October, the month we get to celebrate all that is scary and gory. Curl up on the couch and watch some horror flicks and play some scary games. . . with the lights on of course. Let’s see what kind of gloriously spooky games graced Kickstarter this past month.
Claustrophobia 1643 is an updated, improved reissue of the classic Claustrophobia, a survival board game published 9 years ago. A survival game that allows two players to battle in the underground tunnels below New Jerusalem, the human bastion built at the heart of the Underworld. One of the players plays the role of a group of resolute Westerners, while the other controls a seemingly infinite army of demonic creatures.
This Kickstarter is a little unconventional as Monolith Board Games is asking for a pledge goal of only $79. Essentially the board game itself is $79, but they only have so many in stock to sell. They are at 6,744 backers and only have 9,999 boxes total with 9 days left of the Kickstarter. So jump in now to secure your copy!
Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus is a claymation 2d adventure game for PC, Mac, and Linux set in a dark and cryptic future.
The game takes an innovative approach to narrative creating a fractured and interweaving non-linear story. Another Time Expression, a temporal interference phenomenon, has been predicted leaving those that govern anxious. You will discover its effects on the lives of eight playable characters; a hunter, a dreamer, an artist, a child, a racer, a fighter, a scientist, and a detective. Explore an intricate, tactile world full of feverish, intertwining stories told with humor, irreverence and melancholy.
Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus looks absolutely bonkers and I love it. Jack King-Spooner, the creator of the game, is asking for only $9,189 for his goal. It’s already at $6,084 with 20 days to go. Minimum pledge is $11 and you get a DRM-free digital copy of the game as well as the extended soundtrack and your name in the credits.
Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen is a fantasy computer role-playing game with turn-based combat and a party system that allows you to control up to six characters at any one time. Whether you yearn for an open world to explore at your own pace, tactical combat that allows you to plan your moves carefully, or want to lose yourself in the rich fabric of our world, trying to survive and make your mark, Realms Beyond offers endless choices, lands to travel, monster-infested dungeons, and a host of storylines to follow.
In Realms Beyond, you will find the tactical turn-based combat of the Gold Box Games, Temple of Elemental Evil and Dark Sun, the world exploration and camp management of Realms of Arkania, the interactivity and living world of Ultima, the choice-driven quests and reactivity of Fallout and Arcanum, and the rich NPC interaction of Baldur’s Gate and Planescape Torment, along with fresh new features that haven’t been seen before in the genre.
Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen looks to be a true RPG and one I don’t want to miss. Ceres Games set a pledge goal of $114,574 and has already received $95,758, and with 8 more days to go let’s get it to its goal! The minimum to get a Steam or DRM-free digital copy is $29 which also comes with a special forum badge and Discord role, as well as your name in the credits.
Omno is a single player adventure that will take you through lush forests, across a sun blasted desert, over a frigid tundra, and where the power of a lost civilization will even carry you to the clouds. On the way you will meet strange creatures, encounter many surprises and maybe make a friend.
Besides offering an interactive world, Omno challenges you with puzzles, hidden secrets and obstacles to overcome in 3D puzzle platformer style. The world of Omno is teeming with creatures great and small for you to observe and interact with. Shy crab-like rocks, helpful turtles, maybe even a friendly dinosaur to ride?
Artist Jonas Manke and the team at Studio Inkyfox have created a beautiful looking 3D platformer and are only asking for $36,663. Omno is already up at $31,680 and still has 27 days to go. For only $17 you get a digital copy of the game, your name in the credits, backer Discord channel access, and a digital wallpaper pack.
All Manor of Evil takes players inside the mind and abode of HP Lovecraft. As players pilfer and steal ancient relics, unseen forces awaken and madness stirs. Beyond the larceny at hand, each player has an agenda of their own. Some want only to survive the night, while others wish to call forth an elder god eager to devour the players… or the world.
A highly interactive game of larceny, hidden agendas, and Lovecraftian horror for 1-6 players. Fast-paced interactive game of thievery and cosmic horror where players compete against one another to acquire valuable relics while working towards their own hidden goals.
If you’re a fan of HP Lovecraft this is a no-brainer. Kolossal Mikro were only asking for a pledge goal of $8,020, but have already smashed that goal. There is only 8 days left, so secure your copy now! There are two pledges you can choose from. A minimum of $19 will get you the core experience for 1-5 players with all the stretch goals, while the $29 pledge will get you a deluxe copy that supports up to 6 players, all stretch goals, and a ton of extra stuff to flesh the game out.
Updates from Septembers Kickstarter Round-up:
Skelittle: A Giant Party!!: Unfortunately Skelittle was not able to gather enough pledges to reach their goal.
Log Jammers: With 155 backers Mega Cat Studios Log Jammers was able to reach their goal! Estimated delivery of Novemeber ’18!
Wardens: A Cosmicist Odyssey: While the goal was met, Raven Tales made a brave decision to cancel the project after getting feedback on their Kickstarter packages. Instead, they cancelled the previous campaign and will be relaunching soon with something of better value for their backers.