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Kickstarter Watch 4/13/16

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Rectify Gaming

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Each week, Rectify Gaming looks through the indie games in development on Kickstarter and brings you the best looking, most promising, and most interesting of the bunch. Here’s what we like this week:

Arcadian Atlas

Developed by: Twin Otter Studios
Arcadian Atlas
Arcadian Atlas is a 2D isometric tactical RPG that takes its classical pixel art style from games like Chrono Trigger and Breath of Fire. Choice and consequence come heavily into play, and decisions you make on a small scale can have far-reaching effects on an entire kingdom, and determine who among your friends lives and dies.

Why it’s worth a look: Fans of classic RPGs will appreciate the goals that Arcadian Atlas is trying to accomplish. Arcadian Atlas also takes advantage of the advancements in video game narrative that allows for the kind of choices that can really affect a player. The classic art style is a huge plus for those that enjoy a retro feel in a modern take. Additionally, Twin Otter Studios is an established brand with plenty of experience to back up their Kickstarter.
Funding Status: Raised $35,078 of its $90,000 goal from 1,125 backers, with 26 days to go.
Release Date: February 2018
Links: Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, Developer Website

Happy Dude

Developed by: James Covenant
Happy Dude Jump
Happy Dude is a puzzle platformer with a unique twist – in a black and white world, the little jumping rectangle can hit magic markers to change from black to white and back again. When he’s white, he can pass through black objects, but is blocked by white objects, and vice versa. Make your way through the world to try to restore color to the grayscale world.

Why it’s worth a look: Platformers are the bread and butter of Kickstarter, so a unique take on the genre is a breath of fresh air. The puzzles look engaging, with interesting gravity sections and plenty of varied gameplay sections, and the story appears to contain more than simply traveling from point A to point B, collecting McGuffins along the way.
Funding Status: Raised $5,452 of its $48,000 goal from 87 backers, with 28 days to go.
Release Date: September 2017
Links: Kickstarter, Developer Website

Fringe Theory

Developed by: LionRoar Games
Fringe Theory
Fringe Theory is a story driven survival thriller about two men who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and their journey as they uncover the mysteries of the island they are trapped on, and their fight to keep sane.

Why it’s worth a look: Fringe Theory is another game that pushes the boundaries of where video games have gone. One of my personal favorite games, Spec Ops: The Line, gives players a new and horrifying look at PTSD, so I’m particularly interested in a game that approaches that same concept from a different angle. Fringe Theory is an adventure game with exploration, survival, a morale system where you have to fight to keep your mental health, and very little hand holding as you try to solve the problems you face.
Funding Status: Raised $2,175 of its $50,000 goal from 105 backers, with 16 days to go.
Release Date: December 2016
Links: Kickstarter, Developer Website

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