Indie Game, Industry

3 Kick-ass Kickstarters

Let’s kick-off August with 3 of the most promising and kick-ass indie games projects currently live and looking for pledges on Kickstarter.

  1. King under the Mountain

This is not the first mention of this project here on Indieventure, but having recently re-launched their funding campaign, King under the Mountain appears to be well on its way to out of pre-alpha.

King Under the Mountain

Set in a rich fantasy world, Kind under the Mountain is a simulation-based strategy management game that sees the player build, manage settlements and adventure and across a procedurally generated world.

With player-driven content and modding, the game will be open for players to create a personalised realm building experience.

If the project sounds like it might be worth a punt, why not check out the prototype at itchio before you pledge your hard earned mula.

2. No Longer Home

No Longer Home is an episodic point and click adventure game, with a magical twist. Created by a two-person team at Humble Grove, No Longer Home tells the story of two university graduates, Bo and Ao as they face the unavoidable and somewhat soul destroying journey into adult life.

29-meta-studio.png

The first chapter is experienced over 29 acts and sees the protagonists Bo and Ao live their everyday lives, whilst you, the player, delve deep into the thoughts of the characters, creating your own insights through multiple choice dialogue and story branching.

No Longer Home is live on Kickstarter now, well on its way to reaching its pledge goal.

3. Orogenesis: A Neo-Funk RPG

The title says it all, Orogenesis is a neo-funk RPG with a devilishly dirty twist. Taking inspiration from classic RPG’s such as The Legend of Zelda, this nightmarish retro RPG sees you ‘a dude’, set out on an adventure to gather four genesis orbs to discover the secrets the mountain that has just spouted from the ground.

3e9493821d66db8910e8689109ff0359_original

With a huge and grotesque world to explore, turn-based combat and cast of ‘quirky weirdos’, Orogenesis is a truly original addition to the genre.

If you like the sound of the project as much as we do, why not check it’s Kickstarter campaign, it’s well worth a punt at only $3 for the digital download.

BW

JB

 

 

 

Industry

Huddersfield, the Indie Game Hub of the UK?

Famous for being the birthplace of rugby league, John Smiths Bitter, Sir Patrick Stewart and the industrial revolution. Alongside its socialist views and anti establishment attitudes, Huddersfield has always been known as a city of innovation. But could these be the reasons why it has now turned into a thriving hub of indie game developers? We think It definitely has something to do with it.

Now, with studio’s dotted around the city employing some of the UK’s youngest and brightest industry talent. Studio’s such as RedKite Games, the developers of Transgalactic Tournament,  Sumo Digital, famous for their work on Hitman Episode 5 and Crackdown 3, Hypersloth, the small indie game studio that developed Dream and Canalside Studios, the developers of numerous mobile games. Fallen Idol Games are another small indie game studio based in Huddersfield that are currently working on an exciting new project TyperDrive.  These amazing studios are what make Huddersfield a force to be reckoned with within the indie gaming community.

Alongside this, The University of Huddersfield’s internationally recognised Computer Game Design and ‘Computer Games Programming‘ courses, has meant that the city is getting first dibs on all the fresh young talent looking at joining the industry.

Speaking of awesome talent, I have to mention GAMAYO. GAMAYO is a ‘free and informal network of people that make videogames in Yorkshire and the North of England’ run by Game Republic. They host awesome events twice yearly to help developers showcase, play test and just as important, network. If you haven’t already been to a GAMAYO event we highly recommend checking one out soon!

Huddersfield is sticking it to the man and giving the AAA gaming industry a run for its money. Now if I’m looking for an opportunity to get into the industry,  I would get my arse down to Huddersfield so fast that the three peaks will be nothing but a blur.

JB