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The new Humble Indie Bundle is terrific. For a price of your own choosing, you can get indie gems Super Meat Boy, Bit. Trip Runner, Jamestown, Shank and Nightsky, as well as Cave Story + and Gratuitous Space Battles for paying more than the average selling price.
Today, the folks behind the bundle announced that they've added a new batch of games for anyone who pays more than the average price, which is currently at a mere $5.16. So in addition to those seven games, you'll get Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves. So, a bunch of games from the last Humble Bundle tacked on to an already killer lineup.
Need more incentive to pick this up? (Seriously? You do? Wow. You are demanding.) Okay then, you'll also get the soundtracks for every game thrown in for free.
I'm not sure what could make this deal more appealing. Maybe if they like… deliver you a pie, to your door. And give you a back massage while you eat it. Before dusting and re-threading the cables behind your TV.
Humble Indie Bundle #4 [Humblebundle.com]
Sales for the "pay what you want" Humble Indie Bundle 3 have passed the $2,000,000 mark, an impressive factoid which also provides a handy reminder that today is the last day you can snap up the mega-bargain. If you haven't yet, do so!
The Humble Indie Bundle 3 is now the most successful of the four Humble Bundles so far (1, 2, the Frozenbyte Bundle, and 3), comfortably passing #2's record of $1.8 million. And it's not over yet: you have until 4pm Pacific today to buy the Bundle. If you already have it yourself, you can always buy more Bundles as gifts, to give away now or save for later.
For the very reasonable price of 'as much or as little as you jolly well please,' The Humble Indie Bundle 3 gives you And Yet It Moves, Atom Zombie Smasher, Cogs, Crayon Physics Deluxe, Hammerfight, Steel Storm, and VVVVVV. All games come DRM-free for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and can be activated on Steam and Desura too.
If you pay more than the average price (currently $5.81), you'll also receive the five games from the second Humble Indie Bundle: Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, Revenge of the Titans. These can also be activated on Steam and Desura. Ultra-bargain!
By default, the Humble Bundle money is split between the HIB 2 and 3 developers (27.5% each), the EFF and Child's Play (15% each), and the Bundle's organiser, Wolfire Games (15%), though buyers can adjust the shares. Assuming people don't tinker with the percentages too much, well, that's a whole heap of money for everyone involved and for charity.
Wolfire's Humble Indie Bundle is back with five more critically acclaimed indie games to draw out your inner philanthropist. Crayon Physics Deluxe, Hammerfight and VVVVVV will all be making their Mac and Linux debuts and Cogs will be showing up on Linux for the first time.
Head over to HumbleBundle.com and name your own price, then split up the donation as you see fit between Child's Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation or the developers. Previous Humble Indie Bundles have raised over $1 million for charity.
The games seperately would cost around $50, making the current average donation of $9.68 a steal, but why not donate a little more if you can? Just whatever you do, please don't pirate it.
The Humble Indie Bundle [HumbleBundle.com]
Out of the blue, another stonking 'pay what you want' Humble Indie Bundle launched this morning. The Humble Indie Bundle 3 packs DRM-free versions of VVVVVV, Hammerfight, Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, and And Yet It Moves, bristling with new features and coming to new platforms.
As with the three previous splendid Humble Indie Bundles--the original two and the Frozenbyte Bundle--you can pay as much or as little as you please for the bundle of indie loveliness. You also get to choose how your payment is divided up between the developers, charity Child's Play, the EFF, and Humble Indie Bundle organiser Wolfire Games.
The Bundle includes Windows, Mac and Linux versions of all the games, which are new for several and debut here. You can also redeem the games on Steam and Desura, which is awfully handy.
As if that weren't all wonderful enough, new features for several games debut in the Bundle too. VVVVVV scores a level editor and some third-party levels, including one made by Minecraft creator 'Notch.' And Yet It Moves has new achievements and bonus content, plus Hammerfight scores a new survival mode.
Wolfire's Humble Indie Bundle series has proved hugely successful. The first made a touch under $1.3 million, the second raked over over $1.8m, and the Frozenbyte bundle earned a very respectable $909k. Across the three, they've raised over a million dollars for charity.
You only have two weeks to snap up the Humble Indie Bundle 3, so hop to it, head on over to the HIB 3 site to buy video games.
More demos of WiiWare games are coming — finally. But they're still only going to be offered for a limited time and won't be for all titles.
For several years, Nintendo has been selling some terrific downloadable games in its WiiWare store: World of Goo, Thru-Space, Swords & Soldiers, Art Style: Light Trax, and plenty more for around $5 or $10. But buyers have had to beware, because Nintendo has offered few free demos of these games, a striking contrast to Microsoft, which offers free demos of every one of its downloadable Xbox Live Arcade games.
In a press release today, Nintendo took its biggest step yet to improve its WiiWare store by saying that it will offer a new round of WiiWare demos — the first time it has done so in many months — next week, on Nov. 22. The starting line-up includes And Yet It Moves, Jett Rocket, Bit.Trip.Fate and ThruSpace. (I haven't played Jett Rocket, but I can vouch for the other three as being well worth a try.)
All's not perfect here. The good/bad news from Nintendo is that "dditional demos will be added on Mondays and each will remain available on the Wii Shop Channel for a limited time."
Why not demos for all games? And why not keep them available forever?
At least it's an improvement. Enjoy those demos.
If you only download one WiiWare title in your Wii-owning lifetime, this week's release of indie PC game And Yet It Moves from developer Broken Rules would be a damn fine choice.
Released last year on the PC, And Yet It Moves is a puzzle platformer in which the player navigates a world made of torn paper that can be rotated 360 degrees, with physics adjusting appropriately with each move. Say you're standing on a cliff with a sheer wall next to you. Jump, rotate the world, and suddenly that cliff becomes a floor.
The Wii version of the game features four new levels and several Wii remote-centric methods of rotating the world, all for 1,000 Wii points, which is a complete steal.
There are other games this week, as you can see below, but if you've not yet played And Yet It Moves, you should ignore those until you do.
And Yet It Moves
Publisher: Broken Rules
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: And Yet It Moves is an award-winning, physics-based platform game in which players run and jump through a world made of paper. To aid in completing its twisted, mind-bending levels, you possess the unique ability to rotate the world at will. Walls become floors, slides become platforms - but a harmless pile of rocks becomes a hazardous threat when turned upside-down. Use the Wii Remote™ controller like a magic wand to tilt the world. Explore beautifully crafted environments. Survive 20 challenging levels filled with strange creatures, traps and puzzles. Unlock bonus levels, competitive play modes and surprising modifications that change the entire game. Turn your world upside-down with And Yet It Moves!
UFOURIA: THE SAGA
Original platform: NES
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Join Bop Louie as he searches for three friends - Shades, Freeon Leon and Gil - to help him complete his mad scramble. It won't be easy. Brain-boggling mazes, traps and bizarre pitfalls stand in your way on the journey back to Ufouria. You'll rely on your friends to survive in this strange, changing world, and you'd better have the right powers for the strange worlds you'll encounter. As you make your trek through mystical forests, deserts and oceans, you'll need to seek out and destroy monstrous creatures every step of the way. Will you have the right powers at the right time? Don't let the mind-zapping colors and stupefying sound effects throw you off.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Rytmik is an application for creating rhythmical and melodic themes and composing whole songs. It contains more than 170 carefully selected sound samples of drums, cymbals, percussion, bass and melodic instruments. With Rytmik you can quickly and easily create the basic building block: an audio clip. It consists of musical notations for up to four instruments that you may transpose, select their location in the stereo field and modify their volume, polyphony and echo. You can arbitrarily combine as many as 128 clips in four tracks to create complex pieces of music. You also have a rhythm library with a varied collection of 16 pre-made compositions that can be used to help quickly compose your own pieces. For the best musical experience, we recommend connecting headphones or a quality speaker system (not included).
G.G Series NINJA KARAKURI DEN
Publisher: Genterprise Inc.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Jump and slash as a gravity-defying ninja in this acrobatic action game. Control a jumping ninja as he fights his way through a booby-trapped mansion. When your ninja touches a platform, it will automatically disappear and he will jump, making for pretty unstable footing. But where some see obstacles, a ninja sees opportunity. You will be forced to think on your feet, push your reflexes and bend the very rules of physics to conquer your treacherous surroundings. Master the art of the dash, shuriken and sword. Be a ninja.
Publisher: BiP media
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: My Farm is a livestock farming simulation game. At the beginning, all you own is an empty field, a few pennies and a single hen. If you feed the hen and take care of it, she will lay eggs that can be sold. With this money, you can buy new animals at the Farmers' Market and purchase equipment from the shopkeeper. Little by little, as your farm builds up, you will unlock bonuses including a wind turbine, rooster, guard dog and tractor. You will be able to exchange your animals with your friends who play My Farm or My Exotic Farm. There are six kinds of animals to customize, many farm improvements to buy and bonuses to collect.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: This reversi game is for all players at any level. Absolute Reversi takes the classic strategy game and updates it for the 21st century with three modes of play. Free Play mode lets you select one of eight characters with different abilities to play against. In Challenge mode, you are given missions to complete to advance in the game. With the third mode, you can play against a friend using DS Download Play. Additional features include a strategy guide, different ability levels and the "Assistance" function, which highlights all possible moves per turn.
There I am playing Wii games, the games I'm writing about all day today, and a Nintendo rep asks me if I want to play a WiiWare game. Sure, I love the weird stuff.
WiiWare, folks, is all about the weird stuff. Games about giving vegetables haircuts. Games about throwing pairs of people onto cubes. Games about lines that race other lines.
On a Monday in August we will get the somewhat less weird Wii version of And Yet It Moves. The 2D platformer is already available for purchase on PC ($10).
It's got a trailer too:
But let me describe the Wii version for you a little. You want to run the man to a goal. (Hold the Wii Remote a its short ends and use the d-pad) You can make him jump. (Use the 2 button). This is key: You can freeze the world and rotate it (Hold down the 1 button and tilt the Wii Remote).
Let's just say you were walking to a wall. Not in the game. In real life. Imagine jogging toward that wall, actually, and leaping at it. Then imagine the world pausing and rotating under your feet so that the wall was now below you, the former floor now a wall behind you. Unpause. You land on the new floor, the former wall toward which you leaped. But what if there had been a boulder leaning on the former floor behind you.... when the world rotated it would now be above you, falling toward your head. Maybe the world should be rotated again?
That, as far as I could tell, is the essence of And Yet It Moves. I'd missed it on PC. I like how it controls on the Wii. Look for it as a WiiWare download in August.
Next up in today's series... Kong.