Death Inc. Kickstarter begins: blends Katamari & Pikmin

Monday, 4th February 2013 16:08 GMT By Dave Cook

Death Inc. puts you in charge of Grim T. Livingstone, a freelance Grim Reaper for hire, who runs a deadly business of killing and spreading the bubonic plague around 17th century England. It’s a blend of Pikmin herding, business simulation and god games. It’s also sadistic as all hell.

The Death Inc. Kickstarter went live today and Guildford outfit Ambient Studios needs £300,000 to make it happen.

Ambient’s campaign blurb reads, “Death Inc. is not your typical strategy game. It’s a unique mix of real-time strategy, god game and business sim, harking back to some of the classic Bullfrog games like Theme Park and Dungeon Keeper.

“Simply paint your orders into the world and unleash your infected minions on serfs, wenches and noblemen. Every human that falls will join the ranks of your pestilential horde. In between battles, build your business empire on the bones of your victims and strive to become the greatest Reaper the world has ever endured.”

The game is slated for an Autumn 2013 release on PC and Mac, and it should be noted that Ambient Studios combines talent from Media Molecule, Lionhead and Criterion. Not a bad list of marquee names there.

It also has a neat art style. Check out these in-game shots:



  1. DSB

    “That is inherently noble”

    Just take my fucking money already :P

    #1 2 years ago
  2. nhowell14


    Thank the good gaming lord for kickstarter…the savior of the modern gaming world

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Cool P

    It seems to be a great idea, hopefully it will be very well executed. I don’t know if the screens are from an alpha version, it looks nice, but it lacks details. We’ll see how it gores from here.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. nhowell14

    If those are indeed screens from the alpha version, then this may be an even bigger game to look forward to than my brain can comprehend…

    Dear Barbara, the katamari and Pikmin have had a baby….

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    Reminds me the looks of world of keflings in the graphics department, and that is a very good thing IMHO, i wish i was a PC gamer in order to found this game, looks really interesting.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. nhowell14

    PC gaming is expensive, which is why it’s the minority, although if Valve has anything to impose worth while it may be a whole new world out there.


    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t want to bother with a gaming rig because it’s more work than a console. I don’t think you pay more for a PC than an Xbox once you factor in Live subscriptions and the overprice on games for a couple of years.

    It has considerably more users than either console, and the publishers generally get just as much revenue off of them, but it’s also a very convenient scapegoat for flagging sales because “Durrr, torrents”.

    #7 2 years ago

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