Humble Indie Bundle 9 ReviewGuest_Jim_* - September 17, 2013
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Looking for some more games to play, but do not feel like spending a bunch of money? Then you should probably check out Humble Bundle's latest offering; the 4+2 Humble Indie Bundle 9.
Humble Bundle is a company that puts together media bundles to sell using a pay-what-you-want model, with a customizable part of the sales going to charity. Typically these bundles include indie games and soundtracks, though recently we have been seeing non-indie games and non-game media in bundles. All of it is sold using a pay-what-you-want model, with a customizable portion going to the developers, to Humble Bundle itself, and to charities. The bundles for this charity are Child's Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Watsi.
With a pay-what-you-want model, there is the risk that people will only pay the minimum to get the content. To encourage customers to pay more, certain games are locked behind the average price, so only be beating the average can you get them, and any other media associated with them. Currently the bundle includes Brütal Legend, Mark of the Ninja, Trine 2: Complete Story, and the beta for Eets Munchies, at any price. Beating the average, which is approximately $4.60 when I am writing this, unlocks FTL: Faster Than Light and FEZ. All of the games are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and DRM-free versions can be downloaded from Humble Bundle
As the bundle is only available for a limited amount of time, instead of playing each game to completion, with one exception, I will play the game until I am confident I can properly review the gameplay experience it offers. That one exception is FEZ, which I have owned for some time now, and have already written a review for: FEZ Review. I will still cover the game in this review, but for a more detailed look at it, you should read its full-length review.
With a bundle like this, there is the question of what games make it worth buying, and if one game stands out to make the bundle a necessary purchase. Time to find the answer!