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Humble Drums Up IndieCade Support With a Groovy Weekly

Humble Weekly: Indiecade

Like clockwork, Humble’s back with another weekly bundle. Now, unlike last week’s outing, this one focuses entirely on indie games… with a twist of IndieCade. Makes sense, seeing how this particular festival is kicking off tomorrow (the 14th)! Shame I won’t be able to attend, seeing how it takes place ~4,000 miles from where I live. But alas, that’s besides the point… this is about cheap indie games!

The fact not all participants are available in a DRM-free flavor is bound to upset some, believe it or not. But while the days of Humble prioritizing DRM-free and multi-platform availability are long gone, the quality of their bundles remains high. Plenty of brainteasers and thought-provoking content in this lineup, with both Dear Esther and Luxuria Superbia (you’ll see) having joined the ranks. Anyway, as always, applicable soundtracks will be included with purchase and you can decide who (Humble, developers, charity) gets how much, by adjusting the sliders. Now, how about them games?

Pay-What-You-Want

And Yet It Moves

And Yet It Moves (Windows, Mac, Linux – Steam, DRM-free)
And Yet It Moves is an award-winning physics-based platformer in which players rotate the game world at will to solve challenging puzzles. Tilting the world turns walls into floors, slides into platforms and stacks of rocks into dangerous hazards.

The Dream Machine: Chapter 1+2

The Dream Machine: Chapter 1+2+3 (Windows, Mac – Steam)
In The Dream Machine, you play as Victor Neff, the husband in a young couple who have just moved into a new apartment. While trying to settle in they discover that all is not as it seems in the quiet, unassuming building. You will explore the creepy apartment complex and uncover the mysteries within. Delve into the minds of strangers and loved ones as you try to save them from The Dream Machine.

Luxuria Superbia

Luxuria Superbia (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android – Steam, DRM-free)
There are 12 flower-like tunnels and a garden with a temple. In the garden, you select a flower by turning the dial. When you complete a flower the next one is unlocked. A flower always starts out colorless, but when you touch it, color fills the tunnel. Stay in the glowing flower as long as possible! Play slowly and gently to get a high score.

$6 (minimum)

Dear Esther

Dear Esther (Windows, Mac, Linux – Steam, DRM-free)
Dear Esther isn’t what you might consider your typical video game, but therein lies the beauty of it. Instead, it’s an experimental first-person adventure, strongly driven by a fractured narrative. Let yourself wander the abandoned island and its desolate and dreary beaches. Get lost in the sounds of the surf and wind as you try to piece together who you are and why you were brought to the island.

The Bridge

The Bridge (Windows – Steam)
Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor while venturing through impossible architectures. Explore increasingly difficult worlds, each uniquely detailed and designed to leave the player with a pronounced sense of intellectual accomplishment. The Bridge exemplifies games as an art form, with beautifully hand-drawn art in the style of a black-and-white lithograph.

7 Grand Steps

7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat (Windows, Mac – Steam, DRM-free)
What legacy will your family leave behind? From the cradle of civilization to the end of a shattered empire, you’ll guide your family, generation by generation. Using an innovative combination of board game mechanics, slot machine fun, mechanical visuals and storytelling, this game will help you tell your family’s tale. Spend tokens to traverse the wheel of life, earn tokens by risking death, create legends and build a legacy. Survive the ages in 7 Grand Steps!

Don’t forget that Humble Weekly Sale: IndieCade will only be available for little less than seven days (hence, weekly), so don’t wait too long; unless you enjoy paying full price for indie games, that is. Nothing wrong with that, but since a bundle has been made available and all – might as well, right?