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Welcome to the first edition of the Weekly Popular Kickstarters where we discuss…you guessed it, popular kickstarters this week.
This week we have:
Anima – Gate of Memories
and Phobia Free
All links to each Kickstarter page are below.
Anima – Gate of Memories is the story of a woman called “The Bearer of Calamities” and the so called demon Ergo Mundus with whom she made a pact with and who has no coporeal form other than that of a book. The Bearer is part of Nathaniel, a holy society that works toward hunting nightmares. The Bearer is able to control the powers of Ergo Mundus and some times give him corporeal form. The two are sent on a mission to recover an artifact which leads them to be transported mysteriously to a tower called Arcane. In the tower memories become reality again for the bearer.
The game has a JRPG feel to it when you look at the art style, but it seems to have a western approach to games too. Players are able to level up their character the way they want. Think Skyrim’s leveling system but with a lot more choices. Other than that the developers want to push the game for Windows, Mac, and Linux via Steam and they do plan to have console releases as well. There will be NO DRM as well. If you’d like to check out more about the game take a look at the link below.
In Final Element, you are one of the few survivors left on Earth after it is swallowed by a black hole. Reality is twisting and you gain power over the elements. You’re left to explore the world and save inhabitants who didn’t gain special powers and fight the ones who have.
The game is a 2D side-scrolling platformer, similar to the NES era of games but with pretty good artwork. There are a multiple elements that you can choose from to attack enemies and solve puzzles with. What’s really cool about this game is that you don’t die, you get transported to a seizure inducing world known as semi-reality instead and must escape to return to where you were. Also, with each passing day the game gets harder. You also have choices of different portals to go through, which could also make the game become more and more easy. You just really don’t know what’s going to happen. I really recommend you checking out this game dear listeners.
Emperor’s Forge is an MMORPG that will be for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, and Android. Emperor’s Forge has an Elder Scrolls: Morrowind feel to it. That old XBOX type of game set in Medieval times. Instead of becoming the Nerevarine, you’re trying to fight tooth and nail to the top. Each player’s goal is to become Emperor, but first you’ve got to rise through the ranks.
Fifty players will be allotted to each city in the game, each city has a Viceroy, or ruler of the city. Players must gain nobility titles, wealth, as well as skills to reach Viceroy status. If there is already a Viceroy in charge, you can challenge him or her to take the title. If you’re tired of only ruling 49 other underlings, you can move on to ruling a whole county as King. For this you can either win the vote of Viceroys of other cities, or invade other cities and kill the Viceroy’s to automatically gain that city’s vote to become King. Finally, the Emperor’s thrown is your next goal. The only way to get here is through cold blooded murder of the current Emperor as well as his or her supporters.
This sort of mechanic in the game where people fight over titles is quite interesting. It makes for a good drama, and is way more exciting than checking in on foursquare. This is the type of immersion that games really need. I just hope that having a job and life outside of the game and keeping your title are not contradictory to each other.
Finally, we have a cutsie…yet terrifying iOS app for you all. Phobia free is a game for those with Arachnophobia. Players are slowly subjected to differing spiders, from cute and cartoony to a realistic tarantula. The people behind the game have been consulting a psychologist and this technique has actually been tested before, just not using an app. The thought behind the app is to bring affordable treatment to those who are suffering from the phobia of spiders. I don’t know about you, but I think a lot of iPhones and iPads are going to get broken in the process.