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    Len’s Island – August Kickstarter spotlight

    As soon as I started watching the Len’s Island trailer, I knew I had to back this game. This is a life sim to rival Stardew Valley! After arriving in town with nothing but a backpack and a smile, it’s time to start a new life on the nearby island. Len’s island lets you play as you wish, whether that be farming, building the house of your dreams or battling it out in the dungeons. The building aspect is what piqued my curiosity. It’s highly customisable and looks pretty incredible coming from a farming sim. You can make it as big or small as you like, paint the walls, add…

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    Duru – July Kickstarter spotlight

    Ever wondered what it’s like for a mole rat to have depression? I admit I hadn’t either, but Duru takes us on just that journey. Focusing on misunderstandings and issues people have in their day to day life, Duru follows the story of Tuli, a mole rat with depression. Tuli also has a companion Bel who can either help or hinder her through the puzzles we encounter in the game. I love the concept of having a companion that isn’t necessarily there to help you. It’s an unusual feature in a game and a great visualisation of depression. Twisted Ramble Games, the studio behind Duru, aims to increase awareness of…

  • Clunky Hero - June 2020 Kickstarter

    Three kick-arse Kickstarters for June 2020

    Each month I usually write about one awesome indie Kickstarter campaign that I think could be an excellent game. It’s great to be able to support and promote indie devs. This month I found a game I wanted to spotlight, then another and then a third. I didn’t know which to decide on because I want them all to succeed and be great games in the future! So, I decided that I would promote all three.

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    Weaving Tides – May Kickstarter Spotlight

    Weaving Tides introduces us to a vibrant world of marvellous moths and wonderful weaving. Tass is a lone human in a world of moths and her foster father Kilim, a weaver dragon. A dark force has descended on their village, and Tass and Kilim set out on an adventure to save it. Together they will weave their way through puzzles and wrap up their enemies in an interesting spin on combat. I used to be an avid cross-stitcher and love the weaving component of the game. The Weaving Tides Kickstarter launched today, and they have already reached 30% of their goal, so fingers crossed that they make it all the…

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    Project Grove – February Kickstarter Spotlight

    The Kickstarter Spotlight is back, and this month we’re looking at Project Grove. Project Grove is a first-person 3D puzzle platformer that finds us in a land of alchemy, danger and steam power. Playing as world-renowned alchemist Edric Tate, along with his automaton companion L-P1N, it is up to us to explore the world of Dacrima and, hopefully, make a discovery that will save humanity. The world is plagued by The Great Rot, and the government has no idea how to cure it.  They have enlisted alchemy and robotics company Potentium to find a cure and save the world. Potentium believes that the birthplace of magic, Dacrima, holds the key…

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    Cyberpunk Bar Sim – September Kickstarter Spotlight

    It’s true, we don’t know a lot about Cyberpunk Bar Sim right now but I love a good tycoon game and the trailer made me want to see where this leads us. Cyberpunk Bar Sim is a tycoon game set in a dystopian future and is inspired by the gameplay of Game Dev Tycoon and the style of VA-11 Hall-A. It’s up to us to manage our bar well so we can upgrade and grow in popularity. This requires talking to the regulars and finding out more lives of the androids and humans that stop in for a drink. All of this while listening to a sweet selection of chill,…

  • Ayo The Clown – August Kickstarter Spotlight

    Do you want a game that will make you vomit rainbows and unicorns? Well, you’re in luck because the team at Cloud M1 are promising just that with their indie platformer Ayo The Clown. When I first watched the Kickstarter trailer it reminded me of games from my childhood like Commander Keen, Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventures, Duke Nukem (before he went 3D) and, more recently, The Adventure Pals. This isn’t surprising either. The devs have taken inspiration from 90’s platformers and want to re-introduce us to the world of fun platformers. Ayo is just a clown living his life in his peaceful town who likes to juggle with his dog, Bo.…

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    July Kickstarter Spotlight – Orange Island

    Many games have come about because of a successful Kickstarter project (we highlighted a few of them here) and I wish I had known about them at that time. For that reason, I’ll be showcasing a current Kickstarter game each month. Today’s Kickstarter spotlight is on Orange Island; Described as an action-adventure RPG with heart. It starts with a fun summer vacation and turns a bit dark with a story about family, friendship, hope, bravery, and our impact on the environment. It is a single-player 8-bit platformer that is being developed to have a truly authentic feel of classic NES games. In fact, they hit a stretch goal to make…