Humble Bundle 4 Brings Sword & Sworcery to Android at Last

Humble Bundle 4 Brings Sword & Sworcery to Android at Last

Nov 9, 2012

The Humble Bundle for Android is back for round 4. This collection of games, available at any price with a user-chosen split for the proceeds going to developers, charity, or to the Humble Bundle itself, is now available for a limited time. This time, it’s a series of thoughtful and thought-provoking critically-acclaimed games from a variety of indie developers.

The superstar of the bundle may just be Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP. The 2011 game of the year on 148Apps, this is a graphical adventure game that features amazing pixel art and an incredible soundtrack from Jim Guthrie, all around a story that’s surprisingly emotional. The Android release is technically a beta release, so there’s still some bugs to be ironed out before this one is really ready for prime time.

Waking Mars is Tiger Style Games’ Android debut. This is an adventure game that’s built around exploring Mars, and discovering new flora and faunae in the caverns that are being explored. There’s very little of what could be described as ‘combat’ – it’s mostly just plant-growing, though it’s still got action in it. There’s multiple endings, and a Metroid-style sense of atmospheric exploration while venturing through this strange world.

Crayon Physics is a physics-based puzzler where crayon drawings are used to solve puzzles through creation: clever line placement to manipulate objects, or even to build simple machines to collect the stars in the levels. And of course, it comes with a crayon graphics aesthetic.

Splice is a puzzle game where players manipulate microbes to try and match the necessary shape, to form the proper strands as they’re manipulated. Developer Cipher Prime recommends this game for phablets (5" screens) and tablet screens.

Eufloria is a real-time strategy game that doesn’t feature orcs, or terrans, or anything from the standard strategy game tropes: why, it’s got seeds and plants growing, and manipulating them to expand their reach is the key here, as bugs and insects will get involved, and defending the plants becomes important. That’s two games about growing plants in one bundle!

Finally, there’s Machinarium, which we covered earlier this year in our review.

As always, the games are only available for a limited time, through November 22nd, and come with DRM-free downloads for PC, Mac, and Linux (where available) as well as Steam keys.

Machinarium Review

Machinarium Review

Jul 19, 2012

I want to start off by saying that as soon as I saw Machinarium, I wanted to play it. The way the animation and characters are drawn really caught my eye. After watching the video, I was hooked. I was reminded of the Pixar movie Wall-E .

Machinarium is a brain teaser game that really makes you figure things out right from the start. The game starts with the main character disassembled and dropped into a junk pile. Putting together the robot so the game can continue is a good indication of how the game is. While there are vague hints at what needs to be done to complete the tasks, there is still a lot of thinking involved.

The puzzles in the beginning are simple tasks like putting together the robot, then crossing a ditch using a magnet and a string. As the game progresses, there are machines different machines needing to be set a certain way and the character to be placed in a specific place to solve the puzzle.

Throughout the stages there are tools or objects that are needed to complete the levels. Everything needed to move on is accessible at some point in the level. Sometimes the robot may need to be taller, shorter, have a tool or be in just the right spot to move on, but it is all possible. Think “What Would MacGuyver Do?”; it may help. There isn’t a time limit, so poking at everything on the screen IS an option.

While Machinarium is sure to WOW you with the hand drawn animation, Machinarium is just as surely going to make walking away in frustration seem like a good idea. Stick with it and explore everywhere possible to. Once the level is passed, a weight will be lifted and a sense of accomplishment will be felt.