Bertram Fiddle is an episodic, comedy 2D point and click adventure currently seeking funding for their second episode on Kickstarter.
The game is set to follow episode 1 of the series, Bertram Fiddle: A Dreadly Business which follows the adventure of Victorian era sleuth Bertram Fiddle as he searches for (and hopefully locates) Geoff the Murderer. While the first episode was on sale on Steam and iOS, the developers at Rumpus Animation didn’t make quite enough money to fund the second one to their liking. So they’ve currently set up a Kickstarter to help fund episode 2 as well as a partnership with German game developer Deck13.
The money made from Bertram Fiddle Episode 1 will be used to cover the voice acting and music from the game, which it’s definitely worth checking out if that’s a selling point for you (their Kickstarter page has an animated and audio-filled video to give you a taste). According to their Kickstarter description:
So the money raised by this campaign will pay for our trusty animators, Dan Emmerson and Leah Panigada, to work full-time on bringing Bertram and his world to life, background art by myself and Emily Kimbell and additional puzzle programming by Rex Hancox.
That is, admittedly, quite a bit of work that needs to be handled and the Kickstarter’s goal is about $38,000 dollars to bring the story of Bertram Fiddle to life. There isn’t a predicted date for delivery of the game, possibly because some of the stretch goals are quite involved and would effect a timeline. They do point to the first episode taking about a year, so with that in mind I would estimate somewhere around a mid year 2016 delivery date for their project.
Kickstarter awards are the standard for these types of games. You can get Bertram Fiddle stickers, or t-shirts or even more complicated prizes at higher level tiers. The game itself you can get for about $8 USD. The $15 tier unlocks both episode 1 and 2. If you’re interested in Episode 1 of the game, you can find more information here or check out the Kickstarter page. The Bertram Fiddle Kickstarter runs through November 6.