Despite being unable to publish another article (in no small part due to the amount of time spent on playing through all the review copies, and there’s a LOT to cover), there is always some space here to give Indie Royale‘s compilations a write-up, this time with the Mixer 2 Bundle.
Storytelling fans will be pleased to hear/read that the atmospheric, if somewhat flawed point-and-click adventure Face Noir is included which has already be given the review treatment with a 7/10 in these pages, although this time it’s finally available in English. Then a new experiment in interactive book reading can be witnessed in the literary adaptation of The 39 Steps. Who likes a bit more adrenaline in their games will have some futuristic fun racing in Data Jammers: FastForward and anime-style slash-em-up action in Fairy Bloom Freesia. If the latter is a bit too cute for your eyes, you can blast away some aliens in the top-down shooter Primal Fears or battle your way through ranks of fantasy creatures in the MMO RTS Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars. A bit more cerebral and less violent fun can be had in both tower defense titles Fish vs. Crabs and Dangerous Insects, while LightFish is an interesting underwater take on the control-a-line-and-fill-the-screen-without-colliding-with-nasties arcade puzzle concept.
In addition to the bonus matching game Soup du Jour which comes with Data Jammers: FastForward and its soundtrack, plus the complementary draw-lines-fill-up-screen game EcoFish with LightFish, the album Ko-Tiki by The Cherry Men, a mix of synthesizer techno chiptune music with danceable parts and lots of vocals, can be unlocked when paying 6 Euros or more.
It’s recommendable that Indie Royale’s newest offering includes more storytelling-centric titles, but it also becomes apparent that having two tower-defense games and the not-so-well received Primal Fears which was already in the Indie Royale Mayhem Bundle, shows a certain lack of imagination. But maybe that’s because of the routine which sets in week after week with so many indie games released. Still, the RTS fantasy game looks especially pleasing to the eye, and getting the two adventure titles is worth the price of the admission alone. But don’t wait, as the offer expires in less than a day.
Data Jammers: FastForward
(USA 2011, developer/publisher: Digital Eel, platform: PC)
(Spain 2011, developer/publisher: Eclipse Games, platforms: PC, Xbox 360, iOS, Android)
Fish vs. Crabs
(USA 2013, developer/publisher: Swift Creek Games, platforms: PC, iOS, Android)
(Germany 2013, developer/publisher: DnS Development, platform: PC)
Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars
(Canada 2011, developer/publisher: Reverie World Studios, platform: PC)
(Russia 2014, developer/publisher: PrandGames, platform: PC)
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