It’s time again for another Humble Bundle to offer up sweet-ass savings. This time around? We’ve got ourselves the Humble Telltale Games Bundle.
Basically any Telltale Game you might ever want to own is in this bundle, which is a pretty good endorsement, I do admit.
The $1 Tier:
Back to the Future: The Game
Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse
Poker Night at the Inventory
Puzzle Agent 1 & 2
The Walking Dead – Season 1
Beat the Average ($6.97 currently):
The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC
The Wolf Among Us
Poker Night 2
Tales From the Borderlands
$12 or more:
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead – Season 2
So yeah, perhaps the weakest tier, surprisingly, is the $12 one. I didn’t think the Game of Thrones tie in was too great, and neither did anyone else judging by its Steam user reviews. It might be a weird complaint, but when you’re watching Game of Thrones, you get to sit by in comfort as terrible things happen to terrible people – and a few good ones too – but when you’re playing a video game version of it, you’ve got nothing but agency, and you yourself are making those terrible things happen. It stopped being fun after the first couple episodes, and I never did get around to finishing it, because if it’s anything like Game of Thrones the show, I highly doubt it had a happy ending. Then you have an antagonist like Ramsay Bolton, who you know isn’t going anywhere cause he’s a major character for the show. In the future, I hope they don’t feature a foe with such obvious plot armor.
On the other hand, The Walking Dead, especially season 1, rocks. Maybe it’s because the antagonist in those games isn’t Ramsay Bolton. Walking Dead Season 2 is pretty good, but not as good as the first season. Of course the first season of Walking Dead is great, and getting it for a mere buck is a steal. Personally, though, my favorite Telltale Game is easily The Wolf Among Us. I loved that game so much it prompted me to binge the hell out of Fables, the comic series that the game is based off of.
And then we have Tales from the Borderlands, which surprisingly might be almost as good as The Wolf Among Us, but it’s also a completely different style, so it’s got that going for it. Not sure I’d recommend it to people who aren’t fans of Borderlands games, but I bet it’s worth checking out regardless.
The other three adventure games (Back to the Future, Sam & Max, and Puzzle Agent) are all pretty great in their own right, and are closer to traditional adventure games than Telltale’s more recent offerings. Then you have the poker games.
Overall, it’s a really solid bundle, even if I’m not sure the $12 tier is really worth it, but considering all you get for less than $7, the bundle definitely shines, especially if you’re a newcomer to Telltale and curious to see what all the hoopla is about.