2D platformer ReVen launches Kickstarter campaign with Wii U support [VIDEO]


Before I start I must say that WOW this game looks very promising. Just look at that concept art! Sit back and take in all that classic, eerily exploratory, side-scrolling gameplay bliss! Just listen to that music!

Phew! Sorry about that guys —I’m a huge fan of retro revamps. Hot off the Kickstarter press is yet another indie game with Wii U support. Taking inspiration from genre-defining classics such as Metroid and Megaman (these two are obvious), the 2D platformer dubbed ReVen has just launched on Kickstarter with an initial goal of $18,000.  As of writing, with a whopping 26 days to go, backers have funded $8,786. While supplies last you can secure your DRM-free copy of the game by pledging $10.

Aside from the obvious art style homages ReVen appears to be striving for some never-before-played gameplay twists. And its on the gameplay front where the developers say that ReVen borrows inspiration from more modern classics like Deus Ex and Crysis. In addition to its RPG elements, of which include an intriguing mining/crafting ability creation system, as well as online play (if funded), ReVen touts its own mission creation mode. The developers write:

“The Mission Creator. One of Reven’s most anticipated features is the ability to create and share custom levels and mission packs with your friends and the rest of the world. The Mission creator makes this possible. Players will be using the same tools we’re using to build the game so that they can create levels and mission packs to the same quality and complexity as the game’s main campaign. Our goal is to create a community of people that build and share their own unique stories and challenges for everyone to download and enjoy.”

An abundance of information about the game can be found over on its Kickstarter page. Curious about the game’s story, gameplay mechanics, the number of worlds it has to explore, whether or not it will have full voice acting (spoiler: it will), or other juicy details? They’re all there! I must say, though they’ve earned a bit of a bad reputation, I really enjoy what Kickstarter and other crowdfunding services have done for the industry. The developers really lay all the information out on the table.

Reven Concept art

Developed by Varia Games. Get it?

ReVen has several stretch goals and is also seeking support on Steam Greenlight. What do you guys think? Will you be backing?

Keep checking WiiUDaily for news and updates on ReVen!