Humble Indie Bundle 7 ReviewGuest_Jim_* - January 2, 2013
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Hey, I'm back for more, but this time instead of reviewing a big name title like Borderlands 2, my critique will be of the indie titles Closure, Legend of Grimrock, Shank 2, Snapshot, and the Binding of Isaac. Some of you may recognize these titles as those in the Humble Indie Bundle 7 when it launched, which makes sense as that is how I got the games and why I am reviewing them.
For those of you who do not know, Humble Bundle is a company that typically offers bundles of games from independent developers. Occasionally the games come with soundtracks, are ready to play on Windows, Mac, or Linux computers, and more often than not, DRM-free. As impressive as that combination is, what makes the offerings from Humble Bundle always interesting is the company's 'Pay-What-You-Want' model. Even though all together the Humble Indie Bundle 7 contains around $140 of content, you can get most of the games for just one penny. Pay over $1 and you get Steam keys for the games. If you beat the average of current sales, you get all $140 of content. To top it off, you decide where your money goes. When you purchase a bundle you may indicate how much of what you pay goes to the individual developers, to Humble Bundle itself, and to two non-profit organizations; the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play Charity.
Some of you may also realize that two titles are missing from the list: Indie Game: The Movie and Dungeon Defenders. The reason I am not giving Indie Game: The Movie as much attention as the games is because it is a movie and not a game. The reason I am not reviewing Dungeon Defenders is quite different. I have had the game for over a year now, so I have experienced all of the changes it has undergone and my first impressions of the game are of it without DLC. Also I am friends with a number of the developers and other staff who made, and still support, the game. I do not believe I could give an unbiased opinion of the game due to these factors, which is why it too will not receive much focus in this review. I will mention it later on though, but only to describe it; not to review it.
Along with reviewing the games, I will also speak of their soundtracks, except for The Binding of Isaac soundtrack because, while I have it, it is not included in the bundle.
Another note I need to give is that I am not playing these games to completion for the simple reason that I want this review to be out before the sale is over. However I will not stop playing until I am comfortable that I can write an informed piece on the games, if not a complete piece.
With the introduction done, let's get to the games and see if any one title makes the bundle worth buying!
(This review was written before The Basement Collection, Offspring Fling, and Cave Story+ were added to the bundle and, due to the holidays, there was no time for the reviewer to play them before it was published.)