Hmm. This month might be one to pause. But I suppose it depends where your interests lie. There is no ‘headline’ title this time around. No big-name, AAA, everyone-wanted-it-last-year title to make this a no brainer for a large set of Humble’s audience.

On the other hand — there are some indie titles of interest in here, even to me.

Up here, at this end of the post — I really haven’t decided yet whether I’ll pause or not. So let’s dig in and see if I can work it out by the end after going through the process of ranking them all. As always, I’ll attempt to rank the games in order of preference, starting with my most preferred and ending with my least preferred. Where I own a game already, I will pretend for the purposes of this list that I don’t.

My Picks for August 2021’s Humble Choice

Superliminal is one I’ve liked the concept of — playing with tricks of perspective to make puzzles — since before it came out when the first announcement and early look type trailers started emerging. It has occupied a relatively high place on my wishlist, too. But I’ve always known it would be ‘one of those games’ that would end up here, in Humble Choice, and sure enough… Here we are.

Picking Superliminal up on its own is more expensive than the entirety of the bundle, and there are a couple of others I want almost as much.

My seed of doubt here is the question: Will I actually play any of them? Especially when I have so much else coming up?

(Probably not)

Still… Onwards, to the rankings!

RankGameGenre(s) / Notes
1SuperliminalPuzzle — With a bit of a surreal bent!
2CartoPuzzle — Rebuild the world!
3Drake HollowPuzzl- oh wait, nope; this one’s a survival/base builder with fantasy. And magic!
4Bloodstained: Ritual of the NightMetroidvania. Also, it might be that this is supposed to be the headliner, based on its price. I vehemently disagree with its price, though.
5As Far As The EyeTurn-based Rogue-like Action-game (Developer’s own description!)
6ENCODYAPoint-n-Click Adventure. Note: The key from this bundle is actually for GOG, not Steam.
7Blue FireAction, Adventure, Platforming. (Also voted (by me) most likely to invoke someone telling me this isn’t a platformer. BUT IT IS! IT IIIISSS! It’s right there in the trailer!)
8Nowhere ProphetTactical CCG Rogue-like
9Last OasisRust-meets-Land Walkers, the Game. The reviews are ‘Mixed’ currently, but it might be worth a bit of a scratch around if can bring some friends with you. Some of the negative reviews talk to the dearth of players on servers specifically as their issue.
10Cepheus ProtocolZombie RTS
11We Need to Go DeeperStreamer/Youtuber game. I mean… They literally made that the focus of their trailer.
12Out of SpaceParty Co-op; but at least with an online option, I guess? *sigh*
Bold titles are ones I’m sure I want. Top tier titles. Italic titles, on the other hand, I might not bother to redeem even with the choice to do so.

And yes — I managed to make a decision.

I won’t pause this month. In addition to my top three, sure I want them, titles — As Far As the Eye and ENCODYA quite grabbed my attention. If I was to do this again, I might even flip positions with ENCODYA coming out on top.

I used to love PNC Adventures and it has been a very long time indeed since I’ve played a good one.

This looks beautifully rendered while seemingly capturing the essence from the classics of the genre.

*shakes fist at Humble*

You win again.

But I’m watching you.

This was posted during Blaugust 2021, the annual blogging event hosted by Belghast. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

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Jaedia · August 8, 2021 at 12:14 am

It made it an easy choice for me! :D

    Naithin · August 8, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Haha, which way did you go?

Nimgimli · August 8, 2021 at 1:19 am

I enjoyed Drake Hollow! Definitely give it a chance at least!

    Naithin · August 8, 2021 at 1:34 am

    I’ve seen my youngest son play it on the xbox (came with 24 months of gamepass, so it was a perfect family present) and indeed it looked pretty OK!

    I quite like the survival/base building genre. At times. Just need to strike while in the right mood for it.

Jeromai · August 8, 2021 at 5:48 am

Identically on the fence about this month too. Haven’t decided either way. Hoping for some impressions from people who have picked up the bundle!

    Naithin · August 8, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Unless there’s something I simply must play immediately, I tend to wait for time to do its thing on the bundles. Mostly so I can change my mind, like you, based on other impressions about the games within. xD

    I went into some more reviews for ENCODYA, and it seems very simple as a game. Almost more Visual Novel in PnC form than having anything serious around puzzles etc.

    But I’m still growing increasingly interested in it nonetheless.

Jaedia · August 9, 2021 at 1:29 am

Pause again. I’d love to play Carto but it’s not worth it just for that and a load of games I haven’t heard of that will definitely sit forgotten in the backlog. I almost bought last month’s but spent the money elsewhere instead. Also I think I may have Carto on Epic anyway? I think I do, that or it’s on GamePass which I can always re-up sometime.

    Naithin · August 9, 2021 at 10:23 am

    I don’t thiiiiink Carto has been free on EGS, but I could well be wrong. At work so can’t check my library at the moment.

    May well be on gamepass, though!

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