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February 2012

Double Fine Cracks $2m on Kickstarter


A few weeks back, game studio Double Fine Productions posted a Kickstarter project to raise money to develop a new graphic point & click adventure game.  Within 8 hours the project was fully funded at the original goal of $400,000.  And by the end of the day, the project hit the $1m mark to become Kickstarter's fastest funded project ever.  Last week it cracked the $2m threshold --and there are still two weeks to go.  As a result of coming in over budget, Double Fine has committed to delivering more local language editions (French, Italian, German, Spanish), more platforms and more rewards for the backers.

If you're a cheapskate, $15 will get you a DRM-free digital download of the game for Mac, Windows, Linux, Android and iOS.  Or you can step up to $30 and also get the soundtrack and documentary video.  $60 will get you a PDF 100+ design book and $100 will get you special edition packaging and poster, along with DVD or Blu Ray disks.  Beyond that, there are donation levels from $250 up to several thousand dollars.  

Double Fine has posted a great video interview between Tim Schafer (Maniac Mansion:Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, BrĂ¼tal Legend) and Ron Gilbert (Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, The Secret of Monkey Island) where they talk about the history and challenges of creating great adventure games.

Congrats to the Double Fine team and all the backers for making this happen. I hope you'll join me and back this great project.