Kickstarter gets a bad rap around the gaming-sphere due to gamers spending their hard-earned money on projects that may never (and sometimes don’t) see the light of day. However, we’ve seen some awesome success stories like Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and Yooka-Laylee. Today, I wanted to highlight some stellar looking indie titles slated to release on Nintendo Switch. These games are being backed on Kickstarter and are either fully funded or on the brink of success.
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Hazelnut Bastille is a top-down Zelda-inspired action-RPG set in a beautifully created 16-bit world. With it being heavily inspired by top-down Legend of Zelda titles, you can look forward to an open world to explore, clever puzzles to solve, and the iconic sword-slashing combat that gets your nostalgic juices flowing.
The developer is hoping to bring Hazelnut Bastille to Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4, and most importantly, Nintendo Switch. The game has already surpassed its $65,000 funding goal and is currently closing in on $80,000, also surpassing it’s second stretch goal to add more additional content to the game. However, the Nintendo Switch stretch goal still has a bit to go, as it’s $110,000. The studio also said it will potentially bring the game to other consoles as well if support and interest stay strong.
There is currently a playable demo of the game available for download on PC. It features around 2-3 hours of content showing off an overworld, dungeon gameplay, puzzles, and boss fights! Oddly enough, this content specifically isn’t actually in the game but instead gives players an idea of what to expect from the final product.
Monster Sanctuary is an upcoming Metroidvania RPG that features monster-taming and party-based combat. What does that mean? Well, monsters provide different abilities during gameplay like flying or breaking down walls. Then there’s the turn-based combat that focuses on implementing combos with your team. It plays and looks similar to classic Pokemon games, but it’s all done from a side-scroller perspective. The game is looking to implement a ton of different styles of games into one cohesive experience, creating something truly unique of its own.
You can try a demo of the game right now on PC. The first demo the developer released gained a lot of popularity. The studio gathered feedback from the demo and is working on improving it and even adding some new features. As a special release for the Kickstarter campaign, you can currently grab the second demo version of the game. It contains 2+ hours of content and 15+ monsters included.
Monster Sanctuary’s Kickstarter has passed the tier for a Nintendo Switch version, and I’m looking forward to playing the game. It seems like a weird mix of Metroid and Pokemon which is something I would have never imagined happening. On top of that, it has a pretty darn gorgeous art style, so I’m all in. You can find a bunch more info on over on the Monster Sanctuary Kickstarter page.
This next game is from the creators of the hand-crafted adventure game, The Last Door. Never heard of The Last Door? Well, it’s an extremely well-received point-and-click adventure game that garnered a whopping 10/10 on Steam user reviews. Needless to say, many gamers are looking forward to the studio’s next title, Blasphemous.
Blasphemous is a fast-paced action-platformer that combines hack-and-slash gameplay with an engrossing story. The world of Blasphemous was constructed pixel by pixel and it’s pure eye candy. It’s non-linear so you’re able to explore at your leisure. You’ll take down enemies of all types and sizes throughout this dark fantasy nightmare. The studio has said that their biggest focus is achieving very satisfying combat mechanics with smooth animations and intuitive controls.
Blasphemous has surpassed all but one of its stretch goals of $350,000. The Kickstarter currently hovers around $334,000, so it’s likely to meet all of its goals – or maybe already has by the time you’re reading this. The game is estimated to launch in March of 2019 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
“A Futuristic, Ninja Action Platformer” — Well, count me in! Yet another Metroivania game on this list, Bushiden aims to make you feel empowered, dropping you in the middle of crowds of enemies that you’ll swiftly defeat. This gorgeous pixel-art action game will undoubtedly feel right at home on Nintendo Switch.
The combat system is based around a traditional three-hit combo. Perform throws, finishers, and chi spell attacks to destroy all the enemies in your path. The game combines melee combat with exploration spanning across eight separate non-linear levels. Like all Metroidvanias, you’ll revisit levels with new abilities to gain access to different areas, find secret items, and become a more powerful Ninja.
Bushiden will initially release on Nintendo Switch, Steam (Windows), and PlayStation 4. It will likely release on other platforms if support for the game continues. The developer Pixel Arc Studios has passed its funding goal of $70,000. The game is still far from release, as it’s expected to release in August of 2020, but its shaping up to be worth the wait.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
I’m almost certain you have heard of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night by now, but just in case you haven’t, let me bring you up to speed. This is the latest project from Castlevania veteran Koji Igarashi (director of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night). As no surprise, it’s an ambitious Metroidvania game that acts as a spiritual successor to the Castlevania games Igarashi worked on.
Explore and collect new weapons, get in heated fights, and take down some seriously tough bosses. You play as Miriam, an orphan scarred by a curse that is slowly eating at her skin. In order to save yourself and, of course, all of humanity, you must fight your way through a castle filled with demonic creatures. Ritual of the Night is exploration-focused with side-scrolling platforming and RPG elements.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set to launch sometime next year with currently no date confirmed. The game was funded on Kickstarter with a campaign originally set for $500,000. It successfully raised more than $5.5 million from backers, making it the most funded video game crowdfunding campaign on the platform until it was surpassed by Shenmue III shortly after.
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