hardware. Expected completion is the distant future-time December 2017.

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Spiritual Successor to Sensible Soccer On Kickstarter

Jon Hare, one of the designers of the brilliant Sensible Soccer, is trying to Kickstart a spiritual successor called Sociable Soccer. He and a small team are asking for £300,000 to make the game happen

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Skullgirls Devs Crowdfunding Action-RPG Indivisible

Regular reader Bunty Hoven writes:

Dear Alice,
Why do people not call Jonathan Blow, Jason Rohrer, Jonathan Brodsky, and Jonatan Van Hove by their preferred names of J. Blo, J. Ro, J. Bro, and J. Ho?

Oh, and when will you post about Skullgirls folks Lab Zero’s crowdfunding campaign for their action-RPG Indivisible? It has a public playable prototype out!


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Friday The 13th: 1v7 Multiplayer Murder On Kickstarter

A 1v7 multiplayer game with a near-supernatural killer hunting down hapless teenagers at a summer camp sounds grand to me. Third-person murderfest Slasher Vol 1: Summer Camp was announced earlier this year, but has since picked up a license to the slasher movies it’s riffing off and is simply Friday the 13th: The Game [official site]. I’m not bothered about the license – Braindead and Hellraiser were more my type – but dang, the game idea tickles my murderfancy. If that’s up your (Elm) street, hey, it’s now on Kickstarter for funds to finish development.

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Fancy Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain Revamp

Tin Man Games are running a Kickstarter to fund the final steps of development on their “re-imagining” of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [official site], the first in Jackson and Livingstone’s long-running and much-loved gamebook series. The developers have prior in this area, having adapted several FF books already, as well as writing and releasing their own digital choose your own advenure series. This new take on Firetop is different though – it looks like a cross between a gamebook and HeroQuest. Already funded, it may be of interest to fans of dungeons, dice and dustjackets.

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Vaporware Dreams – Infinity: Battlescape On Kickstarter

Oh, the dream!

For about a decade now, space sim Infinity has turned eyes starry with dreams of a universe so fancy you can even fly down through a planet’s atmosphere to its surface. After Duke Nukem Forever and Diablo III finally came out, Infinity ascended to claim the title Lord Vaporware – Star Citizen has nothing on these timescales.

For real, though, Infinity might arrive in 2017 – if its Kickstarter pans out. Well, Infinity: Battlescape [official site] might, a pared-down vision which focuses on multiplayer combat so developers I-Novae Studios can actually finish and release something.

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Avant-Garde Stealth Game Tangiers Hits Troubles

There aren’t many in-development games that have me more excited than Tangiers [official site]. A surreal stealth sim that draws from the writing of Burroughs and Ballard, it doesn’t look quite like anything else I’ve ever seen – equal parts Silent Hill and Surveillance State – and I urgently need to see more.

Sadly, development has hit some obstacles. A recent update on the Kickstarter page explains all.

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Top Secret Is A Game About The NSA Played Via Email

Top Secret [official link] is a “game about the Snowden leaks” that is played in real time by email. Interested? I really can’t say much more out here in the open. Let’s sneak down below where it’s a little more private.

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