Goodness: Humble Bundle 8 Has Hotline Miami, Proteus

I wish people took me seriously every time *I* put on a chicken mask.

You know, I never really thought about it before, but I think Proteus and Hotline Miami are videogame inverses. One’s about languidly strolling around a neon-bubblegum dreamscape paradise while the other’s about blink-and-you’ll-be-on-the-receiving-end-of-it murder in an entirely different kind of neon-bubblegum dreamscape “paradise”. They are one anther’s bizarro twin, eternally opposed but forever intertwined. Also, they’re in the latest Humble Indie Bundle together, which is neat. And neater still? Probably the fact that they’re joined by Little Inferno, Awesomenauts, Capsized, Thomas Was Alone, and Dear Esther. Yeah, eight is pretty great. Or something.

Both Proteus and Hotline Miami can’t be jiggled loose from Humble Bundle’s mighty maw of deals unless you beat the average, but it’s currently hovering in the realm of $5. If you refuse to pay even that slight of a pittance for all of these amazing games (and/or charity), I don’t like you very much.

As per usual, each game runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and chipping in $1 or more yields precious, precious Steam keys. Also worth noting: most of the games come with soundtracks, and they’re quite good. Mystifyingly, however, Hotline Miami’s shotgun blast of synthy, glitchy wonderment is missing from the package, but you can grab it on Steam or listen to it for free on Soundcloud, if you’re feeling so inclined.

The bundle will be around for two-ish weeks, but jeez what are you even waiting for? Well, unless you already own all of these games, in which case you’ve likely been a satisfied customer for quite some time.


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    Lexx87 says:

    Wonderful bundle this, especially as i’m missing all but proteus and hotline.

  2. Kobest says:

    I’ll get this bundle for sure, but I’m curious what games will be added next week. Mark of the Ninja, pretty please? :)

  3. Mirrored says:

    You can also grab the Hotline Miami soundtrack (in .ogg format, I believe?) from the game files, and I highly recommend doing so.

    • Kobest says:

      Oh man, if they added the whole soundtrack to Hotline Miami to this bundle, that would be perfect. I have the .ogg files, but it’s missing some songs and there are some edited ones as well.

      • Skeletor68 says:

        You can actually get the soundtrack on Steam which has the missing songs and also supports the dudes who made the awesome music. It’s only €9.99 so well worth it.

        • Kobest says:

          As far as I know, the soundtrack on Steam is a DLC to the game, so if you don’t own the game on Steam (I have the GOG version), then the system does not let you buy the DLC. :(

          Also, I would be happier if I could buy the soundtrack from Bandcamp or something. The best solution for me is to track down the songs from each artist’s Bandcamp page. So far, it’s working well. :D

          • Teovald says:

            More devs must put their OSTs on Bandcamp (or a similar website). If you don’t make it as easy as possible to buy your products, you are doing it wrong.

          • iasndwygd says:

            Oh good, now I’ll be able to download Thomas again seeing as the link you get when you buy it from the site is one time use rofl.

        • Ninja Foodstuff says:

          Or simply don’t give them any money and just let them continue to profit from unfounded claims on YouTube videos.

      • FuriKuri says:

        link to

        Scroll down a fair bit, past the Dungeon Hearts soundtrack, and enjoy.

      • Knufinke says:

        You can get all the soundtracks on your Humble Bundle key site in flac or mp3.

        Edit: Actually it’s gone now, I could swear I saw it just yesterday on there.

    • Teovald says:

      Let’s listen to this mesmerizing music that I have associated with murdering people with household items ! :D

  4. ZenArcade says:

    Really good bundle! But Proteus is utterly, utterly pointless. Would make a great screensaver, though.

    • rei says:

      Whether it’s pointless or not depends on you as much as the game. I didn’t find it pointless at all.

    • felisc says:

      Er, no it’s not. It’s a bit confusing, splendid and i recommend it. Yay for opposite opinions.

    • Sinomatic says:

      I didn’t get much from it myself, but it clearly works as a game/experience for a lot of other people – hardly what I’d call pointless.

    • ZenArcade says:

      Ehh, well different strokes for different folks. But personally I looked at the £6 price tag and thought it was a damn insult. talk about hipster video games. sheesh

      • jorygriffis says:

        At least you’re referring to it as a game. Most people who dislike Proteus go right to the “IT’S NOT EVEN A REAL GAME” refrain.

        • ZenArcade says:

          Well the definition of a game these days is pretty loose. Like, for example I really liked Dear Esther but not this, and the two are *sort of^ similar in that you just kinda walk around and that’s it. Like I said, different strokes and all that

      • Fiatil says:

        Seems odd to me that a guy named Zen thinks Proteus is worthless! It’s a beautiful game and makes most people I’ve introduced to it feel quite nice.

    • frightlever says:

      It’s in a bundle with Dear Esther and you’re calling IT pointless?

      • jorygriffis says:

        Hahahahaha ZING!

        Seriously, though, I was just thinking earlier today about putting these two polarly opposed wander-around-an-island games in the same bundle. There’s the zen, beautiful, and thoroughly gamified random landscapes of Proteus put right against the dry, linear, overwrought slog of Dear Esther. Again, though: different strokes.

      • ZenArcade says:

        Well actually, Dear Esther has a kind-of storyline to it and there is a linear kind of progression going on. So the structure gave me something to hold on to… I liked Dear Esther.

    • GameCat says:

      I’ve bought Proteus just right after its premiere. It’s just wonderful and beautiful game (or “game” or not-game or interactive screensaver or grilled cheese, pick one) which invoking great feeling that is coming from exploring de-maked Disney old cartoon island where everything sing and dance as you pass it by.

      And now spoilers, do not read If you want to play this game:

      When seasons changed to winter and sun was sleeping I was able to move just right above clouds. That was beyond awesome.

  5. Paul.Power says:

    Has to be the strongest bundle I’ve seen from them in a while and, as I owned none of the games before, it was a no-brainer to snap it up.

  6. Gnoupi says:

    Great bundle for sure!

    Although it comforts the approach to not buy instantly the great indie games, because they will anyway find themselves in the HIB sooner or later :-/

    First time I delay buying games like hotline miami, thomas, protheus (mostly because of time constraints), and I find all of them here.

    So I guess the morale is to finally attack the backlog of games. And new ones will come later, in a bundle or at -75%.

    • Kobest says:

      True, but you can always buy the bundle and distribute the money to each individiual developer in a fairer manner.

    • BooleanBob says:

      How long has Thomas Was Alone actually been out for? Three weeks? So the inclusion in the Humble Bundle must have been known to the devs long before launch. I don’t think there’s anything particularly wrong with that, but the window between ‘buy at full price” and “buy for >$0” has surely never been so tiny.

  7. Armante says:

    Fantastic bundle. Not sure, but I think most of these have not been in bundles before? I totally snapped it up while at work 12 hours ago :) All games come with separate Steam keys, btw.

    — EDIT —

    Both keys are gone :)

    I already had Dear Esther, so I have a Steam key going free for that. Email me if you would like it.

    Also, I tried HLMiami ages ago, and it’s totally not my type of game. Email me if you would like that one. Different person for each key please :)

    • Gnoupi says:

      You like getting dozens of mails at the same time, don’t you?

      • Armante says:

        not so bad. I edited as soon as they were gone – which didn’t take long!

        • Gnoupi says:

          Actually, probably a better approach than just posting the codes. At least you can remove the offer instead of having people endlessly trying.

    • LionsPhil says:

      All games come with separate Steam keys, btw.

      You are not supposed to be giving them out. It’s in black and white in their FAQ.

      I mean, you can get whole bundles for pocket change. Knock off some if you’re not going to use some of the games. Some else can get a whole one for the same.

      (Not trying to be preachy, but keys from the same purchase going into separate Steam accounts is theoretically detectable, and I don’t want to see this ending in HiB or Valve getting fed up, like with the $1 purchase abuse. It must take some substantial amount of delicate business politics for the Humble Store in general to reliably undercut Steam and still issue keys in the first place.)

      • Sparkasaurusmex says:

        Blah, well that’s bologna

        • The Random One says:

          It’s not bologna, or even pastrami. Remember you can download DRM free versions of the games, so there’s nothing stopping one from keeping the DRM free files and giving out their keys.

          • LionsPhil says:

            There’s nothing “stopping you” from putting the DRM-free versions up on BitTorrent, either. The lack of technical constraints is irrelevant since they’re very explicitly not letting them get in the way.

            Their intent, however, is crystal clear.

      • Kasper says:

        The earlier Humble Bundles had one key for the entire bundle that would activate all the games at the same time. If they didn’t want people to share their keys, why don’t they just go back to that policy?

        • Clean3d says:

          I don’t know their arrangement with Valve to get the Steam keys, but if they have to purchase them for each game then they might be trying to save money from people who only redeem a couple games.

      • povu says:

        I understand the problem with the idea of people giving away steam keys while keeping the DRM free download, but I already have Thomas Was Alone on Steam before I bought this bundle. Holding onto the duplicate key is just a waste.

        • elderman says:

          However, giving away keys to individual Humble Bundle games is unethical. The Humble bundle guys are generous with their terms, their pricing, their customization options, and their over-stuffed bundles. Let’s return their good will, and the risk that the game makers who participate in the Humble Bundles take, by treating the games the way their sellers intend them to be treated: as a single purchase.

      • Armante says:

        For what it’s worth, I would never give out the Steam keys AND download the DRM free version.
        But yes I gave away keys to games that I didn’t want. Apologies if I wasn’t allowed to.

        Consider me castigated.

  8. belgand says:

    Definitely not one of their stronger offerings. While there are some great games in here (Hotline Miami, Capsized) about half of them are also semi-interactive curiosities rather than games proper, i.e. Proteus, Dear Esther, Little Inferno.

    The past few indie bundles in particular were really, really good and this just doesn’t live up to them. I mean: Braid, Amnesia, Psychonauts, Limbo, and Super Meat Boy (HIB 5)? No contest.

    There are some other great indie games out there that could have been included in this bundle that would have been much better choices if they could have worked out the deal: Giana Sisters, FTL, They Bleed Pixels, Retro City Rampage, or Don’t Starve just to name a few off the top of my head.

    • Armante says:

      Granted, each to their own, however I’ve had the majority (or even all) of the games in some bundles, so I passed. This bundle, I only had one already (DE) and one I didn’t want (HLM) so to me it’s a great bundle :)

    • frightlever says:

      Braid, Amnesia, Psychonauts, Limbo, and Super Meat Boy – I don’t like platform or horror games so these did nothing for me. People are different. We’re probably at the point were being a gamer isn’t enough and we should be splintering the community into more specific fancies. All the people with pets don’t hang together, nor do the car people. You don’t buy a cat magazine to see if you’re missing anything you could be applying to your guinea pigs, right? I mean you don’t buy a magazine anyway. Who buys magazines? So my point is pets in cars. Right. Right?

      • LennyLeonardo says:

        Or we could, like, talk to people with different interests from ourselves without getting angry at them? You tosser. Haha… ha.

        Anyway, I like curiosities, they are interesting.

      • Liudeius says:

        Also Bastion. But every one of those games was a really big name indie. (and a AAA for Psychonauts)
        Here there are some good games, but I think they are a bit lower level in popularity than HiB 5.

    • kyrieee says:

      I think this is one of their best bundles. Might not be the best, but it’s good nonetheless.

  9. DrScuttles says:

    Hotline Miami and Proteus are both fantastic experiences and worth beating someone’s head repeatedly against the floor the average for. Proteus is understandably something of a Marmite game though.

    -snipity snip-

    • LTK says:

      If you’re going to give away the Steam keys for the games you already have then at least wait for the bundle to end before doing so. You’re almost guaranteed to cheat the Humble Bundle out of sales this way. That’s kind of a dick move.

      • DrScuttles says:

        That’s the first time I’ve been called a dick for trying to do something nice, but perhaps you’re right. I do wonder though, isn’t giving any key away at any time denying a potential sale? Granted, with a Humble Bundle the idea is to entice the consumer with a bundle of games but I would see giving away a ‘beat the average’ key as more problematic; those games are the main draws to keep the price more sensible, in this case Hotline Miami and Proteus
        I honestly don’t think that anyone would buy this bundle just for Capsized. Probably for Dear Esther, yes. Which is only one sale they don’t make, two at most? But then if everyone gave away their keys during the sale, yeah that could be a problem. Hmm.

        • basilisk says:

          You really shouldn’t be doing it at any time, full stop. I know people do it with the best intentions, but even altruism isn’t quite as straightforward as it seems.

          • Reapy says:

            Views of the secondary game market change radically now that it is not a large corp ‘losing sales’? Interesting.

          • basilisk says:

            Actually, I am against second hand sales in general. Please don’t try to indirectly paint me as a hypocrite when you don’t know what my opinions are.

        • LTK says:

          I appreciate that people are willing to give away their games for free, but I also appreciate the Humble Bundle for making it possible in the first place. Also, given that these comments are most likely to be read by people who are interested in the bundle, they’re also the ones walking away with the free keys. Anyway, thanks for giving it some thought.

          (For what it’s worth, I differentiate between ‘being a dick’ and ‘a dick move’, but I probably could have gone for ‘unfair’ instead.)

  10. jmtd says:

    > but jeez what are you even waiting for?

    Teleglitch in a bundle is what I’m waiting for.

    • Kobest says:

      Same here. That game needs to be played by more people.

    • jorygriffis says:

      Yeah, totally. The price of admission seemed a bit high to me, but I’ve been thinking about just biting the bullet on it. The demo was fascinating.

      Once an indie game has been in the wild for a few months, though, I find it leads to an interesting place: buy it now, at retail, months after release, or wait what could only be weeks to see if it is added to one of the many pay-what-you-want bundles? It can be tricky to navigate.

      • jmtd says:

        I read somewhere that the Teleglitch authors have handed over marketing/distribution control to a company and put their trust in that company to make the right decisions about bundles, etc. I can’t help but wonder if whoever they’ve delegated to have dropped the ball.

  11. kyrieee says:

    Oh good, now I’ll be able to download Thomas again seeing as the link you get when you buy it from the site is one time use rofl.

  12. NailBombed says:

    Gonna wait and see on this. Already have Awesomenauts and Hotline Miami (which are both great) – and the only two other games that I’m interested in are Thomas and Capsized. When they inevitably announce a few more games later, I might get it, if they aren’t games previously released on the other bundles.

  13. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    I’ll probably get it just for Thomas Was Alone.

  14. drewski says:

    Sold. Been waiting for Thomas Was Alone and Hotline Miami on special, so this is perfect. I’ll even kick the others a buck each just for fun.

    Except Dear Esther. Because I already bought that.

  15. Frank says:

    I already have Hotline and Proteus. I bought the bundle, but am not liking these other games. Three of them are engaging in some sort of dialogue with genres/interfaces I’ve never cared much for: side-scrolling platformers (Thomas Was Alone), flash grinders (Little Inferno) and FPSs that try to have a story (? Dear Esther…I haven’t played it yet, but have heard this….).

    It seems to be the navel-gazers bundle.

    Capsized is another side-scrolling platformer, but it feels like a game from 1989. Bah

    Anyway, they’re games on the cheap, so I can’t complain.

  16. Sparkasaurusmex says:

    I did not like Hotline or Proteus. I do think Capsized is great and I’m interested in Awesomenauts.
    Hotline was too fast for me, and Proteus… well, I guess the opposite.

  17. strangeloup says:

    Hrrm. I’ve got everything in this already bar Little Inferno and Awesomenauts, and I wasn’t sold on the latter from the demo/free weekend/whatever it was. Anyone care to weigh in on whether those two are worth a punt anyway?

  18. Erzerpel says:

    The bundles keep coming harder and faster. I expected the likes of Proteus, Dear Esther and Little Inferno in a bundle at some point, but all within half a year of release?!? Jesus H. Christ! If this continues I reckon we will see games in a bundle before they have even been announced!

    • basilisk says:

      Botanicula was Humble Bundled at the moment of release, so this particular milestone has been passed already. (Needless to say, some of the pre-orderers weren’t happy.)

      • The Random One says:

        So was The Sea Will Claim Everything if memory serves.

        • basilisk says:

          Correct, but I believe that one was made specifically for the bundle without the option to preorder, I think. Later sales were basically just a bonus to that, one that proved necessary because the bundle didn’t sell very well.

    • Frank says:

      According to Steam, Dear Esther came out last February.

      • Erzerpel says:

        I stand corrected. But perhaps we can assume that any game currently or in the future available through the humble store will find its way into a humble bundle/debut/weekly sale of some description at some point! ;-) Having said that, I don’t think that Hotline Miami was available via the humble store before. So there goes another theory.

  19. defunct says:

    I don’t see any games here I would actually play. I’ve bought most bundles and there was usually one or two games I would enjoy, but I don’t see any here. What do people like here? (not rhetorical) What’s so enjoyable about the game that you like? At best, I would enjoy one for about 30 seconds and then go insane with boredom, but I’m not positive on the timeline. The pyro game sums it up well. Set it on fire and watch it burn. Yay.

    • Beva says:

      Considering there are games here as far apart as you can actually get in gaming I have to ask (not rhetorically) what you actually like?
      Also, you can call Hotline Miami many things but boring isn’t really one of them.

      • defunct says:

        They look like every other game that’s every been out there since the 80s. I don’t enjoy platformers, and run around shoot ’em up games. They’ve been done so many times it’s mind numbing even looking a them.

        Bastion was good. So was Orcs Must Die. Solar 2. Aquaria. Osmos. Samorost 2, I liked, too, but mostly for the visuals. And the Trines were very nice, as well. World of Goo was fun for a short while, but I got bored with it, too. And these vary quite a bit in gamestyle, too. Varying in style does NOT make a game good, though, and your implication that I should like one of these because they vary is lacking vision, or even thought. A game can still be bad even if it’s a type I would normally like.

        I like games that aren’t mindless. That engage me in some way. And look like they were made for a PC, not a port of a game from the 80s, or a smart phone. Dear Ester looks like one of games I might enjoy, but everything I hear says it’s bad, too, even the comments I’ve read here today.

        I guess if you were born in the 90s, most of these games seem like new ideas to you. Most of them seem like rehashed trash to me.

        • Grumpyjoe says:

          Seconded. My first gaming experience was a Spectrum 48k. I’ve watched gaming go all the way from there to something like Dishonored, so Hotline, for all it’s soundtrack (which is cool btw) doesn’t DO anything for me.

          Retro gaming is nostalgia for me but new to younger people. Give that, I think I’m going to skip this bundle. Others I’ve bought have never made it into regular rotation with me as they just don’t hit the spot.

          Mystic meg impression:- within 2 years someone will release an Indie game that is essentially Sabre Wulf and it will get a positive reception from people who are probably younger than most of my underwear.

          • jorygriffis says:

            I understand thinking that Hotline Miami looks like a nostalgia-laden retread, more style than substance. The screenshots could be interpreted as some kind of lazy SmashTV-cum-GTA, and needless to say the game intentionally evokes the same not-too-distant past you’re referring to. But have you played it? It’s deeply challenging, psychically troubling, and wicked fun; and in deconstructive, abstract ways that I can’t really imagine a huge-budget, high-poly FPS attempting.

          • Beva says:

            What about hotline reminds of something you played on a spectrum, exactly? The graphics?

        • Beva says:

          I still don’t understand what you mean. The things you say about nostalgia, or 80’s games applied to the games in this bundle could just as easily be applied to the games you say you like, so that doesn’t give me anything to work with. I also never meant that you NEED to like any of the games on offer, my point was that they were so different to each other that you MIGHT like them.

          Also, no I wasn’t born in the 90’s, (which was a really lame way to insinuate an insult , btw) and there were no games like Hotline, or Inferno or Proteus when I was growing up, so there’s that.

          Lastly, “made for PC”, I honestly don’t know what that means