If you've been reading my blog for the past couple of years, you probably know that I'm a huge fan of the Myst series of games from Cyan Worlds. After flying under the radar since the failure of Uru Online, their most recent game back in ~2003, Cyan Worlds has once appeared on the world stage. This time, it's to take advantage of the funds available through crowdfunding on Kickstarter to create their new adventure game, Obduction.
Obduction will be a real-time, 3d, first-person adventure game that brings back the magic of what made Myst so special: the feeling of being simply dropped in a new world and having to figure everything out on your own. Exploring, solving puzzles, listening, and reading will help guide you on your journey.
Why you need to help now
Obduction is four days away from the end of its campaign and it's still got just over $150,000 to go to reach its goal of $1.1m. It needs your help and my help to launch. If you've enjoyed the Myst and Riven games, please consider throwing $25 into the pot to get a digital copy of the game for download when it launches and to see this thing through.
Adventure games have always been a tough sell by developers to publishers. Many times they require large investments and the market is relatively small. It's exceptionally rare to have an adventure game sell anything close to the sort of numbers you see games like Call of Duty reaching.
Still, there is a market. And us adventure gamers love our adventure games to death.
Aaron and Forest from Flipfly have released Race The Sun, their exciting new racing game where you guide your solar-powered plane down a treacherous landscape before the sun falls off the horizon. In addition, the game includes a full-blown level editor so you can create and share your own tracks with other Race The Sun fans.
I featured this game as part of my Fund This Game series back in March 2013 and was very happy to see them make their goal (just in the nick of time, I might add!). Definitely looking forward to playing through this on my Oculus Rift.
Okay, okay. I know it's not a game. But this still deserves to be up here because it looks like it will fulfill a promise that us gamers have been told since many of us were born: that, someday, we'll be able to put a headset on, and be part of the videogame world we play in thanks to Virtual Reality.
Oculus Rift's Kickstarter campaign is only for developers and people who'd like to tinker with the device. It's a development kit that has (likely) a lower resolution than the "finished" consumer product. Still, I can't tell you how excited I am to get my hands on this thing. It's going to be A M A Z I N G to develop games for.
It's got official loving from Notch (creator of Minecraft), John Carmack (creator of Doom, Wolfenstein), Gabe Newell (Creator of Steam, Valve, Half Life), and a whole host of other really highly respected people in the gaming industry. If it's got these people speaking good things about it in the video, you can rest assured that it's the real deal.
Oh, that, and it covered it's $250,000 Kickstarter goal in about 3 hours.