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We've seen our share of Humble Indie Bundles over the past year or two—independent developers who gather under the "Humble" brand and release a bunch of their games priced at whatever people want to pay.
The latest one, Humble Bundle #4, might be the best one yet—for any price you want, you can get Super Meat Boy, Bit. Trip Runner, Jamestown, Shank and Nightsky. Pay more than the average price (currently tracking at $4.61 on the Humble Bundle site), you get Cave Story + and Gratuitous Space Battles as well.
There's no shortage of gaming to be done this December, but these are all great games, for a great price. And not only will you be supporting indie devs, you'll have the option to give money to either the American Red Cross or Child's Play.
Check out their (endearingly cheesy and reference-laden) trailer above. It's funny, I was quoting that bit from The Rock all last weekend for some reason.
Humble Indie Bundle #4 [Humblebundle.com]
Details of the next Humble Indie Bundle have once more leaked, because Steam’s Content Description Record Viewer Thingamie is so ludicrously easy for people to spy. And it looks like it’s going to be a bit of a corker, as spotted by DIY Gamer. In the pay-what-you-want collection it seems there will be Super Meat Boy, BIT.TRIP.RUNNER, Jamestown, Nightsky and Shank. That’s the first wave, and then there’s even better to get added in.
Indie Royale's "Difficult 2nd Bundle" of indie gaming fun has been expanded, adding bonus goodies including soundtracks, downloadable content, and new games. As the offer approaches its final day, you can now "pay what you want" (above a minimum price) for a grand six games.
They can be added to a Desura account, but, unlike the other games, not to Steam. If you've already bought the bundle, you'll find the games added to your purchase page.
Fate of the World, NightSky, Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! round out the bundle. It also now includes all Fate of the World Steam downloadable content, which usually costs $11.97. You get its soundtrack too, as well as those for NightSky and Scoregasm.
Head on over to Indie Royale to buy The Difficult 2nd Bundle. It'll only be available until 8am Pacific on Tuesday.
The second Indie Royale bundle has this second gone live. You’ll remember the first one from Adam telling you all about it. It’s the excitingly confusing system where the price goes up over time, but people paying more than that price cause it to go down. I think. Whatever it is, it works, and tens of thousands of people bought the first one, getting a splendid bargain. So what’s in the second collection?
Fledgling 'pay what you want' bundle vendor Indie Royale today launched 'The Difficult 2nd Bundle,' it's next cut-price collection of indies. The new bundle packs Fate of the World, NightSky, Scoregasm, Time Gentlemen, Please!, and Ben There, Dan That!.
As with the first Indie Royale bundle, it launched at a price of $1.99, which rises as people pay the bare minimum. However, when customers pay above the minimum, they can push the price back down a little for everyone else.
The Difficult 2nd Bundle presents a varied spread of games. IGF finalist NightSky is a puzzle-platformer, Scoregasm's an arena shooter, Fate of the World simulates global warming and politico-economic conditions, while Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! are delightfully crude and amusing adventure games.
All the games can be added to Steam and Desura accounts, or you can download them directly.
The bundle will be on sale until 10am Pacific on Tuesday.
The "Indie 2D Bundle" has gone on a super-Steam-sale: you can grab Bit.Trip Runner, NightSky, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, Swords and Soldiers HD, and World of Goo for just $9.99 total. Each game normally costs $9.99 (discounted to $39.99 for all five), so it's basically five for the price of one.
When Kotaku chatted with NightSky producer Tyrone Rodriguez earlier today, he mentioned that all five developers know each other, and wanted to do a kind of "indie friend bundle." Aww!
If you've yet to give these games a try, I recommend giving 'em a spin.
(And by the way, that headline was all Totilo. Props.)
indie 2D bundle [Steam]
The moody PC game NightSky is coming to the 3DS eShop as well, indie developer Nicalis has announced. The company didn't mention exact release plans, and a Wii release is still up in the air, but Nicalis did drop word that another 3DS eShop game is in the works as well.
The announcement came from a Nicalis tweet (via Game Set Watch). A separate tweet confirmed it would be coming through the eShop, and said "it looks great on the little 3DS screen." Yet another update hinted at a second eShop game in the works. We assume both games will take advantage of the system's 3D features.
NightSky received a quiet but positive release in January, but the company is probably better known for its WiiWare port of the PC indie hit Cave Story. The company's next eShop game is anybody's guess, because as Nicalis points out, it's worked on ten projects over the course of three years. It's safe to say their game output is prolific.