It’s been awhile since I’ve played a good old fashioned Gauntlet style game. Running around a two dimensional maze finding keys and treasure while killing hordes of enemies with a friend was fun. Hammerwatch is..
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With only six days left in the Kickstarter campaign, Super World Karts Grand Prix is trying to earn a spot on the podium. Featuring classic 16-bit style retro kart racing, unlockable characters, and full 1080p resolution, Super World Karts GP is looking to provide a mix of authentic SNES-era spirit with modern day amenities. Currently, the project has only earned just under $7,200 of the proposed $16,000 goal. With over 240 backers already contributing to the game, developer Paul Hamilton is hoping some fresh announcements will give new backers the incentive to help him finish strong.
Among those new announcements comes a few surprise guest Karters. Aside from the 8 unique characters already available, players will have the opportunity to unlock four additional cameo characters by completing various Cup tournaments. These characters include Mutt from Lobodestroyo, Turing from Read Only Memories, and the just-announced inclusion of Tim Burr from Fist of Awesome. If all goes well, Super World Karts GP is on track for a June 2014 release. The game is targeting a release on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and Ouya, with a release on Wii U to be determined pending the stretch goal is met.
Hack’n slash fans may want to pay attention, because there’s a new Kickstarter project on the block that could just be worthwhile. 3 Sprockets, the developers behind the Cubemen series, have taken to the popular crowdfunding site with an idea for what they’ve dubbed a 3D Mini Action-RPG (MARPG) known as Fight the Dragon. In hopes of reaching the proposed goal of $50,000 AUD, the team has created the following video proposal:
Fight the Dragon boasts a number of features, including both local drop-in split-screen co-op and online drop-in multiplayer, as well as a baked-in Adventure Construction Kit (read: map editor.) The video linked above offers a brief rundown of just how quickly players can put together a customized dungeon layout before sharing it with friends. What really makes Fight the Dragon unique though, is an emphasis on quicker play sessions via shortened adventures. According to the Kickstarter page, “10-15 minute adventures in a non-linear format allows players to jump in for a quick fix, or play multiple adventures over longer play sessions.” These adventures result in the earning of tickets, which can then be cashed in for a chance to “Fight the Dragon” in a battle arena. At the time of this post, Fight the Dragon has received just over $2,300 in the few short hours the campaign has been live. The game is scheduled to release on Steam for Windows, OSX, and Linux, with a DRM-free version supported via the Humble Store.
Earlier this year, Image Comics held a Game Jam centered around popular Zombie comic/TV show/game series The Walking Dead, challenging developers to make a zombie-themed game inspired by – but not related to – the franchise.
Of the 60 games that were entered into the contest, The Narrow Path came out as a Top-10 winner and now the braaaaaaaaains (sorry, I did try to resist a pun) behind the title, 2-man development team Beavl – with help of writer and artist Fernando Martinez – have taken the game to Steam Greenlight as they work on adding more content and polish to what they hope will be a successful commercial product in its final form.
It’s certainly an interesting take on the central theme, tasking players with the responsibility of wiping out human and undead alike with the aid of a mutant dog (no, we’re not sure why either) and growing their own personal army of shambling remote-controlled flesh-eaters (yes, really).
Oh, did I mention that you do all of this from the safety of a camper van? I guess if you’re trying to protect yourself from being eaten by ravenous undead while working on wiping them out, you can’t get much better than a mobile home.
With a monochromatic retro visual style, in keeping with the look of the comic which inspired it, and an offbeat streak of jet-black humor, the game is a fairly simple RTS with rogue-like elements – characters and equipment can be levelled up and upgraded, death is permanent and in the final release all levels will be procedurally generated. The original Game Jam version of the game can be played for free now over on the game’s official website. It’s a pretty fun little game even in its original form, so here’s hoping that Beavl are able to expand it into something even better in the final release.
Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.
GameLoading: Rise of the Indies, the upcoming indie game documentary by filmmakers Anna Brady and Lester Francois of Studio Bento, looks to capture the indie developer community from a global perspective in an age where self-publishing is allowing for creativity to flourish. The crew only recently completed a three month-long film shoot that spanned much of the world and offered the opportunity to interview an incredible number of indie teams. Now that Studio Bento is back home in Melbourne, they have launched a Slacker Backer campaign to give those who missed backing the film on Kickstarter the chance to pledge their support, and earn a few goodies in doing so. To coincide with the launch of this campaign, the team also released the following teaser trailer of the film:
As far as the Slacker Backer campaign, there are three new pledge tiers to donate toward, ranging from $25-$75. The backer rewards include DRM-free digital downloads of the film, a copy of the soundtrack, and a special “thank you” in the credits. Additional rewards include a 17-game bundle originally offered to Kickstarter backers and the debut of a new 7-game Super Indie Bundle, which features prototype, scratch games, or Game Jams from the likes of Vlambeer, Tale of Tales, and Northway Games, among others. The full list of slacker backer rewards can be seen here. More information about GameLoading, including project updates as production progresses, will be posted to both the film’s Facebook and Kickstarter Updates page.
The team at VooFoo Studios – developers of the Hustle Kings pool game available for PSN/Vita- have once again teamed up with indie publisher Ripstone in an attempt to deliver the most authentic pool hall experience to date. Scheduled to release on PS4, Pure Pool is the second game in the Pure series after 2012′s Pure Chess made its debut to critical acclaim thanks to some eye-catching visuals and a quality single-player experience. The game’s announcement was accompanied by the following teaser trailer:
Bearing the slogan “Connect. Spectate. Compete.”, the game would appear to feature an interactive pool hall where players can either watch others compete or take part in competitive online matches. No official information about additional features have been detailed as of yet.