Leave it to the combo of Kickstarter and indie developers to bring gamers another original, interesting, if not polarizing game concept in Romancelvania. Coined "Dracula meets the Bachelor", this gaming convection of genres coming from a slew of industry veterans aims to fill a void that Metroidvania and RPG fans were unaware existed. Developer The Deep End Games has made pretty good progress in meeting their $200k funding goal over the last month and with only 3 days left in the campaign, this is crunch time for fans of quirky Metroidvania titles and just creative game design in general to consider helping put a stake through the heart of the remaining $70k.
Freja and the False Prophecy – Kickstarter Spotlight
Freja and the False Prophecy aims to bring a dose of Norse mythology to the metroidvania scene. The Kickstarter campaign is quite well realized with a playable demo and plenty of information to let backers know what to expect. Unfortunately, with only 15 hours remaining, the development team Unsigned Double is about $2,000 shy of their $22,000 goal. From my time reviewing the campaign and demo, these devs have a high quality product on their hands that any fan of 2D side-scrolling adventure games should reach out to and support.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Announcement Trailer
Bloodstained and Castlevania fans alike have been waiting patiently for news on a release date of Koji Igarashi's brand new title after leaving Konami. Some great news came out of BitSummit 2018 in Japan this year and that was the announcement of the promised retro tie-in game funded during the Kickstarter campaign.
Beyond Human – Kickstarter Spotlight
With less then 48 hours left in the Kickstarter campaign, Beyond Human is a superbly polished and insanely fun metroidvania title that needs some help from the community to hit it's funding goal. Beyond-Human's initial release will be available for Windows, Mac, PS4, and PS Vita. The PC release will be distributed on Steam as well as GOG.com. It's been depressing to see quality titles like Necrocosmos not hit their funding goals recently and I'd hate to add Beyond Human to the list.
Nakawak – Kickstarter Spotlight
Who doesn't want more adventure games inspired by the heydays of the GameBoy? Probably not many, but after stumbling upon the Kickstarter campaign for Nakawak, I can't help but be impressed by the lone developers attempt at creating a GameBoy inspired Metroidvania title coming to Steam hopefully sooner than later.
Necrocosmos – Kickstarter Spotlight
To be released on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, Necrocosmos is bringing a new spin to the Metroid formula, introducing survival elements with a splash of randomized progression. Put simply, players will be challenged to explore multiple planets with unique environments and inhabitants, but the developers claim that progression will be randomly generated from player-to-player. An ambitious idea that I hope can be delivered upon. Check out our review of the Kickstarter campaign and demo.
Unformed – Kickstarter Spotlight
This week I wanted to highlight an interesting non-linear action platformer called Blasphemous that is nearing the end of it’s Kickstarter campaign and is worthy of the attention of any Metroidvania fan. One look at the pixel art and smooth animation is enough to get any fan of the genre on board with what this dark and grisly title has to offer.
Blasphemous – Kickstarter Spotlight
This week I wanted to highlight an interesting non-linear action platformer called Blasphemous that is nearing the end of it's Kickstarter campaign and is worthy of the attention of any Metroidvania fan. One look at the pixel art and smooth animation is enough to get any fan of the genre on board with what this dark and grisly title has to offer.