This is not normally a news blog, but I’m making an exception today. You see, Konstantinos from Gnomes Lair just brought my attention to his new collection of adventure games at bundle-in-a-box.com. There are five games included in the standard package: the brand new The Sea Will Claim Everything by Jonas Kyratzes as well as the older Gemini Rue, Ben There, Dan That!, Time Gentlemen, Please!, and 1893: A World’s Fair Mystery.
You can pay what you want for the bundle, as long as you pay at least $2.99 starting out. (That minimum will drop by $.05 for every 500 bundles that are sold.) If you pledge more than the average price for your bundle you’ll also get two more games, Metal Dead and The Shivah. So, hey, be generous, especially since proceeds go to a Greek charity and to launch an Indie Dev Grant.
Of the games themselves, I’ve actually played four already. 1893 is one of the largest and most ambitious text adventures ever created, and perhaps the most concerted attempt ever to recreate a specific historical reality in the medium. Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please are a pair of very funny graphic adventures in the LucasArts tradition. And The Shivah is the first work of Dave Gilbert, the man behind the Blackwell series. I’m less familiar with the other titles, but judging from the company they’re keeping I’m sure they’re also worthy.
May 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm
Note that, unlike the Humble Bundles, if you can’t run Windows games you’re apparently SOL. (A comment at the end of the thread suggests that there may be some future date at which Mac users would not be SOL, but that date is not today.)
May 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm
Thanks a ton! A ton!
May 25, 2012 at 5:32 am
Thinking about it just for 1893.
May 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Yeah, disappointed to find out its windows only. I really just bought the bundle for 1893 and I would have figured that’s gotta be cross-platform. But apparently not.
May 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm
Let me see what I can do…
May 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm
Okay, I’ve cleared this with Gnome and Peter, so:
I’ve made the TADS game file available as a password-protected ZIP at https://www.filfre.net/misc/1893.zip. Fair warning: it’s a 70 MB file. To get the password, forward to my email some sort of proof that you did indeed buy the bundle.