Humble Bundle VI is available

In case, you haven’t gotten enough out of indie bundles yet, Humble Bundle is back again with its sixth bundle. For just $5.79 at the moment, you can pick up six awesome indie games. The main highlight of this bundle is certainly Torchlight. In fact, Runic Games has just released their sequel to the amazing RPG. Torchlight 2 was finally made available to play yesterday. If you haven’t picked up Torchlight, this bundle is definitely a must-have for anyone who enjoys a good RPG and indie games in general. In addition to the games, you’ll also receive five soundtracks as well as any other material Humble Bundle will unlock. Paying at least $1 of the pay-what-you-want model will also net you Steam keys. As always when you purchase the bundle, you can divvy up your donation among two charities, EFF and Child’s Play, HB tip, and of course, the developers. Don’t delay, the Humble Bundle VI will disappear in less than 11 days and 6 hours, pick it up here.

Humble Bundle is back, but with just music

Humble Bundle is back; however it’s been renamed Humble Music Bundle  for at least the last couple weeks. The Humble Music bundle includes music by Christopher Tin, MC Frontalot, Hitoshi Sakimoto, They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, and if you pay-more-than-the-average (about $8.27), OK Go as well. Check out the official website here and there’s still less than four days to pick up some good music that’s DRM-free (MP3 and FLAC). Also there’s nine bonus tracks included from the included artists in the bundle as well as a downloadable sheet music of Valkyria Main Theme of Valkyria Chronicles. Of course, any donations will additionally support Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Humble Bundle V packs a huge indie punch and several kicks

Once again, Humble Bundle takes away my heart again with an amazing collection of games. Forget about Indie Royale, Bundle In A Box, or Build-A Bundle, this time in all its glory Humble Bundle V features five amazing stellar indie hit games: Supergiant Games’ Bastion, Frictional Games’ Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Double Fine’s Psychonauts, Playdead’s Limbo, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.

Two of my personal favorite games are in here, Bastion and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. I actually have S:S&S EP on both my PC and my iPad. Words cannot describe how amazing S:S&S EP is. The pixel-art is absolutely lovely as Jim Guthrie’s wonderful musical plays in the background of your adventure as this warrior girl who tries to understand the mysterious Megatome. The point and click adventure game is simplistic in that you don’t have to worry about your deaths or your inventory for that matter. It is a casual-style game that allows you to focus on the taking in the entire game through the amazing visuals and wonderfully humorous dialogue. Also Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP will be available in Japan on June 21st and a new remix soundtrack created by many famous Japanese composers will be available to purchase on the same day for $5. So if the game and its soundtrack isn’t enough, you have an amazing reworked soundtrack of Jim Guthrie’s innovative music on its way.

With that being said, Bastion has a similar style. The game is run with a booming narrative voice in the background as you control The Kid. It’s a hack-and-slash action game, but one where you must survive among the floating pieces of your homeland. Lost after the Calamity, The Kid must collect the cores that used to power Caelondia and use fragments as currency to upgrade and buy new weapons.

Additionally, the bundle includes Playdead’s Limbo, winner of at least 90 awards, and it is currently showcased in Steam’s midweek madness sale set to end in least than three hours. Originally published by Microsoft Studios as an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive, Limbo tells a story of a boy, who awakens in the middle of a forest, and must search for his lost sister. This black and white game, among this stellar lineup of games, is just another reason to highlight why video games should be consider art by any non-believers.

There’s also the bone-chilling Amnesia: The Dark Descent by Frictional Games. The survival horror game requires you to explore a castle through the eyes of the protagonist, Daniel, a young man from London. You are literally taught to survive. Without the use of any weapons, you must venture through the dark Prussian Brennenburg Castle and save yourself from any monsters that pop out in your path. Daniel, who has no recollection of who he is (medically known as a form of amnesia – oh why yes that’s the title), must use whatever hiding spots he finds to avoid monsters as well as barricading doors with whatever may be in the room, such as chairs or tables.

Lastly but not least (and it just so happened I talked about these games in this order) is Double Fine’s Psychonauts. This platformer follows Razputin, a boy with psychic abilities, who decided to run away from the circus and infiltrate a summer camp that helped others with similar abilities and create them into a “Psychonaut”.  A quirky adventure filled with memorable characters and tons of collecting, Psychonauts has plenty of content for maximum replay value.

Not only does this bundle contain five games (if you pay more than average and you darn well should! if not then shame on you!), but it also contains each game’s official soundtrack in MP3 and FLAC as well as DRM-free downloads for PC, Mac, and Linux for every game and Steam keys. Totaled at $110 retail price, this bundle is pay-what-you-want. Heck I bought this Humble Bundle even though I have three out five of the games. Look at the trailer below if you still aren’t convinced of this great bargain. Pay for some amazing indie hits and awesome music to keep you entertained for the upcoming summer while also supporting both Child’s Play Charity and Electronic Frontier Foundation. Check out the official website here and totally pick up this awesome bundle now.

Swords & Soldiers new DLC out next week

The 2D game Swords & Soldiers, that was recently in Humble Bundle Android 2, is now receiving a fancy and new DLC pack titled Swords & Soldiers: Super Saucy Sausage Fest. Along with an excellent name, here’s an awesome teaser image Ronino Games released.

The new DLC will contain a new campaign and an upgraded Challenge Mode in Boulder XL. In a press-release today, Ronino Games detailed their new DLC:

“Take control of Chief Meat and his troops on their journey to the annual Super Saucy Sausage Fest with a grand prize of 1000 cows. The campaign contains ten new levels where you will meet new friends to join your forces along the way, and old enemies who will do everything to keep Chief Meat from winning the grand prize.

The Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC combines unique sets of units and spells to let players face innovative challenges. As an added bonus the DLC pack contains a new upgraded challenge mode: Boulder XL!”

New GameDev bundle to release over summer

Yup there’s a new indie game bundle on the horizon. This one’s called GameDev Bundle. It will feature the following games:

Auralux (Tetragrammatonn, real-time strategy)

Astroslugs (Bit Barons, puzzle)

. Pitman (Rat King Entertainment, turn-based roguelike)

. Cardinal Quest (Ido Yehieli, dungeon crawler)

Girl With A Heart Of (Bent Spoon Games, point-and-click adventure)

. Influence (Blanket Fort Games, real-time strategy)

Like most bundles, this is a pay-what-you-want with a minimum of .01 and all games will be DRM-free. The bundle created by a Reddit user named Reparadocs will release sometime in late June or early July. Also don’t be so worried about repeat games; the GameDev Team isn’t accepting any games featured from Indie Royale or Humble Bundle (though I do see Cardinal Quest which was in the IndieFort bundle from Gamersgate).

Humble Botanicula Debut adds bonuses!

Seriously?! I absolutely love Amanita Design. They are definitely hitting it out of the park with their Humble Bundle efforts. The bundle, if you didn’t already know, contains their newly released and amazingly beautiful environmental game, Botanicula, as well as past games Machinarium and Samorost 2. In addition, they offer Vectorpark’s Windosill and Biograf’s cute movie, Kooky. But let’s not stop there. In addition to all these wonderful features, the great Amanita Design has added all these spectacular goodies: Botanicula art book & map collection, a Kooky bonus pack featuring behind-the-scenes photographs & concept art film, the independent album Zorya from Machinarium soundtrack artist Floex (a.k.a. Tomáš Dvořák), and the independent album HU from Botanicula soundtrack artist DVA.

In addition, you may stream Biograf’s Kooky straight from Redux video service. Just wow, what loyalty Amanita Design has to their customers! Hop on over to Humble Bundle’s website to pick up this excellent bundle (if you don’t well you’re crazy) and support this amazing company!

Check out my post about the launch of Humble Botanicula Bundle here for more information.

Steam is heading to Linux

That’s right. The most popular digital distributor of games is heading to Linux (all good, though I don’t know anyone who uses Linux). The service will allow those who use Linux to hopefully open up more gaming opportunities and make Linux a more viable gaming option. This is especially important considering Humble Indie Bundles have received a high amount of Linux gamers for their present and past bundles.

“Larabel seems suitably impressed with what Valve have working right now, including seeing Left 4 Dead 2 running on the Linux OS Ubuntu: ‘I am still struck by just how interested Valve is in Linux as a platform; it is certainly beyond my original expectations. This Linux work just is not some half-assed attempt by them to make it look like they are a Linux-friendly organization'” (Destructoid).

Groupees lower first mystery goal from 50,000 to 35,000 meals

Groupees decided to lower their original goal of 50,000 meals to 35,000 for the mystery goal now revealed as the game Scratches: Director’s Cut. This is probably due to the increased number of Indie game bundles that recently released such as Humble Bundle’s Humble Botanicula Debut and Indie Royale’s Spring Bundle. The game from Meridian4 is a thriller mystery puzzle game set in the old abandoned Blackwood House. Groupees has also detailed the additional game once the goal hits 35,000 meals will be a PC only Steam key. The current meals donated is at 27,677. The bundle is still live for at least another 80 hours so you may pick it up if you’d like here. Not sure? Then check out my previous post here which details about the bundle when it launched.

On the launch of Botanicula, Humble Bundle and Amanita Design team up to create the Humble Botanicula Debut

That’s right! Humble Bundle and Amanita Design created a bundle with their newest debuting game and two award-winning games from a couple years back. Yes, Humble Bundle indeed made a spectacular bundle with what, yeah that’s right, a newly released game. The bundle features Botanicula, of course, and Amanita Design’s Machinarium and Samorost 2 (you may play Samorost 1 on the developer’s site). In addition, if you pay more than around $8.75 at the moment, you’ll also receive Biograf‘s Kooky, a full-length feature film with art direction by Amanita Design’s own founder Jakub Dvorský, and Windosill, another point and click game by Vectorpark.

I am completely thrilled about this bundle. I absolutely love Amanita Design’s games and thoroughly recommend them. I even found out about this bundle while I was on the train and instantly paid $10 to receive my Humble Bundle link; however I’m totally sure I’ll dedicate more money to this wonderful project. I was on the edge about pre-ordering Botanicula, since I have already dedicated a chunk of money to other games releasing within the next month. Although to those who did spend $8.99 on GOG and Gamersgate to pre-purchase the game, Amanita Design thoroughly apologized on the timing and has gracefully included bonuses with your purchase of Botanicula.

“‘There was definitely no intention to rob anyone or anything like that,’ explains Dvorský, apologetic about the response. Everyone who pre-ordered on and GamersGate, he tells us, will receive the full soundtrack, art book and Machinarium tomorrow, ‘as an apology'” (Rock, Paper Shotgun). Also those who pre-ordered from GOG will additionally receive a free copy of their critically acclaimed game and first game of the their recently re-launched game, The Witcher: Enhanced Director’s Cut Edition.

Also even with the mix up, GOG graciously donated $300 to Humble Botanicula Debut.

The charity associated with this bundle is the fitting World Land Trust, in honor of the debut of Botanicula and Amanita Design’s devotion of natural worlds in their game. The World Land Trust is an organization that helps to protect rainforests and other wildlife habitats worldwide.

I hope most people pay at least $10 for this wonderful bundle. You’re receiving four extremely, gorgeously designed games plus a film and soundtracks (that is if you pay more than the average) in this bundle that most certainly deserves more than a scumbag move of just paying one cent. As always the bundle is cross-platform and DRM-free so you’ll be able to play on Windows, Mac, and Linux. In addition, if you pay more than $5, you’ll receive redeemable Steam keys; however if you low-ball below that, then you’ll just be receiving Botanicula, Machinarium, and Samorost 2 with their respective soundtracks. Check out this impressive bundle here and Humble Botanicula Debut’s trailer is below along with the trailer for Kooky. In addition, I’ve gone ahead and linked their Steam page as well.

Botanicula (redeemable on Steam, though can’t connect to a Steam page yet) UPDATE: Steam page just released here.

Samorost 2



Humble Botanicula Debut Trailer

Kooky Trailer (English)

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