Back the Sportsfriends project at $15 and get four games that are fun to watch and fun to play; back it to the tune of $10,000 for the "ultra-exclusive trampoline-controlled" wrestlefest Get On Top.
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Each of the multiplayer quartet has been featured at multiple game festivals and award shows.
Johann Sebastian Joust is a video game without the video, in which players nudge and hustle each other into dropping or jolting their game controllers, preferably to the tune of Bach's finest works.
It's like a cross between musical chairs, fencing and tag that has been featured at the IndieCade Awards, the Penny Arcade Expo and Paris's Gaite Lyrique, and was voted most innovative at the Game Developer Choice Awards 2012 -- that's ahead of Portal 2, Bastion, L.A. Noire and Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.
Also well known is Pole Riders, from the maker of maniacal sprinting game QWOP (and its more recent equestrian variant, CLOP). For Sportsfriends, the pole-jumping soccer madness of Pole Riders becomes Super Pole Riders, overhauled and enhanced to take advantage of strides already made.
Perhaps less widely recognized but equally well-adapted to public performance (and equally well received at IndieCade, Wild Rumpus and others) are Hokra, digital ice hockey for four players, also being expanded for Sportsfriends, and BaraBariBall, a hypercolored kung-fu rugby played on obstacular landscapes.
Sportsfriends will be released across Windows, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 3, and the project runs until December 10, 2012, with a final release anticipated for October 2013.
Sportsfriends project: kickstarter.com/projects/gutefabrik/sportsfriends-featuring-johann-sebastian-joust
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