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Get 9 adventures games for $8

From older gems like Syberia to newer titles like The Novelist, this bundle of top-rated adventures is a steal at this price.

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A steal at $8. Seriously, a steal.

Are adventure games making a comeback? Earlier this month, the legendary Grim Fandango made its Android/iOS debut (following a remastered PC version), and now we have this.

For a limited time, Humble Bundle is offering Adventures! 2, a collection of nine adventure games priced at $8.

Let me clarify that: This is actually a name-your-own price bundle, meaning you can pay what you want -- though if you're really cheap and pitch in only, say, two bucks, you'll get just four games. That's pretty sweet, to be sure, but then you notice that if you beat the average purchase price (currently $5.19), you get three more games.

And, hey, if you're going to pay that much, why not go for broke? At the $8 level you get everything, including soundtracks for six of the games. Total value of all this: over $160. If you were to buy, say, The Night of the Rabbit all by itself, it would cost you $20.

As with all Humble Bundles, you have complete say over where the money goes: the developers, charities (in this case DirectRelief and The WikiMedia Foundation), the Humble folks or any split between them.

Most of the games are available for both Windows and Mac, while a handful also have Linux versions. Each one comes with a Steam key, but eight of the nine are also DRM-free, meaning you don't have to use Steam -- and you can install them on as many computers as you own.

Oh, so how does all of this amount to adventure games making a comeback? Most of the titles here were released within the last year or two. So there's a lot happening in this category, even if these games don't get all the headlines of your average Call of Duty.

If you've never played an adventure game, here's your chance to try a huge variety of them on the cheap. And if you're already a fan, well, what are you waiting for?

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