Kickstarter, a perfect website to sell your crazy inventions, such as MaKey MaKey, an invention that lets you play old Nintendo games with Play-Doh or…Bananas, or the PeriSpecs where you can now be the laziest reader ever. Inventions you didn’t know you needed until you start looking through the mindless plethora that is Kickstarter. However, in the world of video games, there are some very promising wonders that are starting to surface and could totally use mine and your contribution. The following list highlights seven of some of the most intriguing. The list is in order of what has the fewest days left in their campaign. Let’s take a look.

Kickstarter Games

#1 System Shock (6 Days*)

First and Foremost System Shock is a remaster being done by Nightdive Studios that most of you are familiar with and with a $900,000 goal they have now surpassed it with six days left to go.  Now like most things on Kickstarter, System Shock has some stretch goals that they are looking to reach to bring more you us, the fans.

For those of you unfamiliar with the game it was 1994 PC action first person ‘shooter’ RPG. The game is set aboard a space station in a vision of the year 2072. You handle the role of a nameless hacker, as you attempt to hinder the plans of a terrible artificial intelligence called SHODAN. If it sounds like 2001: A Space Odyssey to you than you are not far off.

The reason this game deserves your attention.

System Shock is one of those once in a lifetime revisions of a dead franchise come back to life. It has the same potential as what Doom went through with Bethesda. Even though the demo is free-to-play and it has very much surpassed its goal. The stretch goals seem to be promising. Including, New areas, additional crew members, weapon crafting and vending machines, gruesome death cinematics, and even a VR version..

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#2 Mongrel (6 Days*)

If you are a super fan of 2D side scrolling games like myself, then Mongrel is the type of game you may want to sink your teeth into. With six days left to go and a little over $13,000, the small indie studio, Fischmell, could use a little help.

Mongrel takes “inspiration from Conker’s Bad Fur Day, The Legend of Zelda and Metroidvania-style games.” All of which adds a bunch of crazy weapons, fast acrobatics, and vast world to explore. With a number of different races and a huge map to make your way around, Finch (the hero of the game) sets out on an adventure to retrieve four stolen artifacts. However, this is not a saving the world story. It’s mildly selfish and has Finch search to find his father. After the artifacts were stolen by evil forces. “If retrieved and placed in a magical wheel these artifacts will let Finch communicate with the Gods and in turn he will find his lost father.”

The reason this game deserves your attention.

As far as rewards go, Fischmell becomes one of the most fun. For $88 USD you and a friend can become a NPC of your choice plus all the previous rewards before it. If you really want to invest for just $165 USD you can become an In-game God that the race of Trolls worship have a statue made of you, tell ancient tales of you in the villages, and follow rules you make up.

These could be YOUR followers!

These could be YOUR followers!

#3 Prey for the Gods (14 Days*)

Prey for the Gods is a game with big goals. The game has a female main character that rivals Lara Croft, game mechanics that are on par with The Witcher 3, bosses the size of Shadow of the Colossus, and a world that seems to have Skyrim beat. The crazier part of all that, its just three guys working on it. Yeah, No Matter Studios consists of three guys that are all in this for the long haul and they need our help. With 14 days left of their campaign they still need over $35,000 to reach their goal.

In Prey for the Gods, you will be playing as a lone female hero with a bow and more bravery than anyone, ever, and sent to a snow covered land to discover the mystery behind a never-ending winter. The This third person action game is about survival and adventure while you hunt for answers, weapons, shelter, and food simultaneously.

The reason this game deserves your attention.

It is incredibly amazing that a game this beautiful and large is being made by just three people. They knew this is what they wanted to go in life and they made it their goal. They are the spirit of the video game industry. Beyond that as cool as some of the rewards are, the post stretch goals are even better. At $600,000 this gorgeous game can come to consoles and at $1M the game will add 3 more bosses as DLC, Unique art sets, and Survivor mode.

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#4 Columnae: A Past Under Construction (18 Days*)

A PC nonlinear, point & click, adventure game made by Moonburnt Studios set in a post-apocalyptic steampunkish world. Columnae has the look of Limbo where you and the other characters are just shades and shadow. The backgrounds and music to this game, however, are gorgeous. The game still has 18 days to go to reach its $44,000 goal but it seems to be land locked at 16K.

The story of Columnae: A Past Under Construction is set more than a century after “an environmental catastrophe [that] made the air on the surface of the earth unbreathable.”  It has the rich living in the estates in a Deus keeping them safe from harm, while the poor try just to survive down in the Machina.

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The reason this game deserves your attention.

As cliche as the Steampunk genre is this game looks like it might shine with its careful intricate web of story; Eight possible endings and hundreds of ways to get there. Nonlinear games are always a blast because you are in control of the story and Columnae seems to be even larger. While there seems to be no stretch goals and their reward system is pretty good but the reason it should be on your radar is just the gameplay itself. You can more about it at their Kickstarter page, here.

#5. Fox n Forests (21 Days*)

The adventure of 2D Puzzle platforms is back with Fox n Forests. This will take older fans back to the days of Super Nintendo’s awesome 16-graphics with none of the cartridge blowing. The game is a mix Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts and Megaman X.  Bonus Level Entertainment will absolutely enthrall you with the challenges, magic, monsters, and nostalgia feeling all at once. However with just a little over 70 grand to go the game definitely needs help, even with 21 days left.

You will control Rick the Fox, an adorable yet highly trained warrior on an adventure of a life time.“An evil force is messing around with the seasons in the vast mana woodlands and is building an army of tree like creatures and half-plant half-animal mutants.” You must stop the evil force from creating the delay 5th season. the gameplay is action packed with sword, crossbow, magic, and season chasing abilities that change the environment, enemies, and animals.

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The reason this game deserves your attention.

Much like Columnae: A Past Under Construction (above), this game is should be flying on your radar simply for gameplay. Nostalgia should kick in pretty hard while you are watching gameplay and its hard to just walk by it like most people would for a homeless man. Fox n Forests will be a great game for those that miss the olden days of games or the ones that grew up and have kids and want to show them something great.

#6 Gloom (23 Days*)

Do you like Edward Gorey? Do you love the macabre? Do you fancy a good card game? Well do I have the game for you! Gloom is a game by Sky Ship Studios that is up on Kickstarter making a digital version of the in-real-life card game. They have just about $30,000 and are only 45,000 short of their goal with 23 days left.

“In Gloom, you assume control of the fate of an eccentric family of misfits and misanthropes.” And the main goal is to have your family, sadly, die giving them the much sought after reprieve in the gloomiest way possible. You take your opponents team by trying to cheer them up while making your character more miserable until their inevitable perishing.

The reason this game deserves your attention.

By and far if you are a card game lover this game should automatically be on your radar. If you aren’t but love good gameplay mechanics, silly but sad stories, great writing, amazing artwork, full voice acted animated interactions, or any of these elements mixed together, Gloom: The Digital Card Game is something you should be looking into.

#7 Grave Danger (25 Days*)

Despite the dry cut of the video above Grave Danger seems to be another game on this list that has a wonderful nostalgia feel. If you have ever played Lost Vikings and loved it, this might be a game worth investing in. Much like Lost Vikings, Grave Danger has 3 main characters that you will take on a 2D side scrolling adventure.

Players will switch between one of each hero: Dante the cowboy, Elliot the wizard, and Malice the reaper. Use their different abilities to solve puzzles and make their way out of trouble. All three have been cast as outlaws, and you need to help them clear their names. You’re wanted both Dead and/or Alive so stay safe and use all your powers in combination.

The reason this game deserves your attention.

Grave Danger will send you back in time once again with nostalgia but their stretch goals are pretty wonderful. $100,000 is their top goal which will include; A new character, Remote Co-op, Character and World expansion, and Deadly boss fights. Right now the game has only captured 1500 dollars but also they have 26 days left of their campaign. Hopefully with more support this game will reach its goal.

These are just my list of games to look out for. there are plenty of games that one can find on Kickstarter. Do you have any recommendations? Tell us in the comments below!

(*All games ‘days left’ at time of writing)

About The Author

John D
Chief Operating Officer

John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.