By Lewie Procter on May 5th, 2012 at 4:23 pm.
This week’s bargain bucket is being delivered through the hazy mist of a splitting hangover. I may feel a little rough around the edges, but it’ll take more than drinking just a little bit too much alcohol to dull my Savy senses. It was the SavyGamer 5th anniversary party last night, good times and inebriation were had by all. Were you there? Thank you for coming! Were you not there? Well circle the 5th of May 2017 in your calender now, because you better bloody come to the 10th anniversary party. Here’s the games that are cheap that you should consider buying with your pocket money this weekend:
Tropico 4 might be too gentle to satisfy budding authoritarians, but it more than compensates the urban planners and aesthetes among us. The trappings of dictatorial power and Cold War rivalry merely serve to make a good city-builder more interesting, but I can’t help but wish Tropico’s theme were more than decoration. As it is, Tropico 4 is the kind of theme park it has you build for tourists. The illusion wears thin after awhile, but it’s a nice vacation spot.
Sanctum – £1.74/€2.49/$2.49
Bloody fantastic tower defence/FPS mashup thing. It’s like a regular tower defence, except you get to run around and shoot baddies in the face. It’s got lots of numbers flying all over the screen when you do a shooting (much like Borderlands), a very satisfying railgun, and it’s got coop for up to four players. In fact, you can grab it as a four pack for just £5.24/€7.49/$7.49 (that’s £1.31/€1.87/$1.87 each). I bet the sequel is going to be brilliant too.
Arkham Asylum [Goatee Edition] – £3.40/€6.80/$6.80
Arkham City – £9.99/€13.99/$14.99
Arkham Bundle – £19.99/€28.99/$29.99
Rocksteady’s massive, broad and deep games about that crime solving sociopath that sometimes dresses up as a millionaire playboy. I think overall I preferred Arkham Asylum, Arkham City was a little flabbier, but both are absolutely worth investing your bat-time and bat-money in. Adam said this of Arkham City:
The most exciting thing about Arkham City, beyond the sheer joy of actually playing, is that it’s not just more of the same. It’s more of everything else as well, which can be detrimental. But despite perhaps sounding overly critical of some aspects, I wouldn’t hesitate to say it’s one of the best games I’ve played this year. There is an enormous amount to do and now that I’m finished, I feel free to do it, no longer constrained by the fate of Gotham I can solve all those side stories. And even though I have a redwood-like backlog, I think that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
And then here’s Alec on Arkham Asylum.
Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity, Containment: The Zombie Puzzler, Data Jammers: FastForward, Dungeon Defenders & Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space – £3.09 at time of writing.
Another time-limited bundle of indie games from Indie Royale. The only two I’ve put any real time into here are the two Digital Eel games, and both of them are easily worth the price of entry alone. Brainpipe is a game about flying down a tube, dodging baddies, collecting collectables, and listening to the beautiful beautiful sounds. The real question is how come no other games have freaky eyeballs for their menu icons. Data Jammers is a top down, lane-shifting journey across a neon city and breakneck speeds. This is what games from the future used to look like in my imagination, and here they are, ready for you to play. Amazing. Most of these register on Steam, and Dungeon Defenders & Brainpipe come with Mac flavoured versions too.
Deal of the week
SavyGamer 5th Anniversary Sale
If you’ll forgive me plugging my own trumpet, I am deal of the week this week. Well not really me, it’s actually all the lovely developers that agreed to make their games available for reduced prices this week as part of the SavyGamer 5th anniversary festivities. Wasn’t that nice of them? There’s some of my absolute favourite games from the last few years all for the cheaps. The likes of Waves, Leave Home + fren-ze, Scoregasm and Time Gentlemen, Please! all come highly recommended, but everything there is worth a look. Thanks to all of you that have used my little website about cheap games at any time over the last five years, you’re the best!
Also of note:
Amp, Watts & Circuit – £1.99
That thing EA did that made everyone get a bit shouty.