I tried to raise funds once for a night out. I asked mates if they could lend me a few quid until payday. After my round of begging, I ended up with around £15. I had a crap time in town, and I had to walk home after a night of nicking drinks and bumming smokes, instead of getting a nice, warm taxi.
Barcelona-based Petoons Studio has gone and done a similar thing, except the company wanted money to develop its video game, Curse of the Sea Rats, a hand-drawn action-adventure game inspired by Metroid and Castlevania.
The developer went online – cap-in-hand – and has now raised a staggering $273,000. That’s 1600% more than the developers originally wanted. I need new friends.
“We are very proud to have exceeded every expectation about the success of Curse of the Sea Rats on Kickstarter”, says Sergio Garcia, CEO at Petoons Studio. “We are excited to launch this awaited adventure in the first half of next year.”
The four-player “ratoidvania” will be releasing on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2021. And after raising that much money, it had better be bloody brilliant.
- Classic hand-drawn animation like the golden era of Disney and Don Bluth.
- A perfect mix of 2D models crafted on a 3D game environment for a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer experience.
- Explore a huge map with hundreds of rooms, in a non-linear quest, solving puzzles, and fighting enemies in the coast of Ireland in 1777.
- 5 playable characters, jam-packed with weapons and special abilities to upgrade.
- Discover all the secret rooms, special items, and multiple endings.
- Single-player mode: more than 12 hours of gameplay for the main quest
- Local Co-Op Multiplayer mode: up to 4 players.
- Spectacular hand-drawn intros, ending and animations to discover the story behind the characters.
- Featuring “The Ghost Ship” Survival mode, “The Eternal Curse” New Game Plus mode, and “The Pirate’s Revenge” Hardcore Solo mode.
- Full localization in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Czech and Catalan.
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Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)