Crowdfunding Corner - October 2015
Crowdfunding Corner - October 2015
Bob's October update of Crowdfunding Corner. See the latest campaigns and review the table of all "classic" adventure games that have used Kickstarter and Indiegogo along with their status.
Posted: 10/13/15 | Category: | Platform:

Greetings and welcome to the world of crowdfunding.

If you are new to crowdfunding and aren't entirely sure of what I am talking about, then scroll to the bottom of this page where you will find an explanation of this new and exciting phenomenon.

The table below lists all of the “classic” adventure games I have identified at Kickstarter and Indiegogo along with their status. If you should find any that I missed or find an adventure game at another crowdfunding site, please send me the info so I can include it (bobw at justadventure dot com).

Note, this table only contains those campaigns that have succeeded or are still active. But just because the funding drive fell short, it doesn't mean that the project is dead. Many times the project will either try again (HM Spiffing) or just go it alone with a smaller goal (making just Chapter 1 rather than the whole game, as 7th Guest III did).

If you would like to see us follow other types of games such as FPS or RPG, you are more than welcome to assemble additional tables for them. Just send the completed tables to me at bobw at justadventure dot com and I will make sure they are included. Oh, and thank you for volunteering :-).

New for October 2015
 

First, a moment of silence for those campaigns which did not make it. They have been removed from the table.

And now, here are the latest campaigns, many of which are still active…

East District 46 A 2D indie story-driven game of sci-fi with a manga style and anime art.
 
Solaria Moon “A cargo ship receives a mysterious message. All the crew is killed by the computer except our protagonist who must find out who sent the message, why all his friends are died and what is awaiting in the new destination, Solaria Moon.”
 
NoseBound - “An old detective going head to head against a twisted organization. An unimaginable mystery waiting in the very bowels of the city. And a story that unfolds like a charmed, churned circle of deception. Expect to find yourself exploring gruesome murder scenes, facing tense shootouts and surviving narrow escapes in a noir ambiance depicted like never before in a game..”
 
Lore Arcana - “A unique open-world wizard simulator, Lore Arcana allows players freedom to easily create their own spells using hundreds of runes.
 
Lore Arcana is a game of discovery. You are a wizard tasked with aiding and protecting humanity on the island nation of Brialta. In order to do so, you are empowered to create spells using the most versatile magic system in video games to date. This will give you the strength you'll need to confront crab-like fire breathing leviathans one day, and fend off ghoulish vampire bats the next.”
 
Vanished...Mystery at Wymann University “Vanished... Mystery at Wymann University is the first in the series of four computer games with an engaging storyline that weaves throughout. In each game you are the detective who must solve the mystery...or else!”
 
Journey Down – Chapter Three “An afro-noir point & click adventure saga set in a rich, atmospheric musical world.”
“In a shady corner of Kingsport Bay at the outskirts of St Armando, Bwana and his trusted sidekick Kito struggle to make ends meet at their run-down gas station. Little do they know that the search for a lost journal will lead them to forgotten secrets of the mysterious Underland. 
 
Memoranda Everybody in town has lost something – their wife, their feet, their instincts, their mind. You help them find what they are missing. But what will you lose as a result?
 
Magic Lost “An adorably cute, fiendishly clever, point-and-click adventure! Use your wits and magic to solve puzzles and battle wizards!
Magic Lost is unique take on the point-and-click adventure. You'll battle bosses, unlocking magic spells, and you will decide between paths of Mercy and Malice, effecting play at a fundamental level. But everything in the game is based on story and puzzles!”
 
Reclaim - “...Reclaim...is a third-person, adventure puzzler game in which you have one very important mission: to recover Earth’s long lost history. Earth has become inhospitable due to catastrophic events caused by humans, forcing them to evacuate the planet and colonize others. Centuries later, humanity sends a robot to Earth to recover our long lost history for us to share to our future generations.”
 
The Grandfather - "The Grandfather is a unique Story Driven Point and Click Game, presented in a pop-up storybook, comic book art style, with narration by voice actress. The Game tells the tale of an old man who is tormented by the coldness of his wife. The Grandfather is a combination of exploration and point and click elements, and features a procedural soundtrack that is created by the user as they play the game.“
 
Bertram Fiddle - “Bertram Fiddle, leading Victorian Explorator needs your help to fund his next adventure and finally discover the true identity of Geoff the Murderer. A comedy 2D Point and Click Adventure Game for PC, Mac, iOS and Android.”
 
Demetrios - “Point and Click adventure game. Cynical humor, handcrafted HD art in comic book / Disney style!”
 
Unconscious - “Unconscious, it is a psychological horror game taking place in an abandoned asylum situated in area 13 known by it's occult experiments. You will take control of a pilot's life when he was heading back to the base after checking about a suspicious activities when an unknown plane attacked him. Luckily he survived but he founds himself alone seeking answers and help to get out from that nightmare.”
 
Zeus Quest Remastered - “Our current mission is to totally remaster (basically reinvent) an old award winning adventure game called Zeus Quest. Everything will be remade in FHD fresh vector cartoons, 60FPS fully animated characters and new music and soundtrack. The only thing we will keep intact is the hilarious plot and dialogues. The remake will be possible with the famous game engine Unity3D.”
 
Honorable Mention
 

Here are projects which do not fit the classic adventure genre, but which I think are really cool.

They have their own table underneath the big one. If you know of any projects which you think are worthy of inclusion, please let me know in the comments or via email.

Key to the Table
 

Crowdfunding Page – Widget/link to the crowdfunding page.
Game Homepage – Name of game and link to its homepage, if it has one.
Developer Homepage – Name of the developer and link to their homepage, if they have one.
Articles/Reviews – Links to any articles and reviews at JustAdventure. Note, a star in this field indicates that I think this game is worthy of special attention. It is a personal pick.
Start – Date the campaign started. The table is sorted by this date.
End – Date the campaign ended. Note, Indiegogo Flexible Funding campaigns never end.
Complete – Date the project itself is expected to complete. Usually represents pure fantasy.
Get it Here – Links to where the completed project can be acquired.

Crowdfunding Page

Game Homepage

Developer Homepage

Zeus Quest

Crazysoft

Unconscious

Wajdi Manai

star Articles

Reviews

Article

 

Start

00/00/00

End

00/00/00

Complete

00/00/00

Start

10/07/15

End

11/17/15

Complete

??/??/??

Start

10/07/15

End

11/16/15

Complete

??/??/??

Get it Here

 

 

Demetrios

Cowcat Games

Bertram Fiddle

Rumpus Animation

The Grandfather

Michael Patrick Rogers

Art1 Art2 Art3

 

Article

Start

10/05/15

End

11/06/15

Complete

05/31/16

Start

10/05/15

End

11/06/15

Complete

09/30/16

Start

10/03/15

End

11/08/15

Complete

06/30/16

 

 

 

Reclaim

Digital Gold Games

Magic Lost

Conundrum Cove

Memoranda

Bit Byterz

 

Article

 

Start

10/03/15

End

11/02/15

Complete

03/31/18

Start

10/02/15

End

11/02/15

Complete

12/31/16

Start

10/01/15

End

11/16/15

Complete

12/31/15

 

 

 

The Journey Down

Skygoblin

Vanished

Paper Clip Entertainment

Lore Arcana

Whipstitch Games

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4

Review

 

 

Start

09/30/15

End

10/31/15

Complete

09/30/16

Start

09/24/15

End

12/01/15

Complete

12/31/15

Start

09/22/15

End

10/22/15

Complete

06/30/17

 

 

 

NoseBound

Jared Cooperband

Solaria Moon

3y3net

East District 46

Confucius Killer

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4

 

 

Start

09/16/15

End

10/16/15

Complete

05/31/16

Start

09/11/15

End

11/12/15

Complete

11/30/16

Start

09/10/15

End

10/11/15

Complete

12/31/16

 

 

 

Jakob

Jakob

Alexander Hagelstein

Alexander Hagelstein

The 13th Doll

Attic Door Productions

 

 

star

Start

08/20/15

End

09/21/15

Complete

11/30/15

Start

08/01/15

End

09/01/15

Complete

??????

Start

07/28/15

End

08/27/15

Complete

01/31/16

 

 

 

Tsioque

OhNoo

FoxTail

Artem Vodorez

Paranoid Days

FinkNoise

 

Article

Article

Start

07/21/15

End

09/05/15

Complete

10/31/16

Start

07/23/15

End

08/22/15

Complete

02/28/17

Start

07/17/15

End

08/16/15

Complete

05/30/16

 

 

 

The Last Time

Big Cow Studios

Quern

Zadbox Entertainment

Gwan Moon High Achool

AWE Studio

Article

star Article

 

Start

07/12/15

End

08/12/15

Complete

03/31/16

Start

06/03/15

End

07/18/15

Complete

03/31/16

Start

06/05/15

End

07/05/15

Complete

?????

 

 

 

Walkerman

Scalemail

The Eyes of Ara

100 Stones Interactive

Perception

The Deep End Games

 

star Art1 Art2

star

Start

06/03/15

End

07/03/15

Complete

11/30/15

Start

05/31/15

End

07/01/15

Complete

05/31/16

Start

05/26/15

End

06/25/15

Complete

06/30/16

 

 

 

The Mystery of Oak Island

Visionaire Studio

Tokyo Dark

Cherrymochi Game Studio

The Gates of Charon

McGlone

Art1 Art2

Art1 Art2

 

Start

05/11/15

End

06/05/15

Complete

09/30/16

Start

05/11/15

End

06/10/15

Complete

10/31/16

Start

04/27/15

End

05/30/15

Complete

07/31/15

 

 

 

a'part'ment

Robyn Tong Gray

Quest for Infamy

King's Challenge

Fortress of Fire

Infamous Quests

Brilliant Shadows

Ithaqua Labs

Article

 

 

Start

04/27/15

End

05/27/15

Complete

05/31/16

Start

04/03/15

End

05/03/15

Complete

11/30/15

Start

04/03/15

End

05/18.15

Complete

06/30/15

 

 

 

Herald

Wispfire

Ferrum's Secrets

ZigZag Soft

Crisis Crunch

Trim Tangle

Article

 

 

Start

04/01/15

End

05/25/15

Complete

02/29/16

Start

03/17/15

End

04/26/15

Complete

06/30/15

Start

02/27/15

End

04/13/15

Complete

12/31/15

 

ZigZag Soft

 

Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders

Nupixo Games

Project Scissors: NightCry

Playism Games

Goetia

Sushee Games

Article

Art1 Art2

star Art1 Art2

Start

02/25/15

End

03/27/15

Complete

04/30/16

Start

01/24/15

End

02/23/15

Complete

12/31/15

Start

01/19/15

End

02/20/15

Complete

10/31/15

 

 

 

Under that Rain

Bad Tale Studios

Skullz 2

Feliks Balzer

Medieval Madness Sale

Oded Sharon

 

 

 

Start

01/09/15

End

03/09/15

Complete

12/31/15

Start

12/28/14

End

02/01/15

Complete

03/31/15

Start

12/11/14

End

12/16/14

Complete

12/21/14

Steam

 

Unity

Herbert's Quest

Oded Sharon

Scraps

Fredrik Strom

Dog Business

Kyle Marcarello

 

 

 

Start

12/11/14

End

12/16/14

Complete

12/21/14

Start

12/02/14

End

01/01/15

Complete

12/31/16

Start

12/02/14

End

01/19/15

Complete

03/31/15

 

 

 

Thimbleweed Park

Ron Gilbert & Gary Winnick

That Dragon, Cancer

Ryan Green & Josh Larson

Kevin and the Infamous Machine

Blyts

star Article1Article2

star

Article

Start

11/19/14

End

12/18/14

Complete

06/31/16

Start

11/12/14

End

12/12/14

Complete

10/31/15

Start

11/12/14

End

01/29/15

Complete

09/30/15

 

 

 

NoseBound

Quarentine Interactive

Steampunker

Mariusz Szypura

HM Spiffing

Billy Goat Entertainment

Art1 Art2 Art3

 

star Art1 Art2 Art3

Start

11/04/14

End

01/04/15

Complete

07/31/15

Start

11/04/14

End

12/28/14

Complete

01/31/15

Start

10/16/14

End

11/21/14

Complete

09/30/15

 

 

 

Dog Mendonca & Pizza Boy

Okam Studio

Outpost 13

Max Hall

Paradigm

Jacob Janerka

star Article

 

Article

Start

10/08/14

End

11/07/14

Complete

05/31/15

Start

10/04/14

End

11/03/14

Complete

03/31/15

Start

09/06/14

End

10/06/14

Complete

07/31/15

 

 

 

desolate

InkBit

Loki's Exile

Kreative Spill A/S

Kona

Parabole

Art1 Art2

Article

Article

Start

08/31/14

End

09/30/14

Complete

07/31/15

Start

08/21/14

End

09/20/14

Complete

12/31/14

Start

08/07/14

End

09/06/14

Complete

04/30/15

 

 

 

Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler

Venture Moon Industries

A Rite from the Stars

Risin' Goat

Albino Lullaby

Ape Law

Article

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4

Start

08/07/14

End

10/06/14

Complete

12/31/15

Start

08/05/14

End

09/05/14

Complete

02/28/15

Start

08/05/14

End

09/20/14

Complete

06/30/15

 

 

 

Bolt Riley

Oded Sharon

Unnecessary Sentience

Joe Richardson

Caffeine

Incandescent Imaging

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6

 

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6 Art7 Art8 Art9 Art10 Art11 Art12

Start

08/01/14

End

08/09/14

Complete

04/30/16

Start

08/01/14

End

08/31/14

Complete

07/31/15

Start

07/30/14

End

08/30/14

Complete

12/31/15

 

 

 

Jenny LeClue

Mografi

Epanalepsis

Cameron Kunzelman

Subject 13

Microids

Article

Article

Art1 Art2

Start

07/22/14

End

08/21/14

Complete

12/31/16

Start

07/11/14

End

08/10/14

Complete

06/30/15

Start

07/09/14

End

08/08/14

Complete

10/31/14

 

 

 

RedOfPaws Big Crazy Stupid VR Adventure

Nick Pittom

Karma. Incarnation 1

Alexander Kuvshinov

Tormentum

Oh Noo

 

Article

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4

Review

Start

07/08/14

End

07/28/14

Complete

01/31/15

Start

07/03/14

End

08/03/14

Complete

12/31/15

Start

06/01/14

End

08/01/14

Complete

Yes

 

 

Tormentum

Together: Amna & Saif

Lyle Cox

Keith the Magnificent

Amund Farifteh

Loading Human

Untold Games

 

 

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6 Art7 Art8 Art9

Start

05/30/14

End

07/01/14

Complete

03/31/15

Start

05/07/14

End

06/06/14

Complete

08/31/14

Start

05/06/14

End

06/05/14

Complete

02/28/15

 

Keith the Magnificent

 

Technolust: True Cyberpunk

Iris Productions

Last Life

Sam Farmer

SightLine

Tomas Mariancik

 

Article

 

Start

04/10/14

End

05/10/14

Complete

07/31/14

Start

04/10/14

End

05/09/14

Complete

05/31/15

Start

04/07/14

End

05/07/14

Complete

No

 

 

Steam

Dead Synchronicity

Fictorirama

Shrug Island

Amazu Media

Tiny Text Adventure 2

Julian Churchill

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6 Art7

 

star

Start

03/12/14

End

04/12/14

Complete

04/11/15

Start

02/21/14

End

03/23/14

Complete

12/31/14

Start

02/11/14

End

03/13/14

Complete

07/31/14

Dead Synchronicity

 

 

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

KING Art Games

Adrift

Seth Howell

Contradiction

Tim Follin

star Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6

Rev1 Rev2 Rev3 Rev4

Article

Article

Start

02/11/14

End

03/23/14

Complete

01/31/15

Start

02/07/14

End

03/09/14

Complete

08/31/14

Start

01/03/14

End

01/17/14

Complete

04/30/14

JA+ Store

Steam

 

 

Delaware St. John: Asylum of the Lost

Brian Wiegele & Simon Rosati

Jason the Greek

Kristian Fosh

ROM: Read Only Memories

GaymerX

star Art1 Art2 Art3

Art1 Art2 Art3

 

Start

11/20/13

End

12/22/13

Complete

10/14/14

Start

11/18/13

End

12/15/13

Complete

07/31/14

Start

11/13/13

End

12/13/13

Complete

09/30/14

 

 

 

Stasis

The Brotherhood Games

Obduction

Cyan Worlds

The Ballads of Reemus 2

Jay Ziebarth

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6 Art7 Art8

star Article1Article2

Art1 Art2

Start

11/04/13

End

12/07/13

Complete

08/31/15

Start

10/17/13

End

11/16/13

Complete

10/15/15

Start

09/19/13

End

10/19/13

Complete

06/30/14

JA+ Store

Steam

 

 

Conspirocracy

Little Red Dog Games

Octopus City Blues

Ghost in a Bottle

Candle

Teku Studios

 

 

Article

Start

08/27/13

End

09/27/13

Complete

Yes

Start

08/27/13

End

09/26/13

Complete

2015

Start

07/19/13

End

08/16/13

Complete

01/31/14

Conspirocracy

 

 

Alum

Micah Orsie

Fran Bow

Killmonday Games

Ghost Encounters: Deadwood

Anarchy Enterprises

Article

star Article

Art1 Art2

Start

07/10/13

End

08/19/13

Complete

05/15/15

Start

06/30/13

End

08/30/13

Complete

12/31/15

Start

06/26/13

End

08/05/13

Complete

12/31/13

Steam

 

Amazon

iTunes

The Lost Bits

Dan Cox

The Maker's Eden

Screwy Lightbulb

Fleish & Cherry in Crazy Hotel

Red Little House Studios

 

 

 

Start

06/20/13

End

07/10/13

Complete

07/31/13

Start

06/18/13

End

07/18/13

Complete

Act 1

Start

06/03/13

End

07/03/13

Complete

No

 

The Maker's Eden

Steam

Dominique Pamplemousse

Squinky

Harvest

GondeFire Productions

The St, Christopher's School Lockdown

Laney Berry

 

Article

 

Start

06/01/13

End

07/01/13

Complete

Yes

Start

06/01/13

End

07/01/13

Complete

12/31/15

Start

05/30/13

End

07/11/13

Complete

12/31/14

Dominique Pamplemousse

 

 

Armikrog

Pencil Test Studios

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet!

Alasdair Beckett-King

City Quest

Stone Monkey Studios

star Art1 Art2

 

 

Start

05/28/13

End

06/27/13

Complete

12/31/15

Start

05/25/13

End

06/29/13

Complete

07/31/14

Start

05/03/13

End

06/02/13

Complete

10/31/13

 

 

 

Among the Sleep

Krillbite Studio

Gallery: Six Elements

Cloudhead Games

XING: The Land Beyond

White Lotus Interactive

Art1 Art2 Art3

star

star Article

Start

04/18/13

End

05/18/13

Complete

12/31/13

Start

03/18/13

End

04/17/13

Complete

03/31/14

Start

02/25/13

End

04/01/13

Complete

12/31/13

Among the Sleep

 

 

Dreamfall Chapters

Red Thread Games

Asylum

Senscape

Homesick

Lucky Pause

star Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6

Review

star Article

star Article

Start

02/08/13

End

03/10/13

Complete

11/30/14

Start

01/29/13

End

02/28/13

Complete

12/31/13

Start

01/19/13

End

02/18/13

Complete

12/31/13

Red Thread Games

 

Steam

Richard and Alice

Owl Cave

The Last Door

Alejo AC

Montas

 

 

Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6

Review

 

Start

11/23/12

End

12/23/12

Complete

Yes

Start

11/21/12

End

12/21/12

Complete

03/31/12

Start

11/14/12

End

12/14/12

Complete

Yes

Richard and Alice

The Last Door

Steam

The Samaritan Paradox

Faravid Interactive

Shadowgate

Zojoi

Rising Sun: Episode 1

Josh Mason

Article

star Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4

Review

 

Start

11/05/12

End

12/05/12

Complete

Yes

Start

10/26/12

End

11/25/12

Complete

10/30/13

Start

09/25/12

End

10/05/12

Complete

01/31/13

The Samaritan Paradox

Zojoi

 

Castle Dracula

GondeFire Productions

Homestuck

MS Paint Adventures

Broken Sword V: The Serpent's Curse

Revolution Software

 

 

starArt1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6 Art7

Review

Start

09/06/12

End

10/06/12

Complete

12/31/12

Start

09/04/12

End

10/04/12

Complete

12/31/15

Start

08/23/12

End

09/22/12

Complete

04/30/13

GondeFire Productions

MS Paint Adventures

Revolution

Scope Creep

MiDGames

Reversion

3f Interactive

Detective Grimoire

SFB Games

star

 

 

Start

08/20/12

End

09/19/12

Complete

12/31/15

Start

07/09/12

End

08/09/12

Complete

Act 1 & 2

Start

07/03/12

End

08/02/12

Complete

09/30/12

 

Reversion

SFB Games

Jack Houston and the Necronauts

Warbird Games

Coma: a Mind Adventure

Carlos Coronado

Lilly Looking Through

Geeta Games

 

 

Article

Review

Start

06/25/12

End

08/09/12

Complete

12/31/15

Start

06/15/12

End

07/16/12

Complete

?????

Start

05/29/12

End

06/60/12

Complete

05/31/13

Warbird Games Pre-Order

 

Geeta Games

The Time Tribe

Karen B Wehner

Tesla Effect

Big Finish Games

Reincarnation: The Root of All Evil

B-Group Productions

 

star Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5

Review

 

Start

05/15/12

End

06/05/12

Complete

11/30/13

Start

05/15/12

End

05/16/12

Complete

04/22/14

Start

05/14/12

End

07/13/12

Complete

12/31/15

The Time Tribe

JA+ Store

STEAM

GOG

Mac Game Store

Amazon

Humble Bundle

 

The Curse of Shadow House

Eric Shofe

Kinky Island

Screen 7

Broken Age

Double Fine

 

 

star Art1 Art2 Art3 Art4 Art5 Art6

Start

05/11/12

End

06/10/12

Complete

11/30/12

Start

02/28/12

End

05/31/12

Complete

12/31/15

Start

02/08/12

End

03/13/12

Complete

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Double Fine

Narratavius Story Engine

Baked Ham Games

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

Pheonix Online Studios

Dropsey

Jay Tholen

 

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Karakasa Games

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Desura

Lifeless Planet

 

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Cardboard Computer

Hadean Lands

Zarf

A House in California

Jake Elliott

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11/15/10

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Hadean Lands

Cardboard Computer

Cracked

Lightborne Lore

Resonance

XII Games

High Strangeness

Crystal Labs

 

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09/14/10

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10/29/10

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2016

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09/14/09

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11/01/09

Complete

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07/19/09

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08/18/09

Complete

12/31/14

 

Humble Bundle

STEAM

GOG

Steam

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention

Crowdfunding Page

 

 

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Developer Homepage

 

 

 

 

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Missing 411

The Bard's Tale IV

inXile Entertainment

Shape of the World

Hollow Tree Games

 

 

 

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07/01/15

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06/30/16

 

 

 

 
What is crowdfunding?
 

Crowdfunding is a relatively new resource which helps independent developers raise funds for their projects. Developers launch a funding drive, people who like the project pledge money towards it and if enough money is pledged then the project takes off. The two sites which fund the most game development are Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Game development has become a very complex and expensive endeavor. To create a top-notch professional game requires programmers, artists, musicians, actors, engineers who understand the nuances of shader algorithms and particle physics, and so on. Where do independent developers get those kinds of resources?

Historically, they would go to a publisher who would give them an advance (a loan based upon expected sales). But there were several problems with this paradigm.

First, they would have to convince the publisher that their game would be popular. Then the publisher would impose a deadline for the developer to deliver within, whether they thought it was finished or not. And frequently the publisher would retain legal rights to the game.

Crowdfunding gets around these problems by eliminating the middleman and going directly to the players. If the players want the game, they will put up the money to develop it. Any deadline is self imposed by the developer so they can release it only when they are satisfied with it. And the developer retains all rights to the game.

The players also win. They get to decide which games get published, not some faceless executive. Also, by pledging early they can get exclusive bonuses such as signed artwork, tee shirts and even inclusion in the game itself. But mostly, they win by getting better quality games which are not released until they are truly finished.

There are difficulties as well. The publisher normally takes care of advertising and promotion. With crowdfunding it is totally up to the developer to get the word out. They may have the greatest game idea since tic-tac-toe, but if nobody knows about it then nobody will pledge towards it.

There is also no guarantee that the developer will actually complete the game. There has been the occasional scam where the developer just took the money and ran, but fortunately these are rare. So you will want to decide just how trustworthy the developer is before pledging, not just how honest they are, but do they have the ability to actually finish what they start.

What happens when a really cool looking game doesn't make their goal? Find the game's website or facebook page. Many times a project will continue, just without the help of Kickstarter.

What happens when you find out about a great game, but missed the campaign? Find the game's website. Most developers allow backers to come late to the game via PayPal, although the rewards may be limited (i.e., you can still get the tee shirt, but the signed posters are no longer available).

What if the game is finished and already released? Check to see if it is for sale in the JustAdventure+ Store. If not, go to the game's website for details. You may be able to purchase it through Steam, Humble Bundle, GOG or however the developer decides to distribute it. You would just lose out on the exclusive backer goodies.

Getting involved in a crowdfunding campaign can be a lot of fun. Check it out. WARNING: Kickstarter campaigns can be even more addicting than eBay auctions!

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Cindy Kyser
Until I recently played Albino Lullaby (which was crowd-funded, in part), I had no idea there was so much activity in this area. It is pretty amazing to see the surge in independent game studios that now can access the player community in this manner. Thanks, Bob, for keeping us in this loop!
Posted Date : 11/03/2015
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David Kim
Quite a few iffy looking titles in the new for October list. The 2 games that stood out were Journey Down part 3 and Bertram Fiddle part 2. The video from the Skygoblin crew - Journey Down - is worth watching IMHO.
Posted Date : 10/19/2015
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