Huge numbers of indie games from the past decade owe their existence to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Studios like Gears for Breakfast (A Hat in Time) and Yacht Club (Shovel Knight) got their start because they put together winning pitches that convinced thousands to donate and order their games well before development could be completed, and even recently, we’ve seen big-name titles like The Wonderful 101 and emergent concepts like Kindred Fates take the crowdfunding world by storm. While such campaigns have led to a few infamous duds (anyone know when Mighty No. 9 is landing on 3DS?), they’ve launched the independent careers of more than a few developers, lighting the way for many of our now-favorite games to make it to release. What is your favorite crowdfunded game?
I alluded to this earlier, but my two favorites are A Hat in Time and Shovel Knight, with A Hat in Time being my favorite. At the beginning of its Kickstarter in 2013, the N64-style collectathon genre had been missing in action for practically a decade, with few notable releases ever since Super Mario Sunshine in the early GameCube days. While it ended up launching with the genre in a slightly less lonely state–it came out right near similar titles such as Yooka-Laylee and Super Mario Odyssey–A Hat in Time still delivered an authentic, vintage collectathon experience. It put Gears for Breakfast on my radar and played its role in what hopefully ends up being the glorious return of the collectathon.
What is your favorite crowdfunded game? Is it a traditional example like Shovel Knight, or something a lot of us may not have heard of? Did you back it yourself, or pick it up after release? Sound off in the comments!