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August 28, 2015

Kickstarter Spotlight: Tower 57

The Kickstarter Spotlight is a weekly feature that focuses on potential projects on Kickstarter that not only deserve your attention but your dollars as well. APGNation seeks to help you, the curious public, sort through the dreck and spot the diamonds in the rough. This week we focus on what might feel like the hundredth top-down twin-stick shooter to come down the line in ages but with a crucial difference. This one? This one’s made with love and apparent influences in mind. ALIEN BREED! If you know .. you just know. 

Upon The Shoulders of Giants

Kickstarter, as a whole, is based around a pretty simple philosophy. We want to make a game and reach out to the potential [...]

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July 30, 2015

Brave the Wild Blue Yonder In Skyrider, Now on KickStarter

The South American video game scene is not to be overlooked, and Skyrider & the Journey to AirCitadel is a perfect example of this. Created by Argentine game developers MagicGuiso, Skyrider is a retro-styled platformer in which players take on the role of young noble Noki and his robot assistant R.O.B.O.T.O as they fight against the oppressive elite who have created haven in the sky called AirCitadel, sustained by exploiting the working poor.

Taking direct inspiration from “the events of the whole world and [from] capitalism,” Skyrider is as much political as it is artistic — but don’t assume that the interactive experience will be excessively muddled by [...]

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July 10, 2015

Death Is Adorable In Undead Darlings: ~no cure for love~, now on Kickstarter

Zombie loving gamers everywhere will have reason to rejoice this summer as Mr. Tired Games has unleashed Undead Darlings: ~no cure for love~ on Kickstarter. In this tale that takes nods from both old school RPGs  and modern visual novels, Undead Darlings lands players in the role of Reginald Happenstance, or “Reggie” for short, who awakens from a coma only to find that the world has been overrun with the undead during the time he had been napping. This being a title inspired by Japanese romance games, Reggie must not only team up with the game’s six adorably dead heroines to battle the zombie menace, but also win their hearts through visual novel style dialogue [...]

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June 20, 2015

Kickstarter Spotlight: We Happy Few

This week the Kickstarter Spotlight focuses on a psychedelic trip into retrofuturism, war paranoia and more with Compulsion Games’ “We Happy Few”. You might remember them from the vastly underrated gem, “Contrast“.

Wellington Wells is a city for the future. We are proud and proper English men and women who only seek to bring about the continued march of progress! That’s why it is crucial to continue taking your medicine, lad. Nobody wants to be a Downer! Certainly not you, eh? There we are. Down the hatch.

A Technicolor Nightmare

We Happy Few clearly draws from the dystopian nightmares of greats like Bioshock. Uncle Jack is the new [...]

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June 13, 2015

Kickstarter Spotlight: Regalia – Of Men and Monarchs

This week’s Spotlight focuses on a little studio out of Warsaw, Pixelated Milk, and their attempt to bring a different perspective on a favorite genre of mine, the JRPG. 

Tactical Grace

The JRPG (Japanese Roleplaying Game) is a genre unto itself and, for near all my life, captivated me in ways that nary another genre can (except maybe fighting games). The hours spent toiling away, dungeon crawling and saving various worlds from the brink of destruction seem innumerable at this point. What can I say? I’m a sucker for them. It is with that fervent love of the form that I stumbled across a Kickstarter campaign for Regalia – Of Men and Monarchs. It got [...]

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May 29, 2015

Kickstarter Spotlight: Power Drive 2000

This week’s Kickstarter Spotlight focuses on an 80’s inspired sci-fi racer from Megacom Games. This is one of many racing games that have cropped up via Kickstarter in the past year or so. This one, though, does not hold back in paying homage to what the development team clearly loves. Let’s take a look at Power Drive 2000.

Neon Sun

The developers of Power Drive 2000 state at the top of their campaign page that the current state of the game, pre-alpha, has some bugs in it. There will be glitches but to “soak in the neon” all the same. I think it says a lot about the approach of Megacom Games when it comes to their [...]

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May 9, 2015

Kickstarter Spotlight: Starfighter Inc.

This week the Spotlight focuses on Impeller Studios and its mission to bring this resurrection of the space combat genre full-circle by making a game that many will recognize.

Raised in the cockpit of a spaceship

There were days in my youth that I spent a lot of time at the helm of a digital spaceship. I was a bit too young for the original Elite when it first released (1984) though I later played via DOSBox (and downloadable for free via Frontier Developments’ website). Wing Commander and X-Wing were both big parts of my formative days as a PC gamer though nothing quite compared, for me, to Tie-Fighter. The bonus missions for the inner circle of the Emperor? [...]

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April 24, 2015

Kickstarter Spotlight – Game Loading: Rise of the Indies Review

This week on the Spotlight, we take a different approach. The featured release on deck is a documentary, produced by StudioBento, that seeks to explore the world of independent game development. So, sit back and relax and enjoy this review of the film.

A review code for the film was provided to APGNation for the purposes of this review. 

The Kickstarter phenomenon is one that has, without a doubt, changed the industry in numerous ways. The rise of its use in the landscape, however, would not have been possible if not for the resurrection of the independent game development scene. This weekly feature usually focuses on upcoming projects to check out, see if they’re worth [...]

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April 17, 2015

Kickstarter Spotlight: Little Devil Inside

This week’s Spotlight focuses on what could be a truly ambitious title from South Korean developer Neostream. It is hack-n-slash meets action RPG meets well a lot of things. Let’s take a look at the gorgeous Little Devil Inside.

The Truth Is Out There

Little Devil Inside appears to be an action RPG with elements of titles like Dark Souls, The Legend of Zelda and more. The crux of the story will rely upon our hero teaming up with a professor who wishes to seek out the paranormal, find it, catalog it and, if necessary, take it out. This leads to a mission-driven structure that can be adhered to but, as the developers say:

Although guided by a multiple [...]

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April 10, 2015

Kickstarter Spotlight: Stellar

This week on the Kickstarter Spotlight, we feature a game that was originally shown off at PAX South in San Antonio earlier this year. It immediately stood out as possessing a lot of potential and, frankly, stood out among some of the other indie space games out there. Dog Eat Dog Games’ Stellar is on the docket.

So is it 2D or 3D?

Kickstarter has no shortage of space shooters. Some of them are twin-stick and others are ambitious in their scope. Roguelike is a word that is, well, used a lot in game descriptions over on the crowd funding portal. Same with “procedurally generated”. It is interesting that a game like Stellar still manages to stand out from the [...]

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