The question: What do you do after you've got 11 wildly successful Humble Indie Bundles under your belt? The answer: You make number 12, with Papers, Please, Luftrausers, Gone Home, and a unique "Entertainment System" with a price tag that's just a wee bit higher than what we're used to.
Choice. That’s one thing a PC gamer is never short of, thanks to cheap games, seasonal sales, and pay-what-you-want bundles. Over the years my Steam library has grown into a vast, overwhelming thing, bursting with games I’ve never, or barely, played.
PAX Prime switches on tomorrow, and it promises to be a good time for all. But if you're one of the unfortunate souls who can't make it, here's the next best thing: The PAX 10 Humble Flash Bundle!
The good folks at Humble Bundle have launched a new "Modern Retro" Flash Bundle, a collection of five modern games with a seriously nostalgic bent. Humble Flash Bundles, for those who haven't run into one before, work the same as regular Humble Bundles, but they don't last nearly as long: You get 24 hours to pull the trigger and after that, it's game over.
Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 features Galactic Civilizations II, Age of Empires Legacy Bundle and five more
Humble Jumbo Bundle 2—say it fast ten times, then go check out the latest pay-what-you-want bundle that includes up to seven games with a serious strategy bent and supports two very worthy charities. (And you don't actually have to say "Humble Jumbo Bundle 2" ten times first.)
The Humble Square Enix Bundle may not be the most universally-solid collection of games ever assembled—an unavoidable consequence of inviting Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days to the party—but it's still a pretty great collection. There's Thief (one of the good ones), all the Deus Ex games, Anachronox, and even Daikatana.
2K Games has teamed up with the Humble Bundle folks to offer some outstanding games (and, yes, one or two rather average ones) on the serious cheap.
Turns out the Steam Summer Sale isn't the only reason your wallet will be empty by the end of the month. Games Done Quick is a charity drive raising money for Doctors Without Borders via the reliably entertaining medium of the speedrun. Its Summer Games Done Quick schedule is running most of this week, and to celebrate the organisation has teamed up with Humble Bundle to offer up to ten games for a measly $25.
Uh oh. Humble Bundle is already in the midst of a tempting Spring Sale (Saint Row IV is currently $10!) at the same time as GOG’s Spring Insomnia Sale, and your wallet cowers in fear of Steam’s next seasonal sale. The last thing it needs is another opportunity for amazing savings, but that’s just what Humble Bundle announced with its new Humble Daily Bundle.
Spring is in the air. It’s horrible. The air is more pollen than O2 at this point, and if you have allergies like I do every inhale is a misery. Rather than enjoy the sunshine, why not close all your windows, pull down the blinds, and download a mess of games from the Humble Bundle Spring Sale? What you buy should last you until this whole season blows over and it’s safe to go outside again.
This week’s new Humble Weekly Sale features a bundle devoted to rhythm games. The funkiest of gamers—by which I mean, anyone who can actually bob their head in time and carry a tune—will appreciate the sick beats on sale in the form of Symphone, Sequence, and Bit Trip Runner. I’ve now used up all of the music-related slang I know, so we can all move on.
A "very special" Humble Bundle popped up yesterday, this time in support of Independent Games Festival chairman Brandon Boyer. A Bundle of Love for Brandon includes 32 games and soundtracks packaged together to support Boyer, who was diagnosed with cancer late last year.
Sid Meier. Sid Meier. Sid Meier. If you say Sid Meier three times, well, he won't exactly pop out of your bathroom mirror, but at least you'll be prepared for seeing the name of one of PC gaming's developer grandmasters festooned across the newest offering from Humble Bundle which focuses on a selection of terrific turn-based strategy titles.
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAAnd the next in the expanding Humble catalogue of bundles, sales and miscellaneous offers is the 'PC and Android 8' bundle. It's a scattershot collection of quad-classed games, with each offering fully levelled in Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. For users of Google's mobile platform, it's a great excuse to circumvent the atrocious Google Play store, and be reminded that the system does have some games. For us desktop users, it's another chance to be inundated with cheap indies.
Humble Jumbo Bundle. That's quite a mouthful, and if you say it ten times fast it will summon both Beetlejuice and Candyman and open a portal to the underworld. So, y'know, it's probably best to avoid that. However, it's also the name of the Humble Bundle's latest pay-what-you-want sale, which this time discounts Sanctum 2, Magicka with two bits of DLC, and Natural Selection 2. Beat the average and you'll also get Orcs Must Die 2, Garry's Mod and Serious Sam 3: BFE throw in too. If your bank account wasn't summarily emptied during the course of the Steam sale, it might be worth a look.
It's great when Steam and other online stores go head-to-head, because stiffer competition for them means lower prices and better service for consumers. One problem with this kind of competition-following, though, is that it disguises how truly lopsided the fight is: Steam is way, way ahead. Over the holiday weekend, the digital download service report it had seven million users logged on at the same time.
Bundles are so 2012. Okay, they're still pretty 2013 too, and the Humble Bundle organisers are planning to run both them and the Weekly Sale offers in future. Now, though, they've expanded their Humble enterprise to include a permanent store front, from which you can buy a selection of indie and indie-ish games. To celebrate the store's launch, they're running a sale that knocks 50-75% off the entirety of the (currently small) catalogue. More deals - and therefore more games - are scheduled to appear over the next few days.
The Humble Bundle has added a new feature to its already-popular package of game sales and charity outreach: the ability to gift games to family or friends. Humble is calling the new option "experimental," according to an announcement on its blog, but it's likely going to be a hit due to the enormous variety of games we often see in Humble's various digital download offers.
There is an important question we all must ask ourselves one day: can I afford to be Batman? If the price for all of those wonderful toys in Batman: Arkham Origins is too high for you, then the folks at the Humble Bundle have got you covered.