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"Counterfiet" Lugaru removed from Apple App Store

You may remember that a few days ago it was reported that someone had uploaded the entire Lugaru indie action game from developer Wolfire to Apple's Mac App Store and basically sold it as their own game for a much lower price than the original version. The person who did this said that because the game's source code was released he was within his rights to do such a thing. That's a viewpoint which Wolfire, obviously, disagreed with.

Now it looks like the faux Lugaru game has finally been removed from the Mac App Store. While Wolfire is in the dark on exactly why this happened they are clearly happy that Apple made this decision. Wolfire also announced that if you bought the counterfiet Lugaru game you can send your Mac Apple Store receipt to the team at Wolfire will send you a copy of the real game plus an extra Steam code for the title as well.

Open source-based game Lugaru HD victim of counterfeit via Apple's App Store

An indie game developer has found that one of its open source-based games has been copied and uploaded to Apple's recently launched App Store. Developer Wolfire, who released the third person action game Lugaru HD back in 2005 for PC, Mac and Linux released the Mac version of the game via the Mac App Store two weeks ago for $9.99. However the developer discovered that someone had basically uploaded the same game to the App Store, relabeled it as Lugaru and marked as being for sale for just 99 cents.

Kotaku managed to get a quote from from Alex Matlin of iCoder, the "developer" of the other Lugaru game, who basically said that because the game's code was released as open source he has the rights to redistribute the game. However, as pointed out by Wolfire on its blog site, that does not apply to the "the assets, characters, and everything else aside from the code itself." Wolfire has been trying to get Apple to pull the other Lugaru game off the App Store but as of this writing it has not yet happened.

Overgrowth trailer shows off powerful editors, sweet martial arts moves

Lugaru is one of those games that straddles the line between mainstream success and indie obscurity. The developers aren't resting on their laurels with the sequel, however, and Overgrowth is looking more and more fantastic with each passing day. The newest trailer shows off many of the features in the current alpha, including the level editor, animation system, physics, and even combat. It's certainly got up pumped for the game, as editing your own levels and creating your own stories and even animations looks so amazingly simple. Here's looking forward to what will no doubt be a fantastic indie game.

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Humble Indie Bundle raises over $560,000 so far with three days to go

Earlier this week we alerted you to the Humble Indie Bundle which lets you pay whatever you want to get five great indie game titles (World of Goo, Gish, Aquaria, Penumbra Overture, and Lugaru HD). Now with just under three days to go before the deal disappears, the bundle has generated over $560,000 in revenue as of this post. The average contribution is about $8 or so, but one anonymous contributor paid $1,000 for the bundle. Linux users have contributed the most per donation with an average of close to $14.

You still have two days and 23 hours to jump on this deal. Remember that you can also choose to put a portion of your money for the bundle to contribute to two charities (the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Child's Play).

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Pay (or donate!) what you want with the Humble Indie Bundle

Pay what you want has become the newest craze in the indie community, with developers offering the deal left and right. Now comes the best deal we've ever seen regarding this new payment scheme. Five classic indie games are available in a pay what you want bundle, and as a kicker, the bundle also includes two charities for the division of money. Altogether, the bundle is worth $80 if bought at standard prices for each game.

The games included in the pack are World of Goo, Gish, Aquaria, Penumbra Overture, and Lugaru HD. We've raved about most of these games on the site before, and with good reason. They are all incredibly good, and one of them (World of Goo) pioneered the pay what you want gimmick. The two charities involved in the deal are the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Child's Play. You can pay what you want and divide it however you want, from even among all involved to giving to a single developer or charity. You get all five games, free of DRM, regardless of who you give the money to.

Download: Lugaru Demo

"Lugaru (pronounced Loo-GAH-roo) is a third-person action title available for Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. The main character, Turner, is an anthropomorphic rebel bunny rabbit with impressive combat skills. In his quest to find those responsible for slaughtering his village, he uncovers a far-reaching conspiracy involving the corrupt leaders of the rabbit republic and the starving wolves from a nearby den. Turner takes it upon himself to fight against their plot and save his fellow rabbits from slavery."

For a short time, players can get a free copy of Lugaru for the holidays.

Download the Lugaru Demo [Windows] (24 MB)
Download the Lugaru Demo [Mac] (26 MB)
Download the Lugaru Demo [Linux] (25 MB)

Free copy of Lugaru for Christmas

We've talked about Lugaru here on Big Download before and praised it for being an engaging third-person brawler that happens to be about anthropomorphic rabbits fighting wolves with martial arts. We've even recommended it for purchase in our 15 Indie Games for the Holidays feature. But why take our word for it? Why not play the full game yourself?

Wolfire Games is offering a free copy of Lugaru for Christmas for anybody who uses Facebook. Signing up for this event and joining the ranks of fans on the Overgrowth fan page will net you a free copy of it for you or a family member come Christmas Day. This gift comes in the form of a personalized license key emailed out to all those participating in the event. It's rare to see a developer offer one of their games for free on Christmas, especially when it is $20 any other time of year, so take advantage of their kindness and snag a key. If you want to know what you are getting, the demo can be downloaded freely.

Download the Lugaru Demo [Windows] (24 MB)
Download the Lugaru Demo [Mac] (26 MB)
Download the Lugaru Demo [Linux] (25 MB)

Feature: 15 Indie Games for the Holidays

So you are looking for a new experience in gaming. But the mainstream market is getting you down with its high price tags and extensive DRM. But there's a lot of great games out there that you can get cheap. The indie market is strong, and some of the best games around can be found for half the price of the price of more mainstream games like Dead Rising or Fallout 3. They've also got far less rigorous specs than their mainstream counterparts, which is also a welcome change of pace. We've got a list of some of the best indie games money can buy, ranging from the puzzle extravaganza World of Goo to the clever and addicting Armageddon Empires. So indulge in the little guy this holiday season. You won't be disappointed with the results you get.

Click on the image above to continue reading Big Download's 2008 PC Game Holiday Gift Guide

Indie Showcase: Oct. 21st

Welcome to the Indie Showcase, a semi-regular column on Big Download that takes a look at games we haven't covered on the site that we really think you should play.

There may be a lot of quality freeware games out there, but there's also a lot of amazing shareware games. In fact, most of the truly amazing or classic indie games are indeed shareware! So for those of you that want a decent selection of games to spend about $20 on, here's four of the many classic and great shareware indie games for you to pick from. They may not be all that new, but everyone, indie connessoir or not, should play these games at least once.


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