Friday, March 29, 2013

Metroid Prime/Halo 4 Designer Kickstarting A New Game

Kickstarter continues its tradition of bringing us new and unique video game projects. One of the newest projects titled Buddy & Me is a 2D "endless runner" adventure from Sunbreak Games which was founded by Jason Behr who formerly worked at Retro Studios and 343 Industries. Jason's resume includes level design for Metroid Prime and mission design for Halo 4 which is impressive to say the least.

Buddy & Me is based around a young boy who dreams each night about a treehouse and exploring the surrounding forest with his Buddy, a large fluffy creature who assists you through the games environments. It is an interesting concept and the 2D hand drawn visuals remind me of the stunning A Boy and His Blob on the Wii. While the "endless runner" genre is largely lost on me, I am always looking for the perfect game to convert me as I do love the rhythm based runner levels of Rayman Legends.

The Kickstarter video gives a sneak peak of the game which looks good and will hopefully buck the typical runner trend of brutal super precise jumps and embrace a more relaxed, fun approach to the design. Sunbreak Games is asking for a reasonable $40,000 to complete the project and they have already reached close to $10,000 with 21 days to go. Rewards range from a digital copy of the game to visiting the developers and being listed as an Executive Producer in the credits.

While the game is currently coming for tablets and mobile devices, the company has expressed interest in bringing the project to the Wii U. Considering Nintendo's ultra inviting stance towards indie games where they have removed almost all barriers to development, odds are high that this project will come to the Wii U provided it is successfully funded. Also of note, Jason Behr reached out to to announce the project which seems like a very odd move if it wasn't going to Nintendo's console. Check out the game below and be sure to donate if you like what you see. Enjoy!

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