A group of expeditious individuals, TSG, will be conducting their 32nd gaming marathon for charity this week and we are elated. So much so that a bundle has been created in their honor, a rather massive bundle at that.
Twelve games plus a few surprises are in store so contain yourself and resist every urge to scroll to the bottom of the post to find out. Pay what you want for Thomas Was Alone, Puzzle Bots, Dustforce, VVVVVV and Cave Story+. Anyone who contributes $6 or more will rush in to also find Reus, Limbo, Cthulhu Saves the World, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Lone Survivor and Element4l.
A contribution of $10 or more yields the final game in this bundle, Teslagrad. You would like to give more? Well I think we have a little something extra for individuals who have a particular fancy for all varieties of fine gamer merchandise…
…for now though, the games.
Thomas Was Alone
It’s hip to be a square (or any other kind of parallelogram) in Thomas Was Alone, a minimalistic puzzle-platformer. Start out as Thomas, a red rectangle, then fall and jump through 100 levels as you discover new friends along the way. You’ll run into John, a tall, lanky, and helpful yellow rectangle, Sarah, a pint-sized curious purple rectangle with a powerful double jump, and more, as you fall in love with the characters in this simple but endearing game of quadrilaterals.
Thomas Was Alone won the Best Performer award at the 2013 BAFTA Video Games Awards for Danny Wallace’s in-game narration.
There’s a big secret at Dr. Hugo’s Factory for Making Robots. When the inventors aren’t looking, their tiny robots go on big adventures. They never expected to stumble onto a plot so diabolical it threatened their very existence. With lasers.
It all starts when Zander - possibly the world’s most absent-minded inventor - trips over a metal box buried outside the factory. When no-one can figure out how to open it, the robots sneak out and try it for themselves. What they discover is the first step to a grand adventure, leading to a mystery as old as the factory itself.
Join the robots as they outwit mischievous children, curious animals, and dysfunctional inventors in their quest to find the truth. Will the robots solve the mystery before it’s too late? Find out by visiting Dr. Hugo’s factory yourself!
The world has been corrupted with dust and filth, and it’s up to a handful of acrobatic janitors to win the war on grime. In this frenetic, award-winning platformer by Hitbox Team, sweep your way through over fifty levels of wall rebounding, double jumping endurance runs where finesse matters as much as dust destruction. Vault your brooms even higher as you share and view replays online to compete for the ultimate speed runs, and watch as your dustpan runneth over when you build your own worlds and share them online with the included map editor.
Dustforce was the winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize at the Third Independent Game Developers Competition at the 2010 Game Developers Conference Online.
VVVVVV is a retro styled 2D platformer by Terry Cavanagh, creator of dozens of free games. You play as the fearless leader of a team of dimension exploring scientists who inadvertently crash, and are separated. The game involves exploring the strange world you’ve found yourself in, and reuniting your friends.
VVVVVV explores one simple game mechanic: you cannot jump - instead, you reverse your own gravity at the press of a button. The game focuses on playing with this mechanic in a variety of interesting ways.
The game is designed not to artificially gate your progress. In VVVVVV there are no locks, no power-ups, no switches, nothing to stop you progressing except the challenges themselves.
Cave Story is a 2D platformer in the Metroidvania tradition, with a classic, world-saving hero and an emphasis on exploration and discovery. The indie studio Nicalis worked with Studio Pixel to update graphics and add new game modes, reflected in this edition of Cave Story.
Play as one of four friendly giants who have the unimaginable power of controlling mother earth.
Reus gives you the ability to shape the planet and then lets your creations unfold organically. Once the earth is rendered into a habitable region, mankind will flock to it, but as they grow in size so will their greed. The humans will wage wars too, but it’s up to you to find a harmony and balance for your region before you’re thrown into the chaos as well.
The captivating puzzle-platformer LIMBO is a modern classic, putting players in control of a boy’s journey through a tense and hostile world. The protagonist is as fragile and hardy as you’d expect of a young kid, making for a novel and sometimes surprisingly intense adventure. With incredibly tight platforming, detailed 2D graphics, and well-designed puzzles, LIMBO has rightfully earned critical and popular acclaim for the Danish indie studio, Playdead.
Cthulhu Saves the World
The lord of insanity, Cthulhu was all set to plunge the world into insanity and destruction when his powers were sealed by a mysterious sorcerer. The only way for him to break the curse is to become a true hero. Save the world to destroy it in an epic parody RPG journey of redemption, romance, and insanity!
Mutant Mudds Deluxe
Love pixels? Fond of platformers? Is there a special place in your heart for the 8-bit and 16-bit era? Want to have fun? Yes!? Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friend. Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a “12-bit” action platformer full of pixels and platforming fun!
Our hero, Max, may be just a 2D sprite, but he can leap into the third dimension by jetting between the background and the foreground playfields with his trusty jetpack in this unique dimensionally-woven experience.
Armed with a heavy-duty water cannon, Max has what he needs to vanquish his long-term nemesis: the Mutant Mudds. Max must blast and hover his way across the soiled landscape to seek out mysterious Water Sprites. Legend says collecting all of the mysterious Water Sprites will wash the filthy Mutant Mudds away for good!
Lone Survivor is an unusual mix of survival horror, stealth mechanics, adventure games, a virtual pet, a physical and psychological survival simulation and a truly interactive story with art, design, and music by the one-man studio, Superflat Games.
The surgical-mask wearing protagonist has survived a disaster and must now face the world’s twisted creatures, as well as the potential unraveling of his own mind. The player is encouraged to role-play and forget about the game’s workings, while the story moulds to match the player’s actions. This is a game where your choices genuinely matter.
Element4l is a immersive and experimental platform game, with a strong focus on flow and smooth gameplay, wrapped in an exceptional soundtrack by MindTree.
In Element4l, you control four elements who are bound together on a journey to shape life. Your only hindrances are nature and the sun. It takes a different, experimental approach to classic platform games and challenges you to rearrange your reflexes.
The state-changing, physics-based gameplay invites all ages to think logically, and reveals that pressing the right button at the right time, is often more rewarding than mashing buttons. Element4l is a challenge. The first time you play it, you will struggle… just like the first time you’ve learned how to ride a bike.
Note: This game requires Steam for online play.
Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to go throughout the game, and thereby discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower. Gain new abilities to explore a non-linear world with more than 100 beautiful hand-drawn environments, in a steampunk-inspired vision of old Europe.
You play as a young boy who suddenly finds himself embroiled in a long-forgotten conspiracy, involving the despotic king who has ruled the nation with an iron fist for several years. Jump into an outstanding adventure told through voiceless storytelling, writing your own part. Armed with ancient Teslamancer technology and your own ingenuity and creativity, your path lies through the decrepit Tesla Tower and beyond.
Ok, the games are out of the way, now time for the bonus round.
Fangamer, masters of gaming merch and accessories, is getting in on the bundle action because why not give extravagant things to extraordinary people?
Here is how this works, contributors of $40 or more will receive a Humble Bundle exclusive t-shirt designed by pixel artist Drew Wise plus a TSG keychain.
This is like actual stuff you can wear and use people, shipped to your house, not some DLC for a game you barely play. Physical merch, the real deal. But wait, there’s more…
A $100 contribution nets everything mentioned thus far plus the MEGA FANGAMER SWAG BAG, a package of more Humble Bundle exclusives:
- A second t-shirt, designed by Nina Matsumoto
- Sticker set featuring 5 of the characters in this bundle
- Set of 3 18x24” posters each featuring stylized hardware specs for the SNES, Genesis and PSX
All physical items are expected to ship July 2014, mostly because we still have yet to perfect instantaneous matter transportation. I know this bundle has a speed thing going on but hey, we still need to operate under the laws of physics here. The pretty pictures above are mockups and the look of the final product is subject to change. Check out your download page for redemption details.
The Humble Weekly Sale Presented by TSG will dash off into the sunset on Thursday May 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
Avril Lavigne has not slept since 2002. She’s wearing the same smeared eyeliner and hot pink hot topic extensions.
dont fucking shame people for not reading for pleasure
some people have concentration-issues
some people have other hobbies
and some people just dont fucking like reading alright
shut the fuck up and sit down