Back in 2010, Game Atelier released a game known as Flying Hamster, and now they are back with the sequel: Flying Hamster II: Knight of the Golden Seed. It is an action-adventure game with both platforming and RPG elements. It is a 2-D, side-scrolling, action RPG with hand-drawn graphics. Inspired by games like The Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana, Game Atelier hopes to deliver the best gaming experience they can.
They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $150,000 USD by May 4, 2014. Backing rewards range from anything like desktop wallpapers and cheaper copies of the game, all the way up to creating an NPC character based on yourself. Stretch goals include new worlds, new soundtracks, and console releases. With the Kickstarter campaign, Game Atelier hopes to “make a great game with our small core team and cover the production costs of every reward you can order with your pledge.” They acknowledge the cost of making a game and time investment, and state that “the overall quality and content of the final game relies entirely on you. Only you have the super power to push it from a good game to an incredible game.” Any pledge at the “Insider Hamster” tier or higher will allow the backer to vote for key points in the game’s story, enemy selection, etc. which gives Kickstarter backers a direct influence into the game they’re helping fund.
Flying Hamster II is a direct sequel to the first Flying Hamster game released in 2010. After defeating the final boss, Newton got back his Golden Seed and ate it immediately…which turned him into a pig. He loses the ability to wear clothes and, most importantly, fly. He must then find other rare seeds in the world that may turn him back into a hamster, but there are plenty of enemies and monsters that may stop his quest.
Flying Hamster II: Knight of the Golden Seed is being developed for Windows (both Steam and DRM-free download). Depending on stretch goals, Game Atelier hopes for a multi-platform release on PS4, PSVita, XBox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the Nintendo Wii U. The game is slated for release in mid-2015, and can also be voted for on Steam Greenlight. For further information on the game and to help fund the game, be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign.