The Humble Indie Bundle – which lets players pay what they want for a selection of five indie games – has returned for a third time.
Included in the promotion are 2008 IGF winner Crayon Physics Deluxe, Indie Game Challenge winner and IGF finalist Cogs, Terry Cavanagh's excellent VVVVVV, Russian melée combat title Hammerfight, and Indiecade finalist and WiiWare game And Yet It Moves. Purchasing the games separately would cost some $50.
As with previous bundles, games are DRM-free and run on Windows, Mac and Linux. Customers can specify how they would like their payment to be shared between the developers, gaming charities the EFF and Child's Play, and the Bundle's organisers. At the time of writing the bundle has been bought over 86,000 times, and grossed over $400,000, within hours of its launch yesterday evening.
The highest individual contributor is Markus "Notch" Persson, who has taken a break from ongoing development of Minecraft – and working out how best to avoid paper cuts when sleeping on a mattress of €50 notes – and paid $4,048. Just behind is Aaron Hibbard of Flying Fox Games, who has paid $3,000.
The first Humble Indie Bundle, released in 2010, grossed $1.3 million from 140,000 downloads. The second followed late last year and passed the original's total in just eight days, and the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle, featuring games from the Finnish Trine developer, was launched in April.
Source: Humble Indie Bundle