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Castlevania Composer Michiru Yamane Joins Flying Hamster II Team

Posted by Jake Shapiro

Aiming for a campaign boost

Composer Michiru Yamane, best known for her work on music for the Castlevania series, has joined forces with Parisian indie studio Game Atelier for its upcoming Kickstarter-funded title, Flying Hamster II. Check out Game Atelier's reveal video for the composer below:

Flying Hamster II is currently in development for PC, and if it reaches its (still undisclosed) stretch goals, Game Atelier says the action-RPG platformer will hit Wii U and 3DS as well. The Kickstarter campaign is aiming for an initial goal of $150,000, with just under $18,000 pledged as of this writing and 26 days to go; as we highlighted in our recent Kickstarter summary feature, releases on Nintendo hardware look unlikely unless stretch targets are confirmed and made far lower than the PS4 / Xbox One equivalents.

The original Flying Hamster was downloaded over 1.7 million times when it was released in 2010 on iOS, PSP, and PS Vita. Have you pledged your support for Flying Hamster II?

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User Comments (16)

epicdude12302

#1

epicdude12302 said:

Oh wow. I was on their page on kickstarter and they said a mysterious famous composer would soon be revealed. When the news gets out about this there will Definently be a campaign boost!

Mahe

#3

Mahe said:

Ooh, that's interesting. Michiru Yamane had some great work in the Castlevania series.

Zobocop

#4

Zobocop said:

It's sad they're putting all this work into this game and don't even know who their target audience is. This game would most certainly sell best on 3DS.

PvtOttobot

#7

PvtOttobot said:

Looks quality but not innovative enough to warrant a buy from me, seeing as MK8 and a new skateboard are a little more important than the next bilionth ios port!

dawnpatch

#8

dawnpatch said:

The image makes me think exactly Paper Mario on the wii. Sound like it too, "Action rpg"

Stargazer

#9

Stargazer said:

It is no joke that Flying Hamster is absolutely one of my favorite shmups in recent years. Check it out on Vita / psp / ios if you haven't already. I assume it's on Steam for cheap, too.

CrazyOtto

#10

CrazyOtto said:

Michiru Yamane is one of the best game music composers. She also composed some of the music for the Twinbee series.

TreonsRealm

#11

TreonsRealm said:

It's a shame what happened with the whole Oculus Rift sellout to Facebook because I have noticed more projects having trouble getting funded after that went down. It looks like a lot of people got soured on the whole Kickstarter idea after such a high profile "sellout" and frankly I can't blame them. While Oculus was free to do what they wanted based on the technical rules of Kickstarter, they really undermined the whole spirit of crowd funding as a way to fund independent projects and left a lot of people feeling burned. Sadly, it only takes one turd in the punch bowl to ruin it for everyone else. Personally I hope these guys (and all the other great Kickstarters) can overcome it and succeed.

Action51

#12

Action51 said:

@TreonsRealm - Yeah, just shows how wealth inequality has become such a large issue it's even effecting video games.

For this Hamster game...looks a touch too cutesy at first glance, but if it's like a Wonder Boy in Monster World, or Battle of Olympus style side scrolling action RPG with music from the composer of great Castlvania music, I'm willing to give it a shot!

Castlevania is a series known for some of the greatest video game music of all time, so her input should not be taken lightly. Look what David Wise did with Tropical Freeze. I can't remember the last time a Soundtrack stuck in my head like some of the tunes from DK:TF...okay it was Xenoblade!

...but my point is that great video game music has in many ways become the new "pop" music as popular music generally seems to fail and flail around looking to impress a cynical audience that steals everything digitally now anyway.

BertoFlyingFox

#13

BertoFlyingFox said:

A great composer but the game doesnt look very interesting to me, looks really slow-paced for an action rpg. I'll give the first one a try but I have a feeling this will release the same way the first game did, on PC, Sony, and iOS platforms.

BertoFlyingFox

#15

BertoFlyingFox said:

@jakeshapiro It's a Daredevil sketch by Rafael Grampa.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_l7dwf8YgTJ1qce9ueo1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAI6WLSGT7Y3ET7ADQ&Expires=1397074099&Signature=d5h4veAJjE4iR65h3TE8nc2OShA%3D#=

He also draws a lot of other comic characters if you like his art style.

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