Get five indie PC games for cheap -- and help charity

For less than five bucks (or more, if you're feeling generous), you can score a great collection of action/strategy games and help worthy causes.

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Indie Gala

Games. Philanthropy. Sweet deals. They all merge spectacularly in the Indie Gala III bundle.

Here's how it works: You decide what you want to pay for a collection of three "indie" PC games (meaning they come from independent, little-guy developers, not a big studio like Activision or EA).

The minimum buy-in is $1, but if you pay at least the average price (currently $4.57), you get two additional games.

You also get the three "secret bonuses" that will be revealed next week. These will probably be more games, though they could also be level packs, soundtracks, or the like.

After deciding on the amount, you can choose who gets the money: the developers, the bundlers, two very worthy charities (Child's Play and Save the Children), or some combination of the three. For example, you could do a 20/20/60 split. Just click Custom and move the sliders until you're happy with the arrangement.

When you're done, you'll get license codes redeemable on Steam -- meaning you'll need a Steam account to download and install the games. (Within the Steam client, click Games > Activate a Product on Steam, then paste in one of the codes. Wash, rinse, repeat.)

The games are mostly of the action/strategy variety, with a slick-looking FPS thrown in for good measure. Check the video below to see them in action.

The Indie Gala III bundle will be available for the next two weeks. If you're into gaming, giving, or both, it's definitely worth a look.