Colors Live with Pressure-Sensitive Pen for Nintendo Switch by Jens Andersson

Pledged: 565 SEK
Rewards: Nintendo eShop Code for the game, Colors SonarPen with choosable cable color, Colors SonarPen carrying pouch, Colors Live beta access for Windows, Private developer forums access, 3x Superlikes in Colors Gallery, Name in the credits, “Patron” gallery badge, “Backer” gallery badge
Kickstarter start date: May 13, 2020
Kickstarter funded on: TBA
Estimated delivery date: August 2020

Context:

Heard about this Nintendo Switch sequel to the Nintendo DS/3DS series of art-making apps from scrolling through news on Google and Twitter. It also comes with a pressure-sensitive pen for the Switch’s touch screen this time around, so I figured I’d try it out.

Result:

TBA.

Protodroid DeLTA by Adam Kareem

Pledged: $15 USD
Rewards: Digital copy of the game, Name in the credits
Kickstarter start date: April 30, 2020
Kickstarter funded on: TBA
Estimated delivery date: November 2021

Context:

Someone on a Discord server I’m on randomly shared a link to this Kickstarter, and I decided to back it after seeing its animated art style, and that it’d be similar to some Mega Man games.

Result:

TBA.

Tangletorn by Super Nothing

Pledged: $50 USD
Rewards: Digital copy of the game, High-resolution art asset files of in-game cards, Name in the credits
Kickstarter start date: December 14, 2019
Kickstarter funded on: January 25, 2020
Estimated delivery date: October 2021

Context:

I was looking for something new to pledge towards, and this roguelike card game had a good art style, so I took a chance on it.

Result:

TBA.

Chicory: A Colorful Tale by Greg Lobanov

Pledged: $20 USD
Rewards: Digital copy of game, Name in the credits
Kickstarter start date: August 16, 2019
Kickstarter funded on: September 15, 2019
Estimated delivery date: August 2021

Context:

After seeing Jason Steele (creator of Charlie the Unicorn, Llamas with Hats, etc.) back this project, I went to see what it was about and apparently it’s by some of the creators on Wandersong, Celeste, and Night in the Woods, so I decided to also back it.

Result:

TBA.

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 digital copy of the Planet X2 and X3 games were linked as a separate downloads upon the completion of X3.

The physical copy of the games arrived at my place on March 04, 2019 – exactly eight months after the Kickstarter start date. Fitting for The 8-Bit Guy! The Planet X3 box was signed with the words “Enjoy x333”, which I requested as a sort-of pun on the game’s name.

Inside the boxes were the soundtracks on cassette tape, the printed manuals, and Planet X1 and X2 on Commodore 64 diskette, with Planet X3 on a 720K floppy, and a label for the 360K floppy disk version, should I choose to produce my own copy.

I later found my name on page 15 of the Planet X3 User Manual. Very cool!

The backer credits of Planet X3. NeonWabbit’s name is listed here as “Darien Dickinson”.

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. As of August 2018, the mobile version entered an open beta, and that is why I have tagged this project as delivered.

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.

It is planned to release in Summer 2020, according to its Steam page.

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.

The final demo was released in August 2020, with a full release later in the year.

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 palette (Tennis Shoes) was included for all characters. The backer names in the credits are currently nowhere to be seen.

The game was updated to Version 1.3.0 as of August 1, 2020.

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”.