As always, welcome to Funding Fridays! Also as always, we’ve selected five new crowd-funding projects to share with you. Also also as always, they need your help to reach their indie game goodness. Say hello to Blackmore, Nevermind, Classroom Aquatic, Cashtronauts, and StarCrawlers.
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“Blackmore is a Japanese adventure game that takes the best of the classic adventure genre, including awesome Japanese art, clever puzzles and great storytelling and combines them into an all-new game in a rich, immersive isometric environment that will keep players on the edge of their seats.”
A lot happened in 1888. Roundhay Garden Scene, the first motion picture, was produced. It was the year of the Whitechapel Murders. It was the year of the ballpoint pen, inflatable tires, and the Kodak box camera. It was the year Emma Blackmore’s life was turned upside down and the year she set out to make things right. 1888 is the year of Blackmore.
Blackmore is a Japanese 2.5D adventure game that takes place in a steampunk London. You play as the brilliant doctor Emma Honda-Blackmore as she attempts to solve the dark mystery plaguing London. The game’s development is being led by Jeremy Blaustein who has worked on titles like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Suikoden 2 and will feature art and music by Konami veterans Motoaki Furukawa and Satoshi Yoshioka.
“Nevermind is a biofeedback-enhanced horror adventure game that takes you into the dark and twisted world within the subconscious minds of trauma victims.”
In the world of Nevermind, specialized physicians—Neuroprobers—venture into the minds of patients with psychological trauma for who have been unresponsive to traditional methods of treatment. The mind, however, is a dangerous place and is often just as, if not more, dangerous to Neuroprobers as it is to patients. As you explore the levels of Nevermind, you will explore the subconscious of each trauma victim as you attempt to help them cope.
Nevermind is a biofeedback-enhanced horror adventure that feeds and evolves off of your fear. As the bio-feedback receptors pick up on increased anxiety, the game gets more challenging. In addition to creating a re-playable experience, it allows players the opportunity to hone their anxiety management skills.
“Do you know which of Jupiter’s moons has the largest orbit? Or when Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground was published? Or who the first Holy Roman Emperor of the House of Habsburg was?”
Scientists have long wondered what makes dolphins so smart. Thanks to Classroom Aquatic the answer has become clear: They study quite a bit. I, as a not-dolphin, was one of those study-the-period-before types. As such, I’m still haunted by nightmares in which I show up to class only to find out that there’s some sort of quiz or exam I have yet to prepare for. Sunken Places has created my ultimate horror game.
Classroom Aquatic is a “cheat-em-up” in which players must look at their classmates’ papers for the right exam answers without being caught by the teacher or other students. The goal is to get a perfect score while also being as stealthy as possible.
“Mine asteroids, evade the authorities and hunt pirates in this frenetic space-capitalist game for 1 to 4 players!”
Do you ever just…think about space? What kind of pilot would you be, and what would be your claim to fame? There are just far too many choices. Thanks to Cashtronauts, you can have it all.
Cashtronauts is a retro arcade-styled multidirectional shoot-‘em-up. As of now, the game comes with two modes: venture mode, which focuses seeing as much as the galaxy as possible before you die, and skirmish mode, which focuses exclusively on earning as much money as you can before all three rounds end. The game will be available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Ouya.
“Lead a crew of freelance adventurers & navigate corporate intrigue on the fringes of space in a classic sci-fi dungeon crawl.”
In the world of StarCrawlers, you’re better than most people. As such, you’re able to take on the biggest, highest paying, and most dangerous jobs in the galaxy. On this particular job, something’s amiss.
StarCrawlers is a first-person procedurally generated dungeon spacecraft-crawler. Unlike most dungeon-crawly experiences, the game combines classic RPG combat with multiple-choice option segments and highly detailed character customization.
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