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Humble Indie Bundle V goes live

Humble Indie Bundle V goes live

The Humble Indie Bundle V includes some seriously impressive titles, including LIMBO, Bastion and Psychonauts.

The latest incarnation of the Humble Bundle - a pay-what-you-will offering of DRM-free, cross-platform indie games - has proved popular, smashing past the $1 million revenue barrier in just five hours.

Live now, the Humble Indie Bundle V boasts four award-winning games: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Psychonauts, LIMBO, and Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP. Buyers who choose to pay more than the rolling average - currently $7.63 - also receive a copy of Bastion, while all buyers also get high-bitrate MP3 or FLAC copies of the games' soundtracks.

It's a seriously impressive offering from the novel game sellers. We gave Amnesia: The Dark Descent a Recommended rating and eight out of ten in our launch review back in September 2010, while Tim Schaefer's psychedelic platformer Psychonauts was given an honourable mention in our 2007 round-up of the best games you've never played.

Okay, so they're not exactly cutting-edge titles - and Psychonauts has been previously available for free download - but nobody could accuse art-house platformer LIMBO of being outdated and, as our Premium Grade 90% review score proves, it's a great game. We also have plenty of love for Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP, although its iPad-centric launch came as something of a disappointment.

Finally, Bastion. If you're wondering whether it's worth paying the extra to lift your bid above the average: we voted it the fifth best game of 2011 thanks to its excellent art style, amazing soundtrack and innovative reactive narration engine.

As usual, funds raised through the Humble Bundle sale are split between the Humble Bundle organisers, the developers of the games, and two charities - the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play. Buyers not only have the option to pay whatever they like for the games, but also to spread the love in any split - including cutting one or more recipient out entirely, or donating everything to charity.

The games are also fully cross-platform, with DRM-free downloads available for Windows, Linux and OS X - although some, incuding LIMBO, are provided as Crossover compatibility bottles for non-Windows systems. Buyers who pay more than $1 will also get keys to unlock the games on Valve's Steam digital distribution platform, and for the first time buyers on Canonical's Ubuntu Linux operating system can do the same on the Ubuntu Software Centre.

At the time of writing, the Humble Indie Bundle V has hit nearly $1.8 million in revenue, with Mojang's Markus 'Notch' Persson again topping the leaderboards having paid $3,000.01 for his copy. The bundle can be purchased through the Humble Bundle website.

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B1GBUD 1st June 2012, 11:55 Quote
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Mojang's Markus 'Notch' Persson again topping the leaderboards having paid $3,000.01 for his copy

Mental, he certainly has plenty of cash to throw around.

He's made charitable donations to the tune of $458,248.99, what a nice guy.
N17 dizzi 1st June 2012, 17:33 Quote
Trumped by .01 :)
Aterius Gmork 2nd June 2012, 10:13 Quote
As good a game as Bastion is - and it's awesome, everyone should get it! - being published by Warner Brothers doesn't exactly make it indie or does it?

Already got all games but Swords and Sorcery, but I bought the bundle again just for the Bastion soundtrack in FLAC and to support Frictional Games.
Spreadie 2nd June 2012, 10:42 Quote
Too good to resist - coughed up some hard earned.

That's this weekend ruined :D
IanW 2nd June 2012, 11:09 Quote
This bundle has already raised over $2.4million!
ssj12 2nd June 2012, 23:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aterius Gmork
As good a game as Bastion is - and it's awesome, everyone should get it! - being published by Warner Brothers doesn't exactly make it indie or does it?

Already got all games but Swords and Sorcery, but I bought the bundle again just for the Bastion soundtrack in FLAC and to support Frictional Games.

You do know Epic Games and Insomniac Games are indie developers right? It does not matter the size of an indie company or who publishes their games as long as the dev keeps control over their IPs. Unreal, Gears, and Ratchet are developer owned IPs, their just publishing rights are contracted out.
chemo 3rd June 2012, 00:17 Quote
this one is immense if you dont already have them :cool:
Canon 3rd June 2012, 00:25 Quote
Yep, got the set for myself and for my sister who owns a macbook so thought it would be nice for her to finally have access to some decent games.
Bad_cancer 4th June 2012, 10:31 Quote
Ironically this gets more sales than the normal price and everyone is a winner.
I just bought it myself but the biggest donation is at $8,421.
Thats an amazing amount. It's great to see so many generous people out there :D
pendragon 4th June 2012, 19:26 Quote
Got mine as well, even though I already own Bastion .. good to give money to charity at least :)
Spreadie 5th June 2012, 00:24 Quote
Coming up on $3,000,000.

It's a little sad to see that the average amount paid by Windows users is lower than the overall average price. Is there any way to see just how many cheap b@stards coughed up one dollar or less?
Kacela 9th June 2012, 00:51 Quote
Humble Indie Bundle 5 has been updated with the games Braid, Super Meat Boy and Lone Survivor. If you've already downloaded the original 5 games, use your original confirmation key that was emailed to you to get the other three games.

http://www.humblebundle.com/
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