“Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.

Ramon Redondo is the Creative Director at Hello Media Group and is from Madrid, Spain. He has worked as an illustrator that specializes in pixel art. Ramon has been leading the visual design and brand creation for over 20 years. He loves comics and film and you can see the artwork that he has done, and a bit of his humor on his social media account. Ramon has a special love for animals and has a pet dog named Leia. Ramon created the game POWERUP with the goal to create something that had never been made before. He originally kept all of the ideas that he had in a notebook and slowly worked to develop his game and then eventually launching in 2018. His most recent venture is the game Looters.

Ramon launched the game POWERUP on Kickstarter in March of 2018. He originally launched his campaign in his native tongue Spanish and also provided English updates. He was able to outline some stretch goals immediately. Ramon offered a special reward to his backers when they were 90% funded of his pup Leia on a card that would give backers a +1 advantage at the beginning of the game.  Ramon was able to add an expansion to the game called MERCS which contained mercenaries that have special powers of EPIC MODE. He announced that they reached full funding on March 19. Less than a month from when the campaign had started.

POWERUP was designed after retro video games. In Powerup players are able to be part of a bug buster squadron that is in charge of eliminating Earth’s biggest threat, the bugs. The bugs are from Planet X and they like to harass and torment anyone in their path. The creators of the game wanted to recreate the experience of going to the arcade with friends. The game plays very similarly to the old arcade games. Players can run, shoot, punch, pummel, and pick up coins as they fight to defeat all of the bugs that are in their path. In order to win, the player must destroy all of the bugs.

The game is set up in modular tiles to create a board that is similar to what you would have seen in a retro game. Characters move up and down and side to side within these tiles. Every time that a player takes a turn they have 4 actions that they can use to either move, attack, flip, rest, equip, give, jump, or revive. Powerup can be played in both cooperative and competitive game mode. There are 8 different kinds of bugs that the players will encounter and fight on their quest. You can arm your warriors with 32 special weapons. To find out more about POWERUP, it’s creator, or to view the Kickstarter campaign visit the links below.  

Game Information:
Number of Players: 1 to 5
Suggested Play Time: 60 minutes
Suggested Age: 8+

Included in the box:
12 tiles
8 BugBuster cards
9 bug cards
4 score cards
4 Help Cards
6 Role Cards
1 Power Up Shop Cards
32 Weapon Cards
32 POW Cards
32 Bug Cards
1 Turn Card
9 Life Tokens
24 Ammo Tokens
24 Reaction Tokens
8 Bugbuster Tokens
12 Civil Tokens
5 White Dice
5 Yellow Dice
1 Game Manual
12 Powerup Tokens
10 Secret Tokens
4 Explosive Tokens
8 Posessed Tokens
10 Chaos Tokens
1 Turn Token

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: March 5, 2018
Ship Date: February 21, 2019
Website: PowerUp2D