Igneos The Last Phoenix Kickstarter Campaign: A Beautiful 'Aerial Combat Adventure Game' Needs Your Help

By Steve Buja , Updated Jan 20, 2015 08:50 AM EST

At last, we come to the intersection of two very different markets: Greek mythology and aerial combat enthusiasts. That's the idea behind Igneos: The Last Phoenix, a new "flight" simulator that needs your help on Kickstarter.

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The game was recently approved by the community over at Steam Greenlight. It is a title that hits nearly all of my sweetspots in terms of excitement: open world exploration, Zelda like dungeons, a dash of mythology and brutal bird-on-bird combat.

When Pharos, the titular last phoenix arises from the ashes of his predecessor, he discovers a world that has fallen into a ruin. An empty, beautiful earth that is reminiscent of Shadows of the Colossus - toppled buildings that once venerated the powers cosmic, now disused, abandoned and forgotten. Only the crows and other twisted creatures of the air remain, and they will stop at nothing to prevent you from "uncovering the past and finding a way to save the dying planet before it shatters apart."

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 Fortunately, the Kickstarter page says, "Phoenixes (Phoenxii?) are natural predators." Oh yes, of course, of course. The noble Phoenix from history, definitely a natural predator. But that's where the fun comes in: dogfighting. Or rather, birdfighting. For instance, in addition to your supernatural Phoenix flamethrower powers, Pharos can "snatch enemy crows out of the sky. Once entangled, they can be shredded with claws and beak, or thrown as a fiery weapon." How cool is that?

There is a beauty in ruin and Igneos looks nothing short of breathtaking. The game is developed by the team over at BearInMind Games, a four man team of amateurs and professionals that are not short of vision. They are a few days into their Kickstarter campaign, and have already earned the Kickstarter Staff Pick status. In total, they're asking for $40,000. I mean, it's not like you can back that Conan game again, right? (You totally can, there's still three weeks in the campaign)

Look, The Last Guardian isn't going to happen. Stop trying to make it happen. Igneos: The Last Phoenix, however, can absolutely happen but it needs your support. The game has been in development for a few years now, and this is the final push towards completion. Head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out. You can even download the demo that the team has put together.

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