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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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Crying Suns feels like FTL’s grimmer and darker cousin

As great as FTL was, it never felt very personal to me. Crying Suns, from French studio Alt Shift, has a lot in common with Subset Games's space roguelike gem, but wraps them in dense narrative and a positively grim setting. The game is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter [update: and now fully funded], and it has a playable demo giving us a peek at its setting,…

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The Binding Of Isaac becoming physical card game

A party's not a party until you've necked a handful of mystery pills and wept over a poo, I always say, and soon that experience will be available in a more hygienic form. Edmund McMillen, the big man of The Binding Of Isaac, has designed a physical multiplayer card game based on the rad roguelikelike shoot 'em up, and it already smashed its Kickstarter goal.…

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Help kids survive cyberpunk hell in the Orphan Age demo

It's a hard question that so few cyberpunk games are willing to engage with or even think about; where are the children? In a grim urban hell where life is cheap and bullets are cheaper still, it's a problem few want to deal with. Not so for Orphan Age, a currently-crowdfunding (and very nearly at its goal) strategy/management game about a band of kids surviving…

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Star Control fellas crowdfund defence for Stardock battle

Fred Ford and Paul Reiche, the lead developers of the first two Star Control games from the 90s, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help pay legal fees in their battle with Stardock. Both sides are claiming to hold varying rights to the sci-fi RPG-o-adventure series, and scrapping to secure rights the other believes they hold. Ford and Reiche are currently making Ghosts Of The…

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Xenonauts 2 starts its crowdfunding drive with a demo

Kickstarter is always a risk, but so is X-Com. Even a 99% shot has a chance to miss, but you go for it anyway, and I'd say that Xenonauts 2 is in with a pretty dang good chance of being a solid squad tactics game. The fact that it's halfway to its £50,000 funding goal within two hours of appearing on Kickstarter suggests that their…

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Sword of the Stars devs Kerberos branch out to tabletops

Kerberos Productions - creators of the Sword of the Stars 4X strategy series - may have a slightly patchy track record, but they're a studio that's never short on heart. This month, they've been Kickstarting funds to start a board games division, adapting their universes into dice-and-cardboard form. Possibly hedging their bets, they also released a prototype of their upcoming Sword of The Stars: The Pit…

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Planet X3 is a brand new CGA DOS game in development

Among the folks I follow on YouTube, I tune into The 8-Bit Guy whenever I feel like seriously learning about retro computer history. On top of his hardware breakdowns and restoration projects, he semi-recently made a strategy game for the Commodore 64 called Planet X2. For some time he's been working on a PC-based sequel designed to support even the most ancient of IBM-compatible machines,…

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All pilots, suit up for the stunning Project Wingman demo

I am in continual awe of what tiny independent developers are capable of these days. While jetfighter action game Project Wingman may boast a couple of additional names on its credits, it's primarily a one-man project. Given that it looks, sounds and plays every bit as good as Namco's Xbox 360-era Ace Combat 6, if not better, that's nothing short of mindblowing. Better still, the…

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