Little Racers STREET is a much needed refresh to the top-down racing genre! Offering a whole 3D city with lots of different tracks and environmental effects, the game's key relies in the career mode. You'll have to start from scratch, with a low class car. Win races and complete challenges to earn credits, and spend them on car upgrades or purchasing new rides. Featuring 30 different cars, challenging opponents and varied weather conditions, this game offers hours of fun and enjoyment! The game also features an online multiplayer mode for up to 12 racers, integrated with the career mode (you can use your customized cars and earn credits by playing online). There's also a time trial mode with leaderboards, so you can compare your performance against your friends and other gamers. The game has been available on XBox Indies for some time, and was released recently on OnLive, with great user ratings (4+ stars) on both platforms.

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The Indie Gamer Chick Bundle is the latest bundle from Indie Royale. This collection was selected for us especially by Indie Gamer Chick.


She's chosen PC versions of 8 of the best games from Xbox Live Indie Games for you: Dead Pixels, Chester, Antipole, LaserCat, Smooth Operators, Little Racers STREET, Spyleaks & Orbitron: Revolution


There's also 3 great OST bonus albums from Gavin Harrison from Gunslugs, Neoteria and INC - for those who beat the $8 price. 

This is what Indie Gamer Chick says about putting this bundle together:

Hey, you!  The indie game connoisseur reading this.  You've been missing out, and you don't even know it.  I was missing out too, until I became Indie Gamer Chick.  You see, there's a platform on the Xbox Live Marketplace called Xbox Live Indie Games.  XBLIG should be cherished as a landmark in gaming history, because it represents the first self-publishing platform on a major game console.  Instead, XBLIG has a reputation of being full of less-than-quality games.  It's not an entirely unearned reputation.  But XBLIG isn't just about avatar games and Minecraft clones and text-adventures featuring anime boobs so impractically large that the Surgeon General would declare them cancerous.  Since November of 2008, XBLIG has played host to some of the most creative and innovative game developers on the indie scene.  In fact, if you're a regular patron of Indie Royale, you've already encountered many developers and games that got their start on XBLIG.

And that's why I'm here today, to present you with eight PC ports of the best Xbox Live Indie Games ever made.  Two years ago, I started reviewing XBLIGs at my blog, Indie Gamer Chick.  This community has been amazing to me, and I owe them a debt that I can never pay back.  I'm not always nice to their games, but this community has shown a commitment to creativity and a desire to improve.  They are indie gaming's future superstars.  As the sun sets on this current generation, and the community goes their separate ways, this is one last chance to show that they were here and they were important to the indie scene.  This is what you've been missing out on.  These are my boys.  I'm Indie Gamer Chick, and this is my bundle.

Dead Pixels
Let's get something straight here: you're not going to survive an actual zombie apocalypse.  You will die.  Quickly.  It will be embarrassing, quite frankly.  And no, playing Dead Rising or Dead Island or Walking Dead or any other game with "Dead" in the title hasn't given you a leg up on the rest of humanity.  Dead Pixels won't help you, either.  But at least when the zombies are chowing down on your spine, you can remember the good times you had playing one of the most clever survival-oriented zombie shooters to hit the indie scene in a long while.  You have to properly manage equipment, take advantage of a robust shopping system, and conserve ammunition as you take on thousands of brainless, slobbering ghouls.  I'm talking about zombies, not Justin Bieber fans.

Chester
Take an old-school 2D platformer, dress it up in John Kricfalusi-like visuals, and then stick so much stuff to collect in it that your family will hold an intervention if you attempt to get it all.  That's Chester, and it's one of the best pure-platformers of the decade.  As you play, you'll gather different characters and graphic skins that alter the way the game is played.  You'll have to mix and match backgrounds with characters that Chester is a game with style that creates substance, like a guy in a meth lab wearing an Armani suit.  Although this is preferable and much more legal.

Antipole
There are a lot of games out there that let you walk on the ceiling and do all kinds of wacky gravity effects, but Antipole stuck out to me.  A clever, twitchy platformer starring, and let's be frank about this, a guy who looks like Michael Jackson wearing Carmen Sandiego's trench-coat.  With well designed levels and the aforementioned gravity mechanic that you can use to clear gaps or drop enemies into a pool of spikes, I think you'll really enjoy Antipole's fast-paced breed of platforming.

LaserCat
Imagine a Metroidvania starring a radioactive feline with no method of attack that must save his girlfriend by retrieving keys obtained by answering trivia questions.  Did you imagine it?  LIAR!  You did not!  Nobody in their right mind would envision such a silly concept.  Well, the guys at MonsterJail games are not in a right state of mind, and thank God for that.  LaserCat isn't particularly challenging, but it's just a fun, enjoyable little old-school romp.  Besides, radioactive cats are cool.  Anyone who disagrees with that is provably wrong.  Especially dogs.

Smooth Operators
Smooth Operators is a call-center simulation game.  NO, STOP!  Do not bail on this bundle.  It doesn't sound like a winning concept, but Smooth Operators can and will take over your life, and you'll love every moment of it.  You have to secure clients, staff a building, get the right equipment.. and everyone has already closed the description and gone off to check out what other games are in this bundle.  Well, joke's on them.  They won't be able to resist the temptation of trying Smooth Operators.  Once they do, there's no escape.  It's a time sink of the most potently fun variety.  Protip: if you want to unlock all the items, type IndieGamerChick in the cheat menu.  That's right, I'm a cheat code.  Highlight of my life.

Little Racers STREET
Little Racers STREET (which  you will accidentally call Little Street Racers, it's unavoidable) combines RPG-style upgrading with online twelve-player action.  You don't have to be deeply into racers to enjoy what STREET has to offer.  I'm certainly not.  But the wide variety of tracks, cars, upgrades, and camera options kept me playing and experimenting for days.  The mix of old-school arcade racing with modern design sensibilities works.  Also, if you have a loved one and you want to see how far you can push them before they stop talking to you, there's no better way to find out where that line is by intentionally crashing into them when you're losing a race.  In the case of my boyfriend, it was four times.  After the fifth time, he didn't speak to me for a week.  And it was totally worth it.

Spyleaks
Spyleaks has a lot in common with the NES puzzle series Adventure of Lolo.  But, like the best tributes to classic gaming franchises, Spyleaks improves upon the original concept and comes up with ideas of its own.  Here, an element of stealth is added to the Lolo formula, along with timed gauntlets that are among the most inventive puzzles I've come across in my gaming lifetime.  There's also a little bit of space-shooter mixed in, if for no other reason, to assure the minimum quota of aloofness a true indie requires.  But the puzzles take center stage, and the puzzles in Spyleaks are so smart that they're getting an honorary doctorate from MIT.  It's also a lot of fun too, and fun is all that matters. 

Orbitron: Revolution
Imagine the arcade classic Defender if they remade it the same way Namco did for Pac-Man with Pac-Man Championship Edition.  That's basically what Orbitron does, and it does it very well.  A fast paced shooter based around achieving high scores within a tight time limit.  Developer Firebase Industries seems to have classic gaming on the mind.  They went on to create XBLIG sleeper hit ArcadeCraft, either proving there's still a market for golden age of gaming nostalgia, or that you can shoehorn "Craft" into any game and make it sell ten times as much as it would otherwise.  Maybe Indie Royale should consider calling this the BundleCraft Bundle.. of Craft.

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The Album $8 Bonus
The bundle bonus albums are from Gavin Harrison Sounds who has a fantastic reputation for game, movie and TV music. The albums are sound tracks from Gunslugs, Neoteria and INC and are available in FLAC and MP3. Beat the $8 price to get this bonus album.
 


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You can find more information on The Spiral Groove Bundle, including real-time statistics and its current price, on its official website or via its FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages. As ever, the bundle is cheaper the sooner that you purchase its (unless, of course, some kind purchaser opts to lower the price for others) although there is tremendous value here whatever price you pay.

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rintinfinn
rintinfinn May 9 2013, 11:19am says:

Great little Racer! Multiplayer is good fun. The online option does not seem to work for my brother and me. He can't find my game. But we got it to run using tunngle and the Lan option. Very well thought out, that you can basicly continue your career in multiplayer. Also big thumps up for allowing bots, as most games today let you play with two cars on a huge track in multiplayer -- what nonsense!

One bug seems to occur: My brothers and mine games crash to desktop at exactly the same moment in multiplayer. After 30 minutes or so. This also happens while playing single player.

The keyboard controls need to be adjusted: Exchange Space and X and we are good to go. Space = Horn? Right, because honking is way more important than the handbrake in a racing game!

Overall: Great little game!

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WaaghMan
WaaghMan May 15 2013, 3:52am replied:

Of course, Horn is the most important action of the game! Sorry about that, we'll look into it.

As for online issues:

* Not finding Online games: Make sure the host has the port open (UDP 7981). Anyway, we've not been able to thorougly test the multiplayer aspect of the game, so maybe the matchmaking system isn't properly working. Also, try the "Join IP address" option instead of "Find games"/"Quick join", this option bypasses matchmaking so it should work as long as the UDP 7981 port is open.

* Crashing after 30 minutes: I find it surprising that's a crash to desktop, we have an exception handler that will show some information on the issue to help us fix those problems, so it should never cleanly crash to desktop.

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rintinfinn
rintinfinn May 16 2013, 4:33am replied:

Alright, I opened the wrong port (9781). I am pretty sure that port was posted here earlier, but not to worry, I will test the online multiplayer again at some point...

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B1acky
B1acky May 8 2013, 7:57pm says:

While I'm not really into racing games I really enjoyed this one. Good career mode, many racetracks, great soundtrack, multiple camera modes, challenges (more like achievements) and... Knight Rider! IMPORTANT: This game does not allow you to rebind keys, tho it works great with xbox compatible gamepad. You can check my gameplay here: Youtube.com

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Martoon
Martoon Apr 25 2013, 5:51pm says:

Any chance of ghost racing/replays?

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WaaghMan
WaaghMan Apr 26 2013, 3:40am replied:

Replays - Unlikely.

Ghost racing - Might be. The original Little Racers for Xbox had them and it was a great feature.

On the first release for Little Racers STREET, there wasn't a time trial feature so ghost racing wasn't included. Now that time trial is available, there's a good chance we'll add it in the future..

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MaximB
MaximB Apr 22 2013, 3:49pm says:

Please release the Linux version ASAP!

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WaaghMan
WaaghMan Apr 25 2013, 8:04am replied:

The Linux port will be finished if the game gets Greenlit on Steam.

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nathan13joker
nathan13joker Apr 26 2013, 5:20pm replied:

Nice catch!
You have my "like" on Steam Greenlight!

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peremptor
peremptor May 3 2013, 4:48am replied:

The default keyboard control scheme works fine for me but yeah rebinding is not something that should be seen as a nice extra in any pc game. I'd love to have the handbrake binded to the spacebar for instance.

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