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Dead in Candlewood
“An open-world psychological FPS set in ghoulish 1940s America, from veterans who worked on Silent Hill, F.E.A.R. and The Witcher.”
Lester Caravan’s wife died some time ago. Like several other brilliant doctor-of-science types, however, he didn’t take “till death do us part” seriously enough and sought to bring his beloved back to life. How…sweet? When Lester’s experiments lead to Ray Dune’s adopted son disappearing, their relationship is pushed to the edge.
Death in Candlewood is a horror FPS by creatives who worked on Silent Hill, F.E.A.R, and The Witcher. It gets its inspiration from the works of Edgar Allen Poe and classic horror films. (Ray’s adopted son, Rizzo appears to be based off of the actor and circus performer Schlitzie). The game takes place in the 1940s and boasts a vast amount of explorable space and a pretty good selection of weapons and vehicles.
Mark of the Old Ones
“Enjoined by an unfathomable deity, rediscover a derelict eldritch civilization, teeming with ghastly horrors and wondrous beauty.”
Namaset was built for an incredibly powerful being named Kraal. For one reason or another, the city was punished, and its people were ostracized and abandoned. It’s up to Mogal, a Tangela-esque creature, to set the wrongs of the past right.
Mark of the Old Ones is a Metroidvania adventure with a Lovecraftian twist. The gameplay focuses on physics to navigate the world. To top it all off, it’s quite pretty, the soundtrack’s just the right bit of creepy, and Kraal is probably haunting my dreams tonight.
“A digital card and board game of heroes and high-adventure set in the fairy-tale animal kingdom of Armello!”
The King of Armello is slowly succumbing to the Rot, a dark force that is destroying both his body and mind. The clans of Armello, seeing this as a golden opportunity, each offer up a hero to take on the challenge of claiming the throne. That’s you! In Armello, you’ll fight, explore, and backstab your way to become king/queen of the land.
Armello is tabletop gaming meets turn-based RPG. Combat revolves primarily around rolling dice, and other gameplay aspects, like forming allegiances and equipping loot, occur through card plays. As it stands, it leaves very little to dislike. It’s really pretty, has a wonderful soundtrack, and it’s full of really cute, really vicious animals. I’m absolutely enchanted by Armello.
“Sneak, steal, build and dig your way out of a high security Prisoner of War camp during WW2. How far can YOU get?”
After giving up a life of crime and joining the Air Force, Lt. Guy Kessel is captured and thrown into Verdammen Hof. With the help of his fellow prisoners, Guy attempts to escape the camp and see his beloved fiancée again. Will Lt. Kessel and his comrades find freedom?
It just wouldn’t be a “Funding Fridays” without a point-and-click adventure, would it? The Breakout already shows a pretty impressive amount of polish. The storyline seems solid, the art looks great, and the soundtrack is exactly what I’d expect from a classic war film. The overall A-Team feel to it doesn’t hurt, either.
“A Medieval Co-Op Horror game powered by Unreal Engine 4, set in real world 14th century Europe during the Black Death pandemic.”
When you stop to think about it, the Black Death makes a pretty good concept for a horror game. Aesthetic Games did think about it, and Dead Crusade is the result. The plague takes on a much more terrifying nature, causing its victims to become rabid, zombie-like creatures bent on devouring the living and spreading the disease. Playing as one of four classes, you’ll take on hordes of the Plagued in an attempt to save your land and yourself.
Dead Crusade has quite a few neat things going on, all of which you can read about in more detail on their Kickstarter page. To begin with, the game will be among the first group of indies to use the Unreal 4 Engine, which for lack of a better word, means it’s going to be really, really pretty. Player characters will also be vulnerable to the plague themselves, a concept I find pretty exciting in survival games. Overall, Aesthetic Games claims to shoot for quality, rather than quantity. This is definitely a game I’ll be keeping an eye on.
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