The Humble Indie Bundle - "Buy" it Now! (World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, Penumbra Overture, Samorost 2)

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This is a great idea for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux users, and while some losers may choose to pay these guys NOTHING - in fact, doing what amounts to piracy for what is truly a generous act - I'm sure you'll all agree with me that buying/donating money for this amazing bundle of games is not only the right thing to do, but a sound investment for the future of this type of thing (a bundle of high-end DRM free and cross-compatible games, plus source). Here's the info from the Website, so head there now and get your own bundle (http://www.wolfire.com/humble):

"The Humble Indie Bundle is a unique kind of bundle that we are trying out.

Pay what you want. If you bought these five games separately, it would cost around $80 but we're letting you set the price!

All of the games work great on Mac, Windows, and Linux. We didn't want to leave anyone out.

There is no middle-man. You can rest assured that 100% of your purchase goes directly to the developers and non-profits as you specify (minus the merchant fees).

We don't use DRM. When you buy these games, they are yours. Feel free to play them without an internet connection, back them up, and install them on all of your Macs and PCs freely.

Your contribution supports the amazing Child's Play charity and Electronic Frontier Foundation. By default, the amount is split equally between the seven participants (including Child's Play and EFF), but you can tweak the split any way you'd like.

And now, thanks to a humble donation from Amanita Design: all contributors are given a free copy of Samorost 2!"

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SelZero
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Great Idea

Dont complain that mainsteam games have become a series of re-hashes tweaking 3D graphics... empower the indy scene and allow it to innovate.

Catatonic
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I bought the bundle

I bought the bundle yesterday. The games are wonderfully quirky & fun.

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* I should qualify that - the

* I should qualify that - the 4 games that I tried were great. I wasn't interested in Lugaru so I won't say anything about it. Penumbra Overture does look interesting and I may try it later.

Matt Barton
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I haven't bought the bundle,

I haven't bought the bundle, but have played some of these before. World of Goo is awesome and definitely worth a try. Penumbra wasn't my cup of tea; first-person adventure game that is literally so dark I could barely see it. I guess it might be fun for folks who love horror; there was some kind of mutant dog in it that scared me half to death. :)

I'm curious about the other ones. Any reports?

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Aquaria seems like the

Aquaria seems like the largest game (of those I tried). I've played for over an hour and seem to be just getting started. It's a very cute game where you play a sort of mermaid who explores an ocean world & can solve puzzles with her voice. There have been some surprises that I won't spoil here.

Samorost 2 , well, you can try most of it for free - it's a Flash adventure game. The full version adds a few more screens. It has very charming animation & music. It's a bit frustrating to play though - it's totally based on figuring out where to click on the screen, which can be far from obvious, and in a few cases you need to get timing right too. I am also glad that my Mac can zoom the whole screen because this game runs in a small fixed size window. There is no back-tracking, which is good, until the very last puzzle which if you get the timing wrong, you have to repeat a fairly lengthy task until you get it right. I looked at a walkthrough and still didn't get it to work. Over all I did enjoy this game though and it's short enough not to drive you nuts.

World of Goo, I already owned. It reminds me of Lemmings but it's simpler and the puzzles are physics based. You have to help a bunch of little balls of goo connect to each other to build bridges. You work against gravity, etc.

Gish is another physics based game but this time more of a platformer than a puzzler. You play an anthropomorphic ball of tar/slime/grease? that can change its physical properties - friction, mass, stickiness.

Aquaria & Gish worked nicely on a 16x9 widescreen monitor, and World of Goo was able to run 16x9 after modifying one its configuration files by hand.

Catatonic
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System I tested with

One other thing, I played on a Mac mini Core 2 Duo with an Intel GMA 950 graphics chip. The games I tried worked fine on it, which is good news because it's extremely slow at most 3D games. (For example, the new Monkey Island series is too slow to bother playing.) Newer minis and macbooks have an NVidia chip that can handle any game.

Mark Vergeer
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Gonna get it

I'm going to acquire the bundle right away. It should run fine on the MacBook with Nvidia graphics chip I'm running. Portal is available for free untill the 25th of May by the way. I installed it on my MacBook together with MacSteam!

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Bill Loguidice
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Too cool bundles
Mark Vergeer wrote:

I'm going to acquire the bundle right away. It should run fine on the MacBook with Nvidia graphics chip I'm running. Portal is available for free untill the 25th of May by the way. I installed it on my MacBook together with MacSteam!

I jumped on it too, though I'll be running the Windows version myself. I'd go for Portal, but I already have The Orange Box on the Xbox 360. I certainly didn't mind having paid for that bundle either!

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Gaming Mill reviews

Gaming Mill reviews Portal:

Gaming Mill reviews World of Goo:

clok1966
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carefull with STEAM, its the

carefull with STEAM, its the most evil thing on the planet! If you look at it weekly there will be games for 50% off or more all the time, soon you will have to many game and no time to play um. I hate steam, its made me an addict, i cant turn down bundles.. those $9 for inda game packs, or older game bundles for $5.

WOrld Of Goo was great, they did the original "pay what you think" deal (i got GOO then). They put up some stats. Unsuprisingly most people payed $1... sad really. I plunked down $10 as that is about my price point on casule gaming (opinion only). But they did mention even with the people paying so little they did all right as it was great word of mouth. I suspsect $1 is better then people pirateing it.

Speaking of indy games check out GUNS OF ICARUS on steam (mac and pc I believe) also the website lest you play in browser. Its a simple 3D shooter with some time management (repair) and such. Addicting and fun.

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