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Curbstomper – Middle of the Knite

I’m waiting for the Kickstarter campaign to fund a game where everybody on the planet has been turned into a shambling developer in dire need of your money to make their dreams become a reality. It’ll be like DayZ, but with more scammers.

But enough of that, let’s look for some worthwhile projects.

Remember, it’s your money, you don’t have to give it to them if you don’t want.

Knite & the Ghost Lights is a side-scrolling, action adventure game with gorgeous, dark, handcrafted environments and characters, to give it a distinctive stop-motion feel. The visual style is the strongest element on display here, but time will tell if Mobot Studios are also able to nail the Metroidvania-style gameplay they are taking inspiration from.

 

Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim is billed as Wind Waker meets Dark Souls, with concept art reminiscent of Bastion. Whilst it looks fantastic, with bright and distinctive visuals, and sounds promising, with different play-styles supported from the outset, I don’t see much Dark Souls in the pitch video.
But it still looks like an interesting world full of opportunities to explore and the functional physics engine should allow players to test out various solutions to the puzzles and battles.

The footage is described as Pre-Alpha, and I think it will only get more impressive as the team continues working.

 

Contagion is a co-op Zombie Survival Game built using the Source engine… So it’s basically Left 4 Dead or Killing Floor, but with less ammo and more of a focus on survival? I started that sentence derisively, but that could actually be really interesting.

The character models, animations and environments shown in the video all look top-notch, the different game modes sound varied and interesting, and the implementation of a smart phone to help you with your objectives is really clever.

If multiplayer zombie killing is down your alley, have a look at the pitch – there’s a lot to like here.

 

Middle of Nowhere is a first person survival-horror game with a unique and distinctive art style and (importantly) a playable demo. It’s billed as being a cross between Silent Hill and Resident Evil, with running away being as viable an option as combat.

 

Cosmic Star Heroine is the next title from Zeboyd, those of Cthulhu Saves the World and On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 & 4 fame. Inspired by Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star and Suikoden it isn’t straying far from the JRPG stylings of Zeboyd’s previous games, but the sci-fi setting lends itself to a totally new and fantastic-looking art style.

 

And that’s it for this week. In the words of Sir Strong of Badia, IT’S OVER.

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