It’s been a month since we first heard about Shadows of the Past, the new TMNT board game being developed by IDW games, which means that the Kickstarter crowdfunding event has officially wrapped up. If you haven’t been following the progress of this title, it might surprise you to learn that this crowdfunding campaign was more than just a little successful. While it’s true that we’ve seen a resurgence in the world of board games over the past decade, somehow I doubt that anyone expected a Ninja Turtles board game to receive this much support.
How well did Shadows of the Past perform? Well, what if I told you that it surpassed its goal three times over? That’s right, the official pledge level of this new TMNT board game reached a total of 344% of its goal, meaning that they received more than three times as much as they needed to get the product on store shelves. As a matter of fact, this product got the fans so excited that they combined to donate almost a million dollars to help make it happen. The final tally came to $862,212, and they were only asking for $250,000. I don’t know if that makes this one of the most successful crowdfunding projects of its kind, but I think it’s fair to say that this level of support is pretty impressive.
For those who aren’t aware, Shadows of the Past is more of an enthusiast title, so it might not appeal to the average TMNT fan. That being said, it might just be one of the most interesting TMNT games we’ve ever seen. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s being developed by one of the biggest names in the industry, and it’s pulling heavily from story elements found in IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book franchise. In other words, if you’re more familiar with the classic animated series or even the newer Nickelodeon series, chances are that you might find this game a bit confusing. Of course, that shouldn’t stop you from trying it out if you’re interested, but there’s a reason that this was on Kickstarter – they needed to know that there would be enough consumer demand for the product to warrant making it a reality.
We’re excited to see this much interest in Shadows of the Past, and we can’t wait to see how the game turns out. What do you think? Will you be checking out the latest title from IDW Games when it comes out? Share your thoughts on this awesome TMNT board game either in the comments or via facebook/twitter!