Friday, December 24, 2010

Humble Bundle #2 - Great indy games - name your price!

Osmos - Humble Bundle 2
The independent games humble bundle offer is back again, better than before. It is a pay-what-you-want offer for 5 indy games, all of which have support for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. If you pay above the average, you get the previous humble-bundle pack of 6 games as well! A very good deal for whatever you want to pay! (Makes an excellent Christmas present!) Anyone studying games design or games programming should get these games to learn from them - what works, what doesn't? Braid is a fabulous example of teaching the player the game without needing to give them a tutorial, and many of these games are great examples of the scope you should aim for if you are making your own game.

The games included are:
  • Braid - a side scrolling puzzle/adventure through time. Nicely designed gameplay.
  • Cortex Command - side scroller, not very impressive.
  • Machinarium - a point and click adventure game, nice graphics, pretty decent.
  • Osmos - an ambient physics-based "eating" game (you absorb smaller entities). Good gameplay and a great "programmer-game" (nice graphics). My pick of the lot. (only $10 separately)
  • Revenge of the Titans - a tower-defense (build towers that destroy enemies) game. Nothing special.
The other games are:
  • World of Goo - a construction puzzle game. Lots of fun.
  • Aquaria - an underwater fantasy game.
  • Gish - a platform game.
  • Lugaru - 3D action adventure game.
  • Penumbrac - a FPS/adventure game.
  • Samorost 2 - a flash-based puzzle game.
If you pay 10 USD to get them all, that works out to less than a dollar a game, and I guarantee you will find at least one game you think is worth $10 in the humble (cross-platform games) bundle.


Simon Wittber said...

Cortex command is quite impressive IMO. It has a unique pixel perfect physics / destruction system. Also, calling it a side scroller is a bit of an understatement.

montdidier said...

Yes and Revenge of the Titans which you've also casually dismissed is actually one of my favourites in the whole bundle. I've found it extremely addicitive in a way that no other Tower Defence game has managed to achieve for me.