Gaming Thoughts... 8/3/11 - Humble Bundle #3

I missed out on the first couple of Humble Bundle deals when they came out. My computer was somewhat... lacking prior to Christmas (thanks hon!). That said, I've been gobbling up games at a somewhat stupid pace since then on discount, and one of the better deals out there is the occasional Humble Bundle - you can find it here:

It's pretty hard to have anything bad to say about this. Indy game developers roll out a package of titles where you pay what you want to get the games included. Seriously, I have a friend who paid $1 last time. Sometimes, I'm embarrassed to be in public with him :P

It's for a good cause as a good chunk of the proceeds goes to charity - but even then you can decide how much you want to go to whom, whether it's a charity or the developers themselves. The deal was already pretty good, but it got made better today. The original package included:

Crayon Physics Deluxe
Cogs (which I reviewed previously here.)
And Yet It Moves
Steel Storm

On top of that, if you pay more than the current average people are shelling out (that would be $5.10 as of this writing) you are eligible to get the previously offered Humble Bundle #2 as well. That list of games includes:

Cortex Command
Revenge of the Titans

In case that wasn't enough incentive, they're also tossing in a free key to play Minecraft until August 14th. My son was in on the earlier betas and loves this game, so he was pretty excited about this one.

The games found in the two Humble Bundles are also DRM-free, and they can be tied to a Steam account for those who like having their games centrally located, so I'll no doubt be playing them on Steam while my kids play them on their internet-less computer.

Obviously some people will already have some of these games (I had Cogs through Steam and Braid on my 360) - so that may affect how good the value is for you personally, but I'm very excited to get a hold of these games at this price, and am excited to see the Humble Bundles still coming out. Have you downloaded and made use of this or any of the prior Humble Bundles? If so, what did you think? The only other one I had purchased was the Frozenbyte one and have only logged extensive time with Trine, which I have been thoroughly enjoying.


  1. Yeah, it's hard to not love the HIB's. I purchased #3 back on 7/30 then they slipped in steel storm on 8/1 to sweeten the pot.

    (and yes, I've been too lazy and tired to post anything myself on it)

    I haven't tried minecraft yet, but was thinking about it. It seems to be "the" thing and I'm sure has made @notch a ton of money by the looks of his HIB donations. :)

    I missed #1, then purchased #2 for more than the average price and they were doing the same two-for-one thing then as well. So today's inclusion of #2 was a moot point for me, but I still think it's cool and hope it helps the sales.

    I try to give a decent amount even if I already own the game to help out a bit. I just can't do the $1 thing without feeling like a jerk.

    I also really like the DRM-free part as well as the Steam keys. It's like you have your cake and can eat it too. Awesome convenience with Steam, but I like being able to install it on another steam-less laptop too.

    Some quick thoughts on the games:

    - Crayon Physics Deluxe: This thing is utterly fantastic. Truthfully this game was the only reason I purchased HIB3 as I already had VVVVV and AYIM. It's pretty simplistic at first, but really can be challenging at times. The only bad part is that I don't have a tablet.

    - Cogs: No idea, but I'm going to read your review on it soon. Overall I don't tend to like those sort of block shifting puzzles and I wouldn't be surprised if I never install it.

    - VVVVVV: I don't know where to start. This game is so damn awesome and we're getting the 2.0 rewrite in C++ instead of flash. (level editor, opens the door for steam cloud, real gamepad support,etc..) I purchased this back in Sept when it hit Steam and really loved it. Game play is tough, a bit sadistic and has some killer music. (though the stock levels aren't quite as brutal as SuperMeatBoy, but I hear the custom user levels are) Yeah, I have the soundtrack too PC or iPod use..

    - Hammerfight: No idea, this looks kind of weird.

    - AYIM: Very cool concept which I've played a little of. I usually get mixed up with which direction I need to rotate, but it's still fun. maybe next time I'll try a gamepad. I thought I heard the WiiWare version is better where you can rotate the mote and it moves in real time. (vs 90 degree flops) I could be wrong.

    - Steel Storm: Kind of neat little top-view vehicle shooter.


    - Braid: I know it's highly acclaimed and has been fun for a bit. I haven't gotten back to it et.

    - Cortex Command: Haven't tried. Seems kind of oddball, but interesting.

    - Machinarium: Got this in the 2010 summer sale and put about 3 hours into it. Pretty cool throwback to the point-and-click adventure type of games with some beautifully drawn art. Though I would like to see more adventure puzzles and less logic puzzles. Those start to really aggravate me at times.

    - Osmos: Another summer 2010 purchase and a great little title. I picked it up as it reminded me of Art Style: Orbient, but turned out to be better and also more difficult. Very soothing atmospheric soundtrack, but gets pretty bone-crushing difficult. I thought I also read that Hemisphere Games was working with some researchers regarding autism. Though I can't immediately find that right now.

    - Revenge of the titans: Cool and sometimes funny TD.

    - World of Goo: Great game, graphics, sound, it's like you're playing a Tim Burton movie. :) It is better on WiiWare for group/party play, but still great on PC.

    - Aquaria: Another highly-acclaimed title, but I haven't put much time into it.

    - Gish: Not played. Shame on me too as one of the guys from Team Meat worked on it.

    //didn't play Lugaru HD, Penumbra or Samorost 2 yet either..

    whew, that probably wasn't necessary..

  2. @Robert - Good morning!

    Yeah, for me the #2 bonus was nice, and I'd have hit that mark anyway, because yeah, as much as I love cheaper games, the $1 thing is a bit rough imo.

    I was already considering picking it up, but offering #2 with it was the clincher for me last night. And as you said, having DRM-free is huge, because I can put it n my kids' computers to play games too.

    - Crayon physics looked awesome - it'll be something my youngest in particular is going to be interested in.

    - Cogs was okay. I liked it at first, but it lost appeal for me quickly as you'll prolly read.

    - VVVVVV - I thought of Super Meat Boy though platformers aren't really my favorites, but my son was very excited by this one.

    - The rest: I haven't had much exposure to, so I'm hoping it leads to more posts by me, but nice to hear your feedback on these. A lot of these titles were ones I hadn't even heard of. I liked the breakdown you gave - especially since I whiffed on the entire humble bundle one except World of Goo, which my wife has on her iPad

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