updated 07:00 pm EDT, Mon October 31, 2011
'Pay what you want' offer on old-school game
The makers of the Humble Indie Bundle have returned with a new offer, this time an 'alpha' release of a new retro-styled platform shooter called Voxatron. The game runs on all three major platforms and buyers will get all future content and gameplay updates as Voxatron progresses towards release. Unlike previous Humble Bundle offerings, Voxatron is the only program available, but as with previous offers, the money donated is divided by user choice to developers and charities.
Users start by choosing how much they wish to pay for the game -- it has a retail price value of $15 but is not yet considered ready for release. On previous offers that included multiple games, the median price among all platform donators was around $5. The offer, which runs for another 14 days, has already sold over 33,500 units and raised over $119,500 (an average "selling" price of $3.55).
The game itself is a retro-styled platform shooter with 20 arenas of "eight-bit" style graphics, weapons and power-ups. The game already has extra "BBS" levels of user-created content available once the original levels have been beaten, and the purchase includes a level editor -- letting players create and share new levels. Developer Lexaloffle says it will eventually offer monster creation tools as well.
The money raised by the event is controlled by the buyers, who choose how much of their chosen sale price goes where. Options include Lexaloffle, developer of Voxatron, and two charities long supported by the Humble Bundle team -- the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) or Child's Play, the latter of which donates game systems and games to sick children in hospitals. The offer includes a checkbox indicating it is a gift to someone else, allowing for a "giftable" code not tied to the purchaser's email address.
The Humble Bundle team have been putting together offers roughly every quarter this year, with the previous one having just ended just weeks ago. Users can opt to allocate a portion of the sale price as a "tip" to the Humble team to allow them to continue making such offers.