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13 Video Game Kickstarters Worth Your Money This Month (April 2016)

Kickstarter is a marvelous laboratory for cool gaming concepts, but it can be overwhelming to sort through all the possibilities to find the good stuff. Below we’ve listed thirteen games worth investing in this month, along with what makes them awesome, and how much you’ll need to pledge to get your mitts on the final game.

Remember, any money you put into a Kickstarter is an investment rather than a purchase; as with any investment, only put in what you can stand to lose if the project doesn’t pan out.

Inner Chains

Inner Chains

What it is: “An FPS horror game set in a surreal, dark and deadly biomechanical world which resembles nothing you have ever encountered.”
Why it’s a great idea: Stunning art direction brings to life an imaginative world in which biomechanical evolution threatens the remnants of the human race. Weapons interact with the world in a distinct way, and even the shrubs you stumble over could very well eat your face off. Virtual reality support is built in, meaning you’ll get to experience this world in the most intimate and vivid way possible. This game is the stuff of nightmares in the very best way.
How much to play: $15
When it closes: April 7, 2016

Wingdaria Destiny

Wingdaria Destiny

What it is: “Wingdaria Destiny is an original English VN which lets you embark on a journey to find your destiny. Who are you? Who will you become?”
Why it’s a great idea: Unlike a lot of low-budget visual novels that are being put out, Wingdaria Destiny is fully voiced (in English) with an original soundtrack and features more than twenty different endings plus four main story routes to play through, meaning it will be more replayable than most offerings from the genre.
How much to play: $15
When it closes: April 18, 2016

Wingdaria Destiny Demo

Lord of Poker

Lord of Poker

What it is: “The first Role-playing Poker Game. Entirely new Poker and RPG experience. Raise your Soul, check your Mind!”
Why it’s a great idea: It’s an RPG in which your character (assassin, paladin, wizard, druid, or monk) levels up through playing magical games of poker, using spells and combos to defeat opponents and rescue “poker magic” from the Dark Lord. There’s open world exploration as well as arena and tournament play, and the game is deeply conceptualized with classic fantasy art direction.
How much to play: $10
When it closes: May 3, 2016

Mandarin Shooter Quest

What it is: A fun, engaging game which builds your foreign language skills (starting with Chinese)
Why it’s a great idea: This mobile game teaches not just the pinyin (or English character translations) of Mandarin, but also the Chinese characters through a level-based shooting game that will incorporate the 1,000 most common Chinese characters.
How much to play: $23 for all levels in early access
When it closes: April 19, 2016

Spherescape

What it is: “A 2D dungeon-crawler roguelike RPG with extensive character customization, immersive campaign, and multiplayer co-op for WIN/MAC/LINUX”
Why it’s a great idea: The game starts with six base classes, but features both multi-classing and craftable classes, allowing players to build the cleric-rogue-monk of their dreams. Permanent death mechanics mean stakes are high for well-developed characters.
How much to play: $12
When it closes: May 2, 2016

Tidepool

What it is: “Player-made MMO filled with collaborative stories and games. Encourages kids to sketch and code for a worldwide audience.”
Why it’s a great idea: Tidepool allows children (of all ages!) to draw, design and code their own game worlds that can then be played by the community at large. The game will be free-to-play with optional yearly subscriptions.
How much to play: $25 for beta access
When it closes: April 12, 2016

Triangulum

Triangulum

What it is: “Triangulum is an open-world virtual reality game that is playable on IOS and Android devices using Google Cardboard.”
Why it’s a great idea: Virtual reality for those of us who can’t afford an Oculus, a simple, logical interface, and puzzle-based play.
How much to play: $15
When it closes: April 13, 2016

Perpetual Night

Perpetual Night

What it is: “Explore an unbelievable world, squeezed into the bizarre interior of a seemingly endless Castle. A 2D dark comedy puzzle-platformer.”
Why it’s a great idea: The central conceit of Perpetual Night is a sentient, dimension-jumping castle that kidnaps people and puts them to work within its walls. It’s got the heart of a classic puzzle platform game with a fresh, artful aesthetic and a massive world to explore.
How much to play: $14
When it closes: April 29, 2016

Words of Power

What it is: “Words of Power is a unique video game that uses voice recognition. Because games are for everyone, including the physically challenged.”
Why it’s a great idea: Beyond simply creating a game that allows players with physical challenges to enjoy it, Words of Power is largely open source so that it can serve as a platform for more games that open up accessibility.
How much to play: $10 for early beta access
When it closes: April 23, 2016

Words of Power Demo

Pale Spectrum

Pale Spectrum

What it is: Your girlfriend’s dad is a mage-god, and wants you dead. Not a big deal for Celeste’s first Sorceress… right?
Why it’s a great idea: An adventure game that blends LGBT romance, magic and adventure with fresh, appealing graphics and a droll writing style. Sequel to Brilliant Shadows.
How much to play: $12
When it closes: April 29, 2016

Pale Spectrum Demo

Minoan—The Game

What it is: “Minoan recaptures the core of classic 2D platformers of the 80s and 90s and propels the ancient civilization of Minoans in Crete during the Bronze Age.”
Why it’s a great idea: Based on the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, players will battle their way through the labyrinth, experiencing art based on ancient wall paintings and artifacts uncovered by archaeologists in the ruins of Crete.
How much to play: $11
When it closes: April 16, 2016

Lux

Lux

What it is: “A survival MMORPG. Survive in a strange dark world, endure hostile dungeons, fend off lethal players, expand your bunker, and bring to light why you exist.”
Why it’s a great idea: Lux features an infinitely expandable world, blending procedurally-generated graphics with hand-drawn art. The sandbox world also contains NPC followers who help the mysterious “Lux” to survive.
How much to play: $15
When it closes: April 17, 2016

Caribbean Conquest

Caribbean Conquest

What it is: An upcoming Naval/Pirate themed MMORPG set in the historic Age of Sail. Sail the high seas and conquer the Caribbean!
Why it’s a great idea: With a completely player-driven economy, highly customizable ships and characters, and historically-based factions, Caribbean Conquest throws out traditional leveling mechanisms for a richer and more flexible style of gameplay.
How much to play: $24 for beta access (the game model is subscription-based)
When it closes: May 12, 2016

Sophie Weeks
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Sophie Weeks received a Masters degree in English Literature from Mills College in 2006 and completed her PhD in Victorian Literature at Rice University in 2013. She is the author of Outside the Spotlight, Unsettled Spirits, and The Soured Earth.
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Sophie Weeks
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Sophie Weeks received a Masters degree in English Literature from Mills College in 2006 and completed her PhD in Victorian Literature at Rice University in 2013. She is the author of Outside the Spotlight, Unsettled Spirits, and The Soured Earth.

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