Need Startup Inspiration? See Most-Backed Projects On Kickstarter

A project called Exploding Kittens made Kickstarter history. With 219,382 backers, it became the most-backed Kickstarter project of all  time! It more than doubled the previous record of 105,857, held by Reading Rainbow since last summer. Wondering what the backings leaderboard looks like? 

Exploding Kittens – 219,382 backers, raised $8,782,571 of $10,000 goal

Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid  exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw  multiple cards, or shuffling the deck.


Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere! – 105,857 backers, raised $5,408,916 of $1,000,000 goal

Bring Reading Rainbow’s library of interactive books & video field trips to more platforms & provide free access to classrooms in need!

The Veronica Mars Movie Project – 91,585 backers, raised $5,702,153 of $2,000,000 goal

With her graduation from law school imminent, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is  interviewing with prestigious New York law firms when she gets a call from ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring), who has been accused of murder. Veronica returns to Neptune to help Logan find a good defense attorney, but when she becomes suspicious of the way Logan’s case is being handled, she finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind: that of an amateur sleuth.

Double Fine Adventure – 87,142 backers, $3,336,371 of $400,000 goal

An adventure game from Tim Schafer, Double Fine, and YOU!

Torment: Tides of Numenera – 74,405 backers, raised $4,188,927 of $900,000 goal

Thank you to all of our backers for making the Torment: Tides of Numenera Kickstarter the success that it was. We are deeply appreciative of your faith,  trust, and support. Now it’s up to us to create and deliver the RPG experience we have described, the game you have asked for.

Project Eternity – 73,986 backers, raised $3,986,929 of $1.100,000 goal

Project Eternity is an isometric, party-based computer RPG set in a new fantasy world developed by Obsidian Entertainment.

Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android – 68,929 backers, raised $10,266,845 of $100,000 goal

Pebble is a customizable watch. Download new watchfaces, use sports and fitness apps, get notifications from your phone.

Mighty No. 9 – 67,226 backers, raised $3,845,170 $900,000 goal of of $900,000 goal

Classic Japanese side-scrolling action, evolved and transformed by Keiji Inafune, an all-star team of veteran Mega Man devs…and YOU!

OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console – 63,416 backers, raised $8,596,474 of $950,000 goal

Cracking open the last closed platform: the TV. A beautiful, affordable console — built on Android, by the creator of Jambox.

COOLEST COOLER: 21st Century Cooler that’s Actually Cooler – 62,642 backers raised $13,285,226 of $50,000 goal

The COOLEST is a portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion.

Wasteland 2 – 61,290 backers, raised $2,933,252 of of $900,000 goal

Wasteland 2 is a sequel to the amazingly popular 1988 RPG Wasteland and the post-apocalyptic predecessor to the Fallout Series.


Exploding Kittens isn’t only the most-backed project, it’s also the most-funded Games project ever, raising $8,782,571. That makes it the third-most-funded project in Kickstarter history. Days ago, the Exploding Kittens team (Elan Lee, Shane Small, and The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman) shared a thoughtful update with their backers. Here’s what they  said:

“We’ve never seen anything like you guys, and neither has the planet. You have proven beyond any doubt that you are unstoppable. There’s nothing we can put in.”

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