If you purchased the Oddboxx on Steam this week, you were likely very disappointed with what you got from the two new titles: Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath. Users have cited a wide range of issues and complaints, from poor control setups to performance problems and lack of PC specific options. In short, they're not great ports, particularly Munch.
If you've been around the NeoGAF forums since the launch, you'll have likely spotted a "warning" thread, filled with reports of the aforementioned problems. Developer Just Add Water's CEO Stewart Gilray stopped in to address them and take in feedback, eventually leaving in exasperation (you know how forums can be). Since then, he's returned and apologized, saying it came off different than intended but was immature regardless, and has since formulated a plan, which has been met with very warm reception.
First thing's first: the crash issue for Munch has just seen a fix released. As for the performance issues with Stranger, they're making progress, so there should be an update there before long.
The big news is they'll be converting both games to proper PC versions, meaning better control and display options for both titles. While you won't see things like configurable shadows and so on (those are "deep in the game engines and were never intended to be switchable"), the result sounds like it will be sufficient, considering. Morphological anti-aliasing is coming to the PS3 version, anyway, and they say this will likely make it into the PC versions around the time that hits (April). This is just a short list -- the full plan will take time to craft. Remember also an HD update is coming to Stranger, based on the PS3 overhaul. They're still taking suggestions, too, so head to the thread via the source, the Steam forums, or try them on Twitter to request any feasible items.
As for why they launched the games in this state, Gilray says it's partly due to how demands in PC gaming have changed. While PC gamers today are often the "hardcore" enthusiast types with fairly extensive technical knowledge, and as such, want a wide variety of options, features, and benefits, when he last developed for the platform, this type of gamer was a minority, and basic options were considered acceptable. In any case, it's never too late to learn. While PC gamers can be a harsh bunch at first, most will turn around if you act on feedback, so we expect in a few months time (if not awhile longer), this will all be cleared up, around which time we'll give our review.