Indie Royale has launched a new initiative in indie game development:
the Alpha Collection. This bundle is comprised of three games (two
with Linux support, the third is working on it) still in the
development process. Buyers will be able to purchase and play these
alpha versions and their contributions will go towards helping the
developers finish making the games.
Leading off the Alpha Bundle is SMP’s Towns, a city building and
management game mixed with an RPG that draws inspiration from titles
spanning Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Majesty. Instead of
playing the hero who delves deep into the dungeon, players oversee the
town that houses and caters the hero’s needs. Players can craft unique
weapons, obtain randomized loot and build a settlement capable of
holding back the forces that rise up from the active dungeon upon
which the town sits. Towns is available on PC, Mac, and Linux.
The second title being Alpha funded is developer Phr00t’s 3079 — an
alleged lovechild of Minecraft and Fallout, with a block-like world,
futuristic action, and role-playing elements played in a first-person
perspective. 3079′s randomly generated areas, buildings, items, quests
and characters make it an entertaining open-world experience, with
Alpha funding helping to power many new additions over the next few
months. PC, Mac, and Linux funders can dive into the single player and
online multiplayer action now.
Finally, the Alpha Collection’s sleeper title, Wyv and Keep: The
Temple of the Lost Idol, is a lusciously pixelated 2D co-op puzzle
platformer from A Jolly Corpse. Dubbed as a more fiendish version of
Blizzard’s classic The Lost Vikings, players can control Wyv and Keep
with one keyboard and two players can play locally or online.
Players use boxes and even their own bodies to traverse gaps, activate
switches, collect treasures, and reach exits in dozens of levels. A
Windows PC build is currently downloadable, and purchasers’
contributions will help fund the Mac and Linux versions of the game.
These are planned to become available for all Alpha Collection buyers
in the next 3 to 6 months.
More information on the Alpha Collection, including time left to buy,
is available at the official Indie Royale website