7 Best Kickstarted Games Set to be Released in 2017

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When it comes to video games, the latest trend seems to be having it funded through Kickstarter.

For those who don't know, Kickstarter is a website in which users can support others by donating money, known as crowdfunding, to reach a goal (Such as $25,000) in a set amount of days.

Along the way, incentive goals can be made, where donators will receive exclusive updates or content during the game's development or when it's released.

Here's a look at the games you should definitely consider throwing a donation to.

7. Agony

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Agony is a survival-horror game set in Hell. You play as a tormented soul, whom has no idea of their past, with the ability to control people and possess simple-minded demons in order to survive, as you make your way through to the only way to escape; meeting the mythical Red Goddess.

This is looking to be a horror game that many will remember for years to come, with it's absolute grotesque setting and themes. Madmind Studios really want you to experience this in it's raw form. The way it's supposed to be.

Agony is set for release in May. See you in Hell...

6. A Hat In Time

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Developed by Gears For Breakfast, A Hat In Time has become "The largest Kickstarter-funded indie 3D platformer" reaching almost 1000% of its goal.

Many gamers have been asking for games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie and Psychonauts. A Hat In Time looks set to bring the genre back.

You play as the character, Hat Kid, who is searching for hourglass-shaped fuel for her spaceship. You must be quick, however, as others are out for the fuel themselves, including the evil Moustache Girl.

The game will have 5 chapters, each with their own unique world and music composed by none other than Grant Kirkhope, who composed for Banjo-Kazooie.

A Hat In Time has no set release date but developers have promised a release this year.

5. Torment: Tides Of Numenera

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Developed by InXile Entertainment, Torment: Tides Of Numenera is seen as a spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, which was developed by Black Isle Studios and originally released towards the end of 1999.

The game itself is an isometric single player RPG and broke records, reaching its $900,000 goal in less than six hours and being the fastest Kickstarter project ever to reach $1 million and for being the highest funded video game project.

Story is heavily empathized over combat and text is plentiful. Described as philosophical, deeply personal and rich with choice and consequence.

T:TON is set for release at the end of February.

4. Rain World

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It's a matter of life and death when it comes to Rain World. Playing as a creature known as a catslug separated from its family, you must traverse through an ever changing ecosystem, hunt for food and shelter while avoiding torrential downpours and any predator that wants to have you for dinner.

Encounters will test your reflexes. Limited resources and the ever impending threat of flooding will test your nerve and skill.

This is an excellent mix of puzzle-platforming and scavenging that we would normally see in a survival horror game. Definitely something to look out for.

3. Hollow Knight

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In Hollow Knight, you play as the titular character on a quest to discover the unmarked secrets of an underground, forgotten kingdom, in a 2D action-adventure driven style.

Exploring vast inter-connected worlds each accompanied with beautiful hand drawn art environments and a hauntingly melancholic soundtrack and meet bizarre characters, whom could be friend or foe, along the way.

Unlock power-ups to help you defeat enemies or open new pathways, allowing you to explore even further as you traverse deeper into this forgotten world.

Almost every boss in the game has been a previous explorer and now are plagued with an infection. It's up to you to find out exactly what this infection is.

This definitely sounds like a fun little gem.

2. Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove

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Anyone who owned a Sega Megadrive/Genesis back in the 90s will most likely remember Toejam & Earl, the funkiest aliens this side of the stratosphere.

Developed by Humanature Studios, these two are set to come back this year.

The objective is this: You need to find the pieces of the Rapmaster Rocket, Toejam & Earl's ship, after Toejam decided it was a good idea to press the "Black Hole - Do Not Press!" button. Excellent idea.

Heavily inspired by the original game, Back in the Groove features stacked randomly generated levels, so it's constantly changing.

The game also features up to 4 player co-op, either through local or online play. Fun for everyone!

1. Yooka-Laylee

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Kickstarter Page

If you say you didn't see this coming, you're lying.

Created by Playtonic Games featuring former members of Rare, Yooka-Laylee is seen as the spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series, bringing back what made the 3D platformer genre so loved in the first place.

In other words it's doing what Nuts & Bolts should have done.

Hopefully, with how successful the backing has been, we'll receive more games like this in the future.

Yooka-Laylee is looking set to bring 3D platforming collectathons back on the map and hopefully for a long time.

Here's hoping it can live up to it's expectations when it releases in April.

It's looking like 2017 is going to be a good year for crowd-funded games. Are there any games not here that you're looking forward to? Will you be picking up any of these? Let us know!

Published Jan. 31st 2017

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