Bundles Ahoy! Lots Of Games We’ve Liked And More

Video games are still stirring from their Yuletide slumber, yawning and stretching, putting their clothes on back-to-front by accident, looking for their keys, and trying to remember how they ever got made. I suppose I’ll tell you about some which are already out and you can buy and play right now. Two pretty respectable bundles are going on at the moment, for those not all spent-out after Christmas sales, including a number of games we’ve enjoyed like Year Walk, Secrets of Raetikon, Eidolon, and Fract OSC.

These week’s Humble Weekly Bundle is dedicated to “eye candy”, with perambulating puzzler Year Walk (our review), pretty FPS Lovely Planet, and arts & crafts shmup Blue Flamingo for whatever you want to pay. Beating the average, which is only $4.86 (£3.20) as I write, would also get you platformy action-RPG Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mind: Path to Thalamus (review), and explore-o-survive ’em up Eidolon (watch John die slowly). Lastly, pay at least $10 (£6.60) and they’ll throw in Fract OSC too (review).

It’s the usual DRM-free-and-Steam-keys-where-available dealio. Do note that bundle’s only available for another day-and-a-bit.

The other’s the latest from Bundle Stars, dedicated to the abstract. £1.99 gets you Secrets of Raetikon (John thinks you should play it), punch ’em up Megabyte Punch, twitch ’em up Velocibox, roleplaying roleplaying game Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition, engineering puzzler Great Permutator, top-down shooties in Meltdown, arcade shmup Pulstar, tower defense PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate, the fluid-simulating PixelJunk Shooter, and the weirdness that is Vangers.

That one’s running for two weeks, and all games come as Steam keys.

18 Comments

  1. Frosty840 says:

    I was rather surprised at the sudden jump in quality of this latest BundleStars offering, the last few of them having been about as appealing as a bag of sick. There’s definitely at least five games there that are really worth a look, and for two quid it’s well worth a punt.
    Still can’t stand the fact that they make you register each game through Steam individually, by pasting the game key into the Steam registration dialog, rather than using whatever magic “click here to register” system Humble does, but still, two quid.

    • Kempston Wiggler says:

      Still can’t stand the fact that they make you register each game through Steam individually, by pasting the game key into the Steam registration dialog, rather than using whatever magic “click here to register” system Humble does…

      #firstworldproblems, lol

    • bonuswavepilot says:

      On the upside, that means you can share those keys around the place for the ones you already have…

  2. Jams O'Donnell says:

    That £1.99 gets you a whole hell of a lot of excellent tower defence in Pixeljunk Monsters. That should be hard to pass up for people who haven’t played it yet.

  3. Llewyn says:

    Nowhere near spent out from the sale – I had £30 of Steam store credit when the sale started and still have, well, almost £30. The one thing I had been hoping to pick up during the sale was Eidolon so this was ideal – bought it when it launched, paid what I’d planned to pay for Eidolon and gave it all to that developer.

  4. mukuste says:

    I got the HB deal yesterday… Eidolon is fantastic, I lost large parts of yesterday’s afternoon and night to it. It being toted as a survival game is basically a red herring (and sadly not helped by John’s misleading “starving to death” video here on RPS); the survival mechanics are minimal and staying alive is generally no issue.

    What really defines it for me are the stark beauty of the landscape (I must have taken a hundred screenshots already; if you, like me, enjoy virtual photography in games, this is for you); the challenge of navigating a landscape with merely a map and a compass, orienting yourself with the aid of landmarks; and, above all, the discovery of the backstory and the fantastic writing which is head and shoulders above almost any game I have ever played.

    Get this game.

  5. rustybroomhandle says:

    How does Bundlefly eat? … like a fly, Bundlefly breaks down solids with a corrosive enzyme playfully called ‘vomit drop’.

  6. padger says:

    Eidolon is pretty great. Minor cult classic of poetic open game world space, or something.

  7. Kefren says:

    I’ve got some free bundles of stuff (well, accounts) for anyone interested. It’s things I bought but don’t use/haven’t time to play or watch/already own elsewhere.

    – Some e-issues of Nightmare (horror) magazine.
    – Magical Diary: Horse Hall (game – thumbs-up by RPS)
    – Dark Strokes Sins of the Fathers (game – John liked it, hidden object)
    – Humble Store account with various games (e.g. 7 Grand Steps, Aquaria, Defcon, Darwinia, Dungeons of Dredmore, Penumbra Overture, Proteus, Retro City Rampage, Shadowgrounds, SpaceChem, Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac, Trine, Uplink, World Of Goo, and loads more, including comics and e-books. I can send a full list if you’re interested)
    – A Minecraft account
    – A Vodo account (includes films such as Drones, How To Be Happy, Vampire Hookers, The O’Briens; atmospheric music albums; e-books and graphic novels. I can send a full list if you’re interested.)
    – A Gamersgate account (includes lots of hidden object games, Alpha Protocol, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Bioshock, Borderlands, Creeper World Complete Trilogy, Cryostasis – Sleep of Reason, Dark Fall: Lost Souls, Dead Space, Fate of the World, Ghost Master, Mirrors Edge, Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, The Void, Waking Mars, all the old X-COM games, and lots of others. I can send a full list if you’re interested).

    Just email me (address on my blog) with what you would really like. Yes, they’re free. Please don’t ask for anything if you’re just going to try and resell it, this is an act of goodwill!

  8. King in Winter says:

    Year Walk was a very nice game. But it was so short I’m happy I bought it from Steam at deep discount. I would have some trouble recommening it at full price mark.

  9. strangeloup says:

    Keys for stuff I already had, in case anybody wants them.

    Megabyte Punch 698C9-W0CP7-T4997
    Knights of Pen and Paper + 1 Edition 8DGP3-YX8EZ-HY5ZD
    Great Permutator DF3LK-K57R6-H68DF
    Meltdown AQH7C-X5GMP-4BVQG
    PixelJunk Shooter J2YRY-B4ZMZ-W4CBQ

    Bit more awkward to gift the Humble stuff, I think. I bought it entirely for Eidolon, so everything else — I didn’t pay for FRACT as I already have it on GOG — is going spare.

    • shakshuka says:

      Is it still available, or did you gift it away? Do want, if relevant :)

  10. zapatapon says:

    Got them both as soon as they appeared! Looking forward to playing them in two years from now.