Why You Should Buy Android Games from Humble Bundle

Don't just get your games from Google or Amazon

from Phandroid (http://phandroid.com/2015/11/17/humble-bundle-discontinues-mobile-bundle-for-android/)

One of the advantages of Android over iOS in particular is that you don't have to get your apps and games from one particular store. If you want games from the Amazon Appstore, with all their freebies and specials, that's an option. And many third-party stores, often offering apps and games that aren't on Google Play, do exist as well. Certain stores for manufacturers offer exclusives and specials, too. But one particular vendor is worthy of attention – Humble Bundle.

What Humble Bundle does is to sell bundles of games for a limited time, at a pay-what-you-want price. So, you pay any amount, and get several games included. If you pay above the average cost, then you can get several games – and for 2-week-long bundles, you can often get more games included after the bundle has been live for a week. For developers, the hook is that while they're selling games at well below their market value, they make up for it in volume, selling to people who might not have bought otherwise, and potentially getting more awareness to help sell future titles.

So, the big reason to check these bundles out is that you can often get several great games at a very low price – even a dollar or two nets you several good games, and buying up into the average often nets you up to a dozen great games in a bundle. This is arguably one of the best values you can get in gaming, when you get a good Humble Bundle. They're the most well-known bundle company, and regularly have the best games. Some other outlets offer the occasional bundle with Android games, but Humble is widely regarded by developers to be the best return on investment in terms of the number of people who check out the bundles.

You're not just supporting Humble and the game developers by buying into a bundle – part of your proceeds go to charity. The charities depend on the bundle, and who the companies offering products for the bundle wish to support, but you can choose to support certain charities yourself. And you can choose the split between developers, charities, and Humble.

The bundles sometimes feature games just for Android, including some games that are normally free-to-play but come in exclusive premium games, or with relevant downloadable content included. Some of these bundles are for desktop and Android, giving you the ability to get versions of the game for your computer, and your Android device.

One big advantage that you might not think of is that Humble's Android games are offered as DRM-free. While one probably shouldn't expect Google to fold as a company any time soon, individual developers might someday pull games from stores, or deactivate their accounts, as Google Play has a $99 per year developer fee. There's something to be said about being able to have access to the games you paid good money for, regardless of whatever happens to them.

Unfortunately, Humble has stopped offering their bi-weekly Android bundle. Bundles with Android will still happen, so your best bet is to keep an eye out for Humble Bundles with PC and Android, or the occasional Humble Bundle for Android. The latter bundles are just for Android, they may include the occasional cross-platform game, but are focused on titles that are just for Android.

Do keep an eye on the Humble Store as well, too. There are two reasons: one is that you can get PC versions of some games along with the Android versions. While you may not be saving any money, and may in fact be paying more, the versatility might be worth it if you want to play a game at home and on the go. This might be a good opportunity to compare Anomaly 2's visuals on Android to a good gaming PC, for example. The other reason is that the Humble Store runs regular sales on games, so you can save on special discounts compared to Google Play. Plus, there's the whole charity angle to remember – 10% of all Humble Store purchases go to the charity you select.

The big downside to all this is that you're spreading your purchases out across another store compared to just Google Play or even the Amazon Appstore. But the Humble app, not available on Google Play any more, does do a good job at tracking the apps you own. And because the games that are sold by Humble are DRM-free, you can back these up yourself. Still, Android handles automatic updates very well, and it's possible that developers might neglect to update Humble builds, especially if they were in a bundle once, as opposed to being on sale regularly.

Regardless of the drawbacks, the value you get on quality games you get from buying into Humble Bundles is immense. Do watch their website every week – regular bundles usually update on Tuesdays, weekly bundles later in the week – as you never know when the next killer Android bundle will arrive.