Spellirium is an original game from Untold Entertainment who are best known for Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure. Ryan Henson Creighton, the one man team behind Untold, is using what he jokingly refers to as “kickending” to fund the end of Spellirium. This approach is similar to Minecraft’s approach of letting people buy the game during alpha to fund it’s completion, but Ryan combines it with perks that so many Kickstarter games have.
More information on the game’s development can be found in this interview with Polygon.
“The budget is elastic,” Creighton explained. “The amount of support that we get really does determine the quality with which we can finish the game.” Funding will also affect how quickly Untold can deliver version 1.0 of Spellirium; Creighton said he’s hoping to raise $50,000, which would allow him and his team of freelance contributors to finish the game in approximately four months.
An early review of the alpha you get from supporting Spellirium has been done by Rock Paper Shotgun:
Overall, Spellirium plays like a point and click adventure. You have an inventory, there are conversations to chose dialogue during, and there are puzzles to be solved. But rather than classic adventure puzzles, here you use this Spellcaster – a seven-by-seven grid of tiled letters – to spell out words for all manner of different reasons. Most times the solution to a puzzle is going to be USE SPELLCASTER ON X.
I just ordered my copy and am looking forward to playing it 🙂