Kickstarter Highlights: Mongrel & Muti
Every few weeks I’ll be going through Kickstarter in search for interesting new projects that require a little extra help. Each project chosen will represent what I see as project that others may be interested in backing. The Kickstarters will all be selected from the video game cartography, but this doesn’t strictly mean it’s a project that will result in a video game being produced. The first entry into my Kickstarter consists of two game, one of which is a potential cultural experience, the second a a straight up good concept for a game.
As I searched through the various Kickstarter pages, Mongrel stood out instantly. The cover art used was bold and well done, and stood out from the crowds of zombie themed games around it. Mongrel is a two man project that was originally planned as a mobile title. The plans have since changed (as requested by the projects growing community) with Mongrel now being designed for the PC.
Mongrel is set in a world in which animals have evolved into humanoid hybrids. Their civilization is dictated by a caste system. This system leaves Mongrels at the bottom of the hierarchy, their only roles in this world is that of slaves. Their only chance of freedom is by earning it in the arena as gladiators.
The reason this project stands out from the rest is simply the concept. The humanoid hybrids is a brilliant idea, as its the whole concept of a class system developing within their civilization. Playing as one of the Mongrel races in various 1 v 1 battles (both online and offline), or teaming up with someone to kill a beast, is indeed appealing. The twists on not knowing what type of battle is next is also a great feature. Add to this a system that allows players to pick and choose their weapons and armor (which dictates the players style of play) adds a lot of potential depth.
The Kickstarter goal is a moderate $30,000, with backer rewards being quite reasonable. For those longing for a interesting blood sport based game, with shades of Monster Hunter, Mongrel might be the project for you.
Survival horror is a genre in decline, and it seems only the independent developers are willing to create new entries into the genre. Muti is a first person horror experience sprinkled with puzzles. The game is set in South Africa, as well as being made there, and aims to place the culture into the game world.
The game is played from the perspective of a young African woman named Zola, as she searches for her missing brother. As she continues her search, she crosses paths with the Johannesburg Occult Crime Unit, and becomes entangled in the goings on of local cult. The story will take Zola through her family’s past, as well as forcing Zola to face her fears.
The stand out features proposed in Muti include the likes of Zola trying to maintain her sanity, unique A.I based on characters mannerisms and classic puzzle solving and horror elements. The prospect of playing through a part of the world not normally explored in video games is also appealing.
Muti is a interesting idea that could result in a decent horror experience that also brings the culture of South Africa to video games. The Kickstarter goal is quite steep at £158,000,backer rewards are quite reasonable however. For those into their world culture, and puzzle games, Muti is certainly worth looking at.