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.
(USA 2012, developer/publisher: Renegade Kid)
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.
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.
(Germany 2012, developer/publisher: Spaces Of Play)
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.
(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.
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.
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!