Indie Game Kickstarter Highlights August 2018

By Tim Youngblood

August had some interesting Kickstarter campaigns that have a few weeks left to meet their funding goals. Let’s check out some games!

Titan Arena: A Virtual Reality Shooter

Titan Arena is a VR battle arena where players have to jump and fly around using futuristic weapons to fight giant robots. The game was developed by Lightbound Studios, whose members have worked on AAA series like God of War, Medal of Honor, and Lord of the Rings: Conquest.

Titan Arena is set to release in late 2019 for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality if it can get funding. This game stood out to me because the gameplay looked more fast-paced than most VR games being developed currently. In future updates, this is a game I would love to see with some kind of multiplayer or high score ladder system. I think this would be an awesome game to see at an arcade.

 

 

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Squarewave Maker: A Rhythm Game With a Sandbox Level Creation System

Rhythm games aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but Squarewave Maker might change some minds about the genre. Besides having pretty graphics and smooth gameplay, it has a sandbox style level creation system that allows players to make their own levels and share them with others.

Squarewave Maker was developed by Moshing Cat Studio with a goal of releasing on Steam in October 2019. Moshing Cat Studio had to make their own game engine in order to create their sandbox system, which they say was “inspired by Mario Maker and Ableton Live.” The editor looks actually does look a lot like Ableton and I’m especially interested to see if Squarewave Maker can help people learn about audio production.

 

 

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Meeple Station: A Cooperative Space Station Simulator

In Meeple Station, players (up to 12 of them!) build and maintain a space station for their meeple, which are little cartoony people. While the game features some low pixel count retro graphics, the game itself is quite complex. Players have to mine resources in space, trade with other stations, manage crew morale and much more!

Meeple Station was developed by Vox Games, who also developed Regions of Ruin. Meeple Station is set to release in December 2018 on Steam if it can get funding! Also, Meeple Station has a demo!

 

 

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What Were Your Favorite Kickstarter Campaigns This Summer?

There were a lot of awesome-looking campaigns this summer that I didn’t get to write about so I tried to focus on games that could use some help to meet their funding goals. Were there any Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaigns that caught your eye? Please share them in the comments!

Indie Game Kickstarter Highlights: May 2018

By Tim Youngblood

 

Editor’s Note: This month’s Kickstarter highlights are technically last month’s highlights, so,  unfortunately, some of their campaigns have already finished.

May’s indie game Kickstarter campaigns gave us some new genres and revamped some classics.

Hide Or Die – Large Scale Asymmetrical Horror

 

Hide or Die was developed in Unreal Engine 4 by VecFour Digital, a 3 person dev team based out of Singapore. The game’s genre was coined as a “horror royale,” a combination of an asymmetrical horror and a battle royale. The game has a minimal interface and an immersive feel. Even player’s chat windows are contained on the screen of an in-game smartphone.

In Hide Or Die, 16 players (designated as survivors in the game) start in an underground bunker and have to solve an array of puzzles in procedurally generated levels while avoiding “the darkness”. Once a survivor is consumed by the darkness, that player will transform into a crazed “hunter”, who tries to stop the other players from completing their objectives. If the “hunter” fails to stop a “survivor” from completing their objective, the “hunter” is eliminated. There are some more steps in between, but the game ends with a duel between the last “survivor” and the last “hunter”.

VecFour Digital raised $153,000 for Hide Or Die, and the game is set to release in October. Despite being a super immersive game, virtual reality was not one of their stretch goals… which I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing…

 

 

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Chiaro and the Elixir of Life: A Virtual Reality Adventure

Chiaro and the Elixir of Life is a story-driven, VR, puzzle adventure developed in Unreal Engine 4 by Martov Co, a dev team based out of Montreal, Canada. In the game, players are immersed into the magical VR realm of Neverrain, where they unlock the secrets of alchemists, by doing lots of puzzles, and they get a steampunk penguin for a companion. I’m probably biased here, but all of those things in list form sound awesome.

The developers have been working on the game for over two years, and it shows in the production value. The game is fully voiced and features an original soundtrack. Chiaro and the Elixir of Life has only 12 days left on their campaign and are about halfway to their $7,500 goal.

 

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Stoneshard: Open-world Roguelike RPG with Tactical Freedom

 

Stoneshard is a procedurally generated, open-world, roguelike RPG developed by Ink Stains Games. Back in 2015, Ink Stains Games successfully funded 12 is Better Than 6, a top-down shooter.

Stoneshard doesn’t have the high contrast art style of 12 is Better Than 6. Instead, Ink Stains Games went old school for this game. What the game may lack in modern graphics, it more than makes up for in complexity and brutality. I don’t mean brutality in the context of the game being ultra-violent (Although it’s still plenty violent), this game is really, really, hard. Death is permanent and just about everything can kill your character… like even infection and disease. I did not make it far into the demo before dying. It’s like if Hardcore mode in Diablo 2 had a baby with Oregon Trail.

Ink Stains Games raised over $100,000 to fund Stoneshard, which is set to release in October for PC, PlayStation 4, XBox One, and Nintendo Switch.

 

 

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