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has been previously available for free download - but nobody could accuse art-house platformer LIMBO of being outdated and, as our Premium Grade 90% review score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