Well, I had heard it was going to be for Pride Month but I can get behind supporting/aiding the Palestine people for 5 bucks. Buy 1,020 items for $5 so far…
All profit from this bundle will be donated to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The UNRWA has provided food assistance for over one million Palestinians, and continues to do so in the territories with heavy destruction. They also provide emergency mental and physical health protection for those in the region. Gaza Emergency | UNRWA
Indie games are unique in that they can tell stories not seen in AAA or other games. We pour our life experiences into our games and share a piece of ourselves with the world. Palestinian game developers are no different in this aspect, but have the added challenges of limited access to basic services, like clean water, electricity, medical care, and food security. They live under Israeli authority that discriminates and subjugates Palestinians to the point of persecution and apartheid, simply for being Palestinian. Furthermore, they develop games without all the resources that come with being in a western hub for game development.
Palestinian game developer Rasheed Abueideh did exactly that when he made Liyla and the Shadows of War, which tells a story of a little girl who lives in Gaza during the 2014 war, in which 30% of civilian casualties were children. Liyla and the Shadows of War was showcased at IndieCade and A MAZE and earned numerous award nominations, including a win in Excellence in Storytelling at the International Mobile Gaming Awards Middle East/North Africa.
This bundle is pay-what-you-want (above $5 U.S. dollars) for Liyla and the Shadows of War, and you will receive hundreds of additional games, assets, and soundtracks graciously donated by game developers and media creators around the world for free. The bundle will run through Friday, June 11th. Together, we can raise funds for UNRWA for food and medical assistance for Palestinians AND highlight a game developer who is directly affected by the cause we are rallying behind.
Raycevick made a video in november about the joy of playing games (demos) without knowing to much about the games beforehand and the time commitment of long games.
A bundle such as this gives the ability to just install a game and maybe finish it in an hour or two sometimes.
A couple of recommendations that i have played and was not in the previous bundle:
(Although cursed to golf is free anyways)
(A few other Draknek game are included.)
Some games (ok, quite a few) that seems interesting, but i have not played myself:
I have been buying more solo journaling games than i have played, i love the concept, but find it hard to keep up.
I tried to only include games that was not in last years bundle, there’s a few games that seemed to get some attention when they came out, like Calico, Cosmic Express, Fit for a king, Mini Metro, Smile for Me, Hacknet and The Count of Monte Carlo.
A lot of the games in the bundle are free or pay-what-you-want anyway, if you don’t have the money to spend there’s a few interesting titles to play for free by browsing the bundle.
Edit: There’s also books, comics, tilesets, music etc.
Smile for me was removed from the bundle as they only give away steam keys through itch.io and itch.io does not allow for steam keys as part of these bundles. Everybody who bought/claimed the bundle before the game got removed will get a steam key.
I just googled SMH to see what that means. The first thing that popped up was:
“Sarasota Memorial Health Care System”
LOL, I guess you’re hoping they have a mental ward for me.
(ok, I should mention I looked at the other search results and found the acronym “shaking my head”)
EDIT: MY wife just told me she thought it means “So Much Hell”. Of course, you have to remember, she lives with me.
EDIT: I’ll create a new meaning: “Silly Man Humor”.