The first game in the bundle is about a beer loving and delightfully crass British detective in the Hector: Badge of Carnage Trilogy from The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games and co-creator Straandlooper, available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free (includes all 3 episodes). This adult-themed point and click adventure offers brain-teasing puzzles with a twist: the solution often requires getting inside Hector’s warped mind.
A grungier version of The Curse of Monkey Island, Hector offers stylized art and a twisted sense of humor. Adventure Gamers says of Hector, it’s “just what the doctor ordered, even if that doctor is almost certainly facing a malpractice suit for sending us into such a germ-ridden locale.”
Also included is musical puzzle game Chime published by Doublesix Digital Publishing and developed by Zoe Mode, available for Windows on Steam.Chime offers an experience about more than just scoring points – it’s about creating something musically beautiful while placing shapes on a geometric grid. This hypnotic game is polished in its presentation and includes fantastic yet mellow songs from luminaries like Philip Glass, Moby, and Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), as well as a special PC exclusive, ‘Still Alive’ from Valve’s Portal. Destructoid calls Chime an “utterly compelling, aesthetically minimalistic puzzle game that rides the cusp of being entirely fantastic.”
Another highlight of this bundle is a game that celebrates puzzle platformers with a googly-eyed vampire, Smudged Cat Games’ Adventures of Shuggy, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free. A critically acclaimed XBLA title now available on PC, Adventures of Shuggy offers a clever rotation/time-shift mechanic, 36 co-op levels, and over 150 single-player levels. Gamezebo applauds Adventures of Shuggy for its ” top-notch presentation and a real attention to detail with things like great music and comic-book-style.”
Also included is a critically acclaimed puzzle-adventure game with a twist from Mousechief, Dangerous High School Girls In Trouble, available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free. Set in, Brigiton, a fictional small town in the U.S. during the 1920s, one plays a high-school girl who has set out to investigate mysterious crimes by navigating through a game board-like world and engaging in mini battles of social warfare. Offering irreverent dialogue, multiple endings, unique game style, an enthralling story, and at least 15 hours of gameplay, Dangerous High School Girls In Trouble is worth checking out. GamesRadar recognizes this game for being “clever, original and genuinely pleasing to play.”
The second title from Mousechief is bonus game/visual novel The Witch’s Yarn available for Windows and Mac on Desura and DRM-Free. The Witch’s Yarn exists in a genre of its own; it’s best described as a story-driven interactive drama. GameBoomers calls the genre “Graphical Interactive Fiction,” as the player assumes a role similar to that of a director of a play and decides how the scenes will unfold. The game offers a fully interactive story with colorful and playful graphics about a modern-day, middle-aged widow who also happens to be a witch, as she opens a yarn shop and navigates familial challenges.
Last is conceptual retro style shooter from AquaFox The Network, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-Free. It offers classic arena top-down shooting with a twist; the player never directly fires a bullet. Offering immersive play, 20+ levels, a unique art style, and an engrossing story line, DualShockers raves that The Network ”succeeds as a complement to surreal films like The Matrix that make you second-guess trusting your computer.”
And for those who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent during the Oktoberfest Bundle will get two music albums from SAVESTATES (Matt Wilson), who is known for creating standout chiptune music. The first album, Calm Your Nerves (http://savestates.bandcamp.com/album/calm-your-nerves), offers 10 tracks that the artist created “for stress; the manufacture, the prevention, and the acceleration thereof.” Also included is Chip unDeath(http://savestates.bandcamp.com/album/chip-undeath) based on SAVESTATES’ first acclaimed album ‘Chip Death’ but with 7 reworked tracks and a brand new track.
More information on the Oktoberfest Bundle, including real-time statistics and its current price, can be found on its official website (http://www.indieroyale.com/) or its Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/IndieRoyale) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/indieroyale) pages.
There will be a bundle review of the Indie Royale Oktoberfest Bundle posted over on RegretZero’s website, so stay tuned over there in the coming days.