It’s always heartening (get it?) to see someone take their first tentative steps into the game industry. Juan Raigada, a veteran member of our forum, has been working on his personal passion project for about a year, and he’s ready to ask for public backing through Kickstarter. Heart&Slash features roguelike difficulty and randomized arenas combined with the combat of a brawler. You play Heart, a robot with yearnings of independence and the fighting skills to back it up. The love interest is either Slash, another free-thinking bot, or the many weapons and upgrades the player can grab as he journeys through the hostile automated facility.
“Fight using 75 different weapons and 60 different body parts that will change the way the game plays. Teleport, stop time, fly with a jetpack, wall-jump, discover enemy weaknesses and so on. From the trivial to the game-changing, you can try thousands of different combinations.”
You had me at “stop time.” He is asking for a mere $20,000 to turn Heart&Slash into reality. If you’re interested, you can even read back through the early development of the game in the TIGForums.