Show Me The Games is running a massive indie sale at the moment, heavily discounting the likes of And Yet It Moves..., Beat Hazard Ultra, Scoregasm, and Revenge of the Titans.
All money for the sale will go straight to the developers of the games.
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Seemingly in response to the successful Humble Indie Bundle, Steam are now offering their very own discounted collection of much-loved indie games. Included in the bundle are And Yet It Moves, Galcon Fusion, Machinarium, Osmos and the critically acclaimed World of Goo. Bought separately, these games could cost you upwards of fifty quid, and yet in The Steam Play Indie Pack, they're only £14.99 all together!
With a deal this good, a price-comparison is hardly necessary, and it'll no doubt benefit the independent developers who invested time and their hard-earned money to create something different. The Humble Indie Bundle, mentioned earlier, was the victim of online pirates, despite the developers of the pack offering customers to pay whatever they wanted for the collection of five indie games. They even donated some of their earnings to a variety of charities.
And Yet It Moves is a platform game with a wonderful, ripped-paper aesthetic, and includes the world-spinning mechanic of 'rotation'. Navigate levels by rotating the environment to reach previously inaccessible areas. Galcon Fusion is a spaceships-shooter in the mold of the likes of Radiant Silvergun, but with the added bonus of multiplayer modes and sleek HD visuals. Osmos is a curious, zen-like game, where you as a mote of light must absorb other motes of light by consuming them. To reach other motes, you must vent matter, but doing so causes your mote to shrink.
Machinarium and World of Goo are the standouts in the Indie Pack. Machinarium is a classic point-and-click adventure, with wonderfully stylised characters and backdrops. You must aid a lost robot in his quest to return to a city where his robot girlfriend is held hostage, after being thrown in the scrapyard. It's structured around a variety of brain-teasing puzzles you and your robot must solve to progress. Winner of multiple awards, Machinarium is a steal at £14.99 with four plus games.
So is World of Goo, a puzzle-based game where obstacles and environments can be surmounted or overcome by bonding globs of adhesive goo together to form structures. Utilising state-of-the-art physics, your creations can roll, tumble and mount obstacles. It's a charming game that rewards outside-the-box thinking.
The indie sector has never been better than right now. Last year saw a multitude of weird, wonderful, freaky and fantastic games and now you can sample six of the best of them for just $20, or roughly £12.79 in proper money (thanks Expedia). The six award-winning games in question are, in alphabetical order, And Yet It Moves, Auditorium, Aztaka, Eufloria, Machinarium and Osmos, all of them fantastic little gems in their own right.
Machinarium alone fetches nearly £15 on Steam these days, in fact pool all six games together via regular retailers and you're looking at handing over somewhere between £50-60, so yeah, you'll be making a pretty damn fine saving on this folks.
Every single one of these games is worth a look, from the addictive puzzle-platformer And Yet It Moves to the mesmerising physics-based gameplay of Osmos, these are all pretty special. I won't go into them all now, you can hit the link to find out more about each, but trust me when I say that this is arguably one of the best bargains I've seen in a while.
To be honest, not all of these games will appeal to everyone, but you should buy the pack anyway if only for the little robot adventure that is Machinarium. You can check out Tamsin's review here, but for my part I can't really overstate how much you need to play this hand-crafted masterpiece. Everything, from it's sumptuous score down to the inventive puzzles, is a joy to behold;and then there's the art. Machinarium is one of the best looking games I've seen in a while. I'm not talking about the technical and precise realism of Heavy Rain or the sterile sheen of Crysis, this is truly a game created in the mould of fine art by the hand of Jakub Dvorsky. If Pixar ever made a computer game, it would look something like this.
For Machinarium alone you're saving yourself a couple of quid, so this deal comes highly recommended. But this is far from a one-trick pony, and I've poured enough hours into the absurdly addictive Osmos and Eufloria to be able to tell you that if you give the others a try you won't come away disappointed. Unless you only play Modern Warfare 2. Bullet addicts should probably turn and walk away now.