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Humble Monthly Bundle includes immediate Alien: Isolation

by Mark Tyson on 5 January 2016, 12:01

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The Humble Bundle team recently revealed the contents of the January 2016 Humble Monthly Bundle and started the countdown to the February 2016 bundle. You have just 31 and a half days left, at the time of writing, to jump aboard and pay $12 upfront for the 'highly curated' mystery games bundle. This coming month the decision is helped along greatly by an instant unlock of a copy of Alien: Isolation, many will feel this is worth the admission price alone.

January 2016's bundle

Going through this news chronologically, on 1st January Humble Monthly Bundlers received Payday 2 as their early unlock. The additional games revealed to be in the mystery bundle were as follows:

  • The Talos Principle – A puzzle game
  • The Masterplan – Top-down strategy game
  • Mushroom 11 – Puzzle platformer
  • Grim Fandango Remastered – Point & click adventure
  • Spelunky – 2D platformer
  • A Fistful of Gun – A top-down Western-themed shooter

As regular readers will know, you can't now subscribe and get the January 2016 bundle. Once the contents are revealed, the bundle gets replaced with a countdown to next month's offerings with a single 'early unlock' game visible to reel you in.

February 2016 Humble Monthly Bundle

As mentioned in the intro, Alien: Isolation is the early unlock game for the currently live and purchasable monthly bundle. Depending where you look, this game costs as much as €49.99 but has been available as cheaply as £7.99 in the UK in a previous sale event. The game, launched just over a year ago, is well regarded and scored pretty well in most reviews on the web. If you enjoy the survival horror game genre and the Alien films it might tickle your fancy.

Bundles are fully revealed and unlock on the first Friday of every month. The February bundle will go live on 5th February. Subscribers can cancel at any time, even after just a single bundle, and keep the games they have collected in any bundles thus far. Five per cent of the proceeds go to charity. Unfortunately, for those who feel like they might purchase a regular subscription, there have already been repeats in some of the bundled games.



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I'm glad I didn't sign up for the monthly bundle thing, I already have Alien Isolation & Spelunky. This is a consecutive month where i've already owned a few of the games in the bundle.

To sum up I'd only think these monthly bundles would only be worthwhile to somebody who likes surprises and loves all genre's of game, and somebody who has very few games in their library. Thinking about that it seems unlikely many would fit that criteria ! I guess another alternative could be somebody with too much money who gets off on forking out money to charities just to act smug at any given opportunity.
I cancelled my sub before this one luckily. But my reason was that the main “draw” game was always used as the incentive for the following month.

Also, I owned a few of the previous games too so it wasn't worth the blind risk any more.
Annoyingly I've quite wanted some games in the last two bundles but I won't risk it. $12 is roughly my monthly gaming budget currently and I'm not going to risk having a month with no new games I don't want. I hope humblebundle drop this idea soon - if these would have been regular bundles then they would have had my cash… As it is they get nothing.
Subscription based defeats the whole idea of Humble Bundle.
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Annoyingly I've quite wanted some games in the last two bundles but I won't risk it. $12 is roughly my monthly gaming budget currently and I'm not going to risk having a month with no new games I don't want. I hope humblebundle drop this idea soon - if these would have been regular bundles then they would have had my cash… As it is they get nothing.

Exactly this. Although the bundles work to their advantage (like Groupees) the can deceive users, and tailor a bundle depending on if their sales quota has been met or not, essentially filling with rubbish.

I garuantee if these had of been actual bundles sales woukd have been higher