The Top 10 KickStarter Spotlights of 2013

The Top 10 KickStarter Spotlights of 2013

Jan 1, 2014

It’s the end of the year and everyone knows what that means: Top Ten Lists. There are lists for every possible subject, and I figured that it was only appropriate if I looked back and chose ten of my favorite KickStarter projects. All of these projects were successfully funded, and were just a handful of the great KickStarter projects that I had the pleasure of choosing from during 2013. So, as they say, theres no better place to start than the beginning.

10 – Holho

Who would not want to be able to display a full on hologram on their tablet or phone. That was the thought behind this project that uses a prism to combine multiple images to render the appearance of a three dimensional object. I was excited for this project, and even though it is still in development the project is still highly anticipated.

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Holho website

9 – Pixel Kingdom

Is there anything better then being the supreme commander of a pixel army? Not much that I can think of. A standout in a myriad of pixel-art games this year, this game went on to achieve great things on the Play Store, and currently has an average rating of 4.5/5.

Original AR Article
Pixel Kingdom on the Google Play Store

8 – RK-1


After slaying digital foes becomes too mundane, maybe the urge to play with something more physical will surface. When I first saw the RK-1 arduino robot kit I was very intrigued about the potential of this project, both in the personal and classroom applications. There are not many better ways to get young children excited about engineering than by using robots. Add in the ease of use and DIY nature of the kit made this a great KickStarter project. However, since this project was funded in June there still has not been much activity from the developers other than pre-orders on their website.

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RK-1 Website

7 – Pixel Press


This project was cool. Imagine being able to design and create a platformer on the fly by simply drawing the level out on a piece of graph paper. This is then scanned into the game and a playable level is created instantly. I loved the ambition of the project, but has concerns about the practicality and marketability of the project. The Pixel Press has been quiet since gaining funding, but there have been multiple demos at schools and other public places which indicates the project is coming along.

Original AR Article
Pixel Press Website

6 – Beast Grip


Initially this project seemed kind of silly. Here was a giant contraption that a phone was to be wedged into in order for lenses or other professional camera equipment to be attached. It seemed to me that just buying a real camera would be less of a hassle. The more I thought about it, though, the idea is actually genius. With all the crazy advancements in phone camera sensors the only thing really holding them back is the lack of full quality lenses. The project was fully funded in early November and pre-orders are still being accepted until March 2014.

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Beast Grip Website

5 – The Dead Flowers Case


I realize this list has been entirely devoid of the many games that were covered this year, and I do not really have a concrete reason for that. One thing I can say, however, is that the developers at Mondo Production blew me away with their initial concept for the Dead Flowers Case. This game has a rock solid art direction and overlays that on proven and popular gameplay. Being one of the more recent Spotlight’s this game is still in development and is anxiously awaited by many.

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The Dead Flowers Case Website

4 – BBiQ


Barbecuing is the All-American pastime, and unfortunately, it involves cooking which can be a frustrating endeavor. Luckily this little project popped up on KickStarter earlier this year, and it aimed to take out some of the pain involved in making the perfect steaks. Using a grill-side device with a thermometer probe, the BBiQ communicates with a smartphone; sending alerts when the desired temperature is reached. The app also is the database for ideal temperatures for different meats as well as a place for user-submitted recipes. The project is still under development after being successfully funded, and I am sure there are plenty of people anxiously awaiting its arrival.

Original AR Article
BBiQ Website

3 – Chipolo


This project was exciting to me almost specifically because I am amazingly incapable of keeping track of anything. These little pucks communicate with a smartphone and are able to keep track of the location of any object; even going so far as to display the last recorded GPS location if, say, your keys were left at a bar. The project was, obviously, successfully funded and is now for sale with a February delivery date.

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Chipolo Website

2 – The Catchall


The most recent addition to this list, I just did this project a few weeks ago, and I am more excited about a simple wooden stand than I probably should. The beauty of this project is it’s simplicity and the fact that, unlike a few projects on this list, it is very reasonably priced. As I mentioned above, I have a hard time keeping track of my phone and wallet so this bedside stand should go a long way in helping with that.

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The Catchall KickStarter Page

1 – The Barman


The Barman, a simple way to make the perfect mixed drink, as well as share concoctions with friends around the world. Need I say more?

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The Barman Website

Nominees For Game Connection Europe 2013’s Selected Projects Are Revealed

Nominees For Game Connection Europe 2013’s Selected Projects Are Revealed

Oct 30, 2013

Noteworthy games of 2013 will be awarded with prestigious awards and prizes on an upcoming gaming conference. The list of possible winners is already available and goes as follows:

“Mobile – Tablet – Handheld” Category:

– Type:Rider, Ex Nihilo, France
– Creature Box, Fat Pebble, UK
– Hazel Dazzle, Wake Studios, Spain
– Galactic Rising, Tabasco interactive, Poland
– Panzer Pets, Gamundo, Netherlands

“Social, Casual & Online” Category:

– Little Warlock, Storm Potion, Sweden
– Astro Lords: Oort Cloud, Aratog LLC, Ukraine
– Victory Mini Racing, Vae Victis Games, Italy
– LP RECHARGE, kuuluu Interactive Entertainment AG, Switzerland
– Mahjong Duels, LAZYLAND, Greece

“Console & PC Hardcore” Category:

– The Choosatron: Interactive Fiction Arcade Machine, Monkey with a Mustache, United States
– C-Wars, Onipunks Studio Inc., Canada
– Space Engineers, Keen Software, Czech Republic
– White Night, OSome Studio, France
– The Red Solstice, Ironward, Croatia

More details about the nominees, as well as about the event itself, are available here: Game Connection Official Website.

Edit: there were a couple of changes recently. Tabasco’s project’s name is currently Galactic Rising, and instead of Canadian Mercenary Kings, the nominee is now Space Engineers from Keen Software, Czech Republic.

Best App Ever Awards for Android Voting Now Live: Running Down the Contenders for the Best App Ever Overall Award

Best App Ever Awards for Android Voting Now Live: Running Down the Contenders for the Best App Ever Overall Award

Apr 26, 2013

The nominees have been selected, and it’s time to vote for the Best App Ever for Android. From the most-nominated apps across all categories, these ten apps are up for the top prize.

The Room: Fireproof Games finally released its hit iOS adventure game on Android, and it’s such a hit with Best App Ever voters that it’s already one of the ten finalists. Does this game deserve to take the crown, though?

WhatsApp Messenger: The messaging service that brings together iOS and Android users with free messaging over data services and wifi feels like it would obviously be part of the Best App Ever’s overall award. After all, anything that makes it possible to easily share photos and messages without needing to go through expensive messaging plans is a boon! Of course, is it good enough to win the overall prize?


Dead Trigger: Who doesn’t like killing some zombies? Best App Ever voters who chose the nominees in the gaming categories certainly liked Madfinger’s first person shooter. Will these brain-hungry walkers gnaw on the overall award though? After all, it faces stiff competition from…

Shadowgun: Deadzone: A fellow Madfinger title, their multiplayer FPS. Who doesn’t like taking on opponents from anywhere and everywhere, even taking on iOS opponents? But will it be satisfying enough to win the overall prize?

Subway Surfers: Kiloo’s endless runner has been a worldwide smash hit, hooking players with its crazy action. Sure, it’s popular, but can its fans make it the winner of Best App Ever’s highest honor?


Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour: Gameloft brought realistic, console-style FPS action to Android gamers everywhere with their latest Modern Combat title. Can it frag its way to the top award?

Battle Bears: Bear is fighting? How can this be? Will these ursine warriors be able to claw their way to the top?

Royal Revolt: This action-RPG features plenty of castle crashing, but can it ascend to the throne?

Real Boxing: This not only is a contender, could it possibly raise up the championship belt at the end of it all?

AutomateIt-Automate Your Droid: What would be a competition to determine the best Android app be without an app that takes advantage of Android’s strengths? Could this app represent the Android platform on its way to Best App Ever?

Voting is open until May 15th at!