Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality - 100s of games for 5 bucks

All proceeds will donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund split 50/50.

This has been doing the rounds on Twitter and there is a lot. There are a few well known things like Night in the Woods in here but I’d love to hear some more obscure things which everyone thinks deserve more recognition.

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Tonight We Riot is in there!

E: if anyone has any recommendations for games to play in that bundle, they would be much appreciated :slight_smile:

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@Rama I gave the whole list a quick perusal, and plan to play tons of these over the coming weeks, but the ones I know and have heard good things about (or have played myself):

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  • Night in the Woods
  • A Short Hike
  • Minit
  • Oxenfree
  • Democratic Socialism Simulator
  • Glittermitten Grove
  • Mable & The Wood
  • Signs of the Sojourner
  • Tonight We Riot
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy
  • And All Would Cry Beware!
  • The Space Between
  • Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!
  • Astrologaster
  • Art Sqool
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  • Luna
  • Serre
  • Fortune-499
  • A Mortician’s Tale
  • Babysitter Bloodbath
  • Semblance
  • Loot Rascals
  • Catlateral Damage (… okay, IDK if it’s any good, but I liked the Polygon vid)
  • Super Hexagon
  • Vilmonic
  • Pixel Fireplace
  • Midboss

And a couple of TTRPGs: Lancer, Blades in the Dark. I’ll try to play more of these in the upcoming weeks as well, but quarantine is still fairly active here, so anything that asks for more than 2 people may have to wait.

Definitely eager to see what people recommend, though, it’s a long list to get through!

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Thanks! I already had some of those on my radar, in addition to Oneshot, but I’ll definitely check the rest out!

Listed some of the games I’ve like/am excited to play in the giveaway thread, might as well put here as well:

  • A Mortician’s Tale
  • Oxenfree
  • Night in the Woods
  • A Short Hike
  • Unfair Jousting Fair (great local multiplayer)
  • Quench
  • Overland
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  • Cook Serve Delicious 2
  • BEACON
  • Signs of the Sojourner
  • ART SQOOL
  • Spring Falls
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Going to shoutout some of the indie rpgs in there

  • Sleepaway by Jay Dragsky
  • Black Heart by Colin Cummings
  • Bad Moon by Adira Slattery
  • Blades in the Dark by John Harper
  • Lancer by Mastif Press
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Bleed 2 is in there and that is enough to justify this.

One of the best action games I have ever played in terms of sheer arcade style thrills. It’s basically a string of 20 boss fights and they’re all fantastic.

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One more ttrpg I’ll call out is Anomaly. It’s inspired by Magnus Archives, SCP foundation and has very strong Control vibes. I played it with some folks here in a play-by-post thread and we had a blast!

It is a great starting point for people new to ttrpg, it’s GMless and plays very freely.

(The bundle also include a follow up to Anomaly called Anomaly containment that I’m eager to try!)

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Over $1,000,000 and still going strong, pretty stellar. More than any multi-billion dollar game publisher is donating. I’m not on my PC today, but I started downloading a few APKs of games I’ve never heard of. :brown_heart: Played a bit of A Snake’s Tale, kind of a take on sliding block puzzles but with snakes, and it’s definitely going in my rotation of puzzle games I play while waiting for my coffee to brew.

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The polygon video is hilarious, but also Catlateral Damage is fun! It’s worth playing for 1-2 hours as part of this bundle :slight_smile:

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There’s just such a tremendous trove of good games in here that there’s literally no excuse not to get it.

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Some of the games i’ve tried out enough to have thoughts on so far are:
MythBearer
An 8-bit style open world RPG which seems like it’s got a lot of depth in it. A cool thing i like is that the enemies, which never move and don’t attack you unless you attack them first, are treated more like obstacles than what i’d normally think of as enemies, so levelling up is a bit like getting a new item in a metroidvania - you’re level 15 now, so you can backtrack to the starting area and beat up those bandits who were blocking that one door and get to a new area, for example.

Crystal Story: Awakening
A Zelda-like adventure game which seems to have strong Undertale influences, though that might just be because the opening narration has a similar voice effect as the main character of Undertale, Sans Undertale. i think this one is a preview build of the full game, which doesn’t seem to be out yet. Mostly it’s good but not great, though the boss fight (which is a turn-based JRPG style fight instead of fighting on an overworld like all the other monsters) has a cool mechanic of dodging their attacks by playing a warioware-style minigame.

Curse of the Crescent Isle DX
A platformer where you can use enemies as platforms, pick them up and throw them, etc rather than killing them. i’ve only played the first couple levels but it seems mostly good apart from opening in the smallest window known to man by default and having annoying menus.

Midboss
A roguelike dungeon crawler where you can take over the bodies of enemies to gain new skills. It’s a cool gimmick and seems to have a lot of depth to it, though the excessive tutorialising in the first run kind of turned me off a little.

Mable & the Wood
A metroidvania about a girl being summoned(?) into some woods to kill giant monsters with a sword she can’t lift by a strange cult. Movement and attacks are done in the same way, by transforming into different forms which unlock different forms of movement and attacking. The first form is a fairy which can fly for a brief period and then summon your sword to you, killing anything in a straight line between where you started and where you are now. Beating the bosses gives you their form, unlocking new attacks and platforming techniques, but the itch.io page expicitly notes that there’s ways to bypass all the boss fights so you don’t need to kill anything. i’ve only just beaten the first boss (and also not-beaten her on a second save) but so far it seems quite good and the combat/movement gimmick is holding up very well, though if there’s a secret ending for not killing anything that might be a problem as it’s very easy to accidentally kill a bird or something just by platforming around. The one thing i really don’t like so far is that it gives you a tutorial on how to use your new form every time you switch forms, which gets REALLY annoying.

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Going to shout out some stuff:

Video Games

Dujanah
They Bleed Pixels
Quadrilateral Cowboy
Don’t Wake the Night
Heavy Bullets
Wheels of Aurelia
Wide Ocean Big Jacket
Glittermitten Grove
A New Life
The Real Texas
OneShot

TTRPGS

Anomaly + Containment Breach
Blades in the Dark + “The Sleuth” playbook (Read this game if you’re interested in TTRPGs, its the base system for a lot of upcoming indie games and is really important right now)
ECH0
A Long Night in the Mechbay
Subway Runners
For players of The Sprawl (unfortunately not in this pack, but worth checking out), the Synth Convergence Mission Pack
Spoken Magic

I tried to focus on things not already shouted out earlier in the thread.

Edit: Wow! There are more than 1400 items in the bundle! A couple more good ones I noticed:

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald (worked on by former Waypoint columnist and Friends at the Table cast member Jack DeQuidt!)
Runner 3 (sequel to the bit.trip Runner games)
PICO-8 (a fictional computer / game making software perfect for making really simple 2D games, very fun to check out even if you only have a passing interest in game dev)
Pet The Pup at The Party (Cute game about petting dogs at a party)
I also saw a couple great OSTs in the mix, namely Super Meat Boy’s soundtrack and Grindstone’s soundtrack, but unfortunately didn’t see the games themselves. Nevertheless, very good OSTs that are worth listening to!
I think every light novel written by Alex Zandra is in this bundle? If you’re looking for some cute relief from these times, read some short books about gay trans catgirls.

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They added the second batch now, bringing the total to 1000 items in the bundle. I’ll be trying out some other games from the bundle this week, for now though some highlights which have not been mentioned are:

  • Okay, Hero by Reid McCarter, Edward Smith and Astrid Rose of Bulletpoints Monthly is a collection of essays (twelve in total) on each of the six mainline Metal Gear Solid games. Covering their themes and how they develop over the years. they are good writers
  • Fugue in Void by Moshe Linke, an exploration game of brutal architecture, 45 minutes. Very good! Cameron Kunzelman had a Postscript on it a while back.
  • deskspace by npckc, a super cute self care app. Check out her other free games too, like one night, hot springs!
  • Voyageur by Bruno Dias, text based, one-way travel through space, melancholic, good soundtrack
  • Ironsworn Delve by Shawn Tomkin is an expansion to a free TTRPG that is designed partly for solo play. There are some other solo RPGs in the bundle, but I haven’t tried them yet.
  • Yi and the Thousand Moons by David Su is a short interactive musical that I quite enjoyed.
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Is the original Ironsworn in the bundle too, I ask, too lazy to check myself. [I will edit this to say if it is once I check]

Not in the bundle, but available on Itch or the official website.

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Oh, yes, I’d forgotten that it’s Pay What You Can.

Happy that I get to be the first one to shout out The Space Between. Errant Signal did a video on it that’s pretty good (though I don’t agree with everything he says–c’est la critique), but frankly I recommend playing through it blind. Block out an hour of time, maybe turn out the lights, and crank up the volume for an experience that is simultaneously bleak, sorrowful, kind of inspiring, and definitely very creepy.

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48 pages with the games strewn throughout the last 700… haha, I can’t complain but it’ll take a while for me to get through this and offer my recs.

Also, Celeste! Nice, I own it on Switch but I’ve had joycon drift for months and Covid-19 shut down the Nintendo repair places, so I haven’t been able to play anything too precise for a while.

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I want to get someone to play frog fractions for the first time then link them this bundle and say “find frog fractions 2 in there, no googling”

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