Humble Bundle’s Fall Sale: The 20 games you need to buy!

Christine and I have recently set up a sweet and easy gaming set up in our house and have been enjoying some really games as a result. Throughout the years, I’ve amassed dozens of great games that sucked on my laptop, but play great on our new set up. A few days ago, Humble Bundle launched their massive Humble Store Fall Sale with huge discounts on thousands of games. There are some great deals there so I wanted to put together my list of 20 games that you need to buy this week.

Two notes before I get started though: We love the “console gaming” experience. So this list is only geared towards games that look great on a big screen tv and play great with a controller. If you have a PC around, I highly recommend getting an X-Box style controller like this (or the wireless version here) and an HDMI cable and just leaving Steam in “Big Screen” mode.

Second, since I’m a Humble Bundle monthly subscriber, I have a link I can share that should generate an additional 10% off of any games on this list. Try it out and let me know if it works. Now, onto the games:

Crawl $14.99 $6.74

Easily the best thing we’ve bought all year. Crawl is a roguelike party game that starts off with a set of desperate adventures killing each other in order to survive on an adventure gone wrong. A winner emerges and continues their quest through the caves, but is haunted by the ghosts of the other players. The art is fantastic, the game is ADDICTIVE, and the humor is spot on. It’s even fun in single player mode. Top of my list… buy it buy it buy it!

Superhot $24.99 $13.49
This game is even better than I thought it would be, which is crazy because I thought it was going to be GREAT. It’s a first person shooter where time only moves where you do. Basically, it makes you feel like Neo in the Matrix… or Braid meets Halo. The end result feels like more of a strategy/puzzle solving game than a typical shoot ’em up.

Rogue Legacy $14.99 $2.69

Another roguelike that’s incredibly addictive. If you aren’t familiar, roguelikes are games that auto-generate unique levels that no-one else will ever encounter again. Roguelikes are usually top down, but as the definition has broadened, we’ve started to see more and more roguelike platformers. Spelunky is probably the most popular of which, but Rogue Legacy is more my cup of tea. Every time you die, a new and unique hero is created. Don’t get too attached though, because the levels can be pretty crazy.

Inside $19.99 $8.99

A puzzle solving platformer from the creators of Limbo. Nuff said.
Haven’t played Limbo yet? You should probably fix that too.

The Stanley Parable $13.99 $3.36

Trust me.

Tooth And Tail $19.99 $12.59

I’m a fan of rodent themed real time strategy games, but Tooth and Tail is so much more than that. It’s strategic, but with a more casual feel (compared to Starcraft). As I said before, all the games on this list are intended to work well with a controller, but it’s rare to find an RTS that works well with a controller.

Undertale $9.99 $4.49

We’ve been waiting a long time for this game to go on sale. It’s one of those games that all of your friends will say “You have to get it”, but you never do… until now because it’s on sale. It’s worth it.

Conarium $19.99 $10.79

One of the few “Lovecraftian” games that actually gets it right. It’s extremely beautiful and well researched game based on At the Mountains of Madness. Takes about a weekend to play, which is just perfect for me.

Sproggiwood $14.99 $2.69

Another roguelike game, but one that plays great with a controller. I saw the creators of this game give a talk at Roguelike Celebration in SF last weekend. Imagine my surprise when I went to go buy it and discovered it was on sale for 80% off! I’ve been playing it non-stop ever since.

Hollow Knight $14.99 $8.90

Gorgeous and fun. Get it while it’s on sale.

Rain World $19.99 $7.19

I backed this game on Kickstarter a few years ago and have no regrets. It’s a pixel art game with an eye for detail and characters that seem to come alive in front of you. There are so many small little animations and quirks that really make this game feel like a living creature.

Nidhogg $9.99 $6.29

This is one of those games that everybody needs to own. The basic premise is that it’s a fencing game, filled with strategy and timing. It’s weird and addictive and I just want to master it. I need to master it.

Everything $14.99 $7.41

Imagine a game where you could play as everything. The dog, the car, the beetle, the galaxy, a bacterium. Everything is a game unlike anything else you’ve ever played. In fact, I wouldn’t even describe it as a game. Our favorite way to play Everything is to set a couple simple rules, then sit back and watch as the game explores itself. It’s hard to explain, but a real work of art. In fact, I wish I could have a digital picture frame that just has Everything running on it all the time, so I could just walk by and see some new perspective at any given time. Designed by David O’Reilly and distribute by Double Fine.

Crypt of the Necrodancer $14.99 $3.36

A roguelike dungeon explorer with a really cool rhythm mechanic added to it. Plays great with a controller and fun in single player or multiplayer mode.

Literally everything by Double Fine

Some great deals here. Psychonauts, Costume Quest 2, Stacking, Massive Chalice, Headlander, Iron Brigade, Brutal Legend. Just buy them all.

Let me know if I missed any good deals, but if it doesn’t have full controller support, I don’t want to hear about. Full controller or it isn’t worth mentioning.

Don’t forget, use this link before you buy your games for an additional 10% off. I don’t get a referral or anything, I’m just sharing it because why not.

 

Strange Noises In an Abandoned Military Bunker

A few years back we were at an art show deep within an abandoned bunker in SF. There was a meeting place, some nearby parking lot, then someone would gather small groups and help show them the path into the bunker. Once we were a few rooms in, there were candles on the ground and urban explorer themed photos along the walls. It was pretty awesome.

About an hour later we had seen all the art and tasted as much cheap whiskey as we could stand, so we started exploring deeper and deeper within the tunnels. One of the rooms we found ourselves in had fantastic acoustic properties. It wasn’t much bigger than the rest of the rooms, but every sound we made just seemed to echo off the walls. So I turned my headlamp off and started to make an “ommmmm” sound, hoping my friends would join me. That’s when I discovered that our friend Ken was a skilled Tuvan throat singer, because of course he is.

Here is a short recording from that night:

 

Make your own yo-yo string

After sharing my review of Spool Thread Co’s yo-yo string last week, I’ve really been diving into the world of yo-yo string. After watching Airetic String’s tutorials on how to make your own yo-yo string, I decided to give it a shot myself.

Here’s a brief recap of the string making process:
Tools:

Steps:

  • Tie the thread to a bolt, then set up a drill about 10-12 feet away.
  • Walk the thread from the bolt to the drill, then back again a few times (this requires experimentation, but try starting with 6 or 7 passes).
  • Keeping the string tight, start spinning the drill clockwise. The string should start to tighten up a bit. Keep spinning until the twisted string has shortened by a foot or two.
  • Keeping the string tight, fold it in half so the two ends are now joined. What used to be the center of the string should now get connected to the drill.
  • Reverse the drill’s spin so it goes counterclockwise, then spill the string to let it twist back on itself. The string should start to get longer again. Keep spinning until the twisted string stops lengthening and begins to shorten again.
  • The part nearest the drill is now where the yo-yo will go. Measure the string from there to the length you want it, tie it off and cut off the excess.
 

Spool Thread Co String Review

I recently ordered some yo-yo string from Spool Thread Co and love it. In fact, I’ve been using the same string for a few weeks. Since one of the selling points of STC string is it’s long life, I decided to do a video review over the course of a week. Here’s the result.

You can pick up the string online at SpoolThreadCo.com or follow them on instagram.

?Doing a yo-yo gig on Treasure Island tonight. Just got some @spoolthreadco "dreamiscle" string and really like how it goes with my outfit. ?

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