Games designer American McGee (* 13 December 1972, Dallas, Texas) is a veteran of games and film business. His passion for fairy tales is rather obvious: „American McGee’s Alice“ (2000), „Alice: Madness Returns“ (2011) or his „American McGee’s Grimm“ aren’t just proof of his fondness for his extraordinary yet brand like name, but also for fairy tale classics. On a slightly different level. McGee picks up on the subversive horror of these ancient myths that probably shows their global meaning even better.
There is a large set of American McGee's role playing games, and they all have addictive qualities. For his latest project the designer and his studio Spicy Horse Games launched Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. The kickstarter campaign will run a few more days, until February 2, so the studio has prolongued open beta testing till January 31 and will go online after that date.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters seems rather promising: as a combination of Western fairy tales (in this case: the Red Riding Hood theme) and Japanese folklore it takes on a subject often explored by other classical media – like film or – yes – comic books. Spicy Horse’s unique dark fantasy style produces a suspense-packed action role playing game in which players take on the role of the „Red Hunter“ to fight against legendary monsters of Japan’s Edo period. Japanese drawings, watercolour effects and influences of woodblock printing create the game’s very specific dark atmosphere.
angry-red.com is worth a visit, to gain further insight into the development of the game, or to download it onto your Mac or personal computer.
If afterwards you feel incline to support the project – and you might – the kickstarter site will provide all kinds of infos on the game, the goals and incentives. It convinced us to become a backer anyhow.
Source: Project on kickstarter.com (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spicyhorse/akaneiro-demon-hunters)