I’m looking for a word- or maybe a phrase. A way to express in the strongest way possible the feeling of, ‘Eh. It’s alright.’

Although even as I put words to that, I begin to doubt it. I’m sort of bouncing between that sensation and one of perhaps this one really isn’t so bad after all. Of the few titles in this bundle that I recognise, I have at some point wanted — at least in passing — a number of them. Although clearly never enough to actually make the leap toward purchasing. I suppose, at the very least, none of the included titles make my eyes roll so hard they threaten to break tether with their optical nerves.

It’s another month of Classic and Premium subscribers getting all titles in the bundle again. So if you’re on those plans and make the call not to pause, no choice necessary. For those on the lower tiers plans, I’ll attempt to rank the games in order of preference, starting with most preferred to and ending with least preferred. Where I own a game already I will pretend for the purposes of this list that I don’t.

My Picks for April 2021’s Humble Choice

Yep. My top pick for April’s Humble Choice isn’t even one of the ‘premium’ titles. Rock of Ages III is the least well received of the series — but the first two entries set an incredibly high bar. The main addition this entry brings to the table is a built-in level creator.

I won’t lie — part of the personal appeal for this title may not apply to all or even most of you. I’m keen because the creator looks easy enough that a child could use it. So setting up challenges for my youngest child and having him build levels in turn is quite an appealing prospect.

Having said that — I still think you wouldn’t go too far wrong by having this near the top of your personal picks too, even kid considerations aside. :)

RankGameGenre(s) / Notes
1Rock of Ages III: Make & BreakAction, Tower Defense, Marbl- Boulder Run.
2Sniper Ghost Warrior ContractsStealth, Tactical Shooter
3Aven ColonyColony Builder, Strategy
4Main AssemblySandbox, Vehicle Construction (Ground -> Space), Toy
5Shenmue IIIARPG, Fighting
6In Other WatersAdventure, Minimalist
7F1 2020Racing, Team Management,
8SkullyAdventure, Platform
9Popup DungeonPaper-art, Tactical Roguelike
10Colt CanyonLo-Fi Pixel Art Shooter, Roguelike
11Simulacra + Simulacra 2Horror, Found Phone… Look, you’re just going to have to check these ones.
12Remothered: Broken PorcelainHorror and wait, they want how much for this game normally? Wow.
Bold titles are ones I’m sure I want. Top tier titles. Italic titles I might not bother to redeem even with the choice to do so.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts (what a mouthful of a name!) looks like it has more depth than my cursory looks in the past might’ve otherwise suggested.

Having looked at it a tiny bit more now, it reminds me in some ways of the Hitman games. And no, not just because there is also a ‘Contracts’ game out of that series. There for sure isn’t the same degree of freedom here to be found in the mainline Hitman games. There isn’t going to be an option to poison. Or make it look like an accident. There probably won’t even be any disguises.

But otherwise, with the context of putting bullets in bad guys from really long distances, it seems like you’re going to have a lot of freedom of approach. So I might end up giving this one a shot after all.

Right down at the other end of the spectrum, Remothered shows off some of the worst voice acting I think I’ve heard — at least from its adult characters. The children/teens seem to do, funnily enough, a much better job. If I was to ever play this game it would likely have to be with the VO off entirely.

But given the extent of my backlog around, it’s incredibly unlikely it will ever surface up far enough to make it to play time. Who knows though. It isn’t bad enough that I won’t bother to redeem it at all, and stranger things have certainly happened!


Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

7 Comments

Krikket · April 7, 2021 at 1:56 pm

The only title I have an opinion on is number 3 on your list, but Aven Colony was a pretty decent city builder – the campaign isn’t super long, but I enjoyed my time with it. Might be worth taking a look at if you’re on the fence.

    Naithin · April 7, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for the note! I was a little on the fence about it actually. Colony/City builders are amongst my favourite game types but reviews of this one seemed a little middling. Good to hear from a trusted source it was enjoyable. :)

      paeroka · April 8, 2021 at 5:50 am

      The only game I’d be interested in is Aven Colony and I already own that one. :p So, I paused this month.

      I remember buying Aven Colony after looking at the reviews and reading quite a lot. I did buy the game because it was on sale, but the review were mixed at the time. A lot of people were disappointed. I was surprised to see that the reviews are now a lot more positive overall. I didn’t play it much, but I did like it – although it also seemed a little more shallow than other games of the genre which seemed to be the main complaint back then.

Moongy · April 7, 2021 at 4:21 pm

I wasn’t sure that canceling my sub last month was good decision, but this month proved that it was good indeed.

    Naithin · April 7, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Paused or fully cancelled? Either way, I must say I’ve been teetering on the edge of pulling the cancel trigger for a while now too.

    I think if I were to trace back through my Humble-obtained games and check how many had any playtime whatsoever — even the ones I was actually excited for — I think it’d be a pretty low number.

    It’s really just the FOMO aspect keeping me going, but being honest with myself — while missing a deal might be annoying… It’s not the end of the world. I can get something if I really, really want it.

    Hmm.

    I think going to make the May bundle my decider.

      Moongy · April 8, 2021 at 2:02 am

      Fully cancelled. I considered just pausing it, but then noticed that it still means losing subscription discount they’ve introduced last year.

        Naithin · April 8, 2021 at 9:37 am

        Oof, well, that must’ve made the decision easier at least. Pretty sure with the grandfathered Classic plan, can still pause without losing anything — unless something has changed.

        But I’ll dig into that next month!

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