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HTML Marks The Spot: The Pirate Bay Bundle

By Adam Smith on April 1st, 2014.

If you’re as old as I am, you may well remember shareware compilation discs. On the other hand, if you’re as old as I feel after a weekend navigating a showfloor packed with 12 year old streamers, you probably remember a time when most games were crafted out of human bones. But forget the bones, let’s talk about the discs for a moment. They were wonderful things, containing folders full of mysterious games that had no other home. The Internet can provide a home to almost any game that seeks one so it’s tempting to think that there are no mysteries left, which is precisely why The Pirate Bay Bundle is such a splendid thing. 101 games and I’d wager that at least 100 of them are new to almost everyone.

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The Kingdoms Bundle Is Strategically Impressive

By John Walker on January 21st, 2014.

The extent of my knowledge and understanding of strategy games is the breadth of smile they create on little Adam Smith’s cherubic face. So glancing at Bundle Stars’ Kingdoms Bundle, I could see a lovely, warm grin.

For £2.18 you get Europa Universalis III Complete, Europa Universalis: Rome Gold Edition, The King’s Crusade, Hearts Of Iron III, Sword Of The Stars Complete Collection, and Magicka.

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Brazilian Bundle: Super BR Jam

By Adam Smith on November 25th, 2013.

There was a time when I spent most of my day posting about bundles, to the extent that I didn’t actually play any new games at all. I’d just list the contents of whatever bundle landed in my inbox, embed a video and check that the ‘pay what you want’ offer actually let people submit less than a dollar. Then I’d hit the publish button and move onto the next big thing. Which would be another bundle. I thought all of that was in my past but the Super BR Jam has caught my eye, with a decent set of commercial titles for anyone paying more than $5 and the results of the jam (now finished) available whatever the price paid. Dungeonland, Magicka, The Showdown Effect and Knights of Pen and Paper all have Paradox in common, and plenty of people probably own them already, but the standout is Qasir al-Wasat, which I wish I’d pointed more eyes toward when I played the demo.

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Spread The Love: Pixeljam’s Pay What You Want Bundle

By Adam Smith on July 4th, 2013.

Pixeljam won the inaugural Colonel J Trousers Award For Excellence In Audiovisual Advertisements. The blustery ancient was so pleased by this excellent study in rural family life that some say a solitary tear crawled out from behind his monocle, although it swiftly hopped back behind the cataract-buttresses for fear of shaming the old buffer. To celebrate the availability of a Pixeljam bundle, including Dinorun and the Potatoman that so moved Trousers last year, a new trailer has arrived from the digital depths. It has altered my perception and you must watch it.

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Run, Don’t Trundle, To The New Bundle In A Box

By Alec Meer on April 2nd, 2013.


Oops, we very nearly missed the boat on the latest Bundle In A Box, which ends within approximately 10 hours of the time of writing. If you fancy a pay-what-you-want grab-bag of lesser-known indie curios and delights, you should get on that right away. Dinner Date and Phantasmaburbia are perhaps the best-known of the main contents, though really I’m on board for anything called Necrotic Drift Deluxe.
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Indie Royale’s Evolved Bundle Emerges Onto Land

By John Walker on January 31st, 2013.

Bundle bundle bundlenews! Indie Royale have launched their latest, hoping to soak up the cash for another collection of out-turned pocketed developers. This time it’s the Evolved Bundle, because, um, they’ve called it that. And it’s a good-un. In there you’ve got the utterly splendid puzzler Unmechanical from Talawa Games (check out our review), Tale Of Tales’ super-creepy The Path, Fatshark’s latest, Krater, Turtle Cream’s Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory, and physics puzzler OIO from Uncanny Games. Which I’d say is the best pack they’ve had in a while.

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Rock Bottom: Groupees Bundle Includes La Mulana

By Adam Smith on December 21st, 2012.

The new Groupees bundle includes loads of games but I haven’t even heard of most of them. It’s a ‘pay what you want’ deal, although the minimum price rises as you add more games from the selection. Two games will set you back a minimum of $1.50 and the reason I’m posting about it at all is that buying any two adds La Mulana to your order as a freebie. If you don’t know about La Mulana, I’ll consider that at least partly my fault because I’ve been meaning to write down wot I think about it for months but, somehow, I always fail. I am a failure. La Mulana, however, is a roaring success. If you like Spelunky*, Metroid or Dark Souls, you should spend $1.50 to buy La Mulana.

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Latest Indie Royale Bundle Has Indie Games In It

By Alec Meer on December 5th, 2012.

Royale with cheese. I don't know what I mean by that.

As opposed to not-indie games. Apparently there’s controversy when bundles aren’t indie, though I’d appreciate the ill sentiment more if Indie Royale did it, what with the whole indie in the title thing.

Anyway: the line-up for the Indie Royale Winter package is Greed Corp, Hamlet, BIT.TRIP Runner (isn’t that in everything now?), Conquest of Elysium 3, Leave Home and They Breathe. Seeing as I ruined basically hit-attraction techniques by putting all those names above the cut, I’m going to stuff some videos of each of those games below instead. Then I will be high on hits, beyond my wildest possible hit-based dreams. (I don’t have any hit-based dreams, I’m not Rupert Murdoch even if I am almost as crabby).
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Indie Royale Crams Dream Machine Into Stuffing Bundle

By Adam Smith on November 19th, 2012.

The Indie Royale returns with The Stuffing Bundle, which makes me think of stockings brimming with gifts rather than breadcrumbs and sage shoved inside a carcass cavity. My headline-dominating opinion is that the three released chapters of The Dream Machine are the stand-out content and on this very site you can read what John and I said about the game in the dwindling days of 2011. The remainder of the stocking is filled with Children of the Nile, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Puzzle Agent 2 and Adventure Apes and the Mayan Mystery. As I write this, minimum price is £2.99.

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Hats Off: Indie Buskers 2 Bundle

By Adam Smith on November 6th, 2012.

Earlier this year, a collection of game developers formed a loose collective called The Indie Buskers. Taking requests from the shouting face of the internet, each of them coded a game in 48 hours and the results were released in a bundle of the ‘pay what you want’ variety. Well, the buskers are back with new games and, as with the last event, the ideas that the crowd yelled in their direction are seventy billion times more imaginative than ‘sequel to your most financially successful project’. Quotes of a Molydeuxbious nature below and a game where you really must talk to the monsters.

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Cheap And Fearful: Bundle Of The Damned

By Adam Smith on October 29th, 2012.

prepare for my cold embrace

Groupees have a bundle of Halloween gaming for your perusal. It’s actually more seasonal than the ongoing Indie Royale collection, primarily because this one contains a game called Manor of the Damned, which is exactly the sort of name Halloween entertainment should have. Psychological, nuanced horror is for every other day of the year. Disappointingly, Manor of the Damned is a retro ARPG rather than Realms of the Haunting for a new era. The standout is probably Cryostasis, which is an imaginative first-person chiller that will utilise its fancy ice effects and poor optimisation to bring your computer to its knees. Those can be yours for $1, but spend at least $4 and you’ll get more, as detailed below.

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A Pathological Inclusion: Indie Royale Halloween Bundle

By Adam Smith on October 26th, 2012.

This is incredibly unfair to the other games in Indie Royale’s Halloween Bundle but the reason everyone should buy it is because Pathologic is in there. Ice-pick Lodge’s disease-ridden horror story takes place in one of the most bizarre and fascinating environments ever crafted, and the game is either brilliantly and intentionally brutal or beguilingly broken. Probably both. For what is just shy of £3.00 (at the time of writing), you’ll receive Pathologic, side-scrolling changeable adventure Home, characterful puzzler MacGuffin’s Curse, retro ARPG Evil Quest, and Telltale’s strongest Sam and Max series – The Devil’s Playhouse. But you only needed to know about Pathologic, right? There’s a video below, because bundles have videos now.

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Humble Rumbles Anew: PWYW Torchlight, Vessel, SPAZ

By Alec Meer on September 18th, 2012.

mmm, 2009 vintage spiders

Somehow bearing the numeral ’6′ after it, despite there having been at least 40,000 Humble Bundles by this point, the latest in the wildly successful series of pay-what-you-want indie grab-bags is go right now. Torchlight is the headliner, which is some funny timin’ what with the sequel being pretty darn close now, and it has sterling support from Rochard, Space Pirates And Zombies (aka SPAZ), Vessel and Shatter. Pay more than the average – which currently sits at around $5 – and you’ll get Dustforce too.
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