Humble Choice: February 2020 – What’s Good?

My Humble Choice

Every month, the Humble Choice subscription model lets you keep up to 9 games from a curated selection. Here’s my opinions on this month’s games.

Frostpunk

Frostpunk is a bleak survival city builder where you’re all fighting against the cold. You’ll have to make tough moral choices to ensure the survival of your city. I really enjoyed it.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a top-down RPG inspired by classics of the genre. I don’t know anything about the Pathfinder universe, but it looks like pretty standard fantasy stuff. The spell effects are particularly impressive!

Book of Demons

Book of Demons is a top-down hack & slash dungeon crawler with deck building mechanics baked in. I own it but have never played it. It looks pretty cool though.

Night Call

Night Call is a film noir style visual novel. You play as a taxi driver who gets attacked on a night shift. You need to gather info from passengers to find the real culprit before the detective in charge frames you for it.

Cryofall

Cryofall is a sci-fi MMORPG with survival and base-building mechanics. There’s both PvP and PvE elements. It looks a little bit like Fallout meets RimWorld. Still in Early Access.

Okami HD

Okami HD is a critically acclaimed adventure where you play as a wolf with a paintbrush. I love the art style and tried to get into it on Wii back in the day. I think I ust have missed something, but

Eliza

Eliza is a visual novel about an AI counselling program and the stories of the people interacting with it. These aren’t my kind of game, but with 94% positive reviews on Steam this one can’t be bad.

Shenzhen I/O

Shenzhen I/O is a game from Zachtronics, a developer where you either love everything they do or you just don’t get the attraction. This one is themed around circuitry, where you need to design, build and optimise circuits.

Project Warlock

Project Warlock is a FPS with a classic 90s aesthetic, giant bosses and a huge metal soundtrack. If that doesn’t do it for you, nothing else I can say here will!

The Hex

The Hex is a 2D side-scrolling… thing – and I say that with great affection, it’s just that I don’t know much more than that! It’s from the creator of Pony Island (which I loved), so you can probably expect some genre mash-ups and having your expectations well and truly messed with.

Warstone TD

Warstone is a tower defense game. By all accounts it’s pretty good (87% positive on Steam) but it’s tower defense. You know what you’re getting for the most part, although it does have multiple factions to choose from – and the store description claims they all feel different to play.

Underhero

Underhero is a side-scrolling RPG adventure-platformer. It looks like combat is almost turn-based, but uses your own timing rather than strict turns. Sounds pretty interesting, although I don’t know how well real-time platforming fits in with not real-time combat!

What’s My Humble Choice This Month?

I think February’s Humble Choice is a bit of a C-tier (or maybe a B-), to be honest. There’s some good games in here, but not the solid selection of the last couple of months. Frostpunk is a given. Pathfinder would be good for anyone looking for a big epic story. Beyond that, maybe Book of Demons and Night Call. The others I could take or leave.