We’ve seen video games set in all era’s, but one of our favorites is also one of the most forgotten… the 70s. Leroy Johnson In the Greatest Game Ever Made is a new Kickstarter project that aims to bring some 70s soul to the scene, and it’s by far the funkiest project we’ve stumbled across this year.
Leroy Johnson In the Greatest Game Ever Made is a game about Leroy Johnson, an astrophysicist with a big brain who’s out to save the world from evil alien Portal Dwellers. It’s a platformer with some RPG elements throw into the mix, and it uses STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering, and math) to kick things up a notch. Leroy will have to use his STEM knowledge along with some unconventional weapons to take down enemies, and you’ll have to use your big brain to solve the games tricky puzzles.
The game has an interesting story, but the art (along with the name) is what really caught our attention. Leroy Johnson In the Greatest Game Ever Made went the 70s Blaxploitation route, and provided a hero that’s part scientist, part Dolemite. Not to be confused with Dolomite the mineral or Dolomite, Alabama. We went with Dolomite over Shaft because Shaft doesn’t have the Hamburger Pimp or Queen Bee. Back to the artwork… as you can see from the screens, SpriteSoHard wanted the game to have a 70s vibe, and they’ve achieved that goal as the game looks stylishly sci-fi, and you definitely know what era Leroy’s from.
SpriteSoHard is only looking to raise $8,500 to bring Leroy Johnson In the Greatest Game Ever Made to life, and the campaign has raised a little over a grand with 31 days to go. They are able to fund the game on the cheap because they’ve already invested a lot of time and money into the game, but they still need your help and there are some awesome stretch goals to shoot for. If the can get $9,500 will get additional “funk” levels, while $11k will bring more weapons and power-ups. $34,000 will ensure full voice acting throughout the game and they will port it over to the Wii U if they can reach $44,000. There are over 30 stretch goals on their list, so you’ll definitely want to give those a look.
As cool as Leroy Johnson In the Greatest Game Ever Made looks, it’s a game that serves a purpose as the developers aim to prove you can make a game with educational concepts that’s actually fun. Whether you dig Sci-Fi, the sounds of the 70s or are into the STEM aspect of things, Leroy Johnson In the Greatest Game Ever Made is a game well worth a look. It’s not expected to be released on PC, Mac, and Linux until March of 2015, and you can hit up the link below if you want to show Leroy a little funding love.