We're a day later than normal, but we haven't forgotten our regular Kickstarter project update; the previous week has brought quite a few notable updates. We have successes and failures to consider, and some additions over which to cast our eye.
As always the focus is on current campaigns or those that have been completed in the past week, so those that have dropped off the list do so as they are now finished.
Let's get to it.
Cosmochoria — Wii U included as $25,000 stretch goal [raised $28,769 of $10,000 target reached]
This looks like a colourful, charming take on Asteroids-style gameplay as you explore and plant seeds on planetoids when fighting off aliens.
Chances of Wii U release — Confirmed
Salvaged — Wii U included in core goal [approx $17,200 of $125,000 target reached, 9 days to go]
From UK-based developer Opposable Games, this is a dual screen tactical action game in which you control a team of Marines using a touch screen device (it's no surprise Wii U support was added to join PC) while an action view is shown on the TV; its goal is to draw inspiration from iconic movie Aliens, among others. You can learn more in our interview with the developer
Chances of Wii U release: Despite high-profile coverage on multiple gaming sites this is struggling, and success looks unlikely at this point.
Heart Forth, Alicia — Wii U stretch goal at $200,000, 3DS at $245,000 [approx $173,000 of $60,000 target reached, 10 days to go]
This is already a particularly successful campaign, as it's approaching three times its original target. A '90s-inspired action RPG, it's had plenty of praise to date and has been given that old favourite description — Metroidvania. With plenty of depth promised through items, levelling and spells, and footage that shows fast-paced action, this is undoubtedly eye-catching.
Chances of Wii U and 3DS release: Considering current momentum the odds look good for the Wii U stretch goal; the 3DS target could be a little more doubtful, but there's cause for optimisim.
Popup Dungeon — Wii U included as $100,000 stretch goal [approx $63,000 of $80,000 target reached, 13 days to go]
This is described as a "roguelike papercraft RPG that lets players create any weapon, ability, enemy, and hero they can imagine." Developer Triple.B.Titles has enjoyed Kickstarter success in the past, and has cited the second screen of the GamePad as an exciting potential feature for the dungeon play.
Chances of Wii U release — This has enjoyed very decent momentum in the past 8 days, so there can be reasonable optimism at this point.
Hover: Revolt Of Gamers — Wii U included as $100,000 stretch goal [approx $80,000 of $38,000 target reached, 17 days to go]
This is an open-world freerunning/parkour game inspired by Jet Set Radio and Mirror's Edge, and looks impressive in its early demonstration footage. The developer has explained that the Wii U goal reflects the work to make the game run on the system, but also a desire to utilise the GamePad for asynchronous play.
Chances of Wii U release — Very positive, as momentum remains impressive.
Source — Wii U included as $75,000 stretch goal [Approx $15,800 of $50,000 target reached, 6 days to go]
Originally targeting PC, PS4 and Xbox One, this is a "a metroidvania action adventure game" in which the player flies through the environments, with enemies, alternative realities and boss battles included. A project of the married duo Fenix Fire, the funding will help pay for additional development help.
Chances of Wii U release — Very unlikely, as the project is showing little momentum.
Cult County — Wii U and 3DS included in core target [$46,736 of $580,000 target reached]
The project initially confirmed for the 3DS was moved to Unity-supported systems, which meant Wii U, PC, PS3, PS Vita, PS4 and Xbox One. Following some fan pressure, however, the 3DS was added as part of the core goal along with the other platforms. As before when announced in 2013, this was pitched as an episodic survival-horror FPS, with Renegade Kid aiming to use its experience from Dementium: The Ward and Dementium II on the DS. Following the campaign failing to reach its target the developer has since tweeted plans to move on to a 2D project unrelated to Cult County.
Tom Sparks and the Quakes of Ruin — Wii U included as $210,000 stretch goal [$2,219 of $50,000 target reached]
Described as a "3D diesel-punk action-adventure game full of crazy weapons", this would have used an isometric top-down viewpoint, an action adventure of exploring, upgrading weapons and challenging enemy fights.
Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated (NUREO) — $4,733 of $6,000 target reached
This was a fan-driven project — headed up by Colin McIsaac — with the aim of producing an album of 20 tracks for "underappreciated" Nintendo themes. Examples cited were WarioWare's "Ashley's Theme," Super Mario RPG's "Beware the Forest Mushrooms," and Mario Kart's "Rainbow Road"; stretch goals included live instrument soloists and guest arrangements.
So those are some crowdfunding efforts currently doing the rounds on Kickstarter. Let us know which ones interest you, and likewise point us to any we've missed in the comments below.