Humble Bundle shines

Yet another Humble Bundle is out, with more fantastic-looking independent games for a very cheap price. The Humble Botanicula Bundle includes the beautiful adventure game Botanicula, the very entertaining games Machinarium and Samorost 2 from earlier bundles, and—if you pay above the average (currently about 9 dollars)—you get the great new puzzle game Windosill [sic] and the feature-length animated movie Kooky from the award-winning Czech director Jan Sverák.

Botanicula is a bug-based 2-dimensional platformer adventure game in which you control a small family of bugs that climbs around trying to remove some menacing spider-like blobs from their home forest before the blobs suck all the life out of the leaves. The bugs go on various quests, mostly collection-based, steadily reinvigorating the trees in which they climb. Botanicula contains a lot of great content, especially for puzzle gamers, and has beautiful graphics.

Similar to Botanicula, Machinarium is another beautiful puzzle game in which you guide a strange being through a cruel world. In the game, the player is a robot that can extend and contract in height, also having the ability to store objects. The robot sneaks into a former bully’s lair below a police building, gets caught, escapes, then continues climbing.

In Samorost 2, you take on the role of a gnome looking for his dog, which has been abducted by aliens. You use logic to get through the various trials that the alien planet poses, such as a snail that you must shrivel up with salt water and a robot guard that you must wake up with a small bump to the head with a sledgehammer.

Windosill was not only the quickest to play of all the games, but also quite possibly the most fun. Windosill involves a small train that wants to cross the stage and leave (like in a Megaman pre-boss room), but can’t get through the door on the other side without unlocking it with a brick-shaped key that is hidden somewhere in the map. The player manipulates the parts of each (rather strange) stage to eventually construct a Rube Goldberg machine to make the way accessible, and then moves it into the slot to pass on to the next stage. The bizarreness of the art, combined with the interesting level of complexity of most of the puzzles, provides for a nice, relaxing experience.

Kooky is a strange but cute movie somewhere between Toy Story, The Muppets, and Where the Wild Things Are. A sick little boy’s teddy bear, Kooky, has to be thrown out, and the boy dreams of Kooky’s journey from the dumpster to the forest, where Kooky meets various strange beings, working on becoming a real hero.

The Humble Bundle has delivered well again, with four entertaining games and a cute movie reminiscent of the Velveteen Rabbit. Considering the fact that you can pay what you wish, it’s a great deal for a great package.