The Caretaker on Kickstarter — Will it Cross the River Styx?

By | August 25, 2014

The Caretaker is an action indie “about a guy that starts his new job as a cemetery caretaker”. A fantastic concept with a ton of possibilities! There’s fighting, puzzle solving, mystery, and ghosts. The most intriguing conflict with the most potential is that both Jake, the caretaker, and the ghosts need cash — the latter to pay the Ferryman to enter the next world, and Jake to pay for equipment upgrades to keep the ghosts at bay.  What’s not to like?

Well, the game itself is an apparition right now, and it might take an occult ritual to bring it to life. It’s currently on Kickstarter, at about $700 of $10,000 with 11 days to go. What’s the problem? Check out this gameplay video and you’ll know why….

It takes time and money and lots of late night pizza to get a game off the ground. But I wonder if it’s worth testing crowd-funding when something is still so raw. Pre-mature launches leave a bad impression on funders as well as first dates. The excuse is that the two-man team couldn’t find time between day jobs. I would like to see this game made: it’s just a too cool of a concept. But perhaps it’s a job for someone else with a little more time to begin with.

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