There aren’t any weapons in Son of Nor and that’s what makes it such an intriguing Kickstarter project. The game revolves around three different powers that aren’t new to video games, but the ability to combine them sets it apart.
Nor is a fantasy game build around the desert world of Norshac. The world is under threat from the reptilian Sarahul army and it is the sorcerers job to stop them from destroying what is left of humanity.
The tools are three distinct types of magic powers that turn the environment into a potent weapon. Telekenesis makes it possible to levitate boulders and other hard objects then fling them at enemies. Terramorphing allows players to manipulate the desert sands and make the ground shift underneath potential foes. Elemental magic are spells that use one of the four elements.
The freedom to combine all of these powers is the biggest selling point. Players can mix and match powers to create devastating attacks. Use terraforming with wind and fire magic to create a flaming sand tornado for example. Playing co op is encouraged with a slew of co op specific puzzles to enjoy. Help your partners reach a higher level by riding a levitating boulder.
There is enough gameplay footage to suggest that developer Stillalive is on the right track. Nor is a nominee for Indie Crash at E3 and won second place at Indie Mania in 2012, but the project has hit a wall.
The game can’t be finished without funding help from Kickstarter. Nor needs $150,0000 by 30th May 2013 to be successful and they have raised about $47,892. There some cool rewards available for project backers. On the lower level ($15-up) is a DRM free copy of the game and on the higher level ($2,500-up) it’s possible to become a playable character.
The problem with Kickstarter is that there is no guarantee that a game will get funded. It’s up to the developer to sell the concept and their ability to deliver. Nor has some really cool game mechanics, which makes for a solid foundation to build a game. The snippets of game play footage show as much and leads me to believe that the developers know what they are doing. This game definitely passes the eye and is worth throwing down some money to take that leap of faith.