The Humble Telltale Games Bundle: 2016’s safest investment.

Humble Bundles represent decent value. With a minimum buy in of $1 (about 60 pence to those of us in the civilised world) hits like Worms: Armageddon and the superb Burnout: Paradise can be snached up. If a buyer spends more than the average purchase price, they get access to slightly newer or more high end titles like (using the Origin bundle as an example) The Sims 3 or Battlefield 3. Every now and then, spending over a certain amount will net you a fairly new release.

 

On top of this, buyers can choose to donate the profits from their purchase to charity. So the small legion of folks who die inside every time they add to that vast pile of cash underneath Peter Moore’s orphan bone throne can rest easy.

 

Humble Bundles can be fairly hit and miss, some weeks you get a selection of things you’ve never heard of, sometimes the fact half of the bundle is already in your Steam library puts you off but every now and then they absolutely nail it.

 

As things stand: Back to the Future: The Game, Sam and Max: Devil’s Playhouse, Poker Night at The Inventory, Puzzle Agent 1&2 and The Walking Dead: Season 1 will set you back $1.

 

Spend over the average (currently sitting at $8.11) and you can add The Walking Dead: 400 days, The Wolf Among Us, Poker Night 2, Tales From The Borderlands Jurassic Park: The Game and Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People Season 1.

 

Fork out just under $4 more ($12 total for those who skipped maths in Primary School) and you’re granted The Walking Dead: Season 2 and Game of Thrones.

 

If you haven’t played them, The Walking Dead games alone are more than worth the $12. Game of Thrones is also beautifully done and will drag fans of the series right in.

 

Both Poker Night at The Inventory games are good fun. Like most poker games the AI is easy enough to work out but you’re not in it for the quality of poker you’re in it for the, to use an expression today’s youth will understand, “bantz”. Witty dialogue from well loved characters like The Heavy from Team Fortress and Sam of Sam and Max fame should keep players amused on the first play through. The dialogue does start to loop after a while though so neither game has much in terms of replay value.

 

All in all, this is an outstanding bundle. If you have some of the games, you can pass the codes on. Telltale games are closer to interactive films than anything else so use it as an opportunity to get some non-gaming relatives involved.
The Telltale Bundle expires on Tuesday the 26th of April.

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