Kickstarter is a hit and miss, it’s a mixed bag and it’s responsible for successes such as Rad Rodgers, Shovel Knight, Undertale, and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (in spite of it’s inferior to its predecessor, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse). There are times when some indie video game developing teams manage to meet the promises which they’ve set out to do in the first place and there are a few disgraceful rotten apples that didn’t bother to deliver the physical or digital backer rewards. I’m looking at all of you, Dante Basco, Jonah Feingold and the movie team behind Bangarang: A Short Film Before Rufio! Aside from Mighty No. 9 and Yooka-Laylee, this monstrosity of a horrendously mediocre film will be forever be named, shamed and frowned upon. If Dante Basco, Jonah Feingold and the film team have the gall to show their dishonourable faces on Kickstarter again in the future, you can bet I won’t be supporting them whatsoever under no circumstances.
As a result, potential and future backers refuse to trust Kickstarter with their hard-earned money. When I take my current frustrating experience as a backer with Bangarang: A Short Film Before Rufio into account, I can’t say I blame them. Therefore, this is why I usually back projects at the last minute, if not never at all and why I’m, admittedly, still sceptical about Griff the Winged Lion due to how slow it’s raking in cash by the dozen at the moment. It depends on what the project is about.
If this game is familiar to you, that’s because it is. It debuted on Kickstarter last year on 8th September 2016. Sadly, 48 backers garnered $1,021 of the $15,000 goal. As a result, the alternative way to support it is through Patreon at the time.
Allow me to recap to those of you that missed out on its first Kickstarter campaign from last year, Griff the Winged Lion is a retro-inspired, open-world 3D platformer in the vein as… you guessed it, Spyro The Dragon. Not only that, but the aforementioned game also includes some Crash Bandicoot references and elements.
A video game such as this game containing aesthetics identical to the PlayStation 1 graphics from the classic Spyro The Dragon and Crash Bandicoot games is risky, particularly with the PlayStation (and the Spyro fanbase) community possibly accusing it to be a rip-off or a poor man’s Spyro/Crash Bandicoot and negative nancys like my younger sister judging it by its “outdated” graphics by claiming the game to be horrible (despite it haven’t launched yet) due to said dated graphics. At the end of the day, graphics never matters. What’s REALLY important are the gameplay, story, characters, character and story development and the quality.
In the medieval mythical kingdom of Autumn Terrace, a young Griffin called Griff is called upon to partake in a mystical tradition. Once each generation, an aged mage predicts the destinies of each future leader of the kingdom and bestows them with a role. When the time comes for Griff, his destiny is concealed from him. In order to set things right, he embarks on an epic, treacherous journey across countless uncharted lands and locations the likes have ever seen with the help of his friends (Gargle the Gargoyle, Gavin the Griffin, Terra the Unicorn and Mia the Phantom Cat) to uncover the mystery of why he’s denied of his destiny.
According to the Kickstarter campaign, Griff the Winged Lion is slated for PlayStation 4, XBox One and Steam releases but their release dates are yet to be announced.
If you miss the old-school 90’s antics of Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, Griff the Winged Lion will be the next best thing.