NOTE: The Avernum: The Great Trials Trilogy includes Avernum 4, Avernum 5 & Avernum 6. Avernum is one of the great tales of indie gaming, an epic series of fantasy role-playing adventurers set in an enormous, subterranean nation. Avernum is a land underground, a subterranean nation full of rogues, misfits, and brigands, struggling for survival and wealth in the monster-infested darkness. In Avernum: The Great Trials Trilogy, you must save your underworld homeland from a series of devastating threats. Fight for survival while exploring enormous worlds, invading hundreds of dungeons, and experiencing three epic, exciting storylines.

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3 comments by INtense! on Nov 8th, 2012

The long days of summer are past and winter is coming. It's the time of year to reap the rewards of what you've sowed all year long. Why not reward yourself with this bountiful harvest of seven great indie games in Indie Royale's Harvest Bundle? Featured in this bundle is the acclaimed retro platformer from Renegade Kid, Mutant Mudds, a hilariously fun top down procedurally generated shooter from RichMakeGame, Pineapple Smash Crew, plus the Lemmings-like Spirits, an Avernum RPG trilogy, and bonuses too!


First up in this crop of games is a well-received retro platformer from Renegade Kid, Mutant Mudds, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. Play Max (and his grandma!) as they fight to vanquish aliens called the Mutant Mudds with only a water cannon and jetpack! Originally created for Nintendo 3DS, the enhanced PC version is worth checking out, since it offers a wealth of additional content - including a Super Mario World-esque total of 60 challenging levels spanning across 5 worlds with 8 unique graphical themes. The challenging level design, catchy chiptune soundtrack, and refined platform mechanics make this a game you won't wanna miss. Destructoid celebrates Mutant Mudds calling it "platforming distilled to its essence. It cuts the fat in order to deliver a pure, satisfying experience."

The next yield in the Harvest Bundle is playful top down twin stick procedural shooter from RichMakeGame, Pineapple Smash Crew available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. Control a squad simultaneously but be careful not to let one member of the squad die or else you'll lose your firepower and miss out on critical level-ups further into the game. Pineapple Smash Crew is set in a world of randomly generated abandoned spaceships where you get to shoot everything in sight and drop varying grenades on your enemies. Geek.com says of Pineapple Smash Crew "it has fun mechanics, great graphics, and lightweight gameplay that you can jump in and out of."

Also included in this seasonal bundle is appropriately themed action-puzzle game from Spaces of Play, Spirits, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free (and its OST)! In Spirits, Autumn is here, leaves are falling, and the spirits are rising from the fallen leaves to find their way home. Guide them on their journey indirectly by growing them, and changing the ground and wind. Offering a powerful blend of puzzle and strategy elements, Spirits offers beautiful art, well-done animation, nicely crafted audio and challenging level design. Wired.com celebrates Spirits for "(a)rt so beautiful it could have been lifted from a Miyazaki movie."


Next up for this bountiful bundle is classic fantasy RPG from Spiderweb Software Avernum: The Great Trials Trilogy (available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura and DRM-free), which includes 3 great games: Avernum 4, Avernum 5 & Avernum 6. The next set of games in the Avernum series, these titles are quite accessible to those who haven't played the first trilogy since it's set many years afterward. Based in Avernum, a huge underground world, these games offer over 40 hours of gameplay, a thoughtful and unique storyline and terrifically foreboding enemies. In Avernum 4, you'll protect your home from monsters and assassins; in Avernum 5, you'll take on a new role and protect the Empire; finally in Avernum 6, you'll help keep the world of Avernum from going into extinction due to food shortages and an invasion from barbarian lizard people. BioGamer Girl says of these 3 games: "if you're looking for addicting games that will keep you playing for many hours on end, look no further than the Avernum Great Trials Trilogy!"

Last up is experimental 2D basketball-based story platformer from Studio Bean, BasketBelle available for Windows and Mac on Desura and DRM-free (along with an OST + beautifully crafted sketchbook). This unique game uses sports and dreamlike gameplay to bring you into a moving and interesting tale about love, family and of course basketball. Each chapter of the game uses the mechanics and the idea of basketball in a different way; from dribbling inside the intestines of a purple blob creature to dunking above the clouds in front of the Parisian moon, Basketbelle isn't short on surprises. TruePCGaming says of this unique game: "Those who are interested in a sweet tale of brotherly love, (...) would do well to (buy this game) because this is an experience worth having."

Finally, those who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent during the Harvest Bundle will get a custom album from critically acclaimed chiptune label 'Data Airlines'. Data Airlines is known for bringing real retrofuture electrosounds to destinations all over the world and created this one-of-a-kind compilation for Indie Royale which includes artists such as Dubmood and Bright White Lightning.


You can find more information on the Harvest Bundle, including real-time statistics and its current price, on its official website or via its Facebook and Twitter pages. Get in early on the bounty of games offered in the Harvest Bundle while the price is still low (unless kind purchasers lower the price) and buy it today!

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melcator
melcator Aug 26 2013, 9:33pm says:

I have 4-6 on Steam, haven't touched them yet because I am looking for 1-3 first, or is this a Star Wars thing where it randomly starts at 4 so a random reason why can be made up in about 20 years or so?

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bombatomba
bombatomba Oct 13 2013, 2:16pm replied:

While there is an underlying narrative, for the most part you don't need to play them in order. I think the main reason Spiderweb is only offering the 4-6 is that there was a change in the visuals as well as how the game is played, making the overall experience a bit better.

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melcator
melcator Dec 1 2013, 9:42am replied:

Yeah, the main reason I want to play the first 3 is I think the first Avernum might be a game I played a while back and have been searching for for a bit now. Thanks though, the first 3 seem to be on gog.com maybe I'll pick them up there :)

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travisplank9
travisplank9 May 19 2013, 3:00am says:

I like the Geneforge series better, but Jeff Vogel is a brilliant writer, so I strongly recommend anything from Spiderweb Software.

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Toyotame
Toyotame Mar 23 2013, 11:58am says:

Hmm...So, on Desura we can hаve Avernum 4-6 for 12$ and on Gog.com there is Avernum 1-6 for same price? Isn't it strange?

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bombatomba
bombatomba Oct 13 2013, 2:17pm replied:

Verily, verily. However, remember that with Desura you also get the downloadable versions of the games along with the community.

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Toyotame
Toyotame Oct 13 2013, 3:48pm replied:

Its pretty same with GOG, doesnt it? DRM-Free downloads and community. Anyway, i deasnt want to blame nor Desura nor GOG, they both doing great, its just looks strange.
I would understand it, if there was Linux builds (GOG dont offer anything for Linux), but as is its better to purchase on GOG.

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Kageru
Kageru Dec 23 2012, 3:58am buried:

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Overrated Series.Copy and paste all along with their other games they did.its like the RPG-maker games.all the same.... And please,no visible equippement on the chars :( dont make me laugh.........6.5 in my eyes,still good game cause the story is 8,the rest like4-5,but lacks alot of things.they should spent more time on one game instead producing the next one.

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graspee
graspee Jan 17 2013, 4:08am replied:

It's not overrated. Each title gives hours and hours of pleasure to the fans. How can you think it's overrated just because you don't enjoy it as much as they do? Their love of the titles is genuine, therefore they are not overrating them, just stating their true feelings. Comparing them to rpg maker games is a slap in the face and I think you should take it back- these games are coded from scratch.

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travisplank9
travisplank9 May 19 2013, 2:45am replied:

Hey now. I've seen some awesome games made on RPG maker. Don't be too rough on it.

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A game that survives on depth of dialog and story over flashy explosions. Trust your instinct and buy this game, the storyline alone is worth the tiny price. A real thick novel of a game!

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