Why Friday Night Funkin’ Smashed Their Kickstarter Goal with an Insane Pledge Amount

The fans, the fame, and now the fortune? Friday Night Funkin’ developers just want to do right by their fans.

I don’t think the world is ready for this. Support the Kickstarter today! Source, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/funkin/friday-night-funkin-the-full-ass-game
An intrepid hero stands at the precipce… what rhymes will he spit? Source, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_Night_Funkin%27
Actually, $1,931,491 has been pledged. Time to watch it reach 2 million! Source, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/funkin/friday-night-funkin-the-full-ass-game

Open Source and Ready to Mingle

As we are all aware, the modding, animation, and video game music community descended on this game like no other. The number of high-quality mods to Friday Night Funkin’ is a testament to how powerful your fandom can actually become. But we should not discredit the foresight of Ninjamuffin99, PhantomArcade, KawaiSprite, and EvilSk8r (henceforth known as the Funkin’ Crew). They could have easily made the game’s code private and released versions to the masses without any promises of open-source. But the intelligent call to embrace the modding and open-source nature is what made the game so accessible.

Example of how Friday Night Funkin’ takes open-mic battles and turns them into DDR inspired gameplay. Source, https://fridaynightfunkin.fandom.com/wiki

All About Heart

Making a highly accessible and easy to mod game is one thing. But to make a game with the heart of a generation is a whole other thing entirely. The art is beautifully crafted flash animation, reminiscent of Gaia Online chibis, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and Paparapa the Rappa. The music lives up to its name — FUNKY. Trap, drum & bass, groove, electronic, hip-hop eclecticism wrapped up with some really catchy melodies. Love it or hate it, the game has heart.

I can’t wait to see what awaits Friday Night Funkin’ and its official release! Source, https://ninja-muffin24.itch.io/funkin


Friday Night Funkin’s success is an indie game developer’s dream. It just goes to show that not everything is about money or a complex marketing strategy. A successful game is all about heart and willingness to cater to your players.

Freelance game designer / developer. Full stack developer. Board game geek and cat tamer.

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