It’s that time again! Here is another installment in the “WNK” series (and yes, I can see what the initials sound like…). In this series I browse Kickstarter on a monthly basis and pull out a couple of games (mainly board games) that really catch my eye.
This month I saw a large number of video games that really caught my attention, so I thought I would step away from my normal critera to do a special “Digital WNK”!
So lets see what we have for September!
For the King
Game by IronOak Games
$51,298 CAD pledged of $40,000 goal
29 Days to go (16/10/2015)
I really like the aesthetics of this game. The blocky design reminds me of the old polygon graphics, but the added details bring it up today. It also kind of reminds me of a big pop-up book that you can run around and explore. The way the world map is laid out reminds me of the Final Fantasy world maps, with little towns and monuments standing on top of the world.
What I am unsure about is that this game seems to be a mish-mash of different gaming styles and genres. The grid layout and turn based exploration suggest that there is a restriction on movement similar to a board game rather than just free exploration, and the turn based battle system draws heavily from JRPGs of the past. However there also seems to be a dungeon crawling element and ships which looks a little like what we’ve seen in past Zelda games (another potential influence in the game’s look and feel perhaps?). I really wish there was some gameplay demos in the kickstarter to get to grips with this game, rather than a bunch of gifs and trailers.
I do like the possibility for both online and single player gameplay, although I would also hope that there is an option for local co-op as well (since most of my gaming these days is generally co-op with my fiance). I can’t see that option in the description which is a little disappointing, as if they’ve added the functionality for other players online surely it can’t be a stretch to add it locally? Although I admit locally would limit the roaming ability of the group, which seems to be a selling point for the game.
Overall I’m quite interested in seeing how this game turns out. With the goal reached this early into the campaign, it seems to be a sure thing that we’ll see it released onto the market. If they get onto Steam’s Greenlight, maybe a little sooner. Definitely something to pick up and play.
12 is Better than 6 (PC, Mac and Linux)
Game by Ink Stain Games
£2,297 pledged of £15,000 goal
22 Days to go (09/10/2015)
This game looks to be a fast paced, top down shooter set in the wild west. The aesthetics of this game look AMAZING, really different to what I’ve seen before. The attention to detail shows the artistic talent in such a simple premise – it looks like a moving sketch.
The game looks to be well thought out – they have already successfully joined the Greenlight community on Steam, the plot and background is well thought out and the developers even explain the title in their information, showing the passion and interest in their work.
The fast pace seems like it could be a game you can easily burn a couple of hours on before putting it down and picking it up again later. I can easily see my fiance playing a game like this, and it would be one that I would happily watch him burn through. The main story looks to be pretty short (they say 6-8 hours), but with the potential for added gameplay and downloadable content later on this could be extended.
I also really like the fact that they have a pre-Alpha version available for download. We all realise this by now, if you’re willing to give your potential backers a sneaky preview into your game, you’ll generally find me rooting for your product to succeed.
Overall they really seem to know what they are doing – they have made it available across multiple PC platforms, they have a set release date for next year, and they have already sorted out the important little details (like having some of the game’s soundtrack available on Soundcloud). Again, pending their success – this is something I think I could easily see appearing in our Steam library in the future.
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs – The Video Game
Game by Team Saber Rider
$31,861 pledged of $75,000 goal
18 Days to go (05/10/2015)
This game is the (apparently) long awaited game adaptation of the 1986 television cartoon of the same name. They plan to release the game for Nintendo 3DS, Steam (PC, MAC, Linux) and (really bizarrely) Sega Dreamcast (seriously – why the Dreamcast?! I do not understand adding that console to the list whatsoever).
I personally have never seen this show, but I watched the campaign video and the TV trailer included lower down the campaign page and I love it! The style and general feel seems to be cheesy 80s fun, and the whole thing was incredibly pleasing. The developers clearly love the source material, and were respectful (or at the very least business savy) enough to gain permission from the creators before continuing with the project. The evidence of source material (Animation Cells, original character sketches) is reassuring, and I also like the added touch of comparing the background scenery of one level of the game with a scene from the series to show the accuracy.
I think starting with an already existing universe with established histories and characters is a safe bet, as their main customer base will be adults who enjoyed watching the show in their childhood. But the fact that they themselves are fans to begin with is the real clincher, as you know that this project of love is one that will not be half-arsed and released before they consider it the perfect homage.
If I’m honest, I pretty much want to watch this now, so that’s another reason why this game makes the list.
tiny & Tall: Gleipnir
Game by pins
€2,944 pledged of €8,000 goal
21 Days to go (08/10/2015)
This is a point and click adventure which tells the epic story of two un-epic protagonists, based on a nordic legend. The Kickstarter campaign is for the first of what will become 3 episodes, and is the adaptation of a book written by the creator.
You can tell by the style of the game that the creator’s origins were from comics. This is not a bad thing! I really like the look, and from the screenshots and trailer can tell that the humour in this game is the kind that I definitely enjoy.
I like point and click games, although I am awful at them so they tend to take me forever to complete. With this game though I’m not sure that I would mind too much. I think the genre suits the style very well, and it would sit quite happily amongst such classics as Escape from Monkey Island, Sam and Max, Day of the Tentacle etc.
Again the developer has very nicely provided a demo on the campaign page, plus he has included a link to his comic so you can read the background on the characters and get to grips with the story. The fact he has written his page in both English and French is very impressive, and I am going to go ahead and assume that the game will be available in both those languages as well (actually the demo shows a language option, so consider my assumption confirmed!).
To offer the option to download the game for just a €10 donation is amazing, and one that makes me very happy. Too often have people on Kickstarter set ridiculous levels and expect people to pay up large sums of money before seeing any kind of material gain. I’ve said it before – trust your backers, respect your audience and you will be rewarded!
This game looks fun, harkens back to the old point and click style in both graphics and humour, and whilst I’m not generally a fan of releasing games in episodes, I think it could be quite interesting and worth the hassle.
Go look at these games that I’ve suggested. In fact – if you do, make sure to comment below letting me know whether they managed to convince you to go post them some money.
If you spot anything you want me to look into, be sure to let us know in the comments!
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