Today, I decided that I’d give a review of a weekly Humble Bundle for a change, which is nice, because that means that people reading this review in the next week can still purchase the bundle here! This review is for the Humble Discovery Pack, which is a ten dollar bundle that includes six games and a one month subscription to Rooster Teeth FIRST. I am going to play a little of all six of the titles and give my general first impressions of each title and whether I intend to play them further.
War for the Overworld
Release Date: April 2, 2015
Price: $29.99 (plus $7.99 for the included expansion)
In my last monthly review, I looked at Dungeons III and said that the game showed promise, but I would look around and decide which specific dungeon-building title I wanted to sink my time into. Upon playing War for the Overworld, I can say with confidence that this is the title I want to keep playing. There’s so much content and the game is still being actively supported. It just, overall, feels so much more feature-complete than Dungeons III did. I’ll be playing this much more in the months to come.
Osiris: New Dawn
Release Date: September 28, 2016 (Early Access)
I don’t like survival games, so I will admit that Osiris: New Dawn is already fighting an uphill battle to gain my interest. Ultimately, I didn’t enjoy this title at all. The controls felt unresponsive, which led to me repeatedly spamming the “F” button on my keyboard to try and pick something up because the first press didn’t work. When I tried to build something, the placement of a new building makes it really difficult to place items with accuracy. Since this title is in early access, I may be willing to give the game another shot down the road, but for now, I don’t find this interesting at all.
Kentucky Route Zero
Release Date: February 22, 2013 (and ongoing)
I actually got this title a while ago, likely through a different bundle. Ultimately, I played a little bit of this atmospheric narrative adventure and found it intriguing, but saw that the game hadn’t been finished yet, with the final episode of this game still unreleased. This bundle gave me the push to go take a look at the game again and…the final episode still isn’t available. After five years, that is extremely disappointing. While I like walking simulators and visual novels, meaning that this title should be perfect for me, I won’t be playing this one until I see a final episode completed.
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse
Release Date: July 5, 2016
I have never watched RWBY, the show that this game is based off of, though as a huge fan of Red Vs. Blue, I probably should. RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is a stylish hack-and-slash title. My guess is that co-op is more fun than single player, as is typically the case with these sorts of pick up and play action titles, but I still enjoyed the game for what it is in single player. While I doubt that I’ve found my new favorite game with this title, I plan to continue it for a while.
Phantom Brave PC
Release Date: July 25, 2016 (January 22, 2004 originally)
If I’m being totally honest, this game is the reason I purchased the bundle. Phantom Brave PC is made by the same developers as one of my favorite video game series, Disgaea. So far, the gameplay feels like a good tactical RPG, and it feels refreshing to not have combat taking place on a grid, allowing for more freedom of movement than in the average JRPG tactics title. The story is as wacky as ever, with demons galore, and I can’t wait to play much more of this one in the future.
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Tricky Towers is a perfect example of a game that I’m glad I got via a Humble Bundle. Given that this game is just Tetris, but with a block-stacking mechanic added in, I can’t say that I would want to pay fifteen dollars for this. Since I got it alongside five other games for ten dollars, however, I’m having a lot of fun with this title. The obvious draw to this game is the local and online co-op modes, but there is still plenty of single-player content that I will be continuing with in the future.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad bundle. Every bundle will likely have its duds, as each one is catering to a variety of different tastes, but for ten dollars, I definitely got my money’s worth. Let me know in the comments below how you feel about this bundle or any of the games in it!