With no real minimum price entry other than less than 1 dollar, one gets 5 seasons of the point-and-click adventures Back To The Future: The Game, Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse, Hector: Badge of Carnage, Puzzle Agent and Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures plus the tongue-in-cheek poker simulation Poker Night at the Inventory. Paying 1 dollar or more unlocks additional Steam codes, while contributing with the average bidding price of less than 5 dollars gives you the complete first season of The Walking Dead (Steam only).
There’s simply not enough time to go in-depth with each game (although TWD will get one very soon) and some titles have already been covered in other indie bundles, so I’ll only give some very brief info for each one.
Back To The Future: The Game
(USA 2010, developer/publisher: Telltale Games, platforms: PC, PS3, Wii, iOS)
Flawed puzzle design, but flawless recapturing of the movie licence, it simply provides a great continuation of the story with well-written characters and an engaging plot which has just the right balance between fun and seriousness. For more info, check out the Indie Royale Lunar Bundle article.
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse
(USA 2010, developer/publisher: Telltale Games, formats: PC, Mac, iOS, Wii, Xbox 360)
Easily surpasses the original LucasArts game Sam & Max: Hit The Road by inventiveness with puzzles and a genuinely funny script with lots of ideas. Despite the lack of inventory-combination-puzzles, this shows Telltale Games at the top of its point-and-click adventure world. For more info, check out the Indie Royale Halloween Bundle article.
Poker Night at the Inventory
(USA 2010, developer/publisher: Telltale Games, platform: PC)
Even if one isn’t a fan of poker games, there’s a certain charm to playing against well-known game and comic characters like Max from Sam & Max, Strong Bad from Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People, Tycho from Penny Arcade Adventures and the Heavy Weapons Guy from Team Fortress 2. With some well-written dialogues it should win over most people who’re usually not into cards simulation.
If Sam & Max‘s way of dealing with crime and other illustrious comic characters in a brutal but always comic way is a bit too much for some people, this game takes matters even farther by having lots of toilet humor and obnoxious characters. In a way, it’s South Park going point-and-click adventure, only with a British sense of humor twist. Still like Strong Bad’s Game For Attractive People or Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass which was featured in this review, it’s just as entertaining and engaging as it’s repulsive and offensive.
A Professor Layton-esque adventure game which features some chilling moments not too far removed from Twin Peaks territory, only with gnomes. It sounds pretty weird, and there’s definitely something unique about its story and characters, although just like the Level-5 series, puzzle solving can be quite tricky with often obscure goals. For more info, see the Indie Royale Stuffing Bundle article.
Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures
(USA 2009, developer/publisher: Telltale Games, platforms: PC, Xbox 360, iOS)
A great reimagining of the popular claymation series which does not only do the visual style and humor justice, but also offers some fun puzzle design and a general overflow of great story and character ideas. More accessible than the Sam & Max titles, but in no way less imaginative, it’s another strong example of Telltale showing how point-and-click adventures can be fun without hundreds of inventory-combinations.
The Walking Dead
(USA 2012, developer/publisher: Telltale Games, platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, iOS)
It’s quite difficult to sum up this game in just a few words without using superlatives. Highly inspired by Heavy Rain it’s Telltale’s strongest story-driven title which is more like a movie than a game. Puzzles are almost non-existent, while making difficult choices influence the plot which branches into different strands of narrative with changing NPCs. An ambitious game which does the source material more than justice when it comes to mature storytelling and brutal survival horror.
A tale of many adventuring delights for a great price
Indie game bundles come and go with mixed results, sometimes offering the odd bit of same-old-same-old tower-defense or arcade-style shooting. It’s true that this Humble Weekly Sale is very much focused on the point-and-click adventure genre, but it’s also true that Telltale Games is a master of making their games accessible to newcomers and old-school adventure gamers alike with classic point-and-click puzzling while not alienating movie and comic buffs with their licenced titles and a more cinematic approach to storytelling.
The amount of game time one gets is difficult to find anywhere else for that price, considering how much each title costs individually and many episodes are included: five for Back To The Future: The Game, three for Hector: Badge of Carnage, two for Puzzle Agent, five for Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse, four for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures and five for The Walking Dead plus of course the stand-alone Poker Night at the Inventory.
If this wasn’t enough, both soundtracks of Hector: Badge of Carnage and Puzzle Agent are unlocked as well. It would have been nice to get the same amount of bonus content as in the Alan Wake special, but this is only a minor complaint compared to all the countless hours of adventuring on offer here. So make sure to pay what you want before the offer expires in less than three days.
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