Kickstarter has been a roaring success for the games industry, with many big games easily getting the funding they want and need.
Recently, there's been another surge, both well known and small games, so we put together a list of what you'll want to watch.
Kickstarter has been such a success because it allows developers to self-fund, which removes publishers from the picture entirely; not to mention their requirements or additions. How successful? Over $100,000,000 has been given to game developers on Kickstarter! Lets have a look at some of the recent and upcoming games:
Torment: Tides of Numenera -- We'll start with what you should already know; the spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment has blown past its $900,000 goal. Set to be a very story and roleplay centric game, it's excited a lot of fans; are you one of them?
Death Inc. -- Unfortunately this unique game didn't get funded, but the developers aren't stopping at that! They're determined to bring you an RTS that allows you to paint paths for your troops, leading them onward to spread the plague!
ROAM -- A neat little game that's about as cute as any zombie apocalypse game can be, this build-survive-scavenge game shows promise, especially with the Co-op mode. As you barricade yourself in, just remember that your food supplies won't last forever...The game has already been funded, so look out for it soon.
Rogue System -- Another Unfunded game, and no word on if the Space flight Simulator will continue development. It has the fantastically neat mechanic of having all the flight systems attached to buttons in the cockpit, which you must remember to turn on or off. The possiblity for Seat-of-the-pants combat with alarms blaring in your ears as you turn off the safeties is too cool to lose...
Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey -- Funded by a reasonable margin, this game sets up to complete the story from Dreamfall: the Longest Journey. Mixing the worlds of Cyberpunk and Magic, your dimension-shifting character will finally find the end of the story.
Pulse -- Another game with a unique idea, and still unfunded at the moment. You play as a blind person, using the oh-so-adorable Mokos to make sounds, letting you visulise the world with their echos. Of course, not all that squeaks is kind to you...
Shackleton Crater -- Half statement, half game, Shackleton Crater is about the plausible human habitation of the Moon, and aims to help remind people how important and awesome space travel is. Still needing funding, and a lot of it, we can only hope the game persists.
Humans Must Answer -- A small game with a small budget, Humans Must Answer gives us exactly what we want from 2D side scrolling Space shooters. Awesome weapons, a light story, and lots of things to shoot! Nothing complicated here, and it works in the games favor; show your support now!
Consortium -- I find it's very hard to pin down what this game is; it's a continuation of an interactive story that's been happening for years, in which you play yourself controlling a man in a parallel Universe, known as Bishop 6. The depth of story is incredible, and the NPC's seem wonderfully dynamic, so throw it some cash if you're interested!
Neural Break -- First Person Survival Horror is a genre we've seen going down hill recently, but Neural Break is hoping to change that. The Infected aren't your only enemy however; you're actually fighting against the enemy team! Scavenge, shoot, survive, support the game!
There Came An Echo -- For some, the only thing I'd need to say is "Wil Wheaton" to ensure funding. For everone else, have a look at this unique take on an RTS, where you act as a real commander, giving real orders - via voice! Order your troops to move forward, hold fire, respond to their requests, activate mines, and more!
Bleak -- A platformer that goes to great lengths to prove that it is Bleak, you (and your character) have to explore the grim world you're in, and maybe, just maybe find the way out to Glimmer. It's still very light on funding, so have a look and see if you want to help it.
The Dark Triad: Dragons Death -- Yet another retro reboot, this isometric, story driven RPG should satisfy that itch you have. With Turn based combat against innumerable enemy types, and extra difficulty levels, it's not a game for everyone; but if you think you like it, it looks like it will be worth your time! The game still needs funding, so show it some love!
Battle Worlds: Kronos -- I can't think of a better way of describing what I've seen of this game than "Civ 5 meets Red Alert". Base building, bright colours, and hex based (and turn based) combat. It looks like a gem, and is on its way to being funded; you should go and add your support!
Phew, that was a list and a half! There are some real gems in there doing very unique things; whether its Voice control, Echolocation, or painting, you can really see creativity just leaking from them all. We'll try and keep abreast of all the new Kickstarters worth watching, to make sure you guys get the chance to fund something amazing.
Do any of these look appealing? Would you rather fund games like this than pay big publishers? Tell us below!