The Humble Clickteam Fusion Bundle makes drag and drop 2D games development cheap (update)

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With just a few weeks having passed after the Humble GameMaker Bundle, there’s already a new games development bundle here. The Humble Clickteam Fusion Bundle aims includes a 2D games engine that’s supposedly both easy to use and versatile with drag and drop tools.

Whether that’s the case or not, it’s certainly got some good, successful games under its belt with the likes of Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Escapists, Freedom Planet, Not A Hero and a decent amount of others all created with this engine. While I imagine a drag and drop engine is going to have quirks and cause some headaches, that’s an impressive list of games.

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In the base tier, you’ll find the standard edition of Clickteam Fusion 2.5 and $50 of upgrade credit to the Developer edition via a Steam coupon. This edition will still set you back $250 after the discount though and the coupon expires on the 1st of November 2016 (at 7pm Pacific Time) so don’t get too excited. It’s also unspecified as to whether this coupon is US only and how much the coupon will take off in other regions but as a reference, the full price is £190 on Steam in the UK.

Throughout the bundle, you can also find add-ons that will allow you to export your projects to iOS, HTML5 and Universal Windows Program. All pretty standard stuff to be included in developer bundles these days though an Android exporter is notably absent. Also included in one of the tiers is Install Creater Pro which lets you package multiple versions of a product into a single installer.

An oddity for this bundle is that the Mac editor for Clickteam Fusion is included in the highest tier of the bundle. This seems like something that should be included within the base editor or at the very least, included within the same, lowest tier. It’s something to keep in mind if you’re a Mac user.

That aside, throughout the bundle you can also find various games created with the engine, with some including their source code so you can dive in and see how they were developed. I’m always a fan of this as having a completed project to look through is a great way to learn via tinkering or as a reference.

Unfortunatey, more popular titles included like The Yawhg, Oniken and Five Knights at Freddy’s 3 do not include the source code alongside the game. For source code, you seem to be restricted to smaller titles. That’s not a deal breaker by any means but it would have been a nice inclusion.

It’s an interesting bundle and one I imagine will be appealing to people who want to make something without learning a programming language and those interested in the included full games. I feel it’s always better to learn a programming language and possibly more powerful engines so you’re better able to create games with less restrictions but obviously that’s not appealing to everyone. I may still grab it to have a look and see what I think.

Anyways, I’ve rambled enough so here’s everything included in the bundle:

Pay $1/£0.77 or more:
• Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Standard (Steam) + $50 Developer upgrade credit – Coupon (Steam, expires November 1st 2016 at 7pm Pacific time)
• Rock Rock Rocket – Source Code
• Oniken – Full Game (Steam, DRM Free)
• Plantera – Full Game (Steam)
• Tick Tock Isle – Full Game (Steam, DRM Free)
• Necromonads – Full game (Steam) + Source Code

Pay $7/£5.41 or more:
• Universal Windows Program Exporter – Add On (Steam)
• The Yawhg – Full Game (Steam, DRM Free)
• Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 – Full Game (Steam)
• Qadle – Full Game (Steam, Android APK) + Source Code
• room13 – Full Game, Early Access (Steam) + Source Code

Pay $15/£11.60 or more:
• Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Mac Editor (Mac)
• Concrete Jungle – Full Game (Steam, DRM Free)
• HTML5 Exporter – Add On (Steam)
• Saucer Squad – Source Code
• Fusion Shapes – Source Code
• Environmental Station Alpha – Full Game (Steam, DRM Free)
• Install Creator Pro (Windows)
• iOS Exporter – Add On (Steam, Mac)

Here’s the trailer for Clickteam Fusion 2.5:

Charity proceeds for this bundle go towards the Josh Farler Foundation. As usual you are free to donate to a charity of your choosing and can choose how your money is distributed between individual charities, the developers/publishers and Humble Bundle itself.

The bundle ends on the 11th of October at 7pm which gives you a couple of weeks to look into things and buy it if you so wish. You can get the Humble Clickteam Fusion Bundle here.

Update: Six days in and there has been a significant update to the Humble Clickteam Fusion Bundle. The $50 off Steam coupon towards Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Developer Upgrade on Steam has been removed from the basic tier and Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Developer has been added to the $15 tier, effectively replacing the upgrade coupon if you buy the bundle at the highest tier. Additionally, the notably absent Android exporter add-on has been added to the $15 tier which means (realistically) all your potential mobile exporting needs are covered.

There’s no getting around that this is a downgrade for the lowest tier but it is unquestionably a better deal overall as you get lots of extra stuff and it means if you were planning on upgrading to CF2.5 Developer, you pay just $14 more ($15 total) than the minimum tier now as opposed to an additional $250 later. The previous coupon also had an expiration date of the 1st of November 2016 which wasn’t great.

Other than that, there’s been no other changes or additions. While it may not look like a lot, and it’s really just a fix for the issues with what the bundle offered before, the switch from including a $50 Developer upgrade coupon to including the Developer upgrade itself is pretty significant.

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