While I think I've backed my fair share of Kickstarter projects already, I've decided to back two more today which I think are worth it for anyone who grew up on PC games in the 90s.
The first project is actually by a gaming industry veteran, Tom Hall. Tom is the man who has worked on so many classic games that I have to put them in a bulleted list to emphasise the number of quality titles he's worked on:
- Commander Keen
- Wolfenstein 3D
- Spear of Destiny
- Rise of the Triad
- Terminal Velocity
- Duke Nukem II
- Duke Nukem 3D
- Deus Ex
He is also responsible for the lovable and well remembered Dopefish.
The project is actually expected to deliver two products: one is Worlds of Wander which will be a platformer game creation tool, which should immediately appeal to those novice game developers who want to give a shot at making their own game quickly. The second product is Secret Spaceship Club which will be a game developed using the aforementioned tool and also a spiritual successor to Commander Keen!
Surprisingly, the project has only managed to get 10% funding so far and there are 9 days left for the project to reach its funding goal. I'm still hopeful that there will be a big push at the end since this is Tom Hall we're talking about people! :)
The second project I've backed isn't being made by a gaming veteran of the same calibre as Tom Hall, but these guys are not n00bs to the game development scene either. Himalaya Studios are responsible for not one but four AGD Interactive Sierra remakes, so if someone knows how to make a Sierra-style adventure game, it'd be them - and that is exactly what they're proposing to do with their Kickstarter project.
Mage's Initiation is to be an Adventure/RPG hybrid that will hopefully make Lori and Corey Cole proud, as it's heavily influenced by the Quest for Glory series. Consequently, there will be multiple classes to pick from (different mage classes I believe, since this is Mage's Initiation after all) and as a result, increased replay.
Mage's Initiation has a modest goal of $65,000 and even though they've just started, they're already sitting at just shy of $30,000.