Indie Games: Humble Indie Bundle 3 Review

Updated 8/7/11 – You still have over TWO AND A HALF days to purchase the bundle, and to sweeten the…

Updated 8/7/11 – You still have over TWO AND A HALF days to purchase the bundle, and to sweeten the deal Humble Bundle, Inc has added Steel Storm and Atom Zombie Smasher, as well as access to Humble Bundle #2 if you pay over the average price. Reviews of the two new games below.

Sorry world, I was trying to put this out last night, but I got caught up looking at pictures on reddit. Happens every time…

Available on: PC/Mac/Linux, Price: Pay what you want!, Available until: 8/9/2011 at 6pm CST

The recent rise in indie games has been a welcome advance in the gaming world. With a growing community of online supporters, many developers have decided to break free from the shackles of rushed development cycles and the boring cookie-cutter concepts of major publishers and strike out on their own, either by themselves or with small teams. These small teams don’t generally have the answer to anyone, and the result is awesome, innovative indie games for the rest of us! Indie publishers have been especially active lately, producing excellent, critically acclaimed games like Braid, Super Meat Boy (not for the easily cowed gamer), World of Goo, and Minecraft.

And every once in a while, Humble Bundle, Inc wraps a few of them up into a juicy, delicious Humble Indie Bundle – a pay-what-you-want pack of indie games! When purchasing, you pick your price and then decide how you want to split it up between the developers, Humble Bundle, Inc, and two charities – the EFF, which seeks to protect our online freedoms, and Child’s Play, a Penny Arcade-sponsored group that donates toys and games to children in hospitals. Seriously, even if you have no interest in the games, this is worth it just to give a little money to these great charities. But you should be interested in the games! I’m going to give a brief review of each to tell you a little about it, and I’ll link to a longer review by a 3rd party at the end if you want more info.