The Humble Indie Bundle #3 Roundup
Pay-what-you want is a pricing system where buyers decide how
much to pay for a commodity. One of the most notable examples of this
pricing system being used was when Radiohead allowed fans to choose
what price they paid for their album In Rainbows.
We have also witnessed this pricing system being used in the
computing gaming industry. Indie developer Wolfire Games has previously
offered a series of game packaging experiments (Humble Indie bundles)
that allow users to purchase DRM-free independently developed video
games for the Windows, OS X, and Linux platforms. Their first bundle
generated nearly .3 million from 138,000 customers. The second bundle
of games was even
more successful, generating a whopping .8 million. The third Humble
Bundle sale featured five games from the Indie developer, Frozenbyte,
generating revenue of slightly less than million.
Humble Indie Bundle 3 is the fourth Humble Bundle. Launched on
July 26, the bundle includes the following games: Crayon Physics
Deluxe (Kloonigames), Cogs (Lazy 8 Studios), VVVVVV (Terry Cavanagh),
Hammerfight (Kranx Productions), and And Yet It Moves (Broken Rules).
These games were originally released in 2009 with the exception of
VVVVVV which was released last year, and originally they cost together
. The Indie Bundle lets you decide what to pay, even as little as a
single cent. The size of the downloads range from 25MB to 103MB with
all the games having fairly modest hardware requirements. Puzzle games
are well represented in this bundle though most tastes are catered for.
The important of commercial indie games should not be
underestimated. Indie games are becoming more popular and successful,
because they rely more on innovative ideas rather than large budgets. A
good range of indie games could be an important element for Linux
mainstream on the desktop.
Even after only a few hours after the bundle was launched,
payments totalling in excess of 0,000 had been received. As you can
see from the
screenshot above, one of the interesting things to note is that Linux
users are willing to pay significantly more than their Windows and OS X
counterparts. At the time of writing, the disparity between the average
purchase price for Windows and Linux users has widened even further.
This is not an isolated occurrence. We also witnessed the same
phenomena with the earlier bundles. We hope this trend encourages other
indie developers to release Linux versions of their games. A steady
release of profitable indie games may encourage larger developers to
release their games for Linux too. Sales of bundle #3 are already in
Don't leave it too long before you check out the Humble
website, as the bundle is only available for a fortnight.
Now, let's scrutinize the 5 games that feature in the Humble
Indie Bundle #3. For each game we have compiled its own portal page,
providing screenshots of the game in action, a full description of the
game, with an in-depth analysis of the features of the game, together
with links to relevant resources and reviews. Our personal favourites
are Crayon Physics Deluxe and Cogs.
|The Humble Indie Bundle #3
||Addictive 2D physics puzzle / sandbox game
||Retro-styled puzzle platformer
2D physics-based video game with a unique combat system
Yet It Moves
||Award-winning single player physics-based platform game
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Last Updated Wednesday, July 27 2011 @ 05:24 PM EDT