It’s Indie Royale time again folks and it’s a rather good offering, too. Featuring six games, two of which are exclusive to the bundle and another two of which are of a higher profile, it’s certainly a difficult thing to refuse.
Sol: Exodus is a space combat game (usually £6.99 available on Steam and Desura for Windows only) that, after some research, doesn’t seem to be too good. I’ve seen Sol around a few times but hadn’t picked it up until this bundle, but in my research for this issue of CPCG I’ve deduced that I should be wearing my disappointed face.
It’s not an open galaxy like, say, Freelancer, and only has eight missions. Each of these missions is apparently drawn out and repetitive, which might not be too bad if the combat’s any good, but it isn’t – it’s simplistic and a bit too easy.
I’ll be giving it a try anyway of course, since it’s in the bundle. Hell, if I enjoy it I’ll eat my words, but the internet says I’ve set up to be let down and the internet is usually right.
Next up and far less disappointing is All Zombies Must Die! (usually £6.99, available only on Steam and only for PC), a top-down shooter featuring zombies and the shooting of said zombies. At least partly inspired by the developer’s previous zombie game, Burn Zombie Burn, AZMD is similar in many respects but swaps the score-based gameplay for a pseudo storyline and adds in a lot of features. You can now collect items to craft into more powerful weapons, level up the four characters you can play as and complete side quests.
The visual style is pretty much Burn Zombie Burn and, you may be happy to know if you’re a fan, various different types of zombies return to lend even more changes to the gameplay. I’ve played a little AZMD and I enjoyed what I’ve played so far, if you’re a fan of the genre and/or crafting it’s certainly recommended and perhaps worth the price of the bundle.
The twist to the third game on the list, a tower defence game called Cubemen (usually £3.99, available on Steam, Desura, where it also comes with a game called VectorGeddon, and DRM free for Windows and OSx), is that its towers are not actually towers. They are in fact, men made of cubes that can be ordered to move around at will.
You’ll be fighting off similar (though differently coloured) cubemen in each of the 35 single-player levels so it’s a good job there are so many different types of cubemen, some with simple pistols, some with flamethrowers, mortars or lasers. They’ll be approaching on the grid and taking only one path so you’ll have to choose the best spots for your defenses.
Presented in an almost Tron-like digital world made of cubes, it’ll play on pretty much any machine and is really quite fun. Perhaps the best feature if you have someone to play with are the 31 levels for online multiplayer in which to battle against friends.
Squids is apparently a mix of action, strategy and RPG (usually £4.99 on PC, £1.49 on iOS and inexplicably free on Android) that’s presented in a cartoony, brightly coloured style. Though I’m yet to get a chance to try Squids, Metacritic gives it 77 on iOS, whilst the PC version only has one review (70) and therefore no meta-rating.
Similarly, the reviews left on Android’s Play Store all speak highly of it. I wouldn’t recommend buying a game that’s designed for touchscreens at more than 3 times the mobile version’s price, but since it’s in a bundle with other games here it’s nice to have and worth a try at the very least. It certainly looks like it could be fun for a while.
Platformance: Castle Pain and Platformance: Temple Death (usually £1.99 each, available via Desura for Windows only) are both exactly as they sound; platformers. In fact, they’re rather hard platformers.
P:CP and P:TD are precision platformers (much like Super Meat Boy) and you already know if you like that kind of thing. Me? I’m terrible at them, and that translates into me just getting frustrated after half an hour or so of dying over and over. They were previously available via Xbox Live Indie Games for 80MSP, and this marks their debut on PC.
So as always, it’s worth more than the entry fee of £3.51 (at time of writing). If you don’t own the bigger games or are interested in the smaller ones I recommend it if only to support some indie developers. I’ve already bought it myself and I heartily recommend you do too.
You can buy the bundle from the IndieRoyale website.