On the pulse of crowdfunded gaming

What it is of the Week: Sharks for Arms

Posted by Olivia Cottrell on September 11, 2014 | Jump to 0 comments

Every so often I like to show you all what exactly can rise from the depths of crowdfunding: no highly detailed Triple A treatment of thoughtful indie classics here, just good plain weirdness. So it is with Sharks for Arms, a side-scrolling adventure game with platforming, puzzles and battles against various kinds of bosses.

As you may have already gathered from the title, Sharks for Arms hangs on the premise that your character wakes up on a remote tropical island with two sharks grafted onto their arms. Island of Dr Moreau? You bet. You’re going to have to unravel the mystery of who did this to you and why, all the while fully utilizing your toothy new appendages in various different ways.

It is, as you might expect, very, VERY goofy and something of a departure for developer 3lb Games, whose previous offering have been mostly educational titles alongside some supplementary apps for the Pathfinder Tabletop RPG. They have both a Steam Greenlight campaign and a Kickstarter (which has been running since, appropriately, Shark Week), the latter of which has a $24,000 goal.

Goofy games like this are always fun to look at and talk about, but has Sharks for Arms bitten off more than they can chew? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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