Monday, April 18, 2011

The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle

The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle is a bundle of three very popular computer video games developed and produced by the independent company Frozenbyte. The games are Trine, Shadowgrounds, and Shadowgrounds: Survivor. As a bonus, the bundle also comes with a source file for an unfinished project, Jack Claw, an automatic pre-order for an upcoming game, Splot (to be released in about 2-3 months, according to a developer), and the soundtracks for each of the games (including a 3-track preview of the Trine 2 soundtrack).

Now this sounds just like a normal awesome game package, except there's one hitch: you get to name your own price. No, you can't get it all for free, but you could for something like $1. The thing is, that would be heartless. The money is divided between the game developers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a charity fund, and the creators of the website who make these bundles. So if you bought the bundle for $1, it would be like donating 25 cents to each of them, and that is almost nothing.

Though I have not played any of the games yet, partially out of fear that my graphics card isn't good enough to play them, I do know from hundreds of reviews out there that these are indeed awesome games. Check out the trailer below if you're interested in what they're about.

One thing I would also like to praise about this bundle is the customer service. On the Humble Bundle website there is a chat box at the bottom where they claim they always have somebody on the other end. I was a bit iffy about this, so I tested it out with a question that I had (I had to think it up first). The person on the other end was slow to reply to everything I asked or said, but they were still there.

I assume that the reason why they were so slow to reply was because it was during the first night that the bundle was available, and there were a lot of people asking questions at that time. Just tonight I had another question that I asked on this magic chat box, and there was an instantaneous reply from one of the developers, Joel. So by this time, you can assume that there won't be nearly as many people asking questions to the developers and moderators, because the rush to buy the bundle has quieted down, so you may expect an almost-immediate response (though it may depend on what time of day you ask the question).

So yeah, if you love the type of games that Frozenbyte makes, check out the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle! Just paying $5-10 is better than nothing. There are approximately 8 days until this deal ends, and all games are also redeemable on Steam.

The Humble Bundle's Humble Website


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