Will we ever see the end of fantastic, affordable PC games? Will we ever break long enough from shopping for deals and bundles to actually play our purchases? When will our wallets know peace? Not anytime soon, thanks to latest from the peddlers at Humble Bundle, who today unveiled the Humble Indie Bundle X. And we barely had time to recover from the Steam Holiday Sale.
To the Moon
Seasonal specials are a long-standing tradition in television, from EastEnders' annual scowl-off, to Downton Abbey's historical snoot-'em-up, or Doctor Who's... whatever the hell that was. Thanks to Freebird Games' To The Moon, games are getting in on the drama as well. The developer of the emotionally charged adventure has now released a free holiday special "minisode" focusing on its lead doctors Eva & Neil.
There are some good deals to be found in GOG.com's 'Adventurers Assemble' sale, which combines ADVENTURE GAMES with 60% OFF to make a bunch of point-and-click titles cheaper for this weekend only. If you've been waiting for an opportunity to purchase the likes of Primordia, Resonance, Machinarium, the Blackwell series, tearjerker To The Moon, or island survival game Miasmata, then you've found it. The deal ends on Monday at 3:59AM GMT, so you only have... a number of hours left on the clock.
To coincide with IGF, PAX, GDC, OMG and WTF, Steam have slung up one of their impromptu sales, discounting tons of indie games to ensure that our libraries continue to heave under the sheer weight of unplayed games. How nice of them. I hope you've hidden your wallet after last time, because there are some cracking deals to be had, including Super Hexagon, Binding of Isaac and Terraria for silly money.
Everybody knows that the bird is the word, so it's a little surprising to hear that To The Moon creator Kan Gao (AKA The Crymaster General) is making a follow-up with "essentially no dialogues throughout". A short semi-sequel to the emotive To The Moon, A Bird Story takes place within the same universe, featuring a new character (the boy) who will go on to appear in episode two of the memory-spelunking adventure series. So far, Gao has revealed a few images and the title screen music, which - blimey, you're not welling up already, are you?
The year is 20XX. Over-reliance on mysterious "cloud storage" and catastrophic "Y2X" software failures have devastated the world's supply of PC games. You can only choose five games to preserve. What's at stake? Oh, just the fate of PC gaming and ten dollars. Yep, that's (mostly) right: drop by GOG this week and you can liberate five DRM-free games from their servers for only $10 (around £6).
You might have heard that “It’s never been easier to make a game.” And it’s true. But how do you actually make one? What do you make it ‘in’? How much does it cost? How long does it take? Can you sell what you make, and do you owe anyone any royalties? Do you need to learn a programming language?
I don’t know, but I do know a lot of indie games. And lots of them are made with tools and suites that claim to be beginner friendly. So for each of the most popular tools, I found an indie developer who had made something cool with it, and asked them what it’s like to work with.
Autumn is all about change. The trees dance with color as the dried leaves crunch underfoot. We lose daylight. Heaters switch on. And your empty hard drive space has the opportunity to fill with the five games on offer from the Indie Royale Fall Bundle, a collection of potent, pumpkin-flavored titles for a current cost of $5.
To the Moon is a not-quite-adventure, not-quite-JRPG slice of indie madness that looks positively delightful. In a nutshell, it's about “two doctors traversing through the memories of a dying man to fulfil his last wish.” So sort of Inception-y, but, uh, endearingly... morbid? There's a lot more to it than that, and the trailer does, well, an interesting job of explaining.
Also, creator Kan Gao's revealed - via the strange dream-fulfilling science magic known as "email" - that To the Moon is landing on November 1. Not only that, he hopes to turn this into a series focusing on different folks on their fictional deathbeds. Ambitious? Totally. Crazy? Very possibly. Completely awesome? Here's hoping.