Currently Kickstarting: Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders

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Shortly after the coronation of China’s first, and only, women empress, a series of gruesome murders rocks a nation already tense with political turmoil, discontent, and conspiracy. Detective Di Renjie dives headlong into the mystery, working to uncover the killer, no matter the cost. Along the way, Di Renjie will be forced to confront demons – real, imagined, and internal – as he uncovers the tangled secrets and mysteries surrounding the murders and the fabric of Chinese politics and power.

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Now on Kickstarter – Seventeen Uncles: A Pug’s Life

I like pugs. I want to own one later on in life and call it Jeff. In the meantime however there is Seventeen Uncles: A Pug’s Life, a point and click adventure game inspired by Lucasarts’ Sam n Max: Hit the Road and popular surrealistic cartoons such as Rocko’s Modern Life and Adventure Time. The game stars Kirk the pug and his quest to win back the soul of his recently deceased wife after a deal with the devil goes a bit sour. Okay, that was a bit darker than I was expecting but the story promises dozens of exotic and surreal locations, quirky characters and taxi driving dung Beatles who may or may not have Liverpudlian accents.

So if you have a love of adventure games and pugs I couldn’t recommend a more fitting adventure game for you. Check out the Kickstarter page here and see if you can help make this project become a reality.

Review: Book of Unwritten Tales 2

 

bout2_08Wilbur, Ivo, Nate and Critter are back to save the world. If pop culture references from Lewis Carroll to J.R.R. Tolkien happen to occur along the way, all the better. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 has arrived and the gang looks as good as ever as the adventure continues. After a successful Kickstarter campaign back in March of 2014 and a serial release of the game via Steam early access, the full game became available on February 20, 2015.  As with all my reviews, I will disclose up front that I backed the Kickstarter campaign and if you look around the castle, you may run into my portrait on the wall (I’m the old and scary one). So needless to say, I have an investment in the game and you may take that into consideration while reading this mostly favorable review. I also participated in the Steam early access and played each chapter (there are five in the game) over five months so I saw most of the game in beta release.

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Ending Soon: Shadowrun: Hong Kong

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Before Kickstarter I wasn’t very familiar with Shadowrun. I only knew it was a cyberpunk RPG with magic, dwarves, orcs and elves. Part of me thought the idea was strange so I disregarded the original Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter because there were a lot of other projects going on that caught my attention. But then I played the game and it became one of those “I wish I had backed this back in the day” kind of games, that feeling only got worse when the Dragonfall campaign was released. Not willing to make the same mistake I backed this game as soon as I could.

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Currently Kickstarting: Project Scissors: Nightcry

Project Scissors: NightcryYou thought the cruise ship would be the best time of your life, but now you’re trapped on it, scared, as the other passengers die one by one! Now you need to survive long enough to find a way out! Sounds scary, right? Well, that’s what Project Scissors: Nightcry is all about, in-development for mobile platforms and Kickstarting for a PC release!

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Ending Soon: Echo Tokyo

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Another visual novel that has graced our presence on Kickstarter is nearing its end and while it’s already funded they are still hoping to reach more stretch goals. While you have the standard “romance options” that you see in a lot of games of this type, there’s so much more to the story than hooking up with someone else. More on that later, though. Echo Tokyo promises to be an interesting take on the genre.

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Currently Kickstarting: Goetia

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a ghost, floating around intangible and possessing objects with your spirit? Look no further than the latest in the Kickstarter adventure game lineup, Goetia, where you get to play as the ghost of young Abigail Blackwood. And not only does it look like a unique and interesting game, but Square Enix is supporting the campaign through their Collective platform.

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Currently Kickstarting: Under That Rain

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Adventure games are few in number on IndieGogo, but when they do show up they promise a quality experience and story. Under That Rain just happens to be one of them. While the graphics are dated by today’s standard, fans of the old-school pixel look will be happy to know that Bad Tale Studios is continuing the trend of pixel art projects through crowdfunding efforts.

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