To back or not to back: Kickstarter shooter aims to bring back the 90s

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There’s a new Kickstarter gaining momentum: it’s called Strafe, a first person shooter that likes to think it harks back to the mid-90s with terrible graphics but fast-paced shooter action that rewards strafing, dodging and jumping. If you can imagine Quake meeting Ace of Spades, you’ll have a good idea of what it offers already.

To show off their idea and give gamers a taste of what’s to come, developer Pixel Titans has created a ten-minute pre-alpha First Look video showing the game in action, and I must admit it looks pretty cool.

I’m particularly fond of the fountains of blood that erupt from shot enemies’ heads, but more so of the way bloodstains don’t disappear – I like walking through levels and seeing the results of my skill and hard work decorating the walls.

The action appears fast and frantic, but there’s clearly a lot of work still to be done with poor enemy pathing and a few placeholder art assets visible in the demonstration. Perhaps that’s what the Kickstarter funds are for.

The developers’ goal is to raise a minimum of $185 096 (around R2.15m) to finish the game, and with 19 days to go they are about halfway there.

Interestingly, they say Strafe supports the Oculus Rift, and in my book any game that does that is immediately worth a closer look.

To get a copy of the game, the Kickstarter asks potential backers for a minimum donation of $25 (R290), with better rewards the further up the donation tier they go. The $250 level goes so far as to offer an “in-depth secret dedicated to you!”, which is kind of neat; honestly, though, I’d rather spend that R2 909 on a graphics card or something but that’s me.

Check out the video and head over to the Kickstarter page if you pine for the days of Quake-inspired first person shooter action.

Strafe is expected to be out around May 2015.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.


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