Often the best games are the ones that sound like something that came out of the Magic Bullet. And in the case of Chroma Squad, it contains the following: tactical turn-based gameplay, retro pixelated graphics, television production management, and the Power Rangers. There’s also a meta game buried inside.
According to the Kickstarter, which not surprisingly has gotten a ton of buzz since its debut, Chroma Squad is about a group of stuntmen who decide to create their own sentai TV studio.
What’s sentai, you might be asking? That’s the original Japanese term for squadron task force, or just group, and is one of the terms that best describe the Power Rangers and its ilk back in its homeland (along with the term tokusatsu, which is any live action drama that relies heavily upon special effects).
So the player is the studio’s manager, and must hire actors, purchase television equipment, produce special effects, and do everything and anything else that goes into make such a show. You even have to worry about the advertising, like going to conventions and releasing tie-in comic books:
The project page lists all that need and can be done, and it’s fairly extensive. Everything from choosing the colors of the jumpsuits to seeing if its worth letting a sick kid visit the studio, since there’s a chance he has butterfingers.
As for the meta game part, you’ll also be acting the roles of your rangers, which has its own branching storyline with multiple endings. Which will also be filmed as part of the season.
It’s also both a single player and multiplayer game that’s due for the PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and possibly PSN.
The goal is $55,000 and as of this writing, with over 26 days to go, Chroma Squad is already at over $33,000, and should have zero problems reaching its goal. Especially thanks to the numerous back only exclusives, like campaign episodes and specialized jumpsuits.