Kickstarter isn’t for everyone. Sometimes, gamers place millions upon millions of dollars into Kickstarter projects, only to have them disappear from the world and never seen again.
Although some campaigns launch with intentions of stealing money from supporters, others try to see the project through, but, unfortunately, fail to launch or the project crashes and burns under critical analysis post launch.
Believe it or not, Kickstarter does not intervene in situations where supporters become victim of financial theft, making the act of supporting any campaign on this particular platform a daring game of roulette.
Below, you will find 3 Kickstarter projects that failed to deliver to their audience (hopefully this will shed a little light on Kickstarter as a whole and the potential risk individuals take while supporting projects):
At first glance, Midora certainly appears to be an homage to The Legend of Zelda, some could even say it looks similar to the Game Boy Advance title, The Minish Cap, which launched in 2004.
Under the construction of independent game studio Epic Minds, Midora launched its Kickstarter campaign June 13, 2014 and got well over 3,300 supporters, achieving $73,430 in backer donations.
With a goal of only $60,000, which seems a bit on the low side in game development, things were looking great for those who backed it. Unfortunately, the saying “too good to be true” would shed light onto Midora as the studio would later admit that the $60,000 was nowhere close to the actual amount it would cost to bring the game to life.
According to a Kotaku report, the studio head, who goes by the name of Mhyre, mentioned that Midora would actually need “Between $120,000 and $150,00” to be finished. The project would later fall into hiatus and has yet to be mentioned again.
Mighty No. 9
When Keiji Inafune launched his Kickstarter campaign to what was said to be the “spiritual successor” to his beloved Mega Man series, the video game industry – especially those who love the Mega Man franchise – blew their minds and became extremely excited for what was to come. When the campaign opened its doors on August 31, 2013, the funds came rolling in, clocking in $3,845,170 in donated cash towards Inafune’s newly announced endeavor.
After being delayed several times, and finally releasing into the wild on June 21, 2016, the highly anticipated Mighty No. 9 has been deemed a flop and critically tanked the charts, receiving an overall score of 56 on Metacritic.
In December of 2013, a large group of gamers, 1,104 to be exact, pledged over $30,000 in supported funds towards a project called Mansion Lord which was said to be an RPG/Business simulator by Golgom Games. This project never launched.
Comment from Mansion Lord backer Travis Wayne Brantner: “The sad part is, if you look at Golgom’s page and the projects they’ve backed, they’ve backed recent projects only a few months ago. Why has Kickstarter not tracked them to lodge some sort of punishment or SHUT DOWN the account?”
Although the title was regularly updated via its official Kickstarter page, backers never received their title, nor did they receive any reward for their contribution. The alleged person behind the campaign is said to be an individual named Michael Wong, which also happens to be the registered name under the title’s domain page.
Honorable Mention – OUYA
Although it was only decently received by critics, the video game platform known as OUYA never really took off after it launched. Impressively enough, OUYA received over 8 million dollars in Kickstarter funds, but again, it never really took off.
The built-for-Android device partnered with big names like Minecraft and Twitch in effort to entice users to jump on board – it even offered hackers the ability to tap into the hardware for their benefit, but it would ultimately remain an “eh” machine as it, at the time, would compete against Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo as platform rivals.
In case you didn’t already know, supporting projects via Kickstarter is certainly a game of chance. Although most creators on the platform are sincere creative minds with the intent to deliver what they promise, we can’t exactly rule out those who just want to scam you and take your hard earned cash. But who’s out to get your money? Well, no one really knows, but all I can say is invest your money into projects you know and trust. Do your research!
Although we’ve had a few unfortunate instances on Kickstarter, we can only hope that new projects like Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Playtonic Games’ Yooka-Laylee deliver on what they’ve set out to accompish.