October 2018 Humble Monthly Overview: All Shapes and Sizes

Published: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 14:13 | By: Amanda Bower

Along with all of the good that Humble Bundle already brings to the table, they additionally offer players the chance to snatch up a medley of video games for a whopping $12 the first Friday of every month by becoming a subscriber. Varying from popular titles to indie games you’ve probably never heard of, Humble Monthly generates a diverse curated bundle to help establish the most paramount game libraries. In addition, every subscriber automatically receives 10% off titles in the Humble Store. You can’t beat the facts, folks—that’s one heck of a deal.

This month, Humble Monthly delivered nine distinctive titles to subscribers. Differing from a truck driving simulator to a cooperative puzzle experience, October flooded player's game libraries with a medley of genres to pick and choose from. Keep reading to unveil one subscriber's first impressions of each title included in the bundle this month.

 
 


Dungeons 3

Taking the reins as a Dungeon Lord has a nice ring to it, right? Dungeons 3 grants you the freedom to command forces of evil and lead them to victory. Not only is the game itself polished, but the amusing fantasy references and tactical gameplay join forces to assemble a unique management experience.

Throwing together a feasible underground dungeon demonstrates a learning curve. Once you get the swing of commanding your little minions to construct the means of a prevailing army, base-building becomes second nature. It’s establishing a balanced horde of orcs and other despicable monsters that makes all the difference.

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Dungeons 3

Yay or Nay?

I wasn’t sure if I’d be a fan of Dungeons 3 at first. However, the multiple gameplay modes, including a co-op mode, models Dungeons 3 into quite the exceptional strategy game.

Read our full review of Dungeons 3 here.


American Truck Simulator

In this driving simulator, you start out customizing your photo, generic truck design, company name, and company logo. From there, American Truck Simulator offers a tutorial taking you through the basics of operating a semi-truck. To be frank, driving a semi in reality always terrified me because I’d be the person to run over everything in my path. Turns out, virtual me did exactly just that.

American Truck Simulator takes some getting used to, but presents a variety of camera angles to switch between to make the driving less stressful. Your goal is to distribute various packages from point A to point B in a timely manner. If you’re in the mood to take a drive and clear your head after a hectic day, that’s a gameplay option as well. Putting the pedal to the medal as a truck driver is one thing, but the beautiful scenic routes and notorious landmarks across the United States just might take the cake.

 

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American Truck Simulator

Yay or Nay?

American Truck Simulator may not be for everyone, but the customization features are pretty snazzy. My only gripe is partial controller support, but that’s with any game featuring such nonsense. Otherwise, I look forward to journeying through my virtual life as a truck driver.

Check out our thoughts on American Truck Simulator here.

 


Overwatch

Since Overwatch’s official release in 2016, the game has gathered a massive fan base and for good reason. You begin by choosing between an assorted group of heroes encompassing attributes that fall in both the pros and cons columns. This way, you can feel out which hero best suits your skillset rather than one hero visibly being more powerful than another.

Whether you’re playing with a group of friends or a randomly generated team online, a mixed match of veteran players and newbies produces a unique gameplay experience each time. Every match fumes with excitement as you’re constantly hunting other players while simultaneously being hunted. The intense atmosphere adds to the challenge as well, but there’s nothing quite like racking up a killing streak or watching an opponent’s health bar deplete. See you later, buddy.

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Overwatch

Yay or Nay?

It’s simple: Overwatch is awesome. However, I’ve noticed it’s nice to be familiarized with your team’s preferred hero. That way, your hero’s weaknesses can counteract your teammate’s strengths.

Check out our thoughts on Overwatch here.


Gremlins, Inc.

Whenever I delve into a strategy game enveloped with comprehensive mechanics, tutorials are either a hit or a miss. With that stated, Gremlins, Inc. gets a gold star with its easy-to-follow instructions. However, intense board games such as these generate a learn-on-the-go type of experience where luck is either on your side or it isn’t.

Gremlins Inc. proved to be an entertaining challenge. You play against AI or other competitors around the world for the political works of money, authority, and good stature. Though utilizing the detailed playing cards entails some planning, there’s something magical about sending a pesky opponent to jail. It’s almost like venturing through a game of Monopoly but with capitalist gremlins in a Steampunk themed world.

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Gremlins, Inc.

Yay or Nay?

Impressive strategy games are hard to come by, but Gremlins, Inc. encompasses so many brilliant concepts that I thoroughly enjoyed even taking my time with its accommodating tutorial. It may take some time to get the swing of things, but it’s well worth the wait.


Hidden Folks

Hidden Folks combines humor and the ease of finding a collection of hidden objects at your own pace. Its black and white hand-drawn settings are an added challenge, for at times, everything sort of blends together. Who knew clicking around aimlessly could be so much fun?

The beauty of Hidden Folks lies within not only the drawings themselves, but the sound effects produced when interacting with objects around the maps. All of the noises are made by the human mouth, which makes the game even quirkier. Cutting through shrubs, sifting through crowds of people, and zooming in and out fashions an enlightening environment, which I wasn’t expecting at first glance. However, the feeling of finally unveiling something you’d been looking for is incredibly rewarding.

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Hidden Folks

Yay or Nay?                                                                                                                            

There’s no doubt that Hidden Folks is a hoot and a half, especially with the various levels and eccentric objects. If you’ve ever been a fan of Where’s Waldo? or I-Spy, this fun little game is right up your alley.


Old Man’s Journey

This charming puzzle escapade stars an elderly man voyaging across the world. Immediately, Old Man’s Journey pulled at my heartstrings with its beautiful art design and vibrant environments. The gameplay, however, proved to be innovative all on its own.

The puzzle aspect stems from literally shaping the landscapes around the old man to assist him on his soul-searching journey. Getting from one point to another isn’t always a fundamental task. As his tale develops, his surroundings expose diverse complicated riddles that require more than just moving a platform up and down. Other obstacles hinder his path, generating not only an emotional story, but a perplexing one.

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Old Man's Journey

Yay or Nay?

Old Man’s Journey’s visuals are so enticing that it’s hard to not recommend this puzzle experience. His story and remembrance of his life with a woman he once loved also captivates your soul, impelling the player to see him through to the end.


We Were Here Too

The downside of We Were Here Too derives from how you absolutely must team up with another person. The reason being involves communicating with one another to solve riddles embodied within a puzzle-ridden castle. The idea itself is actually fairly innovative, if you think about it.

In a first-person perspective, you roam around a mysterious castle and decipher riddles using a built-in chat, or walkie talkies. Though the concept of collaborating with radios is pretty awesome, I stumbled upon some bugs that hindered the gameplay. To avoid this, I recommend using Discord or any other chat app. Otherwise you’re bound to encounter your partner’s voice cutting out periodically, resulting in frustration and exiting the game out of spite.

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We Were Here Too

Yay or Nay?

We Were Here Too presents a distinctive cooperative experience, but could use some tuning. Not to mention, do you have any idea how difficult it is to find a friend to play this with you?

Check out our thoughts on We Were Here Too here.

 


Wandersong

This month, Humble Monthly gifted players with the opportunity to preview the musical adventure Wandersong. In this vibrant expedition, you venture through polygonal environments as a bard attempting to save the world by means of singing. By doing so, you must travel across the lands to learn the tune of the Earth Song. It’s not as easy as it seems, folks.

Wandersong is all over a happy-go-lucky kind of adventure introducing characters of all shapes and sizes. The amusing dialogue and singing confrontations molds an enjoyable experience, but the puzzles also generate a challenging escapade. Do you have what it takes as a musical bard to save the world?

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Wandersong

Yay or Nay?

My time spent playing Wandersong was delightful from start to finish. The comedic, yet emotional rollercoaster of a ride proves that sometimes, it’s okay to sing your sorrows away.

Read about how much we loved Wandersong here.


Ollie and Bollie Outdoor Estate

Every month, subscribers are also endowed with a Humble Original game. These nifty little games are innovative titles developed specifically for Humble Monthly subscribers. Ollie and Bollie Outdoor Estate fueled my frustrations this month with its noodle-body characters.

The general schematics of this game are pretty straight forward: you wobble around like a drunken being and attempt to build a shed. Naturally, steps ought to be taken beforehand such as gathering the sheep into their rightful pen. You can also trim the sheep’s wool with a dangerous looking pair of scissors you find, but I hadn’t figured out if it was necessary. Nonetheless, the Gumby-like characters aren’t very helpful and the infuriating puzzles wreak havoc on one’s mentality. Ollie and Bollie Outdoor Estate emits some charm, but only for a short while.

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Ollie and Bollie Outdoor Estate

Yay or Nay?

Ollie and Bollie Outdoor Estate is a game you will either find relaxing or one that will make you want to pull out all of your hair. Pick your poison.


October's bundle appeared to present a game for players of all tastes while additionally urging them to step outside of their comfort zone. Every title showcased in October's Humble Monthly batch had something different to offer. I, personally, found myself enjoying games I never would have originally given the time of day. What are your thoughts on October's bundle? Let us know in the comments below!

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