It's common for gamers to rally behind an independent developer with dollars once the game is out the door, but it's not often you see one show an in-progress game and ask for development contributions. In fact, Iowa-based developer Intuition Games claims their Metroid-inspired Liferaft won't see the light of day unless it's able to raise $5,000 by November 7 (at 5:00 PM EST, to be precise).
Contributing to Liferaft -- right now, the minimum is $5 -- doesn't just secure a copy of the game. The more you contribute, the more you get. At $15, it's also a free copy of the soundtrack. At $35, it's all that, plus a physical copy of the soundtrack. The give-and-take rises and rises, peaking at $250 or more contributions, which secure you a named character in Liferaft with at least one line of dialog.
That's one way to solicit interest. Have they hooked you? Learn more here.