Cheers for this!
No, you can play without buying the game :)
I thought the whole point of a successful kickstarter was that it paid for production costs. How did they make a loss?
A highly priced indie point and click narrative game is about as niche as you get; I don't think anyone is surprised by this outcome. The quality of the marketing material on their steam store page does a good job of living up to the negative stereotype, which IS surprising given their prior experience. Anyone could have told them that people would not be willing to pay £15 for something that conveys itself like that.
I'm not saying they deserved the outcome - after their previous offerings they obviously do have talent - but the mistakes in this attempt are obvious for all to see, and their handling of the affair was pretty inexcusable.
I don't think this says anything against the market. It is not "troubling" that consumers are capable of making sensible choices.
Indeed. The reviews on Steam would appear to paint a different picture than what the press have said about the game.