Indie Royale Harvest Bundle

It’s not winter yet, so harvest the good indie games while you can
It hasn’t been long since the Halloween-themed bundle, but Indie Royale has put out another great collection of indie games.

As always, reviewing each individual title is nearly impossible due to time constraints, and the bundle will already expire in less than a day! Still I took the opportunity to play each and give you my thoughts if they are worth the money (at the moment the minimum of around 4 dollars) or if you should look to other indie packs.

Mutant Mudd
(USA 2012, developer/publisher: Renegade Kid)


An invasion of muddy aliens has to be averted with the help of a young boy, its blaster and jetpack.

From the creative heads who did Dementium and Dementium II comes an old-school platform-shooter reminiscent of games like Apogee’s Commander Keen or the old Dukem Nukem titles (anyone remember those before it all went FPS?).

A nonsensical story and frustrating platform segments with rare and unfair checkpoints is what is waiting for the impatient player, but bear with it and you get a lot of catchy tunes and the fun idea to jump between different background and foreground levels after going through specific doors.

Official Website

Pinapple Smash Crew
(UK 2012, developer/publisher: Rich Make Game!)

A group of space renegades blast their way through spaceships to loot and kill, but above all to survive.

As the title refers to Smash TV, expect a whole lot of enemies, explosions and firing-in-all-directions-to-save-your-life gameplay. Together with a frantic, but fun soundtrack, this gets even more adrenaline-fuelled. Add some level-up system and non-linear approaches how to tackle the main objectives (you can choose which rooms of the ship you want to traverse) and you’re up for a real challenge.


Spirits
(Germany 2012, developer/publisher: Spaces Of Play)


Guide the spirits of fallen leaves to their home.

The gameplay of Lemmings plus a beautiful out-of-this-world soundtrack like Botanicula equals a great puzzle game and an even better art experience.

With a lot of levels, different ways to solve the puzzles, there’s plenty of playtime, even though it can be a bit frustrating to restart the levels because all the special abilities are used up too soon.

Official Website

BasketBelle
(France 2011, developer/publisher: Bean!)

A young boy is looking for his sister…and wants to teach her basketball. Plus there are strange creatures involved.

One of the weirdest genre-mixes I’ve played, but also one of the most beautifully arresting ones. First being nothing more than a tutorial with showing how to throw a ball, evading the opponent and getting it into the net, the monotony which could easily have been done in a casual iOS title is broken up into jump-and-run and puzzle-segments.

I haven’t played very far, but this is simply a wonderful game which has to be played to be believed. Add some amazing artwork, a haunting soundtrack and a touching story which is simple but works, and you’re in for quite a treat. That’s what indie games are all about.

Official Website

Avernum: The Second Trilogy (4,5,6)
(USA 2011/2012, developer/publisher: Spiderweb Software)

Reviewing an RPG in less than a week is as impossible as playing through it in that time. Now there are even 3 games in one, so the only way to say something about these titles is to give a rough idea what to expect.

Some lovely artwork in the stand stills as cutscenes, atmospheric sound effects and a great musical score. Only the animations of the characters are non-existent and moving them in a grid isn’t a lot of fun. Still it’s interesting to see how the series evolves with each instalment. The sixth part is especially nice to look at.

Old-school RPG fare for those who miss the old times.

Official Website

Get them before they’re gone with the wind and winter
All these cool games and some goodies (the soundtracks of BasketBelle and Spirits are especially nice) are available only for a short time until the offer expires (in less than a day) at Indie Royale’s Website. Pay what you want and support more amazing games and cool independent developers!

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About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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