Ah, Kickstarter. We are seeing more and more of you these days! The latest game creator to use the fundraising platform to help fund their next title is Phil Hassey, maker of Galcon and the recently released Dynamite Jack. Last month, Hassey launched a Kickstarter for Galcon 2: Galactic Conquest and just recently eclipsed his goal of $23,099.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Galcon, it was a real-time strategy game that Hassey first released in the mid-1990s, before porting it over to the iPhone in 2008. If anyone has read Ender's Game, they will probably notice a similarity with Galcon's gameplay and the strategic war games in that novel. In the new game, the overall objective remains the same -- defeat your enemies by swarming planets with waves of ships.
Galcon was one of the first standout titles for iOS, winning several awards and garnering near-universal acclaim for its addictive, frantic action. Finding the right balance between reactive gestures and strategic thinking is key to advancing. While the game has seen some updates and add-ons since, Galcon 2: Galactic Conquest will be the actual, officially-stamped sequel that fans have been waiting for.
Unlike the first Galcon, the sequel will be free-to-play and feature an in-game store. It will be interesting to see if the freemium method will alter the gameplay at all. But Hassey has made it clear that he will be listening to his fans and will take advice from the Galcon community.
If you'd like to know more, check out the video from the Kickstarter.