Haunts is a 'turn-based horror game that allows you to play either side of the haunting - the dangerous denizens or the intrepid intruders'. It is slated for a PC/Mac/Linux release before Halloween 2012, and 'can be played versus another player or versus the AI, online or all alone'. But here's the bit that got me excited - 'Scores of maps combined with variable goals, customizable rosters, and a variety of opponents offer endlessly unique and re-playable games.' Endlessly unique and re-playable? Probably an exaggeration, but an undoubtedly enticing prospect.
The Kickstarter page has reward tiers going right up to $250, but even investing at the base level of $5 gets you a DRM-free downloadable copy of the game at launch. For every further $5 you pledge, you get another copy of the game, so $10 gets you two copies, $15 gets you three, etc. This is presumably an attempt to get people gifting additional copies to friends to play the multiplayer component.
The developer of Haunts, Mob Rules Games, is a collaboration between Rick Dakan, Jonathan Wills and Austin McKinley. Dakan was the lead designer on the popular MMO City of Heroes and a writer of Pen and Paper RPGs, Wills has worked at Cryptic Studios on City of Heroes/Villains alongside Dakan and McKinley is an illustrator and designer who has worked on indie comics and magazines. An interesting line-up.
|The art style is cool too. The team have limited themselves to only one colour - red, which they use sparingly. Aside from this, the whole game is in striking monochrome.|