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Don't be foolish this April, grab a bundle of indie games joy.

Posted by INtense! on Apr 4th, 2012

The Indie Royale game bundle site has announced its return with the April Fools Bundle, featuring five leading independent games available for a bargain, fluctuating price for the next five days.

Headlining the bundle is Hidden Path Entertainment's Defense Grid: The Awakening, an acclaimed, futuristic tower-defense game for Windows on Steam, Desura, and DRM-free. GameSpot calls it a "quintessential example" of the genre and "compulsively playable" for newcomers and skilled players, as they attempt to fight off hoards of increasingly complex alien assaults. Defense Grid includes the free Borderlands expansion built into the main game, and we're also adding Steam keys for all four Resurgence map packs as a special bonus. (They're also bundled into Defense Grid Gold, via Desura key and DRM-free.)

Next up is Gooey Blob's accessible, retro turn-based dungeon crawler, Hack, Slash, Loot for Windows and Mac in a Steam debut, Windows and Linux on Desura, and Windows/Mac/Linux DRM-free. True to the Roguelike genre, dungeons randomly generate, providing a unique experience every time, as players uncover thousands of items to loot and monsters to hack and slash, accompanied by attractive retro pixel art.

PomPom Games offers a pair of frantic shooter titles in the form of Alien Zombie Megadeath and Astro Tripper for Windows on Steam, Desura, and DRM-free. In Alien Zombie Megadeath, players attack, dodge, and perform gloriously intense tasks while playing as 'ill-fated spacemen'. And in an update for to the award-winning Space Tripper from the talented UK studio, Astro Tripper affords players a tiny ship against hoards of other crafts and big bosses.

The final featured game is Curve Studios' incendiary 2D platformer, Explodemon for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. The title is an explosive homage to SNES-era platformers mixed with a modern physics-puzzle twist, and the PC version of the quirky PlayStation Network game offers all kinds of intense fun. And watch out for an Indie Royale-exclusive bonus related to this game a little later in the bundle.

Finally, those who pay more than the minimum for the April Fools Bundle receive an awesome vocoder-heavy bonus: Sexy Synthesizer's Japanese '80s-style chip album Rock: Deluxe Edition, available in .FLAC and HQ .MP3 file formats.. Those who pre-ordered the bundle also received this bonus.

As always, generous purchasers keep the bundle price low and give more to developers, as Indie Royale runs on its familiar five-day model where the price will automatically increase as more people buy the bundle.

Grab it now at:

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Treviso Apr 4 2012, 11:52am says:

I got this!

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88Raven Apr 4 2012, 12:11pm says:

great bundle. Alredy taken

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ZPavelZ Apr 4 2012, 1:01pm says:

Preordered this one. Again, very good game selection, too bad I already had 2 of these. :D

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Kuruku Apr 4 2012, 1:55pm says:

I pre-ordered once again, and I've no regrets this time. I'm happy to say this is an excellent bundle well worth the price. Didn't care for the soundtrack this time, though. "Japanese '80s-style chip album" sounded like the very sort of thing I'd have adored, but I couldn't bring myself to listen to more than half of it.

I'd been putting off Explodemon, Hack, Slash, Loot, and Alien Zombie Megadeth until an excellent deal showed up, and having DRM-free versions of Astro Tipper and Defense Grid isn't too shabby, either.

Shame about the lack of You Monster DLC, but considering that it's a Valve tie-in, it's cheap enough, and I've already had it since the first time it went on sale, I can't say I really care all that much. Definitely something people should be adding to their wishlist in droves, though.

Now, just get Re-Logic to re-write Terraria for Linux compatibility and release it DRM-free through an IndieRoyale and we might just have world peace some time in the next decade. ;)

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riseoftroy Apr 19 2012, 2:31pm replied:

Have you heard about Starbound? It's not re-logic but it's Tiy, the guy who I believe was responsible for the character models in Terraria, working with a group called Chucklefish. Procedurally generated worlds, but you can actually go from planet to planet. Character models look a lot better, looks a lot more interesting in general, and it's supposed to have support for Mac and LInux.

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booman Apr 4 2012, 2:23pm says:

Are you sure the bundle isn't an april fools joke?

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Kuruku Apr 4 2012, 2:39pm replied:

I know you're not serious, but it's frightening how many people sincerely believe anybody would be dumb enough to try to charge money as part of an April Fool's joke. Just thinking about the horror of refunding all of those angry people who would threaten never to do business with you again is enough to discourage pretty much anybody. :P

It doesn't matter what day of the year it is. If you promise to exchange something in return for money, you better deliver what you promised, or else nobody is going to be laughing.

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TheConjurersTower Apr 4 2012, 8:19pm replied:

"It doesn't matter what day of the year it is. If you promise to exchange something in return for money, you better deliver what you promised, or else nobody is going to be laughing." ~

Except, perhaps, the idle spectators of such proceedings... ;)

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BigD145 Apr 4 2012, 7:51pm replied:

The last two were more April Fools than this one. Hack Slash Loot is okay...

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Gamer4life88266 Apr 4 2012, 9:44pm says:

awesome bundle

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LLC Apr 4 2012, 10:27pm says:

If you are a fan of tower-defense game, then you will love Defense Grid: The Awakening. :D

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Lethalanvas Apr 4 2012, 11:20pm says:

Had to get it! Looking forward to playing Hack, Slash, Loot! RPGs, ho!

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flamestrider Apr 5 2012, 1:21pm says:

Most of the Royale bundles are absolutely awesome, I'm getting "stars" in front of my eyes ;)

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ambershee Apr 5 2012, 6:17pm says:

One of these days I'll find the time to play some of these..

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sakuramboo Apr 5 2012, 8:02pm says:

Already have Hack, Slash, Loot and the rest don't have Linux versions. Better luck next time.

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EbonyArtifact Apr 7 2012, 6:42am says:

Superb games

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SirNamTaey Apr 7 2012, 10:57am says:

Just out of curiosity, has anyone managed to beat Hack, Slash, Loot yet?

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Ryukakii Dec 4 2012, 12:37am says:


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