Kickstart This! Elegy For A Rough Year Edition

Analysts from ICO Partners recently reported that donations to video game projects on Kickstarter have seen a dramatic decline. They estimate that by the end of 2014, $27 million will have been pledged, compared to $58 million at the end of the previous year. A 50% reduction makes for grim reading if you are a game developer looking to launch a project, though it should be noted that 2014 is lacking in many of the big name campaigns that were launched in 2013.

Perhaps the bubble has already burst, or perhaps people have become pickier about which projects they participate in, disenfranchised by the multitude of disreputable characters who have tried time and again to launch projects with no aim of actually keeping their promises. As Evil As A Hobby discovered during their broad analysis back in January 2014, only one in three game projects launched between 2009 and 2012 delivered a finished product and accompanying rewards.

As I was finishing up this month’s edition of Kickstart This!, Boston-based Dejobaan Games reached their funding goal for Elegy For A Dead World, “a game about writing fiction,” according to the official description. It is awe-inspiring in its art design, offering a uniquely free reign in crafting the story of the game itself. Thankfully, there are more projects worthy of bringing to your attention. And that’s the point. There will always be great games begging to be made. If there is less money out there, it means less great games, but perhaps it will also add some quality control to a system untamed by accountability.

Unfortunately, the game’s deadline did not meet my own (although I did go on Twitter and rave about it). Thankfully, there are more projects worthy of bringing to your attention. And that’s the point. There will always be great games begging to be made. If there is less money out there, it means less great games, but perhaps it will also add some quality control to a system untamed by accountability.

We kick things off with side-scrolling puzzle shooter Red Cobra, survival adventure Impact Winter, and sci-fi survival horror Extract 237. After that, there is mech vombat MOBA Voxelfield, and last, but not least, The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizza Boy.

Yes, that last one is real.

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Xbox Store Today: Fantasia: Music Evolved, The Legend of Korra, Just Dance 2015, more

justdance2015-logoThere’s all kinds of fighting available in this week’s Xbox Games Store update. Today’s releases include kung fu fighting, dance fighting, and zombie dance fighting. OK, there’s no zombie dance fighting in The Walking Dead Season 2, but here’s what you can find on the Xbox Games Store as of today:

  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Harmonix is back with a new Kinect-powered musical adventure… and this one is based on Disney’s Fantasia.
  • The Legend of Korra (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Activision and Platinum Games have teamed up to release the first game based on the popular animated series.
  • Just Dance 2015 (Xbox One) - Ubisoft’s popular dancing franchise is back for another encore. Now with even more Ariana Grande.
  • The Walking Dead Season 2 (Xbox One) - The second season of Telltale’s post-apocalyptic saga makes the leap to the Xbox One.
  • F1 2014 (Xbox 360) - Codemasters is back with another Formula One simulation.

More information about all of these games (and many more) can be found after the break.

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Daily Scoop: October 22, 2014 – Scary new Humble Bundle!

Halloween is closing on us fast, and to celebrate, there’s a brand new Humble MoBOOile Bundle! Pay what you want for Rebuild, Oscura: Second Shadow, and Containment: The Zombie Puzzler. Pay more than the average and get Five Nights at Freddy’s, Dead Effect, and The Walking Dead: Assault. Scooooop ‘em up!

The Mixer 10 Bundle is brand new over at Indie Royale. Beat the average to get Solar Flux, Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead, Home Sheep Home 2, Explodemon, War in a Box: Paper Tanks, Delve Deeper, Cargo Commander, EvilQuest, Luna Shattered Hearts Episode 1, and NekoChan Hero – Collection.

And let’s not forget the Daily Deal over at Steam! Today they’ve got Rage on sale for just $4.99. Definitely grab that one if you’ve been waiting for the price to drop!

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Double Dash’s Yoshi Circuit returning in first Mario Kart 8 DLC

Nintendo of Japan has confirmed that Yoshi Circuit, which was originally included in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! on the GameCube, will be part of the retro Egg Cup in the upcoming “Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack.” You can get a glimpse of the revamped Yoshi Circuit, as well as Tanooki Mario’s Tanooki Buggy, in the newly released trailer above. Link and Cat Peach will also be added to the racer roster thanks to the DLC pack, along with Mario’s B Dasher, Link’s Master Cycle, and a kart based on Captain Falcon’s hovercraft from F-Zero.

“The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack” will be priced at $7.99 when its released in November.

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The Legend of Korra, Just Dance 2015, Samurai Warriors 4, more added to PS Store

justdance2015-logoIt’s another full week for the PlayStation Store as more than a dozen games are now available to download across the PS3, PS4, and Vita through Sony’s digital storefront:

  • The Legend of Korra (PS3, PS4) - Activision and Platinum Games have teamed up to release the first game based on the popular animated series.
  • Just Dance 2015 (PS3, PS4) - Ubisoft’s popular dancing franchise is back for another encore. Now with even more Ariana Grande.
  • Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3, PS4, Vita) - Koei Tecmo is cranking out a ton of new entries in their Warriors series and another one is now available for the PS3, PS4, and Vita.
  • Shadow Warrior (PS4) - A reboot of the wild FPS from the 90s, now available on consoles for the first time.
  • The Walking Dead Season 2 (PS4) - The second season of Telltale’s post-apocalyptic saga makes the leap to the PS4.
  • F1 2014 (PS3) - Codemasters is back with another Formula One simulation.

More information about all of these games (and many more) can be found after the break. And, as always, a complete list of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog.

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First Alien: Isolation add-on, Corporate Lockdown, will be available on October 28

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Just in time for Halloween, Sega has announced that the first Alien: Isolation add-on, Corporate Lockdown, will be released on October 28. Priced at $7.99, the add-on will add three new Challenge Maps and a brand new character in an arc that takes place before the events of Isolation:

In Corporate Lockdown, Seegson Executive Ransome has learnt that he has been abandoned by his paymasters. Knowing that the Torrens is on the way, he decides to make his escape and hitch a ride on board, taking decoded Nostromo data with him. However, while escaping he wants to tie up a few loose ends…

Across three new Challenge Maps (“Severance,” “Scorched Earth,” and “Loose Ends”), players are challenged to compete against others through Alien: Isolation’s online leaderboards, to escape the station in the fastest possible time or attain the top score through numerous side quests and hidden bonus objectives. New to Corporate Lockdown is the addition of Gauntlet Mode where players are challenged to top the Gauntlet Mode leaderboards by completing all three Challenge Maps back-to-back without dying.

Corporate Lockdown will also be available as part of the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, which can be purchased for $29.99, a 25% discount versus purchasing all give planned add-on packs separately.

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Daily Scoop: October 21, 2014 – Screencheat Humble Deluxe Edition now available for pre-order!

Samurai Punk’s awesome Screencheat is now available, and the Humble Deluxe Edition is now available for pre-order over at the Humble Store! It costs $16.49, and includes an in-game exclusive weapon skin and the game soundtrack. I played this game at PAX Prime when it was across from us in the Indie MEGABOOTH, and I really loved it! You should definitely pick it up.

The Midweek Madness over at Steam is Gods Will be Watching, which is 50% off at $4.99 until October 24. The Daily Deal today is Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar, which is on sale for $7.49. Scoop ‘em up!

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Guns, Gore & Cannoli brings zombie-killing mobsters to Kickstarter

There are too many zombie games. You know it. I know it. Actual dead people know it. But there are still ways to make zombie games interesting. For example, you could do what Crazy Monkey Studios did and create a hand-drawn side-scrolling shooter where 1920s mobsters shoot zombies while spouting wiseguy catchphrases. To finance their project, Crazy Monkey has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Guns, Gore & Cannoli that concludes on November 17. They’re seeking $30,000 and, as of this writing, have currently collected a little under $800.

Need more convincing? The developer has also made a demo version available on the game’s official website and released this fantastic plot summary:

Welcome to Thugtown in the roaring twenties. A city run by two rival mafia families who skirmish over every inch of the city to distribute their illegal liquor. Meet Vinnie Cannoli, a hard-boiled gangster who comes to Thugtown to straighten a few things out. Vinnie is sent to a messed up city, looking for a “goodfella” who’s gone missing since the zombie-outbreak. Nothing that can’t be solved with a kind word with the local gangsters though. Especially when you’re packing a Tommy gun and a double barrel shotgun to be a little more persuasive. There’s only one thing that’s holding him back… Every friggin’ lowlife in the city turned into a flesh-eating maniac. This is survival horror, wiseguy style… Capiche?

If they reach their goal, Crazy Monkey plans to release Guns, Gore & Cannoli for the PC, PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One in early 2015.

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