Bundled: Humble Jumbo Bundle 3
It has been a long time since I wrote a Bundled article.
For those of you who do not know what it is, Bundled is my series evaluating different game bundles and whether or not they are worth purchasing. I take a little time to share who the group behind the bundle is, and then I evaluate the bundle itself on the following scale:
- PAY:Â Buy this bundle. There is enough offered in it to make it worth the purchase.
- PASS:Â Do not buy this bundle. Just not worth it.
- PAUSE:Â 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.
So why am I bringing this series back? Blame Humble Bundle, whose Humble Jumbo Bundle 3Â has caught my attention. The question is how does this bundle rate on my scale?
Who is Humble Bundle?
Humble Bundle is a group that puts together bundles of games for charities, often for the Electronic FrontierÂ Foundation (EFF) and Childâ€™s Play.Â Humble Bundle adopts a â€œpay what you wantâ€ model, with Steam Keys provided if you pay at least a dollar andÂ bonusesÂ 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.
Humble Bundle has becomeÂ 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 asÂ Bastion, Amnesia: The DarkÂ DescentÂ andÂ Anomaly: Warzone Earth.Â There is a quality to the games offered by this bundle that isÂ not normally matched by the other well-known groups.
One of the other nice things about these bundles is the ease with which you can gift games to other people. Those who have been buying Humble Bundles from back in the day remember when it used to only have one steam key for the entire bundle, meaning you were unable to give games you already owned to others. A while back, Humble Bundle added the ability to redeem or gift individual games, and that made its bundles that much better.
What is the Humble Jumbo Bundle 3?
As you can probably guess, the Humble Jumbo Bundle 3 is the third in the Jumbo Bundle series. These tend to be major bundles of high end games ranging from indie to AAA. This time, the bundle featuresÂ Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure,Â Always Sometimes Monsters and fourÂ copies ofÂ InsurgencyÂ (one for you, three to share) for whatever price you choose, with the chance to unlockÂ Full Mojo Rampage if you can get a friend to redeem one of those copies ofÂ Insurgency by December 9th. Beat the average ($5.82 at the time of this article), and you also getÂ Grid 2, Blackguards, Euro Truck Simulator 2Â and whatever games unlock for this bundle later.
Oh, and if you pay $12, you getÂ Saints Row IV!
Let’s look at this a little more closely, shall we?
- Spend one dollar, and you getÂ the critically acclaimedÂ Always Sometimes MonstersÂ along with three copies ofÂ Insurgency to share with your friends.
- Beat the average, and you get the fantastic racerÂ Grid 2,Â tactical turn-based RPGÂ Blackguards,Â which I reviewed rather highly earlier this year, and the surprising hitÂ Euro Truck Simulator 2.
- Pay $12, ad you getÂ Saints Row IV, a game that, if I had been ranking Games of the Year last year, would have been on my list.
All of this can be yours for a very reasonable price along with whatever other goodies unlock later.
This conclusion should come as no surprise to anyone. In my opinion, this bundle is one of the best Humble Bundle has put out in a long time. Even though I owned three of the games, I still paid the $12 just to have a giftable copy ofÂ Saints Row IV.
Every now and then, Humble Bundle hits a home run with its selections. The Humble Jumbo Bundle 3 is one such occasion. I would jump on this one quickly if you only intend to beat the average, as the inclusion ofÂ Saints Row IV at the $12 price point is sure to drive the average price up.