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Vlambeerian Hockey And Other Treats In Humble Bundle


A minimalist hockey game by one half of Nuclear Throne devs Vlambeer and one of the Action Henk folks, a road trip 'em up through '70s Italy, a plant-growing rhythm game, and other special treasures are debuting at Fantastic Arcade, which kicks off today in Austin, Texas. It'd be an awful shame if we at home missed out on those treats so huzzah! The current Humble Weekly Bundle offers new indie curios along with some other goodies and classics like Fez and Hotline Miami.

It's the usual Humble dealio: pay what you want to get a small selection of games, then get more if you pay above a certain amount. This time, the six base games are those created for Fantastic Arcade by a load of different devs with support from the Juegos Rancheros collective. Right, the games!

Hoky (not to be confused with Hokra) is a minimalist local multiplayer hockey game from Kitty Calis and Vlambeer's JW Nijman, the latter of whom you might remember also minimised tennis in Tennnes. Alea is a chill rhythm 'em up through a vibrant natural world by Gardenarium developer Paloma Dawkins. Wheels of Aurelia is a game I'm especially glad to see, a narrative road trip game along the Italian coast played as a retro top-down driving game while you chat. I don't know much about CRAP! No One Loves Me by those scampish Arkane Kids, though it looks a bit like the sikk coffin luge section from Bubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Retrospective. And... I don't know anything about Risky Bison or Hellmouth, but they're in there too!

Then! If you pay $8 or more, you'll also get Fez, Hotline Miami, Luftrausers, Ouya escapee No Brakes Valet, MirrorMoon EP, and Fract OSC.

That is a lot of pretty great video games. I haven't had time to really dig into the six new games since buying the bundle, but I'm quite keen to.

[Disclosure: Brandon Boyer of Fantastic Arcade and Juegos Rancheros has co-hosted events with The Wild Rumpus; I've hung out with and hosted Paloma Dawkins after showing her game at a Rumpus, spending a lot of time in a big metal leaf; Fez designer Phil Fish has DJed at the Rumpus; Arkane Kids have also played and done things for Rumpus, and we once stole Ben Esposito's hideous visor - it's really the worst object.]

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.