I like to keep an eye on bundles that pop up on various third-party sites, because every now and again you’ll find a hidden gem. The discounts are often great, even if the quality of the games aren’t.
But the latest offering from Bundle Stars is a little too tempting not to bite at. 41 games for less than $7.
There’s 10 separate items in total, with the majority of the 41 games coming from what’s housed in the 3D Realms Anthology. That package alone at this price makes it worth the cost of entry, but fortunately there’s other games on offer that are also intriguing.
Here’s the full list, for reference:
- Lichdom: Battlemage
- 3D Realms Anthology – Steam Edition
- GemCraft – Chasing Shadows
- Battle vs Chess
- Super 3-D Noah’s Ark
- Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China
- Cast of the Seven Godsends
- Horizon Shift
But the games in the 3D Realms Anthology are probably what will take your fancy:
- Alien Carnage / Halloween Harry
- Arctic Adventure
- Balls of Steel
- Bio Menace
- Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold
- Blake Stone: Planet Strike
- Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure
- Crystal Caves
- Dark Ages
- Death Rally (Classic)
- Duke Nukem
- Duke Nukem 2
- Duke Nukem 3D
- Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
- Hocus Pocus
- Major Stryker
- Math Rescue
- Monster Bash
- Monuments of Mars
- Mystic Towers
- Pharaoh’s Tomb
- Raptor: Call of the Shadows (1994 Classic Edition)
- Realms of Chaos
- Rise of the Triad: Dark War
- Secret Agent
- Shadow Warrior (Classic)
- Terminal Velocity
- Wacky Wheels
- Word Rescue
Some of the names in that latter package are curious though. The original version of Death Rally, for instance, is available for free on Remedy Entertainment’s website — you know, the developers responsible for making the original, and the excellent free-to-play mobile re-release that was ported to Steam a number of years ago. You shouldn’t be paying for something that’s basically freeware, but that’s an argument for another time.
Out of the 3D Realms bundle, Terminal Velocity is an excellent PC classic that quite a few of you have a lot of love for. I’m starting to think that Descent 2 might actually hold up better these days — it’s certainly a lot crisper and the controls are a touch sharper — but I’m not prepared to abandon my love of TV for anything.
Beyond that, Lichdom: Battlemage might be a good kick around for a few hours. It’s a simple premise: you’re a mage, go blow stuff up. There’s a crafting system surrounding the spells and it’s not explained particularly well, but if you only get an hour or two of explosions with spells then the bundle has still proven good value for money.
Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China is still in Early Access, but it could be the surprise pick of the bundle. It’s an action WW2 airplane sim that’s more along the lines of War Thunder (in terms of controls) than a Falcon 4.0 or EF2000.
You can find plenty more fun across the board too: the original Shadow Warrior is always good for a few minutes, Wacky Wheels still has its fans, Monstrum will be interesting for those who like indie horror games, GemCraft Chasing Shadows is a full fledged expansion of the tower defence flash game that most people will have played at one stage or another, and Super 3-D Noah’s Ark is a Wolfenstein 3D clone set, well, you know where.
That’s Killer Bundle 6. It reminds me of opening stockings at Christmas and just discovering a whole bunch of games that my parents had selected for my brother and I at random. There’s some gems in there, some turds, and some surprises that you wouldn’t expect. Only difference is this costs a whole lot less: $6.92 at the time of writing.
Go surprise a friend. Your loved one. Someone on Twitter. Your grandmother. The kid next door. Anyone at a BYOC LAN. Or yourself.