April 2nd, 2012 | By Gerrard Winter
UPDATE: Demise: Ascension is not to be part of this bundle, instead it is Devil Whiskey from the same developer that will be included. It has been updated appropriately.
If you’re looking for a good deal on some quality indie games then you may want to mosey on over to our good friends at GamersGate who have just announced the IndieFort Bundle.
As part of their big announcement of their new IndieFort platform, GamersGate have organized a bundle to get the ball rolling called the IndieFort Bundle. IndieFort is a collaboration between indie game PR guru, Alexander Poysky, and digital distribution platform, GamersGate. It is intended to allow indie developers access to resources for development and to cater to greater control over distribution for both finished games and those in various testing or funding stages. More details will be on the way about that soon!
No doubt the majority of you are interested in the bundle though. In which case, for those of you not familiar with these kinds of campaigns, it really is as simple as choose a price, pay it and then all those titles will be yours forever! The IndieFort Bundle will be going live this Thursday, April 5th 2012 and if you really wanted to, you could get it for as little as $6. That said, please do try and think of the hard working developers who put their heart and soul into these projects. The reason for guilt tripping you is that anything over the minimum $6 goes straight to the developers themselves, no cuts for anyone else at all.
There are other incentives in the form of tiered unlockables though. That means that there are more goodies up for grabs upon reaching targets like 10k units sold, 20k, 30k and so on – we’re talking soundtracks, art and other surprises that will be announced when the bundle goes live. There have even been talks on the grapevine that if 50k units are sold in total, then some upcoming games will go for free to those who bought the bundle.
So, without further ado, let’s have a look at what you’ll be able to grab in the IndieFort Bundle:
(Normal price: £4.99)
Rougelike is an age-old genre that’s managed to get steadily more and more bloated over the past couple of years, but this streamlined top-down RPG cuts that beast down to the basics and runs with it! It might seem a little simple at first glance, but I warn you, it can get dangerously addictive if you let it get ahold of you.
We’ve already given Cardinal Quest pretty extensive coverage here at IGM, so if you want to learn more then check out our interview with lead developer Ido Yehieli or take a gander at our review where it earned a healthy 70% (“good”) on our rating scale.
(Normal price: £6.99)
Fight, trade or die in the cold abyss of space with this 2D space sim from BigBlockGames. Chose to either follow a preset storyline of space piracy and corporate conspiracy, or forge your own destiny in the sandbox free-for-all mode. Either way, you’ve got a whole universe in front of you and ton of space-age weapons to blast it to bits with!
While we don’t have any major coverage of this title just yet, there’s some free version available on the official site if you want a little taste of what this space epic has in store.
(Normal price £7.49)
With Kenshi, enter a free-roaming RPG world with over 400km2 just waiting to be explored. Command a small army of desert samurai dudes or go it solo with just one core character, it’s all up to you. Kenshi also breaks with established RPG tradition by abandoning crutches like level scaling or giving player characters super high stats over their NPC counterparts. So if want your guys to be badass invincible super heroes, then you gotta work for it! Also, it has really big swords. Always a plus in my book.
Just so you know up front, this game is still very much in the alpha stage of development, thus is by no means a “finished” product. As a matter of fact, it ranked in our list of Top 10 Most Promising Indie Games in Alpha Stage!
Steel Storm: Burning Retribution
(Normal Price: £3.99)
Hey, do you want to control a giant hover tank and shoot lasers at stuff for no real reason? It’s ok, you don’t have to hide it, you’re only human after all. Steel Storm is old school styled top down shooter full of destruction and mayhem across 25 missions and various multiplayer modes. Think you could make it better? Then hop into the unique real-time mission editor and share your masterpiece with the world.
If this game tickles your fancy then you may also want to take a peek at the early rumblings of Steel Storm 2, which is going to be…… a first person shooter?? Crazy times.
(Normal price: ~ £19.95)
By far the most “hardcore” game on this list, Devil Whiskey is a return to the ultra-in depth dungeon-crawling fantasy romps that should be immediately familiar to anyone who’s “experienced” some of the earlier Elder Scrolls games. Be warned my friends, this one ain’t one for the faint of heart!
For more info, take a history lesson with lead developer Decklin (aka the Twisted Dwarf).
(Normal price: £6.43)
And last but by no means least, Wanderlust. Love your RPGs but looking for something a little more accessible than demise but a little more fast paced than Cardinal Quest? Then this is the one for you! Go it on your own or team-up for some 4 player co-op action in a colourful fantasy world that should tickle the nostalgia glands of any longtime JRPG fans.
If that doesn’t quite sell you on it, then perhaps you should take a quick read of our Review where it scored a incredible 80% (“amazing”) on our review scale!
For more information on the IndieFort Bundle, be sure to check GamersGate when it goes live, we’ll keep you informed though of course.