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Humble Monthly July Games are here!

Humble Monthly July Games are here!

Disclaimer: Hearts and Barrels has a partnership with Humble Bundle.

What’s Humble Monthly, you may ask? Well, it’s a monthly game bundle provided by the folks over at humblebundle.com. What you get each month is a grab bag of well-rated Steam games typically valuing in the realm of $200, while only costing you $12/month. You can cancel at any time.

I’ve been a subscriber to this service for about 2 years, and it has done its job by providing me with a huge amount of games –both interesting and uninteresting– to pad my Steam library with more games that I will likely never complete. For every game I don’t care about, however, there are frequently games I’d never heard of that appear intriguing, or games I’ve been interested in, but haven’t managed to convince myself to buy yet.

On the first Friday of every month, the bundle unlocks to subscribers, and you’re given the option to pay early for the following month in exchange for early access to three of the games from the next month’s bundle.

Now that you know what Humble Monthly is, let’s take a look at what was in the bundle this month!

Forts

Forts has a Mostly Positive rating overall on Steam, with Mixed recent reviews. According to the description, it’s a physics-based RTS where foes design and build custom bases, arm them to the teeth and blast their opponent’s creations to rubble. Looks like a fun time, and I’ll definitely be giving this one a try.

Current non-sale price: $14.99

 

Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition

Another one that I haven’t played. Looks decent with Very Positive overall reviews and Mostly Positive recent reviews on Steam. From the Steam page:  For its 10 year anniversary, Titan Quest will shine in new splendour. This Anniversary Edition combines both Titan Quest and Titan Quest Immortal Throne in one game, and has been given a massive overhaul for the ultimate ARPG experience.

It looks like this comes with the Very Positive Ragnarok DLC, as well.

Current non-sale price: $39.98

 

Hearts of Iron IV

Instantly I can tell that this is one that I’ll be avoiding. While it has Very Positive reviews on Steam, I tend not to go for war-themed games. However, this is a strategy game, and looks to be a bit more like Risk. From the Steam page: Victory is at your fingertips! Your ability to lead your nation is your supreme weapon, the strategy game Hearts of Iron IV lets you take command of any nation in World War II; the most engaging conflict in world history.

Current non-sale price: $39.99

 

Blackwake

An early access Multiplayer Naval FPS. Another one that I haven’t heard of, though it’s sporting some Very Positive overall reviews on Steam and Mostly Positive recent reviews. Oh, were it not a multiplayer game, I would probably enjoy the hell out of this. Unfortunately, as was the case with Sea of Thieves for me, it will be a handful of fun the few times schedules align with my close friends, to then be replaced by games I can play on my own. From the Steam page: Blackwake is a multiplayer naval FPS focused on teamwork and cooperation. Fire the cannons, sink enemy ships or board them with firearms and steel.

Current non-sale price: $19.99

 

Portal Knights

Here’s one that I’ve spent a bit of time with, but only a bit. The controls felt clunky, and I quickly forgot it in favor of more engaging experiences. That said, it’s cute and has potential, and it’s been so long since I’ve played it, that they could have made significant updates to improve the gameplay in that time. It does sport a Very Positive overall with Mostly Positive recent reviews on Steam. From the Steam page: The world of Elysia needs YOU! Join this cooperative, 3D sandbox action RPG to level up your character, craft epic weapons, conquer enemies in real-time, and build almost anything! Craft your adventure. Forge your hero. Become the ultimate Portal Knight!

Current non-sale price: $19.99

 

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom

Shy-ness? Shinezzzzz? Whatever it is, it’s another ARPG, but seems to have some interesting variety when it comes to combat. Another one that wasn’t on my radar before appearing in the monthly bundle, I’m very curious to give this one a go. Mostly Positive overall reviews on Steam. From the Steam page: Shiness is an Action-RPG developed by indie development studio Enigami, which will let you travel in a captivating universe doomed to destruction ever since the fragmentation of the planet Mahera…

Current non-sale price: $29.99

 

Interplanetary: Enhanced Edition

Lots of games that I’ve never heard of in the bundle this month. This one was published by Team 17.  You can still get the original non-enhanced edition for free, but I’m not quite sure what the difference is. OH, well isn’t that handy. It says right there on the Steam page “The Enhanced Edition features include: Online AI Bots, Elliptic Orbits, Quick Targeting Mode, New Buildings, rebalancing and general fixes and improvements across the board.” It’s turn-based, and looks pretty neat with Very Positive overall and recent reviews. From the Steam page: In this turn-based strategic artillery game, players wage interplanetary wars by developing their home planets and firing massive barrages through the unpredictable gravity fields of the solar system.

Current non-sale price: $14.99

 

Serial Cleaner

I’ve watched this one being played before, and I’m excited to jump in it myself. You play a “cleaner.” As with most things, those quotes suggest you’re a cleaner of questionable morals. It’s a stealth cleaning game. It has Very Positive overall reviews on Steam. From the Steam page: Slip on your flares, grab your shades and hop in your station wagon, it’s time to work… as a mob professional cleaner. A good cleaner never gets caught, so you have to make sure you get in, clean up and get out without leaving a trace of evidence in this stylish award winning 2D action-stealth game.

Current non-sale price: $14.99

 

Stumblehill

This month’s Humble Originals title is called Stumblehill. Every month, Humble includes a game that was made just for humble monthly subscribers. These can rage anywhere from proof-of-concepts to kitschy well fleshed-out experimental titles. The description of this month’s game goes thusly: Stumblehill is a platformer where you control a clumsy penguin, Ecki, on their quest to reach the top of a mountain. Ecki may fall over and stumble, adding an extra layer of trickiness to mastering the game, but allowing for impressive feats such as somersaults! This way, the game adds an interesting twist to its otherwise classic platforming.

 

Overall real-world dollar value: $194.91

Real-world dollars spent: $12

 

Is it worth it? Despite there being a few titles that I know I probably won’t enjoy, there’s more than enough good here to make that $12 worth it.

 

What’s next?

Well, next month’s early unlocks are A Hat in Time, The Escapists 2, and Conan Exiles. I’ve been wanting to play A Hat in Time for a long time, and I’ve enjoyed my time with The Escapists 2 on the Switch, so I will probably pay early for next month. Does any of the above catch your interest? Have a gander at our partner link with Humble Bundle! Full disclosure, we do receive compensation for referrals, but the humble monthly bundle isn’t exactly a hard sell.

 

 

 

 

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