Jonatan Söderström, better known by his web moniker Cactus, is an experimental indie developer best known for his unique arthouse-esque videogames. Spurred by a recent income drought, he is trying to rake in some dough since he "really could use the money to have a nice summer."1
To make those dreams a reality, he is selling a super-limited run of (i.e. ten) physical copies of his latest offbeat pixel venture, Norrland, on eBay.2 Complete with hand-crafted packaging full of Söderström's love, each CD will no doubt fetch a fancy price in the auctions. A must-have for the Cactus enthusiasts.
Working the corner, not making enough cash to indulge in the bidding process? No worries. Cactus has confirmed that he will be releasing Norrland as freeware, but only after all 10 copies have been snapped up by his loyal fans.
Norrland, he warns, is more “style and atmosphere” than substance.
The art game was made for part of an exhibition opening Friday at Kulturbygden, a cultural center in Sollefteå, Sweden. The game explores prejudices city folk hold against those who live in rural areas, and is adult in nature. The game’s trailer, above, features music by German techno artist Isolée.3