Blah blah blah “too many bundles…” HANG ON A SEC, THIS ONE’S AWESOME!
Bundle in a Box (“the only thematic bundle around”) went all ‘adventure’ games last time, but this time it’s SPACE GAMES and it’s a CRACKER.
Pay 99 cents or more and you get 5 pretty fantastic games….
Death Ray Manta (PC/Mac)
Rob Fearon’s brand new game debuts exclusively in this bundle. Death Ray Manta is the BEST DRM EVER.
It also happens to be an arena shooter that knows its history. From Robotron to Llamatron to Geometry Wars and on, Death Ray Manta keeps one eye on what works, what’s worked and tries to explore it all. Quickly. In a condensed few moments of pleasure. What’s more, it is a videogame about flashing lights in your face.
Very, very, pretty lights.
Space Giraffe (PC/Steam)
Jeff Minter’s Space Giraffe is pitched as “the boldest evolution of the trance-shooter”, With 200 levels of trance-tastic action, beautiful abstract graphics that respond to audio input, two remixes of the same game, and deep gameplay that rewards strategic and tactical play.
Space Giraffe is accessible enough to entertain a novice player, but also deep enough to satisfy the arcade expert.
The Wreckless (PC/Mac/Desura)
The Wreckless is a single player space combat simulator reminiscent of “old school” space combat games like “Tie Fighter” and “Elite”, with a sixteen level fully voiced campaign and a simulator that lets the player create their own custom skirmishes.
The missions comprise a variety of different styles including bombing missions, dogfights against tough AI opponents and escort missions. The player can research different fighter crafts to use for each scenario, choosing different fighter/bomber combinations to compliment their own play style.
Adam Smith (RPS) called it “…very good.. the nicest surprise I’ll have all month”
Dark Scavenger (PC/ Mac/Desura)
Dark Scavenger is an adventure game that combines strategic turn-based combat with unique point-and-click mechanics. Happily, it features twisted dark humor and dozens of quirky characters.
Filling the role of a powerful space traveler, you find yourself stranded on a mysterious planet in the company of three eccentric, yet resourceful aliens. Will you adopt the problems of this world as your own or will you just save yourself?
Adam Smith of RPS said it was “Weird, creative, frayed around the edges and a little bit soiled in the middle, but rather endearingly clobbered together. I would have loved it if it came out on the Amiga ages ago and would probably still quote bits of it to an uncomprehending world.”
The official remake of the classic Commodore 64 shmup, with massive boss encounters and 8 tough worlds!
Gameplay has been precisely replicated on the PC thanks to involvement from the original Armalyte developers Dan Phillips and Robin Levy.
The graphics have been specially enhanced for the PC version by Trevor ‘Smila’ Storey and the game features brand new soundtracks by Chris ‘Infamous’ Bailey.
BUGGER THAT FOR A JOKE! I’M NOT QUOTING RPS EVERY TIME!
Some blog called JustOneMoreGame said it was “A great remake of a C64 classic. Visually & sonically it ticks all the boxes, and there are many moments where the remake goes way beyond a simple ’2010 update’. The vast majority of old-school shooter fans will love this title. “
Paying above the average price will gain you three more games AND a selection of interactive Armalyte extras.
The ‘extra’ games are:
Sol: Exodus (PC/Steam/Desura)
Suit up and take on the role of the Lieutenant Commander, ace fighter pilot and 2nd in command of the UCS Atlas, as you search for a new home, battle a mysterious
enemy, and rescue humanity from a fiery end in this visually stunning space shooter.
IGN said “It feels like a return to childhood, sitting in an oversized chair battling TIE Fighters with an X-Wing.”
Miner Wars Arena (PC/Mac/Desura)
A fast-paced arcade game inspired by the PC gaming classic, Tunneler, with state-of-the-art top-down 2.5D gameplay in a fully destructible environment.
Enjoy unlimited gameplay variations by adjusting your arena settings, playing skirmishes, fighting at tournaments and even going for some split-screen multiplayer.
GameBanana.com called it “a cute little indie game”. [And hey, how could I resist quoting a site called "GameBanana"! ]
Robot Riot features 21 action packed levels, tons of enemy types, plenty of gun-turrets and epic bosses, exciting power-ups and weapon-upgrades, classic platform action with unique environmental hazards and a joyous retro style due to its 16bit era pixel art and chiptunes.
RGCD said “It gets RGCD’s seal of approval – it might not be a game for everyone, but for those of you craving a ‘new’ genuine retro gaming experience, you could do a lot worse
And then, there’s the Armalyte Extras…
Armalyte extras (PC)
This lovely collection includes Mix-e-Load, the JukeBox containing the game’s music in what can only be described as an impressive music demo and a brilliantly interactive ‘Making Of’ about the Armalyte box art.
If that’s not enough… you’re a bloody hard person to please.
And yet – despite being hard to please, you just become pleased at last, when you realise your ‘pay what you want’ money will partly help charity AND help fund an ‘indie dev’ fund AND help unlock extras for all buyers AND give access to exclusive content about KyttaroGames’ own upcoming game for iOS and Android AND…. if you’re one of the top 10 contributors…
OH LOOK – WHY BOTHER WITH MY PITIFUL SUMMARY – WHEN YOU CAN READ IT IN FULL ON THE BUNDLE WEBSITE…. http://bundle-in-a-box.com/
The Bundle-in-a-box SPACE bundle will last for the next 14 days only.
(“Bundles, the final frontier….“)