Ryan DeGange of the Empire Eden Kickstarter projectcovered last week just sent out an email saying there was now a playable tech demo of the game. Though they're quick to point out that the final game will have much more in the way of a story and all of the graphical glitches will be worked out, none of that really matters if the game controls well and it's fun.
After playing this, I can safely say that more gaming Kickstarter projects need playable survival demos!
Empire Eden is the sort of 2D side-scrolling adventure one would expect to see in the early 90s, right up there with Golden Axe and Altered Beast. Thing is, it hasn't been made yet. They need help to do it and they've reached out to Kickstarter to make it happen.
I'll be honest: I wasn't completely sold as I took my first look at the game and read the text on their Kickstarter page. But watching the video changed my mind. It's got a really unique style (almost Western) and the story is really interesting. I'm excited to see where they go with it.
But unless others help out, they won't be going with it at all. They're asking for a measly $19,000. Surely there are enough old-skool action/platform fans out there to help get this game made, no?
As a developer I know one of the hardest parts about developing games on my own is the fact that as an artist I'm completely shite. Thankfully, there are a lot of public domain art sources which can help get one up and running quickly. Still, placeholder art isn't really art, is it?
The folks behind the Indie Graphics Builder asset set reached out to me to let me know about the release of the Indie Graphics Builder, or IGB. I have to say, it looks great. The price is too high for me, personally (it is $199), but a small studio with minor funding (or perhaps with some Kickstarter cash) could definitely spring for it.
I won't bore you with all the details (they have a website for full information), but take a look at these two videos to get an idea of the kinds of things you can do with their art sets in photoshop just by piecing them together with one another.
Francisco Téllez de Meneses, the guy behind the indie sleeper hit Unepic, has announced that the game is coming to Wii U. One thing he forgot to mention was exactly when :)
I have to admit, Unepic is the first Wii U game that has me excited about the system. That being said, I can get the game on PC so I'll likely go that route. Too bad for Nintendo that this isn't a Wii U exclusive. They really need more games like this on there.
Pick up a copy of Unepic on Desura for under $10 if a D&D-themed droidvania RPG platformer tickles your fancy.