Earlier this year, I killed some time with Tiny Barbarian, an adorable little platformer made by indie dev Michael Stearns.

Good news for me, and hopefully Michael too: evolving from its "download for free" roots, it's being turned into a bigger thing.

With a new engine, more features and just promising to be an all-around bigger game, Stearns is developing a full-fledged version of the game for the PC. With, in case you haven't guessed by now, a little help needed by prospective fans.

Planned as an episodic series, he says you pay once for the game, up-front, then have the remaining episodes sent out free of charge.

Seeing as the original, free version was so much fun, I can't wait to try out this meatier one.

Tiny Barbarian DX [Kickstarter]