Published on October 9th, 2013 | by James Maxwell0
Kickstarter Spotlight: Comic ConQuest
Comic Conquest is a party-based tactical RPG that has just recently popped up on Kickstarter. The game takes place at a comic convention that has gone very very wrong. A mysterious villain known only as The Hoarder has unleashed a dark magic upon the convention hall that has transformed each of the costumed fans into the characters they are portraying. This means they will be fully equipped with the weapons and various super-powers that their character should have. This all sounds a little bit dangerous, so it might be a good idea to team up with other con-members to increase your chances of survival. You’ll need all the help you can get to defeat your enemies and collect as much swag as possible, while in turn finding out what’s up with the mysterious Hoarder.
You start off Comic Conquest by first creating a character out of one of three groups; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Comic Book (and possibly Horror and Anime if the devs reach their stretch goals). Once your character is the way you want it to be you will be provided with a booth to call your own. Your booth is essentially your home base, and it’s where you will rest, train your characters, acquire new missions, and assemble your very own group of cosplayers. Your booth is fully customizable and you’ll be able to add rare items to it that will give your party members some extra special bonuses.
Once you’ve got your booth looking the way you want it you will select the troops you want in your posse (which can be made up of heroes you’ve created, your friends, or even random players on the net). After that is done you’re ready to hit the convention centre halls. You and your team will be looking to find an area of the convention hall that looks like it will be most easily conquered. Along your journey you will run into a wide variety of enemies that are standing between you and the other areas of the convention centre.
Once you’ve spotted the baddies you’re going to want to get your party members into an attack formation. The combat system in Comic ConQuest is turn-based, so you’ll be alternating between attacking the enemy and defending their attacks. The team that comes out of battle victorious will be awarded with the spoils of war – which in this case come in the way of loot drops and rare swag bags (it is a comic convention after all). You’ll gather coins, potions, costumes and weapons that will help you in your quest of conquering the rest of the convention hall.
As you progress through Comic ConQuest game you will need to upgrade both your gear and your booth. You’re probably going to want to swap your cardboard shield for something a fair bit sturdier, and you might want to stick a TV in your booth to keep your teams morale high.
While all of the features that the developers already have planned for Comic ConQuest they have stated that they’re going to stay flexible during the development process to allow for changes based off of what the gamers want to see in the game. Comic ConQuest is really a game for the fans, and knowing our input matters is a huge plus in my books.
The developers of Comic ConQuest have stated that they initially contemplated using a free-to-play payment model for the game, but since then they have changed their minds to make it a traditional one-time purchase. That’s not to say that there wont be any additional content though, as they have plans for additional DLC to be released after the game is officially released. This DLC will come in the way of additional levels, characters, and possibly some sort of option to purchase in-game currency with real money. That said, the devs have since stated that the game will not in any way be a “pay-to-win” kind of game, so this currency isn’t going to be needed to get the most out of Comic ConQuest.
Another thing worth mentioning is that if you decide to back this project as an “EARLY ACCESS LEVEL” backer (which is any amount of $10 or more) you will be given access to the full game when it is released, and all additional content that released in the future will be free to you as well (on PC or Mac). If you ask me, that’s pretty friggin’ sweet!
- Amazing Art: Emmy-award winner and well-known comic artist Jeff Matsuda brings his distinctive style to the game!
- Fast-Paced, Tactical Combat: Less time looking for fights, more time kicking ass!
- Cooperative Play: Team up with friends to battle epic bosses, complete insane challenges, and earn massive rewards! ·
- Extensive Customization Options: Change up your costume, tweak your abilities, and upgrade your booth to provide your character with special powers!
- Monthly Content Updates: New maps, exclusive items, celebrity villains, and a whole lot more!
- In-Game Trivia Challenges: Outwit your opponents with your vast knowledge of all things geeky!
- Famous Cosplayers: Seven of the world’s top cosplayers will be available to add to your party as recruitable characters!
- In-Game Theater: Take a break from the action and catch up on the latest movie trailers and other exclusive content!
Platforms: Web (PC/Mac), iOS, and Android
The money that the devs earn from this Kickstarter campaign will be going straight towards building the game’s features, characters and all of the cosplay goodness that you’re sure to expect in a game about a comic con. What is already planned for the games initial release sounds like a lot of content already, but the devs have some serious plans for the game if their stretch goals are reached. These additions include two new character groups, a level creation system, and possibly an in-depth guild system.
As with all Kickstarter projects there are rewards for those who decide to back the game. Backers of Comic ConQuest can snag some pretty cool goodies that range from full copies of the game to art books, and from a spot in the game’s credits to invites to the Comic ConQuest launch party. There’s a lot of cool stuff being offered for those that want to see this game become a reality.
At the time of this article Comic ConQuest is sitting around the 50% funded mark over on Kickstarter. The campaign is still on for two more weeks, and I have high hopes that this game will get funded in time. If you’re interested in seeing this awesome project come to fruition in the near future you should head over to Kickstarter right away and donate whatever you feel comfortable with. The rewards start at just $1, and every little bit helps the developers reach their goal!
If Comic ConQuest reaches its funding goal it is expected to see its release in early 2014 on web, iOS and Android platforms.
Official Game Website: ComicConQuest.net