Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the week of March 19th through March 25th. Getting back to it, I’m going to try to provide more info this time around including the current funds, funding goal and ending date for every project. Kickstarter popularity has been picking up recently, which is great for independent creatives and teams. Let’s get to it.
This game looks intense. Imagine a top-down tactical based Superhot with a cyberpunk-noir art style. You play as a time-manipulating secret agent who relives the same night over and over in order to stop a nuclear attack. The game also uses procedural generation to keep you guessing what’s around the next corner and to increase replayability. If you like intense tactical games, spy games, or moody noir art styles, I highly suggest you check out this project. €13 ($14 USD) gets you the base game and access to the beta.
Current funds: €14,775 ($15,918 USD)
Funding Goal: €15,000 ($16,208 USD)
Project End Date: April 19th, 2017
Badass Riders* Funded!
Card games have been growing in popularity and imagination for quite some time. Kickstarter has given us more than a few of these highly imaginative card games that stretch what was once thought as possible through the medium of card based gaming. Badass Riders exemplifies this by bringing you a post-apocalyptic racing game where you use some cards to form the track, and the rest are weapons/characters/events that tell the story of brutal junk car battle royale races with the goal of making it to the finish line or destroying your opponents. This game just seems like a ton of fun and has great art as well. If you want to see just what a racing/battle card game looks like, I highly recommend backing this project. For a pledge of €18 ($19 USD), you can get a hold of a copy of Badass Riders yourself.
Current funds: €22,350 ($24,222)
Funding Goal: €6,000 ($6,483)
Project End Date: April 15th, 2017
Battle Princess Madelyn Funded!
The story of the development of Battle Princess Madelyn is as important if not more important than the story told by the game itself. When asked by his daughter if she could play as herself in their favorite video game, game developer Christopher Obritsch decided to respond by creating a game where she was the main character. Many parts of this game have been created with the imaginative input of his daughter, and is a great example of why representation absolutely matters. Battle Princess Madelyn plays much like Ghosts n’ Goblins, but feels much more personal because of the love behind it. It broke past its funding goal shortly after appearing on Kickstarter and now sits at over 200% with plenty of time for more funding. For $20 CA ($15 USD), you can play this wonderful game as well.
Current funds: $143,621 CA ($106,825 USD)
Funding Goal: $60,000 CA ($44,858 USD)
Project End Date: April 14th, 2017
We have seen our fair share of 4th wall breaking games pop up in the last couple of years. Some of them are great and some of them are kind of shit. I’m optimistic that this one falls in the former category, and for $3 USD, it’s worth finding out. This is an Atari style golf game that gets progressively harder and weirder. It only has 1 day left to complete its funding, so we’ll see if or when it comes out then.
Current funds: $7,892 USD
Funding Goal: $9,000 USD
Project End Date: March 27th, 2017
Constellations is a relaxing, set collection card game where you use different star types to create specific constellations in order to earn points. This game uses real star types and real constellations so it can also help you learn some astronomy along the way. The beauty is in how you can understand how we humans derived these constellations from the star arrangements along with gaining a deeper understanding of what stars actually are, no matter your age. To get in on this astronomical amusement, you need only to back this project at the $22 USD tier.
Current funds: $9,043 USD
Funding Goal: $15,000 USD
Project End Date: April 23rd, 2017
Mages of Mystralia Funded!
If you were a fan of spell crafting in The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion or tired of the restrictions imposed by traditional spell lists, the you might be interested in this game. Mages of Mystralia puts your creativity to the test by allowing you to manipulate various aspects of spells to create unique solutions to the obstacles presented in the game. It seems like a very creative game with a decent art style and a talented team behind it. To get in on the spell crafting spellstravaganza, just jump to the link and back at the $25 CA ($19 USD) pledge tier.
Current funds: $92,684 CA ($69,508 USD)
Funding Goal: $25,000 CA ($18,691 USD)
Project End Date: April 15th, 2017
A comic book about 4 super-powered kids set in ancient Egypt. I know what you’re thinking–you’re sick of Egypt as a setting in fantasy. In fact, I’m there with you, but I implore you to take a second look at this comic. It explores the idea of children born into power who are tasked with rebuilding their land after endless wars. This Kickstarter is to fund the second issue of the comic, and the first issue is available as a video on the Kickstarter page. The art style is great, the story is very interesting, and the characters are nuanced and engaging. I would highly recommend backing this at even the $10 USD pledge tier to get a pdf of the first issue, and early access to the second.
Current funds: $9,305 USD
Funding Goal: $4,000 USD
Project End Date: April 11th 2017
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