Kickstarter, and sites like it, have allowed us a way to offer support to projects that, well, might not ever see the light of day otherwise. It has given us useful products and great works of film and even potentially timeless video game classics. There is, however, a lot of crud to wade through to find the potential diamonds in the rough. This is one of those gems: Timespinner
It is, as so many other games are trying to be these days in the indie scene, a Metroidvania style platformer that has a unique hook. The dash of a Prince of Persia dynamic in stopping time to avoid enemies or turn them into platforms on which you can progress further makes for an interesting twist on a familiar archetype.
The visuals are retro, for sure, but feature many of the modern trappings that developers these days can be afforded with such pixel-art tech. It is the product of a single developer, Bodie Lee, who has been working on this project for nearly five years. He got his start by developing final project for his game-programming class and it has evolved into his full-time job and passion.
The story focuses on the exploits of a woman named Lunais, a resident of a peaceful pastoral village who is caught in the middle of a systematic campaign of mass-murder via the evil Lachiem empire. She decides it is time to seek out revenge and, bit by bit, moves through the epochs of time to dismantle the galaxy's infamous empire.
The notes are familiar but I think what gives the project promise are some of the people Lee has lined with him to bring the project home. Jeff Ball, composer for such titles as Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, Wing Commander Saga and more, will deliver an OST that is appropriately old-school and gothic. The voice actress tapped to offer narration and due the voice of the main character is Elspeth Eastman who provided voice work for Orchid/Sadira in Killer Instinct, Crypt of the Necrodancer (!) and even Guns of Icarus.
What I've found so interesting about this project is that anyone who has gotten their hands on early builds has walked away salivating for more but also that this is truly a labor of love. Bodie Lee has sunk his entire life into bringing this story to life and every pixel is painstakingly rendered, each level designed to pay homage to the greats of the past while carving out its own niche. It is entering a crowded corner of the video game market but it has a lot more promise than most of them.
The project has 9 days left on to reach its goal (which it actually has but now is entering into stretch goal territory). I'd love to see this get on the 3DS personally and they're not too far off from that happening. Platformers are a genre that seems to have a resurgence as of late but few are worth your money. This is shaping up to be worth it and then some.
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