How a stupid summer side dish can raise over $50K in less than 30 days and other, more deserving projects go by largely unnoticed and under-appreciated is absolutely frustrating to me. Take BULB BOY for instance. Here’s a game from a group of relatively unknown Polish developers and designers that looks AWESOME and yet, with 17 days to go they’re not even at 50% of their $40K goal. It just… it blows my friggin’ mind.
Okay, stepping down from my soapbox now… hold on… almost down… there we go.
Bulb Boy is a “2D point’n’click adventure” that may look cute at first, but lurking underneath is a game full of twisted puzzles, creep monsters and old school fun that simultaneously brings to mind The Binding of Issac, japanese horror films and Adventure Time. You play as the titular (bulb-headed) boy who suddenly wakes one night to “discover that darkness has overshadowed the old family house [and his family] have disappeared.”
The Kickstarter page is jam-packed with concept/character art for the various creatures that lurk in Bulb Boy’s darkness as well as various reward perks (stickers, t-shirts, etc), but the highlight is an online playable demo – totally worth checking out.
If you’re interested in learning more or to see how you can help support this project, be sure to stop by the Bulb Boy Kickstarter page.