Stained is a side-scrolling, platforming and combat action game set in an ancient, mysterious castle featuring detailed 3D environments with a continually changing game world. Events in Stained are triggered by breaking objects placed in and around the castle, and outcomes are determined by the combination of glass pieces that litter the ground, leading to a variety of experiences. Novel ways to break objects have to be thought of at times, which will keep the player guessing what the next puzzle will be. In any fight in the game victory is usually temporary, as defeated foes may form again, or reassemble to form entirely new ones. The gameplay is fully interactive and physics based – each character’s uncanny abilities have to be kept in mind to think of innovative ways to proceed through the game!

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The Debut 3 Bundle is the latest collection of games seeking a place on Steam from Indie Royale. Five games -- Stained, Tropical Heat - Jetski Racing, LogiGun, Tales of Maj'Eyal and Crayon Chronicles -- from developers we hope will be the indie stars of tomorrow. There's also a great bonus album from Stephen Pearlman - The Raven - for those who beat the $8 price.

RealAxis Software’s Stained is a side scrolling action-platformer with a healthy dose of puzzles. Set in a mysterious castle featuring detailed 3D environments with a continually changing game world, the the player is kept guessing what the next puzzle will be.
Stained is available for Windows via Desura and DRM-Free.

Tropical Heat - Jetski Racing

Developed by Somatic Vision, Tropical Heat is a Jet Ski racing competition set in the tropics. Race in both Single and Multiplayer or just relax and enjoy riding on the beautiful ocean around lush tropical islands in Free Ride. Customize your character and jet ski.
Tropical Heat - Jetski Racing is available for Windows via Desura and via a CD-Key. It's also available for Mac.

A physics-based puzzle platformer from developer Sodium Eyes about a girl named June as she climbs a tower filled with perplexing puzzles. Push your abilities of reasoning and logic to the limit in LogiGun as you mix-and-match a variety of unique tools to overcome a series of increasingly intricate challenges.
LogiGun is available for Windows, both DRM-Free and via Desura.

Tales of Maj'Eyal

Darkgod's Tales of Maj’Eyal is a roguelike RPG, featuring tactical turn-based combat and advanced character building. Play as one of many unique races and classes in the lore-filled world of Eyal, exploring random dungeons, facing challenging battles, and developing characters with your own tailored mix of abilities and powers.
Tales of Maj'Eyal is available for Windows via Desura and for Mac & Linux via a CD-Key.

Crayon Chronicles
Crayon Chronicles offers a relatively short but action-packed RPG experience that randomly generates the level layouts each time you play. You are encouraged to play through the game more than once thanks to the random nature of the environment layouts, but also because the developer - Outer Grid Games - keeps track of the interesting facts about each play-through so you can compare your adventures to others'.
Crayon Chronicles is is available for Windows via Desura and via a CD-Key.

The Bundle Album $8 Bonus
The bundle bonus album is from Stephen Pearlman (Haberdashery) who has been crafting synth-pop since 2004. Strongly influenced by Erasure and Björk, his productions are lush and incorporate multi-layered cinematic sounds with pop sensibilities. Bundle bonus album The Raven represents is an electropop adaptation of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. 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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RavenBlackX Jul 14 2013 says:

Desperately needs a "here is how to run" lesson (as well as jump for that matter!) - the beginning of the game tells you to use arrow keys, and control and X but never introduces shift or space. Space isn't so bad because if you don't figure it out you're stuck at the beginning of the game with nowhere to go and no way to die, and it's fairly obvious that *something* must make you jump, but since shift-running doesn't become necessary until the prison level (and then completely non-obviously) that one's a pretty big deal.

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realaxis Jul 14 2013 replied:

Sprint is fairly obvious action while running or jumping, and so it was not mentioned. All the control options are presented in the option screen though.

Any we will try to include this in future update.

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RavenBlackX Jul 14 2013 replied:

Sprint is a "fairly obvious" action that doesn't exist as a separate control in probably 95% of platform games. And the shift key alone doesn't do anything, so it's really pretty non-obvious unless we refer to the control options (and why would we think to do that when the game appears to be telling us the controls when we start and it introduces arrow keys?)

ovnidemon (in the comment below) had the same problem I did, on arriving at the prison level, so it's evidently not *that* obvious. :)

Another thing that could do with improving if it's not behind some sort of intractable code barrier - the between level screens of text should be loading the level (and doing the progress bar) *before* you click start, not after. I understand this might be something made difficult by the engine though.

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realaxis Jul 15 2013 replied:

fair enough :)

The level screen yes it could be done the other way, but we realize this is the most robust way to do it.

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ovnidemon Jul 9 2013 says:

How pass the prison? After destroying the glass door, I suppose that you must go up there but I can't jump far enough.

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realaxis Jul 11 2013 replied:

there is a shard mill constantly throwing the shards , you need to disable the mill by breaking the key gear, (notice the activation phase) one the mill is deactivated you will see the level changer indicator ;)

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ovnidemon Jul 11 2013 replied:

I understand that I must go up at the left side, create the glass ball (I see the stain), and use it to destroy the gear. The problem is that I can't reach the up left part. I try to jump from the chandelier but I can reach it.

PS: I see on the screenshot that at some point you got an upgrade of the scythe that look like the magnet. Must I have it?

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ovnidemon Jul 11 2013 replied:

Ok, didn't know that you could run. Sorry.

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drunkenmasterII Jul 9 2013 says:

The controls are pretty awkward on keyboard. :(

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Robbin505 Jul 12 2013 replied:

I use the 360 controller and it works really well.

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quentin405 Jul 9 2013 replied:

I agree. I am pleased you can easily rebind your controls. The default settings are probably the worst I've ever seen. Once you can easily control your character, this game gets pretty fun.

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realaxis Jul 11 2013 replied:

Yes that's true, everyone has their preference on the keyboard that's why you can now configure the control.

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Irenaart Jul 8 2013 says:

Good gameplay!;)

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