Indie Royale is back again, but this time for summer


I expected it to release yesterday, but today I received the news about the next, yup again, Indie Royale bundle. This one is a Summer Bundle and includes eight games for around $5.70.

Here’s the rundown of the games and the synopsis below from the organizers of Indie Royale themselves! (mostly because I don’t know much about the games) Purchase your copy of the bundle on the official website; you have less than nine days to obtain one, then it’s gone.

  1. Harvest: Massive Encounter for: steam (pc, mac), windows, mac, linux, desura – more bundle info!
  2. The Journey Down: Chapter One for: windows, mac, linux, desura
  3. Serious Sam 2 for: steam (pc)
  4. Gundemonium Recollection for: steam (pc), windows, desura – The Steam Key is for the *entire* Gundemonium Collection.
  5. GundeadliGne for: steam (pc), windows, desura
  6. Hitogata Happa for: steam (pc), windows, desura
  7. Acceleration Of Suguri X-Edition for: windows, desura
  8. Dino Run SE for: windows, mac, linux, desura – Special Edition (enhanced from the Flash original) w/ upgrades
  9. BONUS: AirMech for: steam (beta), windows, desura – Plus Indie Royale “Fleur de Lis” Pet for your AirMech!

First up is award-winning arcade real-time strategy game from Oxeye Game Studio, Harvest: Massive Encounter, co-created by current Minecraft lead coder Jens Bergensten, and downloadable for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. In this RTS/tower defense title making its first-ever bundle inclusion, offering battles of epic proportions with a unique style of resource management and exploration. According to IGN, “Harvest is a tower defense game with a goal of achieving high scores rather than a congratulatory, ‘You’ve triumphed! The galaxy is safe again,’ followed by a ‘Game Over.'” So it’s a perfect way to while away the summer days inside!

Next up is a brand new update of a classic point-and-click adventure game from SkyGoblin Games,The Journey Down: Chapter One available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Desura and DRM-free. Play Bwana and his trusted sidekick Kito who struggle to make ends meet at their run-down gas station, as they embark on a spine-tingling adventure far from home and into a twisting plot of corruption and danger. Kotaku describes The Journey Down as a “delightful change of pace… (the) Afro-Caribbean setting is one that’s very rarely used in video games, and comes with a great palette of colors and art to pull from.”

Also making a bundle debut is the long-lost Serious Sam II, Croteam’s twitch-tastic 2005 shooter sequel, brought back by Devolver Digital in 2012, and now available for Windows on Steam. IGN said of the game at the time of its release: “The action is fast and intense from start to finish. You’ll have tons of beasts to blast and a wide variety of vibrant levels to run through” – and that’s still just as true now!

Also included in this bundle a four-pack of top imported Japanese shmups from Rockin’ Android, starting with all three games from Platine Dispositif’s ‘Gundemonium’ trilogy, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free: Gundemonium Recollection, GundeadliGne and Hitogata Happa. These three games, which span both horizontal and vertical scrolling, offer remarkably complex, yet flexible gameplay as you enjoy bullet-hell shoot-’em-up gameplay in a cartoonish steampunk universe. Notably, DIYGamer says of the collection: these games “have huge replay value. They’re score-attack games, intended to be played dozens of times on a variety of modes and mastered thoroughly over time.”

The fourth game from Rockin’ Android is Orange_Juice’s Acceleration of Suguri-X Edition, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-Free. According to GameSpot, this game “offers a delicious mix of arena fighting and bullet-hell chaos.” By mixing a shmup and competitive arena fighting, Acceleration of Suguri-X Edition offers a depth-filled game, inspired by Japanese titles like Senko No Ronde, and featuring eleven levels of gameplay, a techno-trance soundtrack and schoolgirls who duke it out over who gets to eat the last pudding on earth. What more could you ask for?

Finishing everything up, the bundle also features Dino Run SE from Pixeljam, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Desura and DRM-Free. This pixel-heavy indie classic is presented in a Special Edition, enhancing the Flash original with speed runs, extra multiplayer maps, hats, and other notable upgrades. Based off a pixelated prehistoric world, escape the inevitable doom wave of extinction by controlling a speedy raptor across tar pits, crumbling hillsides and meteorite showers while gobbling up anything that gets in the way.

As a one-off bonus, the bundle also includes another chance to get your hands on a Steam Windows Beta key to hot F2P action-RTS AirMech, with bonus in-game item: an exclusive Indie Royale “Fleur de Lis” Companion/Pet for your AirMech! Excusive to the Summer Bundle, this is one of the very first cosmetic items for AirMech. AirMech is still in closed beta on Steam right now, making these codes very difficult to come by, so many thanks to Carbon Games for partnering with us to offer these keys to all our valued customers.

Finally, those who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent during the Summer Bundle will get ‘Pixeljams Volume 1’ compilation – featuring tunes from top electronic artists like Miles Tilmann, Datassette, Mark DeNardo, + Dosh – normally a $5 value on its own. This collection of new and old tracks from the Pixeljam team (Dino Run) offers up nine tracks of pure bleepy joy. Included in Pixeljams Volume 1 is the Wiretap EP (Kate Simko + Miles Tilmann) and a goodie bag of images, animations and other PixelJam-related stuff.

Riot Games introduces new map that integrates ARAM concept


Here’s some more news concerning League of Legends. Apparently, Riot Games was going to release a new map with an idea invented from the players themselves. This new map is for all-random, all-mid also known as ARAM. The map is called the Proving Grounds and has been tested through LoL‘s public beta server. The Proving Grounds was supposed to be release June 20th; however it has been pushed back until a patch or two later. But I know at the moment, you can play on the Proving Grounds in a custom game at least if you have an tickling to play ARAM with some buddies. The map, similar to Dominion’s, has reduced respawn times and increased experience and gold gains. Check back again for more LoL updates.

Pulsefire Ezreal has landed on the Fields of Justice


Pulsefire Ezreal is available in the League of Legends store. Check the trailer below for the reveal trailer and a short clip of his joke. Check the website promo page for more information and graphics. He’s available for only 1650 RP points for the next 24 hours under 82 hours, so like Wednesday (sorry, said 24 hours on my homepage, but apparently it is available for the 81.5 hours from 5.30pm 6/30).

Age of Empires online goes free-to-play


Age of Empires Online has gone completely free-to-play now. The game was free-to-play before; however it was perfectly created so those who didn’t wish to pay would not be able to access a huge chunk of the higher end content. Therefore, you could really only try the game rather than immerse yourself in a full-fledged actual free-to-play game. Gas Powered Games will be updating the game to implement the new changes to their model as well as incorporate Alliance Wars. This new feature will be available for the players who are around level 40 and will be a team-based competition. In addition, the developer will be including purchasable vanity items. Once the update has been incorporated to the game, players with existing accounts will be granted 500 Empire Points, while new players will receive 100 Empire Points upon creating their account.

Chris Taylor, founder and CEO of Gas Powered Games details, “With Empire Points and this true free-to-play business model, we are giving players what they have repeatedly asked for… fewer pay walls and more ways for players to experience this legendary franchise” (Eurogamer).

 

Company of Heroes 2 trailer makes a statement


Company of Heroes 2 has received an official trailer. It does a great job focusing on the consequences and occurrences that come with war; however like some recent trailers I have posted, it does not highlight on gameplay. In a long-winded way, the trailer tells you the game is about Mother Russia and their contribution to WWII. Prepare to wield your own soviet Army in the upcoming sequel title. For more information, check out the official website and enjoy the trailer below.

 

It is 1941 and the beginning of what will become the most brutal conflict of World War II, as Germany launches a full-scale invasion of the frozen tundra of the Soviet Union which would result in over 14 million military casualties. Take command of the iconic Soviet Red Army in brutal frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from the invading Nazis. Your strategic skills and tactical expertise hold the power to tip the very balance of this conflict in the sequel to the critically acclaimed and multi award-winning Company of Heroes. Engage in visceral tactical combat that will define you as a military leader and challenge you to wield the might of the Soviet Empire as you smash your way to Berlin.

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and The Expendables 2 announced


Ubisoft has announced two titles, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and The Expendables 2. The Expendables 2 will  be available for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, while Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes will hit iOS and Android devices sometime in the near future. Previously released for Nintendo DS and more recently Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, Clash of Heroes’ new touch-based interface will be developed by Tag Games.

The Expendables 2 will be sort of a prequel to the film that’s releasing in August. The player will be able to play as one of four characters: Barney Ross, Hale Caesar, Yin Yang, and Gunner Jensen. The storyline revolves around rescuing a kidnapped billionaire. In addition, the game will feature an online co-op and challenges along with a bunch of drivable vehicles and interesting locations.

 

LoL champions and skins on sale 6/29-7/2


For the upcoming weekend before the Fourth of July, the following League of Legends champions will be on sale according to Corporate Mundo: Lulu, Malzahar, and Shyvana. All three of them will be available in the store for 487 RP. In addition, as always three skins are on sale: Apocalyptic Brand, Dynasty Ahri, and Samurai Yi. Apocalyptic Brand and Dynasty Ahri will be on sale for 487 RP, while the Samurai Yi will be on sale for 260 RP.

Apocalyptic Brand in-game image

Apocalyptic Brand splash art

Dynasty Ahri in-game image

Dynasty Ahri splash art

Samurai Yi in-game image

Samurai Yi splash art

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