Subscribe to Humble Choice? Unsure which picks to make this month, or whether to activate your month at all? I’m here to give you an at-a-glance guide at what games are available in Humble Choice for May.
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What does Humble Choice have for May?
May feels a bit like strategy month, with over half of the Choices having some elements of strategy involved. There’s a nice mix within that genre of park-builders, combat, and city-building. We’re light on other genres though, with three platformers, a rogue-lite deck-builder, and an action-RPG rounding out the selection. If you’re not keen on strategy, skip this month. The remaining titles (in bold below) can be usually found cheaply on sale, or are likely to be soon.
We’ll jump into a bit more depth below, but this month we have:
- Jurassic World: Evolution
- XCOM 2
- Rise of Industry
- Niche: A Genetics Survival Game
- Warhammer 40K: Gladius – Relics of War
- The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse
- Heave Ho
- Chess Ultra
As for extras, we have Rainy Season and a Fae Tactics sneak peek ahead of its release through Humble Publishing.
Click on the images for each game to be taken to their Humble Store page (except where this is unavailable, where it will link to Steam). With that all said, let’s take a look at the games!
Jurassic World: Evolution
Where else can you make a zoo dedicated to dinosaurs? Jurassic World: Evolution lets you live out your own Jurassic Park/World fantasy, building your own dinosaur empire from the ground up in classic park-builder style. The customization isn’t quite as deep as Planet Coaster/Zoo, for example, but come on… Dinosaurs! An overall solid game with
It’s worth mentioning that if you do pick this as a Choice, it only includes the Deluxe DLC (some extra dinosaurs) – you’d have to buy the DLCs individually or re-buy the Premium edition as there’s no upgrade option available on this game. If you do want all the DLC, the Premium Edition is discounted fairly often from £60 to about £20. It might be worth waiting to buy on sale rather than taking it as a Choice if you’re planning to go whole-hog on your dino dream.
- Jurassic Park/World fans
- Avid, in-depth park builders might not find this a bit shallow
XCOM 2 making a second appearance in the Humble Monthly/Choice bundles, having previously appeared in 2017. Likely brought in to coincide with the release of XCOM: Chimera Squad last month, the venerated turn-based tactics game still has a strong formula four years on with challenging, thoughtful mechanics that mean every turn counts. Well worth the pick if you haven’t got this already, and comes with some of the DLC to sweeten the deal.
It should be noted that the last time this appeared in February 2017, this pick was a much better offering with all the DLC included, whereas you’re only getting 2 pieces this time around. Not that this should be a huge issue to those interested who haven’t gotten around to picking it up yet, but it’s worth mentioning – as it’s older, it’s now very nearly on sale more often than not. The complete edition can be found for around £20 on sale, for reference – with Steam taking the price down for the content you already have (if you pick it up).
- Turn-based alien blasting strategy
- Not as good value as previous offers
Rise of Industry
Somewhere between SimCity and Satisfactory/Factorio sits Rise of Industry. Polygonal, cartoony buildings stretch out over equally blocky terrain where you build your manufacturing dynasty. Supply the right buildings with the right materials to make products to sell, rinse, and repeat. Easy, right? Well, to succeed you need to manage pollution, traffic levels, tackle random events, buy-out competitors… Plenty to be getting on with then!
Definitely worth a look for management buffs. This is often reduced by 50%, but that still leaves it over a tenner. A lot of other games on offer this month can be found cheaper than that, so if you’re keen, it might be worth getting as a Choice.
- Supply chains
- Traditional city-building a la Skylines/SimCity
Niche: A Genetics Survival Game
Niche is certainly a niche game. It straddles a weird gap in genres between puzzles, survival, and whatever Spore was. There are neat ideas here and the genetics systems have a lot of depth to them which are fun to tinker with over the generations. But – like with a lot of survival games – the tutorial only scratches the surface and the difficulty/random generation can be punishing. You do well to survive – even if it doesn’t feel like your skill or strategy has a huge amount to do with it. If you can look past the difficulty and slow pace, there’s plenty of experimenting to do on multiple runs. But you almost certainly will make multiple runs.
It’s hard to know exactly who’d like to pick this as a Choice, so it might be worth watching some gameplay to decide whether it’s for you. It’s also been in two previous Humble Bundles, so check your keys first to see whether you’ve bought it before. It goes on sale every few weeks for around £7 (including at the time of writing from Humble) if you don’t want to pick it as a Choice.
- Board-game-style Spore
- Those who are unlucky with the RNG gods
Warhammer 40K: Gladius – Relics of War
4X 40K – for some of you this will sound right up your street, for others it’ll completely pass you by. Gladius dispenses with some of the traditional 4X tactics expected (primarily diplomacy) to reflect the war-torn 40K universe. It’s a gamble that works in some respects, simplifying the daunting 4X formula. But with that comes a layer of depth missing. Gladius would make a good primer for 4X before moving to more meaty games like Civilization. This one is a particularly good Choice for the Warhammer fans.
This Choice is one of the better value ones around in terms of price. It’s rarely seen on sale for less than half price, and you can pick up the DLC through the Complete Edition later to complete the set on Steam. There are only four initial factions, so this is highly recommended as it adds big players like the Chaos Space Marines, Tau and Tyranids.
- Warhammer fans
- 4X curiosity
- Diplomacy or in-depth systems
The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse
This was quite a nice find. A charming-looking, hack-n-slash RPG with Legend of Zelda gameplay coupled to Costume Quest-y art style. Although not a long game, there’s nothing wrong with picking this one up for a few hours to get through and finished – although whether you see a shorter game as value-for-money compared to some of the other, longer games on offer is really down to you.
This one was on Steam for less than £3 last month, so there is a chance we’ll see it around that price again. Might be worth sticking on a wish list and grabbing on sale if you’re interested but want a better pounds-per-hour ratio from your picks.
- A short, simple experience
- Legend of Zelda style
- Reviews are mixed for this one, so your mileage may vary
Part turn-based strategy, part RPG, Warsaw pulls a lot of elements from different genres together into a moody, challenging package. Permadeath for your units and managing supplies, ammunition, and health/injuries gives you plenty to balance as you try to maintain Momentum in the uprising set towards the end of World War 2. Think Darkest Dungeon, but at war.
One of the generally cheaper games on the list, on sale it can be found for around £10/11 at the lowest. That’s not much of a discount from the £19 RRP. However, it’s currently on sale at Humble Store at the time of writing – so if you’re interested, you’ve got options between the sale price (£10.49) or making it a Choice.
- Darkest Dungeon fans
- People who need more WW2 games in their life
A physics-based platformer with grip mechanics that should be familiar to fans of Octodad, I Am Bread, or Human Fall Flat. Except Heave Ho is 2D. Fun on your own, this one really comes to life when played with friends, making chains of you to reach the goal. Silly, simple fun. Controllers recommended!
Relatively cheap at £7.20 anyway, this really is better with friends. It’s on sale every month or so going down to around £4/5, which is an ideal price to buy a few copies to play together. There’s also a demo available on Steam if you want to try out a few levels before making it a Choice.
- Party games
- “Gripping” platforming
- Honestly, it’s fine solo, but you’ll probably only want short bursts playing this way
This cutesy-looking platformer has teeth. Although your character is just a sweet, little slime blob, the setting is very dark – not recommended for kids. With that caveat out of the way, MO:Astray takes the slingshot-style movement and adds in a bunch of extra powers to mix up the platformer formula. It’s a refreshing change and adds in some lovely pixel-art to boot. Well worth the Choice for a platformer lover.
Being one of the newer games in this month’s selection, MO:Astray hasn’t yet had any steep discounting. At a base price of £11.39, the lowest it’s been so far is just under £8. It’s by no means an expensive game anyway, and this Choice represents reasonable value vs. trying to pick it up at existing discounts. However, it was only released in October 2019 – so I’d expect to see it below £5 in the future if you want to wishlist it and wait.
- A nice twist on the platformer genre
- Kids. Seriously, by 20 minutes in you see some gruesome stuff
Another rogue-lite, deck-building, card-battler. The anime art style won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re down with that, this is an enjoyable take on the genre that offers just enough difference to stand out. Key features include combos in battle and tasks to complete in each mission/run that can give you some bonus loot. If you’re a fan of the genre, this is worth a Choice.
At a RRP of £15-ish, you can find this on sale fairly often for £8 and rarely as low as £5/6. The value of it will really depend on your affinity to the genre. I’d probably grab it on sale rather than as a Choice as other picks represent better savings. But if you need a new deck-builder in your life, grab it now!
- It’s maybe not as in depth as some others like Slay the Spire
Do you love chess? I mean, really love chess? Want to play chess in VR? Then Chess Ultra has you covered! In beautiful 4K!
Chess Ultra looks great, has plenty of different modes (including tournaments), and even has VR support. However, it’s hard for me to wholeheartedly recommend this as a Choice. There are plenty of free online platforms for playing chess nowadays if you can do without the visuals. It’s also fairly regularly available at £4-ish on Steam if you want this as a novelty purchase for VR (which is apparently very good – although I can’t test this). Nothing wrong with the game, just better value might be found in other picks.
- A novelty VR buy
- Ultimately – it’s still chess
A very well-received platformer, and for good reason. Horace does the things you need a platformer to do very well with well-balanced controls and marries this to lovely pixel art and – shock – some actual story cutscenes. There’s plenty of charm in amongst all this and worth picking up if you’re a platformer player – if you haven’t got it already.
I say if you haven’t got it already because if you’ve been picking up the Epic Store free games regularly, Horace was free in January. Regularly priced at £11, you can find it for around £6/7 on sale. As with MO:Astray though, this is a relatively new release, so it’ll likely dip below £5 sometime in the near future if you want to wishlist it.
- Runnin’ and jumpin’
- It does get tricky, old-school style
What about the extras?
The extras for the month are the full game Rainy Season (pictured/linked), and a sneak peek at Fae Tactics.
Rainy Season is a sweet walking-simulator-style game about being stuck indoors while it rains. With the current lockdown, it feels like a very Inception-y choice of extra. The whole game takes about 40 minutes, and you just poke around a traditional Japanese household as a child. Not a huge amount else to say about this, really – other than I found a few glitches (like the one pictured). If you want to try it but aren’t unlocking your Choices this month, it’s available for $1 from Itch.io (linked in the picture above). It’s coming to Steam, too.
Fae Tactics is a spin on the classic grid-based tactics genre a la Final Fantasy Tactics. I’m a sucker for these kinds of games, and with anime, pixel-art style, I’m adding this one to my watch list. It’s listed as coming soon, so no release date yet, but worth keeping an eye on for fans of the genre.