As you may or may not be aware, the Humble Bundle folks are at it again!
What is a Humble Bundle, you ask? Well, here’s how it works: the Humble Bundle folks partner with indie game developers to provide a bundle of DRM-free games that you can purchase from their website. They also have partnered with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play charity.
Rather than having a set cost like other game purchases, you can pay any amount you want for the bundle. Not only do you get to choose how much to pay, but you also get to choose how your payment is distributed among the developers, EFF, Child’s Play, and even the Humble Bundle crew in the form of a “humble tip”.
I really like the Humble Bundle: you get to pay what you want for a handful of cool games, plus you get to feel good about supporting both indie developers and charity. Everyone benefits. It’s a very worthwhile project and I highly recommend that everyone check it out.
The latest bundle, Humble Indie Bundle 3, is available at the Humble Bundle website. Hey, the bundle is only available until 9 August, so go out there and buy it now!
Need more convincing? Humble Bundle 3 is a collection of five games, each of which I’ll be doing a short review on in the next few days. Perhaps those will sway you. To get you started, you may want to check out the review of Cogs that I wrote last month. I will try to power through the other reviews this weekend. So far, I have played all of them, but only for a small amount of time. Here’s the list of games included in the Bundle:
- And Yet It Moves
- A standard platform puzzle game… except that you have the power to rotate the entire world around your character.
- A puzzle game with an invention backdrop. I’m not a fan of puzzle games, but this one has a lot of charm and I liked it pretty well.
- Crayon Physics Deluxe
- Draw shapes with your crayon to solve physics puzzles. What could be better than that?
- If you ever wanted to spin around in a Leonardo da Vinci-inspired flying machine and smash things with a mace… this may be your game.
- VVVVVV (review forthcoming)
- Yes, that’s six V’s in a row. And it’s a platform game that reminds me of some of the games on the Commodore 64; it is definitely a throw-back.
Over 164,000 bundles have already been sold for over $750,000. Keep it up everyone!