It’s no secret that the indie game world is expanding every day. Some of the best games being released today are indie titles — see last week’s Bastion, for example. While the Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network and WiiWare markets are loaded with great examples of such games, there are a large number of computer-exclusive titles that are just as impressive.
This is where the Humble Indie Bundle comes in. Every six months or so, a group of independent game developers come together to release a collection of games with a blank price tag. That’s right — you can pay as much or as little as you want, and you have full access to DRM-free downloads for any platform (PC/Mac/Linux). These collections have been mammoth successes so far, and past titles have included excellent offerings such as Braid, World of Goo and Penumbra: Overture. The third Humble Indie Bundle was just released this week, and it is already making bank to the tune of over $500,000 in the first 17 hours alone. Hot damn.
Here’s what is being offered in the latest batch:
Crayon Physics Deluxe – Puzzle game similar to Scribblenauts except that you draw shapes and objects in order to solve puzzles and complete levels. Grand Prize winner at the 2008 Independent Games Festival.
Cogs – Steampunk puzzle game where you build a variety of machines from sliding tiles. Grand Prize winner at the 2010 Indie Game Challenge.
VVVVVV – A 2D puzzle platformer that allows you to manipulate gravity to make it through the various levels. Much has been said of its extreme difficulty, but it has also won many prizes such as the IndieCade 2010 award for “Most Fun and Compelling” game.
Hammerfight – A Russian 2D physics-based game that is focused on battles with badass flying machines.
And Yet It Moves – A physics-based puzzle platformer with a unique papercraft visual style. This is also available on WiiWare.
To purchase the Humble Indie Bundle #3 and/or obtain more information, please visit the official homepage.