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Indie Face Kick Launches ‘Be In The Game’ Bundle

Be In The Game Bundle

As promised, The Indie Face Kick are back and with a brand new bundle – you can get a total of five games and even Be In The Game yourself.

For the first time ever, The Indie Face Kick has gone the pay-what-you-want route. Meaning, the minimum spend for this bundle is just $1 and at that price you can net three of the five games. Paying $5 will mean you get all five games, one of which is a brand new release on Steam. It doesn’t stop there either as you’ll get music just for picking up the bundle too, from Pete Mitchell’s Band, and Gary R., plus the OST For Arkhelom 3D.

If you up the price even more to $15 then you can also get you name in the credits of Tompi Jones, and the top donator overall will be allowed to name a boss or level in same game as well as get 10 copies of it for their friends.

Here’s the lineup for this Indie Face Kick bundle:

If you pay up to $5 then you’ll also get:

You can purchase the Be In The Game bundle right now over on the official website.


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Humble For The Meek: ‘Humble Botanicula Debut’ Adds Extra Goodies

The Humble Botanicula Debut

Exactly one week after the release of the Humble Botanicula Bundle, the latest in a string of pay-what-you-like packages headed by the fine folks at Wolfire, its purchasers have been given yet more of an incentive to splash the cash for a charitable cause.

As of today, all current and future buyers will gain access to a comprehensive behind-the-scenes Botanicula art book and map collection, a collection of insider photographs and concept art straight from the making of Kooky, the feature film dished out to those paying above the average price for the Bundle, as well as a digital download of Osada, described as “an experimental interactive music project,” and complementary music albums from Floex and DVA, who just so happen to be some of the most notable artists behind developer Amanita Design’s celebrated gaming soundtracks. Talk about customer loyalty.

Furthermore, those who’ve paid above the average price, along with those who do so before the Bundle expires on 3rd May, will be given the right to stream Kooky from the Redux video service, on which an “extra high-quality” version of the film will also be made available for instant streaming.


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Branching Out: ‘The Humble Botanicula Debut’ Launches

The Humble Botanicula Debut

To celebrate the release of Amanita Design’s new game, The Humble Botanicula Bundle has been launched which contains Botanicula and some other titles at a pay-what-you-want price.

Well here’s a new one – the Humble Bundle launching with a brand new game! Not just any old game either, the mighty fine adventure game Botanicula which we gave a lot of praise to in our review. As this is a Humble Bundle, all of the games that are part of it are available for Windows, Mac and Linux, are DRM-free and you can pay-what-you-want for them. If you want Steam keys though, and we know you do, then you’ll have to pay at least $5. You can also choose to donate your money to the World Land Trust to save trees – obviously in with the theme of Botanicula.

So here’s the line-up for The Humble Botanicula Debut:

If you pay more than the average then you’ll also get

The Humble Botanicula Debut will be available for the next two weeks. Botanicula is also available to purchase separately on GamersGate and GOG.

You can purchase and find out more information about The Humble Botanicula Debut over on the official website.


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‘Botanicula’ Coming To PC On April 19th

Botanicula

Amanita Design have announced that their personable point and click adventure game, Botanicula, will be released on Windows, Mac and Linux on April 19th.

The much loved Czech indie developer Amanita Design have brought us many weird and wonderful adventure treats in recent years and their next one made with Jaromír Plachý, Botanicula, will be on its way very soon! Botanicula follows five little tree creatures who set out for a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites.

Botanicula won the Excellence In Audio award at the IGF this year game and the rest of the game is typical Amanita, especially the characters and environments. We’re looking forwards to it very much after loving their previous title, Machinarium, so much! The game’s PC release will be accompanied by the official soundtrack which rings up with 14 tracks in total.

Botanicula will be available to purchase from the official website, Steam, the Mac App Store and GOG for Windows, Mac and Linux on April 19th 2012.

More information on Botanicula can be found on the game’s official website.


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First Screenshots From ‘Samorost 3′ Excavated

Samorost 3

Amanita Design’s seminal series, Samorost, will be getting its third entry soon and it already looks great in these first screenshots.

Samorost is actually one of our favorite game series at IGM so we’re always on the hunt for anything related to it. Obviously we all know that Amanaita Design have been working on Samorost 3 for a little while now, as well as Botanicula which will hit us soon. We haven’t saw or heard anything about it for a while now though, but all it took was a little digging and the first screenshots have arisen.

The screenshots were actually found a few months ago in the official Amanita Design forums. Jakub Dvorský of Amanita Design gave a talk at the TEDxBrno Conference in his native Czech Republic back in December in which he revealed three screenshots from Samorost 3. Luckily his talk was recorded so we can all have a look at them.

The only information known about Samorost 3 at this point is that it will take place across seven unique planets and will of course be a point and click adventure with music playing an important part as usual. There’s no release information as of yet.

Samorost 3 /> Samorost 3

You can see the screenshots from 13m 50s onwards in the video below taken from Jakub Dvorský’s talk at the TEDxBrno Conference.

You can find out more information about Amanita Design over on their official website.


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Play This: ‘The Old Tree’

The Old Tree immediately chimes with the strength of an Amanita Design breed of point and click adventure – in fact, it could even be the same tree that the upcoming Botanicula is set within.The Old Tree is fascinating from the very start, which just so happens to be a black screen with a faint red light flickering. Moving your mouse over it and clicking turns on a light and reveals an underground burrow full of eggs, right at the bottom of this titular tree. The task is to merely climb upward and outward, as if a rites of passage into the wide open world outside.The player is confronted with an alien sense of understanding – there is no tutorial, no introduction and it is this that instils a lingering curiosity. There are no such prompts for the player to follow, only their own gradual understanding of how this world works as they unfold its strange existence, one dark screen at a time. In every way, you mimic the newborn’s thought process as it learns what the many peculiarities around it serve to function.

Original Source: Play This: ‘The Old Tree’

This Article was originally posted on our sister site, The Indie Game Magazine written by Chris Priestman.


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Top 10 Break Out Indie Games of 2012

Hooray! It’s time for my prediction post for next year’s most popular and well received indie games! Those of you who have been with us here at DIYGamer will remember my 2010 and 2011 editions where I was correct for a few of each prediction posts.


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These Botanicula Screenshots Are Proof That Games Are Art

Botanicula is Amanita Design’s newest game and, seeing as how they won DIY’s 2009 Game of the Year with machinarium, it’s pretty safe to say that I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on this one. If Machinarium is anything to go by, Botanicula will not only be incredibly challenging, but also beautiful… luckily we’ve got some screenshots to prove it.


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Discussionware: What Is Your Favorite Indie Game? Which One Inspires You Most?

Last week I asked for your favorite developers and we got quite an eclectic mix of developers! It was really fascinating to see which developers were chosen and why. This week, however, I’m looking for your favorite indie game and which one inspires you most.


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Wii Version of Machinarium Canceled; PS3 Version “the Ultimate Version”

And that’s that. Amanita Design has confirmed to Eurogamer that their indie point and click hit Machinarium will not, after all, be appearing on Nintendo’s Wii console as it was originally confirmed.

According to the Jakub Dvorsky: