All right, with three days to go til Christmas, you’d think everyone would be done announcing new and ridiculous sales to take all your cash with, right? WRONG. If you value keeping your money at all, I wouldn’t recommend reading this post any further, because what follows is a list of every single (known) indie game sale going on right now. HANDLE IT.
Humble Indie Bundle #2
Easily the most humanitarian bundle out of those listed here, Humble Indie Bundle #2 is structurally identical to the original Humble Indie Bundle from May, but with a whole new set of games and a few key twists. This year, the titles up for grabs are Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans. Like the bundle back in the spring, this is a pay-what-you-want affair, with your contribution split (in any ratio you’d like) between the developers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Child’s Play, and the organizers of the bundle. That’s what I call charitable.
Today, though, the pot got sweetened even further: since HIB2 has been going on for over a week (and, according to Wolfire’s Jeffrey Rosen, because “Christmas is approaching and the crazy sales are starting”), the purchasing momentum for the bundle has dropped off quite a bit. In response, they’ve made it so everyone who donates an amount larger than the average bundle purchase price (currently, $7.48) gets all six of the Humble Indie Bundle #1 games for free. How rad is that? The best part: those generous enough to have bought HIB2 before today gets all six of last year’s games instantly and free of charge. The sale is continuing until December 25th, so it’s not too late to buy gift bundles for all your friends before Christmas arrives!
My favorite part, though, might be the fantastic piece of art Wolfire released announcing today’s new bonus. It contains all the protagonists of all the Humble Indie Bundle games, including the strange planetoid thing that Samorost 2 takes place on. They better sell prints of this or something, because LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT HOW DAMN INDIE THAT THING IS.
Indie iPhone Holiday Sale
Hey, how does this rub you: six award-winning iPhone games for $0.99 apiece? Sounds pretty good, right?
Now what if I told you that a third of the proceeds went to Child’s Play? Because they do.
The games in question are Osmos, Drop7, Spider, Canabalt, Eliss and Solipskier. It’s impossible that you haven’t played (or seen someone playing) at least like three of these at some point in 2010, so I don’t need to waste any time telling you they’re good.
And you know what? We’re not gonna take “I don’t have an iPhone / iPad” as an excuse. You can buy them anyways, and just let them sit in iTunes until the inevitable day arrives that everyone owns at least one capable iDevice. Like, who are you even fooling anymore, brah?
At any rate, if $0.99 is somehow too much for you, there’s plenty of free iDevice wallpapers, game soundtracks, and other goodies in the freebie section of the site. But it’s kind of an unwritten rule that they’re for generous people. So, sure, take ‘em, but feel awful about taking them.
Oh yeah, and this sale runs through December 31st, so have your apps bought before 2011 if you want to get ‘em cheaply and charitably!
Steam Holiday Sale
Alright, the dust has settled a bit and I’ve had a chance to catch my breath since Monday’s frantic post on this ludicrously money-sucking sale. The details remain mostly the same 48 hours later with all 12 indie bundles intact, but the daily deals continue to cycle…well, daily. Today’s only exclusive notable indie-wise Trials 2 for $2.50, but there’s still the 150+ individually price-reduced indie games that will remain marked down until the sale ends.
But you can’t keep coming to me for this stuff, man. If checking Steam’s daily deals isn’t one of your new holiday rituals after last year’s sale, you’re kinda messing up in a huge way.
Cipher Prime Holiday Sale
This one is a little more limited in scope than the others, but that doesn’t make it any less great. Cipher Prime, makers of Auditorium and one of my favorite modern puzzle games Fractal, have slashed the prices of both their games 50% down to $4.99 each. If you’re a newbie to both, you can get the two bundled together for $7.99, well below what either of the games would cost normally. How neat is that?
Readers! Know of any other indie holidays sales we missed? Let us know in the comments!