No, that headline isn’t an exaggeration. It’s a fact. Here’s the trailer for Kobold’s Quest, a game currently seeking bankroll on 8-Bit Funding that is, according to the creators, “New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but with the promised consumption of a superb banquet of fresh nubile baby meat.” See? Told you!
Looks pretty fun, doesn’t it? It appears to be one of those co-op-until-it’s-not games in the same vein as Four Swords Adventures or, uh, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but with Wario Land: Shake It!‘s level escape mechanic, but multiplayer. And hey, if working together with friends to progress through a level then proceeding to beating the crap out of each other on the way back while vying for possession of an infant doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, you straight-up don’t even know what the word ‘fun’ means.
Honestly, competitive co-op is a genre that feels like it still has plenty of untapped potential, and it totally makes sense that indie developers would be the ones to explore that. And I don’t know about you guys, but for me and my friends, the Xbox Live Indie Games section has become a haven for great local co-op experiences. Battle Havok? Blockey? Snake360? B.U.T.T.O.N.? The Xbox Live Indie Games section has given me more memorable ad-hoc experiences than anywhere else this generation, and if this game gets funded, it looks like it could continue that tradition.
Oh yeah, the funding! Kobold’s Quest is under development by SuckerFree Games, creators of Dungeon, an XBLIG/PC beat-’em-up that reached full funding on Kickstarter startlingly fast. As of this writing, Kobold’s Quest has only $11 of the $1000 in development funds they’re trying to raise in order complete the game, but let’s see if we can’t change that.
If you’re put off on contributing because you’ve never used 8-Bit Funding, don’t stress – it’s fundamentally identical to Kickstarter. And yes, that means that if the game reaches funding, you’ll get various perks depending on your contribution. Potential prizes include mini-posters, beta access, pins, a namedrop in the credits (or in the game world itself) and more! Of particular interest to cheapskates myself is the $5+ donation level, which ensures you a PC copy of the game once it’s released into the wild! Excellent.
If you’d like to help fund Kobold’s Quest, click the widget on the right and pledge the amount of your choice. I, for one, welcome our new Kobold overlords. (Sorry.)