Looking for Great Games at Pauper Prices? Score Some Game Bundles

Do you like getting hundreds of top-shelf games for cheap? My library includes more than a hundred great titles – and I paid around $50 for all of them. It’s easy: Build a Steam Box and buy game bundles. These, such as the famous Humble Bundle, lets you get around ten games for about $5, while contributing to charity. 

Considering that a single console title costs the entirety of my library, buying in bulk can save you lots of cash. To this end, I put together a list of some of the best deals around.

My criteria for reviewing each bundle centers around the following:

  • Pricing: How cheap are the games? Do we get good value from buying?
  • Platform availability: Are the games available on Desura, Steam, Windows, Linux, MacOS or Android?
  • Donations to charity: How much money goes to charity? And which charities are involved?
  • Quantity and quality of games: How many games do you get and are they of good quality?

GamesRage.org

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GamesRage is currently in its experimental, beta stage. Its first bundle of games included eight titles of good quality, the majority of which were adventure titles, using hand drawn artwork and 2D graphics. Even so, there were no obviously terrible games in the lineup.

  • Pricing: $2.41 to unlock all games.
  • Platforms: Windows.
  • Donations to charity? The first GamesRage raised $1,754.30 for charity.
  • Quantity and quality of games: Eight games of good quality.

The Free Bundle

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The Free Bundle comes in at the lowest price-point: Free. While some of the games involved aren’t much to write home about, a few great titles did show up in its older lineups.

  • Pricing: Completely free, but you can make a donation.
  • Platforms: Windows and Linux.
  • Donations to charity? No donations accepted.
  • Quantity and quality of games: Five decent quality games.

VoDo.net

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VoDo.net doesn’t just include games. It also provides a crowdsourcing mechanism for startup films and other media. VoDo employs a purchasing method similar to Humble Indie Bundle. You can use a slider to determine how much of your donation goes to charity, VoDo itself or to the developers. If you beat the average payment you receive additional games and downloadable content.

  • Pricing: $4.98-5.03 for large bundles. Individual games and smaller game-packs are available for less.
  • Platforms: Stars includes steam keys for all games. Its primary platform is Windows, but occasionally games show up in Linux and OSX.
  • Donations to charity? Nope. This ones all about you.
  • Quantity and quality of games: The only bundle offered by VoDo includes an eclectic mixture of video, books and games. This is actually one of my favorite deals of all time.

The downside: The H.P. Lovecraft Bundle appears to be the first of its kind offered by VoDo. It only includes two games – so unless you also enjoy watching indie movies and listening to radio dramas, this may not be the service for you.

Royale Indie Bundle

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The Royale Indie Bundle ranks among my favorites. It functions almost identically to the better-known Humble Indie Bundle, with the exception that it also includes Desura keys. For those of you not in the know, Desura is a Steam alternative, with more consumer friendly policies. The Steam controversy may turn some buyers off from other deals.

The Royale Bundle includes fewer games, and a higher price, than its competitors – but overall, the quality is there.

  • Pricing: ~$4-5 for the minimum. Most bundles start at $4 and then over a week, the average price increases to over $5. The Royale Bundle differs from other charitable game-sellers by allowing higher donation to reduce the minimum price. The more you pay, the less others pay.
  • Platforms: Includes games for mostly Windows – with some Linux and MacOS products. It comes with Desura and Steam keys.
  • Donations to charity? A relatively high amount goes to charity if you purchase the All Charity Bundle (85-90%).
  • Quantity and quality of games: Typically around 6 games of very good quality.

On the downside, Royale Bundle doesn’t permit the sharing of keys. Instead of sharing, you must gift them.

Indie Gala Bundle

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The Indie Gala Bundle uses an identical system to the Humble Indie Bundle. Simply make a donation. Beating the average unlocks additional titles, and as the week grinds on, more incentives get thrown into the mix. Out of the deals mentioned in this article, Indie Gala is my favorite.

  • Pricing: $4.98-5.03 for large bundles. Individual games and smaller packages are available for less.
  • Platforms: Gala includes Android, Desura, Steam, Linux, MacOS and Windows.
  • Donations to charity? The Gala Bundle distributes around 5% of your purchases to charity. Currently, the proceeds can go (depending on how much you decide to donate) to either Able Gamers or the Gala Project X. Like others, the charities vary from deal to deal.
  • Quantity and quality of games: ~14 very good quality titles. Out of all the bundles, Indie Gala seems to provide the largest number of games.

IndieBundle.org

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IndieBundle includes a novel pricing mechanism: There’s no sliders or donations. You simply choose either the regular bundle or the enhanced game-pack (referred to as “bundle+”). The difference between the two packages is only one game. However, if the particular deal you purchased sells well, another game gets thrown into the mix.

  • Pricing: $5 for the three-game bundle and $7 for a four-game. Once a bundle sells a certain number of times, a bonus game unlocks for everyone.
  • Platforms: IndieBundle includes both Desura and Steam keys and includes MacOS, Windows and Linux games, if they exist.
  • Donations to charity? IndieBundle’s primary goal is to promote independent developers – so no, it doesn’t donate any percentage of its profits to charity.
  • Quantity and quality of games: IndieBundle’s games generally have high quality. You get either 3-5 good quality titles. In terms of value, this is probably among the most expensive per-title options out there.

Bundle Stars

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I have yet to make a purchase from Bundle Stars, but their bundles combine highly polished games with steam keys. Their games range from obscure indie titles to better known ones, such as Tropico. Check out their full list of Bundle Stars games.

They also tend to run multiple deals simultaneously, which increases the selection of games. Each of their bundles regularly includes ten or more titles.

  • Pricing: $4.98-5.03 for their main game packs. Individual games and smaller bundles are available for less.
  • Platforms: Stars includes steam keys for all games. Its primary platform is Windows, but occasionally games show up in Linux and OSX.
  • Donations to charity? A “small percentage” goes to charity. The stated goal of Bundle Stars is to support independent developers.
  • Quantity and quality of games: 10+ high quality titles. It’s among the more lavish of deals.

The games in Bundle Stars are high quality, and it remains one of the best in terms of value.

Indie Game Bundles

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This isn’t actually a bundled games service – instead, Indie Game Bundles keeps track of all available discounted games sold in volume. It even includes deals available on Amazon and Steam. I highly recommend subscribing to the Indie Game Bundles RSS feed.

Humble Indie Bundle

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A snowflake that caused an avalanche, the Humble Indie Bundle retains the top spot – it’s the best deal you can find anywhere. Many of its deals don’t even include independent studios. For example, Humble Bundle at one point included a large selection of titles from THQ, the now defunct games studio. Its most recent offering includes games from EA. Also, of particular interest is Humble Bundle’s tendency to hold Android-only deals.

Like most of the other charitable game sales, Humble Bundle allows you to donate as little or as much as you want. If you beat the average payment, you get several bonus, unlocked games. Deals run for several weeks, with additional games announced as the weeks pass.

  • Pricing: You can pay as little as a penny, but the average tends to hover around $5 to unlock additional games.
  • Platforms: Steam, Android, Windows, MacOS, Linux.
  • Donations to charity? Typically two charities that you can divide your money between.
  • Quantity and quality of games: 10+ high quality games, including sound tracks.

Notifications via IFTTT

Another handy method of getting the latest updates on cheap game packs is through IFTTT. Various IFTTT recipes can provide you with alerts either through email or via Evernote. If you don’t know what IFTTT is, read up on its amazing notification prowess here.

Conclusion

There’s a lot of great discounted game packs out there. For most of the bundles, the miserly need only pay $0.01 and they can get at least one or two games. For those of you with a little bit more money, you can get over a hundred high quality titles for the price of a single console game. And in most cases a percentage goes to charity or to independent developers.

Does anyone else absolutely love bundle game deals? Share some of your conquests in the comments!

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Andrew

A lot of the games you can grab from Bundle Stars and Indie Gala tend to have low metacritic scores… They’re still great for filling up your Steam library (and there are one or two really good games in each bundle), but you’re probably not going to get the AAA experience that the Humble Bundle or a good Steam sale can (and do) offer. Personally, I buy the former two anyway, just to hoard as many titles into my library as I can. A lot of users (and you) would probably find some fallacies to that approach, though.

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Eric

My usual strategy is just to pick up most of the humble bundles for $1 to get those sweet sweet steam keys. I didn’t realize there were quite this many alternatives.