Humble Bundle has launched the Conquer Covid-19 Bundle, a package of games and ebooks that is available for one week, and if you're short of things to play then it may well look like a mega-bargain. As with all Humble's bundles there's a minimum donation, which in this case is set at £25.50, and all proceeds raised will go towards health-focused charities in the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic, including Doctors Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee.
Humble claims there's over a grand of value here. I don't know about that but there's certainly a nice selection of really top-class video games, as well as the kind of trashy treat we all love (hello Sniper Elite 3). I'll list some of those that caught my eye below, with capsule reviews.
- Into the Breach — Time-travelling mini-mech ouroboros. One of the best strategy games ever, four time paradoxes out of three.
- Undertale — Not as good as everyone says but still awesome, five Sans out of five.
- Hollow Knight — What happened when Mega Man grew up, five mega busters.
- The Witness — Jonathan Blow is probably quite enjoying self-isolation, isn't he? Astonishing puzzle game, ten eggheads out of ten.
- Superhot — Supergood, all the way to eleven.
- Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy — Just play the opening then think to yourself 'ow you say, is maybe alien?' and skip the rest, two-and-a-half David Cages.
- Sniper Elite III — Slow-motion cranial explosions and a thumbs-up from eight out of ten articulated skeletons.
- Brothers — Beautiful and melancholy platform-puzzler, two out of two.
- Darksiders and Darksiders II — I think these are rubbish but lots of folk like 'em. Think Zelda re-designed by the most irritating goth you've ever met. I absolve this of its rating.
- Europa Universalis IV — Let's face it, you're not clever or patient enough to play this and neither am I. But it's clearly a brilliant game, so let's award it the full Barnier and hope no-one notices.
- Pikuniku — Batty and brilliant puzzler, nothing like it. This scores as highly as one well-repaired bridge.
- Tropico 4 — These games are the best. Can I go now El Presidente? Five disappearances out of five.
- World of Goo — Someone once said to me "how can I relate to a ball of goo?" I'd have thought the answer was obvious, but anyway this gets a nine out of ten relatability score.
- Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 — Kind of over-egged the magic of the original Championship Edition, but still wholesome dot-munching fun. Three ghosts out of four.
- VVVVVV — The title of this game is actually six sets of fingers flipping off whatever happens to be on-screen at any time in this compulsive and irritating twitch platformer. One big middle finger out of one.
- Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones — Secretly excellent 2D puzzle platformer with lots of cool ideas, three Kojimas out of three.
The above is by no means all the games included, and there are also a bunch of ebooks covering a range of topics, but nobody wants to read my capsule review of volume one of The Boys by Garth Ennis (I'd give it the full Butcher).
All proceeds go to the extremely good cause of battling COVID-19 and, though the minimum is set, you're of course free to give more. It should be clear that this offer is pretty exceptional in terms of bang for your buck, and of course the timing couldn't be better. If you're interested it's available until April 7.