Humble Bundle, the site that brings you (sorta) weekly deals on games and books has two extremely awesome bundles currently running. If you like Star Wars (and I’m guessing most of you do) or are interested in educating your kids about science, technology and/or programming, then this week’s offerings are for you!
If you are unfamiliar with Humble Bundle, here’s how it works: Every so often, sometimes weekly, sometimes not, Humble Bundle will release a ‘bundle’ of stuff (games or books) for a ridiculously low price. Each bundle also has tiers built in where you can get even more stuff for a bit more money. Usually there is a ‘pay the average price’ tier and an ‘unlock everything’ tier. The money you pay is split amongst Humble Bundle, the developers/publishers, and some charities. When you pay, you’ll usually receive a Steam key for the game, a link to game if you don’t use Steam, or various forms of ebook packages.
First up, let’s look at the Star Wars Humble Bundle. As of the time of this writing, the tiers are:
- Pay What You Want – and get Knights of the Old Republic (RPG), Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (FPS) and Dark Forces (FPS).
- Pay More Than The Average – and get Battlefront II (FPS), Knights of the Old Republic 2 (RPG), Republic Commando (FPS) and Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast (FPS), Star Wars Starfighter (Space Combat) and Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2 (FPS).
- Pay More Than $12 – and get Empire At War Gold Pack (RTS), The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition (FPS) and The Force Unleashed 2 (FPS).
That’s a lot of games for a paltry $12. And really, Knights of the Old Republic is a sprawling Bioware RPG set in the Old Republic time period. It’s worth the more than $12 even today, but the fact you can get it for essentially free is amazing. Other amazing games in this bundle are Battlefront 2 (though I’m not sure how well, if at all, the multiplayer works today), Republic Commando and The Force Unleashed (the first one, I never played the second). And yes, I bought the whole bundle, cause I’m a sucker. I should note: All of these are PC games.
Next, the Humble Brainiac Book Bundle, which is aimed at kids, though there’s no reason a self-respecting adult wouldn’t read these books either. Here are the tiers:
- Pay What You Want – and get Ruby Wizardry: An Intro to Programming for Kids, Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things, The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol 1., and The Manga Guide to Electricity.
- Pay More Than The Average – and get LEGO Space: Building the Future, The Mange Guide to Physics, Python For Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming, Incredible LEGO Technic, Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS and WordPress, The Manga Guide to Calculus, Beautiful LEGO, and LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1.
That’s a boatload of books for just $15, heck, any of the LEGO books will set you back upwards of $20 in hardback ($15-ish in ebook). There’s a lot to like in this bundle. If your child has any interesting in computers or programming, it’s here. Physics and Calculus are covered and of course a ton of LEGO books. All of the books are available as EPUBS (yay!) or PDFs (boo!). And yes, I was weak and bought them all. I mean, who doesn’t want a Steampunk LEGO book?
If you’re at all interested, head on over and check them out. They will both be expiring over the next (as of this writing) 5 – 6 days.