If you haven’t already filled your library with Sierra classics, this is the time to do so.
By Jason Venter
There are a few ways to look at the Humble Sierra Bundle, which just went live today and is available for most of another couple of weeks. What the offer really comes down to, though, is this: you can snag the recent King’s Quest remake for about $10 under its standard MSRP, and also pick up nearly 30 classic Sierra titles in the process, all while supporting charity.
Like previous Humble Bundle promotions, this one lets gamers pay what they want and obtain some free software, provided that amount is at least $1. There are 4 different tiers this time around, instead of the usual 3, and a sufficient investment will allow you to come away with virtually every noteworthy title Sierra has produced over the course of a few great decades.
At the $1 level, your pledge gets you the Space Quest Collection (containing 6 games in all), Phantasmorgia and its sequel, the Police Quest Collection, and Shiftlings. The last of those titles is a physics-based platformer with a cartoony vibe and a slightly twisted sense of humor. The other games mentioned are pioneering graphic adventure titles.
Those who pay more than the current average, which is just under $12, will gain access to Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, TimeShift, Quest for Glory 1-5, and Gabriel Knight 1-3. Again, most of those titles are graphic adventure games. That makes sense, as it’s a genre Sierra dominated during its heyday. TimeShift, meanwhile, is a first-person shooter.
Next up comes the $15 tier, which includes games offering a greater variety of gameplay elements. King’s Quest Collection, which features seven classic games, is another graphic adventure title. However, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved is a twin-stick shooter. Ceasar 3 and 4 are city builders, along the general lines of something like SimCity, except set in ancient Rome. As for Velocity 2X, it’s an action-packed game that offers a mix of genres.
Finally, there is the fourth tier. For $20, which represents 33% savings compared to the standard rate, you obtain the complete King’s Quest collection. This includes both an epilogue and five standard chapters, which are still in the process of being developed. The most recent one, King’s Quest Chapter 3: Once Upon a Climb, released in April of this year. Destructoid’s Chris Carter awarded it an impressive score of 9 out of 10 in his review, and the game has a “Very positive” rating from the Steam community.
Not everyone appreciates the sort of games that Sierra made its name developing and publishing, but if you do, you owe it to yourself to give the bundle a look and save a bunch of money off games that belong in your collection. Supporting charity in the process isn’t a bad deal, either.