Fill your gaming backlog and more with the latest pay-what-you-want itch.io bundle in support of racial justice and equality across America. With over five million raised and over 250,000 individual donations, the bundle is the most financially successful, charity-based indie game bundle to date. All proceeds are split between NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund. With new games added daily, this bundle is one — if not the — biggest in its scope and impact.
While there’s a fair amount of games included from every genre you could think of, it’s a bit hard to wade through all of them without feeling overwhelmed. Here are six games among the many bundled that deserve your attention.
Night in the Woods
One of the more notable narrative-driven games of the last few years, Night in the Woods is as much an exploration of growing up as it is a suspense-filled romp. While the more game-centric elements might not be enough to keep some players, its enthralling story unravels in such an endearing way that it’s hard not to be charmed by it. Definitely a great game to sit down with someone who might want to be a passive player, or just take in the unique art design.
Played 60 seconds at a time, Minit is an adventure game that embraces the arcade-y limits that drove your anxiety as a child. You are an unnamed hero who discovers a sword with a horrible curse, which subsequently leads you to die every 60 seconds. This creates a cool gameplay loop that leads to some fun exploration before your inevitable respawn. Easy to pick up and play, Minit’s monochromatic world is a great game to explore, if only for a moment.
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is a pretty hard game to pin down. On its surface, it’s a game about being a space janitor picking up garbage in a very colorful existence. It’s also a hard, dour look at poverty and inequality in society. The game is basically the anti-power fantasy game. Errant Signal does a great exploration and review of the game here.
Pet the Pup at the Party
Someone has taken all of our party socialization techniques and merged it into one aesthetically pleasing game. Pet the Pup at the Party is pretty much everything it says it is: a cute and approachable game where you find the puppy in the party to subsequently pet. It’s a great game to casually tinker around with, or even try to speedrun.
Probably the most critically acclaimed game in this bundle, Celeste is just one of many platformers highlighted. You play as Madeline as she slowly but surely climbs Mount Celeste in a wall jump, dash-heavy experience. Not the easiest platformer, but scratches the itch of fans of the genre.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! brings the manic energy of the restaurant industry to your computer with this tycoon-like simulation management game. The game quite literally has you spinning plates as you try to fill order after order in a timely and accurate manner. Easy to begin, but hard to master, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! pushes your time management skills to the max. Never look at ordering a well-cooked steak the same way ever again!