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Listen, I know you aren’t supposed to start with a showstopper, but Super Techno Kitten Adventure is too great to pass up. Released in August of last year, Techno Kitten Adventure quickly became a fan favorite with its cute and quirky design. The game is simple enough as you use one finger to guide your kitten through the techno adventure of its life.
Now they’re back with Super Techno Kitten Adventure, and are looking to bring the game to PC and Mac. They’ve amped up the techno and adventure in order to live up to the Super name. After seeing hundreds of Kickstarter videos, there’s no contest; Super Techno Kitten Adventure has the most random and brilliant Kickstarter video I’ve seen. I’m not even sure if it can be explained. So please, take a look.
Reward: The game and a whole bunch of random goodies can be had for only $15.
If you’ve been a fan of tower-defense games over the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly been disappointed at some point or another with the lack of polished tower-defense games available. Released in December of 2008, Defense Grid: The Awakening was the answer to the developer’s same frustrations. They released a highly polished hardcore tower-defense game that required a little more than an aging browser to run. It was the answer that we had been looking for, but after finishing the game a few dozen times, fans wanted more.
Unfortunately, this just didn’t seem possible. It was still a somewhat niche title that just didn’t make sense for publishers to put their money on if it wasn’t proven what kind of numbers the game would attract. That’s where Kickstarter and Defense Grid 2 come into play. It is now up to the fans to show that they want another Defense Grid title, and based on how things are moving so far: they want one badly.
Reward: For just $15, you get Defense Grid 2 when it’s finished early next year, but you’ll also get a full copy of the original Defense Grid as soon as you become a backer!
Ouya is an extremely interesting proposition. It’s an open-source, mod-friendly, Android-powered, $99 home console designed by Yves Behar (designer of the Jambox) and funded through Kickstarter. In just a few days, it’s already earned over $4 million in funding, making it one of the largest Kickstarter projects to date.
It’s focused on design and bringing mobile gaming to the television in an affordable manner. Our own Jonathan Deesing wrote more about Ouya in depth last week, but at this point, it’s really up to you to decide if you should fund one now. The idea is brilliant; we just haven’t heard much on the execution yet. And with tens of thousands of backers, that’s extremely important.
Reward: An Ouya console will be yours come next March for a $99 pledge.
Perhaps one of the largest online nerd culture communities, Penny Arcade, has been producing online web comics for 14 years now. They host things like PAX every year and are in charge of Child’s Play, which donates video games to sick children in hospitals. They seem like good people, and that comes through in their idea for their Kickstarter campaign.
They want to remove ads from their site. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with ads, but it means that there is some form of outside pressure, and they want to go back to the time when they had a direct relationship with the reader. It makes sense and is probably going to lead to a better situation for fans. That’s always something I can get behind.
Reward: As weird as it sounds, for $1, Gabe will shout out your name as he chases a duck.