Band of Bugs is a fast playing, accessible, tactics strategy game. Gameplay is deep enough to be satisfying to established fans of the tactics genre, but friendly enough to appeal to more casual gamers as well.
Indie Royale returns in a flash with the Ninja Lightning Pack, an eclectic, Windows PC-compatible collection from longtime indie developers NinjaBee. Five full games from the veteran developers are available, starting at a total of just USD $2.99 and trending upwards or downwards until the frantic 100-hour countdown ends.
First up, NinjaBee brings side-scrolling, puzzle-platforming console hit Cloning Clyde, co-developed by Bacon Wrapped Games, to Windows PC users. Players use mutant Clydes (including Chicken-Clyde, Frog-Clyde, and Sheep-Clyde) to help the real Clyde escape the 40 levels of the evil Dupliclone, Inc. IGN considered the XBLA version of Cloning Clyde "one of the most extensive and enjoyable games available," and the Windows version packs an equal punch.
Players can also enjoy building and managing on land with the signature NinjaBee citybuilding title A Kingdom for Keflings. Playing as a giant, players progress by unlocking new blueprints, buildings and tasks on their way to constructing a Kefling kingdom, and the game includes the ability to build cities online cooperatively with your friends, as well as extensive customization to buildings, villages, and tasks for in-game citizens.
In the humorous space station sim game Outpost Kaloki, players must "solve challenges, entertain visiting aliens, keep your ratings high, defend your station against alien attackers, and rake in the money on your way to fame, love, and glory". With dozens of scenarios to play through and a number of "sandbox" environments to extend the experience, Outpost Kaloki has since expanded to Xbox 360 and iOS, but Lightning Pack purchasers get the Windows title that started it all.
Also available is Cloning Clyde's spiritual sequel, platform puzzler Ancients of Ooga. NinjaBee and Bacon Wrapped Games' 2011 title substitutes clones for fallen tribal chiefs with ancient, elemental powers necessary to clear over 50 levels, all full of new puzzles and platforms. Ooga also boasts a unique eat/carry/puke inventory management system. Eurogamer claims that the game has a "twisted humour and mutated style lending a pleasantly Oddworld vibe to proceedings," adding to the game's overall charm.
Finally, the SRPG genre gets a relatively rare Windows outing with Band Of Bugs, a fast playing, accessible tactics strategy game. The game, also an early hit on Xbox 360's Live Arcade service, features a full story-based campaign, online play, and a level editor that lets you design custom scenarios and share them with your friends, as well as allowing compatibility with bonus campaigns and map packs available for free online.
All five titles are available as DRM-free or Desura Windows PC downloads, with Steam keys included for the two games available on that service, Cloning Clyde and Ancients of Ooga. The Ninja Lightning Pack will run for just 100 hours, under the same pricing model as before: the price will automatically increase as more people buy the pack. Those generous purchasers who pay more than the current minimum can keep the price low or even decrease it.
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