If you’ve never heard of the Bundle in a Box before, here’s a brief explanation: The Bundle in a Box is a digital “box” of indie games that all fit a specific theme. For example, the first bundle was the “adventure” bundle, and all of the games contained within fell into the adventure category. The second bundle (The Deep Space one, this one) contains only games that fit into the space category of indie games. $10 out of every one hundred sales goes towards the Indie Game Fund, which will go to a developer that gets the most votes in the IGF competition which is on right now. Also 5% of all revenues generated from this bundle will go to the Hellenic Centre for Mental Health and Treatment of Child and Family charity. The bundle, like many others, has multiple payment tiers. These are described as follows:
The Pay What You Want Ticket - You get completely DRM free versions of Death Ray Manta, Space Giraffe, The Wreckless, Dark Scavenger and Armalyte, for the low low price of whatever you want!
The Above Average Ticket - You get everything included in the ticket above, PLUS DRM free versions of Sol: Exodus, Miner Wars Arena and RobotRiot, as well as some intereactive Armalyte extras.
All versions of the bundle include some exclusive content for Droidcape: Basilica, which is Kyttaro Games’ own upcoming game for iOS and Android. For every 1000 bundles sold there will be upgrades unlocked for all purchasers, including some sweet bonuses like the first issue of PlaySF sci-fi gaming magazine, soundtracks for some of the games and even books, artwork, storyboards, and more! As if that wasn’t enough, the top 10 Golden Contributors (The top 10 who paid the most for the bundle) at the end will receive a free copy of Droidcape: Basilica (When the game is released of course). The bundle only lasts 14 days, so head on over to the Bundle in a Box website as soon as possible to pick up a bundle.
Here’s a bit more info on each game.
Death Ray Manta
Death Ray Manta is an arena shooter with a unique and unexplored art style. It has been said that ”Death Ray Manta is an attempt at finding the videogame equivalent of the perfect 2 1/2 minute pop song”. The game is quite neat looking and definitely seems like it’d be a timesink for most, a they do their very best to try and obtain the perfect score. There’s over 32 stages to play through, and the developer has even said that they plan for there to be some updates coming out over the next couple of months, which means there’s no way you’ll lose interest.
OS: Windows Vista or better
Processor: Anything you bought within the past 3 or 4 years.
DirectX: DirectX 9.0 something.
Space Giraffe is an abstract action arcade shooter game, with environments created by advanced graphics synthesizers. There’s over 200 levels, awesome looking environments that change due to audio input, and very engaging gameplay that will keep you coming back for more and more. It’s all quite rewarding.
OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or better
Processor: 1.9 Ghz or higher
Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compliant video card with 256MB RAM ( Shader Model 2.0 )
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c
Hard Drive: 80MB of free space
Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0c compliant sound card
Controller Support: Generic HID controller DirectX compatible, XBOX 360 for Windows Controller, keyboard
Dark Scavenger is an RPG/adventure/point and click hybrid filled with quirky characters and plenty of dark humor. The art style for the game is… rather interesting and it looks like a unique title, it successfully differentiates itself from other games of its genre which is definitely a good thing. You play through the story of a space traveler, one who is stranded on a planet with three eccentric aliens.
OS: Windows XP, Vista,7; Mac OS X 10.3 or later
Processor: 2.0 GHz
Memory: 2GB (XP/OS X), 3GB (Vista/7)
The Wreckless is a 3D Space shooter simulator where you will find yourself playing through a sixteen level, completely voice acted campaign along with a simulator that allows the player to create their own space matches. The player can even use different fighter crafts for each level, to fit their play style.
OS: Windows XP or later; Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Recommended specs: at least 2Gb of RAM and a 512Mb Graphics card.
Armalyte is a shoot-em-up game that was originally for the Commodore 64. This version of the original game creates exactly replicated gameplay due to the involvement of the developers of the original Armalyte. The graphics have been enhanced for the PC release, and there is a totally new soundtrack.
OS: Windows XP or later
Processor: Anything equal to (or better than) the Intel Pentium 4
Miner Wars Arena
This fast paced arcade game (Miner Wars Arena) takes place in the year of 2081. The solar system we live in is in the “aftermath of a total political breakdown”. All of humanity is fighting over rare resources, on asteroids. You’ll get to take control of a mining spaceship and crush your enemies, taking advantage of the fully destructible environment.
OS: Windows XP, Vista or 7; Mac OSX 10.5.8 or later
Processor: 1.6 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 200 MB free hard drive space
Video Card: DirectX 9.0c Compliant
SOL: Exodus is a 3D First Person space shooter in which you take the role of the lieutenant commander and ace pilot whose job is to help the search for a new home and rescue humanity. By the year 2500, the Earth had become too toxic for human life. Overpopulation and pollution had practically destroyed the planet, and to make matters worse you have just found out that your sun is dying.
System Requirements :
OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2) or Windows 7
Processor: 1.8Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD Athlon X2, or equivalent
Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 256 MB of VRAM
Hard Drive: 4 GB available
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
OS: Windows 7
Processor: 2.0Ghz Quad Core
Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 512MB of VRAM
Robot Riot is a retro-esque platformer with over 21 levels, lots of bosses and gun turret types, and tons of unique enemies to fight. It also comes complete with awesome 16-bit art textures and chiptunes, to really give it that retro vibe. In Robot Riot, your job is to raid space vessels on behalf of your debt collecting master, as vanguard robot “SLUG”.
OS: Windows XP (SP2), Vista or 7; Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Processor: Core2 Duo 2.0 Ghz or better
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard disk space: 100 MB
Video: Any OpenGL 2.0 graphics card with 256MB+ video RAM and shaders 2.0 or later.
Overall, this bundle is definitely worth a look as it combines awesome space themed indie games of many genres into one fantastic, completely DRM free package with awesome bonuses. If you want everything this bundle has to offer, you must purchase it for more than the average price (Currently only $4.92). For 8 games, $5 is nothing at all, especially when the games are this fantastic.
If you wish to buy the Bundle in a Box: Deep Space bundle, just head over to the Bundle In a Box Website.
What do you think, will you be buying the Deep Space Bundle?