The “Difficult 2nd Bundle” has launched on game discount site Indie Royale, featuring NightSky, Fate of the World, Scoregasm, Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlmen, Please! along with two bonus games: Irukandji and Bullet Candy Perfect.
Created as a joint venture between online download service Desura and IndieGames.com, Indie Royale uses a unique new pricing system to help support emerging indie developers. While today’s bundle is initially available at a starting price of $1.99, the cost gradually increases as more bundles are bought. This allows early adopters to enjoy the best deals, while keeping prices competitive throughout.
That’s not all. People who choose to pay more than whatever the current cost of the bundle is will not only receive special mention on the site’s front page, but their actions will cause the price of the bundle to drop for everyone else, anywhere from a few cents to several dollars. If nothing else, such a pricing structure will “likely spawn unpredictable but entertaining results,” according to Indie Royale’s creators, who added that they’re looking forward to seeing the pricing trends that result.
At the time of writing this article, the cost of the bundle was sitting at $4.17, with almost 29,00 bundles sold.
Indie Royale is designed to be content and platform agnostic, with PC direct downloads, Steam and Desura keys for the titles available if the game supports them, and an easy to use gifting and download redemption system built into the site.