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Retro sci-fi fantasy Alum takes residence on Kickstarter

Being one of the select few survivors of a plague would be a horror of (literally) epidemic proportions in real life, but it sure makes for great gaming fodder. At least, the indie developers at Crashable Studios are hoping it does, as they've recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance their retro indie adventure, Alum.

Alum is the game's titular star, who has lost his loved ones to the deadly plague and now seeks to discover where the disease came from and whether a cure exists. His investigation begins in the city of Cosmos and eventually leads Alum on a "grand quest of discovering love, evil, deep truths, conspiracy, rebel factions, friendly monsters, and monstrous friends."

As demonstrated in the game's crowdfunding pitch video and early screenshots, Alum is an old-school pixel art adventure with verb-based interaction icons intended to resemble the classic games that inspired it (Quest for Glory, Space Quest, and Monkey Island are among the influences cited by the developers). Rounding out the traditional 2D presentation, the graphics promise to feature "completely hand drawn characters, backgrounds and animations".

In order to finish the game no later than April 2014, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to finance the remaining production of Alum, seeking $10,000 by July 4th. If successful, the stated goal of the three-man development team is a game with approximately 80 diverse backgrounds, original music, and full voice acting to complement its far-reaching storyline and "sinister puzzles that will keep you on your toes." A minimum pledge of $10 will reward backers with a downloadable version of the game exclusively for PC.

For complete details about Alum and its fundraising campaign, visit the Kickstarter page to learn more and support the project.

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