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 the July 2020 Humble Choice.
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Age of Wonders: Planetfall
Age of Wonders is a futuristic 4X strategy game. While I’m not usually into these (my poor brain can’t keep up), the sci-fi theme interests me more than real world history. I haven’t played it, but it tickles my fancy.
Void Bastards is a very strange, rogue-like/lite strategy shooter with some RPG elements. It’s a bit slower paced than most of these games, but it has a great art style and sense of humour. Definitely worth a look if you’re into the genre.
Railway Empire is a tycoon game where you need to manage an old-timey railway network (as you’d expect). I prefer these games in sandbox mode, but there’s also a pretty in-depth campaign here as well.
Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock
Another sci-fi 4X strategy game this month, this time Battlestar Galactica flavoured. It looks a lot like Stellaris, but turn-based. Probably not one for me, but fans of the genre and show are in for a treat.
Yuppie Psycho is a horror game that looks weird. The trailer got my attention though, because it looks like either it doesn’t take itself seriously, or it takes itself very seriously, despite the pixel art style. It also doesn’t rely on darkness the way most horror games seem to. Interesting.
Beat Hazard 2
Remember when games were built around the idea of using your own music? There were so many of them! Beat Hazard is a twin stick shooter where elements react to the beat. It has a lot of streaming support from places like Spotify and Apple Music which is a nice change from having to link to an mp3.
Sigma Theory: Global Cold War
I played a bit of Sigma Theory a while ago and I found the whole thing pretty interesting. It’s a turn-based strategy with a lot of dialogue, almost like a less linear take on the base sections of XCOM. The artwork is great and the cold war setting is a bit unusual. It can feel pretty tense too.
Metal Unit is a side-scrolling shooter along the same lines as Contra. But it has some rogue-like/lite elements to keep things interesting. It’s still in Early Access on Steam, so anything could change. But they’ve really captured that classic 16-bit look with their art style.
Don’t Escape: 4 Days to Survive
Don’t Escape is a point and click adventure in a post-apocalyptic setting. These games are hard to get a feel for from just a store page (nobody likes the hidden pixel nonsense that some of the old ones used to do), but it’s got a 99% positive rating on Steam so it must have something going for it!
Verlet integration is a method used to calculate the trajectories of particles. Despite being a weird name, it does actually seem to be pretty appropriate for a game based around throwing yourself around weird environments using a magic swing! The graphic style is super weird though, so if you already have LSD flashbacks you might want to stay away.
Basingtoke is a top-down zombie shooter with procedurally generated elements that’s been on my watch list for a while. It looks like it has a sense of humour too, leaning heavily into the Shaun of the Dead thing. Couple of years old now, but still looks good.
Earthlock is a sprawling JRPG that’s apparently way more challenging than the graphical style suggests. I don’t have the time for traditional JRPG grinding, so I don’t know if this would be for me, but even I have to admit it looks kind of cool.
So What’s my Humble Choice for July 2020?
Age of Wonders, Battlestar Galactica, Railway Empire and Basingstoke would be my top tier choice. Void Bastards and Sigma Theory would be in if I didn’t already own them. Yuppie Psycho and Beat Hazard 2 would probably qualify for keeping as well. The only one I wouldn’t really both with is Earthlock, just because of the time investment.
Is there a great game I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!
Check out my opinions on the other Humble Choice deals here!