They did away with the pre-orders because people were getting pissed after pre-ordering and discovering that they already owned some of the games in the bundle. All they need to do is bring back the pre-orders, but let people know what games are gonna be in the bundle. Problem solved.
Groupees almost always announces what games are gonna be in an upcoming bundle a day or two ahead of time. It seems to work for them. It can work for Indie Royale too. In fact, I think I'm gonna send them an email suggesting just that tomorrow.
Incidentally, anybody else surprised that they haven't revealed any of the bonus games yet? What the hell are thy waiting for? The bundle has sold well, but sales have stalled. Time to reveal the bonuses already.
I'm not surprised, they usually unlock bonuses on the last day, so I figured it'd be the same for mystery games. I agree that it's a stupid decision to wait so long though. No point in having mystery games if they're going to wait until the last minute to unlock them.
On the face of it, that's about as good as you could look to get from IR. The problem then comes about that everybody has CC already and Pid was on IGS-which-nobody-bought-but-everybody-now-thinks-is-only-worth-a-dollar. It just loses that "must have" factor. Particularly when you can get solid Indie Gala bundles on happy hour for half the price.
Shame really. IR just hasn't been able to keep pace with the rest of the bundle scene.
Wait.. what? Not sure if the bolded part is sarcasm, or what planet you're from that nobody bought Pid from IGS. It was their 2nd most popular deal, and I thought most CAGs bought it, which is why its so difficult to sell for a dollar now.
EDIT: Apparently the mystery games will be unlocked today
The other 3 games in The Lunar Bundle will be unlocked today http://$$$$$$$/indieroyale
Edited by spoderman, 30 April 2013 - 12:20 PM.