Steam launched Indie Spring Sale yesterday, lasts until March 29th


Yesterday Steam reduced the prices of many indie games, which of course include those Independent Game Festival Winners and Finalists. Also it’s a pretty opportunistic time to highlight indie games, since PAX East started this morning and includes Indie Megabooth that showcases a plethora of independent game developers. In addition, several developers who received funding through Kickstarter will also be there, such as the Pixelscopic of Delver’s Drop and Sinister Design of Telepath Tactics. You may now also purchase games from Steam’s Early Access Program that allows you test out alpha builds. Gnomoria, Under the Ocean, and StarForge are a few that are available now to try out.

You can check the full listings of indie games here. Below are the IGF Finalists and Winners and PAX East Games that are on sale among notable other indie games.

IGF Finalists & Winners

PAX East Games

Notable on sale titles:

NightSky – $1.99 (80% off)
Terraria – $2.49 (75% off)
Dungeons of Dredmor – $2.49 (50% off)
Trine – $2.49 (75% off)

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Steam continues to support indie games by introducing a new bundle, the Swedish Indie bundle, along with a discount on the Red Faction franchise


Steam’s really promoting the indie games lately. Before there was the British indie bundle, now here’s a trip to Sweden! This new bundle features a whopping ten games from Swedish indie developers.

The bundle is a huge 81% off making this original individually totaled price $77.90 for all the games into a dwindling amount of just $14.99 (81% off) for the ten games. If indie games isn’t your thing, you can also pick up the Red Faction franchise for 75% off, making the entire franchise purchasable for just $14.99 as well. If you’re missing some games from the franchise, each game is not more than $4.99 with the lowest price being $2.49 for Red Faction and Red Faction II. Red Faction: Armageddon Path to War DLC is available for just $1.49, while the base game is just $4.99. Pick up these deals before they end on Thursday at 7pm EST.

Indie Royale’s June Bug Bundle features PixelJunk Eden as headliner


Despite the amazing response to Humble Bundle V, the indie bundles will continue to chug themselves out even if they won’t live up to Humble Bundle V’s success anytime soon. Today Indie Royale released their next bundle, the June Bug Bundle. While not as completely awesome as Humble Bundle V, the bundle still highlights some very nice indie titles and of course a chiptune album. The June Bug Bundle features the PlayStation Network hit by Q-Games PixelJunk Eden, Konjak’s Noitu Love 2, Cipher Prime Studios’ particle puzzler Auditorium, and the PC debut of Xbox Live Indie Games Escape Goat from Magical Time Bean. Additionally, Indie Royale has included Konjak’s Iconoclasts in its alpha build. Also if you pay $7 or more you’ll receive 8 Bit Weapon’s chiptune album, Bits With Byte. Currently the bundle is running around $4.45. Pick it up now before it ends on June 21st.

Headlining the bundle is Independent Games Festival nominee PixelJunk Eden – an organic therapeutic platformer from Q Games available for Windows on Steam. Re-imagined for PC with new features and controls, this version of the game will feel brand new for even the most seasoned veterans of the PS3 version. Swing, climb, and jump your way through massive gardens of psychedelic plant-life.

Featuring a unique and entrancing Baiyon soundtrack, 1UP says about PixelJunk Eden, “The elegant pairing of a psychedelic aesthetic and smart, addictive platforming mechanics is a rare find indeed.”

Next up is the Indie Royale-exclusive enhanced PC debut of Magical Time Bean’s homage to classic puzzle platformer Escape Goat, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. Destructoid describes Escape Goat as “an awesome retro game with a rockin’ soundtrack.” This Xbox Live Indie Games hit, only available on PC via Indie Royale and including a whole new game world and enhanced level editor, revolves around a magical purple goat who journeys through hell with the help of a mouse!

Also part of the bundle is Cipher Prime’s award-winning musical puzzler Auditorium, available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura, and DRM-free. Macworld calls Auditorium “a really intriguing and addictive multisensory experience – part puzzle game, part light sculpture, part musical instrument.” Turn colors into sound to solve increasingly complex puzzles and manipulate light to create beautiful music.

Finally, Joakim ‘Konjak’ Sandberg’s retro action side-scroller Noitu Love 2: Devolution, is available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free. Inspired by classic arcade action games, you must take down the hordes of enemies through seven different stages as the new hero of the Peacekeepers, Xoda Rap. Features include unique mouse controls for super-fast action and an old school soundtrack for 8-bit nostalgia bliss. A.V. Club calls this IGF finalist, “A study in motion, pastiche, and mayhem.”

Also included as a bonus is an exclusive updated Alpha Preview version of Joakim Sandberg’s much anticipated upcoming 2D platformer, Iconoclasts. This version is updated from the much earlier version found on Joakim’s website. In a world ruled where science and industry is controlled exclusively by the theocratric government, play as Robin, a renegade mechanic, while she modifies herself using treasures and takes on unique enemies requiring finesse and skill.

Also don’t forget that Indie Royale has just launched its Collection feature. This is a page where Indie Royale purchasers can earn loyalty rewards, manage keys for already-purchased bundles, and add already-completed bundles to their Wishlist for possible bundle reappearances! More info on the Indie Royale Collection is available via this blog post.

Lone Survivor and Noitu Love 2: Devolution get released on Steam


Two new games this week just got launched on Steam. Lone Survivor and Noitu Love 2: Devolution each receive a respected 20% off discount on Steam dropping their price $9.99 to $7.99 on LS and $4.99 to $3.99 on NL2 until April 30th. Jasper Byrne’s Lone Survivor is an interesting survival horror game that has you take control of the protagonist who’s trying to escape from his diseased city. The game contains freaky monsters normally found in this type of game. Also the 8-bit game really sets the tone with its psychological and behavioral aspects of the protagonist. Your character is trying to survive and may need food and can’t find some; well you could pop a pill you might have lying around in your inventory, but beware in a world with unusual deformed monsters, you might just see a lot more than you wished for being drugged as well in a creepy city. Check out Lone Survivor on Steam before the discount ends. In addition, the Steam version has a new update released for the game that added some stuff and tweak with the game. The update is titled “CODENAME RED” and here are the details of the update.

  • Allows ESC to quit from the title screen or game over screen
  • Hunger increases 10% slower
  • Stealth movement 10% faster
  • Thinman patrol pause shortened
  • Red ending ‘officially’ added (although will be extended in LS:YELLOW later in the year)
  • Red ending requirements changed
  • Blue / red path ranks made more difficult
  • A few more contributing factors added
  • A new logo and icon
  • Tweaked art in the basement / ground floor to remove pure black pixels
  • Removed glitchy pixels from the side of the ammo store
  • Tin of pickles now has a description
  • Elevator upstairs gives message if powered
  • Save game is cleaned up: all traces of the old system removed
  • Save game no longer creates a Flash Shared Object except for volume settings
  • Numerous typos corrected
  • ??? won’t trade unless you’ve met him
  • ???’s name only appears once you’ve met him
  • Map hints disabled if not carrying the correct map
  • Some small, secret mechanic changes, mostly fixes
  • Some re-balancing to mental health-dependent descriptions
  • Can opener room door made a tiny bit clearer
  • The cat works

Fixes:

  • Mac black screen issue no longer an issue
  • Panic attacks disabled in the boss sequence (which could rarely cause a corrupted save)
  • Fixed bug where it was possible to re-trigger the elevator sequence
  • Fixed bug with text boxes not reverting to interactive mode on game completion
  • Fundamental engine changes in cutscene / dialogue handling:
  • All world and object descriptions now have the player non-interactive
  • Last-resort freeze check & correct for scripts that don’t return control
  • Tweaks to the way sprites allow player interaction when simulating hotspots (solves the freezes related to positioning)
  • Cat / doll / stove / Gamejoy / bucket / hospital door freezes fixed by the above methods
  • Rare slowdown issue fixed (related to AIR system chrome setting, now disabled)

Lone Survivor Trailer

Now onto Joakim Sandberg’s (from Konjak) Noitu Love 2: Devolution. Like Lone Survivor, Noitu Love 2 was released the same day with a discount on Steam. The game was originally released four years ago and is just making a slightly more mainstream appearance on Valve’s ever so popular program Steam. This game unlike Lone Survivor has no tweaks or anything; it literally is the original re-release where you take control of Xoda Rap in order to save the world. The quick hack and slash game is packed with bolstering music to match what looks like chaotic shooting and dashing around. Check it out more on Steam or from the developer. If you’re not sure, check out the original Noitu Love here where you may download it and play for free.

Noitu Love 2: Devolution Trailer

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