What is the “Humble Indie Bundle“, you ask? A group of developers got together and put their indie games in a package. This package has been put up for sale on a “pay whatever you want for it” basis. First off, this is a great idea. Secondly, it is even greater because they have brought charities into the mix, including Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. So far, in about a week, this “pay whatever you want” model has brought in over a million dollars.
When you purchase this set of games, you plug in the amount of money you feel they’re worth and are able to split the money however you want between the developers and the charities. By default everything is split evenly.
There are some great-looking games in this bundle. You may have heard of World of Goo and Aquaria, but might not be so familiar with Gish, LugaruHD, Prenumbra Overture and Samorost 2. You get all these games for the price of whatever you want to pay. I picked this up last night and started playing Aquaria, and let me tell you, the game so far is an amazing experience. It is something you will rarely, if ever, find from a major publisher or on a major console.
To top it all off, the games are DRM free and available for all three major PC platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). Go get you some!
I wanted to point this out now because I’m not sure how much longer it will last. Once the $1 million mark was reached, they extended the sale of these games with this model for a bit, but don’t wait too long. These are some great games and you will be supporting some great indie developers and charities. You should definitely check it out!