Top Ten Spring Kickstarters!!!

These are the games and studios you should keep an eye out for, the real MVP’s to pledge a piece of your soul and fortune to. They’re already more than ideas, and you can be part of their imminent success… or impending failure.

Who knows, the favor might be returned tenfold…

…as much as it may backfire.

So without further ado, have a gander at 10 upcoming indiegames, their trailers, demos and tunes:

THE  SPRING KICKSTARTER EDITION
[March 2017]
Numbers are for show, just so you don’t lose track.

10 – All Walls Must Fall [28 days to go]
9 – Battle Princess Madelyn  [23 days to go]  Goal reached! – {MUSH-ROOM FAVORITE}
8 – Ama’s Lullaby  [3 days to go]
7 – Guard Duty  [3 days to go] – Goal reached!
6 – Narita Boy  [4 days to go] Goal reached! – {MUSH-ROOM FAVORITE}
5 – Mages of Mystralia  [24 days to go] Goal reached!
4 – Arcane  [19 days to go] – {MUSH-ROOM FAVORITE}
3 – Rumble Road  [8 days to go]
2 – Heartbound  [4 days to go] Goal reached!
1 – Project Remedium
  [32 days to go]






10

Berlin. 2089.

The Wall is still up, and the Cold War never ended. Try to survive the endless night of All Walls Must Fall.

Not much else is known about inbetweengames‘ first full game other than this or that succinct interview, but since they worked on Spec Ops: The Line , one of the most mental contemporary shooters I have ever played, I’m willing to give them the benefit of doubt.






 

9

On the other side of the what-do-we-know-about-this-game spectrum, we have Battle Princess Madelyn, an adorable homage to Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap, whose own remake will be released next month.

It even has that dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Causal Bit Games poured in nothing but love and nostalgia in their second project, and it shows: already reaching twice the amount requested via their kickstarter in a few days, they’ve lifted the veil with trailers, screenshots, and a dual oldskool/orchestrated soundtrack.

Word to the wise: early backers get a free copy of CBit Games first release, Insanity’s Blade, which gives off an eery Altered Beast / Castlevania vibe.

T-t-t-trailer!  
Step aside Arthur





 

8

Ama’s Lullaby is all about that cyberpunk, ’bout that cyberpunk, no rebel.

That guy looks totally amped up on cyberpunk.

It’s Mercy Ground Creations‘ first … creation, but it’s already ticking off several cyberpunked boxes.
Neon for life? Check.
Command line hacking? Check.
Going for that Blade Runner vibe? Check.

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point click point click bang





 

7

Monkey Island. King’s and Space Quest. Simon the Sorcerer.

If these titles make you all tingly inside and out, don’t think twice about backing Guard Duty, a point and click adventure through time and space.

Saving the world, one pint at a time.

Sick Chicken is not asking much. In fact, they’ve already reached their base kickstarter requirements.
But for that little extra more, multiple endings and post-game content will grace your desktop in the near future.

T-t-t-trailer!  
Goodbye cruel world





 

6

You’re right.
I absolutely CAN’T get enough of retro styled games. And if you make Narita Boy look like the unholy synthwave baby of Another World and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, you earned my pennies.

Time to whip out the old CRT TV.

 

Good job Studio Koba. If you didn’t already had me drooling over Vane – a soon-to-be-released PS4 title the studio founder was partially responsible for – you sure got me with your first solo project.
T-t-t-trailer!  
Such CRT, much 80's, wow





 

5

As the self-proclaimed Harry Potter meets Legend of Zelda, action-adventure Mages of Mystralia is setting the bar very high. But you can’t deny that creating your own spells on the fly doesn’t sound at least a bit appealing.

Mix, match, murder.

Not only is Borealys Games made up of already experienced game developers who worked on Deus Ex, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, and many more, they’ve also reeled in “star players” such as Ed Greenwood (creator of Forgotten Realms) and Shota Nakama (orchestrator for FFXV).
Their kickstarter raised more than twice what was needed in less than a week’s time, so someone seems to be sitting on a gold mine here.

T-t-t-trailer!  
Step aside Harry Potter





 

4

Look, I’m going to perfectly subjectively blunt with you. I’m in love with Kingdom.
And since Arcane looks, feels, and probably smells the same, but with a lot more action going on, it will be my mistress.

O Arcane, Arcane, wherefore art thou Arcane?

Probably the youngest developers on the planet, Tidal Games is going to take us to a world where magic reigns supreme, and you’re there to tear ’em a new one.

T-t-t-trailer!  
'Soothing' is an understatement





 

3

Time to hit the road Jack! Our wrestle duties are calling!

In management sim Rumble Road all you need is a car, some cash, and a dream, and off we go!

Oh yeah you also need energy, food, social skills, morality and spirit.

 

Steve Kim is the man behind … well, almost everything really, and just like with his previous free mobile game Treads!, the soundtrack is being taken care of by The Hamster Alliance.
And I’m all up for another Punch Club, with less grinding and more cuddling.

T-t-t-trailer!  
Sunspot. I see what you did there.





 

2

At first glance, Heartbound looks cute. But so did LISA.
Soon you’ll be thrust into a world of dreams and nightmares, and it’s up to you and your trusty dog to fight your inner and outer demons.

I hate it when that happens.

Pirate Software earned its bullet-hell stripes with their first release, Champions of Breakfast, and will add a lot more genres into Heartbound‘s many minigames. Stijn van Wakeren, who earned his own stripes in many other game projects, will tackle everything sound-related.

And seeing as they already earned almost three times what was needed via kickstarter, you can be sure to see Heartbound pass by sooner or later.

Extra tip: if you like your games abusive-father-themed, have a look at Mayhem In Single Valley. You won’t regret it.

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'angsty teen' doesn't cut it this time





 

1

Project Remedium is shaping up to be a neat first-person Osmosis Jones, minus a horrifying Bill Murray.
Blasting your way through viruses, bacteria, and rogue nanomachines, you guide Drix Nano+ across the bloodstream and other internal locales in search of a cure for your host.

Itsy bitsy spider, crawling under your skin.

Atomic Jelly‘s got a nice pitch going on here, and I’d like to see more of it.
You do need to back them before you can play a demo, but that’s cool, right? If not, they have plenty of trailers available on their kickstarter page.

T-t-t-trailer!  
Bloody nice

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