Humble Jumbo Bundle 2

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.

Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Games

Pay $1 or more for:

  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – Complete Pack
  • Deadlight
  • Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition

Beat the average for:

  • Terraria
  • THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Legend of Grimrock
  • PixelJunk Eden
  • 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.

Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games

A list of Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games voted on by gamers in the androidgaming and android subreddits was just published. I haven’t played all of the games (and some were new to me), but I’ll do a quick review of the ones I know:

Triple Town
Triple Town

#22: Triple Town [Free]
Super addicting match 3 game in which you try to build up a city. Fun fact: I almost worked on the development of this game (my former employer was the original developer).

#20: Angry Birds [Free]
This physics-based action puzzle game has become a mobile gaming staple. You slingshot birds at pigs in the original version of the game, but there are other variations in the Angry Birds franchise that introduce other themes and mechanics.

#19: Kingdom Rush [$0.99]
Although there’s nothing particularly innovative about this tower defense game, it’s made really well and is definitely worth the $0.99. If you’re interested, check out my review of Kingdom Rush.

#18: Dots [Free]
This minimalist puzzle game is pretty addicting considering how simple it is. Match as many dots as you can, as quickly as you can. I didn’t get sucked into this game, but it was fun to play for a little while.

Jetpack Joyride
Jetpack Joyride

#15: Jetpack Joyride [Free]
I’ve spent more time than I care to admit playing this endless side-scroller made by the folks who made Fruit Ninja. It’s a one button game in which you run through a laboratory collecting coins and avoiding hazards. The missions, achievements, and upgrades like gadgets and costumes keep things interesting.

#9: Terraria [Free demo; $4.99]
While I haven’t spent a lot of time playing the mobile version of this action-adventure RPG, I loved the PC version. It’s like a 2D version of Minecraft. I wrote a more detailed review of Terraria when the Android version came out earlier this month.

#6: Super Hexagon [$2.99]
This minimalist action game is equal parts frustrating and brilliant. Gameplay is incredibly simple; you steer your cursor through endless hexagons, but don’t be surprised if it’s “Game over!” almost as quickly as you began. I wrote a quick review of Super Hexagon along with the other games from Humble Bundle with Android 5.

World of Goo
World of Goo

#5: Plants vs. Zombies [$0.99]
This tower defense game is another mobile gaming staple. Stop the horde of zombies from reaching your house by planting rows of zombie-killing plants. I love PvZ and its sequel is going to be available for Android soon.

#1: World of Goo [Free demo; $2.99]
In this physics-based puzzle game, you build structures out of balls of goo. The various levels offer new and interesting challenges as you create bridges and towers to get as many gooballs as you can to the end.

Games I’ve been meaning to try out:

Looks like I have some more games to add to my list now, too!

If you have 18 minutes to kill and would rather watch a video review of the Top 25 games, the Redditor who put the list together also made a video:

Link to the list: Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games

Terraria Announcements

Two exciting things happened today for Terraria:

1.2 Release Date

The long-awaited 1.2 PC update will be released on October 1st (source). Possible upcoming features include waterfalls and fountains, paints and dyes, more types of ore, a minimap, new biomes and monsters, a revamped character menu, and a plethora of new weapons and decorative items.

Terraria Demo - Getting Started
Getting started in the Terraria demo

Terraria is available on Android

Although the official announcement probably won’t be until tomorrow, the mobile version of Terraria is now available in the Google Play Store. You can demo the game for free, but you need to pay $4.99 to unlock the full game (which lets you save your progress, customize your character, etc.).

I played around with the demo briefly on my tablet and it seems to work pretty well on a touchscreen. There are joysticks on the left and right that control movement and tools/weapons. Accuracy can be a little tricky sometimes, but you can zoom in and there’s also a zoomed-in view thing that helps. There was a glitch with the sound, though, where it stopped playing partway through the demo. That seems to be a common problem, so hopefully they’ll fix that soon.

Terraria Demo - Crafting
Crafting menu in the Terraria demo

From what I can tell, it seems like the mobile version is really close to the full game, not a dumbed down version – though I did hear that there is no hard mode.

Get it on Google Play

Terraria

After seeing tons of recommendations for Terraria online, Nick and I bought the game during a Steam sale last year. We finally got around to playing it this weekend and we’re hooked. 🙂

What is Terraria?

Terraria is an action-adventure RPG game that is more or less a 2D take on Minecraft. You create a character and then you explore, dig, craft, fight, and build in your own unique world. It also supports multiplayer, so you can play with your friends either online or via LAN. Terraria is available on PC and, as of last month, also PlayStation and Xbox.

Exploring the world
Exploring the world

What makes Terraria great?

Terraria is a sandbox game, which means it’s open for you to explore and play how you want to play. If you like swinging swords or throwing shurikens, you can do that. If you prefer to be a caster, you can focus on mana gear and use magic weapons. There aren’t classes, so you can switch it up anytime. You can choose to build amazing structures or spend your time exploring or fighting bosses… or all of the above!

Terraria has plenty of content to keep things interesting. There are lots of biomes (environments), 9 bosses, a handful of NPCs, tons of enemies to fight, and random events like blood moonsgoblin invasions, and meteorites.

A few other things I was impressed by in Terraria are water flow, lighting, and AI pathing.

What would make Terraria better?

Creating a character
Creating a character

I didn’t care for the character creation screen. It’s essentially a long list of things you can change the color of (from hair to clothing items). It’s a lot of back and forth between different screens adjusting RGB values.

The first time playing can be rough. A couple people I know tried Terraria only to be confused and turned off by the initial experience.

This one’s just a minor thing, but it would be nice to have some idea where the other players are when you’re playing multiplayer. It could be arrows on the screen indicating direction (like in Salem) or maybe it could be an item like the Depth Meter or Compass.

Oh, and ladders. Platforms are awkward. 😛

Overall Thoughts

I totally recommend picking up Terraria, especially if you’re a fan of Minecraft. I’m pretty hooked on it right now and I love exploring the world and coming across new things all the time. Plus, the Purple Phaseblade I got last night is pretty sweet. 😛

Playing with our new Phaseblades
Playing with our new Phaseblades

Terraria is also supposed to be getting a big update (version 1.2) in the next month or two, which I’m excited about. There’s a list of update spoilers in the official forum.