In this week’s Funding Fridays, we’ve got another group of four coming right at you. After much debate among the team, we decided to feature RetroWorld, So Many Me, Read Only Memories and Astral Terra. All of them look promising and are in need of some funding.
If you missed the last Funding Friday, be sure to check it out here.
With a style heavily inspired by the quirkiness of the Earthbound/Mother series, Retro World takes you on a fantastic journey to a parallel universe where video games come to life. Experience 30 years of gaming evolution, from the early pong days to the modern games of today. Attend midnight game launches or test your skills in competitive in-game tournaments. Read in-game magazines for tips, tricks and reviews, or for the latest rumors about the new Gametron 9000 XZ.
Like the name suggests, RetroWorld takes you on a nostalgia trip, re-living the past 30 years of gaming history. Hop in your local time machine and head back to simpler times; when you read books and magazines for tips and tricks, when swapping games with friends was the norm and when weekends meant gaming until your fingers bled. Not literally of course.
Unfortunately, the game-crazed town you just moved to is getting more than they bargained for. Extended periods of video game playing have resulted in missing children and games coming to life. Only you, and some friends, can solve this mystery and return the town to normal.
So Many Me
So Many Me is a 2D puzzle-platformer inspired by the greatest hits of the genre and developed by Extend Studio. You play an unassuming green blob named Filo who has an incredible ability: to control his many, many clones — called the “ME.” These clones possess all sorts of fun abilities that can be used to solve puzzles throughout the game. As you progress further through Filo’s adventure, you will find a variety of new types of clones. Understanding and harnessing their unique powers are key to your success.
So Many Me is a unique take on the puzzle-solving platformer genre that we all know and love. Inspired by all of our favorites, Extend Studio hopes to one day join the ranks of those before them. Filo, the rather adorable main character, is on the search for his clones. These clones all vary in shape, size and special ability.
While puzzles in So Many Me will be challenging, mastering the powers of the various clones is where the true difficulty lies. You’ll need to keep your wits about you as you move through each puzzle. Only then will you succeed.
Read Only Memories
You’re a young journalist trying to hack it on your own in Neo-San Francisco. It’s a tough city, but you’re a tough nut. One day you receive a package containing a beta version of the latest ROM, an intelligent device that has replaced all personal mobile technology. With the ROM lay a mysterious note from a close friend, saying that he had to leave the country immediately. Weird.
Welcome to the year 2064, where artificially intelligent mobile computers (ROMs) are as common as smart phones are today. But you, you’re a rebel. You never have been a fan of all this technology and don’t feel it’s needed. Until that fateful day..
The ROM you received was from a very close friend. A friend who worked for Parallax, which is the leader in customer-side ROMs since 2045 and a company that you’ve been curious about for some time now. Uncover the mystery of your friend’s disappearance and discover dark secrets surrounding your ROM and Parallax. And who will you trust along the way?
Astral Terra is a fantasy-themed sandbox survival RPG in a beautiful smooth voxel world that’s generated on the fly and completely editable. No two players will have the same experience as everything from the skills you learn to the world you play in is fully unique and customizable. Gather resources for crafting and building, journey among the planes to find lost temples or libraries full of knowledge and power (scrolls and tomes) or just explore for the sake of discovery.
I know what you’re thinking: “Here comes another voxel game.” Well, you’re half right at least so I’ll give you some credit. Astral Terra is by definition a voxel-based game, but separates itself from others with “smooth voxels.” Not to mention the fantasy feel combined with RPG and survival elements. Did I also mention that it looks gorgeous? Because it does.
Aside from the graphics, at it’s core Astral Terra is more of an exploration game. Judging from what I’ve seen and what the developers have planned, there is a lot of content planned. That means there’s going to be a lot to see, a lot to do and probably numerous hours lost in front of your computer monitor. And I’m looking forward to that.
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Well, that wraps it up for this week’s Funding Fridays! I hope you enjoyed reading and maybe even considered backing a project because of this post. For that, we thank you. Remember: these games happen, because you make them happen.
Feel free to leave a comment and link-drop your favorite ongoing crowd-funding campaign. There’s probably a lot of them that I missed and they could always make it into next week’s list.
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