September 10th, 2012 | By Dominic Tarason
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We’ve seen some serious highs and lows from indie bundles in recent months. This one can be counted as one of the high points. In what looks like an attempt to increase the visibility of a broad range of indie releases, Gamersgate have just rolled out a custom ‘build-a-bundle’. 24 games on offer (some of them usually costing $20-30 normally), for a hair over a dollar each – or a flat dollar, if you buy 9 at once. The only restriction is that you have to buy three at a time.
There’s quite a few games in here that have been featured in previous Indiefort bundles. Bundles which, sadly, never sold more than a couple thousand units each. Hopefully this set will do better – as much as I like the Steam interface and framework, it really shouldn’t be the only viable storefront for gaming, indie or otherwise. Here’s the official bundle launch video, showing off all the games available:
And here’s the full lineup:
- 3079 – Sandbox RPG/Shooter in a Minecraft-esque world.
- Project Black Sun – Metroid-esque platform shooter with great sprite art.
- Star Prospector – 3D RTS with some RPG and even Roguelike elements.
- Blue Libra – Semi-abstract space RTS focused around carrier management.
- Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers – Recently released 3D physics puzzle-platformer with some great ideas.
- Cardinal Quest – Minimalist roguelike with cute pixel-art style.
- Devil Whiskey – Ultra-retro RPG in the style of The Bards Tale. The original, not the remake.
- Black Market – Lightweight space trading/RPG/combat game with a heavy management focus.
- Sentinel 3: Homeworld – Port of the exceedingly popular iOS Tower Defense game.
- Three Dead Zed – Puzzle platformer where you play as a shape-shifting zombie. Vaguely Lost Vikings-ish.
- Orbitron: Revolution – Absolutely gorgeous 2.5d Defender-like shmup, and XBLIG refugee.
- Hacker Evolution: Duality – One of the newer games in Exysyhen’s pseudo-realistic hacking sim series.
- Influence – Action-strategy game about managing a particle swarm to overwhelm and convert enemy particles.
- Zombie Football Carnage – More arena shooter than sports, but polished-looking arcade fun.
- Girl With A Heart Of – Advenure/RPG hybrid about a young girl with mystical powers in an underground city.
- Cell: Emergence – VERY unique 3D shooter based around cellular automata, with a medical-themed story.
- A Sirius Game – Piratical action/RPG/management game with a dash of Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Will Fight For Food – Hobo luchador brawler simulator/RPG. Heard good things about this one.
- Dark Scavenger – Bizarre adventure/RPG blend reminiscent of obscure PC RPG Superhero League Of Hoboken.
- Telepath RPG: Servants of God – Low-fi graphics, but some positive vibe about this tactical combat RPG.
- AirBuccaneers HD – Currently in development, but easily recommended. Multiplayer shooter about viking pirates in airships.
- Demise: Ascension – What happens when you update a dungeon crawler from the 90s up to modern day. Swathes of content, but very retro.
- Survivors of Ragnarok – Also in development. Cute 2D blend of The Settlers, Dwarf Fortress & the Diggers series.
- Shepherd Slaughter – Procedurally generated hack n’ slash action RPG. Very primitive graphics, but some interesting concepts.
Blimey! That, there, is a whole lot of indie gaming, across a huge range of genres. If you think that you’re getting your games too cheaply (Hint: You probably are), you can add an optional tip to your purchase, which is divided evenly between the developers chosen. Some of the games on offer have Mac support, although not all of them. The bundle is running until the 1st of October, so you’ve got plenty of time to pick and choose.