Posts Tagged ‘Kickstarter’

Looking Glass Founder’s Underworld Ascendant Revealed

By Alec Meer on February 4th, 2015.

he's in big trouble if an orc decides to give that beard a tug mid-combat

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As old school PC gamers’ desires for a comeback go, a new Ultima Underworld is right up there with new System Shock or new true-blood X-COM. While a huge number of ’90s PC devs have burst back into the limelight thanks to Kickstarter and a legion of people who are terrified of new things, I don’t believe we’ve yet seen anyone from revered UU/System Shock/Thief studio Looking Glass sing for their crowd-funded supper. Today, Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath does, with spiritual Ultima Underworld sequel Underworld Ascendant. It’s a subterranean, first-person RPG, which he claims is set in ‘a living, breathing fantasy world.’ While EA retain squatters’ rights to the Ultima license, Ascendant’s protagonist will be named ‘The Avatar’, and it even gets the Garriot blessing.

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Starr Mazer Kickstarter Promises Unlikely Fusion Of Genres

By Shaun Green on February 1st, 2015.

Have you ever wanted to take some of your money and invest it in a “retro-sexy point-and-click adventure shoot ‘em up in space”? Then have I got the Kickstarter for you: Starr Mazer.

Point & click adventures and shmups seems an improbable combination on the face of it. Some of you might be thinking of that Futurama “shut up and take my money” meme right about now. Others might be skeptical about the potential gimmickry that comes with fusing two entirely disparate genres together.

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Devour Bacteria & Consume Science In Immune Defense

By Shaun Green on January 25th, 2015.

Molecular Jig Games want to get right down deep into someone’s body (yours, maybe?) in Immune Defense, giving you control of a medical microbot helping white blood cells defeat infections. It’s currently in the final hours of a Kickstarter campaign and doesn’t look like it’ll make it, but does have a browser-based demo so you can at least enjoy that.

Cool concept as this is, there have been games before that have drawn on similar ideas. Where they differ is that Immune Defense is also setting out to provide a little education on the subjects it uses as the basis of its gameplay.

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Family Feuds: Children Of Morta Launches Kickstarter

By Graham Smith on January 22nd, 2015.

The family that slays together, stays together – or at least falls to gribbly enemies together. “Narrative-based roguelike” Children of Morta perked Adam’s interest late last year with its detail-packed pixel animations, and it’s now launched on Kickstarter. At the time of writing it’s a promising third torwards its funding goal, and the pitch video has plenty more lush animations and hack-and-slash combat.

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Today’s Best/Worst Internet Thing: Strafe

By Alec Meer on January 21st, 2015.

the stupid spiky 'gaming' mouse I own means this is an accurate depiction of my desk, actually

It’s funny! But it’s hideous! It’s entertaining! But it may be morally wrong! If only we lived in a world where good was good and bad was bad, eh? Then I’d know exactly what to think of the increasingly… surprising trailer/pitch video for proc-gen, faux-retro, blood-heavy shooter Strafe.
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Neptune, Have Mercy Promises Deep Sea Adventure

By Shaun Green on January 18th, 2015.

What’s your favourite Arthur C. Clarke book, RPS? Mine’s The Deep Range, published all the way back in 1957. A mysterious time before even Spacewar!

I mention this as a tremendously roundabout way of introducing Neptune, Have Mercy, an in-development title with a Kickstarter campaign coming in February and the finished game intended for release mid-year.

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Matching Minions: Tomb Of Tyrants

By Adam Smith on January 16th, 2015.

My quest to discover the heir to Puzzle Quest continues. You might think that in an age when 98% of games released have a match-3 component (the other 2% are Diner Dash style time management doohickeys) there’d be Puzzle Quests aplenty, but nothing since the original has managed to capture my attention in quite the same way. Ironcast could be the answer and Hero Emblems has shouldered its way onto my iPad this week, but for now the search continues.

Tomb of Tyrants is a new release that mixes match-34 with Dungeon Keeping. It’s quite an effective blend.

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Fool’s Errand: Where They Cremate The Roadkill

By Adam Smith on January 13th, 2015.

It might sound like the name of that forgotten Godspeed You Black Emperor track you could have sworn they played when you saw them in The Unkempt Spoon that one time, but Where They Cremate The Roadkill is actually the next game from the creator of Middens and Gingiva. If you haven’t played either of those, I stand by the words that fell out of my mouth when I gawped at Middens for the first time – “It’s like Harlan Ellison driving a Yellow Submarine into a dying sun.” Packed with weird and esoteric elements, from Enochian sigils to parasitic parole officers, the new game is an RPG set in a world in which actions have consequences, and the devil has lost his day job.

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Reprise Of The Triads: Shadowrun – Hong Kong

By Adam Smith on January 13th, 2015.

Shadowrun is returning. Again! I’ve already covered the basics of Shadowrun: Hong Kong, Harebrained Schemes’ next step into the world of fantastical cyberpunk, but the Kickstarter has just gone live so there are plenty of details to wrap that bundle of wires you call a brain around. The video below contains the first glimpse of the game’s isometric interpretation of the setting, unless you count the concept art above, in which case it’s your second glimpse. After the great success of Dragonfall, I’m eager to take another trip into this particular vision of our electronic future.

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Kimpossible: Glorious Leader! Kickstarter Ends After Hack

By Graham Smith on January 13th, 2015.

In case you weren’t paying attention, the world went a tad silly late last year when film studio Sony Pictures were hacked, allegedly by North Korea, in response to the impending release of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. Now MoneyHorse, creators of side-scrolling Conta-esque platforming shooter Glorious Leader – which also stars North Korean leader Kim Jong-un – are saying that they’ve had to cancel their ongoing Kickstarter project in part because of a hack “inspired by the attack on Sony.”

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How Much Is That Dogi In The Window: Judo

By Graham Smith on January 8th, 2015.

A childhood spent playing IK+ and an adulthood spent playing Nidhogg and games like it means that the overlapping circles in the Judo venn diagram is labelled “Graham”. That’s Judo not as in the modern martial art, but as the four-player indie fighting game on Steam Greenlight.

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Dangerous Dealings: Sol Trader

By Adam Smith on January 8th, 2015.

I enjoy looking at things in Elite: Dangerous but, the occasional dogfight and docking sequence aside, I’ve not particularly enjoyed doing things. Space sure is spectacular at times but I don’t feel any particular attachment to my ship or the places in which I spend my time pew-pewing and pondering the meaning of life, the universe and everything. There’s an awful lot to see but none of it feels particularly lived in.

Enter Sol Trader, a top-down space game described as a fusion of “Elite, Asteroids & Dwarf Fortress”. Do you crave convincing characters in a world that has two centuries of procedurally generated history? I do. Time to start kicking.

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Shadowrun Returns Heads To Hong Kong, Via Kickstarter

By Adam Smith on January 6th, 2015.

Shadowrun Returns is returning to Kickstarter. Later this month, developers Hare-Brained Schemes will launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise dosh for their proposed Hong Kong setting. The artwork above is the only detail released so far. but the inclusion of neon lighting, streetfood, rain and a brolly is enough to convince me that this is Legit Cyberpunk. My interest in Shadowrun has peaked, following a Turkeymas break spent in the company of the excellent Dragonfall expansion, which is an absolutely smashing RPG campaign, packed with interesting characters, choices and missions. More of that, please.

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