Humble Indie Bundle 9 Is Go(od)

By John Walker on September 11th, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

It’s not Android games, nor soundtracks, nor books about kettles. The new Humble Bundle is the original, the Humble Indie Bundle 9. And for a ninth time in a row, it’s a corker. With names like Mark Of The Ninja, FTL: Faster Than Light, and FEZ, you can see the dollar signs spinning already.

The full, very impressive list is: Trine 2, Mark Of The Ninja, Eets Munchies, Brutal Legend, FTL: Faster Than Light, and FEZ. And you already know they’ll be adding in at least a couple more come next week. It’s been going for half an hour as I write, and it’s already sold nearly 36,000, with $147,000 made. Good heavens.

All games are PC, Mac and Linux, and all are DRM free. This one’s going to be ha-uge.

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  1. aliksy says:

    Curious how this will do in comparison to the EA .. uh.. un-humble bundle (proud bundle?).

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Well, I’d consider the indie scene rather small compared to the numbers big publishers can conjure. Hence, I doubt this will come anywhere near the EA bundle of arrogance.

    • lomaxgnome says:

      I’d imagine the Origin bundle introduced a lot of new people to Humble Bundles, and that we’ll see a boost on this bundle as a result. Also, this has a lot of very well reviewed games in it, so it should get good publicity. That said, the only Humble Bundle to go over 1 million sales is the Origin bundle, and it went over 2 million. I’d bet this one cracks a million, but not much more. There may also be a lot of people in the position that I am, in that they already have all the games in this bundle because they are all so good (the Eets beta not included).

      Of note is the change to the bonus games, in all previous bundles, buying the lowest tier early would get you the bonus games when they were added. With this advance notice, that will no longer be the case. As a result, there will probably be fewer “speculative” bundles purchased.

      • mr.black says:

        It happened for me. Not that I didn’t know about THB, but Origin HB showed me how utterly simple the system works! This one is great for my preferences! Hope all of devs get enough monetary praise from the bundle!

      • Phasma Felis says:

        Wait, are you saying that people are less likely to buy it for actual, current bonus games than for hypothetical future bonus games? That seems unlikely.

        • Mcmicker says:

          There are always extra bonus games that get added in halfway through the bundle’s run. Usually buying the bundle for $1 /before/ the extra games are added gives you access to them when they are eventually unlocked. With HB9 you have to beat the average to get the extra games even if you get the bundle before the extra games are unlocked.

  2. LionsPhil says:

    FTL is wonderful, but I rather suspect everyone who is even slightly interested owns it by now.

    • Wedge says:

      Nope. Although I’m only the very slightest bit interested.

    • Snargelfargen says:

      Not I! Somehow managed to avoid it despite all the summer sales.Would’ve bought it for the other games anyways though.

    • TimEatsApples says:

      Not me! I’ve been working through a backlog and haven’t had time to pick it up. Glad to get it at last!

    • Baines says:

      Yes, this is actually a pretty weak bundle for that reason. Most people who want FTL have probably already bought it.

      Mark of the Ninja is good, but has been on sale several times. Trine 2 has probably already been bought by anyone who cared about Trine. Eets is a beta. And the shine wore off of FEZ long ago.

      More interesting is that Humble Bundle changed its policy for games added later. According to the page, you only get unannounced bonus games if you BTA when you buy. Always before you only had to pay $1 to get any future unlocks.

      That change will reshape how people buy Humble Bundles, because there is no incentive to buy a ton of $1 copies the first week, expecting to eventually end up with 8-10 games for that $1 purchase. That also will lower interest from people who then give games away on sites like SteamGifts, as well as exploitative traders. Fewer $1 buys means the average will go higher. But what happens next? Will people just stop buying at all once the average reaches a certain point? And how high will the average go when extra games are unveiled? Will the end result be less money overall, even if the amount paid per game is higher? And if it does mean less money, will this end up a one-time pricing experiment?

      • fauxC says:

        Just reading your description of that process is tiring. Do people really scrabble around entrepreneurially in the pennies like that?

        • Hahaha says:

          Yep, sad isn’t it….

          and OH NOES people can’t buy a bunch of games for a dollar and then use them to trade or sell 0.o

        • Baines says:

          Yes. Don’t underestimate the amount of work someone will put into getting “free money”.

          It isn’t even that difficult…

          Under the old system, you could spend $5 buying 5 sets when a Humble Bundle starts. After a couple of weeks, you would have 5 copies of everything except the initial BTA games. Trade one or two of those keys for a $5 game, and you’ve already broke even, with 35-50 game keys left to try to make a profit. (Or give the keys away to buy good will with your pocket change.)

          Not everyone knows about a new bundle, so if you hurry, you can get your trading in before the market value of a game crashes. Even afterwards, you can find people who don’t realize that a particular game was effectively purchasable for a single dime (10 games for $1), and think it is still “worth” $5-$20.

          • smb says:

            We have a whole international market with millions of people faffing about to get that “free money.”

        • frightlever says:

          They do and it’s scary the thought and time that goes into it. Given a couple hundred bucks and a cheap trading account they could make a mint trading stocks.

      • Vivi says:

        Seeing as how giving just one *paper monies* (which used to be just giving one *smallest coin monies*) actually hurts everyone involved with the bundle, I don’t blame them for doing whatever they can to keep the price-per-sale as high as they can while still allowing buyers to name their price.

        People are still more than welcome to wait until all the games have been revealed and then decide if what they get for the lowest price possible is all that they want. But there has to be something there to persuade people to pay what they at least think is fair.

      • Phasma Felis says:

        “Yes, this is actually a pretty weak bundle for that reason. Most people who want FTL have probably already bought it.

        Mark of the Ninja is good, but has been on sale several times. Trine 2 has probably already been bought by anyone who cared about Trine. Eets is a beta. And the shine wore off of FEZ long ago.”

        This is utter balderdash and I’m delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever.

        I already have the Trine 2 base game, Brutal Legend, FTL, and Fez. I don’t care about Eets. I bought the bundle for Mark of the Ninja and the Trine 2 DLC, I paid $10, I got a great deal, end of story.

      • Winterborn says:

        Yeah, I bought Mark of the Ninja full price got FTL on a sale and had limited interest in the rest. I added Trine 2 and Brutal Legend to my steam library. I’ll likely give away the other keys(if anyone has a key for Leviathan: WarshipsI I’ll trade Fez etc!?) and hope for something cool next week.

    • Apocalypse says:

      Nope, but I do own all other of those games that interest me, which means trine and mark of the ninja. And I always feel uncomfortable with buying at humble bundle for just a single game, even I know that I should not and just set the slider down for those games that I do own already.

      • Drowed says:

        I get what you’re saying, but I do it anyways, then I simply give the keys for the games that I already have to friends or just give it to someone on steamgifts.

    • Teovald says:

      I already have all the games in this bundle (except for the eets newcomer of course).
      With all these indie bundles and sales, I knew this day would happen ;-(.
      Oh well, maybe something new will be added next week.

  3. elderman says:

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee- (breath) eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Yes please! And I’ll take HiBX, too, if you’ve got it. I love these bundles.

    I’m hoping that Trine 1 will be one of the games added, as I missed the Frozenbyte Bundle. It’s never been at the top of my ‘to buy’ list, but we wantss it.

    Personally I pay far more than the average, as much as I can justify to my budget, and still lay out a fraction of the full retail price for all the games. It’s one of my happiest purchases.

  4. Pich says:

    Nice, i was waiting for the occasion to pay FEZ as little as possible.

    • Arcadia says:

      Are you one of these guys that set the Fez slider to zero, just because they don’t like Fish?

      • Pan Vidla says:

        Well, to be fair, Fish does seem to put a lot of effort into trying to look like an asshole.

        • Dowr says:

          “To be [NOT] fair”

          Allowing the personality of the creator to stop you from purchasing (or worse – pirating) their work is shallow.

          • Pan Vidla says:

            It probably is. All I’m saying is that it seems understandable to me that some people are a little hesitant about supporting a developer who quite openly claims not to like them.

          • Totally heterosexual says:

            And? It’s still everyone’s personal decisions how to give out their money.

            Even if his work was a grand masterpiece of some sorts, he would still be a dickhead and i want him getting as little of my money as possible.

          • gryffinp says:

            Allowing the personality of a creator to stop me from giving them my money sounds pretty reasonable to me.

          • zbeeblebrox says:

            Agreed. If you allow your purchasing decisions to be governed by bullshit ad hominem, you need to look yourself in the mirror. Which is to say, every gamer ever needs to look themselves in a mirror literally every time they buy anything.

            What’s that? No, no, I’m not jaded and cynical, just in denial about being jaded and cynical.

          • Hahaha says:

            It would be amusing to watch these people on a reality TV show where they have to do just that, I wonder what will happen when they realise they can buy jack shit.

        • MattM says:

          He did tell me to kill myself.

      • Deano2099 says:

        I might be. I bought it on 360 and was one of the 0.1% or whatever that was screwed by the patch thing corrupting my save game that wasn’t important enough to fix.

      • Kubrick Stare Nun says:

        I, for one, was totally cool with Fish, until; that is, he decided put his game on a 50% Steam sale and two days later put it on a Humble Bundle. Now I want the fucker’s head on a plate.

      • Turkey says:

        Fish is a bit of a butthole. I find his rants to be more hilarious than offensive, though, and I liked Fez a lot.

  5. Fanbuoy says:

    Anyone else having problems redeeming the keys? Steam processes them just fine (although no title is shown upon confirmation that the game was registered), but they don’t show up in my library. I’ve tried redeeming them again, but Steam says that I already have the games.

  6. Deano2099 says:

    That’s too good. No literally. I own all but one of them, and bought all but two of them for full price already.

    • Anguy says:

      Yeah me too, though I bought nothing except Mark of the Ninja at full price but rather on “normal” sales :)

    • BooleanBob says:

      It probably says something very worrying that I’m relieved when a humble bundle contains games I’ve already played in it, because at least that way they aren’t going to be added to the backlog.

      Obviously there is no question of me not buying the bundle, because bundle.

      • Deano2099 says:

        Well of course. I mean I bought Fez at full price but then that was on 360. It’ll be my third time buying Brutal Legend though….

      • Anguy says:

        Another good reason for me to buy the bundles are the soundtracks. Those often would cost 10€ a piece as well if bought seperately or wouldn’t even be available at all in some cases outside of the humble bundle :)

    • belgand says:

      Yeah, this is a distinct problem with this bundle. I bought Mark of the Ninja from Amazon in one of their bundles and FTL I bought through the Humble Store when it was on one of the 50% off sales. No interest in Trine or Eets and Brutal Legend seemed amazing until it turned out it wasn’t really the game in the demo and I felt my heart break in a way that only Tim Schafer knew how to do. FEZ would be nice, but it goes on sale for $5 not terribly infrequently. Such a shame too as I held out during the weekend sale on FEZ by guessing that it would show up in a bundle.

      The side effect of many of these bundles is that I’m increasingly hesitant to buy indie games even at typical sale prices. It takes a certain amount of guess work, but the chance of them coming out in a bundle later (and well before I get through my decades-long backlog) is often too high.

    • aakash says:

      Hey I missed out on the bundle turns out it ended today :( if you would be willing to spare some of the game codes I’d be SO grateful!

  7. apocraphyn says:

    Aww snap. They’ve got me again. (Own none of these other than FTL, and I quite wanted Brutal Legend and Mark of the Ninja!)

  8. Reapy says:

    Hrmm mark of the ninja + trine…. have brutal legend but goofing around in it again on the pc ought to be nice. Nice bundle, as usual, god damn I love game sales.

  9. Jenks says:

    If you take out FTL (one of my favorite games ever) and Eets (played a few minutes, wasn’t my thing), then this bundle is gamepad/big picture mode heaven. Bonus points for couch co-op Trine 2 with your wife/husband.

    Fez is so charming that you will hate Phil Fish less after playing it, if you like platformers at all.

  10. Alexander says:

    Is that Eets thing any good?

  11. kincajou says:

    Anyone know if mark of the ninja is available without steam? From the information i can gather it seems like a no-go but maybe someone here is better at searching :P

  12. Oasx says:

    I will wait and see what other games get added, i already own Trine 2, Mark of the Ninja & Brutal Legend, and not especially interested in the others. But i would recommend it for Trine 2 and Mark of the Ninja, both are great games.

    • JoeGuy says:

      FTL is worth the purchase easily. It rivals or beats XCOM for that “just one more level” mentality.

    • belgand says:

      Which is actually odd as it sounds like you’ll only get the added games if you pay above the average in the first place. In the past it was always a good idea to pay at least the minimum price for every bundle just in case they added a game you wanted in the second week. That way you wouldn’t be stuck with paying above the average.

  13. JoeGuy says:

    Why do I always have basically all the games in the humble bundle (bar EA’s)
    Oh well, Brutal Legend for a dollar it is then.

  14. Alexrd says:

    Mark of the Ninja and Trine 2 DRM-free makes this an obligatory bundle for me.

  15. Moraven says:

    Time to get some 3 person co-op with Trine 2. Almost had bought it in a 3-pack for $7 during their last Steam sale (which I missed by seconds and had to get Steam to move my full price purchase to Steam Wallet).

  16. zachforrest says:

    Worth noting FEZ doesn’t work on shitty integrated graphics cards. It lies unplaced on my acer crapotron.

    I do find Fish amusingly belligerent though, so wasn’t too angry.

  17. zain3000 says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I’ve been waiting to say “oh, hai Mark (of the ninja)” on Linux so bad I almost went Weiseau on my room many times. It’s a good day.

  18. MattM says:

    OK What game do you want to be added?
    I’m hoping for UnEpic or The Swapper.

  19. scorcher24 says:

    Thank God I have all those games. Except Fez. Which is a good thing.

    • Carra says:

      Same here, have all of them except for Eets.

      I have too many games…

      Oh, FTL is brilliant, buy it for that if you haven’t played it already.

      • aakash says:

        Hey I missed out on the bundle turns out it ended today :( if you would be willing to spare some of the game codes I’d be SO grateful!

    • aakash says:

      Hey I missed out on the bundle turns out it ended today :( if you would be willing to spare some of the game codes I’d be SO grateful!

  20. Tiax says:

    The interesting thing about this bundle is that you can finally get Fez without giving a single cent to Phil Fish.

    • Liudeius says:

      I didn’t like the guy either (partially thanks to Indie Game Movie in one of the prior bundles), but I didn’t know this was such a common view.

      • limbeckd says:

        I don’t know that it is. I just think people who hate him feel the need to remind everyone whenever he or FEZ are mentioned.

        • Liudeius says:

          Well more people should, he thinks he’s god’s gift to gaming, and that there is no such thing as a good AAA game, anyone who doesn’t buy indie exclusively is an idiot.
          (According to him in Indie Game the Movie.)

    • Boris the Impregnable says:

      I don’t like him, but I still feel he should be paid for his work, which I am interested in. I’m not messing with the sliders.

  21. golem09 says:

    nice nice nice.
    Being able to buy Fez and giving all my money to the FTL dev. Perfect.

  22. Liudeius says:

    Nice, though I already have Brutal Legend and FTL.
    But hey, Mark of the Ninja sounds good, and I’ve been waiting for a DRM free version.

    Also, I’m glad they actually have a good charity this time around, Watsi (or at least one which actually helps people, maybe it doesn’t spend its money very well).

  23. obd2works says:

    ninja fruit …………………..oh shit…

  24. LutherBlissett says:

    Can anyone confirm…
    This HIB9 version of Mark of the Ninja isn’t the Special Edition is it?
    For that one would need to purchase the DLC via Steam?
    Am I Right?

  25. Beelzebud says:

    The only games I already had were FTL and Mark of the Ninja, so I jumped on this.

    Fez seems like a really cool game from what I’ve played of it so far. I haven’t had a chance to check the rest out, but they all seem like quality games.

  26. crinkles esq. says:

    Fez and Mark of the Ninja are on Mac and Linux for the first time. But let’s not mention that, and instead bow humbly in the general direction of Microsoft headquarters. All hail Man-Troll!

  27. Pwnalot says:

    Klei seems to have a full plate with 3 games undergoing development in their hands (Don’t Starve, Eets Munchies, Incognita)

  28. Themadcow says:

    One of the FTL insiders (Cardboard Delusions) over on Penny Arcade confirmed a few weeks ago that the FTL guys are working on a new update for the original game. Quite frankly, if they were to ditch the original FTL now and charge me £20 for an FTL 2 then I’d be pushing pound coins into my USB slots. Best game of 2012 by some distance as far as I was concerned.

    Any chance of RPS cornering the FTL guys to see what they’re up to?

  29. Zekiel says:

    ….Wow. This is beyond awesome. I’ve been umming and ahhing about getting Fez and MotN in Steam sales for a while now… as well as being vaguely tempted by FTL and Trine. No-brainer. This gives the Psychonauts/Braid/Lone Survivor/Limbo bundle a run for its money as “best bundle ever” imho.

    I’ve gotta lot of love for the Humble Bundle!

  30. syllopsium says:

    Bought. Despite the fact I already bought (and haven’t even played) Trine 2 and FTL..

    Also just about to buy the weekly shooter bundle, even though I already have SS2 and the Serious Sams at least once (twice in the case of SE). Still worth it..

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