The Indie Royale Debut 7 Bundle doesn’t feature too many hit indie games, but one click on some of the video should prove that it is worth the $3.50 you have to pay. Just watching the video for a game called Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae forced me to throw my money down.
The game is a Japanese hack ‘n slash game on the most basic level. No level design, minimal story, no deep characters, just a high school girl with a katana, cutting down wave after wave of enemies. Each time she fights, she improves a little. Again, it’s the most basic of games with solid mechanics, just what indie games are supposed to be about.
Most of the indie hits in America have been Western developed titles, and even in Japan its difficult to find quality indie games for sale. Considering it was Cave Story which kind of got the whole indie movement going, it seems strange that Japan is not more prominent. Give this one a look at least, and fill the void of Japanese hack ‘n slash in your life.
There are a few other decent looking games, too. Millenium 2 – Take me Higher looks like an average JRPG on the surface, but it has a crazy jumping mechanic which allows the characters to reach for orbs in the sky. Metal Planet is an online mech-shooter, and Al Elmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine looks like a cleverly written graphic adventure.
Paying $7.00 or more lands you a video game chiptunes album from DJ Cutman.
Each of these games are also on Steam Greenlight, so be sure to vote if you like them. The minimum price alone is worth it for Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae, but I’m sure I’ll get around to the others soon.