News Vertebreaker (by Sonic Mania dev) - now on KS


Shopping Cart Afficionado
Sep 19, 2018
The Kingdom of Bohemia
Headcannon, one of the studios behind Sonic Mania, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Vertebreaker, a new, pixel-based side-scroller. The campaign is seeking $275,000 in funding for release on PC in Q3 2021.

“Rest in Peace?!” You wish! Vertebreaker is a brand-new and authentic pixel-based side-scroller from Headcannon, the studio that helped bring Sonic Mania to the masses. Starring a stubby-yet-seemingly-unstoppable skeleton who’s thrashing their way to victory, it’s gothic, cartoonish, and unabashedly retro!

Take control of our bony hero in a crusade to crush the undead and look cool while doing it! In Vertebreaker, traversal is key as you slash, bash, and grapple your way through the most wicked 2D adventure yet! “What is ‘traversal'”? It’s slinging, swinging, and launching from floors, walls, and ceilings to propel yourself forward or even upward with serious speed!

Save the day with our pearly-boned mascot, their mysterious golden half-skull, and their sick grappling hook made from the spine of a demon! “What demon”? It doesn’t matter … does it … ?


The Ascension of the Middle-aged Man
Oct 10, 2018
The game looks really cool, and the campaign is really struggling to gain any traction (it's very doubtful it will make it, considering how far they are from their goal).

It's a bit surprising, considering their awesome work with Sonic Mania and their enhanced ports of Sonic titles.
It's really quite telling about the state of Kickstarter, and the lack of trust people currently have in it, for videogames campaigns.

It doesn't help that the developer doesn't mention platforms/stores.
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