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 October.
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What titles are around in October?
An RPG-adventure-exploration month. The majority touch on these genres, with a few sims thrown in for good measure. There’s nothing AAA to note here either – the biggest title is probably Tropico 6. Given that Tropico games often make it into a Humble Bundle at some point, I’m not sure you should activate this month – the other games are a mixed bag, as described below. I lean towards skipping this month unless you have a particular need to get one or two of these titles.
We’ll jump into a bit more depth below, but this month we have:
- Tropico 6
- Fae Tactics
- The Sunless Bundle (Sunless Skies and Sunless Sea)
- Iron Danger
- Shadows: Awakening
- Fantasy Blacksmith
- The Suicide of Rachel Foster
- Goat of Duty
- The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day
As for extras, Fate of Kai and Syzygy are on offer. We’re also having another month of Premium subscribers getting all 12 games – including for a limited time with new signups. However, this isn’t the strongest month, so it’d be quantity over quality.
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!
Tropico 6: El Prez Edition
As the title implies, there’s been A LOT of Tropico games. So there’s a good chance you’ve played one before and know what to expect. An overall competent city-builder with the extra Tropico flavour of running the “politics” of your island nation. Benevolent ruler or cruel dictator are equally valid – and sometimes problematic – options to follow as you grow. Decent strategy game – the El Prez edition provides a soundtrack and some in-game customisation options.
Hard to recommend as the notional anchor pick, though. From past Tropicos, you can expect to see it in a Humble Bundle two or three times more in the future and it will have a mass of DLC added to it over time. In a few years, Tropico 7 will come along, and a complete edition of this will be available for a tenner or so. Like death and taxes, it seems inevitable. If you don’t mind the wait, it’ll be better value to get in the future. Or just buy Tropico 5 next time it’s on sale.
- City builders
- Revolutionary gameplay
Fae Tactics was offered as a demo in May 2020’s Choice, so if you subscribed that month, check out the demo first. It’s pretty representative of the finished game in terms of gameplay – a turn-based, tactical-RPG a la Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea. It’s pretty well simplified, so makes a great intro to the genre if you’ve never played one before. Perfect one-more-battle playability.
A relatively new release from Humble’s publishing arm, it’ll likely end up lower price in a year. It’s only £16 anyway, but should be below a tenner soon – possibly in the winter sales. It’s a good game, but cheap anyway. Might end up in a Bundle (or the Trove) in the future too, considering it’s a Humble game.
- Tactical RPG-ness
- The Powerpuff Girls of tactics games
- Deep gameplay and story
Sunless Bundle (Sunless Sea + Sunless Skies)
Steampunky, roguelike exploration games with a top-down perspective and a metric ton of reading. These both kinda feel like reading a long novel with some gaps for “game”. And to experience the next pages, you must’ve read the previous pages carefully, properly and correctly. There’s not a lot of direction initially, but there’s a rich pair of games for fans of punishing difficulty and Lovecraft-esque over-writing.
Bought separately, you can already pick these up for just under £10. To be honest, you might be better buying these straight from Steam or GOG – they’re a very niche game, and you might wanna return these if it’s not your jam. You wouldn’t save yourself all that much money getting these here anyway. Sunless Sea has also been in a bundle previously.
- People who loved War and Peace
- Guidance and a clear goal
More tactical RPG – this time, with a rewind mechanic. Pinched from Braid (or most modern racing games), it offers an interesting twist on the formula, but otherwise doesn’t set the world alight. It does make combat more of a central feature than a chore to get through, which is nice – but there’s a few rough edges that leave this one feeling a bit unfinished.
Worth grabbing for RPG fans, it’ll probably be available below a tenner in the next 12 months. Regularly priced at £27, it only released in March, so the best prices haven’t shown up yet. It’s worth a sale price – I wouldn’t get it if you’re not big into tactical RPG stuff though.
- If Doctor Who did swords
Humble does seem to enjoy doling out automation games – and this is a super-cute example of one. In Autonauts, you program robots to gather robots and process them into other things, automating your production as much as you can. It eschews the conveyor belts of other games (like Factorio), but the loop is similar. Gather, process, upgrade, stockpile, upgrade, process, gather etcetcetc.
A relatively cheap game, it’s already gone on sale for around £7. Expect to see it on sale again soon. If you like automation/strategy stuff, there are a few games this month – but I wouldn’t activate your picks just for this.
- Slow to get going initially
An isometric RPG – a la Diablo – but instead of the normal single-character grind, you get a party to play with – switching between your “puppets”. Otherwise, it’s what you’ve likely come to expect from isometric RPGs – and you’ll either enjoy that or want to give it a miss.
Slightly older than some of the other games on offer here, it’s already been on sale for £7 – down from the £35 asking price. Wait for a sale to try this one, unless you’re activating your picks anyway.
- A bit of variety
- Sometimes, the original formula might’ve been better
A very, very rough game – almost to the point where I had to double-check whether this was early access. You craft swords – including heating up the metal, hammering it into shape, quenching, building the hilt and handle etc – to sell in your little shop. It’s an idea with promise, but let down a little in execution. You might dabble in it for an hour or so for variety if you love simulators.
Luckily, this is a cheap game even outside the bundle. You can find it as low as £3 on sale – which sounds like a better option than getting it here, if you were desperate to try it.
- Men at Arms fans
- It feels very unfinished
The Suicide of Rachel Foster
The Suicide of Rachel Foster feels like an ambitious story to tell that perhaps the developers weren’t equipped to handle. It’s a walking sim that sees you exploring your family’s old hotel and uncovering the truth around a relationship between your father and a teenage girl. I’d strongly recommend reading content warnings before playing if you’re vulnerable, but otherwise this is a graphically decent game that should please walking sim fans.
Available at £6-8 on sale already, for those curious, I’d expect prices to drop further as this only released in 2020. It’s a very marmite-y game, so I would probably wait for it to go below £5 if you’re not sure. It’s also been in a recent Humble Bundle, so check your keys first!
- Walking sim fans
- Twin Peaks aesthetics
- Trigger warnings around abuse, suicide and violence
Goat of Duty
As ridiculous as it sounds. Goat of Duty is a multiplayer-only shooter where you play as a goat. That about sums it up. Bots are dropped in the lobby if no players are found – which is good. But it’s a pretty dead game, so you’d literally be getting this to play against bots – when better shooters are available. It’s a joke/meme game – and hard to recommend getting.
I’m not sure it’s worth writing whether this is a value pick or not. It’s hardly ever on sale (except when it was given away on Steam in March) and it’s got nothing going for it other than shooting bots for a bit. If you’re interested, you can buy it for £9 on Steam and isn’t worth a tenth of that with the low numbers playing.
- the lolz?
- Good for a “cheap” joke with friends
- Playing solo
The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day
The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day is a neat – but short – sci-fi exploration game. Pretty much point-and-click, not very complicated. The story is alright – it’s the jumping-off point for the sequel that released this week (8th October 2020). Decent for the price you can find it at.
I say price you can find it at because it is on sale right now for 60p – and is often on sale for £1-ish. It’s clearly sold to try and get you to buy the second game – but for 3-5 hours of game, 60p is a steal. Don’t pick it from Humble – get it on sale.
- A complete story
Basement is a bit like it Breaking Bad was written by teenagers and plopped into Fallout Shelter. It’s a drug-empire-building strategy game, but with a fair old difficulty curve and a lot of swearing. The game plays okay – except with the huge difficulty spikes – but it’s also text-heavy and the dialogue is a bit cliche. Racial slurs also feature.
Available for £6 on sale, it feels like waiting for it to be a bit cheaper would be sensible. Another marmite-y type of game. It’s probably only going to keep you going for a couple of hours. Better to save a Choice and wait.
- Juvenile meth cooking
One of the (few?) highlights of this month – Lightmatter is a clever puzzle game. Imagine playing “the floor is lava” but you can use a lamp to make it safe. That’s kinda the basics of the puzzles in Lightmatter. The puzzles are rewarding and the art style is neat (cel-shaded-style). Worth picking up if you’re activating this month.
If you’re not using your monthly subscription, you can pick this up for around £8 on sale. It’s a relatively new game – so wishlisting it might give you a chance to pick it up cheaper next year, after it’s first 12 months are over.
- Level designers
- Gameplay without hefty amounts of researching player content
What about the extras?
The extras for the month are Fate of Kai (pictured) and Syzygy – two puzzle games.
Fate of Kai is an interesting comic-book-style puzzle game that sees you flicking back and forth through a storybook, picking up thoughts and placing them in other thought bubbles to unlock new routes forward. You travel back and forth along different “thoughtlines” to gather all the options you need to move forward. It’s satisfying and well-drawn – a nice bonus.
Syzygy is a shape-shifting puzzle game where you can change the shape of your path ahead to get around obstacles, enemies and other tricks. It’s hard to explain – but there’s a demo on Steam to try (linked).