In this modern age, how video games are funded has changed dramatically, especially for indie developers. Indie developers no longer have to rely solely on big publishers to publish their games.
Additionally, developers want to maintain their vision of the game and gain access to the funds they will need to develop it. Therefore, sites like Kickstarter that allow small developers to sell their ideas directly to the public are a fantastic help for indie developers.
Best Kickstarter Games To Play
Over the years, LadiesGamers have followed many successful Kickstarter campaigns that have given players many great games. Best Kickstarter Games To Play isn’t an extensive list of all games funded on Kickstarter; however, all the games below have been tested and played by the LadiesGamers team.
Sea of Stars
Sea of Stars is an RPG by Sabotage Studio. Released on all formats, Sea of Stars is set in the same universe as The Messenger. In Sea of Stars, you take control of two heroes, Valere and Zale, who use the power of the sun and moon to fight against an alchemist.
The game also features puzzle-solving, turn-based combat, and beautiful retro graphics. It is a charming game, an old-style JRPG that is enjoyable to play. Our Sea of Stars review is here.
Spirit of the Island
Based on games like Stardew Valley, Moonlighter, and Zelda, Spirit of the Island is a relaxing life simulation RPG set on a tropical island.
You explore the once-prosperous tourist destination. Here, you’ll meet the locals and lend a hand to restore the town to its former glory as you embark on a long journey that will help you rediscover your past. You can find our Spirit of the Island review and our game guide here.
My time at Sandrock
My Time at Sandrock is the second game in the My Time series, following My Time at Portia and developed by Pathea Games.
In My Time at Sandrock, you play the role of a fledgling Builder to Sandrock. It’s up to you and your trusty tool-set to gather resources, construct machines, and repair your workshop into a well-oiled production machine. Once you do that, it’s time to save the town from the jaws of economic ruin and other unexpected complications. You can read our My Time at Sandrock review here and find our guide here.
Roots of Pacha
Roots of Pacha is a farming and life simulation game set in the Stone Age. Soda Den developed and published the game, funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
In Roots of Pacha, you help your once nomadic clan settle in a promised and fertile land. You can do so alone or with up to four players in online multiplayer.
You’ll connect with nature and develop ideas to evolve and enrich your culture and relationships. Eventually, you’ll discover the mysteries of Pacha and Mother Nature. Our Roots of Pacha review is here.
Summer in Mara
Summer in Mara is a single-player game set in a calm, relaxing environment. In Summer in Mara, you’ll take care of your island and harvest your crops.
Colors Live is quite a unique game on our list of Best Kickstarter Games To Play and is only available on the Nintendo Switch. In Colors Live, you use paint and multiple brushes to draw art. You can also paint with your fingers or your favourite stylus or using the Colors SonarPen.
This art game also has Quest, a game mode designed for beginners and masters alike, where you paint using a set theme and various rules. Furthermore, Colors Live also has online features where you can share your creations worldwide. Our Colors Live review is here.
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Cattails: Wildwood Story
Cattails: Wildwood Story is the sequel to Cattails, developed by indie studio Falcon Development and released for Steam. It’s due for release on the Nintendo Switch before the end of this year.
In the game, you take on the role of a cat. As a cat, you’ll prowl through dense forests and sandy beaches in search of rare herbs and delicious prey. You’ll also build and customise your cat colonies and attract new residents to grow a prosperous community.
Our review of Cattails: Wildwood Story is here.
The Wandering Village
Another unusual game is The Wandering Village, a city-building game where you build your city on the back of a huge moving beast.
You become the leader of a settlement and must balance the villagers’ needs to ensure they can all thrive and survive. Furthermore, you must adapt your village as you travel through many different biomes, each with unique climate zones, opportunities and threats. Our The Wandering Village review is found here.
Beacon Pines is a narrative adventure indie game developed by Hiding Spot Games. After a campaign on Kickstarter, the game was released for Nintendo Switch, Steam and Xbox.
You play as Luka, a 12-year-old deer boy who lives in Beacon Pines with his grandmother after his father passed away and his mother mysteriously disappeared.
Luka hangs out with his best friend, Rolo. While awaiting the town’s upcoming Harvest Festival, the pair stumble upon some strange happenings at the abandoned warehouse in the woods. Along with the new girl in town, Beck, the trio set out to unravel the mysteries of what is happening in Beacon Pines. You can read our Beacon Pines review here.
Beasts of Maravilla Island
Beasts of Maravilla Island is a photography game developed by Banana Bird Studios and published by Whitethorn Digital and was released for Steam, Switch and Xbox One.
Playing as photographer Marina, you’ll embark on an adventure as an aspiring wildlife photographer in the magic jungles of Maravilla Island. On Maravilla Island, you’ll solve puzzles to discover extraordinary creatures, interact with them in their natural habitat, and photograph the enchanting, unique behaviours you reveal for your journal. You can find our Beasts of Maravilla Island review here.
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