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Armello seeks $200,000 on Kickstarter for furry adventures

Wednesday, 9th April 2014 03:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Armello is a gloriously beautiful affair combining dynamic RPG questlines with tabletop style adventuring. Take a peek.

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In the works for a couple of years now via developer collective League of Geeks, the iPad, Linux Mac and PC title debuted on Kickstarter overnight, aiming for $200,000 to fund a team of five staff to bring it to fruition.

Armello is “a swashbuckling adventure that combines RPG elements with the strategic play of card and board games, centring on a personal, story-fuelled experience”. The player takes on the role of a hero from one of four animal clans – rat, rabbit, bear or wolf – and navigates a procedurally-generated hex-based board in a quest to become king or queen.

Heroes are customisable, unrestricted by class, and the game features over 100 animated cards. Quests lines change every time you play, and local and online multiplayer adds to the replayability. Players can choose combat, diplomacy or stealth as they pick their way across the board – which has a full day and night cycle as well as multiple environments – claiming stettlements, encountering NPCs, collecting items and equipment and playing ability cards.

Singer songwriter Lisa Gerrard is on board, lending her distinctive musical stylings. Check out the latest trailer below, and play spot the gameplay footage in the Kickstarter pitch beneath that.

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3 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    I just have to talk about the aesthetic. I’m so torn by it.

    I dislike that it feels so much like a flash game, which is something I’d hoped that we were moving away from, because it has a rigidity to it that holds back the potential of some otherwise good art. It also makes it feel shonky in the way that flash animations are. So the animation bothers me, quite a bit.

    And some parts of the art are trying very hard to be all of my beloved ’80s and ’90s cartoon. Such as the wolf being very Balto, and the bear being very Disney. I know that, and yet, I can’t even judge them poorly on that because I want it. I miss that era of cartoons, and I just wish the animation was of a better quality in order to back up the visuals, because damn, those characters.

    And the bunny, bear, and frog are just so overwhelmingly adorable. It reminds me of times when we could create funny animals and just have fun with them without people freaking out over whatever they freak out about. And that’s what this is, it’s a funny animal game. And I love their characters.

    I’m not particularly blown over by the presentation or animation, but I really, really dig the characters. I could definitely enjoy a game with more art like this, and I’d happily buy it just for the art.

    I’ll watch the Kickstarter video in a moment and have a read of the page to see what the game is about, but man, so many feels with that video. They got as many things right as they got wrong. I think the lead in is probably where they went the most wrong, with the badass… ferret? He looks ferrety. When they actually started the story stuff though with the ritual and the battles, that’s when I saw something promising in it.

    I think I like this. I’m annoyed that they’ve flummoxed some things that will bother other people and turn them away, but I like this nonetheless.

    I miss funny animal games.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. TheWulf

    Welp! They sold me on the art and the game on the Kickstarter page itself. I actually think they’re doing themselves a bit of a disservice with this and should have focused more on the game rather than trying to sell it with a long video. But a lot of Kickstarter projects have that pitfall. The game and the art both sound very much up my alley, though. It’s reminiscent of the sorts of board games I used to like way back when.

    So I’m in for this. Hopefully the video and the funny animal preference won’t hurt them too much. I’m glad of the funny animals, though, because like I said… it’s just nice to see. We’re so xenophobic these days and we have such an us fetish that I don’t see much in the way of aliens or funny animals. It’s been a very mind-numbingly boring and depressing time for me.

    This, though, I love.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. TheWulf

    Didn’t notice they all ready had 49k! Wow! I guess more people are into this sort of thing than I realised. That’s awesome.

    Also, I miss the edit button!

    #3 6 months ago

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