Indie Royale Crams Dream Machine Into Stuffing Bundle

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.

I haven’t played it for ages, but Children of the Nile lives in my memory as one of the finest city-building games ever made and I didn’t even know about this ‘enhanced’ version. Enhancements make everything better, that’s inherent in the meaning of the word, so this version is probably the best city-building game that will ever be made.


  1. jackthename says:

    “so this version is probably the best city-building game that will ever be made.”

    That’s a terrible thing to say! Take it back! Take it back!

  2. ThinkAndGrowWitcher says:

    And if you’re into the ‘high-quality-tower-defense-style-games-with-a-twist’ genre, then Anomaly: Warzone Earth is very stand-out too.

    • Jad says:

      Anomaly is really really good. I absolutely loved it last year, it was on my GOTY shortlist, actually. Fantastic package, great idea implemented very well. Also, it’s an indie game that is not a 2D platform puzzler.

      • ChainsawCharlie says:

        Yup, because tower defense is so much better.

      • LTK says:

        I had to check whether we actually played the same game called Anomaly, but I found the reverse tower defense game to be completely unremarkable.

  3. Oneironaut says:

    People in the Reddit thread are mentioning that the Children of the Nile key also gives a Steam copy of Hinterland, which is an interesting city-builder.

    • Ringwraith says:

      I already own Children of the Nile, and didn’t play it nearly enough, and now this only tempts me to buy it again…
      Despite my copy being a nice one in a big cardboard sleeve complete with chunky books. :D

    • Yglorba says:

      I came here to say just that, yeah. It’s a nice surprise, but I wonder why they didn’t mention it on the bundle page?

      • flowsnake says:

        It was an error. I didn’t get it in time, apparently.

      • Baines says:

        It’s true? That might tempt me into buying the bundle, which looked weak to me previously. (I was unimpressed when I played Anomaly’s demo months ago and Dream Machine is only 3/5ths of a game.)

        Indie Royale certainly says nothing about including Hinterland, and Steam’s entry for the Enhanced Edition doesn’t mention it either. (On Steam, Hinterland is only listed by itself and as part of the “Best of TiltedMill Collection”.)

        • InternetBatman says:

          I won Anomaly in the Steam christmas sale and I remain unimpressed.

    • Carra says:

      I activated Children of the Nile a few hours ago but no luck, only one game.

      I do love city builder games though so I’ll give this one a spin.

  4. Jakkar says:

    He’s right, you know. Children of the Nile… The worthy successor to the Caesar series, albeit with Pharaoh’s trappings. And beautiful, somehow, despite the passage of years.

    Just… Be warned; it’s slow. And subsequently incredibly satisfying.

    Key point; every civilian exists within the city, simulated, visible, trackable.

    • Carra says:

      It is slow. But after betting on the ‘+’ button it goes faster.

    • Khalan says:

      Yes, it’s still my favourite city builder. Love that the citizens are individuals – even if they don’t get food, they’ll go and forage for themselves, and if they’re unhappy for too long, they’ll leave, but they’ll still be physically living in the map in little villages, ready to come back if things improve.

      There is no reliance on roads – they’ll walk wherever they need to. However, roads are of course in the game and will speed citizens up and help your city planning.

      I can trace the lineage of my pharaohs all the way back to the founders; I can see that the parents were potters for example, or the grandparents simple farmers.

      Lots of little things like that all come together to make a brilliant game (there’s also a first person view by the way). The game is, as mentioned, slow though.

  5. kalirion says:

    Aww, only the first 3 of 5 (two are as yet unreleased) chapters of Dream Machine? But I want the all! [/entitlement whining]

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  7. njursten says:

    Oh, you can also get the Tree of Knowledge album if you pay at least 8€. Quite nice music! A bit special, it has a fake backstory as being the recovered soundtrack for an old scrapped dating game.

    Disclaimer: I know one of the artists.