Thanks: Humble Indie Bundle 3 Adds Game

The third Humble Indie Bundle cannot be stopped. First it adds free Minecraft, then it hits ONE MILLION DOLLARS and then it adds a whole extra game! What game? Why it’s only Steel Storm: Burning Retribution, that handsome fellow. And what a terrible name for game it bears. But it’s okay, because Burning Retribution is actually a fun time!

Anyone who already bought the bundle will find this game added to their account, while those of you who are yet to buy it get a free bonus shoot ’em up. Good times.


  1. Crainey says:

    Who wouldn’t buy this.

  2. MadTinkerer says:

    Maybe I should stop buying Indie games individually to up the chance that something in the HIB4 will be something I don’t already own…


    • wccrawford says:

      I actually paid for this one and entered the Steam code only to find out I had already bought all of them on Steam. Ah well, I’m sure I got them on sale, and they deserve the money. :)

    • GTRichey says:

      I had half these games already and could’ve gotten the others for less, but I think what they’re doing here is awesome enough I went ahead and purchased anyway.

  3. Choca says:

    Adding a link to the bundle’s site might have been a good idea for those who haven’t bought it yet.

    • Quxxy says:

      Yeah. I had to resort to copy+pasting some text into the google search page and clicking, clicking a button!

      I’m not sure I have the energy left to click the link in the search results, let alone make the long and arduous trek to the living room where my wallet lies for the sacred artifact “Creditkard”.

      On an unrelated note, I wish the humble indie bundle would stop being dominated by games I already own… then I could stop feeling so bad about not buying it.

  4. Juan Carlo says:

    So, how much did you all pay? Be honest.

    I paid six dollars, which I feel kind of bad about.

    • sinbad269 says:

      I paid $3. Which, yes I also feel quite bad about, but when you consider that I’ve very little money to spend on games [I had like £2.50 on my PayPal], and that the people who DO have money to burn are more than making up for it, make me feel better. It has created a very good balance, I think

    • IDtenT says:

      I also paid $3. :D I paid it twice though, for me and for another and AND! I already owned some of them games. I’m a good guy. Yes, yes. I’m a good guy.

    • Icarus says:

      I paid $10 when the bundle came out- I already had VVVVVV, Cogs and AYIM on Steambut I really wanted Crayon Physics and I haven’t seen it cheap on Steam yet. Steel Storm is a nice bonus.

    • Zakkeh says:

      I paid $10, mostly because I owned none of them and I wouldn’t have bought any of them normally. It’s simply because it’s the Humble Indie Bundle that I bought it at all, really

    • Saarlaender39 says:

      I paid 10 Dollars…and now, with an extra title added, I feel really bad.

    • Big Murray says:

      $10, half to the developers, half to Child’s Play.

    • JFS says:

      I think it was 8 $, which I think was fair seeing that the average donation by both Windows and Mac gamers was around 4 to 5 $ (I’m on Windows). It is, however, a real steal, especially now that Steel Storm has been added, which I wanted for a while.

    • MellowKrogoth says:

      Well, if you feel they deserve a bit more money, there’s an option on your download page to increase your contribution, while the bundle is still running.

    • ajsheppard says:

      I paid $1. Fact is, I don’t have time to really play these, as my few hours per week are being sucked up by M&B Warband. Lovely lovely warband. Don’t feel bad at all, as they would have gotten 0 if the bundle didn’t exist.

    • dc says:

      6$ at first and then topped up to 10$ when they added Steel Storm. That’s really the one I want to play most :-) The other stuff I don’t care too much about but I had some 6$ lying around to support the idea.

  5. sinbad269 says:

    If anyone [like myself] has added the code to Steam, you’ll notice the game has been auto-magically added to the relevant account. Which is a nice touch

    • ChainsawCharlie says:

      Yep noticed the same. Still one code missing from previous bundle. Cortex Commander from the second one is still not on Steam

    • sinbad269 says:

      Didn’t realise they added another game to Bundle 2. Oh well

    • phlebas says:

      It wouldn’t let me add the code because I already had the games. But now they’ve added one I haven’t got!

    • jamesgecko says:

      @ChainsawCharlie Yeah; Cortex Command isn’t on Steam because it’s still beta. Development on it moves fairly slowly. Like, “flamewars about quality of purchased game because it hasn’t been updated for months and months” style slowly.

  6. Simon Hawthorne says:

    Pff, humble my arse. Now they’re just showing off.

  7. Dominic White says:

    Fun fact: Steel Storm runs on the Quake 1 engine. The modernized Darkplaces variant, to be precise.

    It’s also good fun, in a super-nostalgic 90s shareware sorta way.

    • Tei says:

      Wow, thats awesome. I wonder if this game have something to do with this tank video.

  8. Megagun says:

    To me, this is the best game in the bundle right now. Not pretentious, not innovative, just solid fun gameplay. No quirky ‘like it or hate it’ graphics, either.

    Worth mentioning perhaps is that the engine for this game is open-source. There’s a .zip file distributed with the Steam version that contains the engine for this game. It’s based on the Quake 1 sourcemod ‘Darkplaces’. They also make some use of the excellent TRaK5 textureset.

    • Trelow says:


    • Dominic White says:

      So, what out of Crayon Physics, Cogs, Hammerfight, AYIM and VVVVVV is pretentious? Because they all seem rather straightforward and simple to me.

  9. Eggy says:

    Over 1 million dollars already and still 7 days to go. Nice.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      Mr. Dr. Evil should’ve made the humble bundle, it seems.

      …or maybe he already did? DUM DUM DUM!

  10. step21 says:

    Well, never really cared about it after Bundle 1 tbh, after realizing I never really played any of them. Started playing a bit, yes, but then it was always like … uh, this is boring …
    *don’t hit me plz*

    • Arona Daal says:

      Im can feel you ,bro!
      Havent bought those stinkin bundles myself.
      Come over here,we will fight them off , back to back.

  11. RuySan says:

    From what i gather in the comments section, these games will register on steam (except those who aren’t on steam , of course), right?

    • airtekh says:

      Yes. In addition to the standalone downloads, you get a key which activates the games on your steam account.

    • Gundato says:

      And Desura, but Desura kind of sucks…

    • shoptroll says:

      I believe all these games are on Steam. The last indie bundle had a couple games that aren’t fully released at the time and the Bundle Steam key provided complimentary copies once those games were live on Steam.

  12. ScubaMonster says:

    Meh. I like the indie scene, it’s cool. But realistically most indie games are kind of rubbish. Of all the games I own on PC, indie games aren’t really on my list. Unless we’re counting things like Torchlight, but they aren’t really indie anyway. But your typical indie games made by a one man team or even a handful of people typically are things I would never play given the rest of the commercial games I own.

    And some are just outright bad.

    • AndrewC says:

      So you haven’t played them, then?

    • Gundato says:

      Nah, he does raise a good point. I refer to it as “the manga effect”.

      Ask a couple American college kids (or even HS), and they are gonna think manga is the bee’s knees. That all manga is awesome and that it is infinitely better than the Western comics (they are wrong, by the way. I love me my homo-erotic adventures of men in spandex :p. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy).

      What they don’t realize is that they only ever see the good stuff. Nobody is going to translate the stinkers (unless there is massive fanservice). They are gonna play up the good ones.

      Same with Christian Rock, but that is something else (that is much funnier :p).

      But I digress. Scuba is right. Most indie games DO suck. Don’t believe me? Go check out any RPGMaker forum (or even some of the Unity forums).
      But, at the same time, the indie games in these bundles tend to at least be fairly polished. Maybe you won’t like the style of gameplay, but they are generally the cream of the crop.

    • RuySan says:

      Saying that indie games are rubbish is missing the point. That’s like saying mainstream games suck. Some are good while others are bad.

      Braid and World of Good are among my favorite games ever. And they have beautiful visuals and high production values.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      90% of everything is shit, including the remaining 10%. The notion that this works differently for indie games than big publisher titles, however, is as wrong as one is likely to get.

      I will note, however, that mainstream titles are a lot easier to like than the indie stuff. They require very little effort to be enjoyed and usually pamper you in ways that usually slip by the critical thinking filter of most people. It’s like pop music versus any other music worth listening to. Anyone can listen to pop. By definition, a successful pop song is one that can be easily listened to by anyone. In addition to this, pop will also tap you on the back, tell you how attractive and intelligent you are for liking it. If you invest an hour in it, you will find yourself in the middle of a vortex filled with attractive people possessed of good taste and excellent fashion sense, selling you sweet little nothings for but a moment of your time. Even the embedded commercials are like this, mostly indistinguishable from actual product substance.

      I am not opposed to pop being liked. But glorifying it is akin to saying your favorite restaurant is McDonald’s. I’m not disputing anyone’s right to love Mcdonald’s, I just don’t think person stating such a thing has taste buds.

      Yeah, that’s a metaphor within a metaphor. We need to go deeper.

    • Wulf says:

      I’m sorry, I really am, but I can’t imagine any Western mainstream game being more likeable, or more comfortable, than Cthulhu Saves the World. So I think you might be wrong. Maybe.

    • IDtenT says:

      I can’t think of any eastern game being anywhere close to the top 10 mainstream games western games. Ah, the wonders of taste.

  13. shoptroll says:

    I still get Steel Storm confused with Gatling Gears, which is a shame because Gatling is a fun co-op twin stick shooter that’s still console exclusive until later this year.

  14. WPUN says:

    We eat news so fast we fail to realize the amazing place we are at. The Humble Bundle completely refutes massive game company corporate greed. Can anyone cite a study that puts a figure on how indie games are affecting the large corps game sales?

  15. phenom_x8 says:

    All of the game at HIB 3 kind of make me addicted and feel very upset not to buy the 1st and 2nd iteration ( I heard that Lugaru was included in the 1st HIB, I want that game so much after trying the demo recently).
    VVVVv, its music alone was awesome and make me feels an urge to finish this game, but my favorite still Hammerfight and Yet it moves, though. Its graphical style were fit my eyes properly, the gameplay was fun (not so frustrating like VVVV) and especially the price, its dirt cheap! But all the indies here is still worth to play. Buy it if you have some money rest at your Paypal accounts!

    • Mattressi says:

      I highly recommend Lugaru. I’ve never liked fighting games, but it’s just so damn fun! Though, if you’re strapped for cash, you might just want to hold out and buy Overgrowth (Lugaru’s sequel) when it comes out (or now, if you want to play the alpha builds).

      I’ve bought all the HIBs so far, but unfortunately haven’t got around to playing all the games yet (and none of the games from this HIB). I had an abundance of time as a kid, but very little money for $100 AUD games. Now I have no time, a little money and pay-what-you-want indie games bundles. I can’t tell which is better :S

    • iGark says:

      Lugaru is worth full price. There’s also some extra campaigns in the Wolfire forums that are fantastic too.

    • Dare_Wreck says:

      Ugh, it slightly embarrasses me to say that I couldn’t get past the tutorial section at the very start of Lugaru. The text on the screen telling you what to do disappears quickly, and I looked away from the screen at a couple of points and missed the what to do and couldn’t find a way to redisplay it (short of starting over). The controls didn’t seem very intuitive from what I remember, and that combined with that tutorial behaviour made me incredibly frustrated and ticked off enough that I decided it wasn’t worth my time to play. I promptly lost interest, quit, and never went back due to my backlog of games. Is it worth playing?

    • phenom_x8 says:

      Actually, I heard lugaru because of I heard overgrowth first. When visiting their sites I read that it was spiritual succesor of Lugaru. I search for it and grab the Lugaru demo! It was awesome and make me wants it!

      @dare wreck
      Its tottally worth it! I assure you the fun is on par with BATMAN AA battle (and its coming way before Batman released, but I never knew about it). The timing and control surely tight here (at least thats what I feel when playing), maybe it caused by the frame rate are too fast for my rig, it would be fit for 30 FPS speed (no FPS limit cap sadly). I think you need to adjust yourself first with its battle speed !

      But if you still cannot enjoy it, I would love to received it as a gift from you :) (sadly, it was illegal )

  16. Urthman says:

    It’s really hard to get upset about Diablo 3 when I’ve literally got a list of over 100 excellent games I haven’t played yet.

  17. snv says:

    Only bought this because of the additional game. The original HIB3-Lineup was surprisingly uninteresting IMO

  18. Kompaan says:

    Hear, hear,

    Just got an email that the folks of the Humble Indie Bundle have added all the games from the previous bundle. Only “catch” seems to be that you must choose a price that is somewhere above the average payment.