If you’re into classic games, it’s a great time to be alive. Not only are many of them being ported to iOS and other mobile platforms, but the crowdfunding site Kickstarter is bringing those games and the programmers behind them back into vogue. The latest game to seek funding directly from fans: Alpha Colony, an update to the classic resource management/trading game M.U.L.E.
First developed in 1983, M.U.L.E. is a game where players take on the role of alien races who harvest and trade resources using robots (the M.U.L.E. itself). The update is being produced as a “modern tribute” to the original, with the permission of original designer Dan Bunten’s family. The goal of the game is to accumulate the greatest amount of wealth as a result of harvesting the most resources and managing supply and demand.
The Alpha Colony Kickstarter project is seeking to raise $500,000 for programming and development in the next 25 days. Backers can get the iOS version of the game for as little as $10, and the PC/Mac version for $15. In addition, backers will also get M.U.L.E Returns, a port/update of the original game, from the developers of that version of the game.
You can visit the Kickstarter page to view their project video which explains the new elements of the game, contains footage of the developers visiting the Bunten family home and viewing Mr. Bunten’s project files, and—perhaps most importantly—includes concept footage of the new game.