This week offers up a nice balance of a cool zombie apocalypse game with a refreshing twist, an adaptation of a classic tale with a twist and a Matthew Lillard feature film with a twist: He directed it. There is lots of twisting to be done on Kickstarter this week.
Pick #1 – Zombie Playground (#ZPG)
At this point zombie apocalypse games are old hat. We’ve seen every angle on the genre you can possibly think of. Or have we? Zombie Playground is aiming to take the carnage out of the mall and into the school yard. Using third-person action RPG elements, the creators of ZPG want to immerse players in the apocalypse from a kid’s perspective. The game will include interactive environments, customizable weapons, and cooperative team game play. The game is coming from Massive Black, developers who have had a hand in several titles. They are being advised along the way by Erich Schaefer, one of the designers on the original Diablo. The game will even include a player class system, so there will still be that one kid that gets picked last in gym class.
Pick #2 – Tokyo Wonderland
Another Kickstarter success story, Tokyo Wonderland is the tale of Alice in Wonderland told with a Japanese flair. They’ve reached their funding goal and the campaign ends tomorrow (Sunday, May 27th) at 10:45pm EDT, so if you want to pre-order this gorgeous looking adventure on the other side of the looking glass, you’ll need to make like the White Rabbit and hurry. The book is including every memorable moment from the Lewis Carroll classics but with an Asian bent. The White Rabbit as a spirit animal/companion, the Vorpal Sword as a mystical kitana blade, the Caterpillar as a dragon, and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum as Sumo wrestlers all hit the spot perfectly to make Alice’s adventures in this Wonderland all the more surreal. Now if only we could get Square Enix to pick up the rights for a an epic RPG adaptation.
Pick #3 – Fat Kid Rules the World
Last year, Matthew Lillard went off and made a movie based on the novel Fat Kid Rules the World, his feature directorial debut. The film was selected to play at SXSW and received almost universally positive reviews. Now they are looking to release the movie to the rest of us and plan on touring it with the Vans Warped Tour this summer. The Kickstarter campaign is solely to raise money to market and distribute the film. Admittedly, asking to crowdfund a marketing campaign may seem like a marketing tactic in itself, but the film does look great and we hope as large of an audience as possible gets to see it. (No pun intended)