In the late 80’s, there was an animated space western TV series called “Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs” here in the US. Originally a Japanese anime series called “Star Musketeer Bismarck”, Saber Rider was renamed, reworked, and rewritten for its English release. When it came state-side, Saber Rider also received additional episodes and featured some notable voice talent like Rob Paulsen (Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime). Oddly enough, a German game developer group calling themselves Team Saber Rider have decided to go to Kickstarter for funding on a retro-style, 16-bit 2D side-scrolling shooter-platformer video game adaptation of the show.
If funded, the game will feature twelve missions, the four members of the show’s main cast as playable characters (including their vehicles), mecha battles in a feature called “Challenge Phase”, members of the original TV show’s voice cast, and more.
While it is a less-than-usual premise for a game, the game itself has a healthy amount of interesting source material to work with. Hopefully, the game isn’t limited by its retro-style theme. Playfully, the stretch goals for the project include porting the game over to actual retro game systems like the Super Nintendo and PC Engine CD.
You can catch the Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs video game Kickstarter page here. See below for the pitch video and a little look at the gameplay.