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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.

Kairi

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.


View interviews with some of the developers whose games we've have been featured in different Indie Royale bundles on our YouTube channel check in for the latest videos.

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 Facebook, Twitter 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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draconisokami
draconisokami Feb 7 2013, 10:14am says:

May I make a suggestion? If you already haven't started on it. Make it so you have an Employee menu so you can Educate the employees without needing to click or find each individual employee. I've only just started the game, and while I love it. This is probably one of my BIGGEST gripe of it. I don't mind upgrading the offices and such, but the employees should have at least a menu where you can upgrade them from one place. Other than that, aweseome game. I love these kinds of games, simple on the graphics so any computer can play it but very addictive and time consuming! Just what I like!

One other question: any chance for an Android version? I would for sure pay for it as I'd love to have this on the go on my Samsung Galaxy Note II!!!!!

Other than that keep up the good work, can't wait for new updates!!!!

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BloodyThorn
BloodyThorn Feb 10 2013, 1:44pm replied:

Employee management needs to be revamped entirely. Once you get around 100 employees, micromanaging them all takes most of your time. Think of your empire management screen from Masters of Orion II. You could manage anything in it that you could manage from the system screen. From the employee game menu screen, I should be able to do anything to an employee I could do if I had him selected. Also it'd be nice if you could find out if an employee was on vacation somewhere other than the HR feed.

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aheydeck Creator
aheydeck Feb 10 2013, 2:55pm replied:

How do you mean "somewhere other than the HR feed"? You can see it there, and if you get properties from the employees workstation. Where else would you need it?

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BloodyThorn
BloodyThorn Feb 13 2013, 1:40am replied:

The 'My Employees' list would be a good place to have that information.

If I see an employee with low moral, I have to click on him, bring up his properties to tell if he is on vacation, send him on one, go back out to the employee list, then hunt through it again, possibly selecting the same employee as his moral is still low, and then having to check to make sure he isn't on vacation already.

Which brings up another point... where to you go to tell an employee is on vacation in their properties? It's not on the vacation tab. An employee that is on vacation I can turn around and send on vacation again, while they are already on vacation. I don't see it in the general properties (first) tab. So, oh there it is, in their thoughts tab... I don't see it anywhere else. Am I missing something?

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aheydeck Creator
aheydeck Feb 13 2013, 2:45am replied:

There should be a banner just above the properties frame that says if an employee is away on vacation, lunch, etc..

But it's a good point to have that information in the employee list. I'll have it in the next update!

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BloodyThorn
BloodyThorn Feb 13 2013, 8:29pm replied:

Okay, touche. Hehe, I have no idea why I never noticed the vaction banner. But yes, having that information in the Employess list would be great. It would certainly save the player a bunch of time of having to click on the properties of low moral employees to check if they have already been sent home. And like I said, it's easy to lose track when you have dozens of employees. Anyway, thanks for the response.

Great game btw. Don't know if I said it before, but I loved SImTower and the like, and your game is in the same league, easily.

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aheydeck Creator
aheydeck Feb 10 2013, 1:52am replied:

Hi. Thanks for your suggestions! I've put it on my feature request list.
About the android version, there has been quite some questions about it. I'm looking into it, but i can't make any promises on it. =)

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draconisokami
draconisokami Feb 10 2013, 2:08am replied:

That's cool, yeah I feel it would make gameplay much more smoother. As for Android, cool your looking into it. I hope you do, but if not I just wanted to see if it was even on the roadmap. Heck Android/ iOS as this game would be great on a touchscreen! Glad your looking into it. Keep up the good work!

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lemon-rev
lemon-rev Feb 4 2013, 2:12am says:

is this game like sim tower in as much that you have to build a building as big as you can with the funds and just basicly take over the entire screen with everything going nuts ?

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Hercali
Hercali Jan 31 2013, 9:00pm says:

Nevermind, seems to have fixed itself. Game is good fun. :)

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At first I thought it didnt look like much, but right when you start it up it sets the atmosphere right.
It's obvious that the devs put a lot of ♥ into this game, theres a ton of little details and for the price it's really delivering all of its promises.

Even if its just for the sake of getting more of this, seeing the revival of classics like SimTower, I'd say buy it.

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