Kickstarter Kompilation: March 2024 edition

Phew, after that surprise 29th on the calendar I thought February would never end! Anyway, we've arrived in March—as is our right—and it's time for another roundup of video game fundraisers. As always, we have no insider information or financial interest in any of these projects, and no one at Retronauts has been compensated for including anything on this page. Also, in light of the ongoing pandemic, we recommend only backing crowdfunding campaigns if you feel comfortable with your own security and stability.

The Edge of Allegoria (ends March 2 estimated reward date December 2024)
Forgive the language, but solo developer Joe Picknell wants you to know his upcoming Game Boy project "ain't no f@#%ing kid's game." Instead, The Edge of Allegoria takes the Pokemon formula and replaces the cute critters with ghastly monsters. The internet being what it is, though, I suspect people will still find them adorable. Check out the demo on Steam and prove me wrong, folks. 

Dreamsweeper (ends March 2 estimated reward date March 2025)
I'm on record as pro-Minesweeper and this project marries the fun of explosive hunting with the tension of a roguelike. You can test the waters by trying the demo on Steam or

TerrorBytes (ends March 3 estimated reward date March 2025)
While the website uses the words "pre-order" this does seem to be a fundraising campaign to finance a documentary series on the history of horror video games. As incentive, all backers get a free copy of First Person Shooter, the documentary about exactly what it sounds like.

Rollin' Rascal (ends March 7 estimated reward date July 2026)
"A love letter to high-speed 3D platformers like Sonic the Hedgehog with the dynamic interactivity of Super Mario Bros" is how developer Curiomatic describes their newest project. Notably, Rollin' Rascal promises to include both single-player and online multiplayer options, both of which are available in the Steam demo.

Petal Crash 2 (ends March 20)
I missed the first Petal Crash, an arcade action puzzle game originally released in 2020 (to be fair, it was a busy year). Others did not miss it so developer T. Ashley Jenkins is hard at work on a sequel. Having already cleared their initial funding goal, the campaign is now adding stretch goals such as bringing back characters from the last game. Petal Crash fans, you are eating well.

Divine Guardian (ends March 29 estimated reward date December 2025)
We couldn't possibly get through a Kickstarter Kompilation without an indie Metroidvania so here's Divine Guardian, inspired by "classics like Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, and Ori." The twist is that Young Buffalo, the developers from Ho Chi Minh City, seek to incorporate Vietnamese culture into their platform action game. There's already a demo on Steam if you have more questions.