Humble Indie Bundle 16 is here. That’s right, evidently there have been sixteen indie bundles. I know I lost count.
This one brings to us indie starlets such as Outlast and Sunless Sea, but you’ll have to do more than beat the average to get your hands on Sunless Sea. But let’s start at the bottom and work our way up.
For the $1 tier, we have Outlast, Never Alone, and Retro City Rampage DX.
Outlast is basically an Amnesia-like horror game that you might’ve heard of if you follow indie games at all. But if you haven’t, you’re a sane guy in an insane asylum, trying to outlast the insane inhabitants and find your way to safety. Jump scares abound.
Retro City Rampage DX is, to put it simply, a pixel-graphics Grand Theft Auto. It’s open world, and you run around causing havoc. A good time all around.
Never Alone rounds out the dollar tier. It’s a puzzle platformer. You play as an native Alaskan girl and a fox, switching between the two. Looks gorgeous, and received a buttload of awards.
For beating the currently $6.01 average, you get both Trine 3: Artifacts of Power and Door Kickers.
Trine 3 is the 3rd entry to the series, and while the first two games are lauded. This one, not so much. Evidently Frozenbyte just flat out ran out of money. So the physics/puzzle platformer is incomplete and a little rough around the edges.
Door Kickers, however, is worth beating the average alone. Think of paying $6 for Door Kickers and getting Trine 3 as an added bonus. It’s a real time strategy game where you play a SWAT team and do SWAT things. Breach those doors, kill those “bad guys,” save those hostages or what not. Overwhelmingly positive user reviews on steam, so you know you’re in for a joyous experience.
That’s it for beating the average, but more games will be added later, so there may still be some surprises in store.
Humble Indie Bundle 16 is doing something interesting with the last couples games. Instead of locking them behind a flat tier, say $10 or $15, it’s simply the average plus two dollars, which – at he moment – is $8.01. For that, you get Sunless Sea and Else Heart.Break().
Sunless Sea is a weird one. It’s a primarily story-driven and procedurally generated, with a dash of Lovecraft. I haven’t played it (yet), but the general gist is that you set sail and discover stories and other secrets, and then die, maybe losing your mind in the process. Rinse and repeat. People seem to like it for its exploration and stories, but evidently the combat is rather simple.
Else Heart.Break() is a adventure game. In addition to the usual pointing and clicking, there’s an emphasis on solving problems by changing the code of the game. I haven’t played it, but the few user reviews it has on Steam are relatively positive.
All in all, Humble Indie Bundle 16 is solid. The bottom tier alone is worth it, and for an extra few bucks you may as well grab Door Kickers and for a couple extra bucks more, Sunless Sea.
At the very least, it’s a good way of padding out your Steam library so friends can ask you how on Earth you own so many games.