Kickstarter has a rich history of popular board games. Titles such as Exploding Kittens, Rising Sun or Zombicide: Black Plague (all funded on KS) are often known even by persons who are not passionate about board games. At the beginning of March 2018 another project gathered enough supporters (and their $$$) to become real – Sonic the Hedgehog Battle Racers, by team S7 Games (formerly known as Shinobi 7). And from the very beginning, it had some promising looking features – aesthetically presentable figures of playable characters, the theme of “racing game” quite fitting to the main hero of the series, the random construction of the board – enough to make the project interesting for fans of board games and Sonic the Hedgehog universe. Now the time has come to verify promises and check the game in practice – let’s get busy!
Disclaimer – this review is written based on Kickstarter “Hyper Pledge” variant of the game, with all possible add-ons.
Sonic is no stranger to board games, but this latest outing looks to be the most ambitious yet. So much so, that the company behind the production, Shinobi 7, has just launched a Kickstarter to fund their new game. There’s quite a lot to take in from the Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers page, namely that the game features up to 5 playable characters, each with their own abilities and stats, and that the game features interchangeable tiles to vary up play, keeping it fresh each time.
The biggest thing to note, as with any Kickstarter, is what you’re actually buying. As of this writing, there’s only one tier for rewards, and that’s set at a somewhat pricey $100. Dropping that dough nets you a copy of the game, an exclusive Super Sonic character, and any “freebie” stretch goals that are unlocked. Speaking of which, stretch goals include more characters like Shadow and Blaze, though it’s worth noting that if they’re unlocked, you’ll have to pay more to actually obtain them.
The Battle Racers Kickstarter goes into more detail about how the game plays, so if that tickles your fancy, you can check it out. If funded, the game is expected to ship in October of this year.
LakeFeperd, a member of our forums who is probably most well known for his fangames Sonic Before the Sequel and After the Sequel, just put up a Kickstarter for his upcoming game Spark the Electric Jester. He’s asking $7,000 as the base goal for the game, which he calls a mix of Sonic (obviously), Mega Man X and Kirby Super Star.
The main reason for the Kickstarter is to raise funds for the soundtrack and sound design, which is mostly being done by people who worked on his past fangames including Falk Au Yeong, James Landino, Andy Tunstall, Pejman Roozbeh, Michael Staple and newcomer Paul Bethers. The planned release window is Spring 2016 for Windows and Mac, with the game coming to Steam Greenlight. They plan to release a DRM free version as well. Be sure to take a look at the Kickstarter here. And if you want to try out the game, you can try out the demo.