Pay-what-you-can indie game bundles are all the rage these days. By joining together, indie game developers can help to raise the profile of their titles and encourage customers to support their labors of love. If you consider yourself a patron of the indie scene, you now have one more way to buy games in bundles: Indie Royale.

Launched by the creators of and the download service Desura, Indie Royale will offer new bundles (each with four games apiece) every two weeks. The sales will only last five days, so you’ll have to act swiftly.

Indie Royale’s variable pricing model also sets it apart from other purely pay-what-you-can bundles like the Humble Bundle. There is always a minimum price for an Indie Royale bundle and paying the minimum price actually raises it for the next customer by a small amount. Paying above the minimum, however, will lower the price for future customers. It’s perhaps a little odd, but it sounds like a fun way to encourage generosity (you are getting four games on the cheap, after all).

As of this writing, the current bundle’s somewhere in the $4-6 dollar range and offers four games that all cost more than that individually: A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda, Sanctum, Gemini Rue, and Nimbus. Of the four, I’ve only tried Sanctum, which is a decent entry in the current trend of third-person tower defense shooters. The bundle’s available until Sunday, if I’m reading their countdown clock correctly.

We’ll be keeping our eyes on Indie Royale in the weeks to come, and you should, too.

Source: Indie Royale

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  • Wolfpup - Friday, October 28, 2011 - link

    Interesting...and all those games look kind of intriguing.

    Anyone know if there's DRM though? It acts like you can just download them directly, DRM? If there's no DRM, I'd pay at least $20 for those, maybe $30. (Well, more if it turned out I loved them LOL) but with activation...forget it.
  • DanNeely - Saturday, October 29, 2011 - link

    Sanctum is Steam only; the other three are Steam, Desura (an indie distributer), or direct download. The direct DL of Ares didn't need an install key (haven't tried the others yet), but I didn't sniff packets either...
  • zhangqq - Monday, October 31, 2011 - link

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