Man, it's great when a Kickstarter leads to an actual product instead of just crushed hopes and dreams. Buddy & Me is a Kickstarter-funded platformer starring a beautifully animated boy and his mysteriously magical flying pal, Buddy. Sure, it is another endless runner, but the mechanics of how the boy interacts with Buddy seems really cool. Check it out:

Our community has been awfully excited for the game, and I'm stoked to see how this "companionship mechanic" actually plays out. We'll have more coverage on the game soon, but it just hit international App Stores, which seemed worth posting about. It's not really clear yet if this is a NZ-only soft launch or if it's going worldwide, but, best case scenario Buddy & Me will be everywhere at 11:00 PM Eastern.

International App Store Link: Buddy & Me, $2.99

  • soundshaper

    Very interested to know anyone who has tried out this game ! Someone?

    • Karzay

      I played it at S.I.X. earlier this month. If you like endless runners, it's pretty fun. The variety of obstacles is nice. And as you can see, the art is really good and the presentation is excellent. It has a very Neverending Story/My Neighbor Totoro vibe to it.

  • copaeci

    I think it'll be a worldwide release

    • Matt F

      Then it would release like AB, all of a sudden... it will come out tonight πŸ˜€

  • Matt F

    YES! Been waiting for this since it was announced! Instant Buy

  • JJE McManus

    Dear heavens, no.
    Remember that one scene from neverending story? Ya, let's do that; hire me some great artists.

    • Karzay

      Ah yes, I do remember. It's called inspiration.

      • JJE McManus

        I thought that was that movie with Ellen Page. πŸ˜‰

  • one.sixty.four

    Looks pretty boring and generic IMO. But, to each there own.

  • raulriera

    As soon as I read Infinite runner, excitement drops to zero

  • PresidentZer0

    Why endless? πŸ™

  • jeffyg3

    Great animation. Hmm endless runner though. If it has coin based IAP then definitely not going to buy...I've learned my lesson supporting these type of games in the beginning only for it to go freemium...jet pack joyride, whale trail, etc.

    • Matt F

      Its a premium app, 2,99$ and NO IAP at all

  • predisposed17

    Looks like my childhood movie I use to watch the never ending story

  • Stephen Staver

    It's worldwide launch for September 25th. (Kickstarter backer right here.)

  • Stephen Staver

    It's worldwide launch for September 25th. (Kickstarter backer right here.)

  • nko_terato

    The art is really fantastic!! Seriously I like it..

  • Cinepod

    Brings back fond memories of avatar Aang riding his flying bison Appa.

  • liteking

    Why everyone seems to hate endless runner so badly? I mean I really enjoy some endless runners like Temple Run, Jetpack Joyride and Tiny Wings