Humble Indie Bundle 2

In case you haven’t heard yet, the second ever humble indie bundle is out!

Games in the bundle:

  1. Braid (which I highly recommend)
  2. Machinarium (which I was planning to get anyway)
  3. Cortex Command
  4. Osmos
  5. Revenge of the Titans

Pay whatever you want, and choose how much of it goes to which charity (including the games’ developers, EFF and child’s play)!

www.humblebundle.com/

P.S. For those of us who bought the original Humble Indie Bundle last year, they just released it on steam too, so you can download the games from there, etc.

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Braid

As usual, I’m behind on this one, but: if you haven’t yet played Braid, please do.

For one, it’s pretty:

… with a unique art style something like a swirling, living painting.

It also has a mysterious, multi-layered story with genuinely interesting themes.

But the best part is the gameplay. It leads you in a perfect difficulty curve from simple platforming to absolutely mind-bending puzzles. Many of the solutions were so far outside-the-box that I felt like my brain was stretching; like the game was actually teaching me to think more creatively.

You don’t need a new PC with a fancy graphics card – an oldish pc will do; you can get it from steam for less than $10, (or get the free demo first, or wait for it to go even cheaper during a sale – there’ll probably be a steam sale or two around Christmas). It’s also on Mac (through steam), XBOX 360 and PS3.

One warning though: don’t use a walk-through if you get stuck. I did use some non-spoiler hints I found, towards the end when I was really stumped. But use them sparingly, if at all; the satisfaction of solving it yourself is worth it.