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When I first heard of the Humble Indie Bundle, I was uber-excited because I had not played any of these games despite hearing amazing things about each of them. So, I loaded up the website, donated all the money I had (I sadly didn't have much), and pasted the Steam codes into my Steam account. About an hour later, I loaded up the games and started my adventures.
Superbrothers: Swords & Sorcery EP
Because this was the first game to finish installing, I double clicked on it and began playing. The first thing I noticed was that it didn't give many instructions to the player, and I'm ashamed to say it took me about five minutes to figure out how to even move my character. However, once I figured that out, I was able to breeze through my first hour of gameplay. Gameplay is simple enough, with simple double-clicks and right clicks covering almost every action in the game. Double click on the path and your character will walk there. Double click on a strange object, and your character will examine it. Double click on a monster and you will engage in simplistic, defensive-based combat. However, some puzzles I encountered required me to think outside the box, and I ended up feeling clever on more than one occasion. I didn't spend too much time with this game, but the time I did I thoroughly enjoyed.
Approximate Playtime: 1 hour
Enjoyment Level: Moderately High
Of all the games in the bundle, I knew the most about Limbo. After I decided I had played enough Superbrothers, I loaded up Limbo and began my journey. Now, to be honest, I had watched a few videos by Toby Games on Limbo, so I knew how to solve the first few puzzles right off the bat, but after that I was on my own. This game is brutal, and sometimes unforgiving of error, but checkpoints are always just a few seconds away and solutions are often staring you in the face. I enjoyed my hour playing Limbo, but it felt like some of its charm was already fading by the time I decided to quit.
Of all the games in the bundle, I've spent the most time with Bastion. From the moment I started, I was hooked, and everything about the game just drew me in. The most obvious feature of the game is the narrator, who provides appropriate commentary to your actions, and there were several times I was pleasantly surprised by his wit. The combat is simplistic but engaging, and the world is beautifully generated as you explore it. I probably spent too much time on Bastion, but I absolutely loved every second of it.
Approximate Playtime: 3-4 hours
Enjoyment Level: High
I had no idea what to expect from this game, and after an hour of playing it, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall feel of the game. To me, everything about this game feels like a late 90s or early 00s Nickelodeon show, which I have a very fond nostalgia for. While the graphics are dated, the gameplay is solid and the exploration and progression feel comfortable for an adventure game.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
I have yet to play this game, and I will get back to you with my impressions of it as soon as I do.
So, from the games I've played, the Humble Indie Bundle V has proven its worth, and even if you are not interested in the game, consider donating to Child's Play, because it is a cause well worth your money.