Crowdfunding is a critical component of game development, especially in the realm of indie games. With so many different websites and even more projects to comb through, gamers can easily find themselves overwhelmed.
With so many projects with all sorts of potential, we want to help gamers and investors identify a few games they otherwise may not have stumbled across. Our highlights include projects listed across four crowdfunding platforms: Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Fig, and Brightlocker.
Keep in mind, the games we have listed below are not games that we have deemed to be the “best,” but they are intriguing and show the promise and potential to be very good games in the future.
Past Crowdfunding Corners
Campaign End Date: March 17, 2018
Estimated Delivery Date: October 2018
After Pete wakes from a strange coma, he discovers things aren’t exactly as he remembers. His home-town is overrun with naughty children, and the grown-ups have vanished. Pete quickly learns of massive insects, child-eating zombie-parents, other-worldly puzzles, and intricate maze-like forts woven together throughout a large late-summer dreamscape. The same forts Pete and his gang built a year earlier are suddenly larger, stranger, and more dangerous than ever.
With the help of your childhood pals, your pet bird, and your father’s trusty razor blade, it’s up to you to discover the secret of your missing sister and the bizarre world around you. To do this, you must learn various pieces of music written by your sister scattered across the world. Play them on your old piano to unlock secret passageways, clues, and new abilities for traversal across the increasingly threatening landscape.
Campaign End Date: March 13, 2018
Estimated Delivery Date: As early as March 2018 depending on reward
Pantropy is an immersive Sci-Fi Multiplayer FPS with a mysterious sandbox world to build in and explore. Take part in high stakes faction-based warfare. Fight against the opposite player faction, capture global points of interest (like power plants and mining facilities) and defend them from your enemies. Claim back your land and destroy their bases while constructing your own.
Discover what happened to this planet. Find alien artifacts to gain access to their history in order to unlock an additional underground biome. Find a way to activate the damaged wormhole generator, a gigantic world-structure, and experience the repercussions. Two player factions and one NPC faction. Fight towards the enemy’s faction tower. Move up in ranks to become the faction commander and unlock powerful abilities. Earn your epic loot, collect the scarce material known as pantronium, craft the rarest weapons, the mightiest mechs, and turn your base into the stronghold it deserves to be.
Campaign End Date: March 15, 2018
Estimated Delivery Date: As early as April 2018 depending on reward
Unleashed is a dark 2D RPG for Windows that features sandbox elements. It is set in Mystria, a magical world. The game has been inspired by famous series such as Pokemon or Final Fantasy. Our goal is to grab all the elements of the RPG we love and put them in a single game. Add to this the newest and popular features such as housing, crafting, farming, and you get Unleashed. We also wanted to work on a darker story focused on sins and virtues for a more mature audience. Lastly, we wanted to make an open world filled with details, unlike a lot of RPGs that really feel empty after some hours. What you can expect from Unleashed in 4 points:
- Exploration of a rich open world
- Dark and complex story with a background to discover
- Strategic semi turn based 3v3 battles
- Random loot, events, encounters, and more!
Campaign End Date: March 23, 2018
Estimated Delivery Date: Q2 2018
Golf is boring — Help us fix it!
Golf is always the same: perfectly round balls, 18 holes, blue sky, neatly cut grass and fancy people in nice clothes. What’s not to hate? – Hate no more! WHAT THE GOLF? is the golf game for people who don’t play golf. Every golf course is a surprising new type of golf, some brilliant or hilarious, others simply absurd.
Wow! That’s crazy! Can I try it?
Yes you can download the prototype and try a few weird holes of golf. It’s just an example and not a full demo of the game.
Campaign End Date: N/A
Estimated Delivery Date: Steam Early Access
Hanako: Honor & Blade takes players online for an immersive experience in Feudal Japan. Help decide the future of a nation by playing as one of four distinct classes. Serve a clan to defeat your opponents throughout a multi-map campaign. Master your class’ directionaly-driven combat, abilities, and spirit-based skills to get an extra edge. Enjoy a game that is easy to learn, difficult to master but seeks to capture the Soul of the Samurai.
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