A new name-your-own-price game bundle

And if that price is more than five bucks or so, you'll get five additional games--and help charity at the same time. Yep, it's the latest Humble Bundle.

I'm a big fan of the Humble Bundles, a series of name-your-own-price game collections that have reportedly raised more than $2 million for charity.

The latest, the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle, plays fast and loose with the word "bundle," but it's still a worthwhile buy.

Frozen Synapse.
Frozen Synapse. Screenshot by Rick Broida

See, the original deal was for a single game: Frozen Synapse. (Last I checked, one game does not a bundle make.) But there's now a bonus game: Trauma. And if you pay more than the average purchase price (which is currently $4.66), you get the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle, which consists of five additional games.

Well, sort of. In addition to Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds: Survivor, and Trine, the bundle includes Splot, which is "still in development and will be added to your bundle once it is completed," and Jack Claw, a prototype for a game that was canceled before completion.

Um. I have mad love for you, Humble Bundle folks, but this is all a bit confusing. And, quite frankly, a little less awesome than previous bundles.

That said, there's not a thing wrong with five bucks for five games. Even 10 or 20 bucks, if you're feeling generous. As always, you get to decide how your contribution gets divided between the developers, the charity (Child's Play), the EFF, and your Humble hosts.

I should note that I haven't played any of these indie titles (yet); if you have, please hit the comments and let your fellow cheapskates know if they're as awesome as they look.

The Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle is available for the next nine days. All the games are DRM-free and compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can download them directly or via Steam, Direct2Drive, or Desura.

Bonus deal: I'm not sure how much longer this will be available, but Direct2Drive has another killer game deal: Medal of Honor (Windows) for $4.95.

 

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