The Humble Bundle has just released a couple of hours ago a new Bundle for Halloween, and it brings a number of new games for Linux. And you know what? Through the Humble Bundle, the number of Linux ports has just reached a hundred. Seems like 100 is an important number these days… 100 Linux games on GOG, 100 games ported for the Humble Bundle…
So this time, you get the following new titles for Linux:
- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (2D/3D Exploration game)
- Risk of Rain (2D, retro looking acting platformer)
- Tower of Guns (3D FPS, with a lot of action apparently)
I must admit I did not know any of those games until today - probably because they were not available for Linux until now, even though I follow closely a number of Windows-only Indie games hoping they will be ported to Linux at some point. And the great thing is, they all look pretty decent, so this Bundle is rather exciting. If you pay more than the average, you get the following games as well:
- OlliOlli (Skateboarding game, 2D)
- Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (horror, 3D, published by Frictional Games, but developed by The Chinese Room)
- Jazzpunk (weird adventure game, 3D)
- and more coming soon…
You can even get Shadowrun Returns if you pay more than 12 dollars, but it’s very likely you could get it on Steam for very cheap as well if you wait for another sale, too (it was at less than 4 USD not too long ago on sale).
Nore that in their separate blog post, Humble Bundle had a couple of insightful points to share, and they clearly acknowledge the upcoming Steam Machines (emphasis mine):
Humble Bundle works with numerous porters to help bring games over to Mac, Linux, Android and now to the Web with asm.js. Porting isn’t easy, either. It takes time, money and skilled individuals to get games up and running on other systems. The vast majority of games we help port are from indie developers who may not have the resources necessary to do the ports themselves. With products like** the Steam Machine** on the horizon, the demand of having games available on multiple platforms becomes more important every day.
On the monetary side, Linux users are usually more generous, and that shows (emphasis mine):
Oh by the way, over the lifetime of Humble Bundle our Linux users pay $1 more than the average Mac user and $2.60 more than the average Windows user. Now that is something to humble brag about.
And they finish with a reassuring note, that they will continue to support multiple platforms. I must say this is nice to see them posting such a message since they have done an awful lot of Windows only bundles for a while…
Bundle by bundle our porting process becomes more efficient, allowing us to take on more of these challenges. By setting examples like these we hope that games on all platforms will one day be the rule and not the exception.
Now, looks like whatever free time you had planned in the coming days is going down the drain again. That’s the problem with Linux Gaming. It goes too fast for most of us who were not used to this kind of pace! But hey, it’s much better this way, don’t you think?