Steam capsule image featuring (clockwise from left) Fishy, CommanderVideo, Orcane, Lilac, Viridian, Jack, Teslakid, Welltaro, Shovel Knight, and Velocispider
|Developer(s)||Lowe Bros. Studios|
|Publisher(s)||Lowe Bros. Studios|
Indie Pogo is an indie crossover fighting video game developed and published by Lowe Bros. Studios. The game features characters and settings from more than 50 different indie games, such as Shovel Knight, VVVVVV, Teslagrad, the Bit.Trip series, and Freedom Planet. After being successfully funded via Kickstarter in October 2017, the game was released on Microsoft Windows in July 2018.
In Indie Pogo, up to four players battle across one of several open arenas with platforms, and attempt to defeat opponents by depleting their health or knocking them off the screen, similar to the Super Smash Bros. series. Unlike other fighting games, the primary gameplay mechanic of Indie Pogo is auto-jumping: characters landing on the ground or a platform will automatically jump back into the air. Every character has access to a set of aerial melee attacks and special moves derived from those used in their original game, such as Shovel Knight wielding his Relics, or Captain Viridian inverting their own gravity. Characters can also perform a double-jump, a directional air-dodge, a mid-air grab, parkour movement on the ground and walls, and a charge-based attack that keeps them on the ground until the button is released. During a battle, players can initiate a pogo combo by repeatedly bouncing off opponents' heads without taking damage, ending when the character touches the ground. The player will gain gems by performing a successful pogo combo, and can use five of their gems to activate a character-specific super move. An update in May 2019 added "Augments", gameplay modifiers that can be equipped to a character before a battle. The "Heavy Metal" augment, for example, disables the auto-jump mechanic and allows the player to move freely on the ground.
The game includes a basic arcade mode that pits players against a series of opponents, culminating in a battle against the game's final boss, Crow from Starblade's Nefarious. Players can also participate in Challenge Mode, which tasks them with completing specific scenarios similar to the Event Matches in Super Smash Bros., and Infinite Pogo, in which they must defeat as many opponents as possible before their health is depleted. The game supports local four-player battles, as well as online matchmaking. Players will earn coins after each battle, which can be used at an in-game shop to purchase new characters, stages, character skins, and taunts; additional skins are available as premium downloadable content. Coins can also be spent at a gashapon machine for a chance to win collectible in-game trophies based on other indie titles.
The game featured 14 playable characters at launch. As of June 2019, two additional characters have been added via free updates, with five other characters planned for inclusion.
- Blockman (The Blocks Cometh, mabe by Halfbot)
- Bullet Kin (Enter the Gungeon, made by Dodge Roll)a
- Captain Viridian (VVVVVV, made by Terry Cavanagh)
- CommanderVideo (Bit.Trip, made by Choice Provisions)
- Diogenes (Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, made by Bennett Foddy)a
- Dust (Dust: An Elysian Tail, made by Humble Hearts)ab
- Fishy (Shütshimi, made by Neon Deity Games)
- Gunvolt (Azure Striker Gunvolt, made by Inti Creates)ab
- Jack (Jack the Reaper, made by Dream's Bell)
- Kick (Divekick, made by Iron Galaxy)ab
- Octodad (Octodad: Dadliest Catch, made by Young Horses)ab
- Orcane (Rivals of Aether, made by Dan Fornace)
- Penelope (The Next Penelope, made by Aurélien Regard)
- Sash Lilac (Freedom Planet, made by GalaxyTrail)
- Shovel Knight (Shovel Knight, made by Yacht Club Games)
- Stardrop (Stardrop, made by Lowe Bros. Studios)
- Teslakid (Teslagrad, made by Rain Games)
- Velocispider (Velocispider, made by Retro Dreamer)
- Voltar the Omniscient (Awesomenauts, made by Ronimo Games)ab
- Welltaro (Downwell, made by Ojiro "Moppin" Fumoto)
- Zorbié (Zorbié, made by Étienne Périn and Simon Périn)
Indie Pogo drew inspiration during development from the Super Smash Bros. series and an iOS game called Slam Bots, in an effort to make a multiplayer version of that game. According to game director Trevor Lowe, the auto-jumping mechanic "keeps gameplay always in motion". The game was self-funded by Lowe Bros. Studios for three years before launching a Kickstarter campaign on September 12, 2017 with a $25,000 funding goal. By the end of the campaign, the game had raised nearly $42,000.
Indie Pogo was positively received by critics. PushDustIn of Source Gaming praised it for being easy to get into and said that the game was "everything [he] wanted out of an Indie crossover fighting game". Ryan Silberman of The Inner Circle Games Network stated that Indie Pogo was a love letter to the Indie industry, and that the developers "went for a quality-over-quantity approach".
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