With December 25th just around the corner, now's the perfect time to put your Christmas shopping off for a few more days, then panic-buy everything at a petrol station the night before. OR, if you're lucky enough to have family that know what to do with an executable file, you could always splash out on Indie Royale's festive Xmas Bundle 2.0. This second iteration boasts some big names - Offspring Fling, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter and Double DD - and some big concepts, including Colour Bind, a 2D puzzler that rewrites the laws of physics.
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter
Often have I turned my face toward a deaf heaven and cried, "Why can't Serious Sam be a turn-based RPG?"
Apparently, it can. In a shocking turn of events, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, from indie developer Vlambeer, follows Sam into something that looks a lot like an SNES-era JRPG. To judge from the trailer above, however, The Random Encounter has one big advantage over its predecessors: it knows exactly how ridiculous it is.
The Steam page promises turn-based battles, "serious strategy," and a "challenge mode" in which players battle endless waves of enemies until they are overcome and sent to leaderboard Valhalla. I'd love to tell you more, but words fail when faced with something like this.
You can get Serious Sam: The Random Encounter via Steam.