Kickstarter Check-In: Shujinkou, Fallen Angel, Sorcery Tempest
RPGamer’s ad hoc Kickstarter Check-In feature returns for a look at three ongoing crowdfunding campaigns. This edition features Rice Games’ Shujinkou, Matrioshka Games’ Fallen Angel, and Lionwing Publishing’s Sorcery Tempest.
Rice Games’ Shujinkou is a new education-oriented action RPG. The game endeavours to help teach elements of the Japanese language through mini-games and Metroidvania-style gameplay.
Shujinkou stars three characters named Shu, Jin, and Kou. The game is set in a world where Japanese is a universal language, but which is under attack from demons that are erasing the language. Players will be able to wield five or six different hiragana, katakana, or kanji in each level, using them to hit the relevant weaknesses of the demons they encounter. Japanese verbs can be used to buff the player or debuff enemies, while bosses will include questions that cover the Japanese language or ethical aspects that will affect the outcome of the story.
Shujinkou is being developed for PC and Mac, with PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions also being targeted. Rice Games is looking for $45,000 in funding by November 5, 2019. Those who pledge at least $30 will receive a digital copy of the game as part of their backer rewards. The game is currently expected to receive an Early Access version in 2020, with a full release to follow in 2021.
Matrioshka Games’ Fallen Angel is a pixel-art hack-and-slash RPG where players take on the role of Lucifer as he returns to the Kingdom of Heaven. The game feature top-down combat and exploration across seven realms, each guarded by an Archangel boss.
Players can go through the unique realms in whichever order they wish and can team up with a friend for two-player co-op. Combat includes the abilities to juggle enemies in the air, parry and counter enemy attacks, unlock new abilities, and upgrade skills through a large skill tree.
Fallen Angel is being developed for PC, with Matrioshka Games looking for $20,000 in funding by November 7, 2019. Those who pledge at least $12 will receive a digital copy of the game as part of their backer rewards. The game is currently expected to release in 2020.
Lionwing Publishing is looking to localise Japanese doujin developer MUYM’s Sorcery Tempest, which was released in Japan in December 2017. Inspired by titles such as Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, and Vagrant Story, Sorcery Tempest is billed as a cross between strategy RPG, board game, and visual novel.
Sorcery Tempest follows Jasper Rubeus, an apprentice in the Order of the Royal Knighthood, after he is sent to investigate the death of a dragon. The game is split into three segments: story, exploration, and combat. The visual novel-style events occur before, during, and after battles, while exploration sees players visiting towns to upgrade equipment and take on quests. Combat uses a battlefield split into two sides made up of numbered hexagonal grids, including special ‘Odd’ and ‘Even’ spaces. Up to five characters are placed on the grid at the start of battle, with combatants able to attack any enemy on the corresponding numbered slot.
Sorcery Tempest is a PC title, with Lionwing Publishing looking for $5,500 in funding by November 12, 2019. Those who pledge at least $12 will receive a digital copy of the game as part of their backer rewards. The game is currently expected to release in 2020.
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