The first in a series of occasional articles highlighting interesting game-related Kickstarter projects.
According to the Kickstarter, "Flowstorm is a brutally unforgiving skill-based arcade racing and aerial combat game coming to PC, Mac and Linux. It combines precision racing with intense player versus player combat."
The combination of features, while unique, are also likely to be familiar to old-school gamers. A mix of various genres, most of which were at the peak of their powers around the same time the Commodore Amiga was, Flowstorm looks like a genuinely interesting and clever idea.
At the time of writing, it has 13 backers and has raised just $347 of its $50,000 goal, with 29 days to go.
If you missed the announcement trailer, the Stinky Footboard is a foot-based controller that adds four new buttons to your setup. By rocking your foot forward, backward, or side-to-side, you can access all new key bindings - a boon, apparently, to MMO, RTS, and FPS players in particular.
Early backers can secure a Stinky for US$89 (about $105), however bear in mind that shipping to New Zealand is a further US$45 ($53) on top. Other options include a US$99 version for latecomers, or a US$129 version that guarantees they'll ship it within 20 days of the Kickstarter closing. From June, the Stinky Footboard will be available for its regular price of US$119.
The Stinky Footboard currently has 55 backers, who combined have pledged $6,189 of the project's $75,000 goal, with 29 days remaining.
Lord British's Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, a spiritual successor to Richard Garriot's "previous work in the FRP [Fantasy RPG] genre" (i.e. the Ultima series), has just four days left to go. Already funded, this new game is happening; this is the last chance to jump in and earn backer rewards.
If you like the sound of Shroud of the Avatar (or are a fan of the Divinity series of RPGs), you'll probably also be interested in Divinity: Original Sin. The game's vision statement sums it up:
Picture a modern version of a world not unlike that of Ultima VII, that can be explored either alone or with a friend, that sees you engage adversaries in tactical turn-based combat reminiscent of the great turn-based RPGs of the past. A world that is filled to the brim with choice and consequence situations, reactive NPCs, and a considerable amount of surprises. A world that captures the feeling of playing pen and paper RPGs with our friends. Then add the new stuff...
With 23 days to go, the game is more than 50% funded, and seems likely to go ahead.
Another last-minute option is Torment: Tides of Numenera. Already well funded (and an outside chance at being the most-supported gaming Kickstarter yet), Tides of Numenera is an RPG set in the same world as Monte Cook's tabletop game Numenera. It "continues the thematic legacy" of Planescape: Torment, a game considered by many to be "a hallmark for storytelling in computer RPGs." Numerous reward tiers are available, of course, including several that entitle you to a digital or hard-copy of every inXile game released in the next ten years.
The Big Blue, on the other hand, started off as an outside chance to get funded before heading through "unlikely" to what can now only really be described as "crash and burn." There's still time to turn it around, however, so if you like the sound of a new Ecco the Dolphin game, this could be your last chance to put your money where your mouth is.