Graphite Lab's first crack at a Kickstarter for its side-scrolling, co-op shooter Hive Jump didn't go so well, amassing just $US6157 of its lofty $US75,000 goal. Now, six months later, the developer is having another go, this time with external funding, updated visuals and a thumbs-up from Valve to sell the game on Steam. Suffice it to say, it's already doing a lot better the second time round.
The game's lined up for release on PC, Mac and Linux as well as the Wii U, which going by the gameplay video, seems a natural fit. Set in the 24th century, where humanity is engaged in a Starship Troopers-like scenario of battling space bugs in underground nests, up to four players can delve into a series of procedurally-generated levels with "hand-designed challenges". Upgradeable weapons allow you to keep on top of the alien menace and a "campaign" layer keeps things interesting from a top-level perspective.
Right now Hive Jump is sitting on $US18,620 of its $US50,000 target and while it has a solid start to its Kickstarter, it has 20 days to get the other $US31,380. Is it possible? Definitely, though Graphite Lab will probably need something a little extra to push it across the line.