A few weeks ago, the Game Developers Conference was canceled. This left a lot of smaller game devs stuck with non-refundable hotel and travel reservations, so gamedev.world started working towards relief efforts. You can now grab the GDC Relief Bundle to support these efforts and grab over a hundred games all in one go.
The bundle is being made available under a Pay What You Want pricing model, up to and including paying $0. (That, however, wouldn't be a very nice move considering that this is going to help out indie game developers who badly need financial assistance.) It seems to be going well, as the bundle has already raised $5,000.
Much of the content included in this bundle is games, although some items are more geared towards game devs. These include things like sound file packages and other game development tools and widgets. Still, there are easily dozens of interesting titles included in this bundle!
What Do You Get in the GDC Relief Bundle?
Normally, this is where I would list all of the games that are included in a bundle. However, neither you nor I want to scroll through a list of 167 items (many of which are games), so I'm just going to highlight some of the more interesting ones.
Firstly, don't think that this is just a bunch of weird games created in the recent Game Jam supporting the GDC Relief Fund — there are some established indie titles in the mix, too. Notable games include the first-person furniture destroyer Catleteral Damage, the intense mutant roguelike Nuclear Throne, and the beautiful gaming musical Yi and the Thousand Moons.
From there, some of the games stray into... stranger territory. People Farm, for example, is a god game where you raise feral people who walk about on all fours from the perspective of aliens. There are, of course, also some more topical games like Paper Pandemic (which is all about securing toilet paper for your family) and Corona Shopper (which is also a game about getting toilet paper, because some themes are universal).
Just because a game is weird doesn't mean it also isn't fun! Bounty for Sharks looks like a solid first-person shooter where you hunt sharks on land for some reason. Test your balance with OddyTree, a game about a walking tree that tries to migrate to greener pastures. Lastly, if you're looking for something chiller, you can enjoy Botanic Balcony and grow your own little virtual garden.
Check out the 167 items in the GDC Relief Bundle and consider donating what you can to support indie devs in need. This bundle will only be available until April 3, 2020. In the meantime, you can at least look forward to GDC Summer coming later this year!
What do you think of the GDC Relief Bundle? Do you have any particular favorites in the bunch? Let us know in the comments below!