Originally released in relative obscurity on Xbox Live and later ported to PC, Braid is regularly credited as one of the trailblazers for the independent gaming revolution that has typified the 7th generation of consoles. The game was an unexpected success story, quickly becoming one of the highest rated games on the Xbox Live Arcade service; five years later on, it retains much of the magic that made it a hit. Continue reading ‘There Are Some Who Call Me…Tim’ – Braid Review→
Upon its release in 2005, Psychonauts was given great praise and several accolades from the gaming press – the most notable of these awards however were the ones deeming Psychonauts to be the ‘Best Game That No-One Played’. By the end of the year, less than 100,000 copies had been sold, and the publisher Majesco quietly withdraw from the market. Thus, the game earned a cult following and stayed quietly in the background…until it was included in the fifth Humble Indie Bundle and consequently sold more copies in a few hours digitally than it had done at retail. And it is through these means that I have recently been able to play what I consider to be one of the most well rounded platformers I have come across. Continue reading You’d Be Brainless To Miss It – Psychonauts Review→
SUPERBROTHERS: SWORD & SWORCERY EP EDITION (2011) – CAPYBARA GAMES
What a strange little game Superbrothers is. When I acquired the fifth Humble Indie Bundle earlier this year, I will admit that Sword & Sworcery (hereafter referred to as S & S) wasn’t especially high on my list of things to play – a port of a game originally released on iOS devices didn’t exactly seem the most enticing prospect compared to the likes of LIMBO and Bastion. However, I recently gave the game a go, and found its surreal charm to be quite amusing and intuitive. Continue reading Dance In The Moonlight With a Grizzly Boor – Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Review→
If you are a fan of the indie gaming scene, then you will have no doubt come across the ‘Humble Indie Bundle’. For those of you who may be unaware, every now and again, Humble Bundle Inc. create a bundle deal that allows you to purchase some of the best independently developed games around for a fraction of the normal price. You can pay what you want for the games, but beating the average price usually nets you some extra goodies, and the majority of the proceeds go a charity of the publisher’s choice. Over the last two weeks, the fifth bundle has been running, supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Child’s Play charities. The other day, it passed the $4 million mark which is a great achievement. Today, I decided to do my part by investing in the bundle.
If you pay under $8, then you get four games and their soundtracks: LIMBO, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Superbrothers: Sword And Sorcery EP and Pyschonauts. That on its own is a terrific line-up of games; however if you pay more than $8.50 then you also get Bastion and its soundtrack, plus Braid, Lone Survivor and Super Meat Boy (all part of previous bundles). Combined, you would be paying roughly $150 for the privilege. I overuse the term, but the way I see it that’s the deal of the century. All the games are available for download on Windows, Linux, Mac or via activation on Steam.
I would expect my next few reviews to be heavily based around the selection on offer here; I have waited for ages to play Bastion and LIMBO in particular, and have had Braid and Amnesia recommended to me as well. I also now have the chance to see why Pyschonauts (from the mind of Tim Schafer) is held in such high regard in gaming circles as well.
So, you want in? Well, there’s still time – just. As of writing, the bundle is only open for one more day, so send in your donation via the website sooner rather than later. Support charity, and get some ace games in the process. Meanwhile, to Steam activation heaven I go….