risk of rain

Risk of Rain is so, so good. SO GOOD. So good.

It’s a day ending in “y”, which means it’s time for a new Humble Bundle – and we’re pretty big fans of what’s in this one.

Paying $1 or above will net you side-on skateboarding game OlliOlli, Metroidvania (and 2011 contender for Best Name In Gaming) Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and rogue-lite FPS Tower of Guns. We didn’t review OlliOlli, but the other two reviewed pretty well on launch – although Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet was, admittedly, reviewed on Xbox back when we did that sort of thing, so we can’t really speak to the quality of the port. Also, I have played OlliOlli, and it’s a well-designed coffee-break game that is all too skilled at eating up a few hours when you meant to only play it for 10 minutes.

Pay more than the average ($6.61 at the time of writing) and you’ll also get your paws on Steam keys for first-person squealer Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, bizarre comedy thing Jazzpunk, four copies of side-on survival shooter Risk of Rain, and “More games coming soon.” Again, I haven’t actually played More Games Coming Soon (possibly because it’s a description rather than a game), but the others… well, A Machine for Pigs isn’t a patch on its predecessor but it’s still a solid horror jaunt with some lovely design. I am the only person on the planet who doesn’t like Jazzpunk so I shall say no more about that, but Risk of Rain was one of my favourite games of 2013 and I’ve still never played it in co-op. It is brilliant and you should play it, and as this bundle also contains copies for three of your mates, you can potentially enjoy it even more than me.

Finally, paying $12 or more also nets you Shadowrun Returns, the enjoyable-if-flawed tactical RPG set in the Shadowrun universe. This doesn’t include the (apparently superior) expandalone Shadowrun: Dragonfall, but I gave it a 6/10, which is the official IncGamers score of “not particularly brilliant, but still worth considering.” And from what I know a few of the issues I had with it have since been patched, so!

Also finally: as MorningLM reminded us in the comments below, you can get a free copy of Teleglitch: Die More Edition just by entering your email address on that very page. That’s another game we quite liked, so I think we can safely recommend that for Completely Free.

If you have no interest at all in Shadowrun Returns then I’d still argue that the beat-the-average bundle is worthwhile. $6.61 for a set of games that range from “pretty good” to “utterly superb” is, to my mind, a pretty good deal. Not least because Risk of Rain by itself costs about $12, and buying four copies of it will cost considerably more.

Tim McDonald
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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