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Stacy’s Picks - The Humble Bundle for Android 4

You’ve most likely heard of the charity fundraiser, Humble Bundle before. In fact, many of you have probably downloaded one or all of their crazy-cool bundles of games they’ve offered over the years. But in case you haven’t, let me take a quick moment to explain the concept.
Published: Nov 26, 2012
Author: Stacy Reed

You’ve most likely heard of the charity fundraiser, Humble Bundle before. In fact, many of you have probably downloaded one or all of their crazy-cool bundles of games they’ve offered over the years. But in case you haven’t, let me take a quick moment to explain the concept.

In exchange for a bundle of top-notch games, the folks at Humble Bundle ask users to “pay-what-you-want.” It’s always a great deal, because separately these games would cost well over a hundred dollars, but you decide how much you want to pay, even if it’s just one buck. What’s more, you get to decide where the money goes by divvying up the proceeds between the developers and/or the Electronic Frontier Foundation charity, and the Child’s Play Charity.

So now that we’ve covered the basics, I want to tell you about the new Humble Bundle that was released for Android 4 earlier this month. The games are DRM-free, and cross-platform, which means they are compatible with most Windows, Mac and Linux systems as well. This time, the Humble Bundle includes the following hand-selected portable games, which are described on their website as follows:

  • Crayon Physics Deluxe - A physics-based puzzle game that won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the 2008 Independent Games Festival. In Crayon Physics Deluxe, your doodles and drawings transform into objects you can use to push, pull, slide, shield, and catapult the ball towards the goal in more than 70 distinct levels. This unique puzzler is available for the first time on Android.
  • Eufloria - Take to space, conquer asteroids, and grow an organic army of seedlings in this elegant and unique real-time strategy game by Omni Systems. Featuring themes of plant growth and bio mechanical evolution, Eufloria uses beautiful visuals and an amazing ambient soundtrack to create an experience unlike any other.
  • Splice - Re-sequence, mutate, and splice in this experimental microbial puzzler by Cipher Prime. Available for the first time on Android, Splice will strain your brain while you commence cellular alteration to connect and complete a sequence of puzzles, all to a fantastic and compelling score.
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP - Delivers a completely fresh adventure gaming experience, defying conventions to develop a unique kind of storytelling. The plot is unveiled in "sessions," each of which involves traversing a mythical realm, using your sword to battle and evoking “sworcery” to solve puzzles. Every scene overflows with rich graphic and auditory detail, featuring distinctive artwork by Superbrothers Inc. and music and sound design by Jim Guthrie.
  • Waking Mars - When a mission of first contact doesn't go as expected, astrobiologist Liang is trapped underneath the surface of Mars. With the help of his trusty jetpack and his allies on the surface, you must help Liang discover the secret ecosystem underground and bring a sleeping planet to life. Waking Mars developers Tiger Style describe the gameplay as "action gardening" where the player controls how the ecosystem of Mars develops, making for a unique environment dictated by the player's actions.
  • Machinarium - In the point-and-click adventure game Machinarium, players guide a heroic little robot on his quest to save his friends from a trio of bullies in a dilapidated machine city. Machinarium won the Independent Games Festival (IGF) Excellence in Visual Art Award in 2009 for its incredibly detailed environments and the unique personalities of the many characters inhabiting the city.

Head over to the Humble Bundle blog to see previews and screen captures of these games, as well as information about past Bundles... and while you’re there, consider signing up to be notified when they release future bundles.

It’s been my personal observation that a good portion of the fun comes not from the games themselves, but in the competition that drives users of different platforms to donate generously in an effort to out-good each other. You can see a few different graphs exhibiting how much has been donated by each group per platform on their main page. Right now, it looks like Linux users are paying more on average than Mac and Windows users, but Windows users have made the most purchases. One generous individual made it to the top of the leaderboard by paying $1,000 for his Humble Bundle!

Sadly, a deal like this can’t last forever, so hurry on over to http://www.humblebundle.com/ between now and Nov. 22nd to take advantage of this incredible offer. You can even order a Humble Bundle for yourself and another as a gift for a friend. What a fun way to contribute to the developers who create these amazing games, as well as two important charities!


About Stacy Reed

Stacy Reed is Tucows' resident software librarian and editor. She has been reviewing PC and mobile software as well as web services for over a decade. Helping developers improve and promote their products is only one of her areas of expertise. Stacy is also an advocate for Open Source, Creative Commons and freeware, taking special interest in educational resources, social media, cloud sharing, and mobile technology.

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