The RPS Bargain Bucket: Exposed

By Lewie Procter on September 29th, 2013 at 2:03 pm.


Have you come here looking for some video games that cost less than what you might expect to pay for them? Good, because that is exactly what you are going to get, you lucky thing. This is the bargain bucket, where all the discounted PC games come to play every weekend. Please also go and visit my website SavyGamer.co.uk where I will tell you about all the cheap games on all platforms, throughout the week.

Scribblenauts Unlimited – £3.74/$5.99
This is from Amazon US, so you will need to enter a US billing address. Registers on Steam.
The game about making things appear by writing in what they are. You could write a tree, you could write a chair, or you could write a DRAGON. Here’s wot john thought of it:

And that’s the pattern. Being amazed, being amazed, being amazed, being disappointed, being amazed. Fortunately, however, when your excellent imagination means you completely break a scene (my attempts to put out an oven fire with a tidal wave rather upset some monsters in the basement), you can reset any location without losing any progress. This is a game about playing. This is a game where someone trapped in a freezer can be warmed up by creating a volcano. Or where you can find out who would win in a fight between Ceiling Cat and Long Cat.

More here. I’d be interested to revisit this, now that Scribblenauts Unmasked is out, and see what happens if you enter the names of the various superheroes that are featured in Unmasked. Maybe you just get a lawyer shaking their head.

Proteus – Pay What You Want
Registers on Steam.
A lovely island that you can go to right from your computer, without even leaving the house. It’s not just one island though, it’s a different island every time you visit. How magical is that? Proteus is a great game for when you want to chill the fuck out, listen to some pretty sounds, and take in some fairly abstract representations of vegetation, the ocean, rocky outcrops, and little critters running about. Top tip: You get ten thousand bonus points if you can squash the frog by standing on it.

Fotonica – $2.99/€2.21/£1.87
RUN RUN RUN FORWARDS. That’s the name of the game here. Fotonica is an utterly fucking beautiful one button game, where you go FASTER AND FASTER AND FASTER, running in a straight line towards the horizon, in a trippy wireframe world, full of pretty things to look at, and huge gaps to jump over. It’s somewhat aracdey, and there’s a bit of high score challenge to it, but just taking in the visuals is entertaining enough, and more than worth the price of admission here.

Far Cry 3 – £9.99
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – £4.99
Both sides of the Far Cry 3 coin for cheaps. Far Cry 3 is a bit like Far Cry 2 for idiots, but I didn’t like Far Cry 2, and did like Far Cry 3 so hmmm. It’s an open world FPS where you get to shoot animals in the face, hang-glide over valleys and rivers, drive cars into baddies, and then engage in some pretty dull missions where you go where the man tells you, or engage in forced stealth where if you get spotted it is game over. As I said, I do like Far Cry 3, although the Assassin’s Creedification of much of Ubisoft’s output is a bit of a troubling trend: Many of the game’s systems are taken straight from AC, and I wonder if by 2020 Ubisoft will just be making one game, reskinning it with different settings/characters/themes throughout the year. If this ends up being the case, at least we’ll probably get more of Blood Dragon, aka the game that should have been the main game. Blood Dragon is fun and silly, but also clearly made on the cheap. That’s actually part of the charm, but a lot of the stuff from the main game is reused, and I can’t help but wonder what they could have done with a similar approach given the budget of something like the main game. Far Cry 3 opinions, Blood Dragon opinions.

Deal of the week
Thomas Was Alone – £1.50/similar prices in other currencies
Apply coupon “BARGAINBUCKET”. Registers on Steam.
The advantage of crashing on a developer’s sofa after Eurogamer Expo is that you get to hassle them to put their game on sale for the bargain bucket in the morning. Thanks Mike! This is a platformer about quadrilaterals with emotions, and it’s as much about using your cold shrivelled heart to relate to some characters that are basically just a collection of pixels (aren’t they all?), as it is about thinking about the puzzles that are between you and the end of the levels, and timing your jumps to not fall into the pits that kill you. It’s got a bit of a The Lost Vikings thing going on, where you have several different characters, with different skills and attributes, and you switch between controlling them on the fly. Here’s wot your man Adam thought.

Also of note:
Sleeping Dogs – £4.99. Registers on Steam.
Anna, Sine Mora, SkyDrift & Tropico 3 – Pay What You Want
99 Spirits, Electronic Super Joy, March of the Eagles, Rigonauts & Sengoku: Way of the Warrior – £3.19/€3.81/$5.12 at time of writing.
Wrack – £2.99
Gun Monkeys x2 – £1.60/similar prices in other currencies. Apple coupon “GMG20-WS93W-R39MD”. Registers on Steam.

Head along to SavyGamer.co.uk for all the best deals on all the games.

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42 Comments »

  1. Xocrates says:

    err… Proteus ended yesterday.

    (also, somehow I missed that despite receiving the IndieGameStand newsletter)

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  2. rustybroomhandle says:

    Lewie “forgot” to mention he’s running his own bundle here: http://savygamer.co.uk/2013/09/27/the-savygamer-bundle/

    “5 brilliant indie games. Featuring the face-meltingly colourful arena shooter Death Ray Manta, the underwater papercraft chomp-’em-up Derrick the Deathfin, the super techie turn-based tactics game Frozen Synapse, the dark and brooding adventure Richard & Alice and the mind-bending puzzler SpaceChem.”

    $10 min, great games!

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      golem09 says:

      That almost makes it a a very humble offering. In a bundle form.

    • Lewie Procter says:

      Hey thanks for posting that. The bargain bucket is a impartial roundup of the best deals each weekend, so I couldn’t in good consciousness include a deal that I profit directly from, not if I want people to continue to trust me to do a good job of it.

      • Ernesto25 says:

        It’s a great deal im glad another youtbe channel told me about it or i’d have missed it this week

      • rustybroomhandle says:

        Well, the creators of the games in the bundle also stand to gain from it, so personally don’t see any harm in promoting it here.

      • Siimon says:

        Next time, please do post it. If you have ethical qualms about it, put up a big disclaimer (like what they do on RPS for Sir, you are being hunted). Thanks!

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          Martel says:

          I agree with Simon. Just put a disclaimer and call it good, I know I’d like to see them on here.

        • Lewie Procter says:

          It’s not really a matter of RPS policy, it’s my own principals.

          • Universal Quitter says:

            They weren’t pointing out that it was RPS policy, just poking around for a loophole in your code of ethics. They’re offering you an excuse to not worry about it.

            I think that a clear disclaimer would make any complaints about bias completely stupid, but your morals are your morals. People should be able respect that.

  3. nrvsNRG says:

    “…or engage in forced stealth where if you get spotted it is game over.”

    WTH are you on about?

    • Casimir Effect says:

      I think it was only a single mission but it was annoying as balls.

    • Siimon says:

      It happened and it was bloody annoying.
      That said, FC3 deserves more credit than is given in this bucket.

      • Freud says:

        Apart from sneaking around with a silenced sniper rifle, there wasn’t a lot of fun things to do. Very grindy, Assassin’s Creed style. FC3 has left pretty much no impression with me while I still, years later, vividly remember Far Cry 2.

        • haradaya says:

          Pretty much exactly my take on it as well. Far Cry 3 is fun but forgettable. It appeals to a broader audience. Whereas Far Cry 2′s reception has been either fandom or hate it.
          FC2 you made the decisions. Here’s an objective, now getting there, completing the objective, is all up to you. Oh and here’s some pay to unlock more ways to get the job done.
          It also helped that the immersion was unlike anything else. How they shunned it in FC3 was perhaps my biggest disappointment of the overall experience.

  4. Freud says:

    Bucket 2: The Bargaining starring Lewie Proctor.

  5. Wodge says:

    Blood Dragon is a penny short of 12 quid for me, not the 4.99.

  6. Dreforian says:

    Sine Mora and SkyDrift in the same bundle? Both excellent games although I can’t imagine SkyDrift’s multiplayer being too lively…..just remember to have a controller handy.

  7. The_B says:

    Just to point out as well – if you own Scribblenauts Unlimited you get an extra 25% off Scribblenauts Unmasked too, and it stacks with the current 10% launch discount, making it only £19.50 for the new game. So the discount is actually more than you would have paid for Scribblenauts Unlimited if you use the offer Lewie posted above.

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    Colonel J says:

    Also 8 hours left on the GetLoadedGo Bethesda deal http://getloadedgo.com/, two for £10 on pretty much everything Bethesda except Skyrim..This for the benefit of probably the single person left in the world who wants two of these and doesn’t already have them.

    I already did the last deal like this to get DIshonored and Fallout NV Ultimate for £10 a couple of months ago and naturally I haven’t played either of them yet.

    EDIT: Also noteworthy, elsewhere on the site they’ve got Spec Ops: The Line for £3 http://getgamesgo.com/product/spec-ops-the-line

    • Ross Angus says:

      Both excellent choices, Sir. I’ve spent much longer in Fallout NV, but it’s Disho(u)nored which lingers longer in my memory. Always leave them wanting more, I think is the motto.

  9. Advanced Assault Hippo says:

    Thanks for the deals Lewie but…er….not sure about these mini-reviews of the games you do sometimes.

  10. bill says:

    I found Thomas was alone to be a real chore to get through. I wanted to love it. It has buckets of charm and good writing and lovely style… But the gameplay and level design is really dull and repetitive.
    If it had been half the length and dropped a couple of characters, and had a little more variation in puzzle solutions, if would have been awesome.

  11. MisterMumbles says:

    GOG still has their ‘Super 5 Promo’ going on for another day-and-a-half:
    http://www.gog.com/promo/super_5_promo
    - Gateways
    - Adventures of Shuggy
    - Escape Goat
    - VVVVVVV
    - Ben There, Dan That + Time Gentlemen, Please!
    Buy any combination of those up to all five for less than $5. Just one by itself is $2.

    Also, their weekend promo is ‘Strategy First and Seconds’:
    http://www.gog.com/promo/strategy_first_weekend_promo_270913
    All of Strategy First’s owned catalog available for 60% off.

  12. purdz says:

    While maybe not a bargain it’s maybe worth noting

    BF4 & premium for £55, cheapest I’ve seen for both. Premium was and still mostly is £40 for bf3.

    http://www.simplycdkeys.com/origin/battlefield-4-battlefield-4-premium-service-dlc-bundle

  13. Artist says:

    SkyNations for 2.50$ till Oct. 1st:
    https://indiegamestand.com/store/314/sky-nations/

  14. kalirion says:

    http://groupees.com/steampunk
    $1 min for all of the below:

    -Jamestown
    -Greed Corp
    -Vessel
    -Naval Warfare
    -some steampunk music bonuses

    http://groupees.com/bab7
    $0.75 per game, 2 game min as usual for build-a-bundles, with additional games costing less.

    - Duke Nukem 1
    - Duke Nukem 2
    - Oknytt
    - Frogatto & Friends
    - Cloudophobia
    - Retrovirus
    - Zack Zero
    - Primal Fears

    Project Aftermath is a bonus game added to all purchases

    • The Random One says:

      I might get that Steampunk bundle just for the music… if groupee’s streaming was good enough for me to listen to the previews in something longer than one-second bursts…

      • kalirion says:

        You could probably find longer versions on bandcamp or wherever.

  15. MuldoonX9 says:

    What’s the game in the picture?

    • Saarlaender39 says:

      It’s Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the sacred, Blood of the damned.

  16. Lemming says:

    Totally forgot Sleeping Dogs existed until now, so guess it’s time to buy it and play!

  17. shagohad says:

    hey guys, IL-2 Sturmovik, Cliffs of Dover can be had for 5 bucks http://getgamesgo.com/product/il-2-sturmovik-cliffs-of-dover

    my understanding is the game on launch was quite bad but has now been patched to be quite nice, active servers under ATAG, the community has a very helpful forum, getting into this after I found War Thunder to be a bit too F2P, although it is a bit of a heavy sim so you will probably at least need a stick :)

  18. Jody Macgregor says:

    The Binding of Isaac is 80% off on Steam for a limited time. 99 cents! http://store.steampowered.com/app/113200/

  19. Contrafibularity says:

    So I recently played Assassin’s Creed for the first time, and it just sucked so badly it leaves me all the more puzzled why it seems to have cast such a big shadow… or got 3 (4?) sequels.

    It’s not just the fact it’s a fucking lazy port, or a tech-demo that should never have turned into a game, but I can’t even call it a game, you just free-run Mirror’s Edge/Prince of Persia style (or walk Hitman style blending in) towards mini-map markers and then either a cutscene plays which completes your objective or a fight breaks out and you have to do a horrible swordfighting mini-game quick-time event or escape into a haystack somewhere (oh and occasionally you indeed get to assassinate some poor rooftop archer in pointless repetitive side missions). And wow, the cinematic pretensions of this game, what are these people doing in the games industry even?!

    It could’ve been an interesting distraction if it were just the free-running roof jumping parts coupled with some Templar assassination and zero cutscenes, but looking back all I really remember is the horrible cutscenes which trigger exactly when you thought the game was just about to give you an ounce of agency.

    AssCreed is the product of a confused team in a confused company in a confused industry at a confused time, having forgotten that they should be making games that can be played, not stories which are told (and the only stories in games worth remembering are the ones created when players PLAY a game, not cutscenes). That it is remembered for anything other than being a live workshop on how not to make games and waste 100 million dollars is stunning.

    This comment brought to you by the year 2008.

    • GAmbrose says:

      Re: Assassins Creed.

      The first game was boring and had some awful game design decisions. At the time it looked amazing and the free-running was good but that’s all it had going for it.

      Assassins Creed II on the other hand is the point they put an actual game in place, and is brilliant.

  20. GAmbrose says:

    The image they always use for these Bargain Buckets story’s – Is that a scene from the start of ‘Heat’ crudely recreated in an archaic game engine?

    When Val Kilmers character goes to buy some demolition charges.

    • Zarf says:

      Er, looks like Mirkec23 tried to reply to you, but didn’t quite make it. It is Gabriel Knight 3. This was posted by user Harrington on April 21st of this year:

      “It is indeed GK3. In fact, that screenshot is the direct result of having successfully solved that godawful, stupid, inane puzzle. The moustache on Mr. Red Hat? Cat fur and maple syrup.”

      I couldn’t not quote that here.

  21. Mirkec23 says:

    Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the sacred, Blood of the damned

  22. Universal Quitter says:

    Racism, tired tropes, and uninspired missions aside, Far Cry 3 was just a fun experience.

    If there’s someone out there that was completely unable to enjoy it, I genuinely feel bad for you. I don’t think you’re a bad person, but you have my pity for having missed out.

    It’s never been so satisfying to sprint, slide, ambush clearly and blatantly evil pirates, or carve out a pile of guts from a dead tiger.