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For this week’s Switch Kickstarter Project of the Week, we will be looking at Henk Nieborg’s Battle Axe. The game is slated to release approximately in January 2021 on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Here’s the overview:

For as long as you and your people can remember, your homeland of Mercia has been held in the tyrannical grip of “Etheldred”; a despotic sorceress who resides in a seemingly impenetrable tower in the distant icy wastelands to the north. Every seven years she sends her armies south to handpick inhabitants from each township who will be subjected to a life of slavery, and they are never heard from again. Some months ago a party of mercenaries was dispatched to attempt to put a stop to Etheldred and her cohorts, but none of them returned…

Etheldred has also placed dozens of “generators” all over the land to help her maintain control and suppress its inhabitants – these generators become active when they detect a threat, constantly spawning monsters which will attack on sight. Not only this, but each territory within her reach is also overseen by a fearsome guardian, making the path to her tower fraught with danger.

With Etheldred’s next raid looming on the horizon, and with the population becoming increasingly desperate, a call is sent out to champions across the land pleading with them to put a stop to her plans. Whether your heroes meet the same fate as their predecessors or returns triumphant is down to you…

I think it goes without saying that Battle Axe’s pixel art is absolutely stunning! From what we’ve seen so far, it appears to replicate a much more refined Game Boy advance aesthetic with smooth gameplay. Upon closer inspection, the classic 8-directional D-pad movement will be sure to inject a healthy dose of nostalgia, to the point where you will always want to play this game with a retro-style controller or the more authentic Nintendo Switch SNES controller.

Battle Axe requires £40,000 and is currently sitting at £22,241.51 after 572 backers with 25 days remaining. If you’d like to support the development of this game and some hardworking developers in their time of need, click the link below to visit the Kickstarter page.

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Posted by Alex Harding

Lover of chocolate and admirer of video games, Alex is the chief writer/editor of Switchaboo.