Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality Catch-All

Someone has created a site for filtering and sorting through the bundle...

https://randombundlegame.com/browse

They're still adding stuff; it's over 1600 games now. I've stopped looking at it until it's over.

I have the list of what I immediately downloaded, but haven't had a chance to do a writeup on them. I'll upload my thoughts when I get a chance.

They're still adding stuff? Whoa.

I've started reading some of the TTRPG's in the bundle. Thoughts so far:

Extradimensional Friends is four pages of simple mechanics for a Macross/Robotech inspired game. Not a lot there -- I'd be disappointed if I'd paid $2.50 for it.

ECH0 is about war and memory — more a storytelling-prompt generator than what I’m used to thinking of as an RPG, and very evocative. I'd heard that there was a whole itch.io scene of small, tightly-focused RPGs, and I think I just got a good introduction to them.

Visigoths vs Mall Goths is silly fun rooted in '90s nostalgia.

Lancer is up next, because I've been hearing good things about it for some time now.

tanstaafl wrote:

Someone has created a site for filtering and sorting through the bundle...

https://randombundlegame.com/browse

They're still adding stuff; it's over 1600 games now. I've stopped looking at it until it's over.

I have the list of what I immediately downloaded, but haven't had a chance to do a writeup on them. I'll upload my thoughts when I get a chance.

The hero that made this is a god/goddess/non-binary sentient omnipotence among mortals.

OK. Started grabbing a few random things to try out!

HOTEL PARADISE -- Really short little "my first indie game" thing. Not much of a game there - just wander around seemingly infinite hallways looking for your hotel room - but it has a neat little twist when you finally find your room... Takes about 10-15 minutes to beat.

THE HOUSE ON HOLLAND HILL -- A story told from the perspective of a takeaway delivery driver, so you only ever really see the snippets of things in that little couple of minutes window between handing over the food and getting paid. Very neat little idea, so might be worth a go. It only takes about 30min to get through to the end but there might be a bit of replay-ability there given you have a bit of a choice in the last vignette.

VISUAL OUT -- Just tried this one out for a short time. Metroidvania, seems relatively small in terms of length but i'm not the biggest MV fan and it's not something i have the time to play through in detail right now, but it had a nice glitchy computer aesthetic to it and some clever puzzles, in what I did play.

Wakamarina Valley, NZ - A lovely, relaxing walk-around-taking-pictures-of-beautiful-scenery-em-up.
It's not a particularly big space to explore, and you have to find the camera before you can take pictures, but it's such a lovely, well realized space, I don't mind. The small space encourages you to look at it from more angles to find those beautiful shots.
Music is streamed from Soundcloud and definitely fits that relaxing, atmospheric vibe.
And finally, there is a VR version, though I haven't tried to open that yet.

Thank you for creating this thread.

I kickstarted Impulse Drive but have only recently gotten around to reading it, and I'm very much looking forward to giving it a go (if I can get some local RPG friends, most of which have been playing Rolemaster for thirty years, to make a jump to PBTA).

Odd World I bought recently on Steam, and it's a pretty decent developing colony sim that clearly has some Dwarf Fortress in its DNA but is still very distinct.

Some nice leads here.

Here's what I played last night. Aside from Sky Rogue, I wanted to try out a few games I hadn't seen mentioned anywhere before. Only a quick look at each.

Sky Rogue
Pretty fun arcade flight combat. I think I'd prefer it if it was more fast paced. I only played briefly, so maybe that'll come the further in I get? Definitely something I want to come back to.

Chipmonk!
Basically Golden Axe with woodland creatures. Nothing here you haven't seen before mechanics-wise, but it's a pretty solid beat'em-up and worth checking out. The art style kind of annoys me a little though. Like, each element on its own looks good, but they all look like they were made for different games. The pixel sizes are different, backgrounds have a high pixel density but player sprites much lower. It just makes it look off.

Dogurai
Gameboy-style platformer where you're a dog samurai. It's ok. Probably not much more to be said for that.

Ryza Roads
Open world racer with cars, boats, a plane and a helicopter. The vehicle physics are kind of ok, but are just off enough to make it pretty frustrating to play.

RawkGWJ wrote:

Thank you for creating this thread.

You're welcome, I've really liked reading everyones thoughts on all these games.

Jet Buster
Excellent shmup from the team grybanser fox lads. Couple of their other games in the bundle too.

Nuclear Throne
Top down shooter roguelite with satisfyingly strategic combat. 30fps has never felt so right.

Paranautical Activity
Rough and ready roguelite fps. It's been shown up since but there was a time when this was arguably the best of it's kind.

Any ideas why, within the app, I click the Download button for a game (e.g. Jet Buster), and I get:

An error occurred during installation.
No compatible uploads were found for this title.

Has happened with a number of games in the bundle now.

Thank you for any ideas/help.

You have to go through the page they sent you the link to and download from there first, before it actually shows up in your library. They did that to basically keep their database from getting overwhelmed.

Ethereal is a really neat unique, chill, movement-based puzzle game that's...quite hard to describe. I am very much enjoying it.

Plunge is a clever turn-based puzzly roguelike that, again, is focused on movement. Gets quite tricky but not overcomplicated. Addictive.

Anarcute has you controlling groups of adorable animals as they riot and take down the police. everything's cartoony. It plays like a puzzle really, just extra topical.

Ditty wrote:

Ethereal is a really neat unique, chill, movement-based puzzle game that's...quite hard to describe. I am very much enjoying it.

The way you describe it makes it sound kind of... ethereal. :cringe:

Anarcute has you controlling groups of adorable animals as they riot and take down the police. everything's cartoony. It plays like a puzzle really, just extra topical.

Oh hells yeah! I was hoping this would be part of the bundle but hadn’t noticed it yet. Good looking out.

Humble Bundle is at it too with this bundle.

PWAlessi wrote:

Another sick bundle for Racial Justice.

Whaaaaaaa?!?

Here we go again. Another Pandora’s box waiting to be opened. This one’s $30.00 rather than $5.00 but the books and graphic novels are worth 100 times more than that all by themselves.

edit: Could we change the name of this thread to Hidden Gems of the Social Justice Bundles, or something like that? What do you say, Halfway?

Cross posted from another thread.

Neutrino wrote:

Well, I now have over 100 games selected from the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality from itch.io so that should keep me entertained for a while!

From that bundle - I'll continue playing Signs of the Sojourner a really good narrative deck-building game. I'm also planning to have a multiplayer game of Gladiabots once I learn how to play it. Lastly from the bundle, along with a few friends we are competing for a high score in Super Hexagon... still need to break that 60 seconds barrier!

Does cross posting make you cross?

Thanks for cross posting RawkGWJ

I've been meaning to add a post here to hi-light some of the games I've played from the bundle and can recommend. I've just been too busy playing them!

I'll post later once I've played a few more but mention a few that I've played and can recommend. Great suggestions from previous posts especially Pink Stripes list (page 1) has a lot of my favourites.

Played and recommend:

A Short Hike

Signs of the Sojourner

Super Hexagon

Astrologaster

Golf Peaks

Spring Falls

Semblance

Nuclear Throne

Gladiabots

Just started playing:

Quadrilateral Cowboy - Great so far

Next up:

The White Door - it from the Rusty Lake team, enough said!

MewnBase - a friends recommendation

OneShot

Odd Realm

Ripped Pants At Work
You're a person who has ripped their pants at work. Find new pants without raising the alarm, or get fired. Upon getting fired, you play as your replacement, who also rips their pants. It's as silly as it sounds, but it's also quite a good top-down, fast paced stealth game. Also, I'm a sucker for voxel art, so I loved the look of it.

Aaron D. wrote:

Sagebrush - PS1-style walking sim where you investigate the aftermath of a 90s suicide cult ranch. Great atmosphere and sticks the landing amazingly.

https://redactgames.itch.io/sagebrush

I played through this one tonight. Definitely one of the better walking sims I've played and you're absolutely right about them sticking the landing.

For the Honor is a TTRPG that is very specifically about playing the new She-Ra Series with the serial numbers filed off. I haven't gotten too deep yet, but it looks interesting. It is much tighter focused on a specific theme and setting than Glitter Hearts.

I realize that I am late to the party here, but in case anyone doesn’t already know, a wonderful reddit human made this spreadsheet that includes All of the Things.

And don’t forget about the non-game things! I am not a comics dude, but I have been digging the ones included with this bundle, such as Tony and the Beetles, Live Hot Bugs, and Combed Clap of Thunder. And the short story collection Everyone on the Moon Is Essential Personnel!

I've been slowly working my way through at least sampling the games of this bundle. Here's some highlights so far.

Hive Time
A real stand-out game in this bundle. Starts off very simple, but layers of depth are slowly revealed with new technologies. I'm not sure how much depth it has to keep attention in the long-term, but it's really great for what it is.

Pikuniku
Cutesy, weird, fun platformer adventure. Well worth checking out.

Once Upon A Crime In The West
Kind of like a western themed Return Of The Obra Dinn. It's certainly not as good as Obra Dinn, but that's something I'd say about most games. You visit a log cabin and find all the occupants dead. You're then tasked with viewing scenes from the previous 11 days in order to figure out who they are and who killed them.

One thing to note that screwed me over on this and I can't emphasise enough: THE GAME DOESN'T SAVE!
Make sure you dedicate around 1 - 1.5 hours to this, or just alt-tab out of the game, otherwise you're starting from scratch again.
Also, you can't replay scenes. That seems like a pretty big oversight.

The Trolley
You play a person hired to close up and dismantle a 1950's US rust-belt towns trolley system. Where I'm from we'd call it a tram, so that was a little confusing at first when reading the description. Anyway, it's a short game, but quite slow paced. Tedious, even. Still quite interesting though. I also liked the minimalist look.

Mable & The Wood
A 2D Metroidvania. I haven't got too far into it yet, but so far it's a lot lighter on exploration than others in the genre. The thing that makes it unique is the way you traverse through the levels. You play a little girl who has been resurrected by a cult to fulfil a prophecy and you carry a sword that is way too big and heavy for you to carry and swing properly, but you can shapeshift. Your first ability is to temporarily shapeshift into a fairy, which causes you to drop your sword. When the fairy power runs out, your sword travels back to you, cutting through anything in its path. When you beat a boss you get a new shapeshift ability. I've only beaten one so far, but it's ability was also pretty inventive and feels fun just to play with (though a little bit fiddly).

Also, I found these quick impressions for a huge chunk of these games, if you need even more recommendations.

What I am wondering is if the Queer and People of Colour content & creators that I am finding reflected in the comics and other books are reflected as clearly in (at least some of) the games?

drpuppet wrote:

What I am wondering is if the Queer and People of Colour content & creators that I am finding reflected in the comics and other books are reflected as clearly in (at least some of) the games?

The Random Bundle Game site now has filters for this. There aren't a lot in the BIPOC tag search, but I think it's an opt-in system that some (maybe most?) creators are unaware of. There's also another filter which just searches a bunch of LGBTQ related tags.

Another for Signs of the Sojourner. Blows my mind to be playing a game of this quality on my '14 Mac as part of a $10 bundle purchase. Pumped.