Humble Choice: August 2021
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?
Still… Onwards, to the rankings!
|Rank||Game||Genre(s) / Notes|
|1||Superliminal||Puzzle — With a bit of a surreal bent!|
|2||Carto||Puzzle — Rebuild the world!|
|3||Drake Hollow||Puzzl- oh wait, nope; this one’s a survival/base builder with fantasy. And magic!|
|4||Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night||Metroidvania. Also, it might be that this is supposed to be the headliner, based on its price. I vehemently disagree with its price, though.|
|5||As Far As The Eye||Turn-based Rogue-like Action-game (Developer’s own description!)|
|6||ENCODYA||Point-n-Click Adventure. Note: The key from this bundle is actually for GOG, not Steam.|
|7||Blue Fire||Action, 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!)|
|8||Nowhere Prophet||Tactical CCG Rogue-like|
|9||Last Oasis||Rust-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.|
|10||Cepheus Protocol||Zombie RTS|
|11||We Need to Go Deeper||Streamer/Youtuber game. I mean… They literally made that the focus of their trailer.|
|12||Out of Space||Party Co-op; but at least with an online option, I guess? *sigh*|
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.