Welcome to Funding Fridays! This week, we have five games to share with you, and it was by no means easy to pick just five. Allow me to introduce you to this week’s picks: War of Omens, Grapple Knight, Star Quest 2: United Galaxies, Long Night, and Mansion Lord.
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War of Omens
“War of Omens is a strategic card game set in a dark fantasy world, depicting the evolving political and military struggle between three distinct, warring factions. Players will take on the role of a hero representing one of these three factions, with the player’s deck representing spells, tricks, techniques, and troops, and take their deck into battle against other players or a computer opponent.”
Meet the Vespitole, the Daramek, and Metris. Each of them thinks they’re the chosen people…So that’s a bit awkward. Regardless, as such, they’re looking to expand their horizons…er, well…that is, their power, their borders, their fame and fortune. That’s where you come in. In War of the Omens, you’ll be collecting and upgrading cards of your favored faction to lead them to victory.
War of Omens combines elements of CCGs (Collectible Card Games) and deck-builders to create a unique experience within the genre. Every player will collect and customize their decks to suit their play style, like in a CCG, but they’ll be pulling those cards from a bank each turn. You’ll need the right combination of strategy, skill, and luck if you want your faction to come out on top.
“How skilled are you? Grapple Knight is a fast paced 2D platformer that is currently in development for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Alongside a retro inspired art style and soundtrack, Grapple Knight seeks to challenge players to use quick combinations of slides, grapples, and attacks as you guide the hero, Jouren, through a myriad of environments and enemies!”
Do you remember what it was like to be a kid, playing games that were stupid-oh-my-god-I-cannot-even hard on the first console you ever owned? MORE IMPORTANTLY, DO YOU MISS PLAYING STUPID-OH-MY-GOD-I-CANNOT-EVEN HARD ON THE FIRST CONSOLE YOU EVER OWNED?! Can you live without the first bit but get punched with nostalgia when you think about the second? Let Grapple Knight ease your pain.
Join Jouren on his quest to save the land in this delightful 16-bit, retro inspired platformer. Using the spirit weapon of a former hero, you’ll fight, jump, and swing your way through various stages. I can’t attest to the challenge level just yet, but Grapple Knight certainly looks like an adventure worth taking. Demos are available for Linux, Mac, and PC, and you can download them from campaign page.
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Star Quest 2: United Galaxies
“Star Quest 2: United Galaxies is a real-time strategy space game where you get to be part of the action. Unlike other RTS games, you aren’t forced to sit back and just issue commands. In Star Quest 2: United Galaxies, you can give the orders and then jump into a turret, or a ship to lead your men into battle!”
Times are hard, your wallet’s looking pretty thin, and it’s starting to look like things are going to stay that way. What do you do? Why, what any normal person would do, of course. You join the military and head for the stars.
Star Quest 2: United Galaxies is a RTS that allows you to join in on the action instead of forcing you to sit back and watch as your
minions troops carry out your bidding. Choose your class, carefully coordinate attacks, and pew pew you way to victory.
“This black tale takes place in an American holiday wood camp, at the end of summer 1998. The main characters of the game are a group of four teenage friends…Spending their last evening together telling horror stories for fun, they find themselves plunged into a real nightmare, bringing their darkest secrets to life, tormenting them…they lose contact with one another, and the real game begins.”
Ah, yes, the teenage ritual wherein everyone tells chilling ghost stories. Most of you have done this, preferably at night, when it’s cold and raining. The stories are generally uncreative and horribly narrated, but they’re spooky enough to get the job done. You know what would make them even spookier? The stories being real.
In Long Night, the terrible tales are true, and as David ventures out into the night to rescue his friends, the lines between what’s real and what’s not become more and more blurred. The game focuses providing the Survival Horror experience of yesteryear and finds inspiration from games like Silent Hill, ObScure, and Haunting Ground.
“Mansion Lord combines a murder mystery business sim with tile-based world building and turn-based RPG combat. Build your mansion tile-by-tile, invite unscrupulous aristocrats to dinner, and, with the aid of your hired detectives, capture them for bounties after they slay the other guests.”
Ever wanted to host one of those fancy parties where you invite people to dinner, and someone pretends to be dead, then everyone runs around a la Scooby Doo until the culprit is caught? Too much time, mess, and meticulous planning involved. Make up for lost opportunities with Mansion Lord.
In Mansion Lord, you participate in the lucrative business of inviting cold-blooded killers into your humble abode and collecting bounties on them after said cold-blooded killers, true to their reputation, do indeed kill someone in cold blood. The game contains RPG elements like character upgrading and turn-based combat, as well as utilizes a building system allowing you to show off your superb interior decorating skills.
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