In 2011, Guy Galer released his first Bureau game on the Xbox 360. An “audacious experiment”, as he himself called it, the game went on to inspire an Xbox sequel and then a reboot on handheld devices. Now Galer is planning to bring the series to PC, Mac, and Linux in a single, definitive version of the game, incorporating all previous elements and many changes and improvements as well. To do that, he's turned to Kickstarter to help finance production.
Identifying a dearth of Western games hybridizing the adventure and visual novel genres, the developers of Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth hope their new game will fill that gap and are using Kickstarter to do so.
The forest, especially at night, is often thought of as a sinister place, with unknown terrors lurking just behind the next tree. The creatures that supposedly inhabit the woods have been the subject of folklore and myth for thousands of years, and it is that very nature of the woods, to both terrify and fascinate, that Antagonist Games hopes to tap into with their upcoming third-person horror adventure, Through the Woods.
If you're looking for a game with jaw-dropping visuals, you won't find it in Grail to the Thief. In fact, this audio adventure is designed for the visually impaired who couldn't otherwise play a game full of eye candy, though anyone can enjoy it as a throwback to the classic text adventures of old if the game receives sufficient funding on Kickstarter.
The first time Double Fine was involved in a Kickstarter-related project, we all know what happened. This time around, Tim Schafer and co. aren't directly responsible, but they are endorsing a stylish new sci-fi noir adventure called Last Life under their "Double Fine presents" indie banner.
Air Force Lieutenant Guy Kassel has been captured by the Nazis, and he needs your help to escape! Why, you ask? So he can return to the woman he loves, of course. This is the premise driving the recently-Kickstarted adventure The Breakout, currently in development by UK-based Pixel Trip Studios.
What happens when you combine a ball, a kid and a time machine? So asks the upcoming title Inspire Me from Argentinian indie developer Blyts, due to hit Kickstarter later this month. (The answer, as it turns out, is nothing good for the time continuum, but lots of good for gamers.)
Fans of games featuring horribly-mutated Eastern European protagonists have likely been feeling ignored lately, but the upcoming comedy-adventure Paradigm promises to please this particular gamer demographic and, just maybe, garner a few more admirers in the process.
Danish animator-turned-indie-developer Alina Constantin has a world she wants gamers to explore, but needs a Kickstart(er) to make the first chapter come alive.
As hordes of satisfied fans can attest, KING Art's The Book of Unwritten Tales was one of 2011’s very best adventures. A shorter-length, stand-alone prequel arrived the following year, but now the German developer is ready to announce a proper sequel in the world of Aventasia. Appropriately titled The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, the game is already fully funded thanks to Austrian publisher Nordic Games, but KING Art has taken to Kickstarter in hopes that community support can make the final release even better.
It’s been said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Each new age and civilization, no matter the amount of technological progress available to them, seems to suffer from the same set of challenges. That cycle certainly holds true for the inhabitants of Wax Lyrical Games’ upcoming cyberpunk dramedy, Mega Bad Code, in which advanced technology, classism, and crime set the stage for a futuristic, darkly funny murder mystery.
Adventure gamers are used to saving the world, but what happens when your world has already been torn apart by the gods? The answer is Not Quite Black and White, an upcoming epsodic adventure series.
Things have been pretty hush-hush around Daedalic lately, but at last we know the reason why, as the German developer has just announced production of Silence: The Whispered World 2.
Developer MidBoss Games is preparing to let us visit the future by taking us into the past in their ultra-retro cyberpunk adventure Read Only Memories, currently seeking funding through Kickstarter.
We're all familiar with the classic case of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer who stalked the streets of Victorian-era London and made life unsafe for members of the world’s oldest profession. Now UK-based indie developer Alex Francois (a.k.a. Brainchild Studios) is throwing his hat into the ring of point-and-click adventure games inspired by this gruesome mystery in The Slaughter, currently seeking funding through Kickstarter.
The Slaughter tells the story of private investigator Sydney Emerson, who, amidst a professional slump, is drawn into an investigation to find The Ripper. The search for clues will take Sydney through London’s back alleys and into some of its seediest slums and opium dens. To prevail, he’ll also have to look to his dreams and hallucinations for leads, adding a surreal element to the already nightmarish setting.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. Professing a love for comedy, Francois promises plenty of comic relief woven into the tapestry of The Slaughter, with original music drawing inspiration from the likes of Trent Reznor and Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Nobuo Uematsu.