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Kickstarters have an interesting life. Developers prepare what they can, put everything on the line depending on the goodwill of the crowd and then if successful, disappear for months or even a year while the developer tries to make good on their promises. Sometimes they fail, sometimes they succeed. August is off to a good start, with Edo Superstar the first newly launched Android backed Kickstarter of the month to really impress.
We will talk more about Edo Superstar and other new Kickstarters next week. This week we take a look at the Top Five successfully funded Android supported Kickstarters of July. Clicking the name will bring you to the game’s Kickstarter page, I have also included the official sites of each game.
This week our favorite little gaming platform is growing up. No longer confined to small screens, Android is moving to televisions with the release of OUYA console on June 25th. With that in mind, we here at GameWoof present a special edition of the Android Kickstarter wrap-up, as we talk to Sam Sawyer, the Technical Artist, head of Marketing and one of three Designers of MURA Interactive, the studio behind DubWars, a recently launched KickStarter that is off to a great start (Over $7,000 since June 10th) and is a launch title, albeit in Beta form, for the OUYA.
DubWars is, at its heart, a twin stick shooter. However, unlike the million other twin stick shooters available, DubWars takes the the task of shooting out of the player’s hands (leaving only movement and aiming). Instead, the DubStep electronic songs determine what is shot and when. This forces players to learn and anticipate the song’s beats in order to determine how best to deal with the game’s enemies. It’s an incredibly addictive and innovative mechanic, and transforms DubWars from another twin stick shooter with electronic music to a revolutionary display of audio and visual pornography. You don’t have to take my word for it, there is a free demo (in addition the Beta on OUYA) available for desktop computers now.
It is undoubtedly an exciting time to be a gamer. The next generation of consoles were recently revealed, while the increasing power of mobile devices coupled with flexible engines like Unreal and Unity is finally starting to bring us the cross-platform utopia we’ve been dreaming of, and through it all the heartbeat of innovation drives us forever onward. There are some really exciting innovations going on right now, including a device that turns any gaming platform, from the NES to Android devices to Xbox360s running on any, 3D, HD or old school Standard Definition television into a full 3D machine.
Just because we are moving forward and technology is continually advancing, doesn’t mean the mechanics developed in the past are being forgotten. While there have been “old school” game developers at least since the proliferation of 3D games in the mid nineties, the past ten years has seen a dramatic increase of game developers who aren’t scared to pull back from the bleeding edge of technology.
While researching this column I tend to find all sorts of Android based projects. Not all of them are gaming related. They range from the bizarre and frightening, to the artistic and useful to the Jetson-esque. Android gaming Kickstarters have seen a resurgence this past week, and this week’s theme seems to be art. Artistic games are abound this week, and whether you are flying through a moon base you designed, traversing music you own, destroying enemies with a Dj’s tracks, exploring a strange planet, or experiencing a psychedelic half human half robotic life, it seems Kickstarter is a hotbed of artistic mobile games right now. These are some of the best Android supported Kickstarter games being funded this week.