I’ve been mulling over exactly how I should structure this, and I’ve had an idea. Each installment of the Indie Roundup’s going to feature a project or two that’s currently on kickstarter, a recently funded project, and an indie game or two that you can try out for yourself. This series is still in the experimental stages, naturally- I’ll need your opinions on it before its survival is set in stone.
In any case, let’s get started, shall we?
Currently on Kickstarter
There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Planetary Annihilation by now. After all, it’s been praised by Notch, profiled on Kotaku, and discussed on Nerd3. It’s hardly the first RTS to take war to a planetary scale (Homeworld comes to mind as another such title), but at the same time, the way it’s approaching the idea seems quite unique- scaling from The trailer features an asteroid being used to detonate a hostile world, so take from that what you will. The team behind Planetary Annihilation have described it as Total Annihilation on a galactic scale, and they’ve all got some pretty impressive titles under their belt, so at the very least, this one looks extremely promising.
Created by the same group that brought us Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game, Mercenary Kings looks to basically be Metal Slug with an in-depth crafting system. Sounds rather awesome, doesn’t it? The project’s actually in the final stages of funding, but if you’re keen on netting one of the rewards for yourself, you can still swing by and donate some cash.
Yes, you read that right, and yes, I’m very, very excited about this. I’ve been clamoring for a third Gamers movie ever since I saw Dorkness Rising a few years back, and I know I’m not alone in this. The Gamers: Hands of Fate takes places several years after Dorkness Rising, and the crew’s decided to go to Gencon for four straight days of gaming. Details are still pretty sparse on the exact plot, but we know the party is still together (and the campaign’s probably nearing it’s final arc, by this point), Cass wants to learn to play a CCG to impress a girl, and the eternal blood feud between pirates and ninjas will get even bloodier.
All in all, it’s looking like it’ll be pretty awesome.
Yeah, this one’s a bit dated, but that doesn’t change how enjoyable it is. It’s basically a rhythm game mixed with an RPG (that combination works better than one might think). In battle, there are three separate screens you swap between. One of them is used to restore mana, another is used for activated abilities (which require mana) and the third is used to defend against your enemy’s attacks. Oh and the bosses are pretty much all nods to Internet memes, as are most of the items. Music’s not too shabby, either. Give it a try, if it sounds like the kind of game you’d like- it’s only $10 on Steam.