The guys at Humble Bundle seem to be tripping over themselves to give games out to the public for cheaper-than-dirt prices.
Humble Indie Bundle 7 went live today and will be up for the next two weeks. For those who aren’t familiar with Humble Bundle yet, what are you doing? How can you be a gamer and not know what these bundles are? They are the best thing to happen since memory cards (but not quite as good as Ellen McLain in ‘Pacific Rim’). Here’s a little cheat sheet to bring you up to speed, but shape-up.
The team over at Humble Bundle releases bulk packages of games for brief periods of time. The difference between them and any eBay bought The Sims Box Collection is that you get to name your price. You get to pay any price, the minimum being the spare change between your couch cushions, and you get a good five DRM-free games worth upwards of $80, sometimes even more. However, paying more than the average of about $6 gets you a bonus game or two. The money you pay is then divided between the developers, the Humble Bundle team, or a charity. You get to choose how you want to split up the money, but so far the Humble Bundle has raised $9.5 million dollars for charity since the first bundle was released on May 4th of 2010.
The previous bundle strayed from the indie genre and released AAA games from THQ such as Darksiders and Company of Heroes. This was an interesting shift because it showed that Humble Bundle is gaining attention from big name publishers, the implications of which don’t need much explanation. But Humble Indie Bundle 7 has returned to its indie game roots and offers the following gems:
The Binding of Isaac + Wrath of the Lamb DLC
Indie Game: The Movie
…but if you pay more than the average, which is $6.10 as of this posting, you also get…
Legend of Grimrock
Dungeon Defenders + All DLC
These games come complete with their respective soundtracks. You’ll also notice that one of these titles is Indie Game: The Movie. While naming a video game ‘Indie Game: The Movie’ would be a very indie game thing to do, it is in fact a movie. A good one too, by my taste. The documentary follows the developers of Braid, Fez, and Super Meat Boy who tell their stories about developing their games and their opinions on the gaming industry as it stands. A very well put together piece that was featured at Sundance and won the award for Best Editing within the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition. If you haven’t seen it, now is your chance.
All files are compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux and also come with Steam keys that allow them to be easily downloaded and stored on your steam account.
Definitely go check it out and register to receive emails from them (they only send them out when a new bundle is available or when they add more games to the bundle).