Humble Bundle: Free copy of The Walking Dead: Season 1

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 8, 2017
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Games, Misc

The Walking Dead: Season 1 is an adventure game by Telltale that is currently available for free at the Humble Bundle Store. The game's regular price is $22.99 but you can get it for free until Saturday.

The Walking Dead: Season 1 is a typical Telltale adventure game that follows the same flow as the company's other smash hit adventure games such as Game of Thrones, Batman: The Telltale Series, or The Wolf Among Us.

The game is divided into episodes that you play one after the other. One key feature of Telltale adventure games is that decisions that you make during the game may impact future events in it. The game feature light riddle solving and some action sequences, and is more of an interactive story than a traditional adventure game.

Fun fact: Telltale Games was founded by a group of former LucasArts employees. LucasArts revolutionized the adventure game genre with all-time classics such as Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, and the Indiana Jones series.

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You need to do the following to get the game:

  • Visit the Humble Bundle web store.
  • The offer runs until Saturday, 9th, 2017. The game should be listed as free instead of the regular price of $22.99.
  • Sign in to an existing account, or sign up for a new one. It is completely free.
  • Visit your account page, and link your Steam account. You are asked to sign in to Steam on the Steam website. This links the Humble Store account to your Steam account.
  • Once done, click on add to cart on The Walking Dead: Season 1 page.
  • Open the shopping cart at the top right.
  • Select "get it for free".
  • The Steam key is sent to the registered email address.
  • Click on the download link in the message. This redirects you to the Humble Bundle site where you find a "redeem on Steam" link at the bottom.
  • Click on that link to display the product key for the game.
  • Head over to Steam, e.g. by opening the Steam client on your PC, and select Games > Activate a product on Steam. Type or copy/paste the game key and it will be added to your Steam library.

The Humble Bundle Summer Sale is still ongoing. Other Telltale games, and games from other companies, are reduced as well. While you won't get another free offer, you can get the second season of The Walking Dead adventure game for less than $5 for instance. (via Caschy)

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The Walking Dead: Season 1 is an adventure game by Telltale that is currently available for free at the Humble Bundle Store. The game's regular price is $22.99 but you can get it for free until Saturday.
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  1. Chris said on September 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    It looks like they raised the price early. No longer free.

  2. Silver said on September 8, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Humble Bundle has always been about games for many many years. It is only recently that they started making bundles for software and books. Definitely want to see more software, though.

  3. Clairvaux said on September 8, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I once “bought” Directory Opus for 1 $ in a fantastic Humble Bundle deal (with some other software thrown in as well). Unfortunately they don’t seem to like serious software, as I have not come across any similar offers since at their site. Games, games, games.

  4. Yuliya said on September 8, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Yay, free stuff! ^^

  5. masterof puppets said on September 8, 2017 at 10:07 am

    It is impossible to download , I followed up al the steps but no luck

    1. LogicDaemon said on September 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      works for me!

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on September 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

      You download it in the Steam application. Worked fine on my end. Did you receive the key?

  6. CHEF-KOCH said on September 8, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Sometimes I’m getting angry (as a buyer) and ask myself why the hell I should buy games when they’re anyway soon or later free available. Well, the only answer is to play online + support the developer.

    1. notgamer said on September 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      I just searched about this game, it was released around 5 years ago. Is 5 years too soon for you?
      Usually those later become free-games are to get new players and to promote. The game is free only for season 1, if you’re interested you can buy another episode. More like a trial game to me?

    2. nealis said on September 9, 2017 at 5:55 am

      Most modern games have a multiplayer component thus the value of the games drops as the player base declines in time, thus the dramatic price of games corresponds with this (unless it is a COD game).

      Not sure how many games actually become officially free, but there isn’t a lot. Mostly indie games and really really old games. EA through Origin, and Ubisoft had good couple of free games that were part of their promotions. In the case of EA, it was to get more people comfortable installing Origins on their systems, with Ubisoft it was a anniversary thing and of course an incentive to install their client.

      Telltale has a history of giving away their games, mostly single episodes as an incentive to buy the rest of their episodes. In this specific case, it is clear that they want you to buy season 2 also.

      Anyways I am not complaining, the state of PC gaming is that there is an audience for everyone no matter what specs or platform you have. Tons of free to play titles on steam if you don’t want to spend any money, or if you are comfortable waiting for 1 or 2 years for the latest games, the prices drop pretty dramatically during sales.

    3. Weilan said on September 8, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Imagine how I feel about buying full price The Elder Scrolls Online when it became B2P in 2015 and I was hoping to like it, but after about two weeks I quit.

      Then DLCs started coming out, I couldn’t access them unless I buy them.

      Then there were promotions of deals for the game WITH ALL DLCs UP TO NOW FOR A LOWER PRICE that what I paid for the base game, WITH NO DLCs.

      And then when I think about how the game will eventually shut down after years and I will be left with a finger up my ass – my money lost, game wasn’t what I expected, then it shuts down and I don’t even have access to it anymore…

      At least when you buy offline games, especially DRM-free like on GOG, you keep them forever, you might get an inspiration to play them one day, they will be there.

    4. Martin Brinkmann said on September 8, 2017 at 7:06 am

      I have bought the game as well previously (in a sale). Another answer is that you can play the game earlier; may not always be an incentive to buy it, but still, some like their media fresh off the boat, others don’t mind waiting months or even years.

      1. CHEF-KOCH said on September 8, 2017 at 10:11 pm

        You’re absolute right. But another point is that some games took months to stabilise or they have a broken ‘design’ like Sonic Mania which causes or caused troubles for a lots of people because denvou copyright protection requires a permanent internet connection.

        To be honest I wish there would be a better balance between the people which playing and buying the games and the developers, because at some point they just could at least lower the price a bit instead of offering 50% sales. Because I see no reason to buy e.g. games for 60€ and half year later the game is for 35€ on sale – the game is still the same it’s not like a car you sell which gets some loss.

        I really liked that there was recently a developer team which uploaded their game on ThePirateBay (ugh, was it ‘Absolver’ game, whatever can’t remember) but that shows they really trying to reach the community because not everyone has each months 60 bucks or more to buy a new game – then they pirate it and that story is well known from emule/mp3 days. And some developer constantly only developing Windows games, so the point is with the two mentioned things, they could improve their sells more if they would listen to the community and work with them. I see no reason to give people some free keys or a ‘manual’ sale if they can’t effort it.

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on September 9, 2017 at 7:10 am

        Most games drop in price pretty quickly after they are released. There are only a handful games that don’t. I don’t mind waiting to play a game unless it is time critical for one reason or the other. The only reason that I have for time critical games is if my buddies want to play the game right then and there.

        I don’t want to be the noob they slaughter when I make the purchase months later, or be level 1 when they are rocking end game.

        Anyway, I think much of this was caused by Steam and its sales. There is an inflation of game sales right now on PC, and then you get key stores on top of that.

        Developers should be rewarded for the games they make, especially if they are good.

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