Pay £1ish for £34-worth of Assassin’s Creed PC games (while supporting charity)

The Assassin’s Creed film has just been released in cinemas and you can now play some of the games that inspired it for a fraction of their normal price, while also helping a great cause.

To coincide with the release of the movie, charitable gaming company Humble Bundle has launched the Humble Assassin’s Creed Bundle, where you can download PC versions of selected titles from the game series.

Humble Bundle lets you ‘pay what you want’ for content, within limits, and choose where your money goes – between Humble Bundle, the game publisher and charities. In practice though, what you pay dictates what you get. £1ish is the minimum you can pay, but if you can afford to pay more, you’ll be doing more to help a good cause while increasing the number of games – which come in the form of download codes – in your bundle.

With this bundle, until 7pm on Tue 17 Jan, if you pay £1ish you’ll get about £34-worth of games, pay £7ish and you’ll get about £83-worth of games and £12ish will get you about £118-worth of games.

What games are included?

The Humble Assassin’s Creed Bundle features a collection of PC games (they’re not available on Mac) playable on Uplay, Ubisoft’s own online store and game playing platform – more on that below.

The most important thing to understand is the number of games you get depends on what you’re willing to fork out. You’ll be charged in US dollars and can pay by debit/credit card, PayPal or Amazon Payments.

There are three tiers…

– TIER 1: Basic minimum cost $1 (about 82p) – though you can give more. Games include Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia. These games normally have a combined cost of £33.96 on Uplay.

– TIER 2: If you pay more than the average – currently $8.26 (about £6.80). Then it unlocks three more games and one downloadable game add-on pack: Assassin’s Creed II Deluxe Edition, Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed III Tyranny of King Washington: The Infamy add-on pack and Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD. The average price is updated in real time and when you go to make your payment, you’ll be told what it is. These games normally have a combined cost of £48.96.

– TIER 3: Pay a fixed $15 (about £12.35) or more. This will add two more titles to your collection: Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. These games normally have a combined cost of £34.94 – taking the total value of all game downloads you now have to £117.86.

Since its release on Tue 3 Jan, the Humble Assassin’s Creed Bundle has been bought over 138,500 times.

How do I get the bundle?

1. Before purchasing, check the PC system requirements you need to run the games.

2. If you don’t have one already, create a Uplay account and install Uplay (see detailed Uplay instructions).

3. Create a Humble Bundle account and make your purchase, choosing the amount you want to pay and how it’s split between Ubisoft, Humble Bundle and charities.

4. Within a few minutes you’ll receive a purchase confirmation email directing you to your game codes, which will be accessible from within your Humble Bundle account.

5. Redeem your codes on Uplay via the ‘Activate Product’ section.

What is Humble Bundle?

Through the support of its community, Humble Bundle’s raised over $80 million (£65m) for a wide range of international charities including Unicef, Diabetes UK, Parkinson’s UK, Amnesty International and GamesAid.

One of the main ways the US-based company raises money for charity is through sales of Humble Bundles, collections of digital games typically offered for a couple of weeks. The games available in these bundles vary, from classic titles to more modern releases, and from small budget games made by independent developers to blockbuster titles from major industry players such as Ubisoft.

Why do companies offer their games for inclusion in Humble Bundles? Simply put, they see it as a great way of growing their audience while also meeting charitable commitments (or more cynically we reckon, it’s good PR).

When you pay, you choose how your payment is split between Humble Bundle, the game publisher (which in this case is Ubisoft), and charities (in this case CéKeDuBonheur and The Pablove Foundation).

While your natural inclination might be to give your entire payment to charity, we think you’d also be wise to consider supporting Humble Bundle itself, as the cash will help enable it to continue the good work it’s doing organising these promotions. Likewise, game publishers big and small are more likely to partake in similar promotions in the future if there’s a financial incentive to do so.

Anything else I need to know?

– Some of the games are only suitable for players aged 18 years and over, so be aware if you’re buying for kids. You can check ratings on classification body PEGI’s website.

– Most cards carry the usual 3%-ish foreign transaction charge (see our how much does your card charge? tool to make sure you use the card that charges you the least) but a $1 purchase is likely to cost no more than £1, which is what we’ve been charged in the past. Though some debit cards may add £1.50 per transaction.

– Signing up to Humble Bundle and Uplay is straightforward and once you’ve completed the initial set-up, making future Humble Bundle purchases takes just a few minutes. Some of the games have small file sizes and download quickly, while others are much larger and so might take hours to download depending on your internet connection speed.

– We used normal Uplay prices to value these games. While it isn’t always the cheapest place to buy PC games, the ‘pay what you want’ nature of this promotion means it’s great value whatever way you look at it.

Will you buy this Humble Bundle, or have you bought one before? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below, on Twitter @MSE_Deals or on Facebook. If you’re more interested in console gaming, check out our PS4 deals and Xbox One deals pages.