In a rare departure, here’s a video game bundle – the Black & White Indie Games bundle – that’s not from Humble.
Buying a bundle from Steam won’t raise any money for charity (as it does with charity store, Humble) but you will still save money on some great games.
It’s not even a massive discount on this occasion – a mere 10% off the combined price of each individual game – but the games that are included in the Black & White Indie Games bundle? They are of the highest calibre.
First up in the Black & White Indie Games is Playdead’s Limbo, the monochromatic, atmospheric platformer that is loved by critics and players alike. It’s a tense, fraught experience, and one that sticks with you.
Next is Downwell (watch this space for our review of the Nintendo Switch port), the vertically-oriented shooter from indie developer Ojiro Fumoto. If you don’t know what all the fuss is about there, you should read our report on his talk from GDC 2016. Also, it has gun boots, that you use for both shooting stuff and slowing your descent.
There aren’t enough nice things in the world to say about Hidden Folks and West of Loathing. Though both games share a somewhat similar, line-drawn art style, they’re very different experiences. Hidden Folks is a hand-drawn, modern take on Where’s Wally? (or Where’s Waldo? for our American cousins) while West of Loathing is a hilarious, cowboy-themed RPG made of jokes and doodles.
Minit may not have clicked with our reviewer, but the game has a ‘very positive’ rating on Steam and 80% on Open Critic. Different folks for different strokes, we suppose, but it’s a short, snappy adventure told in an intriguing and unique way.
In a bundle filled with absolutely stand-out games, it’s hard not to focus on the most recent smash hit, Return of the Obra Dinn, the latest game from Papers, Please developer Lucas Pope. This one also found its way onto our list of the most important games of 2018.
The final game in the Steam Black & White Indie Games bundle is Pato Box, a modern take on Nintendo’s Punch-Out!! featuring a very muscular, anthropomorphised duck. No really, it’s a massive, boxing duck (pato is the Spanish word for duck).
The Steam Black & White Indie Games bundle is available now and – unlike the Humble bundles – we haven’t been provided with a closing date for this one. You’d probably best get on that, if you’re thinking of taking advantage of the great games on offer.