Nerdsourcing: Castle Story, Moon Intern, Jetpack2, And Knock-Knock

Posted July 30, 2012 - By Alex Rubens

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Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality, or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects, so don’t wait too long.

Castle Story

If Minecraft has shown up anything, it’s that gamers love to build things from materials found throughout the game world. Castle Story takes that core concept and builds upon it, while also giving it fresh new gameplay and a new perspective. Taking control of an army of cute little builders called “Bricktrons”, you must build your castle one brick at a time using the minerals that surround your base.

Castle Story differs from other similar offerings by changing the gameplay based on your surroundings. If you build your castle too close to the local creatures, they will take up arms and attack your castle. The game then changes to an RTS of sorts as your Bricktrons turn from builders to fighters and follow your commands.

Reward: For $15, you’ll get the beta of the game that will eventually update to the final version.

Moon Intern

Let’s be honest, being an intern isn’t fun. You shred papers and do a bunch of errands for other people. There’s really only one way to make it any fun, and that’s by interning on the moon, or at least, having a nifty title to go along with the job. Moon Intern is a serialized, side-scrolling action-RPG for PC, Mac, and Linux that has players running errands and missions on the moon. That’s already better than an actual internship.

The game will be broken up into several parts and played similarly to how a comic is read. The life of a moon intern is no walk in the park though, as you must run errands to pay rent, spend time with NPCs, and occasionally stop moon robot invasions.

Reward: While you can get a copy of the full game for only $10, you can also become a character in the game for only $40!

Jetpack 2

Adam Dedersen made Jetpack back in the ‘90s and it was a huge hit with the DOS crowd. He’s back and making Jetpack 2, but he needs your help. The game is nearly finished as he has been working on it by himself for the last few years, but there are some things that he can’t do. He needs the funding the help hire a 2D artist to make things look pretty and a level designer to polish things up and make sure that levels have a good flow to them.

Jetpack 2 utilizes all the modern-day technology, like realistic physics and collaborative level editors, while retaining the beautiful 2D look and old-school gameplay. The level editor is perhaps the coolest part, allowing creators to simply drag-and-drop together a level.

Reward: The full release of Jetpack 2 is available for a pledge of $15, with beta access for an additional $15.


If you can make it through the creepy and confusing Kickstarter video, you’ll find that behind the unsettling story of an anonymous email sending Ice-Pick Lodge, developers of Knock-Knock, an attachment filled with 19 files challenging them to make a game out of it, there is a beautifully animated game. The game’s concept is quite simple, but the execution is far from it.

You play as a man who finds himself in a single wooden house in the middle of the forest. Throughout the night, “Guests” and “Visitors” invite the main character to play a game of hide and seek. You must move around the house, trying to mend the holes and spots that the guests are able to sneak in from, and keep your sanity until the sun rises in the morning. It isn’t as simple as finding a good hiding spot though, as the visitors are always aware of where you are, and if they can get to you, your game will end. It’s a really interesting idea that we can’t wait to see flesh out.

Reward: A $5 pledge will net you a copy of the game and a guide explaining the dos and don’ts of the game.

Nerdsourcing: Castle Story, Moon Intern, Jetpack2, And Knock-Knock


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