Jan 12, 2013

"The Free Bundle" Makes My Indie Heart Explode

     It's pretty obvious that I like indie games. There's just something about the idea of a small group of people, or even a single person, pouring their heart and soul into a project that makes it all the more special. Indie games have been getting more and more time in the sun as each year passes and the meaning of the term "Indie Game" has changed quite drastically as of late; but that's beside the point.

     Indie developers have always had the problem of getting the word out about their game, which is a shame because many of these games are true gems that bring a lot to our medium. However, it's becoming increasingly easy for indie devs to get some much needed exposure and give their labor of love a chance to make a splash in the world. Services like Steam and Xbox Live Arcade each have sections devoted to indie games and low budget works. Add to this the rising popularity of The Humble Indie Bundle's pay-what-you-want model (as well as numerous imitators), and it's easy to see why indie gaming has skyrocketed in popularity. Now a new website has appeared that aims to make it even easier (and cheaper) than ever to not only get new indie games, but also discover ones you didn't even know existed.

     Enter: The Free Bundle, a website devoted to giving lesser known indie titles the exposure and recognition they deserve. Best of all, they're all 100% free, with no DRM, no survey taking bullshit; just click download and you're done. Easy peasy. The games all run on Windows, and really any computer, even older ones, should have no trouble running these games; so you really have no excuse not to play them (unless you use Mac or Linux, then, sorry).

     As of writing this, there are six games available to download: Nitronic Rush, Ascension, Celestial Mechanica, Imscared, Abobo's Big Adventure, and Treasure Island Game; the last of which was posted literally fifteen minutes prior to writing this. So let's do a quick recap: six free games? Check. Giving hard working indie devs some time in the sun? Check. Runs on practically any Windows computer? Check. Free? Check, check, and double check! So, what are you waiting for? Quit reading my ramblings and go check out The Free Bundle now.




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