By Lewie Procter on August 8th, 2009 at 2:11 pm.
Games! They’re everywhere, and they want to steal your soul. Fortunately you can have power over them via the ritual of the EULA ritual. For a small glint of silver across the palms of invisible internet witchmen, you can control your destiny. Which games are most dangerous? You can find out, thanks to SavyGamer‘s voodoo priest of purchases, LewieP. Clickwards for sanctity, and probably the best bundles of indie-gaming awesomeness you will ever see. Behold, a flock of angels!
The Witcher – €20.99/$27.99
Atari have something against the great nation of the Europe. The Steam page for the game simply states “This item is currently unavailable in your region” in it’s mocking red font, which roughly translates to “The currency with which you are trying to purchase is too European”. Some countries in Europe are allowed to buy The Witcher (Poland for one – Where the game is from), but the UK, France and Germany are not allowed to buy it. The game itself is a a rather ridiculous (and pretty misogynistic) RPG. It got an uber-patch last September, and got T+A added for USA gamers recently too. RPS coverage here, and demo here.
Trackmania United Forever – £9.99/€14.99/$19.99
Trackmania has a place on the very short “Games about driving cars that I like” list. If you don’t normally like racing games, certainly give Trackmania a go. If you do normally like racing games, this one is better than all those boring realistic ones. The meat of the game is a series of time trial challenges, with elaborate Hot Wheels-esque tracks. You’ll be doing jumps, barrel rolls, half pipes and more. The multiplayer is kind of unique too, since the cars clip through each other, the other cars are just there to spur you on. It’s also a gorgeous looking game, it’s clean visuals really make it stand out. Give the free version, Trackmania Nations Forever, a go. Also – this video is badass. RPS coverage here.
Spectromancer – £5.95/€6.93/$9.95
A turn based card game for your computer, co-designed by Richard “Magic: The Gathering” Garfield. Lots of numbers in this one, so the maths-phobic among you best look away now. Kieron had this to say about it: “What’s fun about the campaign is that each challenge is exactly that – the wizard you’re facing clearly has certain strengths and weaknesses, and you have to work out how to get around that. Most of the time, there’s cards on the board already which have to be considered carefully. How you go up against the wizard with almost four times as many hit-points is very different from how you’ll approach someone with half the usual one, but with a series of weird healing stones on the map. So, yes, fun.” RPS coverage here, and demo here.
Enlight Software catalogue – £14.95/€17.41/$25
Good old Games are offering a 30% saving when you buy all the games by Enlight Software that they have available. Seems like a good deal to me if you are interested in all the games. I’ve not played any of them, so they could be terrible for all I know (they really are stretching the “Good” in GOG these days). Should we care about these games?
I’ve played seven out of the ten games on offer here, and have exclusively good things to say about them (except for AudioSurf, which never really grabbed me, but a lot of people like it). Gish is a wonderful 2D blob based platformer by indie extraordinaire Edmund McMillen. Everyday shooter is a charming shmup that is as arty as it is intelligent. Blueberry Garden is a odd micro-metroidvania with a kind of open design. The one thing all these games have in common is that they are creative, and entirely deserving of you interest, time and money.
Deal of the week
Best of Indie Bundle – £11.50/$17.75
As posted earlier in the week, Direct2drive have got a slightly better value, also very kickass bundle of 5 indie games at a ridiculous discount. Includes Defense Grid: The Awakening, Zeno Clash (both of which can be added to your Steam account), Democracy 2, The Path and Cogs. Similarly to the steam bundles, the only real criticism I can come up with this offer is that a lot of you will already own at least one of the games already, but with this one you can just give away the serials for the two Steam games if you do already own them, or even split the package with a friend. You’ll honestly not regret getting this. In fact, I am going to go out on a limb and say that it is probably the best deal we’ve had so far out of all the bargain buckets.
If that lot’s not enough for you, do check out SavyGamer.co.uk for constantly-updated bargains across all formats.