The “Pay What You Want” trend is still rather new to me. Being primarily a console gamer, most of my bargain purchases are made in my local “Trade in” store. The option to pay what I want for a game, let alone a bundle of games, was a complete novelty when I first heard of the scheme. The recent purchase of a decent spec laptop for work delved me into PC gaming, an area of gaming that I always assumed required a supercharged gaming rig to run the latest games. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my new laptop ran most games on the Bundles. Coupled with the charities who also get a decent contribution from the scheme, I’ve got to say this method of selling games is really fresh and is undoubtedly good for everyone. Having invested in the most recent of the Humble Bundles but regrettably missing out on some incredible bundles, I have recently taken it upon myself to not miss any more.My Steam Library is now bloating with sweet indie goodness and below is a list of alternatives to the better known, Humble Bundle, that I have found along the way:-
Indie Royale Whilst enforcing a minimum payment, the Indie Royale bundle still offers great value gaming and by beating the minimum price you also knock down the price for others. With 6 games currently up for grabs, the minimum price is very easy to part with.
Bundle Stars Their first bundle was released way back in 1995 on discs including Sensible Soccer, Jack Nicklaus Golf and F15 Strike Eagle II! Some real classic games! Nowadays their site launches monthly bundles with a decent percentage of the sale donated to charity. Their site currently boasts 6 different bundles with a minimal fixed price. Nice work guys, I look forward to parting with my hard earned cash every month now!
Indie Gala With a nicely presented site, the Indie Gala offers a very similar package to the Humble Bundle. A minimum $1 is paid for the initial 4 games, beat the average to unlock a further 5 games at present and one more at a later date. A handy slide bar allows for you to decide how to distribute your wedge of cash between the developers,Indie Gala themselves and some chosen charities.
Indie Game Stand Although not offering bundles the Indie Game Stand does offer a new game every 96 hours on a “pay what you like” basis. So check back every four days and see if anything tickles your fancy. Again a portion of the sale goes to charity so don’t feel too guilty about parting with your ‘dough’.
Bundle in a box The latest bundle had 8 games on offer. If you beat the average you won a further 4 titles and a wealth of extra unlocks.
Green Light Bundle These games are on the Steam Green Light scheme but for a token amount you can gain access to DRM free copies before they are “lit”. The latest bundle offered 5 games for $5 with a bonus game attached. If the games end up succeeding in being green lit, then a steam code is also offered to all who purchased the bundle. I really like the idea behind this as it raises awareness of some titles that could be potentially lost in the Green Light catalogue. At a dollar a title, that is considerably less than most will end up selling for on Steam.
Groupees Alongside games, this site also offers other digital media bundles. Their latest indie game bundle boasts 7 titles for a minimum $1 contribution, with a further 9 assorted games,add ons and soundtracks added for a $5 minimum. The site also hosts Build Your Own Bundles which is a nice take on the bundle format.
Bundle Dragon This site is one to watch out for. Whilst not appearing to have any game bundles at present, this site allows an open platform for sellers to bundle together their own choice of media including games. This will allow many sellers and developers to host a bundle sale via this site, without the hassle of hosting such a sale. With everything in place this will surely be a site to keep your eye on as word spreads and more content is offered.