Double Fine teams up with Humble Bundle, allows public to vote for games in new compilation


The Costume Quest and Stacking creator has opened its annual Amnesia Fortnight event – in which the studios’ staff down tools to work on their own prototypes for two weeks – to the public this year. A total of 23 game ideas have been pitched, and players can now vote for their favourites.

Ideas range from Silent But Deadly, an olfactory stealth game in which you must escape an office block to avoid getting fired after soiling yourself, to Spacebase DF9, an emergent simulation in which you build a space station and manage its inhabitants. Presumably, you’ll also need to ensure the efficient disposal of their waste.

There’s a minimum contribution of $1 to vote, but as it’s a Humble Bundle, you can choose to pay more. The four most popular concepts will be developed into prototypes over two weeks, and the whole process will be filmed with video diaries being posted each on the website each day. Voters will get the prototypes for Happy Song (which became Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster) and Costume Quest once they’ve contributed. The full line-up, along with video pitches for each from their creators, is on the Humble Bundle website.

At the time of writing, 27,948 votes have been cast with total payments reaching $45,055.64 – the average payment is $6.38, but the highest right now is $516.

“We do [Amnesia Fortnights] to test out new ideas, and to test out new project leaders who feel ready to have a project of their own,” says studio founder Tim Schafer. “Many of the games we’ve released in the last few years have come from the Amnesia Fortnight process. It’s really a great morale boost for the team, and a highly effective way to develop new game ideas.”