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For this week’s Switch Kickstarter Project of the Week, we will be looking at Peyton Burnham’s Starcross. The game is slated to release approximately in December 2022 on PC and Nintendo Switch (if it reaches its Kickstarter goal). Here’s the overview:

Rose of Starcross takes inspiration from stuff like The Legend of Zelda, Mario, the MOTHER series, tons of modern indies, Golden Sun, Punch-Out!!, the Souls series, old anime, Scott Pilgrim, Steven Universe, moody lo-fi garbage, modern prog, and about a BILLION other things! Really it’s everything I care about put together (which is pretty much just music, video games, and atmospheric stuff)!

300 years ago, a being known as the Beast appeared and began to tear Starcross apart with cataclysmic magic. This event resulted in the death of almost all of the humans and set in motion the rise of the Undead, the creation of the Anims, and the birth of the Demons… As the world was about to see its absolute end, a being known as the Heavenly Queen rose up to challenge the Beast and the magic it was using to attack Starcross. After their battle, the Heavenly Queen was left mortally wounded and the Beast was destroyed. However, its magic was not gone, and the Heavenly Queen chose to seal herself in the Door locked behind the Rose so that she may one day return with her strength recovered to heal Starcross. Only a single sword was left as the key to re-opening the door and ending her slumber… but again, that was 300 years ago!

Things might not be so awful now! Or they might be! Depends on who you ask but honestly things have gotten along pretty well thanks to the leadership of some really impressive individuals! A notable feat is that Demons, Anims, and humans live very much in harmony. The Door locked behind the Rose, the Sword, and Mt. Starcross itself are also pretty fun tourist attractions now! So whether or not you even believe that stuff about the Beast and the Heavenly Queen and blahblahblah, you gotta admit that a lot of people seem happy enough!

Now who knows what would happen if some unknown, idiot kid just came along and actually pulled the sword up. But I doubt we’ll ever have to worry about that! Schools out! Summer just started! A perfect time to take a vacation! Go have fun!

Rose of Starcross has a magical aesthetic with beautiful colours and a curious setting. The world and its lore provides a magical backdrop to an engaging RPG. Not only that, but the worlds that you explore appear to have a lot of gameplay variety, with some fun platforming and puzzle solving to boot.

Rose of Starcross requires US$6,500 and is currently sitting at US$4,681 after 155 backers with 26 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.