Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.




July 2015

Kung Fury : Learning to Hate Laser Raptors

by Alexandre Denault, on Kickstarters, Movies, KungFu, 1980s

Kung Fury is the perfect example of the creative powers that can be funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Described as a love letter to the 1980s, Kung Fury is an over-the-top Swedish martial arts comedy short film. Written, directed, and starring David Sandberg, the movie gathered over 600,000 USD during its funding campaign. The movie debuted as the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and then was made available on several…



July 2015

Cashtronauts : Get out there and get rich

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, PC, Indie, Kickstarters, Steam

Cashtronauts is a twin-stick shooter where capitalism rules over all. The goal is to collect as much money as possible by salvaging crates, mining asteroids, fighting pirates or whatever else it takes. The game is a beautiful example of the contribution indie games can have on video games. This article is based on an early-access copy of the game and, as-such, might not reflect perfectly the final content of the…



October 2014

Shovels are Cool

by Alexandre Denault, on Console, Kickstarters, Videogames

In the last few years, the indie game scene has been bursting with great success. However, few have been as retro as Kickstarter success Shovel Knight. Inspired by great NES classic such as Megaman, Castlevania and Metroid, the game is a blast to play. The level design is creative, and the game play is well balanced. However, don't take my word for it, read the many great reviews. The authors…



July 2014

The Revolution is Waiting for the Upgrade

by Alexandre Denault, on Ouya, Android, Console, Towerfall, Kickstarters

The Ouya is one of the most important Kickstarter success story, gathering $8,596,474 in funding. Ouya's promise: the revolution would be televised. The console would usher a new world of Android games on TV. The product itself was released about a year ago, giving developers fair opportunities to publish on the platform. My experiences with the console have been ... mixed. Getting the Console I pre-ordered the console shortly…



April 2014

Faster Than Light on iPad

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, FTL, IPad, Kickstarters

Released in 2012 on PC, Mac and Linux, Faster Than Light is an spaceship management strategy game. Players pilot a single spaceships through a series of sectors, managing their crew and fighting a collection of hostile aliens. I am a big fan of spaceship strategy games, although I can count on my hand the number of ones I consider worthy of the genre. My favorite among them is the classic…