Top 5 Indie Games on Kickstarter – September 2016
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Top 5 Indie Games on Kickstarter – September 2016

August 25, 2019

Coming up on the top 5 Kickstarter games of
September, we take a look at a love-letter to the 90’s platformer, a gorgeous-looking
roguelike, and what may be the next big MMO. But just before we do, let’s recap the Kickstarter
projects from August. 911 Operator, the game that has you play as
an emergency dispatcher, raised almost 38 thousand US dollars to more than quadruple
its funding goal. Columnae and its non-chronological steampunk
story, just topped its mark of 40 thousand euros. The charming RPG throwback Glithced raised
over 68 thousand US dollars to absolutely dwarf it target figure of 7 and a half thousand. Our number 1 game from August, the competitive
arena shooter Diabotical, garnered over a 168 thousand pounds to also secure funding. Lastly, at the time of recording, Vulpine
needs to secure an additional 15 thousand dollars with 10 days to run in its campaign. That’s August recapped.
Now it’s time for September to shine. Allians is a collectible card game in which
you are both the player and the game. You see, every card in Allians will be based
off of you and other gamers from around the world. The attributes for each card, will be derived
from your Steam achievements. So for example, the reflex attribute is in
part determined by your performance in sports games. If you like, you can even preview what your
card will look like on the Allians website. To clarify, Steam isn’t necessary to play
the game, and although not confirmed yet, the developers have plans to use psn, xbox
and various other player profiles. User-generated cards may be a little gimmicky,
but they will provide many unique cards that can take Allians’ meta in new directions. On the flip side, it could make balancing
the game a difficult a task for the developers. In the end, what we really like about Allians,
is that it’s not just a digital translation of a card game. Like Hand of Fate, and Duelyst, it takes something
from the digital realm and makes an enhanced experience. In this instance, it’s drawing upon already
established player profiles to create in-game content. With a bit under 2 weeks left, Allians has
200,000 Kroner or 23,000 US dollars left to raise. Rad Rodgers is a love-letter to the 90’s
platformer. In it, you play as Rad, a 12-year old just
sucked into the world of a videogame, along with his last-gen console Dusty, who has come
to life as his trusty sidekick. Dusty will in fact be voiced by the legendary
Jon St. John, the voice of Duke Nukem and more recently Jack Boyd in This is the Police. Obviously Rad Rodgers is a throwback to 90’s
platformers. However, in a fashion similar to Shovel Knight,
Rad Rodgers is not so much a straight recreation of a single game, but rather the amalgamation
of many. The
crude language that belies its childish look is very Conker, its 3D side-scrolling reminds
of Donkey Kong Country, and it has the pointless collectables of Banjo-Kazooie. Rad Rodgers is marketing itself as funny,
and even likens itself to a Rick and Morty sense of humour. From the Kickstarter, the game’s humour
seems to be cornier and more forced. Nevertheless, it seems like a fun title that
doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is but another hallmark of the 90’s platformer. If Rad Rodgers secures funding, it will begin
beta testing immediately, with a scheduled final release for February next year. The Rabbit and the Owl is the exciting debut
work of six-man game studio Formal Sheep. The game’s interpretive story follows two
kindred spirits that have manifested in another world in the form of a white rabbit and a
black owl. This new world is divided into light and dark,
separating the two spirits. The white rabbit can only occupy places cast
in darkness, and the black owl is likewise restricted to areas of light. This is not only a narrative device, but a
gameplay one as well. Both characters must be used to navigate both
the light and dark spaces and solve the game’s puzzles. For instance, the rabbit may need to trigger
a switch in the dark to open a path for the owl in the light. This is also indicative of The Rabbit and
the Owl’s choice to emphasise its puzzles over its platforming. It’s a game that won’t test your reflexes
and control, but rather your mind and ability to figure out new environments and mechanics. The beautifully calm soundtrack and monochromatic
landscape look like they’ll help to reinforce this kind of slow and thoughtful experience. Already funded, The Rabbit and the Owl is
looking to hit some of its stretch goals, which includes online co-op. It’s expected to release next year. Ruin of the Reckless is a bit of pixel art
magic that asks but one question of you—can you escape the tower? To give you a clue, Ruin of the Reckless is
a roguelike, and if you know anything about roguelikes, you know they’re as tough as
teeth. Ruin of the Reckless is no exception. Combining breakneck speeds with melee combat
and a flurry of enemy waves, you can see just how merciless the game is just from watching. We’re obviously quite partial to roguelikes
here at Indieformer, but there’s more reasons than that to consider Ruin of the Reckless. There’s the happy 8-bit tunes that you can
preview in the trailer, local co-op for you and a friend, and the depth of an ability
tree. Perhaps most exciting are the collectible
cards that let you change the rules of the game. You can make it easier or alternatively make
every hit from your or your enemies an instant kill. You can even stack different cards and their
effects together. Ruin of the Reckless promises the challenge
of a roguelike, an attractive presentation and the ability to remix the game to your
liking. At times, Kickstarter throws up some incredibly
ambitious projects like Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Crowfall that make your eyes pop in sheer
wonderment. Dual Universe makes your eyes pop. The game is a sci-fi MMORPG, set in a world
teeming with large planets to explore. But more than just being large, there are
three things that make Dual Universe’s world special. Firstly, it is a continuous world with no
zones or transitions that is shared by all users simultaneously. Secondly, its voxel-based and entirely editable. Everything from spaceships to orbital stations
can be created or modified by you. Lastly, much like Eve Online, it will be a
player-driven world. Establishing an economy, forming government,
and setting taxes and territories will all be the responsibility of the player base. Honestly, this only touches of what the game
offers. You can play as a solo adventurer or in a
crew of 100, mass produce the creations you engineer, go mining, be a combat specialist
and much more. Dual Universe offers an entirely editable
and continuous world, that is also large and beautiful. It’s the kind of game that truly empowers
the player, and if successful it’s expected to launch December 2018. Thanks for watching.
We’ll see you next time here on Indieformer.

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  1. here are some other ones I would have put into the list

    I agree that it's a bit early to put up the list, but you guys do what you like.

  2. Backing Rad Rodgers is a must!!! That trailer had me in stitches 🙂 Jewel Universe, on the other hand, sort of has that NMS feel to it… Not sure if that's good or bad 😐

  3. Jesus christ, ruin of the reckless looks unforgivably similar to hyper light drifter. The dash, the pixel art, heck even the square elevator platforms.

  4. I like the new look but I miss the old song. that hard hitting bass really got me excited to hear what new games you were gonna tell me about.

  5. Liking the new transitions 🙂

    #1 sounds very unfortunate. Releasing this right as most people are hating NMS seems like an strange choice. It might be good, or it might be bad, but it will inevitably be linked with NMS from here on. We'll have to see how it turns out tho.

  6. The Rabbit and The Owl already exists. Al least in terms of gameplay. There is another game made by Nitrome called Yin Yang that is already a game about a white character only able to move in a black world and a black character only able to move in a white world. The only difference is that Yin Yang is an online game and The Rabbit and The Owl is a Steam game. >:(

  7. And the story repeats again, people fund a game and the developers don't deliver promised features bla la bla, Go fund yourself.

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