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If you're into indie games, chances are you've heard of Waking Mars by now. If you haven't - check it out, this is one seriously awesome puzzle / platformer mashup with an epic story and amazing soundtrack. It actually just hit the Play Store, too, after being available on Android exclusively through the Humble Bundle that went live last week (still up now).

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So, why buy it for $5 through the Play Store instead of the pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle? Well, I can't really think of a good reason aside from updates, or simply to support the developer (that's always a good reason). I guess it'd be easier to install across multiple devices, too.

Anyway, if you do think of a good reason, hit up the Play Store and grab it.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    I wish there were a way to activate products on the Play Store that I buy on Humble Bundles like there is with Steam. That would make it much easier. That was a major reason I ditched the Amazon App Store, free apps and all (the other being the program was awful).

    • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

      My sentiments exactly. I don't want to manage another app store / market on my devices.

      I only hope Superbrothers makes it to Google Play soon...

      • Matthew Fry

        But as far as applications go, Humble Bundle's is pretty great. All it does is download and install. No extra fluff. I don't mind having it on there.

    • PhilNelwyn

      I haven't been using Titanium Backup for a while, but I remember a feature that did just that.
      I don't know whether it requires root or not, though.

      • anzensepp1987

        But that feature does not help for paid apps. You were be able to connect them to the PS, but you were still not able to update apps that you bought somewhere else before. Additionally the HumbleBundle-apps have a non-standard version-string - always something with "HB" - so the PS will never recognize them.

        • PhilNelwyn

          Ah, ok.
          Thanks for the clarification.

  • spydie

    You mean we don't get updates if we bought the humble bundle? Crap, guess that's the death of Humble bundle.

    • atlouiedog

      The Humble Bundle versions get updated. Looking at my account page I can see a number of games from previous bundles that have been updated in the last couple of months.

    • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

      You do get updates, they are just through the Humble Bundle app and you have to manually check for them.
      So Play Store updates are certainly more convenient, but you can't beat the Humble Bundle for introducing you to games you'd never try to buy the few you wanted.

    • http://twitter.com/realnudel Meowski Catovitch

      They get updated but, at least with the first bundle, not as often as on the Play store, and the way it works is a bit of a pain. I ended up re-buying a couple of the games and uninstalling the Humble Bundle updater after waiting weeks for updates on the Play store that the updater never found. (The updates are detected on the Play store, but if you try to install them it refuses to as the app isn't tied to your Play account.)

      Perhaps the Humble updater is better now, and either way it's a great deal (unless the updates are essential, e.g. compatibility to play the games at all), but I decided to wait for games to hit the normal store instead of buying more Android humble bundles (I still get the odd PC one) as it's annoying to keep seeing updates in the list of apps that I can't download via any method.

      It'd be cool if the Play store honored purchases made via things like the Humble Bundle, or if Google could cooperate with the Humble Bundle team to do the whole thing via the Play store directly. Wouldn't cost them much and would be good for the platform, not to mention as an act of goodwill towards the causes the Humble Bundle supports.

    • defred34

      They are updated. Period. Mostly on time nowadays.

    • Jay P

      It just took them a little while to get in the groove after the first Android bundle. Now the HB app has been updated and works great, plus apps get updated in a timely manner. I once had a problem with Cogs working on my new Nexus 7 and emailed the developer. A few days later the update rolled out to the HB app.

  • defred34

    Just an idea. In the future, pay $1 for Humble Android Bundles. Then pay full price on Gooogle Play for the games you really like. Seems like a fair deal to me.

    • Matthew Fry

      Except Humble Bundle's purpose is to inspire you to pay what you think it's worth and give portions of it to charity. I don't think the developers expect much return per download from the humble bundle but in return it gives them much needed exposure and recognition in a highly saturated marketplace. Everyone wins.

  • guyfromtrinidad

    They are updated via the the Humble Bundle Android app, yes you have to check it but that is a minor issue. The updates are live as soon as they hit the play store . As someone mentioned if you want to buy through the play store and still buy from the Humble Bundle store so you can give some money to Charity its up to you.

  • NuLLnVoiD

    Not only do Humble Bundle games get updates via the HB app, the games you download from HB are cross-platform. You can't get that through Google Play. I'm playing Waking Mars in my phone, tablet and PC. Google doesn't support cross platform games on their site yet.

    I will absolutely support the developers on HB. I think the developer response time on HB seems to be much faster too. I want able to save progress on Crayon Physics for my tablet (my son loves it) but the PC was fine. I emailed the dev and he responded that night. Two days later he emailed me and told me three patch for the Android version was up on HB. Now that's service folks.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      don't forget free access to the soundtracks, which is a nice bonus

      • defred34

        Ah yes,...Splice soundtrack is amazing! As was SpaceChem's one!