4 Indie Games You Should Be Backing on Kickstarter

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Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been an amazing way for some many indie developers to raise the funds to make their ideas into games for people around the world to enjoy. In fact, if it wasn’t for Kickstarter we wouldn’t have games like Elite: Dangerous, Hyper Light Drifter, or Wasteland 2.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at 4 games currently on Kickstarter that we, the gamers, should be backing.

RUiN

RUiN is a Top-Down Arena-styled brawler game being developed by Tarhead Studios -- an indie studio based out of Sweden. The game boasts customizable characters, a large pool of abilities to choose from, and team-based online multiplayer. 

RUiN has already been Steam Greenlighted and is very close to meeting its Kickstarter goal and is currently 92% funded with 7 days to go. Check out the video and if it looks like something you'd like playing then consider backing this new twist on PvP.

No Mercy 

No Mercy is a story of 4 different characters working together to cleanse the forest from the dark powers of corruption while also having the brief respite of Kevin -- the fourth-wall breaking bird person?  

Kevin aside, this is a promising brawler title developed by Multivarious Games, with a Castle Crashers kind of feel to it. It has a whimsical art style and character/story depth just waiting to be discovered.

There is currently a playable demo and it's currently 78% of the way funded with 14 more days to go. I've personally backed this game after trying the demo out as I know that this will be a fun game for my girlfriend and me to play so give it a shot and your support if you can!

Aaero

The duo at Mad Fellows Games has cooked up something truly challenging and unique -- high-speed sci-fi shooter action layered with pounding electronic beats. Aaero plays off of the synergy of music and precision movement mechanics all while assaulting your earbuds with an incredible lineup of licensed music from artists like Flux Pavilion, Noisia, and Katy B just to name a few. 

Aaero is all ready to be shipped to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 but the Mad Fellows are running their Kickstarter to also bring the game to Steam. The game is already 78% backed and has 14 more days to go so check it out!

Die for Valhalla!

If you haven't noticed yet, I have a thing for beat-em' up games and couch co-op. The developer team over at Monster Couch have just what I'm looking for to scratch that itch, as well as fulfill my Viking needs with their game Die for Valhalla!.

Reminiscent of Rogue Legacy and  Castle CrashersDie for Valhalla! has a bit of everything you could want from a hack-and-slash game -- Vikings, beards, spears, lightning bolts, berzerker rage, beards, character upgrading, violence, and comical gore.

The game has already met its Kickstarter backing goal and is now in its stretch goal phase to unlock more content and game modes. If you liked the video be sure to check out their Kickstarter and become a Viking today!

With so many awesome games being developed by indie teams it's hard to keep up with all the great ideas out there but here are the 4 games that will get my backing.

Which of these games caught your eye the most? Let's talk about it, and other great indie titles on Kickstarter in the comments below!

Published Mar. 1st 2017

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Lover of gaming since he first wrapped his hands around the original GameBoy, to draining his allowance away at the local laundromat arcade cabinets as a kid, and now broadcasting his adventures on twitch.tv Justin practically dreams in pixels. When he’s not playing games he’s typically found prototyping a game concept or consuming otherworldly amounts of caffeine.


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