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The independent developers behind World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, and Penumbra: Overture have joined forces to cut out the middle man with the release of the Humble Indie Bundle. The unique package offers DRM-free versions of these underground hits for Windows, Mac, and Linux. But the interesting part is that they’re letting customers name the price.


Above: Here’s the photo that pops up if you try to be too much of a cheapskate. It looks like $1 is the minimum amount required for the bundle 

By default, your donation is split evenly between the developers and the Child’s Play charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but you can customize it so that your money goes where you want. According to the bundle’s official site, 50,400 people have bought the bundle at the time of writing. Although the average amount of each contribution is only $7.41, nearly the bundle has managed to raise nearly $400,000.


Above: If you haven’t played World of Goo yet, now’s your chance 


Above: Aquaria is another great underground indie hit included in the bundle

While we haven’t played much of Gish or Lugaru, we have lots of praises for World of Goo and Aquaria – and even though we may not be huge fans of Penumbra: Overture, it is one of the few genuinely scary “horror” games out there. Plus, the price is always going to be right, because you’re the one who’s deciding on how much you want to donate. We hope to see more projects like the Humble Indie Bundle soon. It’s good for indie game developers and helps two great charities. But thanks to the donation payment model, it’s the customer who’s the real winner with a great bundle of games for a reasonable price.


Above: Pay as much or as little as you want for the Humble Indie Bundle

May 6, 2010

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14 comments

  • MaynardJ - May 9, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    By now, they raised about $605,000 and the average contribution has increased to $8.38. I think I'd pay $15, but should take a better look at the games first.
  • MaynardJ - May 9, 2010 12:31 p.m.

    I'll get this once my PC is up to speed again (it's time for a reinstall, I think) or get a new one in a few months. Even YouTube is lagging right now.
  • moloko - May 8, 2010 3:37 a.m.

    cheapskates....pay some more mother fff....
  • Apollomon - May 7, 2010 1:47 p.m.

    It difficult decsion really If you were willing to pay loads why didnt you buy in first place, but if you not you want to be fair to them and keep the companies in pocket to make more games hmm...i would not go with 80 dollars...im looking at about 10 quid, about 15 dollars...i bought world of goo for like 2 or 3 quid and didnt feel bad then since they set price, plus if i paid 2 quid each thats 14 dollars :D/...hmm..
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - May 7, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    Penumbra is scary as shit and all the games are worth it even if you don't want the games the money goes to charity so yeah buy them
  • johngrybos - May 7, 2010 3:34 a.m.

    These games are reasonably entertaining, but I'm glad I didn't break the $5 mark. They really are just giving them away, so any more than nothing is perfectly great. Overture was a big influence on my purchase, becuause I mostly enjoyed Black Plague, which I got on sale at the local Big Lots.
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 7, 2010 2:46 a.m.

    7.41?! Shit, I overpaid, though not as much as Mr. Money Bags, shelling out 500 bucks. It's cool to make a statement, but in retrospect, you're like, Damn, I didn't need to do that...
  • NorthGuard - May 6, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    I think $80 is the least that can be done. I might do a bit more for charity and to make up for those who just pay a cent. I really hope Indie developers come into greater success and keep the spirit of indie development when they have the funds for more ambitious projects.
  • TheGeek - May 6, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    Bought this when I heard of it. All the games are top notch, and how can you get any better than Blobs of Goo and Ninja Rabbits! A must buy for any video gamer young or old!
  • loonyman978 - May 6, 2010 10:30 p.m.

    do other people see how much you payed? I dont want people seeing how much of a cheapskate I am
  • number1hitjam - May 6, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    Gish is really good. And so are the others. Awesome! recaptcha: lovingly adequate
  • gibbsy24 - May 6, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    As bad as I just want to put $.01, I don't think I can...
  • Tygerclaws - May 6, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    Wow. This is an amazing deal, as far as I'm concerned. Time to be a little generous with my birthday money, I think. :D
  • conchking - May 6, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    This is a great idea, saw it earlier on digg and noticed the top contributor payed $500.

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