Every month Humble Bundle gives us a selection of games from AAA titles to indy gems with their Humble Choice subscription. Today we will look at the December Humble Choice and see how they did.
Many have considered the Humble Choice bundles for the last few months disappointing. How’s the do this month? Well let’s see what they are offering, see the individual game ratings, and rate the bundle as a whole.
First up in our December Humble Choice is Maneater. Remember that cell phone game where you’re a little fish and keep eating fish smaller than you to get bigger. This is that on a much bigger scale with better graphics.
There is a story that is humorous and narrated by Chris Parnell from Saturday night live. The game has a good graphical element and is a lot of fun…. to start off.
The game can get very repetitive very quickly. The good news is total playtime to complete the game runs about 8 hours. For some people it will get too repetitive in about half that time.
Next in our December Humble Choice line-up is Mordau. Mordau is a multiplayer mid-evil fighting game. It was described in one Steam review as “Toxic version of Chivalry Mid-evil Warfare”. And it’s not just one review that mentions a toxic game community. It’s many.
If you can get past the toxic community, the game is fun. There is a steep learning curve, but once you get it, the game can be a blast.
Who hasn’t wanted to be in a 64 man mid-evil battle?
Endzone - A World Apart
Next on in our December Humble Choice package is Endzone A World Apart. Endzone is a Post Apocalyptic survival city builder. Think Cities Skylines after the nukes went off.
The challenge in this city builder is much higher than most similar style of games. Mistakes easily spiral into your community being wiped out. It tends to take longer to get things done because your survivors are often dying, sometimes in large groups.
If you’re looking for a challenging city builder, this is the one for you.
Beyond The Wire
For our next game in December’s Humble Choice we have Beyond the Wire. Beyond the Wire is still in Early Access, a a bug here or there is to be expected.
The gameplay is similar to Squad or Verdun. You get thrown into a multiplayer battle of up to 50v50 in a WWI setting. The battles tend to be easier to get into than Squad or Verdan simply because you are dropped much closer to the action. The graphics are beautiful and the game is receiving regular updates with active developers.
The largest negative right now is there aren’t enough players. Often times you may only get 50-70 people in a battle. If they can grow the player base it will be a 9.5/10 game.
Next in our December Humble Choice Bundle is Partisans 1941. Partisans 1941 is a real time tactics game with stealth elements set in WWII. If you enjoyed Commandos back in the day, you’ll love Partisans 1941.
Partisans has carefully crafted maps, several well written playable characters, a large number of partisan skills to unlock, good equipment customization, and good atmospheric music.
On the negative side of things, there are some optimization issues, and quite a few annoying bugs.
If you enjoy tactical games, you will probably enjoy Partisans 1941, but be prepared for some bugs.
Next on our December Humble Choice Plate is The Survivalists. The Survivalists has a similar gameplay mechanic and loop as the Don’t Starve games, with less replayability.
There is a lot to like about The Survivalists. It has an interesting graphical style that somehow combines retro with modern graphics. Playing with a keyboard and mouse is almost impossible but playing with a controller is amazing. It’s much lower stress than most survival games.
On the negative, game progression is not very balanced. As you get more advanced in the game it’s very easy to blow through all your materials almost instantly.
For the survival lovers out there, The Survivalists may be worth a chance.
Lacuna - A Sci-Fi Noir Adventure
Amd with 100% rating on Steam (it’s actually like 99.9%) we have Lacuna A Sci-fi Noir Adventure. One advantage of this game is you can get the prologue for free on Steam to see if you like the game before you get it.
I thought that the 100% rating on steam was a fluke, until I went through the reviews. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a game with 100% that had a decent amount of reviews (583 at the time of writing).
According to review Laguna has great music, choice that matter, make sense, with consequences that make sense, and an amazing story you don’t want to leave.
I haven’t had a chance to try this one yet, but I can’t wait until I can.
8Doors: Arum's Afterlife Adventure
8 Doors is the next game in the December Humble Choice package. It is a Metrovania style game influenced by Korean folktales. This game has very unique visuals with hand drawn animation. It’s almost worth playing just for the art.
8 Doors is fun and engaging, has great aesthetics, and excellent level design. If you enjoy Metrovania games, or likes games with unique appealing art styles, you’ll love 8 Doors.
Greak: Memories of Azur
Moving forward with the December Humble Choice, we have Greak Memories of Azur. Greak is a puzzle platformer where you take three characters and navigate them through the world of Azur.
Moving forward also has an unique art style with hand drawn animations. It has a great visual aesthetic, great pacing, and interesting puzzles.
The character switching can be a little cumbersome at times, and may put people off. Once you get the hang of it, it is an amazing game that will keep you interested until the end.
Fling to the Finish
Fling to the Finish it next on our December Humble Choice list. Of all the games in this bundle, this is the one I was most excited about. Think Sonic the Hedgehog, with the dynamic of Unravel 2, set in a 3d race environment.
Single player is fun, but co-op is where this game really shines. Grab a friend and you won’t stop laughing while playing this little indie gem.
Fling to the Finish is still in early access but has very active development with regular updates. I’ve played around 8 out of 12 of the December Humble Choice games so far, and this is the most fun by a long shot.
Want to add replayability? Just play with a different friend and it’s a whole new experience.
Tohu is the next game in the December Humble Choice and it is… Weird. Not bad, very good actually, but weird. The first line of it’s description is “Experience a brand new adventure game set amongst a world of weird and wonderful fish planets.”
Tohu is a blend of Botanicula and Machinarium. The art style is unique, the scenery is astounding, and there are multiple challenging puzzles throughout the game.
The only Negative to Tohu is the game is rather short. It takes about 4-5 hours to complete. At least it’s 4-5 hours of joy!
The last game in the December Humble Choice is Voidigo. Voidigo is a rogue-lite shooter with a focus on unique boss fights.
Voidigo is another game in early access with over the top reviews. It has outstanding gameplay, fluid combat, great animations, and responsive controls.
The biggest negative right now is there needs to be more a sense of progression. The game can be feel very stagnate at times.
While still in development it is a fun game with regular updates. I can’t wait to see the final product.
December Humble Choice Summary
The December Humble Choice packages has some pluses, and some minuses.
It has some extremely highly rated games but lacks any real Triple AAA titles with the exception of possibly Man Eater. All of the games included have very positive to 100% positive reviews.
With that said, I would rate this bundle 3.7 out of 5 stars. Humble Bundle has definitely had some better bundles in the past. Decembers Humble Choice just doesn’t have one or two popular games to really pump up its value. The games that are included are all highly rated though, and every game I’ve played has been an absolute blast.
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