Planet X3 for MS-DOS by David Murray

Pledged: $82
Rewards: Digital download of game, Physical boxed copy (signed by David Murray, the 8-Bit Guy): soundtrack on cassette tape, floppy disk with the game, printed manual, copy of Planet X2 for the Commodore 64, copy of Planet X1 for the VIC-20
Kickstarter start date: June 04, 2018
Kickstarter funded on: July 05, 2018
Estimated delivery date: May 2019

Context:

The 8-Bit Guy, David Murray, has really interesting videos on old hardware and software. Last year he made a game called Planet X2 for the Commodore 64, and with this campaign, he’s amping it up with Planet X3 for MS-DOS.

Result:

The game has not yet been released.

BGO Mobile by Frostbolt Games

Pledged: €5
Rewards: Beta Tester, Backer lobby icon
Kickstarter start date: December 15, 2017
Kickstarter funded on: December 30, 2017
Estimated delivery date: January 2018

Context:

I have had a Board Game Online account since November 30th, 2011, so it made sense to back their Kickstarter for a mobile version of the game.

Result:

After an initial survey, my username is now a gold colour in-game and in the lobby. The mobile version of the game has not yet been released fully. As of August 2018, the mobile version is in an open beta.

The Cyanide & Happiness Adventure Game by Cyanide & Happiness

Pledged: $20
Rewards: Access to behind-the-scenes development forum, Digital copy of the game, Name in the credits
Kickstarter start date: September 05, 2017
Kickstarter funded on: October 06, 2017
Estimated delivery date: December 2018

Context:

I thought Cyanide and Happiness is a funny webcomic and animated series, so backing their game should be equally funny.

Result:

The game is not released yet.

GLITCHED by En House Studios

Pledged: $30
Rewards: Digital download of game, Digital download of soundtrack, PDF download of development book (art, design, secrets), Beta versions during development, Name in the credits
Kickstarter start date: July 22, 2016
Kickstarter funded on: August 22, 2016
Estimated delivery date: February 2018

Context:

I simply backed this game because someone said it was going to be the next Undertale, and soon, even SiIvaGunner released a high quality rip of one of the songs in the soundtrack, cementing my decision to remain a backer.

Result:

The developers have stated they are in the final stretch as of August 2018.

Them’s Fightin’ Herds by Mane6

Pledged: $15
Rewards: Digital copy of game, Name in the credits, Access to backers-only forum, Use of backers-only alternate palette for each character
Indiegogo start date: September 20, 2015
Indiegogo funded on: October 20, 2015
Estimated delivery date: April 2017

Context:

Them’s Fightin’ Herds is the spiritual successor to MLP: Fighting is Magic, which was cancelled due to a cease and desist by Hasbro. Them’s Fightin’ Herds’ characters were designed by Lauren Faust, who helped develop the 2010 MLP reboot. On top of this, Them’s Fightin’ Herds uses the Skullgirls engine.

Result:

Them’s Fightin’ Herds was released to Steam Early Access on February 22, 2018. The backer-exclusive palettes were included. The backer names in the credits are currently nowhere to be seen.

Tower Unite by PixelTail Games

Pledged: $15
Rewards: Access to backer-only updates/polls, Backer tag beside name in-game, Name on a plaque in the game’s plaza lobby, Desktop backgrounds, Steam Early Access copy of the game, Exclusive backer-only digital in-game item (gold trophy)
Indiegogo start date: July 13, 2015
Indiegogo funded on: August 13, 2015
Estimated delivery date: N/A

Context:

In Garry’s Mod, there is a fun gamemode known as Cinema that lets you watch online videos with other people in the Source engine. There was also the elusive GMOD Tower gamemode that expanded upon this concept with minigames, and it was something which I could never join as the servers were always so far away and the ping would be unbearable. When the creators of these two gamemodes announced a spiritual successor in the Unreal engine and local Australian and dedicated servers, I was ready to back it.

Result:

Tower Unite was released on Steam Early Access on April 9, 2016.

On the 14th of June 2018, it was just updated to version 0.5.0.0

Backer Tag next to name in scoreboard (tab key by default):

A scoreboard in Tower Unite.
A scoreboard in a Tower Unite lobby server. There is a Backer tag next to me and two other players.

Exclusive item and How to find NeonWabbit’s name in the credits:

After joining a Plaza/Lobby server, head out of the Transit Station where you will see the entrance to the Boardwalk. On the 2nd plaque here (to the left), you will see it towards the bottom. Also pictured here in the following screenshot is the exclusive item for backers in my inventory.

NeonWabbit's name listed on a plaque in the lobby.
The backer credits of Tower Unite. NeonWabbit’s name is listed here as “Darien Brice Dickinson”.

Shenmue 3 by Ys Net

Pledged: $29
Rewards: Access to surveys/polls for ideas in the game, Digital copy of the game for PC
Kickstarter start date: June 15, 2015
Kickstarter funded on: July 18, 2015
Estimated delivery date: December 2017

Context:

I had never heard of the Shenmue series before this Kickstarter was announced at an E3 conference in 2015. After seeing the hype of how many people started to back it, and seeing gameplay of the original 2 games, I decided to back this Kickstarter.

Result:

Shenmue 3 has not yet been released.

Yooka-Laylee – A 3D Platformer Rare-vival! by Playtonic Games

Pledged: $20
Rewards: Name in the credits, Digital download on Steam
Kickstarter start date: May 01, 2015
Kickstarter funded on: June 17, 2015
Estimated delivery date: October 2016

Context:

I didn’t really grow up with Banjo-Kazooie, but I did play a lot of Donkey Kong Country, Grabbed by the Ghoulies and Viva Piñata – and those were really fun. So obviously when these ex-Rare developers announced a spiritual successor to their Banjo games, I decided to take a stab in the perfect dark (heh) and make this the first crowdfunding project I pledged money towards.

Result:

Yooka-Laylee was released on PC and multiple consoles on April 11, 2017.

To find NeonWabbit’s name in the credits:

After opening the game, head to the Options & Stuff menu where you can access the credits. Navigate the credits using the on-screen controls.

The backer credits of Yooka-Laylee.
The backer credits of Yooka-Laylee. NeonWabbit’s name is listed here as “Darien Brice Dickinson”.