I know I haven’t posted much here for a while, and here’s why: I’m kind of shelving the Bundown idea for a bit. Not because I didn’t enjoy it on the whole, but rather, I’m running into more and more overlap between bundle offerings and games I already have, as well as games shared between multiple bundles at once, and honestly, a decline in quality in some bundle offerings out there.
I’m currently reevaluating what sort of coverage to do here; if nothing else, I’d like to keep it around for more direct commentary and reviewage of indie games as I play through my now-massive backlog, as well as other relevant topics to the scene.
Expect more in 2013. Apologies for fading out for a bit.
The song actually came to mind about halfway through the playthrough.
Been a whirlwind week, what with Hurricane Sandy, Halloween, and other things, but I managed to at least play all but one of the games in the Bundle Of The Damned that Groupees cranked out for the holiday. There’s only about eight hours left to pick up a combination of Cryostasis, Rijn The Specpyre In Manor Of The Damned, BlindSide, Anna, Post Mortem, and Legendary, along with a ton of music, a movie, a graphic novel, and some digital shorts from Cyber-Chicken, so I’ll just leave these gameplay vids here and let you judge for yourselves.
Cryostasis was giving me some mad flicker on-stream, so I didn’t sample that live, but it plays fine, and the whole idea of cold as your enemy is pretty unique, if the game’s not quite as survival horror as it may advertise. As for the rest, watch away.
…but I won’t be doing a Bundown on it. I’m having too much trouble getting games to work, and subsequently finding enough working ones that I can capture properly with Xsplit, to make streaming coverage worthwhile. That’s not tos ay they’re non-fuctional; they’re just not compatible with Xsplit given how their video is handled.
I will say this much; while the games of the latest Indie Gala are seriously dated, they include Omegalodon (which is awesome and -not- dated), and are mostly comprised of older titles from Paradox Interactive, who gave us the glory that is Magicka. The spread is heavy on strategy games, so if that’s your bag, go and take a look; just poking around trying to get them set up shows that some of them hold up pretty well.
If the second-week bonus selection brings up the streamable game count to half a dozen, I may rescind this and go ahead with a video thing, but if not, que sera. This one, I’ll leave to you guys, and I’ll catch you at the next bundle.
…as soon as they stop adding games. o_O Recent goals just threw in a couple more games for an $8 contribution, a game at the $5 mark I either missed or wasn’t there before, and a bunch more music. One more broadcast and I should be good to go for the writeup. In the meantime, swing over to Groupees and check it out for yourself. There’s a bit less than a week left before it’s done.
Hot on the heels of their Back To School bundle, Indie Royale has delivered another fantastic mass of games in its Oktoberfest bundle. And, much like one should do at any good Oktoberfest, this batch of games samples a little bit of everything, at least in regards to genres. Let’s take a look at what there is to offer.
Those who’ve followed these snippet reviews for a bit now may realize, from the title alone, that this Bundown was entered with a fair bit of trepidation. The prior two Indie Galas were, suffice to say, not that great. Instantly relieving, however, was the spread that presented itself this time around. Sure, Worms and the spinoffs offered in Indie Gala 9 are a bit dated, but Team17 tends to do more right than wrong. That, and the fact that fans of the Broken Sword games contributed nearly double the Kickstarter goal needed to make a fifth game vouched pretty well for that series’ inclusion.
Did things actually stand up, however? Have the Indie Gala crew redeemed themselves? Read and/or watch on to find out.
A brief content/technical note; while full Bundown videos will still be posted at the top of these entries, smaller segments for each game will now be available with each capsule commentary for those looking for gameplay footage of just one game. Convenience! Oh, and feel free to check out the Youtube channel said snippets are hosted on; it’s also a home for other highlights and clips from Second Player’s Club outside of the Indiecent Verity sessions. Apologies for the low volume on my own part; something got mixed up in the settings that are normally much better, and it should be fixed for future iterations.
Anyway, videogames. Of the selection in this Indie Gala, Call Of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land was not covered due to being Android-only, and the latter two Broken Sword games and Alien Breed 3 were skipped for the sake of spoiler avoidance. However, those are all available in Indie Gala 9 in addition to the titles covered herein.
The Humble Bundle is back, and as always, they’re dropping top-tier indie goodness for those of us who missed it on the first go-around. This latest Humble Indie Bundle offers five games for which you can pay what you want, another five for paying above the average price, and soundtracks for all but one of the games in the bundle, every one of which would be worth buying even without their respective games.
Indie Royale keeps up the consistently good bundle selection with their latest, the Back To School Bundle. For a minimum a bit under $6, you get seven games, extra DLC for one of them, and the soundtracks from four of them, and bumping your contribution up to $8 also snags you the album BIAS from minusbaby.
I sampled them, as per usual, and even though I already had a couple of the games in the bundle, I gave them another spin because they were just that good. Kind of a testament to the games available this time around.
Bundle in a Box, a game bundle compiled by Kyttaro Games, first snuck onto the scene in May of 2012, with a fat stack of lesser-known but fantastic adventure games. Declaring they were going to stick with themed bundles in the future, the next Bundle In A Box was announced for September, which felt like forever away.
The wait is over, and it was quite worth it. This time around, Kyttaro is taking players to Deep Space, keeping the theme less about game genre and more about game flavor. Sporting five games from the $0.99 outset, three more for beating the average price, and a ton of bonus content, the BIAB Deep Space Bundle will certainly put stars in the eyes of many, myself included.