The toys-to-life genre hasn't been having the best time as of late - Ubisoft's Starlink: Battle for Atlas didn't perform nearly as well as the company would have hoped, and even Nintendo's own amiibo line seems to be slowing down rather dramatically - but this independent team is having a good go at restoring its former glory.
Bulgarian developer, Morogami, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a project called Stickernauts Paintwars, a couch co-op paintball shooter which makes use of NFC-enabled avatars. What sets this game apart from others, however, is the fact that you can actually design these avatars yourself.
Using an online editor, you can design your very own character which can then be 3D-printed by the development team and its partners. It'll be shipped out to you wherever you are in the world, ready to be used as a character in-game. If you prefer, you can even opt to receive an NFC-enabled sticker instead, allowing you to transform any object at home - say, a Pokémon card - into a readable NFC object.
The game itself is essentially a large game of paintball where you're invisible until you shoot your weapon. There are a variety of stages, weapons, and more to discover, and your avatars can actually be levelled up and taught new skills.
The team is aiming to raise just over $50,000 to get the project on Switch and other platforms, and has 28 days to do just that. If you want to learn more - including more about the process of ordering your avatars - make sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign here. It's had quite a lengthy development time and at one stage was planned to release on 3DS under the name 'Inchvilles'.
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