Humble Indie Bundle 5 is too good to pass up

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The latest Humble Indie Bundle got a little bit better this week when more games were added to it. Given how sweet the pot got, I couldn’t pass up such a good deal. Every gamer owes it to themselves to buy this pack, get some good games and support developers.

A ton of games for a small price

The fifth Humble Indie Bundle is out right now and will remain available for another week. The hook to the whole bundle is that you can pay what you want! As of this writing, if you pay $10 you’ll get all of the following:

 

 

  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
  • Limbo
  • Amnesia
  • Psychonauts
  • Bastion
  • Lone Survivor
  • Braid
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Soundtracks for S&S, Limbo, Amnesia, Psychonauts and Bastion

In no way is this bundle a bad deal. I already had Bastion and Super Meat Boy but it was still worth it. I have been suffering from some video game burn out lately so this bundle was a pleasant surprise that has once again brought me back to the PC for gaming. Some the games in the bundle exist on XBLA but in that marketplace you’ll have to pony up at least $10 for one game…here you can get all 8 games for $10. You can get the bundle as direct downloads or through Steam.

The games I wanted

The two games that drew me into this bundle was Swords and Sworcery and Lone Survivor. I had seen the Superbrothers game prior as it was an iPad game and it looked spectacular. However, I don’t have an iPad so that was a game I’d just never play…until now. They ported the game over to PC and it looks incredible but translating a touch game into a mouse game proves to be a little awkward. It’s not unplayable but I can see how a lot more joy would be had from the touch screen of the tablet.

I had never seen nor heard of Lone Survivor until this bundle came out. On the surface Lone Survivor is just another point-and-click adventure game but the visuals and mood sold me on it. The game is made in a 16-bit retro style that I’m a huge fan of but what is even more impressive is how that style is used to create an environment and mood of real tension. You wander through the dark collecting clues and avoiding monsters while surviving in a post-outbreak world. You wouldn’t think the pixel style could create a feeling of horror but this game does just that.

I haven’t explored many of the other games in the bundle but it’s not like they get worse with time or anything. I’ll get to them. And even if I only invest time into these two games, I still only ended up paying $5 for each, which is still a deal! Of course, you can pay what you want so if you want to pay $100 to help support indie developers, you should. The guy that invented Minecraft donated more than $10,000…of course, he has money to burn. Right now the bundle has made a little shy of $4 million, which means (if my math is close) each game developer made about $166,250┬áconsidering the standard 65% of payment going to the developers. Not bad…makes me what to develop the next fun indie game. Who’s with me?

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Brian is a staff writer at TMA. He races Hot Wheels at RedlineDerby.com while watching cartoons with his kid. You can follow @morningtoast on Twitter.

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