Get Your Android Gaming On With The Humble Mobile Bundle 6
After a long string of entirely unspectacular bundles, the latest Humble Bundle actually seems to have some good games. If you own an Android device, that is.
In the Humble Mobile Bundle 6, you can pay whatever you want to get Eliss Infinity, Duet and Combo Crew Special Edition. If you pay more than the average ($4,44 at the time of writing) you’ll also unlock Threes!, Mines of Mars and Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf. More games will be added to the bundle next Tuesday evening for the generous souls who payed above the average.
The two stand-out titles for me are Threes! and Duet.
Threes is a criminally underrated game for two reasons:
- 2048 cloned it and became a billion times more popular.
- It’s arguably a much, much better game.
It bums me out that practically every person on the planet knows what 2048 is while Threes is still a relatively obscure game. Threes took nearly a year and a half to design while 2048 released 31 days after Threes’ release. There’s a lot more to the story but I won’t get into it now. Asher and Greg (the guys who made Threes) wrote a lengthy blog post on the topic, including all the back-and-forth emails involved in designing the game. It’s well worth reading.
Basically, Threes is 2048 except you can’t just swipe two directions the entire time to win the game. It’s got cute visuals, a great soundtrack (if you can call one super catchy song a soundtrack) and is clearly a labour of love.
While I’ve known about (and owned) Threes for months, I only discovered Duet after buying the bundle on Tuesday night. And I’ve hardly been able to put it down since. It’s the reason I’ve nearly missed my bus stop the last two days and why I stayed up until almost 2AM last night.
Duet has you rotating two dots on a circle to avoid white rectangles. That’s it. They’ve somehow made that look beautiful though, on top of being fiendishly difficult. It’s a lot like Super Hexagon or Super Meat Boy in that you’ll screw up a lot but when you do, the level instantly restarts.
You’ll need to balance when to rely on muscle memory and when to hope your reaction time will get you through. I was hooked from the second I started playing Duet, in no small part thanks to the kick-ass soundtrack.
I’ve got a brand new Google Nexus 7 2013 arriving next week so I’ve been putting off playing the other games until then but I’m sure they’re great too. I’m especially interested in Eliss Infinity since the developer was featured in Indie Game The Movie.
As with every Humble Bundle, you can choose how to split your donation between the developers, the lovely chaps who run Humble Bundle and the two charities: the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play. Head over to the website to purchase or find out more.