The *beep* has officially begun to become *beep*. WITNESS THE *beep*ING BECOMING!
After an absence that can only be described as ill-advised-but-audacious, we - me, Whiskers - has returned. Which mountains did I traverse, you ask? All four of them are in the country only rich-people know about. Or someone that has access to a trebuchet and a large pile of pillows.
Upon my journey's conclusion, I see very many deserving projects snaking for my rubber wallet inside of my fanny pack. Let us take a look into Pandora's Box.
Avatar Legends (A tabletop roleplaying game with Avatar...c'mon) - Infinitely Funded (Backed By Me)
If you are an Avatar fan, you've backed this. If you are not an Avatar fan, you have deeper emotional problems that money will not fix. Regardless, the utter lack of Avatar-based, in-universe material will fuel this train to the casino on the moon and beyond. Nothing more to say. Move along.
Speaking of visually marvel-icious looking projects, Bittersweet Birthday walks the wonderfully-nostalgic line between the old and the new. The old, 16-bit era of visuals will simply never die at this point. The new, menacing character design mixes with quick action to bring another angle to this hopeful title.
In Bittersweet Birthday, you play as a nameless action boy, dodging and fighting to solve a mystery. The amount of cake involved in this mystery is its most compelling factor. What kind of cake is it? Is that pink frosting strawberry flavored? Is Paul Hollywood going to judge that cake?
The character designs caught my eye once I moved past the cake, followed quickly by the flexible action system. Bittersweet Birthday looks to push you towards varied attacks with the main character jabbing with lights to open them up for a heavy. The combat looks like a mixture of bullet-hell and a bit of Titan Souls - and I am here. For. That.
Infinity (Blast from the past and into your Game Boy Color) - 1386% Funded
Every now and then, there is a crowdfunding project that serves the holy trinity of Maslow's hierarchy: the cognitive need to give a voice to the voiceless, the aesthetic need to have more plastic garbage, and the esteem need to stick it to a short-sided video game publisher. Infinity offers bidders that chance.
Made wayyyy back at the end of the Game Boy Color's era, publisher's shunned the original development studio and the project was cancelled. Twenty excruciating years of strife, war, and the Kardashians later, we see the little RPG's beautiful, bright sprites in action. The action itself is all about positioning in its turn-based combat with six specialized characters.
Remember that plastic stuff I mentioned? Well, you can have yourself a certified, working Game Boy Color cartridge of Infinity. It comes in a box. And has a protective case. What more could you want?!