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I love browsing through Kickstarter campaigns just to look at the pure creativity of artists and developers. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding campaign that has helped achieve many success stories for indie studios; a few of the most noteworthy video games being Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Darkest Dungeon, Divinity: Original Sin, and Undertale. As of April 18, 2021, I have found 6 video games recently funded on Kickstarter that have huge potential for commercial success!

1. Vokabulantis

Game Trailer: Esben Kjaer Ravn

Fully funded on Kickstarter, Vokabulantis drops in with a huge potential for success as the development team dedicates months (possibly years) to stop-motion animation characters in a world about emotional connection and language. We’ve seen popular and successful movies come out of stop-motion like Coraline, Chicken Run, and Corpse Bride, so I’m excited to see the end result of Vokabulantis when it’s finally ready for release. Check out the Kickstarter trailer to catch just a glimpse of how much effort is put into creating the wonderful and unique world of Vokabulantis.

“Join Kurt and Karla in their struggle to restore peace to Vokabulantis – and to express their feelings for each other after their words have been taken away.” – Team at Game Studio Kong Orange

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/esbenkongorange/vokabulantis/description

The video game will allow single-player or co-op play and will aim to release for all platforms, but can only guarantee a Steam release at this time. By the time the game is finished, they are anticipating 6-8 hours of main gameplay with an extra 2-4 hours to hunt for all additional content. One really interesting idea they have for the game is that the level will change depending on the literal distance the two characters are from each other because bonding with someone requires a time to be up-close and a time to be far away.

The Kickstarter campaign ended with €89,400 pledged of €70,000 goal, so now we wait in anticipation for a release!

2. Holomento

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Images: Sean Weech
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Holomento is an indie permadeath RPG focusing on the dangerous quest of passing through the mysterious Eventide Hollow. From watching gameplay footage, I noticed some Zelda, West of Dead, and other rogue-lite gaming vibes. I counted up to 8 starting classes, with each class beginning the game with a unique set of gear that will change your combat style against enemies in the Hollow. Holomento will feature hundreds of different items, including special weapons, that will aid against the dark forces of the Hollow. Players will come across cities in ruins that you can rebuild to former glory and reshape the Holomento world. The large 3D wolf model (wolves are my favorite animal) calls my name to give the game a try when it’s released. The Holomento Kickstarter campaign is officially done and concluded with $33,311 pledged of a $30,000 goal.


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3. Breakwaters

Game Trailer: Soaring Pixels Games

Breakwaters is the open-world ocean simulator we all root for, and I know everyone who has backed the campaign so far is already super stoked about the development. Adventure the seas as a loner or join the game with an online buddy to journey into the depths of the unknown. Gather crystals to refine into items that displace or change the environment to fit your purpose. Part the waves to uncover rich resources below the surface or break down a wall to open a path for a cascade of riverways. Build a home base for a brief relief after a long day in the game’s dynamic day/night cycle. Build and customize your boat to handle all things that ocean life will undoubtedly throw at you. Be prepared for harsh climate weather and local enemies. Watch out for Titans and Golems that will crush you in a heartbeat! Breakwaters have already reached $84,277 pledged of a $10,000 goal. There are still over 24 hours to go until the end of the Kickstarter campaign, so you have time to back the project to possibly hit the $100,000 milestone!


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4. Immortal: Gates of Pyre

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Images: Sunspear Games
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IMMORTAL: Gates of Pyre is a free-to-play real-time strategy PC game where players take control of Immortal generals to lead massive armies to destroy each other’s bases. Gameplay looks like splashes of Starcraft but with a personal touch into the fantasy dimension. The developers are fully committed to having 5 factions available to play when launched: Q’rath, Aru, Jora, Herlesh, and Iratek. Every faction will contain over a dozen units and a wide variety of structures and technologies. Each faction will also have Immortals, playable war-gods that cast powerful spells to dominate your opponents. Each faction will have 3 Immortals at launch for a total of 15 different options! $142,209 pledged of $31,337 goal. Less than 24 hours to go, but the goal is definitely reached, and they have some extra milestones to work on to make the game even better. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it’s FREE-TO-PLAY? Sign me up!

5. Unbeatable

Game Trailer: D-Cell Games

What happens when a game studio combines Guitar Hero, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and remnants of One Finger Death Punch? An arcade-style rhythm action game called Unbeatable!

UNBEATABLE – A game where music is illegal and you do crimes – D-Cell Games

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dcellgames/unbeatable?ref=discovery&term=unbeatable

Explore the world meeting strangers and building setlists for upcoming concerts for your band. On the day of the big event, you’ll interact entirely with only 2 buttons to do crimes and play to the beat of an original soundtrack. Simple to understand, but hard to master. D-Cell Games, the game studio working on Unbeatable, exhibit the same humor you expect from Sunset Overdrive, and I’m here for it. 19 days remain on Unbeatable’s Kickstarter campaign with $134,297 pledged of a $55,000 goal.


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6. Oddfauna

Game Trailer: OddFauna

OddFauna is my most anticipated game on the list! The husband and wife developer duo have invested pure love and art direction while creating this extremely cute hand-painted and sculptured open-world sandbox. You play as an Astor, a special OddFauna, whose biological imperative is to seek out TerraSeeds. Living on a gigantic organism, the TerraBeast, you are free to farm, craft tools, build shelter, control the elements, and shape the land around you. You’re not the only OddFauna on this TerraBeast either. There are others to meet and form a friendly relationship with in order to earn items or abilities that will help in your sandbox adventure.

If you keep your TerraBeast healthy, it will actually grow larger each season, unlocking new areas that consist of OddFauna, biomes, and crops you haven’t seen before. Travel far enough to the outer rings of a mature TerraBeast and you may find never-before-seen Legendary Beasts. Neglect the TerraBeast and you’ll learn the land isn’t so nice and friendly anymore. Blight will begin to appear, spread, and destroy everything it touches. Lightning storms, wildfires, and sandstorms are just a few encounters you have to deal with when living in an unhealthy environment.

OddFauna Secret of the TerraBeast is way over goal with $118,613 pledged of a $35,000 goal and still has 19 days left in the Kickstarter campaign! Seriously, the passion for art is everywhere on this project, and I wish the developers the best of luck to become a commercial success!

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What are your favorite games funded from Kickstarter? Let me know in the comments!


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