It’s Valentine’s Day and indie game love is in the air. Whether or not you condone all the gift-giving, chocolate-eating and other miscellaneous mushy stuff, you must admit that V-Day yields some pretty sweet game-related goodies. In this week’s edition of the Indie Round-Up, you’ll find a behind-the-scenes look at Alec Holowka’s contribution to the Songs for the Cure Cancer Drive, details on Kokoromi.org’s Gamma 4 fundraising efforts and even some last-minute gifts for that special someone. Or self-indulgent splurging. Hey man, I ain’t gonna judge. Read on.
You may have already read about the Indie Love Bundle that we posted earlier, but this Valentine’s Day deal is so sweet it deserves a second mention. Combining six award-winning indie titles — Machinarium, Osmos, And Yet It Moves, Azteca, Eufloria and Auditorium — the Love Bundle gives you the very best in independent gaming for a paltry sum of $20. That’s normally an $85 value if you bought each game separately. It’s an amazing bargain, but you’ve only got until February 19th to get your hands on these great titles at this incredible price. For the love of love, go and grab it!
That’s not the only indie deal you can score today though — Download service Direct2Drive is having a sale on a bunch of great titles, including The Void (pictured in the header image) from developer Ice Pick Lodge for only $5. This gorgeous game is entrancing and surreal in ways that I can’t properly articulate without having played it yet (and not having a PC), so I’ll advise that you check out Anthony Burch’s explanation of why this deal is way too good to pass up. It also has naked ladies. Tee-hee.
Thatgamecompany is showing some love this year too. In case you missed it when they gave away flOw for free yesterday, TGC is offering their ambient, zen-like game Flower for half price on PSN. Not only is Flower a lovely game, it’s also thematically appropriate on Valentine’s Day. Very clever, TGC. Make sure to snatch this deal before it becomes one with the wind at day’s end.
Kokoromi.org’s annual game showcase Gamma is going through some exciting changes this year. The Montreal-based indie game collective has been asked to make the upcoming Gamma 4 a part of the Indie Games Summit at next month’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The only problem is, Kokoromi needs some TLC and a little bit of cash money in order to make it happen. To rectify this, they’ve set up a Kickstarter page where interested fans can make donations to the cause in exchange for some really sweet loot, including 3 all-access GDC passes and a ton of rare merch from your favorite indie game developers. Gamma has produced some of the most notable experimental indie titles of the past few years, including Infinite Ammo’s Paper Moon and Jason Rohrer’s Passage. If you’re going to GDC this year (or even if you aren’t) please consider showing Kokoromi some love so that indie developers will have more great opportunities like this to exhibit their work in the future.
In addition to working on award-winning titles like Paper Moon and Aquaria, Infinite Ammo’s Alec Holowka is also an accomplished musician, having written musical scores for both of the aforementioned games, as well as Owl Country and Derek Yu’s I’m O.K. More recently, he’s been working on original music for this year’s Songs for the Cure Cancer Benefit compilation album. The project, which is spearheaded by composer Josh Whelchel (the man behind the music from BoneSaw and both Spirit Engine games), combines the talents of various independent musicians — game composers or otherwise — to raise money for the American Cancer Association. In the above video, Holowka describes his experience working on the project while showing off some footage of the recording sessions for his contribution to this year’s album. Visit CancerDrive.org for more info, and look for last year’s compilation available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
That’s it for this week. Next week, I promise we’ll get to discussing some of the games from that TIGSource Assemblee Competition, but until then, feel free to check out the results yourself. There’s a lot of great stuff to be played and a diminishing number of hours to play them.