Slay the Spire Review

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Available On: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) , PlayStation 4, Switch

Card battlers are fashionably popular right now (see our review on the excellent SteamWorld Quest), and Slay the Spire checks just about every box for popular indie genres. Deck-building. Dungeon Crawling. Random Encounters. Roguelike. Even more than most in the genre, Slay the Spire is a purely mechanics-driven game, with very little storytelling. But those systems work beautifully together to create a memorable, deep, and easy-to-play experience that rivals many physical card games.

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Over 30 90s Kids Games in the Humble Humongous Entertainment Bundle

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The Humble Humongous Entertainment Bundle at the Humble store features over 30 educational kids games from the 90s from software developer Humongous Entertainment. If you were a kid in the 90s chances are you recognize the likes of Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam, and Freddi Fish.

The games are available to purchase in three different tiers, with the lowest as Humble’s familiar Pay What You Want tier. Each game is rated as being appropriate for kids age 3-8, and all are redeemed through Steam (PC, Mac, Linux).

Pay at least $1 to unlock:

  • Big Thinkers 1st Grade
  • Big Thinkers Kindergarten
  • Fatty’ Bear’s Birthday Surprise
  • Junior Field Trips: Let’s Explore the Airport
  • Junior Field Trips: Let’s Explore the Farm
  • Junior Field Trips: Let’s Explore the Jungle
  • Putt-Putt and Pep’s Balloon-o-Rama
  • Putt-Putt and Pep’s Dog on a Stick
  • Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear’s Activity Pack
  • Putt-Putt: Pep’s Birthday Surprise
  • Spy Fox In: Cheese Chase

Pay more than the average (currently $10.75):

  • Spy Fox 2 “Some Assembly Required”
  • Putt-Putt Travels Through Time
  • Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse
  • Pajama Sam 4: Life Is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff
  • Pajama Sam’s Lost & Found
  • Pajama Sam’s Sock Works
  • Pajama Sam: Games to Play on Any Day
  • Spy Fox In: Hold the Mustard
  • Spy Fox in “Dry Cereal”

Pay $14 to also unlock:

  • Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat From Your Head to Your Feet
  • Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove
  • Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
  • Spy Fox 3 “Operation Ozone”
  • Putt-Putt Joins the Circus
  • Putt-Putt Enters the Race
  • Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren’t so Frightening
  • Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
  • Freddi Fish and Luther’s Maze Madness
  • Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon
  • Putt-Putt Joins the Parade
  • Freddi Fish and Luther’ Water Worries
  • Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
  • Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo
  • Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside

Purchasing through Humble offers the option to support certain charities. For the Humongous Entertainment bundle, you can choose to donate any or all of the purchase to St. Jude Children Research Hospital or the Boy Scouts of America.

Many of the Humongous games are also available on mobile devices, and are slated to arrive later this year on consoles.

The Humble Bundle ends March 22.

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IGN Acquires Humble Bundle

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The biggest news over the weekend was media titan IGN acquiring Humble Bundle in an undisclosed deal. Humble Bundle will continue to operate independently as a subsidiary of IGN, with no major staffing or business changes.

Humble Bundle is the digital distributor known for raising millions of dollars for various charities through their well-received pay-what-you-want bundles of video games and comics. It began in 2010 with indie games, and has since expanded into its own digital store, subscription service, and publishing division.

“We chose IGN because they really understand our vision, share our passion for games, and believe in our mission to promote awesome digital content while helping charity,” wrote Jeffrey Rosen, Co-founder and CEO of Humble Bundle in a blog post. “I can’t think of a better partner than IGN to help Humble Bundle continue our quest.”

Rosen added: “We will keep our own office, culture, and amazing team with IGN helping us further our plans. We will raise even more money for charity.”

According to Rosen, Humble Bundle has served over 10 million customers and raised $106 million for charity.

Earlier this year Humble Bundle expanded into games publishing, called Presented by Humble Bundle. They revealed their first five games back in August: A Hat in Time, No Truce with the Furies, Staxel, Keyboard Sports, and Aegis Defenders. A Hat in Time recently launched on PC. The other titles are coming later this year or early 2018.

There has been concerns raised over how IGN will treat games published by Humble Bundle. In a statement to USGamer, IGN General Manager Mitch Galbraith said: “Editorial integrity is something we take very seriously at IGN, and I am confident that we will strike the right balance when it comes to our coverage of Humble Bundle and the games they sell. Our readers and customers have always come first – and that won’t change.”