When one gives up living and using his soul, he can't only lose the soul but can also devote it to death... Before souls completely die they stick in The Void - an odd space between life and death. There is an outside chance to survive in The Void and even to come back from it. This chance is The Color - the only food of a dying soul wandering through the mournful realms of The Void, governed by monstrous Brothers and malicious Sisters, who are desperately struggling for the last drops of it. The Color is not only the sense of life of these mysterious creatures but also gives power and vital force to the whole Void. The Color gives you power to do almost everything even to get out of death clutches if you gain enough Color, but there is a great lack of it in the arid deserts of The Void. There is Color only for one. Be the one, get your lost soul back!

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22 comments by INtense! on May 30th, 2012

The Indie Royale game bundle site returns with the Graduation Bundle, offering five fantastic independent games available at a bargain, fluctuating price - including cult Russian first-person classic The Void, an exclusive PC debut for 8-bit zombie shooter Dead Pixels, and multiple copies of multiplayer murder mystery The Ship. Plus you get early Steam Beta access to hot F2P action-RTS AirMech with an Indie Royale-exclusive in-game item code!

Headlining the bundle is Ice Pick Lodge's cult classic action-adventureThe Void, available for Windows on Steam, Desura, and DRM-free. In this beautifully art-directed first-person game from the Russian creators of Pathologic, you must guide your lost soul through the Void, a space trapped between life and death. Use color as your health and ammo as you discover the dark secrets hidden by the beautiful Sisters and monstrous Brothers. PC Gamer UK called The Void, "An astounding world, and a flagship for the imagination and capability of independent game developers." Clash with golems, bloodthirsty predators and other spawn of the Void as you fight for your lost soul.

Next up is CSR Studios' retro zombie side-scrolling shooter Dead Pixels, available for the first time ever on Windows for Desura and DRM-free. In this conversion of the hit 8-bit style Xbox Live Indie Games title, a toxic waste spill has found its way into the water supply and the dead have risen from their graves. Take on waves of zombies as you make your way to salvation before it's too late. The city is never the same twice, so there's always something hiding around the corner! Featuring 22 types of zombies to blast, upgradable weapons and items, and all the free additions from the XBLIG version, such as the "Last Stand" and "The Solution" game modes, it's time to get your boomstick ready.

Also featured is Outerlight's first-person, multiplayer-centric nautical action game The Ship (now owned by Blazing Griffin), available for Windows on Steam only, and with each copy coming with two extra Steam keys to send to your friends! (Those copies each have one extra gift activation too!) Set in a 1920s cruise ship, players must murder their assigned target while at the same time avoiding the player hunting them. Be careful not to be spotted murdering your victim, or it's off to jail. Use all the weapons at your disposal, including crowbars, swords, flare guns, and many more. Featuring a unique bonus single-player story and an addictive online mode, Source Engine title The Ship is unlike any other first-person experience.

The bundle also includes The Odd Man Out's illuminating puzzle platformer 1000 Amps, available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free. As Plug, you are charged with restoring the expansive Amp-Tree-System. You light up whatever you touch, and Rock Paper Shotgun says of the game, "It’s witty in its minimalist design, its use of sound cues is exemplary, the jumping is pixel perfect, and the ability to put a smile on my face with every single completed room is a joyous thing." Solve puzzles and teleport to new areas to bring light to the whole world!

Rounding out the bundle is Monster Jail Games' eccentric Metroidvania-ish 8-bit platformer LaserCat, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. Explore the castle of the evil Wizzord, as you search for the keys littered throughout the world. Featuring wacky trivia questions and a little cat ghost left behind every time you die, LaserCat has an uncommonly good sense of humor, with cues taken from games old (Jet Set Willy) and new (VVVVVV).

Included in the bundle is a special exclusive bonus, a Steam Beta key to hot F2P action-RTS AirMech with Indie Royale-only in-game item code - the Graduation Cap (+5% persistent XP)! NOTE: The Graduation Cap is redeemable in-game by clicking on "Store" and then "Codes." The much-hyped AirMech is in closed beta on Steam right now, making these codes very hard to come by, so infinite thanks to Carbon Games for partnering with us to offer these keys to all our valued customers. (And we'll be unlocking one more game for all buyers during the bundle itself - watch our social media feeds for info!)

Update - Bonus Game Unlocked! As if one bonus game wasn't enough, here's another one: Stolen Couch Games' entertaining puzzler Ichi, which is available for PC and Mac on Desura and DRM-Free. What started out as a challenge for Jay van Hutten to develop a puzzle game evolved into a seemingly simple one-button game that has 50 brain-twisting puzzles that require everything from teleporting to breaking blocks. Plus it has a level editor that can be used to create levels and share them across the globe.

Finally, those who pay $7 USD or their currency equivalent during the Graduation Bundle get Cheap Dinosaurs' self-titled album in .FLAC and HQ .MP3 - the long-awaited first official release from the chiptune prog rockers, and normally a $6 value on its own.

More information on the Graduation Bundle, including real-time statistics and its current price, is available at its official website or via its Facebook and Twitter pages. And a final reminder - the more buyers, the more the price will increase, unless kind buyers drop the price for everyone else, so hop on and buy soon to avoid disappointment!

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Ultimoore May 30 2012, 12:20pm says:

This really needs to come to linux.

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megaflux May 31 2012, 3:45pm replied:

.. or people who want to play games need to stop using linux (and mac for that matter). its pretty much the stupidest part of gaming at this point, you pick a trash o/s for gaming and then wine (pun intended) incessantly about games not being on it. you cant expect every developer in the world to bend over backwards to put games on YOUR o/s considering the VAST majority of people who play pc games do so on windows.

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1Samildanach Jun 5 2012, 12:03am replied:

I've been using Windows since my mid teens. On the occasions when I've ended up using it as a primary OS, I've missed features from Linux. On the occasions when I used it for a short time, I find there's a bunch of little things that get annoying (lack of highlight-middle click for copying text is a simple one).

At the overall scale, I prefer the way Linux does things. The only reason I would have to run Windows is games that aren't native and don't cooperate with Wine. Nothing else about the OS itself appeals to me -- this is only personal preference, of course.

In the past, I did dual boot (having both installed, choosing which to boot at startup) but having to restart my computer to play certain games then reboot again when I was done got too annoying, and eventually I just didn't bother any more.

For my next build I am planning to set Windows up in a virtual machine (Xen seems the best option). This will be a compromise, since it does add a level of complexity and expense, but it eliminates most of the inconvenience of dual booting while retaining the benefits. I *would* prefer not to, but I'm a pragmatic man with a bunch of games I want to play =P.

Telling people they should switch to Windows if they want to play games is like telling people they should switch to Linux if they want to be secure. Neither are a true solutions.

EDIT: This was in reply to megaflux. Seems I clicked the wrong reply button =\.

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1Samildanach Jun 5 2012, 12:40am replied:

Another thing:

It WOULD be wrong for Linux users to *demand* a port, but I don't see how polite requests would be rationally objectionable.

And someone saying, "I wish I could play _______, but I can't 'cause my OS isn't supported =(" is no worse than saying, "I wish I could play _______, but I can't 'cause my hardware isn't good enough" or , "I wish I could play _______, but I can't 'cause I only have an XBox".

Also, I do realise this is a waste of time/effort, but I'm doing it anyway =D.

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megaflux Jun 5 2012, 2:28pm replied:

its an equal waste of time i suppose. keep in mind this isnt a new game or anything like that. if your o/s isnt supported you upgrade, if your hardware isnt up to snuff you upgrade, if you only have an xbox.. i guess you must be retarded since you are posting on a pc game site (which rather heavily implies that you DO have a pc).

i have been seeing this b/s for YEARS, in almost every game i play in the forums there MUST be atleast 1 post by someone crying about how mac or linux isnt supported... as someone who already bought the game and also someone who doesnt give a rats *** (being honest) about "alternative" o/s's i do not want potential development dollars spent porting the game to those operating systems when they could be spent adding content to the game. im sick of seeing it, the SMART thing to do would be to simply run windows.

"it is better to light 1 small candle than to curse the darkness".

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d3fc0none Jun 2 2012, 9:17am replied:

Excuse me but, it's true that major part of the game industry is for Windows, but that is because Microsoft got a monopoly OEM wise. Native games thaty are built for GNU/Linux runs much faster then on Windows (of course you have to have the right drivers, but so do you have to have for Windows). Also on the subject of Wine; it's certainly not the most stable way to play Windows native games, but it offers and alternative for us whom enjoy our operative system being bug free and let's us controll it, not vise versa. And as far as developers like, the marked for Linux games is rising. and example for that is Steam/Desura, aiming now to the Linux people.

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megaflux Jun 2 2012, 12:33pm replied:

yea whatever.. all us windows users are SO controlled, we only have hundreds of choices as far as alternatives to the applications that come bundled in with windows. know what else we have? direct X. while YES its absolutely great that some people feel it is important for their games to run on any operating system (why would i care?) to expect a developer to go BACK and remake their game for a specific operating system is the height of idiocy. there is NOTHING stopping people from using linux, the fact is most people CHOOSE windows because it does things simply without having to mount drives or type things in manually, furthermore it does things alot of people want to do LIKE PLAY GAMES! if all i was doing was book keeping sure i would go with linux, if all i wanted to do was be seen by others as an eccentric queer i would go with a mac. the fact that i (and apparently most other humans) want a pc that can do as much as possible with the minimal amount of effort (as far as NOT having to try 15 different drivers to get a video card or anything else to work) says WINDOWS. since the vast majority of developers are humans too, you can imagine WHY they develop FOR windows. it isnt like its some quick 22 keystroke magic to make a game run on linux, it takes time and time is money.. why would (/SHOULD) they spend $20,000 in man hours to make $5,000? its almost an insult to even ask it.

sorry but my games dont crash, so it being "more" stable is moot. "more" stable than rock solid @ 1080-i in 3d with most settings maxed (some times certain things should be turned off for 3d like occulsion)? and all i have to do is jump through 30 hoops to get it to run at all?! naah ill just use what works... kind of like the people who develop the games... its like me CHOOSING to use a browser that doesnt support java and then going around expecting every web site to cater to me.

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Liln360 May 28 2012, 4:38pm says:

This looks so cool.

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fnord May 30 2012, 10:26am replied:

It not only looks cool, but it is a very interesting game. It has its share of flaws, and it is quite confusing (though at least in part intentionally so), but the game is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, an interesting experience. Check out the Indie Royale Graduation bundle, it contains this game, and the bundle is worth it for just this game alone.

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This game is an odd one, presenting you with a complex, sometimes scary and morbid world and an equally complex and morbid character gallery. What begins as an adventure of exploration with a handful of spells at your disposal soon expands to involve some rather difficult strategy as you, the player, travel the game space, attempting to build up power by setting up farms and mining. The narrative is one of the more involved ones I have encountered in playing games, although it's complexity and the…

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