December 6th, 2012 | By Tom Christiansen
StarQuail Games has produced a number of titles you may already be familiar with: Astroman, Crystal Skin, Tiny Barbarian, and Sky Puppy.
Arguably, their most popular game is Tiny Barbarian, a simple retro-styled 2D platformer where you play as a tiny barbarian who chases his love across a frozen battlefield.
Tiny Barbarian proved so popular that StarQuail Games decided to start working on a much more polished version, which they are now calling Tiny Barbarian DX.
Tiny Barbarian DX includes upgrades to the game all around. The developer promises a, “smoother, faster, more colorful experience” and has completely re-worked the combat combo system, added in new enemies, more treasure to discover, and more damsels to rescue. This improved version will run on the custom game engine that was developed by StarQuail Games and used in Astroman.
StarQuail Games plans to develop Tiny Barbarian DX in an episodic format. Each episode is a short mini-story, similar to what is seen in Sci-Fi and Fantasy pulp novels (Conan the Barbarian just might be an influence). The developer assures potential supporters that it will be a “one-price-for-all” model, rather than having people pay individually for each episode.
Last month, StarQuail Games launched a Kickstarter campaign for Tiny Barbarian DX, and has raised quite a bit. However, the game still needs roughly $2,500 to meet its goal. The developer is creating Tiny Barbarian DX in his free time, as a hobby. This is truly a work of passion, on his part.
I always feel that it is important to support these developers who dedicate their free time to entertaining the rest of us. They make great sacrifices to dedicate their time to making their project great, the least we can do is toss them a few bucks, as thanks.
“The attention to background details sold me on the graphics. This is pixel art done right.” – Kyllorac
“It’s small, it’s stylistic, it’s charming, and has a kicking bleep and bloop soundtrack. I’m in.” - Kana
“Indie games such as this are a lot of the reason I love Steam so much.” – GadgetTR
The Big Question:
Can the community come together to get Tiny Barbarian DX Kickstarted and Greenlit?
Join in the discussion in the forums, you never know when the developer might drop in and answer your questions.
Visit Tiny Barbarian DX’s official website, and then check out its Kickstarter campaign page where you can pledge your support. Of course, if monetary support is not an option, you can always support the game by voting for it on Steam Greenlight.