Bundled: Humble Indie Bundle 7

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The crew at Humble Bundle is at it again, gathering together another grouping of indie games at a reasonable price. The question is whether Humble Indie Bundle 7 is worth buying, or is this a Humble Bundle you should let pass by. That is the question I intend to address in this edition of Bundled.

The rankings for Bundled are:

  • PAY: Buy this bundle. There is enough offered in it to make it worth the purchase.
  • PASS: Do not buy this bundle. Just not worth it.
  • PAUSE: Consider if you are really going to play the games. If not, wait to see if they add enough to the bundle later to make it worthwhile.

Who Is Humble Bundle?

Humble Bundle is a group that puts together bundles of games for charities, often for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Child’s Play. Humble Bundle adopts a “pay what you want” model, with Steam Keys provided if you pay at least a dollar and bonuses normally added if you beat the average price, including extra games that unlock later. You can even choose just how much money you want to give to the developers, Humble Bundle and the charities via a set of sliders on the website.

Dungeon Defenders, while good, has been in bundles and on Steam sales.

Dungeon Defenders, while good, has been in bundles and on Steam sales.

Humble Bundle has become one of the most well-known if not the most well-known of the bundle groups for one reason: the quality of the games it offers. Humble Bundles have included such gems as Bastion, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Anomaly: Warzone Earth. There is a quality to the games offered by this bundle that is not normally matched by the other well-known groups.

Unfortunately, the Humble Bundles have suffered from two major problems historically. One is they tend to repeat games, leading gamers to decide to not buy a bundle because they already own several of the games contained within it. Now a gamer may decide to gift the games he or she already has to other people, but that is the other problem with the Humble Bundles: the bundle has just one Steam code for the bundle itself as opposed to separate codes for each game. That makes gifting them difficult, as the easiest way to accomplish that would be to give someone else the Steam key for the individual game. Granted, the games added as bonuses for beating the average often come with a separate key, but the lack of game-specific keys can be a bit of an issue with this bundle.

What is Humble Indie Bundle 7?

Humble Indie Bundle 7 is a pay-what-you-want style bundle. Pay whatever price you want, and you will receive Shank 2, Closure, Snapshot, The Binding of Isaac + Wrath of the Lamb DLC and Indie Game: The Movie, the critically acclaimed documentary about indie game developers. If you beat the average ($6.41 at the time I am writing this), you will also get Legend of Grimrock and Dungeon Defenders + DLC.

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Legend of Grimrock is currently cheaper on a Steam sale.

Each of these games brings something different to the table. Shank 2 is a side scrolling brawler which has received a lot of positive reviews. The Binding of Isaac was made by the same people who made Super Meat Boy, and like that one, it has become an underground hit. Legend of Grimrock is a great first person dungeon crawler, and Dungeon Defenders is a very popular coop tower defense/RPG hybrid. Add to that the other games and Indie Game: The Movie, and this appears on the surface to be a great deal.

There are some problems with this Humble Bundle, however. Many gamers who have purchased bundles in the past or follow Steam sales will already have The Binding of Isaac, Dungeon Defenders, Shank 2 and even possible Indie Game: The Movie, with the latter also available through Netflix Instant Streaming. Legend of Grimrock makes its first appearance in a Humble Bundle, but it is currently on sale on Steam for $3.74, making beating the average just for it not as good a deal. When it comes down to it, the two weaknesses of the Humble Bundle, the tendency to repeat titles and the fact you do not get separate Steam keys for anything but the bonus games for beating the average, kind of work against this particular bundle.

 The Verdict: Pass

When I considered the verdict for this edition of Bundled, I thought heavily about my audience. Many of you I figure have been following the Humble Bundles and the Steam Sales for a while, and if that is the case, then in my opinion there is not enough in the Humble Indie Bundle 7 to recommend purchasing it. Personally, the only game I am even interested in playing in this bundle is Legend of Grimrock, and when you consider the Steam sale makes it cheaper than the minimum to unlock it, I cannot really recommend paying enough to get just that game (I already have it myself).

Now this Pass verdict does come with a caveat. If you are relatively new to PC gaming and have not been following Humble Bundle or Steam sales, you may find there is enough in this bundle to make the purchase worthwhile.  That is a big “if,” however, and that is why I personally cannot recommend purchasing this Humble Bundle.

*********UPDATE*********

Since this article was published, Humble Bundle has added three more games to the Humble Indie Bundle 7: The Basement Collection, Offspring Fling and Cave Story +. Offspring Fling looks promising, but Cave Story + has been in other bundles and sales, and The Basement Collection is a collection of flash games (yes, flash games by the createor of Super Meat Boy, but flash games none the less). While the addition of these games pushes me a little closer to a Pause, I stand by my initial verdict.

Eric Bouchard

I am the Senior Editor and current Admin for Everyday Gamers as well as the primary editor of the podcast. While I tend to gravitate towards shooters or RPGs, I will play any genre of game which catches my eye.

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