The Bucket is overflowing with digital temptation this week. There’s two huge bundles of games for not very much each, and all sorts of exciting ways to spend a weekend pressing buttons on your computer for not very much money. Head to SavyGamer.co.uk for more cheap games, and read on for this weeks selection.
SEGA Mega Drive Classics Collection – £5.99/€6.99/$9.99
A bundle of shedloads of Mega Drive roms packaged up with an emulator. Missing the Sonic games, because obviously they can make more money selling them separately, but this is a nice way to get a big slice of the past for relatively cheap. I can probably still take any comers at the rubbish versus mode in Alien Storm, and I can still kind of remember what the hell you’re supposed to do in Ecco. Fun times. This bundle loses serious cool points for not inviting the two funkiest dudes in the galaxy to the party.
Alex Kidd, Alien Soldier, Alien Storm, Altered Beast, Bio-Hazard Battle, Bonanza Bros., Columns III, Columns, Ecco Jr., Comix Zone, Crack Down, Decap Attack, Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco: the Tides of Time, ESWAT: City Under Siege, Eternal Champions, Fatal Labyrinth, Flicky, Gain Ground, Galaxy Force II, Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, Gunstar Heroes, Kid Chameleon, Landstalker, Light Crusader, Ristar, Shadow Dancer, Shining Force, Shining Force II, Shining in the Darkness, Shinobi III, Space Harrier II, Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage, Super Thunder Blade, Sword of Vermilion, Vectorman, Virtua Fighter 2, Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Split/Second – £7.96/$6
Apply coupon “itspayday” in the UK, and “marchmadness” in the USA.
Sickeningly more than double the USA price in the UK for no discernible reason, perhaps the additional “Velocity” suffix is to blame. Regional pricing bollocks is an annoyance at the best of times, but when games developed in the UK are the ones ripping us off I get extra angry. This is still the cheapest I can recall seeing Split/Second available for, and it’s a great game, even if it does everything it possibly can to tell you that it’s a console port. Sorry EU folk, your money’s no good here. RPS coverage here.
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West – £1.75/€2.25/$2.50
Or £1.31/€1.69/$1.87 each for a 4-Pack if you prefer. Mere pennies for a rather fun cowboy game, and since Rockstar clearly don’t want your money what the hell else are you going to spend it on? There’s currently a free weekend on, so you can give it a try before you buy. As fun as Lead & Gold is, it’s often hard to find a full server. Perhaps use the extra copies from a 4-pack to recruit yourself some partners. RPS coverage here.
Most of all, it’s a smart game. There’s brains here. The level design is frequently clever, sometimes presenting you with a daunting number of directions to head in, before quickly revealing the correct path. That’s not easy to do, so many games either leaving you lost, or looking like a corridor. Bob Came In Pieces keeps on hitting the balance. In fact, you’ll often discover that a convoluted path is not obligatory, but rather rewards you with further ship parts to let you build more complex arrangements, offering you the chance for more imaginative solutions.
It also comes with a free, totally unrelated, album.
Deal of the week
Take No Prisoners Strategy Pack – £7.84/€9.01/$11.99
Apply coupon “TNPSale”.
This amongst the best value for money deal I’ve seen in a long time. It’s soured somewhat by Strategy First sticking to the bizarre ancient practice of charging you to keep your download available for extended periods, so best be ready to download/backup all of these when you buy if you want to make sure you can access them in the future. I gather the total filesize is roughly 16gb, but each download is separate.
Alliance: Future Combat, Combat Mission: Barbarosa To Berlin, Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord, DarkStar One, Disciples II: Gallean’s Return, Disciples II: Guardians of the Light, Disciples II: Servants of the Dark, Disciples II: Rise Of The Elves Gold, GODS: Lands of Infinity [Special Edition], Jagged Alliance 2: Gold Pack, Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business, O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base, Patrician III: Rise of the Hanse, Port Royale 2, Sacred Gold, Space Empires IV Deluxe, Space Empires: Star Fury, Strategic Command: European Theater, Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg, Tortuga: Pirates of the New World, Tortuga: Two Treasures, World War II: Frontline Command.
Also of note:
Dirt 2, PC – £2.92/€2.81/$3.96. Apply coupon “itspayday” in the UK, and “marchmadness” in the USA/EU.
Alien Vs Predator (2010) – £2.47/€2.81/$3.96. Apply coupon “MARCHMADNESS”. Registers on Steam.
Alpha Protocol – £2.97/€3.38/$4.76. Apply coupon “MARCHMADNESS”.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing – £3.16/€3.60/$5.07. Apply coupon “MARCHMADNESS”.
Mount & Blade: Warband – £3.99/€4.54/$6.40. Apply coupon “itspayday”.
Crazy Taxi – £1.20/€1.37/$1.60. Apply coupon “itspayday”.
Heroes of Newerth – £6.19/€7.10/$10
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter – £2.99/€3.74/$3.74. Registers on Steam.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena – £3.75/€5/$5. Warning: Contains Tages DRM
Mildly disappointing GamersGate 5th anniversary sale continues here.
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