Humble Bundle V Review
Today we are going to look at a little thing called “The Humble Bundle” a service I’ve been using for quite awhile that supports charity and nets you some fantastic games in the process for whatever price you are willing to pay. This time around it looks better than ever with an impressive line up of the Indie scene’s finest games, and their spectacular soundtracks.
SuperBrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP
(Superbrothers + CAPY + Jim Guthrie)
I wasn’t sure what to think of SuperBrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP. At a glance it looks like the run the mill pixel side scroller that has become all to popular lately, and in a way it is. SBSSEP (as it will be called from now on) is one part interactive storybook, and one part audio visual experience. If one were to go into this expecting a deep side scrolling action game they would be gravely disappointed. Instead you should come at this game as a relaxing experience into a rich and mysterious world.
Broken up into short ‘sessions’ where you control a girl as she embarks on an almost “Adventure Time” style quest. You’ll talk to various characters and solve simple puzzles while exploring the often times beautiful landscape and for this the game is rewarding and a good way to pass a few hours, not unlike a good music CD would.
Like the other games in this bundle you get the soundtrack which is the real highlight of this game. When the music does play (occasionally) its really awesome and bring you deeper into the world of the story. Created by Jim Guthrie, the soundtrack is a mix of acoustic instruments and some smooth techno beats that both calms and keeps you just above the level of to relaxed. Overall deffinatly a good listen if your into that kind of thing.
Not the strongest in this bundle but defiantly stands out as the most unique of the five games kupo, take it or leave it SuperBrother’s Delivers a good ‘experience’ even if not a good ‘Game’
I had Bastion before the bundle and I’ve got to say this is still my favorite Indie game around.
Bastion is an action adventure game set in a crumbling world in the sky. You play “The Kid” as he wakes up to find everything he knew has changed. From your first steps to your last the game is completely narrated by a grizzled sounding gentlemen. This narration is what sets the game apart from any other top down arcade shooter, your actions are spoken out and your story comes to life as the narrator chronicles your actions even as the ground itself falls into place before you. This organic take on storytelling is extremely fresh and brings the world to life in a way no other game has even come close to doing.
I could go on but I plan to do a full review once I’ve beaten the game so look forward to that in the future. Before I leave this title for now I’d like to comment on the soundtrack which comes included in the bundle and express that its some of the best ‘steampunk’ flavor music on the market and should NOT be missed.
(Double Fine Productions)
What happens when a series of strange events at a summer camp for Psychic Agent trainees gets out of hand? Well a young boy named Razputin comes to the rescue that’s what! Psychonauts is an action platformer from the insane mind of ‘Tim Schafer’. Taking place in a twisted and at all times hilarious camp for the mentally gifted, Psychonauts literally drips with charm and unique humor that Tim Schafer is known for.
Traveling through the minds of several individuals the game thrusts you from one odd scenario after another as Raz tries to track down and solve the unusual happenings in the camp. A decent mi of platforming, action, and clever puzzles make each venture into the twisted mental landscapes an enjoyable one. To say this is a must play for any fans of Tim Burton or Invader Zim would be an understatement. Great characters and good voice acting really bring this game to life and will have you laughing to the credits and back.
The soundtrack is also included in this bundle and is pretty decent on its own. Memories of camp will certainly come back to you after playing the game for a few hours and the music will capture your favorite moments in your memory if you decide to visit it’s sleek lounge tunes.
As far as stories go this one is pretty short, your sister is missing and so you travel into Limbo to find her. Thats it. Ok now that we are done with the story lets get to the gameplay kupo!
Limbo is a grim and sometimes extremely violent trek to the right as you play an unnamed young boy in search of his lost sister. The world of Limbo is dark, surprisingly so at times. Its quite, hauntingly spooky and always dangerous. This game should get a reward for most ways to maim, crush or skewer your main character. Controls are standard for a platformer and that’s a good thing as you’ll need precision and good timing to survive the games many puzzles and traps. The world is out to get you and you’ll feel every bone shattering crunch when you die thanks to an impressive attention to the Audio in the game.
Limbo is both one of a kind and yet also not very remarkable. The puzzles provide a good amount of challenge and the atmosphere is the true shining point of this title but the ending and lack of compelling story make this a hard game to sell. Worth playing through if u want a unique trip into your worst nightmares but don’t come in expecting to be moved by the experience.
The Soundtrack is included and contains a collection of ambient sounds and haunting melody’s sadly much of this doesn’t really feel like music outside of the game and ends up feeling a little flat. Yet one thing is to be said that while in game it only adds to the sense of loneliness.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
you know that feeling when your being chased around and you for some reason feel like if you get caught you might just literally die? Well in Amnesia that feeling will pursue you for the entire game.
You play a man who awakens in a dark mysterious castle without any memory of who he is. What unfolds as you progress is truly for you to experience but least to say it is a terrifying roller-coaster into the darkest depths of your nightmares. One of the scariest games ever made Amnesia combines classic point and click adventure mechanics into a real time space, you will search the castle for clues and keys to puzzles, all the while trying to conserve precious supplies to keep your lantern let and your sanity well, sane. All the while being hunted by monsters straight out of the most gruesome of H.P. Lovecraftian horror.
There are no weapons, there is no secret way to kill your foes, there is only your wits to get away and hide before they get you or your sanity does. The ever present darkness and encroaching insanity cause this to rank up high on extremely stressful yet hilarious to anyone watching you play as you will jump, scream, and occasionally just walk away from your computer wondering why in the world you are putting yourself through this, and that’s where this game shines. You are compelled to continue down the dark descent you will want to know whats at the end of that dark abyss and the game is going to drag you down kicking and screaming if it has to.
As with the other games in this bundle the soundtrack is pretty good, yet not unlike Limbo with its haunting atmospheric ambiance. If your looking for actual songs you might be better looking at bastion or SuperBrothers this time around kupo.
Well thats it for this review I hope you all Enjoyed it and Support Humble Bundle now and into the future as they are the best way to support charity and catch up on some great indie titles you may have missed. til next time, keep adventuring kupo!
you can find the Humble Bundle at http://www.humblebundle.com kupo~