It has definitely been known for about the last year that Kickstarter is the place to be for indie game developers trying to find funding for an idea, but sometimes you will even find projects from people with far more recognition end up there as well. While some people have protested that this is an abuse of a system meant to help the little man, the fact of the matter is that most developers are the gaming world’s little men and they don’t always have the most perfect of relationships with publishers.
To that end, today we’re going to take a look at two iOS projects that very recently got green lit, both of which have high profile people and/or properties attached to them, that you can look forward to releasing sometime next year.
Girl Genius and the Rats of Mechanicsburg
Set in the world of Phil Foglio’sHugo Award winning Girl Genius series, which also happens to be a free online web comic, is the massively funded Girl Genius and the Rats of Mechanicsburg. The game has closed with a staggering funding rate of 1443% of it base asking amount, locking in – and blowing away – each and every last one of the extra feature stretch goals set forth. So with that said, developer Gizmocracy – whom formerly released iOS titles Spycross and Barnstormer Betty (the latter of which is no longer available) – will now begin in earnest realizing the game with all of the amenities possible.
In Girl Genius and the Rats of Mechanicsburg, players will take on the role of Krosp – Emperor of All Cats – as he sets out to use cunning and mad science to battle an evil infestation of mechanical rodents. Accompanying Agatha’s pet on his quest to defeat the dreaded Lord Maus will be a complete soundtrack scored by George “Fatman” Sanger, the composer that previously wrote the musical score to over 200 games (including titles such as Wing Commander, 7th Guest, and the NES port of Maniac Mansion). Even more impressive is that the game will feature a complete level editor that will not only let players design their own diabolical challenges for Krosp to tackle, but there will furthermore be a server to enable easy online sharing of said creations.
We can expect to see Krosp – Emperor of All Cats – put the mechanical boot to the gear driven vermin plaguing Mechanicsburg sometime in July of 2013, with the level editor scheduled to arrive further down the road.