By Alec Meer on May 23rd, 2009 at 12:55 pm.
Dear lord, is it really another bank holiday? What’s wrong with this country? Best to spend it gaming, anyway – and here’s a few money-saving morsels selected for you good people by Savygamer‘s prime minister of penny-pinching, LewieP.
And Yet It Moves – £7.99/€8.99/$9.99
Indie 2D puzzle platformer about rotation. Not played it yet, but Alec had this to say about it: “WASD moves your character, while the cursor keys rotate the game-world. Navigating the pseudo-hand-drawn levels escalates from simple running and jumping, through rotation to create safe egresses, to doing both at once – Portal-esque momentum-management, building up a head of steam then rotating the screen at just the right moment to ensure you land where you need to.” Demo here. RPS coverage here.
ToCA Race Driver 3 – £3.14/€3.57/$4.99
GoG must have filled up their hard drive or something, because pretty soon they are going to remove this game from their library. I kind of thought one of the benefits of digital distribution was that you never have to take a game of the shelves, but who knows what dodgy deals are going on behind closed doors. Perhaps sales of this were interfering with sales of newer racing games, or maybe I need to take off my tin foil hat. I hate racing sims, sorry, but I hear that this is a particularly good one.
The Atari Collection – £9.98 at PC World
Sorry, this one is just for UK folk. Ten PC games with Atari written on the box for £9.98. You get the complete Baldur’s Gate series, Neverwinter Nights 2, Test Drive Unlimited, GTR 2, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 and other filler games of varying degrees of interest. £1 a game is incredible, and some of these would be great for an older PC or even a netbook. Stock levels are going to be pretty erratic, but you can check for stock online here. I’ve seen them at this price in two different stores, so I think it is safe to assume it is nationwide, but if you can confirm/deny this, please do so in the comments.
Demigod Coupon shenanigans
Also worth mentioning. Stardock have now started sending out Demigod 50% off coupons. Yes they shipped a game with some pretty serious problems, but half price is half price. I think it is a bit of a kick in the teeth to say “hey, you bought our broken game at release, here have a coupon so you can encourage one of your friends give us more money”. Some kind of refund, or store credit for Impulse would have been much nicer. What the hell ever happened to Stardock’s bill of rights anyway? There is a (at the moment fairly empty) thread here on the RPS forums for coupon swapping, which might be your best bet for getting a coupon. RPS coverage here. There is no demo as of yet.
Deal of the week
Team Fortress 2 – £6.99/€9.99/$9.99
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be allowed to do a Bargain Bucket this week without included some mention of TF2. Not only is it free to play this weekend, and has had a bunch of new gameplay content added to it recently, but it is also ludicrously cheap. Not only are Valve very good at making games, but they are very good at drawing attention to the fact that they are very good at making games, and who am I to argue with that. They best still be working on things called Half-Life.