Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the week of July 3rd through July 9th. Several projects to cover, including a well known IP and a spiritual successor to a well-loved video game.
This is a simplified monster battling card game where the players choose their actions at the same time. This creates a sort of rock-paper-scissors style of gameplay. The players pit a handful of monsters against each other in a tournament arrangement to find a winner. Each monster has a special use for one of the four actions, but otherwise this game is just that simple. For $15 USD (with free shipping) you can pick up this game for you and your friends.
This is a nonlinear side-scrolling point and click adventure game set in a dystopian steampunk world. Much like in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, the game takes place in a city separated in levels where the unfortunate poor live in these columns that support a veritable utopia for the privileged rich called Deus. There isn’t much information about the plot of the game, but my guess is that you’ll have to figure out the truth about Deus, and I’m sure there’ll be more than a few surprises for you along the way. The creators of this project have included a playable demo, which is both reassuring of their ability to create a full game and nice for the backer to know whether they would enjoy the gameplay or not. Pledging around $10 USD will get you a digital copy of the game upon release.
Darkness Sabotage is a miniatures based board game that seems to be a fantasy version of Event Horizon. The players are a group of space pirates who come across a spacecraft which is ostensibly hell. Fortunately, each of the characters is a veritable badass, and has special abilities to fight the hordes of demons aboard. Gather up to three friends, take on this diabolical space adventure, and destroy the floating inferno. The project has gotten almost double it’s funding goal with 25 days to go, and if you’d like a copy you’ll have to pledge around $127 USD (with shipping). With the amount of miniatures included and the sheer scope of the game, this could be a decent price if the premise sounds like one you’d be interested in.
Fairly self explanatory. This game is based on Evil Dead 2, and created by the studio responsible for the current Evil Dead comic book series. If you’re an Evil Dead fanatic, then you should definitely think about adding this official board game to your collection. At the $60 USD pledge level (plus $9-$17 USD for shipping), you can get a hold of the game with all additional stretch goals included.
Giga-Robo is a mecha battle board game that takes place in a fully destructible city. You play as one of several pilots and one of several styles of mecha, each with customizable skills. You use dice and hands of cards as skills to fight the other players (and keep the city safe?). For $70 USD (with an additional $10-$20 USD for shipping), you too can battle up to 3 of your friends in this larger than life battle arena.
Aside from an unfortunate alien design on the front cover, Pod-X looks like a solid game. The deck has a small amount of cards, and one player knows the objective of the game. The other players must use their skills of deduction to find out the goal and come out on top when the objective is finally revealed at the end. For just $10 USD (shipping included) you can pick up this neat little game for yourself.
This is my pick of the week. It wears its inspiration from Shadow of the Colossus on its sleeve, which isn’t a bad thing. The scale of the world and the monsters is just incredible. The game looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. A digital copy of the game is available at the $15 USD backer tier.
If any of these projects pique your interest, I highly recommend checking them out for yourself. Even backing a project at a $1 level helps to encourage the creators to continue their dream, and gets them that much closer to their goal.
*=Projects that I have backed