Rovio’s Bad Piggies releases next Thursday

Next week Rovio’s new game, Bad Piggies, will be available for iOS, Android, and Mac. Eventually, the game will release to PC and Windows Phone. Bad Piggies will allow players to create contraptions to advance through levels as well make players steal eggs. Check below at the debut and gameplay trailer for more details.

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.

Indie Royale releases the Graduation Bundle

Indie Royale is back for graduation. For just a little above $4, you can receive five awesome games: The Void, Dead Pixels, The Ship, 1000 Amps, and LaserCat. If you purchase the bundle paying $7 or more, you’ll additionally receive Cheap Dinosaurs acclaimed self-titled album. You’ll also receive a special exclusive Indie Royale AirMech beta key available to use with Steam and Desura as well as an exclusive Indie Royale in-game item, the Graduation Cap, for +5 persistent XP. Indie Royale has also included The Ship gift copies as well which will allow you to gift two extra copies and those copies also include one steam gift code with them as well! In addition, CSR Studios’ Dead Pixels is available for the first time ever on Windows and you can pick up this retro zombie shooter in the Graduation Bundle. Check out the lineup below and their website and happy gaming.

  1. The Void for: steam (pc), windows, desura
  2. Dead Pixels for: windows, desura
  3. The Ship for: steam (pc)
  4. 1000 Amps for: steam (pc and mac), windows, mac, desura
  5. LaserCat for: windows, desura
  6. BONUS: AirMech for: steam (beta), windows, desura

Here’s a more detail description of the Graduation Bundle by the organizers themselves.

The Indie Royale game bundle site returns with the Graduation Bundle, offering five fantastic independent games available at a bargain, fluctuating price – including cult Russian first-person classic The Void, an exclusive PC debut for 8-bit zombie shooter Dead Pixels, and multiple copies of multiplayer murder mystery The Ship. Plus you get early Steam Beta access to hot F2P action-RTS AirMech with an Indie Royale-exclusive in-game item code!

Headlining the bundle is Ice Pick Lodge’s cult classic action-adventure The Void, available for Windows on Steam, Desura, and DRM-free. In this beautifully art-directed first-person game from the Russian creators of Pathologic, you must guide your lost soul through the Void, a space trapped between life and death. Use color as your health and ammo as you discover the dark secrets hidden by the beautiful Sisters and monstrous Brothers. PC Gamer UK called The Void, “An astounding world, and a flagship for the imagination and capability of independent game developers.” Clash with golems, bloodthirsty predators and other spawn of the Void as you fight for your lost soul.

Next up is CSR Studios’ retro zombie side-scrolling shooter Dead Pixels, available for the first time ever on Windows for Desura and DRM-free. In this conversion of the hit 8-bit style Xbox Live Indie Games title, a toxic waste spill has found its way into the water supply and the dead have risen from their graves. Take on waves of zombies as you make your way to salvation before it’s too late. The city is never the same twice, so there’s always something hiding around the corner! Featuring 22 types of zombies to blast, upgradable weapons and items, and all the free additions from the XBLIG version, such as the “Last Stand” and “The Solution” game modes, it’s time to get your boomstick ready.

Also featured is Outerlight’s first-person, multiplayer-centric nautical action game The Ship, available for Windows on Steam only, and with each copy coming with two extra Steam keys to send to your friends! (Those copies each have one extra gift activation too!) Set in a 1920s cruise ship, players must murder their assigned target while at the same time avoiding the player hunting them. Be careful not to be spotted murdering your victim, or it’s off to jail. Use all the weapons at your disposal, including crowbars, swords, flare guns, and many more. Featuring a unique bonus single-player story and an addictive online mode, Source Engine title The Ship is unlike any other first-person experience.

The bundle also includes The Odd Man Out’s illuminating puzzle platformer 1000 Amps, available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free. As Plug, you are charged with restoring the expansive Amp-Tree-System. You light up whatever you touch, and Rock Paper Shotgun says of the game, “It’s witty in its minimalist design, its use of sound cues is exemplary, the jumping is pixel perfect, and the ability to put a smile on my face with every single completed room is a joyous thing.” Solve puzzles and teleport to new areas to bring light to the whole world!

Rounding out the bundle is Monster Jail Games’ eccentric Metroidvania-ish 8-bit platformer LaserCat, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. Explore the castle of the evil Wizzord, as you search for the keys littered throughout the world. Featuring wacky trivia questions and a little cat ghost left behind every time you die, LaserCat has an uncommonly good sense of humor, with cues taken from games old (Jet Set Willy) and new (VVVVVV).

Included in the bundle is a special exclusive bonus, a Steam Beta key to hot F2P action-RTS AirMech with Indie Royale-only in-game item code – the Graduation Cap (+5% persistent XP)! The much-hyped AirMech is in closed beta on Steam right now, making these codes very hard to come by, so infinite thanks to Carbon Games for partnering with us to offer these keys to all our valued customers. (And we’ll be unlocking one more game for all buyers during the bundle itself – watch our social media feeds for info!)

Finally, those who pay $7 USD or their currency equivalent during the Graduation Bundle get Cheap Dinosaurs’ self-titled album in .FLAC and HQ .MP3 – the long-awaited first official release from the chiptune prog rockers, and normally a $6 value on its own.

Indie Game: The Movie makes it way onto Steam

Indie Game: The Movie will be released on Steam as well as iTunes and of course, from its official website. The movie will be available on June 12th. Surprisingly, Steam has made this available and they are currently trying to work on bringing different medias to Steam besides the digital distribution of video games.

The film mostly focuses on Phil Fish, the creator of Fez; Team Meat, creators of Super Meat Boy; and Jonathan Blow, the developer of Braid.

Indie Game: The Movie
From left, Tommy Refenes and Edmund McMillen in “Indie Game: The Movie.”

If you pre-order it from Steam, you’ll receive 10% off discount now and the movie will be viewable on both Windows and Macs. Or from iTunes you have the option of purchase the HD ($12.99) or the non-HD version ($9.99). Then there’s always pre-ordering straight from the team themselves for $9.99, but you’ll also receive the movie in a variety of formats that will not be restricted to a particular program.

  • HD 1080p
  • HD 720p
  • Mobile
  • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Traditional Chinese, English Subtitles
  • Clean (Swear-free) versions available

Check out the trailer below and New York Times review on the film here.

Because We May hosts indie game sale last week of May

Because We May (concept and production is by Ron Carmel, 2D Boy – World of Goo) will be discounting their games from May 24th to June 1st. The idea is to show that developers have the ability to control their games’ prices by lowering them when they wish to do so, such as like on the last week of May. Discounts will occur on the iOS App Store, Mac App Store, Google Play, Direct from Developer, Other Stores as well as Steam.

Because We May has gotten support from studios Introversion (Defcon, Uplink, etc.), Team Meat (The Binding of Isaac), Dejobaan (AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome), Gaijin Games (Bit.Trip Runner, etc.), Double Fine (Costume Quest, Stacking, etc.), Hothead (DeathSpank, Penny Arcade Adventures, etc.), Mode 7 (Frozen Synapse) and more; but those are just the games available from Steam. There’s still other games for different platforms which will be on sale as the time comes.

Because We May states on their official website:

“We believe that developers should have the freedom to price their games how they like, without interference from the online stores that sell the games. “Why? Because it allows us to promote our games more freely, as we are doing here! We rely on the ability to promote our games for our livelihood and control over pricing is an important tool for this purpose.”

Brink has sold “more than 2.5 million worldwide”

Seriously, how did this game sell that many copies?! I really thought the Bethesda game was crap honestly. I played a few hours of it when it was free to play one weekend on Steam. It was beyond confusing. You were practically just thrown in quests, which were really just a scurry of following your teammates around the level and shooting crap. I never understood what were the objectives. I just left those people who perhaps knew what they were doing take care of them while I scampered off and killed other players who were trying this game on its free to play weekend. “With Splash Damage, we finished Brink, and it’s estimated to have sold more than 2.5 million units worldwide, which at retail would mean that it’s generated around $120-140 million in revenue,” Studio CEO Paul Wedgewood explained in an article by Gamasutra. He even mentioned Splash Damage teamed up with WarChest, a British publisher, in order to pursue the development of more free to play games. Well good for them, I guess, for selling that many copies of a pretty incomplete and broken game.

The developers, Splash Damage, are in the process of developing a free-to-play iOS game for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch titled Rad Soldiers. the game is set in London and is a turn-based tactical game with animations that reminds me of Team Fortress. The trailer is actually pretty comical. However I think with most people, they’ll really need confirmation of how good this game might be before they buy it, if they pre-order or even order Brink which was a rather letdown (great idea with the parkour, but really needed more development). Check out more details in this Eurogamer article. In addition to Rad Soldiers, Splash Damage is pushing out their AAA PC only exclusive game which will eventually be ported to consoles too. Hmm I wonder what it’ll be.

Irish Indie Bundle in the works

The Irish have jumped on the Indie bandwagon and are making a bundle. The developers have until August 28th to submit their games for the bundle. The site has also just recently launched here. They are looking for Irish only developers to submit games and PC only games (tough love Mac users). If you happen to think of a cool logo design for their site and bundle go over to their Facebook page and try out your luck. This will definitely be interesting, I’m wondering what neat games Ireland has to showcase. In due time.

Sword & Sworcery makes it way to PC today

Available now, you may purchase Superbrothers’ Sword & Sworcery EP on Steam for a nice 25% off from $7.99 to a discounted price of $5.99. In this game, you travel through a little realm in which you may explore and delve into some action in battles as a warrior monk.

The Steam purchase also includes the wonderful soundtrack created by Jim Guthrie. The S&S EP Soundtrack titled Sword & Sworcery LP: The Ballad of the Space Babies is a progressive rock album.

Check out the official website. The Mac version isn’t supposed to come out until summer. If you can’t make a decision about the game, here’s a review from IGN on the iPad version and another review from Eurogamer. Also the discount ends on Steam on April 23rd.

Join Kickstarter, support vikings and all that hoopla

I have retained very little about my knowledge of vikings. In fact, I only remember Leif Erickson and his father Erik the Red from elementary school days. Besides that, my most recent memory of vikings is from sadly One Tree Hill‘s series finale last week on Wednesday, April 4th. The finale did the series justice by incorporating many old familiar elements from the earliest seasons, including the “Burning Boat Festival”. The idea of the Burning Boat Festival was to set alight a viking boat filled with peoples’ memories as a way to start anew. Centuries ago, vikings would participate in ship burials that placed the deceased in a boat, along with all their earthly possessions and offerings, and set it afire for the sea engulf the remains. With that being said I have no clue if that one idea I have about vikings is placed in the Stoic Studio‘s turn-based strategy game about vikings.

Alex Thomas, Arnie Jorgensen and John Watson teamed up to create their adventure mini-series game called The Banner Saga after spending half a decade working on Star Wars: The Old Republic. Quite frankly this game looks wicked good, so great in fact that it has surpassed its Kickstarter goal for $100,000 five times! Apparently, people really want a turn-based strategy game with role-playing elements about vikings. It seems Kickstarter has been robbing me of my money with all these fantastic indie games (Auditorium 2: Duet and Double Fine Adventure to name a couple) looking to develop into something truly wonderful. The game will provide beautiful cinematics and stunning landscapes viewable DRM-free on PC and Mac. Also if you haven’t heard much about The Banner Saga, then maybe you have heard of the game Journey perhaps? Notable composer Austin Wintory of the PSN game, Journey, is going to create the music for The Banner Saga due to the extra money the Kickstarter fund raised.  If you are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s a wonderful website that allows people to set up “backer rewards” in order to establish funds for their project. These rewards are available when you donate a certain amount of money such as if you donate $25 you’ll receive an rewards mentioned for $25 and below plus specific items (such as soundtracks, wallpapers, etc) that is entitled when you give $25. It could be sold out because of the limits of it, but if you donate a huge chunk of money to a project you’ll receive pretty amazing rewards, such as donating $5000 or more to The Banner Saga will let you get animate into Stoic Studio’s game (pretty awesome right? – but sorry it’s sold out already). Anyway, check out the trailer below, if the above ramblings haven’t already peaked your interest in this gorgeously designed game.

The Banner Saga Announcement Trailer

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