People are strange
When I hunt for news, most of what I find doesn't make me bat an eye. Reflect Studios' Rides With Strangers showed me that I wasn't as jaded as I thought.
Playing as Elora, a college graduate pursuing her dream job, your...
Shenmue III and Bloodstained
Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter had a fantastic year on the gaming front. Between video games and tabletop games, more than $144 million was pledged -- a figure that almost doubled what was pledged in 2014. Of that, some $4...
Cave Story is so revered among indie game enthusiasts, it's little surprise it would be cited as an influence for others making a game. One Dog Story lists it up there with others like Battletoads and Shovel Knight.
One Dog S...
A passionate fan or an elaborate troll
A few days ago, on a PC far far away, someone wanted to create an open world Star Wars game. Note that this is a completely unofficial project that would have instantly been swallowed by Disney once it got wind of it. It...
It's been updated with new writing
While combing through the wasteland that is my pre-holiday-break email, I happened upon a link to Infinite Fall and Finji's Longest Night from our beloved gift-giver Jonathan Holmes. I'm glad I did!
This is a short lead-in ...
Significantly less expensive
Sure, Oculus is making big waves at CES right now, but some lower-profile tech is also on display. Making its debut today is Aurai, another device that fits on your face and reminds me of LeVar Burton's character from Star Tr...
Backers can get it first
Torment: Tides of Numenera has been taking its time, but the beta will be out before long.
All eligible crowdfunding backers will gain access during the week of January 17, 2016 (exact date TBA). Then, on January 26, the beta...
I hope he's kidding
As a rule, I don't write about Kickstarters unless they're run by an established developer like Harmonix or Double Fine. It's true -- in my near-2,000 posts for this site, I can't remember a time when I've written about a spe...
This guy's face
Ahead of Oculus Rift pre-orders opening tomorrow morning (price still TBA), Oculus has a nice surprise: the thousands of Kickstarter backers who pledged for a Rift Development Kit 1 will receive a free Kickstarter Edition Ocu...
What would you do?
In March of last year, Descendent Studios launched its Kickstarter for Descent: Underground with the expectation of launching the game in March of this year. In order to receive a copy of the game, you would have had to have ...
To tunnel or not to tunnel
The rebooted Amplitude will feature a FreQuency mode which turns the otherwise flat tracks into 3D tunnels.
"In the original Amplitude, we got away from the tunnel design of FreQuency and flattened out the tracks," Harmo...
Physical disc rounds out best package
Republique, a stealth game proud of its Metal Gear Solid 4 lineage, was Kickstarted in 2012. It hit iOS in 2013, and then proceeded at a pace of one port per year (2014, Android; 2015, PC) en route to three of five episodes h...
Well, this is bad news.
Project Phoenix, a game from a dream team of JRPG developers, was initially gunning for a 2015 date based on their initial Kickstarter predictions, but now they are aiming for 2018. That's quite the le...
I give them .5 out of 2 boobs
The November update for the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter has been posted, with a few new screenshots in tow.
Said screenshots show off lead character Miriam in a wide shot of a scene before showing her s...
Ring in the new year
It has been a bit of a wait for Amplitude, Harmonix's 2014 Kickstarter success. It was originally slated for release in March of 2015, but was pushed back a few times to January of 2016. Still, a year is nothing if you consid...
Get outta my dreams
The latest Kickstarter update for Heart Forth, Alicia is a lot to get through.
There's been a delay -- from Q1 2016 to the second half of the year -- but rather than just give a basic explanation for the change of plans, the ...
All birds unlocked, but in limited stock
Everyone has a favourite Hatoful Boyfriend pigeon, and anyone who says they don’t is a god damn liar. It is impossible to have gotten to 2015 without falling for the charm and class of Sakuya, or the zany life-loving Ok...
To celebrate hitting its Kickstarter success, Gun Media - the team behind upcoming horror Friday the 13th The Game - has released a "RARE glimpse" of the work-in-progress game.
"This is a RARE glimpse into a game development ...
Ah, the memories
I don't know why fatherhood has become such a prevalent theme among indie games lately, but I like it. There was Octodad, then Dad by the Sword, then Dad Beat Dads. Now there is Dad Quest, and it reminds me a lot of my own ch...
Couch co-op clickiness
While playing through the lukewarm Sword Coast Legends last week, I kept telling myself there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Once I finished my slog through the Sword Coast, I could revisit Rivellon in Divinity: O...
Not to mention sweet grappling hooks
I’d never realised how much I needed Mirror’s Edge with a Studio Ghibli coat of paint until I saw the Kickstarter for Failsafe.
Developed by Game Over, it appears to combine Mirror’s Edge, Studio Ghibli, Sh...
Replaced by inXile vet
If this month's alpha showing inspired faith Torment: Tides of Numenera would hits is previously planned Q4 2015 release window, sorry, a bit longer to wait yet as the $5 million crowd-funded RPG has settled on a new 2016 re...
PVP for a few dollars more
The BattleTech reboot Kickstarter launched a little more than a month ago and by all appearances has been a total success. Harebrained Schemes smashed through the original funding targets, and now in the final days of the cam...
First Bluth-animated film since 2000
In the '80s, Don Bluth was almost single-handedly the biggest competition Disney had in the animation industry. When he wasn’t pumping out amazing films like An American Tail, All Dogs go to Heaven, and The Land B...
I need Sniper Elite: Happily Never After
A while ago, we reported that developer GRIN was closing down. Unfortunately, this meant all of the physical Kickstarter rewards for its game Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries would not be given to backers, and there would be no m...
Expensive art without vision
While having a blind protagonist isn't exactly a brand new idea, Pulse tackles the subject in a unique way that proves that video games are indeed art by being one of the most colorful experiences I've played to date.
Unfortunately art sometimes comes with a high price and ends up not only lacking vision, but being a bit short-sighted.
Monsters among us
"Whatever happened to that old saying: 'Love thy neighbor'?"
I don't remember the last time I was caught this off guard by a game announcement. Hello, Neighbor! is a first-person thriller with shades of Rear Window. Your goal...
When it comes to pixel art, there is good stuff and there is bad stuff. Recently launched on Kickstarter, Wanderer falls easily into the former category. I just love the look of the pixelated characters on the more painterly ...
For once, copyright works out
The Friday the 13th game announced back in January has been fully revealed -- it's the game formerly known as Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, by Breach and Clear developers Gun Media. With the help of TV's Adam Sessler, the...
The logo has a dog's butt!
I was as pleasantly surprised as Darren to see Home Free, a survival game about a lost dog in a randomly generated city, reach its funding goal on Kickstarter in under a week. More good news: it's coming to PlayStation 4 in a...