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The Humble Indie Bundle: Get 5 Games For A Price You Choose
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 15 comments

Wolfire Games, in cooperation with 2D Boy, Bit-Blot, Cryptic Sea, and Frictional Games, has unveiled The Humble Indie Bundle. The collection includes Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, Penumbra: Overture, and World of Goo.

Purchasers are asked to pay whatever price they feel is fair for the bundle, with some of the proceeds going to the Child's Play and EFF charities. Those who purchase the bundle are also given the option to buy the remaining Penumbra games (Black Plague and Requiem) for the discount price of $5.

The Bundle
Five independent game developers, headed by Wolfire Games, have joined forces and created a bundle of games. The bundle consists of: Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, Penumbra: Overture and World of Goo.

Everybody that gets the bundle are also able to buy the remaining Penumbra games (Black Plague and Requiem) with a 75% discount (for only $5 that is)!

Go to the Humble Indie Bundle Website to check it all out!

Pay what you want & how you want
Get the bundle for the price that you feel is right. That is right, you pay whatever you like! You can choose to use PayPal, Amazon or Google Checkout as payment methods. Two charities, Child's Play and EFF, are part of the bundle and by default the donation is evenly split evenly between the games and charities. It is also possible to adjust how the donation is split, if wanted you can give it all to charity!

Cross-Platform: PC, Mac and Linux
That's right, not only do you get five games for a price you choose, you also get all of them for all three computer platforms.

All games comes completely free of any copy protection or other cumbersome DRM.

Spread the word
If you think this bundle is a good idea, please spread the word using any means you see fit. Thank You!
Those who purchase the bundle are also given the option to to buy the remaining Penumbra games (Black Plague and Requiem) for the discount price of $5.

The Humble Indie Bundle

Aspyr Lowers Prices On Civilization Titles
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Aspyr Media has announced a price reduction on the Civilization titles available from its Game Agent digitial download store. Civilization III: Complete, Civilization IV, Civ IV: Warlords, and Civ IV: Beyond The Sword are now available for $19.99, while Civilization IV: Colonization can be purchased for $29.99.

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete includes Civilization III plus the Play the World Multiplayer and Conquests expansion packs. Civilization III: Complete provides more ways to win, more ways to explore, more strategies to employ, and more exciting modes of play all in one box! Civilization III: Complete gives Civ fans the opportunity to enjoy unmatched strategic gameplay alone or against players from around the world.

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV comes-to-life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that expands the gameplay experience. This latest installment takes the franchise to new heights with the addition of new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and various multiplayer modes and options..
With Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond. Implement new technologies, conduct diplomacy or wage war to grow your society and become the most powerful leader the world has ever known.

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Warlords is the first expansion pack for the Firaxis Games’ award-winning title, Civilization IV. Paying homage to some of history’s greatest military leaders, the expansion delivers eight unique and interesting scenarios, giving players the chance to change the course of history with the help of their new powerful “warlord” unit. Civilization IV: Warlords includes new civilizations, leaders, units, and wonders that offer even more fun and exciting ways for players to expand their civilization’s military power as they strive for world domination.

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword focuses on the late-game time periods and delivers 12 challenging and decidedly different scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis Games. Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword includes 10 new civilizations, 16 new leaders, 5 new wonders, and a variety of new units that will offer even more fun and exciting ways for players to expand their civilization’s power as they strive for world domination.

Sid Meier’s Civilization® IV: Colonization™ is the fifth offering in the award winning Civilization IV series for Mac. A re-imagining of the classic Colonization strategy game Sid Meier created in 1994, Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Colonization is a total conversion of Civilization IV into a game experience in which you will lead a European nation on a quest to colonize and thrive in the New World. You will be challenged to guide your people from the oppressive motherland, discover a New World, negotiate, trade and fight as you acquire great power and battle for your freedom and independence.
Check out the links below for more information.

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Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent Coming In June
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Telltale Games, developer of episodic adventure titles such as Sam & Max and Tales of Monkey Island, has announced development on Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent. The game challenges players to solve a variety of difficult puzzles as they work to unravel a mystery in the rural town of Scoggins, Minnesota.

Puzzle Agent is Telltale's first release under its new Pilot Program designed to "introduce new video game concepts, content and play designs that can then be migrated to the company's episodic gaming model."

What is Puzzle Agent?
In Puzzle Agent, players take on the role of Nelson Tethers, the lead (and only) agent in the US Department of Puzzle Investigation, sent on a rare field assignment to Scoggins, Minnesota to investigate why output at the town's eraser factory - the factory that supplies the White House with all its erasers - has come to a screeching halt. The game combines brainteasers that include mazes, puzzles, logic and riddles, intertwined to tell an engrossing, twisted mystery story - all presented with Graham Annable's unique narrative and visual sensibilities and the distinctive Telltale style.

Puzzle Agent combines generous doses of Nordic folklore, and an X-Files style mystery along with major influences of Professor-Layton inspired puzzling, David Lynch, the Coen brothers and a dash of Stanley Kubrick. And gnomes.

  • Plentiful puzzles to challenge your neurons. See if you can find every puzzle to solve the mystery of Scoggins -- mazes, logic, riddles, brainteasers and more.
  • Investigate the strange, peculiar and mind-boggling to crack the case! Your discoveries provide clues to the larger mystery crippling the town, or uncover puzzles that must be solved to reveal answers ... or even more questions.
  • Hunting for Hints: Chewing gum helps Agent Tethers think and solve. Find and collect gum wads around the town to uncover hints if you get "stuck" in any puzzles.
The game is scheduled for a 2010 release and is currently available for preorder. Learn more about Puzzle Agent at the websites linked below.

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Puzzle Agent

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Two Worlds II To Be Released In September
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SouthPeak Interactive and TopWare Interactive have announced that Two Worlds II will ship to retail stores in the United States, Canada and South America on September 14, 2010. It will ship to stores in the United Kingdom on September 17, 2010. Specific release dates in continental Europe will be announced later. The game will send players to the unexplored land of Eastern Antaloor and will feature detailed graphics, an active combat system, and a complex storyline.

“TopWare and Reality Pump have spent a tremendous amount of time listening to feedback based on the original game,” said Richard Iggo, VP of Marketing at SouthPeak. “If the reaction we’ve seen so far from the press is indicative of what’s to come, we have a game that will be seen as a benchmark in the genre. ‘Epic’ is a word that’s overused and worn-out when it comes to games like this, so we’ve created a new word for Two Worlds II: Astronepic. Yeah, it’s that good.”

Building upon the storyline from the first installment, Two Worlds II offers the willing adventurer the thrilling experience of a perilous and daring journey throughout a vast magical land. While undoubtedly rich in story, detail and content, the game also offers an array of unique approaches to classic game elements that push the envelope for the fantasy RPG genre.

Featuring the all-new GRACE™ game engine, Two Worlds II seeks to offer an immersive blend of two of the most important role playing elements - strong atmosphere and dazzling visuals. Incorporating cutting-edge technology features such as Real Eye Adaptation, HD Dynamic Motion Capture, and Multi-Source Dynamic Lighting, the world of Antaloor comes alive like never before as a true role-player’s paradise.
For more information follow the links below.

Two Worlds II
Buy Two Worlds II

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IMG Reviews Dragon Age: Origins
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Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Dragon Age: Origins. Bioware's latest fantasy role playing epic challenges players to take on the role of a Grey Warden and defend the land of Fereldin from the monstrous Darkspawn.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

Graphics in Dragon Age are remarkable. The cut scenes are the best, but even when your party is running along the countryside the imagery is really good. Granted it is all animation quality, but it is well done and quite pleasing to the eye. If you are into blood and gore, there is a “persistant gore” setting button to click on. After battles, your party member’s armor will be splattered with various signs of battle. I give a top rating to the graphics of this game. Consequently, I expect that a rather more powerful graphics card is necessary to enjoy all aspects of the visuals.

Audio is also very well done. There are a plethora of ambient sounds while you play, the pops and clicks of a camp fire, the chirps and squeaks of night critters, the growls and shouts of angry warriors, the clinking of steel armor, and many more sounds. I mentioned the abundance of video cut scenes in this game. During these sequences characters from the story speak with each other and scenes of battles take place, all complete with the sounds one would expect from a good fantasy movie. Cut scenes which include choices by your avatar are a bit different. While the game character talks, the questions or replies you choose are text on the screen. Your character doesn’t speak them. This makes sense, since you already read the choice, it would seem like a waste of time to have the avatar speak the selection as well. Another nice touch is the interaction between characters in your party as you travel. You often find them chit chatting of this or that or trying to annoy one another, making them seem even more realistic.
Click on the link below to read more.

Dragon Age: Origins Review
Dragon Age: Origins

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