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Amanita Apologize For ‘Botanicula’ Pre-Orders With Bonus Bundle


Some people weren’t happy with having pre-ordered Amanita Design’s latest game, Botanicula, for full price to then find out it was released as a pay-what-you-want deal on the day of release as part of The Humble Botanicula Debut. To make up for it, Amanita are issuing a Bonus Bundle for their pre-order customers which contains some free goodies.

Botanicula was released yesterday on a number of online retailers, two of which offered pre-orders to people a couple of weeks in advance. Those who did pre-order received their copy of Botanicula for $9 but with the launch of The Humble Botanicula Debut yesterday, those who didn’t pre-order could get the game at a much cheaper price. In fact, those who do buy into The Humble Botanicula Debut are able to get Botanicula and two other Amanita games at a $1 minimum or for $5 they can get Steam keys and another game plus a short film.

Due to this, a number of people were upset about the deal – having put their money forward before the game’s arrival when they could have waited it out and got the game at a cheaper price and with other games attached too. That’s not to say they didn’t get anything else alongside their copy of Botanicula, well, those who pre-ordered on GamersGate didn’t but those who did through received a soundtrack demo, photos, wallpapers and various artworks and sketches. Of course, they also got the game with a pre-order discount rather than paying the full price.

However, there’s no denying that those who pre-ordered got less and for a higher cost. As such, Amanita are aiming to make up for it by releasing a Bonus Bundle today for those who pre-ordered. This will contain the following:

  • Machinarium
  • Full Botanicula Soundtrack
  • Exclusive Botanicula art book

In a blog post on their website, Amanita explained the reason for the situation:

“We haven’t [had] much time to take care about business and logistics in [the] last few weeks because we were hard at work on the game fixing hundreads of bugs etc. so we made a mistake and let GOG and GG make pre-orders. We simply didn’t think about it and about the consequences, sorry for that.”

The slight upsetting part of the whole deal is that it has soured the game’s release ever so slightly so hopefully those who have been upset because they made a pre-order will find this apology adequate. The line from Amanita that kind of hurts to read is the following one:

“I hope it’s not that terrible deal for $9 you paid to support us so we can continue making independent games, we are very grateful for that!”

Of course, it wasn’t that those who pre-ordered were given a terrible deal – Botanicula at $9 with all of the delight it offers and with some extras (if bought from GOG) is a good deal in fact. The problem was that the pre-order actually backfired on those who took up on it rather than rewarding them as a pre-order should do (not all the time though of course).

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

Via Amanita Design


Cherry On Top: ‘Fruit Blitz’ Added To Indie Gala 2

It’s bundle revival time which means that it’s time to remind you lot that the Indie Gala 2 is still on sale and is actually adding another game into the mix, one that has only just been released in fact.That game is no other than Rubicon Development‘s fruit filled match-3 Android title, Fruit Blitz, which was released just a couple of days ago on the Android Marketplace.Fruit Blitz features 90 second games that are designed around mobile gaming, those familiar matching mechanics with some new twists and you can form a team with your Facebook friends and take on the world through the built in leaderboards.Fruit Blitz will be added to the Gala as a bonus, which means that it will unlock for all previous bundle purchases (all tiers) and future ones at no extra cost. The time that Fruit Blitz will become available is 20:00 GMT / 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time today (February 22nd if you’re wondering).The rest of the Gala includes the Valentines Bonus which we detailed here</’a>, as well as the original huge line up which you can find detailed here. There’s still plenty of time to get yourself a Gala, with just under 30,000 left before it all comes to a close.You can find more information on Fruit Blitz on the official website.

Original Source: Cherry On Top: ‘Fruit Blitz’ Added To Indie Gala 2

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


‘Indie Gala’ Adds Valentine’s Bonus’ Because It Loves You

‘Indie Gala’ Adds Valentine’s Bonus’ Because It Loves YouBackFebruary 14th, 2012 | By Chris PriestmanTagged in: bonus | hacker evolution | indie gala | PC Game | ulrich schanuss | valentine’s As if you needed more bundle related madness today, Indie Gala have just added a little Valentine’s bonus everyone who has purchased the bundle and for all future buyers.The bonus comes in two forms – the original Hacker Evolution is available with every purchase and a selection of Ulrich Schnauss‘ tracks are available for the big spenders. So, according to the Gala guys, everyone who purchased a Carebear or Bigsaver or Epic gala bundle will automatically unlock the Hacker Evolution game key in their profile page. Those who purchased the Bigsaver bundle or the Epic Gala bundle will also get also the Ulrich Schnauss music.Hacker Evolution is quite self-explanatory – it’s a “hacking simulation game, featuring unparalleled graphics and features”. If that’s not enough for you then there is more information on the game’s official website

Original Source: ‘Indie Gala’ Adds Valentine’s Bonus’ Because It Loves You

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


Indie Gala gives you Robot Science!

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Just a heads up to everyone out there that has been taking advantage of the awesome indie bundles this holiday. Indie Gala just announced that they have made their already amazing Christmas bunble even better. By paying more than the average price, you get the complete albums Good Luck and Doodads from indie artist Robot Science. These albums are also available to anyone who has previously purchased the bundle above the average price. I know everyone doesn’t always pay more than the average for these deals. That’s okay. For the people that do like to toss a little extra out there, adding bonuses to these deals seems like a nice thank you. If you did already purchase the bundle and are worried you missed out, don’t be! You can always buy the bundle again and just gift the extra games to your friends for the holidays.

[Indie Gala]


Retail Machinarium Packs Concept Art Booklet, Other Goodies

Machinarium_RetailAmanita Design’s acclaimed adventure game Machinarium is coming to retail March 5, and with the boxed version of the title comes with some nice extras including a 54-page concept art booklet. The retail version also packs a stand alone CD with all the games music plus five extra bonus tracks, poster and printed walkthrough.

The title released late last year via digital means and quickly took the indie gaming world by storm gaining dozens of awards including IGF’s Excellence in Visual Arts.

The retail version of Machinarium hits shelves Friday, March 5 for $20. Read DIY’s review of it here.


Machinarium Bonus EP Released for Free

machinarium_free_bonus_ep [Amanita Design has released a free download for the Machinarium Bonus EP, a set of five songs that didn’t make the official soundtrack of the game. The tracks were originally only available to buy individually or free through the developer if you purchased the title.

The set includes such favorites as ‘The Robot Pipe Tune’ and ‘Game in the Brain.’ Anyway, something excellent and free to add to any video game music collection.

Machinarium released October 16 and has since received high praise from both critics and players. Certainly a GOTY contender among the indie community.