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.
Prior Crowdfunding Corners
Campaign End Date: May 24, 2018
Estimated Delivery Date: Q1 2019
Jengo is a point & click in the purest old-school tradition. You put your mouse pointer somewhere, clickety-click and something wicked happens. You know how it goes: you’re looking for the most inappropriate item combination possible and test it out to see if the developers have the same kind of sick mind as yours.
In Jengo you play as Jeff, a disgruntled gaming veteran seeking new challenges. Just like you, Jeff is looking for the ultimate game. Little does he know that his search will bring him to a strange, lonely place at the edge of the Pixelverse: a remote town called Old Meta, whose sky is blighted by a large crack which slowly consumes the land.
An army of Faceless guards the Crack and destroys whoever try to approach it. Will Jeff’s skills with a mouse and keyboard help him fend off the Apocalypse?
Campaign End Date: May 30, 2018
Estimated Delivery Date: August 2019
Chaos and despair spread throughout the Kingdom of Isilmerald. Its desperate people cry out, praying to the gods for help. But the force they face is no mere plague of the undead, or demonic attack… Something far more sinister, far more primal is afoot. Avarice!
Will you yield to the dark tendrils of desire coiling around your heart? Become an agent of greed and usher the kingdom into chaos. Or rebuke its seductive advances? Vow to discover the truth of the madness and restore the kingdom to its rightful glory? Temptation beckons you to become one of its couriers… or dares you to stop it. The choice is yours.
Inspired by Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale and other classics, Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness is an isometric, party-based, single-player RPG set in the new fantasy world of Yerengal. The story focuses on Isilmerald, the largest, most racially diverse kingdom in Yerengal ruled by a human lineage. The game is coming to Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam and GoG. Key features include:
- Greed. It’s spreading all the time in the kingdom, directly affecting gameplay. You can slow this process with your actions—or speed it up if you prefer.
- Party of up to 5 characters. You start with a single protagonist. Additional NPCs join you later if you choose to accept them. Every NPC boasts a rich, complex personality and past.
- Choose from several races, classes and skills during character generation.
- Real-time-with-pause (RTwP) gameplay: pause the game at any time.
- Rich lore and storyline. Hundreds of quests.
- Tactical combat. Powerful magic. Clear, slot-based spell system.
- Deep NPC interactions. Complex dialogues and persuasion.
- Hand-made, beautiful graphics.
- Free-roaming exploration in wilderness and subterranean areas.
Campaign End Date: May 17, 2018
Estimated Release Date: April 2020
Last Epoch has a rich world and an engrossing story that is woven into every aspect of the game from environments to items and more. Throughout the story, you will travel to four distinct eras in time and see how each zone changes throughout the ages, each change bearing lore implications that will keep you invested in the setting.
Class identity is reflected in a variety of ways such as dialogue options, class-specific gear and visuals, flavorful skills, and passive grids. At a glance you’ll be able to tell that you are playing alongside a Primalist by seeing their signature animal hide helms and nature based attacks, just like how you’ll know recognize Void Knights by their enormous Void Blades, Necromancers by their armies of the undead, and so on. Each class has well defined themes expressed in both aesthetics and playstyle while still allowing for deep customization.
Through skill choices, ability trees, passive grids, and gear, each character will be a reflection of the player. Each player will have the opportunity to build their character exactly how they want it. We encourage out of the box thinking and experimentation. We give you all the tools to make a character that is truly your own!
Campaign End Date: May 17, 2018
Estimated Release Date: December 2019
In Faeland as the player, you can freely explore the open world, traveling from one town to another, talk to friendly NPCs, learn about the game’s lore and get useful tips, commerce valuable items to improve your economics, buy new equipment and consumables and do quests to acquire useful loot while progressing in the main story. Some of the areas you need to traverse are challenging forests, caves, dungeons, castles and more. You also have to acquire new abilities and special items to gain access to previously inaccessible areas and paths. The combat style is customized through your equipped weapons, choose from knives, daggers, swords, axes, spears and bows, all with different attack animations, speeds, strengths and effects.
In a fantasy world, humans have established their kingdom through centuries of peace efforts to keep a safe margin with the dark forces of magic and monstrous beasts that lurk away from civilization. Sam, our protagonist, is a skilled hunter living in a secluded cottage in the forest until one day his home gets raided by a horde of orcs and trolls.
Escaping the attack, with little left but his life, he will begin a new adventure and forge allegiances throughout his travels. Unbeknownst to him, a larger threat looms in the background and the entire realm’s survival will rest upon him becoming the hero he was born to be.
- Detailed hand crafted pixel-art graphics.
- Open world / metroidvania exploration style.
- Change your equipped weapons to match your preferred combat style.
- Enhance and replace your armor while enjoying the new looks on your character.
- Puzzles and riddles solving.
- Learn new skills.
- Explore large dungeons with challenging boss battles.
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