It’s that bit of the week where there’s a load of games discounted from all the different retailers across the internet, and as usual I’ve done that handy thing where I check everywhere for the best deals, and give you a summary of the highlights. If the selection here isn’t enough for you, keep an eye on the always up to date SavyGamer.co.uk.
Adventures of Shuggy – Pay What You Want
Choose whatever price you see fit for this really polished platform. Here’s wot John thought:
Pleasingly not using retro-pixels, it presents a very clear, clean 2D world with cute cartoon detail. The enemies all manage to be appealing and threatening at the same time, and Shuggy himself is just adorable. Lovely details like how a level’s characters explode into green blobs when you fail – except for Shuggy who shatters into a cloud of bats – add a great deal, especially when it all happens in reverse as a level is reset.
Batman: Arkham Origins – £23.99
Apply coupon “GFDSEP20UK”. Registers on Steam.
The new Batman for relatively cheap. I’m really looking forward to this new adventure, where the caped crusader has vanquished his most nefarious foe. Not Bane, not The Penguin, not even The Joker. His most demented and psychotic enemy from the last two Arkham Games, Games For Windows Live, has finally been banished from Gotham City. I am a little worried about this new game, though. The last two games have been solid, but I think something was lost in the transition from claustrophobic tight spaces in Asylum to a big semi-open world in City, and that’s the direction that Origins seems set to continue in. What do we reckon? Will it be Bat-awesome or will it be a Bat-disappointment?
Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers – £1.74/€2.49/$2.49
This game is almost amazing, although a couple of frustrations hold it back from being as good as it could be. At this price, you should all give it a try, but John nails the problems with it in his write up:
It’s a pretty short game, maybe four hours, but only £7/$10ish, and just restarting and chopping down vast towers of rock in the opening level is making me happy. If this could only have truly been a sandbox game it would certainly be something utterly extraordinary. As it is, in quite confined levels, it too often forgets its own strengths and inhibits you as you play. And worse, so punishingly kills you and takes away your fun progress. Doing it the second time is never nearly so entertaining. Yet it’s utterly beautiful, often very funny, and so bursting with charm. So damned close.
MirrorMoon EP – £5.75/€6.82/$8.99
Like some crazy beautiful sci-fi game from far off in the future, or some message from a distant alien civilisation, I’m not sure exactly what MirrorMoon is. What I do know is that I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. It’s somehow at the same time incredibly intricate, and remarkably simple. I want you to all join in playing it, so that we can perhaps together learn to understand it.
Deal of the week
Civilization V, Gods and Kings, Brave New World & All DLC – £13.60/€19.03/$21.75
Apply coupon “GMG20-8MUTY-M21VN”. Registers on Steam.
All of Civ5 so far. I would hesitate calling this “Complete”, since no doubt those cheeky monkeys over at Firaxis are busy working on another expansion at this very moment. These things usually come in threes, yes? Here you are getting a whole lot of game for your money, and Civ5 is the most polished Civilization to date. Here’ wot Alec made of the vanilla game, and here’s wot Adam thought of Gods And Kings & Brave New World.
Also of note:
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs – £8.11/€9.98/$12.48. Apply coupon “SQUEAL-LIKE-A-PIG”.
The A.Typical RPG & Will Fight for Food – 98p
FEZ – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
NeonXSZ – £6.49/€7.49/$9.99
Final Fantasy VII – £5.35. Apply coupon “GFDSEP20UK”. Registers on Steam.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – £3.83/€4.54/$5.99. Registers on Steam.
A Valley Without Wind, A Valley Without Wind 2, AI War: Fleet Command & Tidalis – Pay What You Want. Pay more than the average to also get Shattered Haven & Skyward Collapse. Registers on Steam.
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