Welcome back to Kickstart Monday! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye. We scour over platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest us.
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The first project this week is Manhattan Project: War Machine on Kickstarter. This is the 3rd installment in the Manhattan Project series and is preceded by Manhattan Project and Manhattan Project: Energy Empire.
Manhattan Project: War Machine is an engine building game focused on developing the industrial and military might of your nation.
In each round of Manhattan project you will roll dice and assign to actions on a central “Global Actions” board that all players share. You will select from actions to produce resources, trade, build new structures, clean up pollution, and expand your resource storing capacity. All other players also get the chance to take an action depending on the where you placed your dice on the Global Actions board.
One thing I will note that stands out is that the graphic design and art style of this game is a pretty big departure from the art in the previous games. I could see this being a sticking point for fans of the previous games. Manhattan has a very stylized look that looks like it draws inspiration from war propaganda posters from the WW2 era. I think the art style looks good and fits the theme of the game particularly well.
If you are a fan of the previous Manhattan project games this is worth a look, and for only $35 USD it seems like a pretty good deal. The Kickstarter campaign for Manhattan Project: War Machine will run through February 14th.
Next up is a kickstarter for Deep Shelf from Ninth Haven Games, the developer of Dinogenics.
In Deep Shelf you take on the role of one of four corporate factions exploring the dark depths of the oceans to extract and exploit its resources to fulfill their own scientific endeavors. Each round you will take two actions from a set of actions cards that let your research scientific upgrade, explore the deep with your submarines, gather resources, and build new structures to expand your home base.
One other aspect of note is that Deep Shelf can be played in a 2-4 player competitive mode or a 1-2 player cooperative branching story campaign in a series of missions. If a big crunchy strategy game in a deep sea setting sounds like the game for you, go check out Deep Shelf before the campaign ends on February 19th.
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