The latest Humble Bundle, Humble Jumbo Bundle 2, is packed full of great games (including some of my favorites) for the low price of pay-whatever-you-want.
Pay $1 or more for:
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – Complete Pack
Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition
Beat the average for:
THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition
Crusader Kings II
Legend of Grimrock
Orcs Must Die! 2 – Complete Pack
Pay $15 or more for:
Age of Empires Legacy Bundle
I have played almost half of the games included in the bundle: Terraria, PixelJunk Eden, Orcs Must Die! 2, and Age of Empires.
Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox game that’s kind of like a 2D version of Minecraft. If you don’t have it yet, it’s worth beating the average for this game alone.
PixelJunk Eden is a minimalistic platformer puzzle game by the same company that made PixelJunk Monsters. It is colorful, beautiful, and relaxing — not one of my favorite games, but definitely one that I enjoyed playing.
Orcs Must Die! 2 is a super fun combination of trap-based tower defense and third-person shooter. Highly recommended.
The Age of Empires Legacy Bundle includes both Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III, which are real-time strategy games. AoE2 is set in the Middle Ages and is one of my favorite games of all time. AoE3 takes place during Europe’s colonization of the Americas. It’s been almost a decade since I’ve played AoE3 and I think I liked it all right, but that it was a let down after AoE2.
I’m most looking forward to trying out Crusader Kings II, a medieval strategy game with a sense of humor that was published by the same company as Magicka. I’ve also heard great things about Legend of Grimrock, a dungeon-crawling RPG.
PixelJunk Monsters is a tower defense game that was originally developed for the PlayStation 3. It was ported to PC as PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate last year with improved graphics, more levels, and a random level generator.
You play as an island native (called “TikiMan”) who has to defend his home from waves of monsters. You stop the monsters by building various types of towers in the place of trees. There are the basic arrow, cannon, and anti-aircraft towers, but you can also unlock more towers (like the tesla coil). You spend the levels running around as TikiMan building towers, collecting the coins and gems dropped by monsters before they disappear, dodging monsters (if you get hit, all your coins go flying!), and dancing on towers to upgrade them.
I first played PixelJunk Monsters on the PlayStation 3 5-6 years ago and it quickly became one of my favorite tower defense games. The graphics are cute and polished, the music is great, gameplay is entertaining and fun, and I love that it supports co-op.
I’ve only spent an hour playing the game on PC so far, but it seems to be more or less the same as when I played it on PlayStation 3. Using a mouse felt a bit clunky to me, but I was delighted to see that the game fully supports controllers. The controller experience felt a lot better to me.
Kingdom Rush is very well done. The difficulty increases at a good rate and although some levels are pretty challenging, they’re not impossible to overcome. I also like the heroic and iron challenges for each level, which require players to rethink their strategies. The achievements are another smart way to keep the players having fun (it took me forever to figure out how I was supposed to make the sheep explode!). I really enjoyed playing Kingdom Rush, so why don’t you give it a try? Play Kingdom Rush! 🙂