Virtual Reality is the place to be, with many of the big names in games putting together their own headsets and systems to make the most of the burgeoning area. Local studio Offpeak Games has been hard at work making the most of this technology, having already won a place in the Amcom <Upstart> and receiving support from the Oompf Games! Fund. You may have played their upcoming title Valiant at PlayUp Perth, or even the Perth Games Festival, and now they are reaching out to the community via Kickstarter to help them in the final stage of development.
Valiant is a multiplayer medieval combat game, exclusively for virtual reality. It features horse-based mounted combat, where players can charge into battle alongside friends, using weapons such as lances, bows, swords, javelins, crossbows and maces.
This is a really solid title that is a lot of fun to play, so to heed the call and set out on horseback, head on over to the Valiant Kickstarter page. The game has already been Greenlit, so you can also check out their Steam page here.
What good is a wizard afraid of wands? Well if you ask the team at Rhabdophobic Wizards, they’ll say you can still pack some serious punch. In their premier title Bellus Mortem, you enter the battle arena as a spellcasting cat-like wizard intent on blowing your opponents away. Now the feline foes are hitting Greenlight and Kickstarter to put you under their spell and make the game a reality.
Bellus Mortem is a 4 player, top down action game where each player is trying to knock others out of the arena by casting spells. Players can select 4 spells per game. Cast your ultimate ability to gain the upper hand. Last player alive in the arena is crowned the winner.
So use your powers for good, and head on over to the Bellus Mortem Greenlight to give them a vote, and check out the Kickstarter if you’re keen to help this game of wizard warfare come to life!
Tabletop Role-Playing Games are the kinds of adventures that are recounted with brimming enthusiasm or, even better, energetic fury. Remember that room of infinite demons? Oh and that thing with the gravity reversal potion?! Ha ha.. what no? Oh well then lucky for you, you have rolled a 20 and found there is still time to get in on the Kickstarter for Dream of the Djinn, a deadly, puzzle-filled tabletop RPG adventure!
A mysterious djinn called Ammerpand has recently arrived in your local city, claiming she will grant one wish to anyone who can pass her challenge. To add credence to her claims, a newly-famous mercenary has already passed the test and been immediately headhunted into a prestigious position in the King’s guard, a worthy reward in itself. As for the wish, the local gossip circles have only been able to speculate.
What is your wish?
Created by Perth local Kim Larking, Dream of the Djinn is an RPG adventure module that is compatible with systems like D&D 3.5 edition and Pathfinder. If you think you have what it takes to survive the trials and get your wish, head on over to the Kickstarter page now!
A little over a month ago the guys from SK Games held a Kickstarter campaign with the hopes of providing a digital storefront for local altgames. Not only was it a complete success, but the BACKYARD.SK storefront is already up and active, ready for your game-buying pleasures.
Currently the store features physical and digital copies of games by the likes of SK Games (GunDash, Skulls, Seed & Icarus), Oscar Brittain (World’s Fastest Pizza) and 2 Hit Studio (One Heart). You can also get your hands on some nifty t-shirts, and the newly released first issue of their zine Backyard number one. The store runs on a ‘name your price’ system, so while a small monetary amount is suggested, you can choose to pay what you like to show the devs some love.
We at Let’s Make Games would like to extend a belated congratulations to the SK crew on their successful Kickstarter. And if you’re keen to get some local gaming goodies, simply head on over to the Backyard!
The folks from SK Games are well known in the local scene for their curiously cool creations and willingness to try out new things. You’ve seen their awesome home-made arcades machines, had a drink with them at their open-house bar nights, and heard about their escapades across the country. Well now it’s time for something completely different, because SK Games plan to setup shop and let you get your hands on your own permanent gaming fixtures.
Cue the BACKYARD.SK Kickstarter campaign, where the crew hope to combine a digital storefront with their own unique brand of altgames. Supporting the cause could net you games in digital or physical form, t-shirts, controllers, or even your own custom arcade controller!
So if you’re keen to get the ball rolling on an SK store, and grab some neat stuff in the process, head on over to their Kickstarter page and show your support!
As far as excellent careers go, working in game development is of course at the top of the list, but it is also fair to say that being a Mad Scientist comes in as a close second. Wez Lamont of RAEZ has fused these two worlds together, creating the clever contraption that is the boardgame COGZ, which has just launched on Kickstarter. You don’t need to be an evil genius to get started but you will certainly develop some mad skills by playing, because COGZ is in fact endorsed by Mensa!
COGZ is a mad scientist strategy board game set in the steampunk era, where someone has broken the mad professor’s chromatic cogtraption!
You are a cognizant cogineer trying to repair the broken cogtraption before the professor returns. The other cogineers all seem to think they have the superior cognition needed to rebuild the chromatic device. It’s time to prove you are the true cogineer genius!
Hurry! You recognise there isn’t much time to do this incognito before the professor returns with his cog-nac…
» Those of you who joined us at the Perth Games Festival may have had a chance to play the standard or LUDICROUS versions of the COGZ. If however you missed out, fear not! RAEZ has a printable Trial Version on their site, so you can still check it out. To help make a local Mad Scientist ingenious contraption a reality, head on over to Kickstarter and show your support for the clever boardgame that is COGZ!
UPDATE: It turns out Wez is not only proficient at starting Kickstarter campaigns, but also at smashing their goals in the first 24 hours. Since the original post, the campaign has been active for four days and has more than doubled the original asking amount – congratulations, Wez!
While it’s not uncommon to see a comedic game out there in the world, a game centered around stand up comedy is certainly something you don’t see every day. Cue Perth’s own Oscar Brittain, creator of World’s Fastest Pizza, who not only used this unusual concept as the basis for his new game Leave ‘Em Laughing, but also went one step further by throwing in some unique Western Australian flair; featuring music by Perth-based bands and scenery from our very own suburb of Fremantle, this is undoubtably a game like no other that is sure to leave an impression.
Leave ’em Laughing is a procedurally generated stand up comedy game that lets you live the life of comedian Nelson Smith as he creates and performs his act, constantly insults people, avoids his ex, and listens to sweet vinyl.
The game has 8 episodes, each with a unique story that changes each time you play it. Each play session feels like an episode of a sitcom like Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, or Clerks: The Animated Series, lasting 20 minutes and with recurring characters and themes that develop Nelson as a character and comedian.
» Those of you who attended the Perth Games Festival may have had a chance to play the game’s alpha. Well, you can now also show your support for this curious comedic tale by backing it on Kickstarter or giving it a vote on Greenlight. If however you missed out, fear not – a beta version will be available to backers, so there’s still time to get in on the act before the show leaves town!
Paradigm is the peculiar point and click adventure game that has been intriguing and confusing people the world around since the start of its Kickstart campaign last month. We would like to extend a big congratulations to local developer Jacob Janerka, as the game has not only reached its funding goal, it has smashed its target, reached several stretch goals, and been Greenlit on Steam!
There is however only 12 hours left in the Paradigm Kickstarter campaign, so now is the time to get in and support this local developer to help him achieve one last stretch goal, allowing him to live the dream and work on the game full time.
If you’re eager to play a weird and wonderful point and click game, there’s still time to put your name down for a copy of Paradigm, some fancy extras and even have your own floating head in the game. So head on over to the Kickstarter page, or download a copy of the alpha on Windows or Mac (10.9) to try it out now.
Every so often a game will come along that is so peculiar that you just can’t look away. Paradigm is one such game, as it draws you in with its curious cast of mutant characters and vibrantly coloured post-apocalyptic world. Spawned from the mind of Perth’s own Jacob Janerka, this point and click adventure is now out in the world looking for love.
Paradigm is a surreal point-and-click adventure game for Windows, OSX and Linux set in the strange and post apocalyptic world of Krusz; a land inspired by a mix of Eastern Europe and the 70’s & 80’s.
Play as unattractive yet over-confident mutant Paradigm; who must prevail through a series of inconveniences on an adventure to overcome the insecure and tyrannical sloth antagonist, Olof!
» The game’s alpha is available now, so you can get to know Paradigm and his mutant friends (not to mention enemies). You can also show your support for this unusual adventure by backing it on Kickstarter or giving it a vote on Greenlight.
Perth, it’s point n’ click time~