Humble Indie Bundle 4 Opens in Time for the Holidays

Another Humble Indie Bundle has arrived on the Humble Bundle web site. This time it features $90 worth of games according to Steam: Jamestown, Bit.Trip Runner, Super Meat Boy, Shank, and NightSky HD.

Players can also buy Cave Story+ and Gratuitous Space Battles if they spend above the current price average. A description of each game follows, as per the Humble Bundle web site.

JamestownJamestown is a beautiful, new shmup that brings neo-classical flavor to the grand tradition of scrolling arcade shooters. Up to four players blast and bullet dodge through a hostile Martian frontier, armed with the very best in steampunk weaponry. A “stay-alive” co-op system will have you screaming at your buddies during the epic, retro-style, screen-filling boss battles, while unlocking sick new ships and weapons.

Bit.Trip RunnerBit.Trip Runner radiates charm and challenge with retro-styled, music-platformer gameplay. Players take control of Captain Video as he runs through more than 30 levels. Each stage features a unique music track perfectly synced to Captain Video’s hops and slides, resulting in a fresh and intuitive platforming experience.

Super Meat BoySuper Meat Boy is what you get when you mold a little man out of ground meat, and put him in a world full of tricky gaps, slides, and hazards. Plan to perish many times in the course of saving Bandage Girl from Dr. Fetus, but prepare to bask in the glory of pulling off impossible platforming feats, unlocking secret characters, and triumphing over 300+ levels.

ShankShank is a highly stylized, action-packed, 2D brawler, featuring satisfying fight combos and familiar platforming challenges. Players assume the role of Shank, a former mob-hitman, on an epic quest for revenge. In the solo game, Shank traverses levels filled with henchmen, culminating in awesome boss fights. There’s also a full co-op story, which tells the tale of Shank’s life prior to the events of the solo campaign.

NightSkyNightSky is an atmospheric, 2D physics puzzle platformer. The player uses acceleration, gravity, and motion to navigate a glowing sphere through over 130 unique and picturesque levels.
Be the first to try the forthcoming free update to NightSky, NightSky HD! Try the first builds of NightSky HD available on the download section of your key page or feel free to download the traditional version of NighSky on Steam.

Gratuitous Space Battles – In the sci-fi strategy game Gratuitous Space Battles, players outfit a complete fleet — from bulkhead-to-munitions — to clash mightily with opponents from across the galaxy. With layer upon layer of customization, master strategists will always be able to find a way to blast the competition into smithereens.

Cave Story+Cave Story is the critically acclaimed opus by indie game developer Pixel, originally created as a tribute to games like Metroid and Castlevania. Cave Story is a 2D platformer in the “metroidvania” tradition, with a classic, world-saving hero and an emphasis on exploration and discovery. The indie studio Nicalis worked with Pixel to update graphics and add new game modes, reflected in this edition of Cave Story.

Humble Bundles have performed fairly well in the past; the Humble Indie Bundles in particular have never drawn in less than $1 million total. The previous three Humble Indie Bundles have drawn $1,273,613; $1,822,637; and $2,169,091 for the first, second, and third, respectively. Even more notable is the fact that the bundles allow the consumer to choose their price and donate an amount they specify to a combined total benefitting two charities. In the past, these charities were the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play. While this bundle still benefits Child’s Play, the American Red Cross has been chosen in place of the EFF.

After a mere three hours, $407,474.71 of revenue has already been brought in by the bundle. The bundle will continue until 6 PM EST on the 27th. The bundle provides completely DRM-free downloadable copies of every game as well as a redeemable Steam key for the bundle and the bonus games.

Analysis: This is a steal, plain and simple. Every one of these games is a masterpiece in and of itself, and to be able to purchase all of them for whatever price you wish is insane, put bluntly. If you’re looking for a good Christmas gift for a gamer, this is an exceptionally good option. There’s something in this bundle for everyone, and it will not hurt the wallet.

There’s also a good indication that this will be the highest revenue Humble Indie Bundle yet. They’ve got some pretty big-name games on here like Cave Story+, Super Meat Boy, and Bit.Trip Runner, to name just a few. I waited on these titles, hoping that they’d get included in a bundle sooner or later. I didn’t expect them all to be in the same bundle, but I’m sure glad they are.
Amendment: The Humble Indie Bundle 4 now includes each games’ soundtrack for free. ‘Tis the season for a great steal.

Joshua Moore

About Joshua Moore

Joshua has been a gamer for a long time, starting back with the NES as a child. Since then his interests branched from game systems to general electronics; an avid fan of technology and computers, Joshua graduated with honors from the University of South Florida and now holds a degree in Electrical Engineering. His favorite games include Valkyrie Profile, BlazBlue, Left 4 Dead 2, and Ocarina of Time. Additionally, he attends various BlazBlue tournaments and tries to pick up other anime or air-dasher fighters whenever possible.