Splendindie-bundle on D2D

Direct 2 Drive have announced they’re running and indie games bundle until Sunday. The bundle contains Democracy 2, Cogs, Zeno Clash, The Path, and Defence Grid. All great games. Which rather reveals the problem with the pack: you probably own a couple of these games already.

Nevertheless, for those aberrant consumers among us, the deal is good. £11.50 for Britons, and $17.75 for North Americans. I dunno about Euro types. Anyone got a link?


  1. MrBejeebus says:

    Good bundle I spose, if you can put up with the terrible download speeds and bad all round service, I regret my buy’s off D2D…

  2. Heliocentric says:

    Euro’s get dick, they can use a real currency.

    By which i mean d2d trades only in 2 currencies GBP and USD

  3. Vinraith says:

    WOW. I already own Defense Grid, but that’s still Democracy 2, Cogs, Zeno Clash, and The Path all for the regular price of Democracy 2 alone (hell, a hair cheaper actually).

    I’m not a big D2D fan, but I may not be able to turn that down. Zeno Clash keys from D2D can be added to Steam, I believe (as can Defense Grid keys if you don’t already have one). I don’t know about the others.

  4. Hi!! says:

    Yeah, the Euro price = the US price. Too bad I have all but one of these.

  5. Jeremy says:

    That’s a fancy price, wish I didn’t own those games. Maybe places like this should put together a list of 10 titles, and let the consumer grab bag up to 5 of them for a price. Denny’s did it for breakfast, why can’t Steam/D2D/etc. do it with electronic entertainments?

  6. Cheshire P says:

    I’ve been a hair away from purchasing Zeno Clash on Steam for the last week and then this offer comes along for cheaper. And so I pay my money and downloads are running as I type. Huzzah and so forth.

  7. Chizu says:

    Not sure of D2D I haven’t yet used them as people often don’t seem entirely impressed with them.
    I also already own Zeno Clash and The Path.
    Defense Grid is probably the only one I don’t have that really is of any real interest to me at present, so its not really worth it.

  8. Vinraith says:

    Bought it. Downloading as we speak. Damn deals, that’s another pile of games for the “need to play” pile.

  9. Wolfox says:

    Of that list, the ones I don’t have are The Path and Democracy 2. Are they worth it for that price?

  10. Tei says:

    I love to see that Digital Downloads mean that the “cheap bin” has not died. We will be able in the future to buy packs like this one. This is really good news and something to congratulate. Also this deal is awesome. I already have almost all these, but these that don’t have it, will get incredible value. Defense Grid + Cogs alone probably deserve it.

  11. Vinraith says:

    So here’s something I’ve always wondered. If I buy, say, Democracy 2 in a pack like this, what does Positech see from the sale? Is it the same as if I’d bought it off of D2D normally? Obviously it’s less than if I’d bought it directly from Positech…

  12. Blather Bob says:

    Defense Grid and Zeno Clash are steam games (so don’t bother downloading them from D2D, just copy/paste the keys into steam and download straight from steam, if that’s faster for you). Cogs and Democracy 2 are listed as DRM-Free, so they’re just regular installers with no activation checks. The Path doesn’t say, so it’s probably got the D2D activation-check installer.

    Since Defense Grid and Zeno Clash are steam games, you could presumably buy the whole pack and then send the keys for either of those two to a friend to add to his/her steam account, if you already own them but want the other games in the pack.

  13. Rob says:

    Am I the only one who didn’t like Zeno Clash?

  14. Serondal says:

    Yes, yes you are.

  15. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    Speaking of D2D…is Prototype worth getting for 15 quids?

  16. Centy says:

    Aw man I certainly would have snapped this up but alas I already own Zeno Clash and Defense Grid and The Path is the only other one I quite fancied having a go on.

  17. Stony says:

    This pack may be the very definition of “the moon on a stick”.

    Shame I already have 3 of the games.

  18. Vinraith says:

    Oh, and since I managed three posts without saying it, let me say it now. Thank you Jim for pointing this out. I almost never check D2D, it probably would have slipped right past me if it weren’t for RPS.

  19. Serph says:

    If I didn’t already buy Zeno Clash, I’d definitely buy it, bar none.

    @Rob: Yes….
    @Frankie: link to penny-arcade.com

  20. LewieP says:

    I already have all but The Path and Democracy 2, so I’ll not be getting this, but it is an incredible deal.

  21. Centy says:


    It is a fun game but the PC port is pretty poor even a decent system struggles with the more busy areas. It’s a console game that really needs patched to get the PC version upto spec.

  22. MD says:

    @ Rob: Nope, it didn’t do it for me either. Interesting pack, this. I wouldn’t have instinctively thought that The Path’s demographic overlapped much with that of, say, Defence Grid or Democracy 2. Pretty sure I’m wrong on that though, especially judging from these comments.

  23. Mike Jordan says:

    Only owned The Path, but after installing Windows 7, I realized that I hadn’t bought that off steam and this is easier then searching for a serial somewhere. Zeno Clash is the only other game in the pack that really interests me, but I tried firing up Democracy 2 while waiting for the download to finish only to find out that the game apparently will not run on Windows 7, so that is something to look out for. (I did check on Positech’s forum and saw others running versions of 7 having the same problem and running in vista/xp compatibility modes makes no difference.)

    Still, it’s hard to pass up such a great deal.

  24. bansama says:

    Considering it’s available worldwide from both the UK and US D2D stores, wouldn’t it be slightly cheaper for those in the UK to pick it up off the US store? Or do they still factor in VAT when buying from the US one?

  25. Stromko says:

    I actually own none of those games, but am not intrigued enough by any of them to make it a surefire buy. It’s a very good value but I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy these games enough to make it worth the time.

    I’m just a sucker for a good deal though. Ahh, these marketers and their bargains know just how to get under my skin and sell me something I’m not sure I want. :)

  26. Stromko says:

    If you end up buying this bundle and are particularly interested in Zeno Clash, save yourself the time and just plug the key in to Steam. When you open up the installer from D2D it’ll just register it with Steam and try to download the whole thing all over again from there.

    Or at least that’s what it did to me, but it could be because I downloaded to my C:\ drive and I have Steam on a separate drive and partition, so I guess once I signed in to steam to continue the installation it wasn’t able to find the 2 gigabyte folder that I’d already downloaded from Direct2Drive.

    That odd functionality doesn’t make the bundle a bad deal, although if all you wanted out of it was Zeno Clash it would certainly be pointless to buy it from D2D just to register and access it through Steam, which you must do regardless of how you choose to download it. I’m looking forward to Cogs and also giving The Path a looksee, so I’m not too disappointed.

  27. Howard says:

    No, no you’re not. It was pretty bad.

    Still a good deal mind. I own Defence Grid already but the missus has said she wouldn’t mind a swing at it so that’s a win all round =)

  28. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    haha, I almost forgot :) Thx :)

    I noticed it, will probably risk it :)

  29. Super Bladesman says:

    Wow – now that’s good value :)

    Time to get Democracy 2 for me I think!

  30. Subject 706 says:

    Not liking Zeno Clash is a crime against humanity.

  31. Howard says:

    @Subect 706
    Why? ‘Cos it’s pretty? Thought you die-hard RPSers were all “BURN THE GRAPHICS WHORE!” types?
    Zeno Clash is tiny, linear and desperately wants to be Tekken with all the good things taken out. It just sucks…

  32. Optimaximal says:

    Zeno Clash was sorta fun, but it never felt like anything but a very well designed Half-Life mod. Had I paid full price for it, I would have been disappointed.

  33. jon_hill987 says:

    As I only own defence grid out of those (and as the key can be activated on Steam I can gift it to someone with a Steam account) I think I will be taking up this offer. I haven’t used D2D before but this seems as go a reason as any to try.

  34. LewieP says:

    Regarding wether the developer gets paid the same amount for games sold at a discount.

    I think not, this is from Cliffski’s twitter:
    “In retrospect that was a very low bundle price I agreed to for Democracy 2 recently.”

    But I don’t know for sure.

  35. James G says:

    Don’t have any of those so I may well do this.

  36. Simon says:

    Can these games be activated in steam like retail cd-keys?

  37. cliffski says:

    I don’t get the same amount, it’s a percentage thing. So yes, I get much less from this than if you bought the game direct. But I agreed tot it. It’s a limited time thing, and hopefully some people who were on the fence about the game will be tempted now.
    The minute GSB is done, I’m going to have to see why some people have problems with D2 on Windows 7. I wish microsoft would stop breaking stuff!

  38. LewieP says:

    Something which I’m sure you have taken into account too – Perhaps a bunch of people who wouldn’t have been interested in D2 will now try it out, and if they like it, they are more likely to consider buying some of your other games, at full price.

    Same goes for all the other games too. Quality indie devs banding together is a great promotion.

  39. jon_hill987 says:

    @Simon: Only Zeno Clash and Defence Grid: The Awakening keys will work in Steam out of that list.

  40. brulleks says:

    I must be one of the few who previously owned none of these games, and now I own them all. Huzzah!

    While I would have been tempted by Zeno Clash, The Path and Cogs, the other two would have escaped my attentions if not for this pack, so you can see the potential benefit for indie developers right there.

  41. ZeeKat says:

    Another reason to love RPS. Great info, that is.

    They also have Rise of Flight, by the way (signed in to D2D just to buy it few days ago).

  42. Vinraith says:


    Noted. The next time I buy one of your games I’ll make sure to pick it up directly from you in compensation. :)

  43. mihor_fego says:

    Even though it’s a good deal, I really don’t like the idea of indie developers only distributing their games through Steam or D2D. I like to be able to give my money directly to the guys responsible for a game I enjoy, unlike what’s done with major publishers’ games. I understand that perhaps the resources needed to distribute these games might cost too much for some developers, I absolutely hate having to install gaming clients – I mean that’s why I curse the whole Games for Windows Live crap, right?

    Zeno Clash I’ve tried at a friend’s place and while I was stunned by the excellent world design, being a sucker for Jodorowsky-like weirdness, the gameplay seemed a bit too awkward. I’d like to buy it though, even if only to support its creators or perhaps to make it easier for them to expand on such an insane world for a different style of game (I’d gladly pay more than full price for an action-adventure game made in a seamless world like Zeno Clash’s even if the game was 4 hrs long). But since I don’t like the idea of having the steam client installed, I’d never get to play it.

    Let’s see, I have Cogs, The Path, Braid, World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Time Gentlemen Please, Kudos 2 and The Maw… and none needed a client to play! What on earth made Ace Team only choose this solution?

  44. Kommissar Nicko says:

    This is exciting. I remember not wanting to spend $20 on Democracy 2 (sorry Cliffski, I really wanted to, but I’m not exactly flush), but this definitely seals the deal. I’m glad that I’ve been a dirty, dirty corporate whore this whole time and didn’t buy ANY OF THESE. Now is the time!

  45. Will Tomas says:

    Consider me one of those fence-sitters who have now been persuaded to buy…