Mega-City One, a city of over 400 million people - every one of them a potential criminal. It is the third decade of the 22nd Century, unemployment is rife, boredom is universal and only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. Empowered to dispense instant justice, they are Judge, Jury and Executioner all in one. The most feared and respected of all the Judges is you, Judge Dredd.
Patrol the streets and mete out justice wherever it is needed. The Psi-Judges are predicting a terrible plague — is this the sudden outbreak of Vampires on the city, and are they the work of the malevolent Dark Judges?
The Spiral Groove Bundle is this week’s tantalising collection of hard-hitting titles from Indie Royale. Four games -- Sniper Elite V2, Gatling Gears, Bloody Trapland and Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death -- from developers both large and small. There's also a great bonus album from Dj CUTMAN - Lost Beats and Found Friends - for those who beat the $8 price.
Sniper Elite V2
Rebellion’s Sniper Elite V2 is a first person shooter, set in World War 2, that emphasises stealth and precision over the usual all-guns-blazing approach of the contemporary video game shooter. Described by Digital Spy as “well thought out…with much to love [for any] headshot enthusiast or stealth fan” the game tracks each bullet fired in slow-motion as it twists through the air, even providing grisly X-Ray visuals to show a bullet’s entry point on its target. Gruesome perhaps, but the presentation raises the pressure in a game that eschews corridor fire fights in favour of tense ducks and crawls through the rubble of a falling Berlin.
Sniper Elite V2 is available for Windows via Steam only.
Developed by the team behind the award-winning Greed Corp, Gatling Gears from Vanguard Games is a steampunk shoot ‘em up featuring collapsing land, walker units and warring factions. Cast as Max Brawley, players must work to defeat a monopolistic corporation that is depleting the world of its natural resources in a game about which IGN said “mowing down hordes of tiny men ... is just as satisfying as it sounds”. Equally enjoyable in both single and co-operative multiplayer modes, Gatling Gears is a robust and varied twin-stick, mech-based shooter.
Gatling Gears is available for Windows via Steam only.
Bloody Trapland is a fast-paced multiplayer platform game from 2Play Studios featuring over 100 levels filled with dangerous traps and risky jumps. Playable with up to four friends both online and locally in an expansive co-operative campaign, the game comes with online scoreboards, three different game modes, four playable characters and dozens of hours’ worth of gameplay. A challenging game, despite its simplistic visuals Bloody Trapland even won the 2011 Game Design Challenge.
Bloody Trapland is available for Windows, both DRM-Free and via Desura.
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death
Based on the popular, long-running 2000AD series of comic books, Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death, also from Rebellion, sees players take to the 22nd Century streets of Mega-City One in a mission to take out the nefarious Death Cult, a group plotting to free the evil Dark Judges from their holding chamber in a Justice Department penitentiary. You play as the titular Judge, blasting your way through 11 levels’ worth of vampires and zombies. A co-operative mode and a clutch of unlockable arcade missions combine with 16-player online multiplayer to deliver a hefty dose of rough justice to every PC.
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death is available DRM-free for Windows and via Steam.
The Bundle Album Bonus
The bundle bonus album is from Dj CUTMAN, the pioneer chiptune producer. Bringing years of experience as an audio engineer into the DJ world, CUTMAN samples classic video games infusing his creations with dubstep, electro, hiphop and soul influences. Bundle bonus album Lost Beats and Found Friends represents the very best of his work: old school but effortlessly fresh. Beat the $8 price to get this bonus album.
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