Steam Sale Day 2: Recettear For £4

By Alec Meer on November 26th, 2010 at 8:21 am.

Or rather “Recettear plus Gish, And Yet It Moves, Jolly Rover and Puzzle Agent” for £4/€4.5/$5.”

An incredible price for the incredibly lovely Recettear alone. Go gets. Also discounted today are EVE Online, Defense Grid, Cities XL, Audio Surf, Kane & Lynch 2 and Arkham Asylum. Only ten hours left, as the RPS collective was too busy waging its vigilante war against street crime last night to post this when it first happened.

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  1. SpaceDrake says:

    Do note, this will only be for ten more hours or so; the sale “started” at 10AM PST yesterday, so if you want in on this, be sure and purchase ASAP!

  2. Simon says:

    I think this was the 4th time I “bought” Gish… Shame you can’t gift the extra copies. I haven’t a clue what the other games are, but for $5 I don’t care – I’m getting Recettear! :D

    • grim98765222 says:

      Same here. I mean SERIOUSLY reccetear is worth 20$ ALONE!!! and you save 54$ by spending 5 bucks for all these games. Even if you will only play 1 of these games your making money because the cheapest of those games were worth 10$

    • BooleanBob says:

      Can anyone say if Warband still has an extant player base? Sorely tempted to step up my evangelism and shove the greatness of M&B down the throats of my friends, Christmas-style.

    • Archonsod says:

      Yup. Even got a pro league going now.

    • Jimmy says:

      @Lewie Procter

      Thanks for the link.

      I am always not buying stuff from the sales because I think there will be something better the next day (saying that I have already bought two games). Now I don’t have to think there is I know :)

      I really really want that Indie Air Pack, been trying to find excuses to buy Flotilla and GSB, now I have one. DogFighter also looked very promising and I know plain sight is okay, only the Altitude seems a bit of lesser quality but I am more than ready to be proven wrong on that one.

    • Dominic White says:

      That is is, at least in part, inaccurate. The Recettear guys say that they’ve heard nothing about an 8-pack, and that the next planned discount they have on the game (other than this one happening now) is going to happen in December.

    • Lewie Procter says:

      It’s possible some of the stuff on it are not accurate, but it did contain today’s sale items with 100% accuracy, so I think it’s pretty legit. I guess we’ll see over the next few days.

    • Ushao says:

      @Jimmy Altitude doesn’t look like much but I’ll attest to its entertainment value! It’s a great game to do a quick few rounds in if you only have a few minutes and the variety of play styles between rounds is pretty refreshing.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    It is rumored Recettar will appear in one of the big packs in the coming days, if you guys want to split, or give it away to friends. Though I think Puzzle Agent is awesome, and I hear And Yet It Moves is great too, so today’s Indie pack is a great deal also.

    **SPOILERS**
    http://savygamer.co.uk/2010/11/25/complete-list-of-steam-sale-indie-bundles-and-gift-packs-leaked/

    By the way, anyone knows if Steam will reveal who won the Wishlist stuff? Or at least what they won?

    Edit: Lewie was too fast for me. :)

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      Rinox says:

      I had the same feeling Lars. Not knowing who won and/or what was won makes it almost feel like there’s no competition going on at all. :-(

  4. Kroms says:

    Puzzle Agent and Jolly Rover are quite good too.

  5. Callum says:

    Bought this pack as soon as I saw Recettear was in there. Shame I bought And Yet It Moves on YAWMA a couple of days ago but oh well.

    I couldn’t resist Arkham Asylum as well. I was tempted for Kane & Lynch but looking at the reviews I don’t think I’ll bother. Does anyone have any experience with it?

    • Mccy_McFlinn says:

      I have played Kane and Lynch – it’s dross.

    • Pathos says:

      Let me tell you about my (incredibly limited) experience with Kane and Lynch.

      For you see once I was like you, curious about the game. And like you, I saw the meta-reviews were not so good. And so I read the Eurogamer review, which contained the following:

      “A section in which the pair fight their way through a shopping mall, stark naked and bleeding from multiple razor cuts, looks more like something out of Silent Hill. And not in a good way.”

      This sentence should have been the first in the article, or the only sentence in the article, or possibly the subtitle, or the title. It really tells me everything I need to make my purchasing choice on a sound and rational basis.

      And so, I am not curious any more. Except how it got 4/10, and not, say, less.
      Eurogamer Review

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      Henke says:

      The naked-cut-up-bleedinglikeapig-dash-through-the-rain was the most shocking level I’ve played in a videogame in recent memory. It is nothing like Silent Hill and it is the highpoint of K&L2. It’s a pretty good game overall, not great, but well worth buying for 7.50€.

      Although if you haven’t played Batman:AA yet, your money is better spent on that.

    • Skull says:

      Completly agree with Henke here. The protaganists cut up and naked running around and shooting cops was the highlight of the game, very macabre. However the rest of the game gets dull and repetative and the cover system really fustrates me. I never could be arsed to finish the game and although the multiplayer sounds good, I can never find anyone online to play it with. I would say its worth 3.75, but their are better games out their and this is by no means essential gaming.

    • Alastayr says:

      I think Kane & Lynch 2 is one of the best titles I’ve played this year. The story is engaging and mature on a certain level. Sure, you have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit, but if this was a film people would hail it for its innovative take on the whole one-night-chaos scenario.

      The naked level is one of the best and most intense things I’ve ever played in a video game. I also applaud IO Interactive for completely not holding my hand like I’m an idiot. You won’t get much enjoyment out of it if your mind is absent, but it’s great once you actually become aware of your surroundings. With the exception of the ill-placed helicopter scene, it’s paced and executed very well. Essentially, this is Modern Warfare in 3rd Person minus the military jingoism.

      I was fully prepared to be let down after reading the awful-sounding reviews, but it was worth my £18. Shocking, engaging, riveting at times and sadly way too short. And I can never understand why people complain about shooting in a shooter. There were some excellent open stages in the later levels. Some of which could only be enjoyed by not trying to rush through them.

      Also, their “Digital Peeping Tom” style was executed flawlessly. Of course it meant rough cuts and missing transit shots, but it was worth the experiment.

      And the Heat reference was very, very slick.

    • Basilicus says:

      I’m 1.5 hours into K&L2 and so far I’m loving it. For $5, I figured it was worth getting for the visual design and art direction.

      But…I don’t get the criticism at all. The gameplay’s not revolutionary, but I’m not having any of the control issues so many reviewers complained about. The cover system works fine; it’s not ME2-level polished, but it’s hardly broken. Furthermore, the game seems to be taking these characters and their story seriously. I hear the story jumps the shark partway through, but so far I’m liking it.

      My biggest fear was that the violence involved would be grotesque and overdone for the sake of gore, but…this is a lot less blood and dismemberment than I’d get from a modern CoD title, especially given that anything over-the-top is immediately blurred out.

      I can see how some wouldn’t like the visual presentation with the handheld camera, but I settled right into it. It lends a real sense of urgency. The art direction is incredible. Level design is meh, but that art direction…man, it’s good.

      So, overall not a great game in my limited time, but it’s certainly a good game, and already well worth the $5.

    • Navagon says:

      While I like the visual style of Dog Days and the mechanics of the game all worked well, there’s an overwhelming lack of variety, narrative and content. A 4 hour campaign should have seen this priced as a budget title right from the start.

      But seriously, even at the airport, where they could easily have taken a more subtle approach you just know they’re going to shoot their way through everyone with a gun. Which is exactly the way it goes down. I know they’re supposed to be crazy, but it’s like they’ve got no survival instincts at all.

      So you’re left with 4 hours of well presented third person cover shooting.

  6. Sam says:

    Bought that!

  7. Primar says:

    I swear Steam time their sales to coincide with my paycheck. It’s almost like they’re trying to take my money or something!

    Nabbed Defense Grid, the indie pack, and both Deus Ex games for under a tenner. Bargain!

  8. abhishek says:

    Yea bought the pack for Recettear alone (dollar price is 5$ btw).

    Also got Kane & Lynch 2 for 5$. The game released in August for 50$ and now 3 months later it’s down 90% in price. That *has* to be a record. I hear it’s 4 hours long but for 5$, what the hell…

    • Jezcentral says:

      90% price drop from launch? You do do know what a sale is, yes? Steam do this all the time.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      I think his point is how short the time between $50 launch & a 90% sale is rather than the fact that it’s on 90% sale at all.
      Considering how bad the game seems to be going by general opinion & reviews plus the amount of marketing it recieved (I remember seeing it on prime-time TV loads), I reckon it’ll be a sale regular as they try to recoup some of the cash they wasted on it.

    • bansama says:

      I think the record for fast price cuts (at least for a Square-Enix game) is still held by Final Fantasy XIII in Japan. By the time it was released in the US, stores in Japan couldn’t even *give* it away. In comparison, other RPGs released at the same time are still selling for their original RRPs of $60 to $70.

      That said, $5 was the perfect price for Kane and Lynch 2. Once I managed to fix the instant crashing in the demo at least.

    • Ganders says:

      How did you fix the instant crashing in the demo, may i ask? I had it refusing to launch when i tried it.

  9. Frank says:

    Worth it just for Recettear, though Puzzle Agent also looks like a good time-waster.

    • Mccy_McFlinn says:

      Puzzle Agent is a decent little game – I paid £7 for it and feel I’ve had a good deal. Essentially bundled for free with Recettear, it’s a steal.

  10. BooleanBob says:

    It’s not Christmas but Steam sales that really bring out the filthy materialist consumer whore in me. And I love it.

  11. DukeBG says:

    puzzle agent grab!

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    TheApologist says:

    Picked it up for Recettear – excited!

  13. terry says:

    I don’t have 4 J’s :O

    This is an absolute steal of a deal. Recettear is HARD though, holy shit. Must…price…gouge…

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    Rinox says:

    Anyone try Kane & Lynch 2 in co-op? I don’t care about the SP, but me and a friend picked it up to do the campaign in co-op (knowing that co-op makes almost every game more fun).

    • Lilliput King says:

      I can’t add anything constructive, just simply commenting to say “me too”. Hopefully it’ll be trashy and shallow enough for a nice co-op run through. Lord knows I never would’ve played through Resi Evil 5 if not for the co-op.

      EDIT: Yeesh, runs like gently-warmed sludge and won’t even load up on my second PC. What a waste of cash.

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    phlebas says:

    Recettear and Batman. At this rate I’d better be careful my wishlist doesn’t drop below 10.

    • Vague-rant says:

      Yeh, after buying Recettear, mine did drop to 9. Only realised a bit later in the day. After reading the terms though, I’m not entirely sure I want to win the competition. Something along the lines of; “If chosen as a winner, each entrant hereby consents to the use of his/her name, likeness, photograph in any and all media for promotional purposes in any manner by Sponsor, its designees and its advertising and promotion agencies without further compensation or notification”.

      I realise its probably standard competition fare and the likelihood is minimal, the thought still unnerves me.

    • Christopher M. says:

      Good grief…. I didn’t know it had to be at least ten games. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      Same, had to add Metro 2033 to my wishlist to bump it back to 10. As soon as I saw the discounts yesterday evening, Recettear for £4 was an instant sale. Getting AYIM, Gish & the other 2 was a nice bonus.

      The competition rules stuff seems rather standard in the US of A. I’d be surprised if they actually tried to do any of that with a digital store as it’s generally used to promote the company in magazines & displays which doesn’t really work in this situation. It’s likely just a boilerplate T&C from VALVe’s lawyers since they’re based over the pond.

    • mwoody says:

      It’s weird that there are two comments in this post complaining about the Steam sale: one is unhappy that they’ve not announced winners, one is unhappy about the clause in the contract that is necessary if they’re going to announce winners. ^_^

    • Saiko Kila says:

      It all depends on your self-esteem. How do you like yourself in the mirror ;)

  16. Spacewalk says:

    Bargains, ho!

  17. Mac says:

    Following your previous comments about this game, I snapped up the pack last night. I already had gish, and it doesn’t give you a second copy to give to a friend, but hey ho …

  18. President Weasel says:

    If you haven’t already bought it, and if this list is true, I recommend getting Gratuitous Space Battles when it’s for cheapness. Dogfighter is wafer thin (and the multiplayer connectivity was problematic when it was an RPS Game Club Game) and I haven’t played the other games in the pack, but GSB is more than enough enjoyable time on its own to justify its full-price pricetag, so the pack is definitely worth getting.

    • KillahMate says:

      Worth mentioning that you get both GSB and Plain Sight in that pack. So two great games, plus some extra stuff.

    • mwoody says:

      But GSB has tons of DLC. $6 DLC. $6 DLC when the version of the game that comes WITH all the DLC is only $5 more. There’s no way I’m paying for the base game when it makes me feel like such a chump. And I played the demo the other day and really liked it, too.

  19. geldonyetich says:

    More’s the pity, I actually bought Racettear for the full $20 US about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Had I waited a bit, I could have got it and four more Indy games (including Puzzle Agent, which I was mildly curious about) for a quarter the price!

    Oh well, I did enjoy the game and I suppose I’m glad to have supported the developers that much more.

  20. K says:

    I think I’ll go for the Recettear pack instead. I already own gish twice (and still think it’s crap), don’t care about Telltale’s Puzzler, utterly despise anything with Anthros in it (why couldn’t they just do the identical game, but with human pirates? That would have made a ton more sense!), and AYIM doesn’t really look that interesting (Oh look, another puzzle-platformer! A rarity!)

    So in the end, this is 5$ for Recettear (which is a steal), but you know what? Only 1$ or so of that goes to the Recettear devs, and that makes the purchase rather moot.

    • Ysellian says:

      I’m disappointed the devs went ahead with such a deal. I think they could’ve easily asked this same amount for Recettear alone.

    • Matt says:

      And Yet It Moves is a wonderful puzzle/platformer with a great art style and atmosphere, it too is worth 5 dollars alone. Puzzle Agent doesn’t live up to potential but is a good fascimile of Professor Layton style gameplay and worth a couple of bucks (you’re basically getting it for free in this pack). And of course Recettear is just plain awesome. All three games are worth a look and you’re a fool to dismiss any of them.

    • carlthuringer says:

      They’re SEA DOGS! Get it!? One of the few things that made me chuckle amid sighs that it tries way too hard to be the Curse of Monkey Island.

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    drewski says:

    The story bundle has to be the best value gaming you could ever ask for. US$1 for each of those five games is, like, whoa. Curse you, Valve, for providing me with hours and hours of high quality entertainment for almost no monies!

  22. sebmojo says:

    I bought Alpha Protocol yesterday.

    It’s bloody great!

    Can see some faintly shonky things about it, but damn if the public opinion isn’t skewed in a weird way.

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      Lars Westergren says:

      There were some high-profile reviews of it that were very negative, but it seems to have gathered quite a large cult following over time. And now you are-
      ONE OF US! ONE OF US! ONE OF US!
      ;)

    • Mac says:

      SEGA have also used their ninja skills and released a patch for Alpha protocol … at long last !

    • terry says:

      Exactly my sentiments. The combat isn’t all that fun, and I flounder with the controls more often than I’d like and end up doing REALLY stupid things (like dropping from a ledge instead of ducking for cover), and my experiments with stealth have so far ended in a tragic hail of bullets, but the dialogue sequences and detail in the setting is just great.

  23. lePooch says:

    Just bought the Recettear pack, along with Eve(in case I ever feel compelled to return to that). I could barely believe my eyes at the indie pack: five games I still do not own combined for roughly the price of a meal.

    Can anyone tell me if Empire Total War has gotten over its initial bugginess and is now playable? If it is, I might grab it if it goes on sale.

    • SirKicksalot says:

      Empire is playable now and the AI improved a fair bit. If you add DarthMod it turns into a fantastic game.

    • Griff says:

      A warning for Empire: Total War. It’s a good game and not too buggy (I did have to begin again once though, so save often!). BUT, it does take a very long time to play! Or maybe I was just slow. If you have other things to do with your life (for instance playing different games) then choose something else.

    • BloatedGuppy says:

      That’s true of all Total War games, though. In the later stages it can take days just to get through a handful of turns. Definitely not a casual undertaking.

  24. Carra says:

    Bought to get recettear. Was tempted at €15 but now it’s a no brainer.

    Already had And Yet it Moves. Too bad they don’t give an extra copy.

  25. pakoito says:

    “Only ten hours left, as the RPS collective was too busy waging its vigilante war against street crime last night to post this when it first happened.”

    Its on the forums, I opened a thread when there were 20 hours left! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  26. Insidious Rex says:

    I bought Recettear today aand I have one thing to say:

    I hate the bloody Old Man, the stingy get

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    RLacey says:

    *sigh*

    Steam has decided it hates me today – it lets me place an order, then hangs at the “Working…” stage, adds the games to my account but locks them because the order process is “not yet complete”, and then gives up and removes them from my account. Only I have to wait for hours between each attempt before it unlocks the opportunity to try again.

    Looks like I’m not getting Recettear at this stupid price :(.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      Have you tried logging in to steampowered.com via a browser & buying it instead of using the Steam client (or vice-versa if you’re not using the Steam client to attempt purchasing)? I’ve bought & even gifted games to my IRL friends using the website in a web browser when not at home on my gaming machine in the past.

  28. Gotem says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if the hivemind bought some of those 10 and 12 packs and made a small compo to gift the game to the winners?

  29. Zogtee says:

    Picked up Recettar and K&L2. Recettar seems very charming, but… odd. I tried to sell some clothes to a young fellow. He thought they were too expensive and asked me to lower the price. I didn’t make any changes to the price, but he still said “Much better!” and bought them?

  30. Oak says:

    Time to buy Tropico 3, everyone!

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    stahlwerk says:

    Arma2: OA + DLC 50% off, great!
    Also: Machinarium.
    I’m not quite sold on Tropico, nor on the indie games in the pack (as I already own World of Goo and VVVVV). Is Eufloria for €4,49 recommended?

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      I played it when it was still called Dyson (and free) & it was more sandboxy. It was fun for the occasional game but I don’t know how much better it is now with set levels rather than procedurally generated ones & all the other changes.

  32. Epsz says:

    Went gots

  33. Lightbulb says:

    Bought this and Batman with 4 seconds to go on the sale. Glad I honed my reflexes over all these years :)

  34. Vinraith says:

    You know, at a certain point with this sort of thing, especially with an indie bundle, I start to feel like I’m taking advantage of the developers.