Kickstarter has become an absolutely huge asset in the world of gaming, as it allows smaller, independent developers the change to both raise awareness and budget for their projects. Games like Shenmue 3 have only been given a chance at life before of Kickstarter and crowdfunding.
This is especially true for developers focusing on retro gaming, whether that be a new retro gaming accessory or a retro-style video game. So, I thought for today’s post we’d take a look at 7 retro gaming Kickstarter projects you should definitely be watching, if not pledging for!
GameShell is billed as an open-source retro gaming console, and it certainly looks the part! Resembling an original Gameboy (except for a few additional buttons), it instantly captures you based on looks alone. But they always say you shouldn’t jusge a book by its cover. For example, the GameShell isn’t just an 8-bit portable console. It can actually play the original Doom! This is a really cool and (seemingly) powerful portable emulation console that will let you play those games that you’ve missed!
And yes, you could get an emulator on your mobile phone and play them like that, but that’s not the point. The GameShell will give you a much more honest and accurate retro gaming experience. That alone should be enough to pique your interest in the project!
Super Mighty Power Man
I’m a huge fan of the old 2D platformers… Especially the likes of Metroid, MegaMan and Castlevania. So, when I saw Super Mighty Power Man on Kickstarter I instantly fell in love. The side-scrolling action and use of different “power suits” to accomplish different tasks and use different abilities are great! The graphics are amazing, hearkening back to the good ol’ days of the NES and Master System.
On top of that, it is going to be coming out multi-platform, meaning that everyone can get in on this potential gem of a retro game! So I would definitely recommend following the news and updates for Super Mighty Power Man. It looks like the developers are onto a winner, and with (at the time of writing) 25 days left to go on the Kickstarter campaign, I would also recommend throwing your pledges in as well! Let’s all work together to make sure this awesome looking game comes to life!
As you may have guessed if you read my Ghost in the Shell review, I’m a huge cyberpunk fan, I think the genre is one of the most intriguing yet scarily possible science fiction genres ever. So, when games come out that mix cyberpunk with the whole retro gaming style, they will always catch my eye! Project Sense is no different! However, as if that wasn’t enough already, I’m also a huge fan of Survival Horror games (see my PS2 Survival Horror Checklist), so the fact that Project Sense is a cyberpunk ghost story inspired by the likes of Clocktower and Fatal Frame puts it firmly in my “this is awesome” category!
The visuals are astounding, reminding me of Dex, only sharper and better defined. There’s a demo available for download from their website as well, so you can bet I’ll be doing a preview of this game before too long!
Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark
Whilst the Kickstarter campaign for Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark may be over (successfully), you can still help bring this 2.5D tactical RPG to life through “late backing”. If you have ever played Disgaea or Final Fantasy Tactics, then Fell Seal is definitely a project to sink your teeth into! With outstanding graphics that put a lot of other pixel-art based games to shame, a deep and thorough level of customisation, and a compelling storyline, it captures everything I loved about the tactical RPGs of the PSX era!
It now has its own page on Steam, with a “coming 2018” message on it. I, for one, am waiting very impatiently for what is potentially my indie retro gaming release of the year for 2018. Fell Seal could not release any sooner, and when it does, I look forward to playing and reviewing it in detail!
Going back to the awesome world of platformers, Super Souse is an adventure-focused side-scroller that, for some reason, reminds me of Mighty Max (and that’s a good thing, as Mighty Max was awesome). Focusing on a 16-bit SNES style, the game looks beautiful, truly capturing the look and feel of games from the 16-bit era! And that really gets me excited (the reason for which should be pretty obvious considering the name of the blog you’re reading).
With a seemingly high focus on fast-paced action without going over the top, Super Souse looks set to directly compete against other retro-style platformers like Galactagirl. However, it has such detailed mechanics in the level design that it really can stand tall as being something different yet nostalgic. Besides, who doesn’t want to roll down a hill on top of a huge snowball to crush your enemies?
Heart Forth, Alicia
I’m starting to see a pattern here, with Heart Forth, Alicia being another side-scrolling platformer that features high octane action and huge set pieces! Billed as a Metroidvania style RPG, Heart Forth, Alicia is set to bring together one of the best mixes of genres ever devised. The likes of Castlevania mastered the side-scrolling RPG, and Heart Forth, Alicia seems like it is going to do exactly the same.
The use of intertwining storylines has really whet my appetite as well. As a fan of games like Chrono Cross (where individual character stories weave in and out of each other constantly), I love a deep and meaningful overarching plot that connects smaller storylines. Therefore, this is one game that will definitely end up in my PC collection!
The Untold Legacy
Action RPGs like Legend of Zelda took up a huge part of my earlier gaming years. So, they will always have a special place in my heart. However, even I can admit that the majority of modern indie action RPGs have been pretty shoddy. Thus, when I read about The Untold Legacy, I was skeptical at first. However, as soon as I saw how it looks and how it will play, I was blown away. Obviously taking pointers from the aforementioned Legend of Zelda, The Untold Legacy is a top-down action RPG that pays great homage to the games of yesteryear.
By including dungeons with puzzles as well, the developers have truly shown a love for the classic style of Action RPGs. On top of this, the animation and style look amazing, reminding me heavily of what you’d expect to see later on the PSX.
And That’s All Folks
There are, of course, hundreds of thousands of Kickstarter projects, but I wanted to make sure these awesome little gaming projects are my personal favourites so far.
Do you guys use Kickstarter for anything? Have you ever pledged to a campaign? Because you really should! Either way, though, let me know in the comments what you think to see indie titles?