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Cheap Indie Games and Charitable Efforts: Bundle In A Box Is Back

Bundle In A Box Ordinary Gamer

Unlike the last one, which was strategy themed, this time they’re focusing on The AbleGamers Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping people with disabilities, through video games. Yay, charity! Bundle In A Box is back! Oh right: there are also eleven indie games, and cheap ones at that.

Have to admit, I was quite curious to find out exactly what would be included in a non-themed bundle like this, following the strategic and RPG-centric ones. As it turns out, they once again managed to create a lovely lineup, featuring a mix of well-knowns and lesser-knowns. There’s the recently greenlit one-button asskicker One Finger Death Punch (review), Ludum Dare-turned-premium planetary block stacker QbQbQb, the first two episodes of Cognition (Episode 1 review) and loads more.

But before we get to that, a quick reminder of what’s what: $2+ nets you five games while beating the average puts all eleven in your shopping basket (along with a complimentary box). That’s right, ELEVEN games, for… well, I don’t know actually. That’s the thing with average price tags – they fluctuate! Seriously though, I’d just go for it. Grab ’em all. You’ll never find them at this low a price again, that much is certain. And each 250 sales unlocks additional delicious extras for everyone. Doesn’t get much better (or cheaper) than this.

Oh, one last thing: don’t forget to vote on the Indie Dev Grant! And since I’ve linked Greenlight pages where appropriate, give those some attention too, eh? Now… BRING FORTH THE GAMES!

One Finger Death Punch

One Finger Death Punch (Windows – Desura) review
Pay tribute to the masters using five classic kung-fu styles mixed with additional weapons. Combine face-to-face combat with throwing weapons to recreate complex fight choreographies or just send bad guys flying through glass windows. Explore a world map with over 250 stages, 13 modes, and 3 difficulty levels. Unlock 21 different skills that can be combined in thousands of ways to assist you in your journey. Put your kung-fu to the ultimate test in the survival mode. Score points based on kills and performance to make your mark in the top ten.

QbQbQb

QbQbQb (Windows , Mac – Desura)
Rotate planets to match colors in one of three single or multi-player game modes as Rymdkapsel’s aesthetics meet Tetris, Gyro and Klax mechanics and are adjusted to a brilliant chiptune soundtrack. For every 100 points both the music and the visuals evolve, while achievements are being unlocked.

Saviours

Saviors (Windows – Desura) Greenlight
The inevitable first contact with extraterrestrial life may just require a ton of shooting and deft flying, you see, and that’s what this excellent indie shooter will be preparing you for. The game includes a fully customizable ship, advanced physics, frantic action and 18 explosion filled levels in single player or two players co-op mode.

Cognition Episode 1

Cognition: Episode 1 (Windows, Mac – Steam, Desura) review
FBI agent Erica Reed has an uncanny talent: she can see the past and piece together how a crime unfolded. But not even this sixth sense could save her younger brother, Scott, from a brutal serial killer. Three years later, the investigation into Scott’s murder has gone cold – but Erica’s work has only just begun.

Slender The Five Pages

Slender 5 Pages (Windows)
After being forced to go camping with your brother, things take a turn for the worst when he’s snatched into the night by a mysterious entity, Slenderman. As he’s abducted, he’s clutching a notepad, and you must collect the pages from said notepad to find out if he’s still alive.

Beat The Average

Rooks Keep

Rooks Keep (Windows – Desura)
Primary to Rooks Keep is the 3rd-person combat system involving quick and slow attacks, blocking, parrying, dodging and a selection of upgradeable skills. Each character also features their own unique ability. In addition, a basic character skill system allows for asymetric fights. The game features a variety of modes including Fantasy Deathmatch, Team-Deathmatch, Combat and Classic Chess, Last Man Standing, SImgleplayer and Last Team Standing.

Isaac the Adventurer

Isaac The Adventurer (Windows – Desura) Greenlight
Isaac the Adventurer is an action filled 3D platformer that is packed with traps, puzzles and deadly enemies. Explore the dangerous world and get rewarded with ancient treasures. If you go on this adventure we can not promise you that you will most probably come back alive, and should you do so, you won’t be a small boy anymore. You will have become a man!

Cognition Episode 2

Cognition: Episode 2 (Windows, Mac – Steam, Desura)
With the Wise Monkey case in her hands and the FBI’s resources already stretched thin, she’s on her own to find the killer before it’s too late – again. Developed by a true “indie dream team”, the line-up includes comics artist Romano Molenaar (Batman, Witchblade, Tomb Raider, X-Men) as Art Director and renowned adventure game designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter, and the upcoming Moebius) lending her expertise as Story Consultant.

Hairy Tales

Hairy Tales (Windows, Mac – Desura)
Inspired by ChuChu Rocket and Lemmings, Hairy Tales is a gorgeous puzzle/action game which combines tile-dragging mechanics with puzzles that have been called “fiendishly difficult” and allow players to come up with their own solutions. Players have no direct control over the Hairys, but instead direct them by altering their environment to help them avoid dangers, lead them to power ups, and deal with enemies and powerful bosses. Players also get to laugh quite a bit too.

Along Came a Spider

Along Came A Spider (Windows – Desura) Greenlight
In a world made of silk, you control a small spider trying to find its way back home through twenty dynamic swinging, swaying levels. Your spider will learn amazing new abilities allowing it to catch many more flies along the way. Your fearless spider must also confront its worst nightmares in four special and brilliantly designed boss levels!

The Grave Digger

The Grave Digger (Windows, Linux – Desura)
It’s a curious blend of whimsical English comedy and grim Dickensian horror made by a two-man team dedicated to fun, addictive gameplay. The Grave Digger also happens to be a truly unique and impressively atmospheric game.

How’s that for a bunch of great and varied indie games? Spend the minimum or break the ban– I mean, beat the average; just make sure you buy this Bundle In A Box. Do be quick though, for it will gone in little over 22 days. Also, do not underestimate the box. Bundle up!