Indie Game Campaign Offers $2 Game Packs: Genius or Junk?

Gaming 2011/10/27 13:00:00
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You've got $60 in your pocket and you're craving a new video game. None of that Flash crap or mobile gaming -- a real game. What do you do? Do you a) bite the bullet and buy a new game, b) buy a used game and save twenty or thirty bucks, or c) buy a pack of four independent games for $2 and call it a night? The truth is, all of those options are reasonable. But the third one wasn't available until this week.

Indie Royale is an experimental marketing campaign that will try to help gamers find good independent video games for extremely low prices. Every two weeks they'll serve up a hot steaming plate of four fresh indie games for just $1.99, and the longer you wait to buy it the more expensive it. Every time someone purchases the bundle, the minimum goes up a penny.

Users also have the option of paying more than the minimum amount, which can result in a lower minimum bid. Currently a $10 purchase drops the minimum price two cents, a $25 purchase drops the minimum price 10 cents, a $100 donation (we're gonna call it a donation at this point) will drop it $0.50, and a $300 donation -- the maximum -- will drop the minimum $2.

For its first bundle, Indie Royale is offering "A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda," a 3D "hardcore action packed side-scrolling platformer" by Extend Interactive; "Gemini Rue" by Wadjet Eye Games, which looks a little bit like SNES adventure games (think "Flashback" and the original "Clock Tower"); "Sanctum," an "FPS tower defense game" by Coffee Stain Studios; and "Nimbus," a "puzzle racing" game by Noumenon Games.

And because it bears repeating: You don't have to pick one. You get all four.

A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda

Gemini Rue


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  • MYSTERIOUS CHEESECAKE 2011/11/28 22:40:08
  • Yakov BN-0 2011/11/13 00:00:01
    Yakov BN-0
    Ok, obvious viral ad is obvious, but I'm game!
  • Ezio 2011/11/05 13:55:17
    Indie games rock :D so i would say its genius :)
  • Phil 2011/10/31 10:05:55 (edited)
    People would rather pay $2 for games instead of $50 . $2 games (especially PC games) would generate more revenue rather than generate more torrents. Although after looking at those pics, maybe not. The one that says "back in town yet?" looks like something off of super nintendo.
  • Dheadly Lhust 2011/10/28 22:17:59
    Dheadly Lhust
    C'mon. 4 games for $2? At least one should be enjoyable.
  • carlton999 2011/10/28 21:45:12
    remember when taco bell dropped their prices? they will sell a lot of games.
  • Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll 2011/10/28 21:03:53
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    This gives the consumer a much bigger voice than what the Big boys do. I can dig it.
  • Dyonus 2011/10/28 20:27:26
    How else are they going to be able to compete with the big cats?
  • Gasbagmike 2011/10/28 20:26:55
    You cant beat $2
  • Sharpshot64 2011/10/28 14:32:09 (edited)
    Indy Game developers are some of the most creative people I've met and anything that brings their work into the view of the public is a genius move. To be honest indy game packs have been around for a while now with things like the Humble Indy Bundle 3 which came out a few months ago that lets you pay what you want and give it to charity, the developers, or both.

    People need to realize that you can sell your game for cheap and make a lot of money. Amnesia the Dark Descent (a PC exclusive horror game) sold more than 200,000 copies last year for $5-$20 each copy. The best time for indy game developers is now
  • harley oldman 2011/10/28 13:07:59
    harley oldman
    GENIUS...At least all you have to lose is 2 bucks...!
  • rani 2011/10/28 08:31:48
  • coach k 2011/10/28 04:46:26
    coach k
    very smart they will sell a lot of games
  • You Know IT 2011/10/28 02:47:00
    You Know IT
    great way to make money lol personally i would like to make my own video games, getting together with a group of friends to do one for a little project
  • SpOoKs! 2011/10/28 01:32:22
    Oh MY! O-O I would indeed purchase this product... consumerism
  • S123 2011/10/28 01:19:58
    I don't play video games but that sounds like a great deal!
  • Kerouac 2011/10/28 01:01:44
    Great concept. As a hardcore gamer, I heartily endorse this idea (although I agree with people who point out that slightly similar things have been available for a bit).
  • Visionary )() CC 2011/10/28 00:08:30
    Visionary )() CC
    I'm into it!
  • Perry the Platypus 2011/10/27 23:01:55
    Perry the Platypus
    What a deal, I would definitely buy them.
    I find indie games to be very creative and unique. I know someone who has even made a few indie games.
  • Aspect of B 2011/10/27 19:57:03
    Aspect of B
    I'd buy them.
  • Ben 2011/10/27 18:01:11
    I like some of the indie games on Xbox live. Many of them are only 80 credits ($1.) And you can DL the demo for free to see if you like it.
  • Ego Death 2011/10/27 16:27:12
    Ego Death
    Nearly all the best indie ware free games are open source.

    They get an open audience of like minded developers and non field enthusiasts eager to trial and bug fix.
  • overdog001 2011/10/27 15:36:58
    "wasn't available until this week"??? Pay better attention, you so-called "tech reporters". Valve (through Steam) has been doing this for YEARS, and has made a lot of money selling indie games on the cheap, and keep indie game shops running. They have also been selling very old games, as old as Doom, for a buck or two, breathing new life into the budget of companies who had previously written them off.

    Genius for my wallet, genius for their bottom line, and downright fun.
  • AsiaticFox 2011/10/27 15:25:23
    This should have been done ages ago.
  • *The Gentle Giant* 2011/10/27 14:58:41
    *The Gentle Giant*
    I'm a hater sorry guys to bumb you out and just wierd so.........hi
  • Kigan 2011/10/27 14:35:41
    Seems like an absolutely fantastic idea to me.

    Great way to get some indie games out there.
  • todd 2011/10/27 14:34:57
    The next gimmick to get out there and build themselves up. Best way to do it if you have the money to. Whether it is junk or not...who knows.
  • shar 2011/10/27 14:19:32
    cheap entertainment
    can't complain
  • Linkums 2011/10/27 14:06:09
    I'm always a sucker for cheap indie games. Many of them are better than the big release games too. There are a lot of hidden gems of games out there.
  • p18711 2011/10/27 13:58:18
    PLEEEEEASE brains!!!!!! ===== ====== =
    INDIE explodes 100000 fans buying a bundle means OOOOOOPS !
    GEussthay aming for a FIFA2013-NEED FOR SPEED-ETC bundle wright ?
  • Yoru Azenia 2011/10/27 13:29:51
    Yoru Azenia
    I would take part in this I like trying out Indie games

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