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Calico is crowdfunding a world of magical cat cafes

In Calico, a magical girl can use magic (duh) to grow an ordinary cat to the size of a horse so she can ride it while another, smaller wobbly physics cat rides on her head. There's also something about managing a magical village's cat cafe, but that seems secondary to what I just said about cat-stacks. Developed by CatBean Games and over halfway funded after…

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Suspiria director Dario Argento lends his name to Dreadful Bond

Dario Argento, the Italian director known for such horror classics as Suspiria and Deep Red, has lent his name to a horror game. Currently raising funds through Kickstarter, Dario Argento's Dreadful Bond is a first-person spooker which has earned its name by making Argento the "creative supervisor". I hope this is a success so he gets more into games then takes over series currently ruled…

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Retro FPS Prodeus summons the demons of crowdfunding

Given that I'm still playing Doom 25 years later, I doubt I'll ever tire of fast, messy demon-crushing shooters. Prodeus, from a duo humbly calling themselves 'Mike And Jason' on the game's store page, is a fine-looking take on the genre. It  blends modern rendering techniques with intentional low-fi grubbiness, and what looks like some fast, fun gory shooting. In order to hire on some extra…

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Myst studio Cyan crowdfunding new adventure Firmament

Teased a year ago, Cyan Worlds are ready to unveil their next esoteric point-and-click puzzler, Firmament, and have turned to Kickstarter to raise the $1.28 million it'll take to get it finished. Weird steampunk technology, ghosts in machines and all the obscure pushing of buttons and pulling of levers you'd expect from the makers of Myst and Obduction, but this time with a focus on…

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Space Haven explores the final crowdfunding frontier

Colony-ship management sim Space Haven claims to be inspired by Rimworld, Dwarf Fortress and Oxygen Not Included, but the game I'm most reminded of is the eternally anarchic Space Station 13. Being developed by Bugbyte and crowdfunding on Kickstarter (though nearly 200% funded after just a few days), it's a single-player game about building a spaceship and surviving after Earth dies. Players will decide whether…

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Lord Winklebottom Investigates sticks its neck (and demo) out for crowdfunding

Frog Detectives? Pah, amateurs. We all know that the most respected of all animal sleuths is the humble (if very tall and glad you noticed) Giraffe Investigator. Lord Winklebottom Investigates is an amusingly daft point and click adventure, as British as it is zoological. Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was a giraffe (and not just thinking he was after an opium bender), and Watson was a…

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Deeeer Simulator insists that it’s quite normal, really

Deeeer Simulator is about a quite normal deer swinging from lampposts with its elongating neck, piloting mechs made of animals, and occasionally turning into a freakish bipedal hybrid. Inspired by the similarly anarchic Goat Simulator, but with a few fun ideas of its own, Deeeer Simulator is the work of a solo Japanese developer under the banner of Naspapa Games. It's currently crowdfunding, and hit…

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One Step From Eden goes crowdfunding with a challenging demo

Build decks, sling cards, dodge hundreds of bullets - One Step From Eden feels like a clever, twitchy little hybrid of excellent card-battling roguelike Slay The Spire and Capcom's Mega Man Battle Network series. Developer Thomas Moon Kang has taken his deck-building roguelike shooter-thing to Kickstarter, accompanied by a surprisingly difficult and replayable demo on Game Jolt here. Four quick runs through the demo and…

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Memory-diving JRPG Koruldia Heritage channels the PSX’s weirder side

I've had half an eye on Koruldia Heritage for a while, an offbeat JRPG with a (now increasingly familiar) focus on defusing conflict within its combat scenes. Eschewing familiar aesthetics, developers Korugen feel like they're shooting for that early era of PlayStation RPGs where fresh technology made anything seem possible. The game is crowdfunding on Kickstarter and nearly past its initial goal, but £10,000 isn't much…

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Take a gentle stroll through Omno’s calming demo world

When I first covered Omno's Kickstarter at the beginning of the month, I was curious whether the exploration puzzle-platformer would feel as good as it looks. Now having tried a playable demo for myself, I'm confident that solo developer Jonas Manke is working on something special here. To get hold of the just-released demo, you'll need to sign up to Studio Inkyfox's mailing list, but I…

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Try the God’s Gift demo and play Pikmin with human lives

Lemmings, Pikmin, and Lovecraftian elder gods is an odd mix, but it somehow works in the demo I just played. God's Gift, by the worryingly named Seventeen Uncles, is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter to grow into a full game. It's a platform puzzler with dark intent - as a tentacled servitor to an alien god, you are invincible but the purple-robed human cultists following you are…

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Bloodtroid X? Lore Finder blends platform exploration and eldritch weirdness

Mega Man X, Metroid and Bloodborne are an odd set of inspirations, but from the demo I just played of Lore Finder, a Lovecraft-inspired exploration platformer, they blend surprisingly well. Developed by Kitsune Games and currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Lore Finder is halfway funded after just one day, and backed up with a 'vertical slice' early demo which you can play here. While condensed (compared to…

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The sky’s the limit in pretty puzzle adventure Omno

Omno's lovely sweeping vistas and playful traversal reminds me of Journey on the PS3, but one-man outfit Studio Inkyfox claims that the game will be a more active puzzling, platforming experience. Currently around 60% complete and turning to Kickstarter to get it finished, it's a 3D action adventure about a little wizard-person exploring a strange world. Players will be palling around with the local wildlife, collecting…

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Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus intertwines eight strange alien tales

Jack King-Spooner's games are fascinating worlds to explore. Constructs of collage and clay, mixed media and minigames. Dream-like and melancholic tales both small and personal (Beeswing, Dujanah) or broadly philosophical as in his strange sci-fi Sluggish Morss series. For his next, he's aiming a little higher and turning to Kickstarter to fund development of Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus, an action-adventure set in a strange alien…

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Aquamarine is an underwater exploration game inspired by Moebius

I'm glad that weird underwater planets are in vogue. Nothing brims with possibility like a good alien ocean, and if the Aquamarine Kickstarter succeeds then I'll get to explore one more. It's "a small-scale, point-and-click exploration game" about moseying around the seafloor in search of your crashed spaceship, as well as answers to hidden mysteries in the planet's past. Of course there are hidden mysteries…

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Jack your feet in with Cybershoes

Imagine stepping into cyberspace in meatshoes. The horror. All the cybermen will point at those useless nonvirtual feet flapping all jigglephysicsed at the end of your legs and laugh. The cyberbouncer won't even let you jack in: no shirt, no cybershoes; no net service. Cyberpals, rest easy. You can now blast your bytecoins at Cybershoes, a new controller for VR games which strap onto your…

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Richard Cobbett & Wadjet Eye’s vampire RPG Nighthawks swoops onto Kickstarter

Announced last month, Nighthawks is a narrative-heavy vampire RPG with a modern True Blood-esque setting. It's a collaboration between RPS pal Richard Cobbett and prolific point-and-click adventure studio Wadjet Eye (Unavowed). Before it can spread its leathery wings, Nighthawks needs funding to get off the ground, leading us to Kickstarter. The world is a vampire, after all. Below - in lieu of a regular Kickstarter…

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Sword-smooching hack n’ slash hybrid Boyfriend Dungeon cuts a fine figure

Boyfriend Dungeon is a strange title - it manages to sound both more kinky and less weird than the game it's attached to. Announced back in October by Shrouded Isle and Moon Hunters studio Kitfox, it's about smoochin' on swords. Part hack and slash action-RPG, part dating sim, it features a variety of weapons that transform into an equally diverse suite of suitors. There's men…

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Art history-mangling adventure The Procession To Calvary turns to crowdfunding

If Renaissance-era art was anywhere near as funny as point-and-click adventure The Procession To Calvary makes it look, I'd probably know a lot more art history right now. Sequel to the similarly Gilliam-inspired Four Last Things, it's a very silly tour through some of the most iconic artworks of the renaissance. Apparently buying famous artworks in order to snip them up and make silly animations…

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No Longer Home combines monsters with more adult fears

Graduating from university and being tossed into the throes of adult life is never easy, but there are certain things that make it that much more difficult. Things like a struggling global economy, worrying about where you'll end up living, and your flatmate showing up and turning out to be a many-eyed deer-fish-sheep creature all complicate matters, as the currently crowdfunding game No Longer Home…

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