Kickstarter, over the past few years, has been a launch pad for some of the finer indie titles I’ve laid my eyes upon. From retro platformers like Shovel Knight to modern-styled ‘Metroidvania’ like the upcoming Heart Forth Alicia, so many of these games base themselves upon the framework of classic styles of gaming and insert new ideas that simply wouldn’t have been possible on legacy hardware. Starr Mazer is one of these such titles, marrying together a pair of genres that I’ve had a certain fondness since the days of my youth playing on the NES.
Starr Mazer combines a pair of genres that seemingly would be completely incompatible any other way: LucasArts’ classic point-and-click adventures coupled with the side-scrolling shmups of Konami’s golden days. Brick M. Stonewood, the heroic pilot of the Starr Wolf and lead of the story, has a certain brash aire to himself that could only be described with a likeness to Space Dandy, that dandy in space. Fans of chiptune music will be pleased to know that over 20 composers are contributing to the soundtrack, including Jake Kaufman (Shovel Knight) and Manami Matsumae (U.N. Squadron).
You can find Starr Mazer‘s Kickstarter page here. Currently the project is nearly half funded with a goal of $160,000 and three weeks left in the period to be funded. Starr Mazer is targeted for a DRM-free launch on PC, Mac, and Linux with potential console releases being added in as stretch goals.
[Disclaimer: The author of this post is friends with one of the Starr Mazer team in addition to backing the project at the $25 tier.]