“CONGRATULATION THIS STORY IS HAPPY END” (Ghosts ‘n Goblins)

Last month, when we saw that Athens, Greece based artist and developer Pelikan13 was gunning to resurrect the classic ‘90s-style first-person Arcade Racer on Kickstarter, we had to back him up. Not only had P13 clearly made some serious progress on the game before he sought funding as evidenced by his slick trailer, but the category and genre itself were irresistible to us.

If you ever strolled into an arcade and sat down to play Sega’s Indy 500, you know what this racing game is envisioned to be. Totally blinged-out graphics, adrenaline-fueled bends and curves, cool tunnels and a choice of some very interesting (if unlikely) racetrack locations. It also seems to faithfully recreate some of the details that made these games so popular among 12 – 24 year old males back when I was that age, namely the meagerly-attired and unnaturally-proportioned race chicks that kept us motivated to feed the machine even as our precious supply of quarters dwindled. Thanks for that, Pelikan.

Add all this to the fact that Nicalis, publisher of some of the sweetest indie games out there, has thrown their experience into the ring, making successful development and marketing of the game highly likely. Can’t wait to see this one go live on Linux, PC/Mac, Wii U with an Internap branded car (can we get a Formula car?) later this year.

At the end of the day, because we make it our business to support some of the largest, most played online games in the world, we just want to see good ones, like ‘90s Arcade Racer, developed and deployed. Know any other games we should be backing? Let us know – we’re on the hunt…