Humble Choice: March 2020 – What’s Good?

Every month, Humble’s subscription model lets you keep up to 9 games from a choice of 12. Here’s what I think is good in March 2020’s Humble Choice.

My Friend Pedro

My Friend Pedro is a side-scrolling spectacle shooter about a man killing people because a banana told him to. At least that’s what I can work out from here. I haven’t played it, but I definitely want to. The videos make the gameplay look like a beautiful, destructive and gory ballet.

Planet Coaster

Planet Coaster is a lot of fun, capturing all of the things that made the original Rollercoaster Tycoon fun back in the day. This version comes with a piece of DLC as well, so it seems like a good deal to me.

F1 2019

Including an annual sport game in Humble Choice seems odd, but the Anniversary Edition comes with some extra content that’s going to make fans of F1 (and fans of driving games) pretty happy.

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is one of your RPG choices for this month. Although it’s a couple of years old at this point, the consistent high ratings across the board mean it’s worth looking at!

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a traditional JRPG, but the art style is beautiful. It also has some procedurally generated elements, which is definitely enough to get my attention. Apparently it’s based on a series of comics, but I can’t tell you how faithful it is to the source.

EXAPUNKS

Like Shenzhen I/O last month, EXAPUNKS is a Zachtronics game about using a set of mechanics to build and optimise a system. People who love these games, really love them, so this is a good chance to see what they’re talking about.

Turok

It’s been a long time since I played Turok on N64, but I have a lot of fond memories. The combination of shooting and dinosaurs was amazing back then, although the FPS genre has come a long way since then. You still can’t beat the Cerebral Bore for iconic game weapons, though!

Death’s Gambit

Death’s Gambit is a side-scrolling Metroidvania with more than a hint of Soulslike mixed in. It looks great and it’s been on my Steam wishlist for years.

198X

198X is a selection of 80’s style retro mini-games used to tell an angsty coming of age story. I played it on stream a while ago and really enjoyed it. The soundtrack is especially awesome, full of synthwave glory.

Niffelheim

Niffelheim is a 2D side-scrolling RPG with a viking theme. The art style is weird, but quite striking, and it looks a bit like Terraria or Starbound. I don’t know if that means it also has similar crafting system, but I do know that it’s a well-reviewed dungeon crawler and vikings are badass.

AI War 2

AI War 2 is a hybrid of RTS and grand strategy, where you’re fighting against advanced AI that’s already taken over the galaxy. It looks way too detailed for my play style, but I know plenty of 4X fans who would love this.

Etherborn

Etherborn is a puzzle platformer with gravity and physics elements. With that description I’m already sold. The soundtrack is great and the art style is beautiful. I don’t know how good the puzzles are, but with only 32 reviews on Steam it’s criminally overlooked.

What’s My Humble Choice This Month?

This month, the games I’d definitely want to keep are: My Friend Pedro, Planet Coaster, 198X, Turok, Death’s Gambit, Etherborn and Battle Chasers for sure. After that, I’d think about F1 2019, Fell Seal and Niffelheim as my B-tier.

A much better selection of games than last month!