Today, we’re going to take a look at something that the ninja and I just found out about a couple of months ago. The Humble Monthly Subscription. We’ve already been taking advantage of our Humble Monthly offerings. Humble Monthly comes from the company that gives us the Humble Bundle.
What is Humble Monthly?
Have you ever heard of Loot Crate? Nerd Block? [Insert the name of ANY subscription box here]? That’s what Humble Monthly is. Sort of. It’s essentially like all of the subscription boxes available, but for PC games. Each month you are subscribed, you will receive about 8-10 games for a set price. I say about 8-10 because it does vary from month-to-month. All of the bundles that have been released so far have an MSRP of over $100.
That number sounds a little better than it truly is, but it’s still an awesome deal. The numbers they use are the regular price of the game. Anyone familiar with Steam (or Humble Bundle) will know that they can get some kick-butt deals on a large variety of games. Still a rocking deal, though. Plus, some of the proceeds from Humble Monthly goes to charity. You’re getting a great deal and helping a charity. Does it get any better?
How much does it cost?
Over $100 dollars in games each month?!? It must be expensive, right? Honestly, that’s what I thought when I saw a list of the games from one of the bundles a few months ago. Upon investigation, the price is actually quite reasonable. Only $12 per month. So, for a measly $12 you get 8-10 games? Yes. There were 8 games month, so each game cost only $1.50 which is a steal.
There are currently 4 subscription options: Monthly ($12/mo); 3-Months ($11.67/mo); 6-Months ($11.17/mo) and 12-Months ($11/mo). With the 12-Month Subscription, you basically get 1 month free. All subscriptions are recurring, but can be canceled at any time during the subscription period to avoid the recurring charge. There is also an option to gift a monthly subscription to a friend. You can choose to pay with a credit card or PayPal.
What do parents need to know?
Parents, are you kids asking you for the Humble Monthly subscription? Or maybe your kids are gamers and this is something you think they would like. If they’re PC gamers, they probably would like this. Do note that not all games are child-appropriate. There are M-Rated games included in some of the monthly bundles and there is no way to tell what’s in it beforehand. If this is a problem, you should check out the Humble Bundles offered instead, which are usually really great limited-time deals.
What types of games are included?
All of them. If it’s a type of game, it’s included. Seriously. They’ve had AAA titles; they’ve had indies. There have been action, simulation, survival, puzzle, sports and strategy games. Any kind of game you can imagine. The Long Dark (our PS4 review here) was in January 2018’s monthly bundle; I was upset that I missed that one. March’s early unlock game is Dark Souls III and the Ashes of Ariandel™ DLC. Past games have included NBA 2k17, Tomb Raider, Life Is Strange, Civilization VI, Resident Evil 5, Elder Scrolls Online and Quake Champions and that’s just going back 6 or 7 months.
What platforms are available?
The only guarantee is that all games will be available on Steam. Beyond that, they make no promises. Some games are also available on macOS and Linux.
What else do I get?
Dang! 8 games for $12 isn’t enough for you? Well, Humble Bundle has you covered. Not only do you get the games each month, but you also receive 10% off games in the Humble Store. Still not enough? You also get access to The Humble Trove. The Trove contains Humble Originals and more. You can download as many of The Trove games as you would like. They are all DRM-Free games available to download for anyone with an active subscription. As of 8 February 2018 there are 46 games in The Trove. Some of the games were in previous bundles, but if you weren’t a subscriber at that point…that’s 40+ more games you just got access to.
What’s the catch?
You have to subscribe before the bundle details are announced. They tell you what the early unlock game is, but not the remaining games in the bundle. That’s it. There’s no other catch. And what’s better is that when you cancel your subscription, you keep the games. All of them. Forever. Unlike a PlayStation+ or XboxLive Gold subscription, where you lose access to any free games, you keep these even without an active subscription.
Is it worth it?
Your mileage will vary, but $12 is a steal for these bundles. Dark Souls III, for example is still $59.99 and the aforementioned DLC is $14.99 as of today on Steam. If you were thinking of getting Dark Souls III, now is the time to buy Humble Monthly! You can’t beat that deal. If you weren’t, but might like it…still worth the subscription price. If Dark Souls III doesn’t interest you in the least, maybe wait until next month…or take the gamble and do it anyways!
Where do I sign up?
Well, there is a limited-time offer that could earn you (and me) an $8 credit to use in the Humble Store if you click this referral link and subscribe. Simple as that. If that wasn’t enough to get you to sign up, there is a discount for first-time subscribers, making the cost $10.80 for your first month. Clicking that link will make your first month essentially cost you $2.80.