I love story-driven games. Some of my favourite ever games are classic point-and-click adventures such as Monkey Island, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango from Lucasfilm Games (later Lucasarts) and the Discworld adventure games from Perfect 10. The company that exemplified the modern story-driven adventure game is Telltale Games, a company founded by a group of former Lucasarts developers.
I’ve been into Telltale since their second game, Bone: Out from Boneville, a game based on Jeff Smith’s Bone comics. Since then, Telltale have published games based on Sam and Max, Back to the Future, Monkey Island, Jurassic Park and A Game of Thrones. They have also created a few poker games, such as Poker Night at the Inventory, in which characters from Telltale’s various games play poker and engage in lively banter with one another.
The latest Humble Bundle consists of Telltale titles and includes three tiers. To unlock the first tier, you need only pay $1. This princely sum will net you:
- Back to the Future: The Game
- Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse
- Poker Night at the Inventory
- Puzzle Agent 1 & 2
- The Walking Dead – Season 1
For the second tier, you should pay above the average pledge. At the time of writing, this is a very reasonable $8.02. This selection is very good, with The Wolf Among Us being particularly well received. I am ashamed to say that it is still on my to-play list, though it is sitting in my Steam library. I also need to get around to Tales from the Borderlands, and I hope it keeps a similar tone to the main Borderlands games, as they are some of the funniest games I have played. The full contents are not quite available at the time of writing, as more games have been promised. The contents as they stand are:
- The Walking Dead: 400 Days
- The Wolf Among Us
- Poker Night 2
- Tales from the Borderlands
Finally, there is a $12 premium tier that includes just two games:
- Game of Thrones
- The Walking Dead – Season 2
As usual, a share of the money will go to charity, with two charities benefitting from this bundle. The first of these is Direct relief, who provide medical relief around the world. The other group to benefit are Girls Who Code, a nonprofit who support young women in accessing ICT-based courses and careers.
You can view this bundle by clicking here. Enjoy your vidya-stories!