Family Feuds: Children Of Morta Launches Kickstarter

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.

The combat looks a bit Hyper Light Drift-y to me – lots of tight dungeon spaces, sword-slashing and quick dashes.

I like HLD’s combat a lot, but I’m always more interested when games say they’re going to combine elements of narrative and roguelike, because the aspects that define roguelike for me are often those systems that produce dynamic narrative. Combining the two seems tricky, but that’s what Morta is aiming for: “Procedural narrative events blend within the main game story and provide you with options to explore this rich world as you wish. Different players playing Children of Morta will have different experiences while following the same main story.” Permadeath seems the most obvious way through which that will happen. The feature is present, and I’m imagining that family members can die and the game will continue, the other characters responding or reacting to the loss.

Or at least, I hope that’s how it’ll work. I have no real idea and the story trailer only fills in the static backstory.

$15 (around £9.89) will net you a copy of the game upon release with an estimated delivery date of October 2015, while $25 (around £16.48) gets you early back-only access sometime before that.


  1. Crafter says:

    This does not look like Hyper Light Drifter to me.
    The character does not dash, jump or slash. He just moves and optionally attack while moving.
    This is not a wrong approach, but IMO it is very different from HLD style of movement where your attacks deeply affect how you move.

    This does look interesting though, I might skip the kicstarter and wait for the release though

    • internisus says:

      I agree that the comparison to Hyper Light Drifter is completely misplaced here.

      I’ll probably skip the KS too (maybe a dollar to track updates, as I often do). The $45 exclusive character really puts me off. You should offer that to every backer who rates high enough to get the game itself just as thanks for taking the risk to fund your game at all.

  2. proppaganda says:

    I have been following this project for awhile now. Very excited for the game, they are almost halfway to their funding goal in only two days. I really hope it doesn’t lose momentum. Looks like a real gem.

  3. Michael Fogg says:

    I read the headline: Children of Mortal Kombat (that ‘K’ in ‘Kickstarter’). Now THAT would be something to look forward to.

  4. Shadowcat says:

    I think this is the second time I’ve read “perked [person’s] interest” here. Is that an in-joke, or is someone confused?