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Retro Game Crunch launches on PC and Mac

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Retro Game Crunch, a series of seven 8-bit games funded on Kickstarter in the fall of 2012, launched earlier this week on Mac and Windows PC, the developers announced.

The seven-game collection regularly costs $14.99 from the Humble Store or the Retro Game Crunch website, but is currently on sale for $11.99, a 20 percent discount.

Retro Game Crunch began in a Ludum Dare game jam in August 2012, during which three indie developers created a game called Super Clew Land. Shaun Inman, Rusty Moyher and Matt Grimm wanted to do more with the project, so they raised more than $60,000 on Kickstarter later that year to fund the development of Retro Game Crunch, which would include Super Clew Land along with six games made as if they were developed during a game jam.

The developers originally planned to make one game per month, but after delays, they completed the sixth game at the end of December 2013 and released it to their Kickstarter backers. The seven titles are 8-bit games across a variety of genres: Super Clew Land, a "happy-go-lucky exploration-based platformer"; End of Line, a puzzle adventure game; GAIAttack, a beat-'em-up; Paradox Lost, a "Metroidvania"-like title; Wub-Wub Wescue, an arcade platformer; Brains and Hearts, a digital card game; and Shūten, a shoot-'em-up.

You can check out a trailer for Retro Game Crunch above. Inman, Moyher and Grimm also put up the collection for voting on Steam Greenlight.

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