It’s time for another Humble Bundle, this time for PC and Android. It feels a little like I’m covering bundles a bit much lately but to be honest, they tend to be incredibly good deals for plenty of good games so having them go by unmentioned would be a bit of a crime.
As you may have guessed, this particular flavour of the Humble Bundle includes Android versions of the games in addition to PC versions, so it’s even more interesting and better value if you own an Android device of some kind.
First up we have the top-down, 2D puzzle-adventure game, Anodyne. Embracing the pixel-y sprite style we all know too well, Anodyne has you playing as Young as he explores his subconscious, which is naturally a place full of things that want to hurt him.
It’s a strange experience that invokes unease, not to mention comparisons with the 2D Zelda games, and by all accounts it’s a good, if weird piece of old-school adventure.
Greed Corp is an RTS that takes place on hexagonal pillars that stretch above the clouds. It’s unique in that those pillars are weakened as you gather resources from them, until eventually they collapse into the cloud layer below. So as you mine more resources to make more troops and buildings, you edge ever closer to destroying a good chunk of the ground on which they will be walking.
It’s a balancing act all on its own, but when you take into account your opposition – or, more to the point, the cannons they will no doubt be firing at you – it makes for a deceptively deep strategy.
As far as puzzle games go, Incredipede is a particularly interesting one. It has you controlling the muscles of a rather misshapen creature to accomplish tasks, even if that’s something as simple as walking up a hill to carrying things around. You must control each of those muscles with a separate button, and synchronise your button presses in such a way as to accomplish your task.
Initially it feels a little like trying to play QWOP, but you slowly get used to it just in time to be presented with a task that takes you back to flailing around hopelessly for a little while. It’s sometimes frustrating, but every level you complete feels like an accomplishment, and there’s an endless supply of community made levels for when you’re done with the ones it comes with, too.
Next is another strategy game, but this time about trains. Ticket to Ride is based on the board game of the same name and is about as faithful as a game can get. You start the game with three location-to-location cards. If you build a railroad between the locations on the card, you get the points and at the end of the game, the player with the most points wins.
Certain tracks need a specific amount of train cars, which you get by drawing cards from the shared or random piles on the right. However, you only have one action per turn, so if you draw a card, your turn is over, potentially giving someone the opportunity to block you by seizing that piece of track for themselves. It requires plenty forward thinking and it’s always a challenge, particularly against others.
The first of the two games you get for beating the average is The Bard’s Tale, which is an action RPG from 2004. Its initial release was for PS2 and Xbox, and it went on to release on PC, iOS, Blackberry Playbook, Android and even Ouya.
It’s known for its humour, which is all sharp wit and parodies of its genre and setting. If parody and dungeon crawling is your thing then you will probably enjoy this if you get through the first couple of hours or so.
Finally, Worms Reloaded (PC) and Worms 2: Armageddon (Android) bring up the rear. In my opinion these are the most exciting games in the bundle but that could be because I love me some Worms (game franchise, not illness).
Each version is hailed as the most complete version of Worms on its platform and the pinnacle of the series. It doesn’t need much introduction but suffice to say I’m looking forward to hearing the “hallelujah” of a holy hand grenade once more.
The average at the time of writing is $6.15, which is about £3.81. As always, cash is split between developers, charities and Humble themselves and exactly how much goes to each is customisable if you’re so inclined. It’s a bargain, just like all the other Humble Bundles, and I can’t help but think missing it is a mistake at such a low price. It’s available from the Humble site.