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Introducing the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle

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Introducing the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle!

Humble Bundle is back with another pay-what-you-want plus charity deal on sweet indie games -- the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle!

This bundle features the exquisite, turn-based tactical strategy game Frozen Synapse, now available on Linux for the first time ever. We're also launching with a bonus incentive: purchasers who beat the average price on the site will receive the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle, which includes Trine, Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds Survivor, the Jack Claw game prototype, and a preorder for Splot.

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The Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle

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