So it’s over. It’s finally over…..
Indeed, the Jingle Jam has ended once more. However, was all worth it? Is life worth it? Oh god, there’s just so many questions…. AHHHHH!
Now that my existential crisis of the day is over, it’s finally time to dissect this bundle for all it’s worth. What games were winners? Which one were losers? What was it’s true value? And finally, the biggest question of all…. was it all worth it? Let’s see!
Game Total- 73 That’s right- 73 games in total! That’s huge- almost three games for each day of the bundle! Taking the price of bundle and dividing it up, that comes to 47 cents a game! Not bad value wise, especially when you take in account the bundle in total….
Value in Total- $648.79 is the Total I came up worth. The bundle itself claimed to be worth $815, so it’s not too far off.
DLC Packs- 3 Only 3. Thank the lord! Last year’s bundle was filled to the brim with these things, and god, did they bring it all down!
So were the games any good? I chose a few of the best… and worst the bundle had to offer…
Best Games of the Bundle
Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN– What can I say? It’s a fighting game from Arcsys! I think you can see the quality coming from miles away. Whatever that means.
Marvin’s Mittens– No joke. This was incredibly charming and incredibly well done. A stand out, I must say! Don’t underestimate this one!
Pizza Titan Ultra– Probably my most favorite game of the bundle. You control a mech to deliver pizzas. Once again, I don’t think I have to say anything. Play it- whether you buy the bundle or not!
Last Encounter– A unique space shooter rogue lite. I liked the premise, and I liked the gameplay. Solid enough to earn a spot on the “Best of” list- at least in my opinion.
- Tower 57
- Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
- Anomaly Series
- Splash Blast Panic
Worst Games of the Bundle
Sorry in advance if you’re a struggling dev that had their game featured here. Hopefully I can off some words of advice….
Perfect Heist– I feel like there is no reason for this game to exist when the Payday games are a thing, and just do everything Perfect Heist does, but better. Needs a lot more polish, and is just… not good.
Clicker bAdventure– To parrot a Steam review of this game: “It’s a Badventure, alright!”. The whole idea is neat, but the execution is incredibly spotty- needs a lot more polish, and a lot more features.
Grimm & Tonic– This one’s personal. I just don’t like pretentious games. Sorry.
- Dead Multiplayer Games
- Any game that was local only (Match Point)
All in all, this bundle was actually pretty good about keeping bad games out- none of the games mentioned in this section were as bad as last year’s Bomb Defense– still one of the worst games in any bundle- not just in the Jingle Jam’s!
The Final FINAL verdict!
I looked over all the games I received this year, and asked myself a simple question- what games would I actually play? Well, I have good news- a lot of these games are actually worth playing! Yes, a lot of them are obscure indie games, but that was always part of the charm of these bundles- at least, in my opinion. That is why that I’m happy to announce that I am going to give this game a solid 4 out 5. I feel like that it was $35 well spent- it going to charity is just the icing on the cake!
You can still buy the bundle for the next day or so- just keep in mind that two of the games- Cardlife and Guilty Gear- are sold out and are not apart of the bundle anymore. However, you will get a whole library full of hidden gems, questionable content, surprises and what the f@#k worthy moments!
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR, AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR….
Do you agree? Did this bundle sink or swim? Am I reading too much into this? Let me know!