With a little over 60 hours to go, X-Com creator Julian Gollop's latest project is going to the wire – his crowd-funding campaign for Chaos Reborn is very close to its funding goal. As of this writing, the campaign has managed to raise $160,268 of its $180,000 goal from a little over 3,900 backers. The project is based on Gollop's classic 1985 ZX Spectrum game, Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. It puts players in the fancy robes of a lone wizard with a small but powerful collection of spells.
It a last ditch effort to generate interest, Gollop has released the Chaos Reborn playable code. The game is playable for free on this web page, but does require the installation of the Unity Player browser plug-in.
"So judge it by the fun, not the bling," Gollop wrote on the prototype's description page.
Gollop also points out that the prototype game code isn't pretty because it is using rudimentary animation and graphics placeholders built for speed.
Check out the prototype, and if you like what you see, visit the Kickstarter page to back it. Those who pledge $20 or more to the campaign will receive a digital download of the game for Windows, Mac, or Linux.