Friday, February 10, 2012

The Valentine's Indie Royale Bundle

The last Indie Royale bundle came out at the end of January and now we have one to commemorate Valentine's day with. Oddly enough this Bundle doesn't seem to have anything to do with valentines day other than it coming out close to it. This bundle contains Zeno Clash, Hoard (with two DLC), Lume and Soulcaster 1 & 2. This bundle will be running for four days and it currently has a minimum of $4.27. In two weeks there will be a new pack called the Alpha Fund Pack. Now onto the games and what they are each about. Here is the Indie Royale website if you want to head straight on over.

Zeno Clash by ACE Team (Steam/PC Only)
This is a first person fighter that takes place in a dark and violent world that is fueled by the Source engine. It is full of oddly formed animalistic humanoids that you have to confront with your fists and various weapons. It is strictly single player, but they also have an ultimate edition that is out that contains cooperative modes and much more. This version, for the Bundle, doesn't clarify which version it is though. It does have a demo out on Steam and it came out in April of 2009. It looked to be an interesting game, few games use first person combat that doesn't involve guns or ranged combat of some kind nor do they do it in a fluid manner that looks engaging. Check out this trailer and take a look at their website for more information.
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Hoard by Big Sandwich Games Inc. (Steam, PC & Mac) 
This dragon plundering arcade game has intrigued me ever since I saw it at E3 last year, but once I got to actually play it I was disappointed by it's short term gameplay. Hoard has a very arcade style of gameplay that makes your score the ultimate goal. It is a fun game if you can fully delve into the fast paced gameplay that has you growing continuously into a larger and more powerful dragon. Also, a game that puts you in the role of the "bad guy" is always an interesting idea. The game is singleplayer and multiplayer. If you want check that out it does have a demo on Steam.
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Lume by State of Play (Steam, Desura, PC, Mac & Linux) 
An adventure game with a exciting art style that puts you into the world of paper cut outs. It is a miniature world that is filled with puzzles for you to solve and a story to unfold. This game is only part one of the story and you can find more about the sequel on their blog. I've never played the game or even heard of it till now but it looks to be one of the stronger games of this bundle and many websites have wrote favorable impressions of the game. Check out the video and the Steam page for more info.
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Soulcaster I & II by MagicalTimeBean (PC and Desura Only) 
To me it is very humorous that these games are part of this bundle, merely because I didn't know that they had ever come out for PC in the first place and Soulcaster 1 was one of the first games I ever played on the Xbox Live Indie marketplace. These games put you in control of a summoner of sorts that uses guardians to destroy numerous types of enemies. You use your guardians in combination with each other to make effective groups against specific types of enemies. There are also puzzles here all over and the game is a fairly linear dungeon tromp. Also, there is an upgrade system that you use to make your guardians stronger and quicker. It is a fun game, but it is also fairly simple and has a very old school feel, and look, to it. Check out this trailer to get an idea for the game.
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That's it for this Indie Royale Bundle, if you haven't already checked it out their website head on over there to take a look at all of the games and price. Thanks for reading and be back shortly. 

-Written by Sean Cargle


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