Video gamers have been offered the chance to become a character in a new virtual world in return for helping fund the project.

Kitatus Studios, in Hanworth Road, Hounslow, is developing its first game - a 3D retro-themed 'collectathon', in which players must collect coins and other items to help in their battle to save the earth.

The designers of Distro Horizons Vs Galaximo's Army have turned to the crowd-funding site Kickstarter in a bid to raise £5,000 to complete and release the game.

In return for a donation between £1 and the full £5,000, backers will receive rewards ranging from getting their name on the studio's website to becoming a 'boss' character in the game and being credited as an executive producer.

The character would be based on your design and would speak with your voice, if it was a speaking role, but seeing yourself immortalised in pixelated form will set you back a cool £1,000.

The deadline to reach the £5,000 target is the morning of Sunday, February 23 and, with only £328 pledged as of Monday this week, the outlook is not good.

The game, a demo version of which is available online, combines the classic gameplay of N64 platformers like Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazootie with modern technology.

It is being developed for Windows, Mac, Linux, Ouya and Wii U, and is aimed at gamers young and old.

Players must take control of half-man, half-cat Distro and his sidekick Teddy as they try to stop the evil alien overlord Galaximo enslaving earth's inhabitants.

* For more about the game and how to become a backer, visit