Bundles, bundles everywhere… Besides Steam, Gamersgate, Gamestop PC Downloads (formerly Impulse Driven), Green Man Gaming, GOG.com, One Play, and other major game portals occasionally selling game bundles, there seems to be a growing trend of indie game bundle websites sprouting up all over the internet. In fact, it seems “Bundle Mania” is gripping the entire world of video game players in a sales frenzy.
We here at GamesWarp do enjoy games bundling websites a lot too. In fact, we love them so much that we went out of our way to research and present to you our favorite list of websites offering game bundles. Exempted from our list are mainstream game portals (such as Gamersgate’s Indiefort), non-PC game websites such as iKoid.com (who offers only Android game bundles), or websites offering cross-media bundles (like Vodo.net who offer games, music, and e-books in a bundle).
As of this date, our list numbers 14.
We may have provided a rating for each website on our list, but ultimately the power of the consumer lies solely with you, so judge wisely with your wallets. Enjoy shopping for even more games, and if you can share with us in the comments below whether you think bundles are just a fad? Good? Bad? Why?
“Get great games at one low price.”
Blink Entertainment based in the Netherlands run the Blink Bundle website. Their bundles are Steam-centric and usually quite large; in fact, there were 15 games offered in their Trading Cards Bundle. Blink Bundles are multi-tiered (that is you need to pay more to unlock the better games found in the bundle) and laden with mystery bonus games; plus they accept Paypal. Blink Bundle have so far released 5 bundles, and looks like they aren’t stopping any time soon.
“Bundle website that supports Indie developers and various charities!”
The Bundles Bandits setup is based in Utrecht of the Netherlands. Their website offers games from Steam, Desura as well as DRM-free games like the range of games from Carmel Games and Immanitas Entertainment’s games like Pirate Jump 2, Non Flying Soldiers, and Admiral Nemo featured on Gamersgate. Modes of payment include Paypal, iDeal, and Google Wallet. We really like the fact that Bundle Bandits support indie developers not found only on Steam and Desura, and hope to see what lies beyond their sixteenth bundle.
“Bundle In A Box is a thematic pay-what-you-want gaming bundle, that helps new games debut, supports charity and directly strengthens creators via the Indie Dev Grant. As more people buy it more extras get unlocked and more money is donated.”
Brought to you by the people at Kyttaro Games (Greece) and the Ordinary Gamer (UK), Bundle in a Box have had 8 interesting releases so far. Their multi-tiered releases feature Desura, Steam, and DRM-Free games with bonuses waiting to be unlocked the more bundle purchases are made. They accept Google Checkout, Paypal, and credit card payment.
“Our aim is to make outstanding PC games available at prices that every gamer can afford.”
Focus Multimedia Ltd (based in UK) may have launched Bundle Stars in November 2012, but to date they have released close to 70 bundles as well as opened up their very own store. If you do the math, that’s close to one new bundle every week. Their website accept payments via Paypal and Google Wallets, but what wows us almost every time are the insane discounts they provide for their bundles and store products. This is one premier game bundling website that every gamer should pay attention to.
“Daily Indie Game deal for only $0.99.”
Although not exactly a bundle website, Daily Indie Game (or DIG for short) deserves to be on this list because of their ridiculously great deals of only $0.99 for a single game – there have been more than 40 such single game releases so far. DIG also offers bundles from time to time; and we have seen four super bundles since they began operating in March 2014. The website is managed by exosyphen studios SRL. from Romania – developers of the Hacker Evolution series. Payment is via Paypal.
“Great digital video games and music.”
Eight bundles may have come and gone at the Flying Bundle website, but it looks like the guys at SARL Donai are getting better with every new release. In fact, their latest bundle – the Flying High 5 Bundle, looks to be just as popular. Focusing on Steam, Desura, and DRM-free games, you will sometimes find very interesting game combinations in their multi-tiered bundles. Don’t forget to follow them and take part in their contests to win full copies of their bundles.
“… one sweet site with packs (bundles) of indie games.”
Code Red based in Poland run the GamesRage website. There have not been many bundles from GamesRage but when they do appear, the games making up their bundles can be quite interesting. There have been teething issues earlier, but people who purchased from them also got bonus artwork and soundtracks included with their purchases. Their payment options include credit card, Paypal and Dotpay. The lack of game bundles on GamesRage could perhaps be because Code Red also run the MusicRage and Bookrage sites.
“We’re a unique digital store for Indie artists & game developers + a new platform for 24/48 hr flash sales on in demand music & games.”
Groupees is run by Yawma LLC and they are based in Portland, Oregon. Their website offers PC games from Desura, Steam and GOG. They also occasionally put up MP3 indie chiptunes and music bundles, Android bundles, and more. Payment options include Paypal, Amazon Payments, Google Wallet, and Bitcoin. If you prefer, you can not only gift a friend but a portion of your payment can also be donated to charity. There is therefore no wonder that Groupees can boldly claim they offer “Bundles of Joy”.
“Pay what you want for awesome digital content and support world-changing charities.”
Humble Bundle have been creating bundles of such quality and fun that they are arguably the de facto yard stick used to measure against other similar sites. There is something for everyone – including Steam, Desura, and DRM-free games, ebooks, audio books, comics, music, and more. The Humble Bundle store completes your shopping experience, allowing you to purchase games at good discounts. Based in San Francisco, these guys accept credit card, Amazon Payments, Paypal, and Google Wallet.
“Pay What You Want for the best PC & MAC indie games in the world! Support developers and help charity!”
Hailing from Italy, the guys at Indie Gala have been releasing so many Steam/Desura bundles since Dec 2011 that to tell you frankly, we have totally lost count. Why so many bundles? Well, that is thanks in part to their weekly bundles (which started back in Apr 2013). Another thing to look out for are their Gala Giveaways and surprise offers on their Gala Store. You can pay for your purchases using Paypal, Google Wallet, and Bitcoin.
“Our Mission is to bring some of the very best indie gaming titles into the mainstream, and put a spotlight on the developers who are creating some of the greatest gaming experiences of the moment.”
Brought to you by Linden Research Inc., Indie Royale has released close to 90 bundles since 2011. They feature Steam, Desura, and DRM-free games in their bundles and there is also a beat-the-minimum system where you save if you buy early. Originally a joint venture between Desura and IndieGames.com, we like how they have progressed over the years, even starting the Daily Royale initiative.
“Our purpose is to create the most awesome games you could ever play.”
If you visit the main website for Lazy Guys Studio (from Slovakia), you realize they are independent developers who released Noire on Desura. It seems however, that their bundles are more successful. With 7 bundles released so far, the secret to their success could be that their bundles come with lucky draws when certain milestones are reached: for example, “$10 Steam Wallet credit for every 500 buyers”, or “$60 Steam Wallet credit for top 3 contributors”. You can pay via Paypal, Amazon Payments, and Credit Card.
“PayWUW.com is the bundle offer that brings you great games at a pay what u want price. Set the price, get the games, redeem on Steam, nothing simpler.”
Although only set up in February this year, PayWUW (an abbrieviation for “Pay What U Want” and based in Italy) have already managed to release 4 bundles. Their bundles feature only Steam games and are usually smaller in size. Payment on their website is via Paypal with no support for any charities. We will have to wait and see how PayWUW develops since they have only been operating for a few months.
“PlayInjector is a new game distribution platform made especially for the purpose of supporting game development teams.”
Based in Romania, PlayInjector is another new kid on the block. We checked out their website and were pleasantly surprised by their bundle page setup – everything looked prim and proper with all the pertinent information required about a bundle and its progress. Payment options include Paypal, Google Wallet, and PayU. They also feature “Game Starter” on their page; this brings you to a crowd funding page, their alternative to Kickstarter.