Yesterday marked the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for Bot Colony from Montreal based developer North Side Inc. Bot Colony is a point-and-click adventure by most definitions, but there is a rather massive difference in that there is no pointing or clicking in Bot Colony. All actions are done through voice commands (or typing) as you talk to the robots that fill the island of Agrihan. The robots will answer your questions and do what you ask them to do as you explore the island and solve the game’s mysteries. Bot Colony feels like a version of Zork you would see in a science fiction film, and the possibility that we may have reached that level of immersion is amazing.
The story of the game is inspired by famous science fiction like I, Robot, Blade Runner, and 2001: Space Odyssey. Bot Colony is based on the book of the same name by lead game designer Eugene Joseph.
Through the Kickstarter, North Side Inc hope to raise $100,000 for the first three episodes of Bot Colony. Stretch goals in increments of $100,000 will each fund an extra episode of the series. Early bird backers can pay $15 for the first two episodes as well as a month of the required subscription to pay for the game’s servers. Each episode of Bot Colony will cost $5 individually, as well as the mentioned monthly subscription.