The preposterously awesome Humble Indie Bundle's back again, and this time, it's casting its wonderous monetary magics on... cold things? Sort of? We feel like that's the central unifying theme here, but maybe we're missing something. After all, the only new addition this time around is Frozen Synapse, an absolutely terrific indie strategy game that – point of interest – doesn't actually come from a land of ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow. Meanwhile, if you outmaneuver the average price (currently at $4.54), you'll also nab the Frozenbyte bundle, which was the main attraction last time the Humble Bundle came to town. Again, though, no real ice beyond the name. Honestly, the connection's tenuous at best. None of which actually matters, mind you, because nearly free games and donations to charity. So then, you know what to do.
Seeing as kindness isn't an officially accepted currency, we're not entirely sure how the Humble Indie Bundle continues to stay afloat, but one thing's for sure: we love it to pieces. For the uninitiated, here's the gist: you spend whatever amount you want – from one cent to your life's savings – on five great indie games. Next, you distribute your spendings among charities and game developers as you see fit. And lastly, the world becomes a better place.
You won't be hearing any “humbugs” from Wolfire Games and the gang behind the Humble Indie Bundle this year. Even after pirates pillaged the first Humble Indie Bundle to hell and back, a second's set sail to absolutely massive success. Already outpacing the first, Bundle numero dos made over $500,000 in a single day.
For those in need of a refresher, here's how it works: you buy a gaggle of games – specifically Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans this time around – and then set the price. Only willing to part with a single penny in exchange for five fantastic games? Be our guest. Oh, but then you'll have to deal with the guilt.
See, you also get to choose how your money is split among four recipients: indie devs, the bundle's organizers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Child's Play Charity. Fortunately, the Christmas spirit seems to be alive and well with gamers so far, including none other than Minecraft creator Notch, who's leading the charge with $2000 donated.
Anyway, we've said our bit. This is either the best game-related deal out there or the most mutually beneficial charity you can find. “Humble” might be understating it a bit, seeing as this is one of the greatest ideas out there. So then, wallets (or change purses) at the ready...