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Posts tagged “crowdfunding”

Deadly Premonition director’s The Good Life returns to crowdfunding

Part of the reason I'm not a betting man is because I'm terrible at predicting odds. I figured The Good Life was a sure thing when it last surfaced: A unique premise from the quirky director of a cult hit game, with a satisfying chunky art style, a solid (or so I thought) pitch video and the most important thing of all for instant internet…

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System Shock’s remake back on track, delayed til’ 2020

Not too long ago, we reported that things were sounding a bit wobbly over on the System Shock remake's Kickstarter page. Plans to divert from a pure remake to redesign the game from the ground up had spiraled out of control, and money was running low. While some less optimistic folks took this as a death knell for the project and declared it done and…

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Iron Harvest puts an alt-history spin on Company of Heroes

If you're the kind of history buff who also likes big stompy warbots, you've probably seen the art of Jakub Różalski around. His most famous work depicts an alternate 1920s where a technological boom after the first world war led to the early development of gas-guzzling mechs, often depicted standing incongruously amidst otherwise-idyllic farmer's fields. The 1920+ setting (as it's officially known) has already been used in the board game…

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Duochromatic nightmare FPS HellScreen seeks funding

The nature of some games just can't be conveyed by a single screenshot. HellScreen above is a perfect example. Unless you know that you're looking at a Doom-style FPS using an imposing and intense two-colour palette and providing the player with a rear-view window for situational awareness, you'd probably just think your were looking at a wall of mechanical noise, instead of a man battling…

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Starmancer is a neat looking space station sim inspired by Dwarf Fortress

If you want to get my attention, opening your Kickstarter pitch with a mention of transhumanism is a great way to go about that. Another great way is to make a game that's essentially 'RimWorld in space', and developers Ominux Games seem to have succeeded on both counts. Starmancer is a space station sim where you play as a human/AI hybrid tasked with managing a…

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In Other Waters explores an alien ocean through a unique interface

I'm almost ready to leave the enticing waters of Subnautica, so I was pleased to find another alien ocean to submerge myself in this morning. I've just played the demo of In Other Waters, a narrative-driven exploration game about investigating a strange planet and doing xeno-biology. Unlike with Subnautica, my impression of what that world really looks like is entirely in my head. All I…

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Cosmic adventure game Genesis Noir is on Kickstarter

It takes something special to coax me into playing a point and click adventure game. I've butted my head against puzzles with arbitrary solutions so many times that I've come close to writing the genre off as just not for me, but Genesis Noir has two hooks that draw me in. First, the devs say the puzzles will revolve around simple experimentation, and there's as…

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Trüberbrook’s hand-crafted miniature world is a wonder

That, up there, is a screenshot. It's okay to stare. Now consider that it looks just as good in motion, if not better. After seeing some footage of the hand-crafted world of Trüberbrook in action, it's easy to forget that this is a point-and-click adventure, rather than an Aardman-rivalling work of hyper-detailed miniature animation. But it is, and it sounds rather brill. A production of…

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Blue Omen Operation blends Mario RPG & retro anime

Sometimes, an aesthetic is all its takes for a game to capture my heart. In this case, a mixture of Go Nagai-inspired retro anime stylings (pointy line-art, intense eyes and big hair ahoy) paired with a colour palette and pixel-art style reminiscent of PC-98 visual novels was all it took for me to sit up and pay attention to Blue Omen Operation, an indie JRPG currently…

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Spaceship-builder Nimbatus seeks funding, offers demo

What do we even call a game like this? The Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts of this world. The Besieges, the Space Engineers and similar. There's enough of them now to feel that we need some kind of definition. I'll leave that up to you lot to debate in the comments. Whatever the designation name, it seems a growth field, and now there's one more of…

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Try first-person fishman-botherer Fish’s demo

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Doom-era FPS design. The combination of speed, simplicity and scalability is a heady mix that holds strong to this day, as demonstrated by the multitude of recent attempts to recapture that feel through the likes of Devil Daggers, Dusk, Strafe and Overload, as well as Doom's own undying modding scene. When a game comes along…

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Co-op shooter Relic Hunters Legend turns to Kickstarter

Relic Hunters Zero [Steam page] is one of the nicer little surprises on Steam. A completely freeware top-down shooter that feels a bit like an retro-styled hybrid of Borderlands and Halo, with charmingly blocky, pastel-shaded art and an annoyingly catchy soundtrack. It's grown significantly since launch, adding new modes, characters and Workshop-based mod support, with the most recent update dedicated to squashing a few long-standing…

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The Good Life to try crowdfunding again on Kickstarter

Maybe it was overly optimistic, but I was sure that surreal shape-shifting, debt-repaying, murder-sleuthing adventure The Good Life would have been funded within a week or two of its announcement. Deadly Premonition and D4 director Suehiro 'Swery65' Hidetaka is a bit of a wild-card admittedly, but he's never less than interesting. Sadly, 'interesting' isn't enough of a hook to raise $1.5m, and so the Fig…

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Fate of the World Online starts crowdfunding

Back in 2011, climate change strategy game Fate of the World taught us that oh god, this is so difficult, we're doomed. It was one of our favourite games on that year's RPS advent calendar, which is how much fun we are at Christmas. Well, after another six years of the world going to heck, sequel Fate of the World Online [official site] is angling…

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Lona: Realm Of Colors funded, very beautiful

If artist Taraneh Karimi is following the advice to write what she knows, then someone needs to rescue her from the inside of a painting. Lona: Realm Of Colors [official site] is a strikingly beautiful-looking game that mixes point-and-click adventure with colouring in, to explore themes of fear and chaos. And it just got itself funded on Kickstarter before I could get around to writing…

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That’s no planet: Lifeless Moon lands on Kickstarter

Lifeless Moon [official site], the follow-up to exploration game Lifeless Planet, has launched a crowdfunding campaign. Where the first game was set in the far future 15 light years from Earth, Lifeless Moon sees two astronauts stomping around our own moon, exploring a town that resembles one back on Earth. The original saw you walk and jetpack around in a space suit in third person, jumping…

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Biomechanical FPS Scorn sprouts crowdfunding gland

We'll need to wait a while longer to explore the biomechanical guts and gristle of FPS-adventure Scorn [official site], to wander its corridors of cracked ribs and spy its fields of festering phallic protrusions. Developers Ebb Software say they're almost done with the first of its two chapters but, on reflection, they'd rather take more time and polish it up for a 2018 launch rather…

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Deadly Premonition director’s The Good Life starts crowdfunding

The director of Deadly Premonition, the world's worst best game, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for his next game. Hidetaka 'Swery' Suehiro has split from Access Games and founded his own studio to make The Good Life [Fig page], a murder-mystery daily life RPG set in an English village -- the happiest in the world, the locals will tell you -- where everyone turns into…

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Cultist Simulator brings cosmic longing to Kickstarter

Cosmic horror turns out to be a hard habit to break. Former Failbetter creative director, Alexis Kennedy, announced Cultist Simulator [official site]; a digital board game with dark gods, abominable rites and a variable grip on reality a while back. I think it was initially given a tentative release date of Halloween-ish 2017 but ended up slipping a bit and the Kickstarter (which is what prompted…

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Deadly Premonition director’s The Good Life visits a town where people turn into cats

We're off to a small English town where everyone turns into cats at night with the first game from the new studio of Deadly Premonition director Hidetaka 'Swery' Suehiro. The Good Life [future Fig page] is a "daily life RPG" with a dash of mystery, roaming the town as a human by day and by night exploring places only cats can go. I adore nosing…

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