By Cassandra Khaw on January 4th, 2014 at 11:00 am.
Good whatever-time-frame-you-are-currently-residing-in, ladies and genteel beings. The new year just rolled in and I’ve got a question for you: how many of you out there are still mistakenly penciling ’2013′ into your important documents? While most of us may have already made our purchases for the year in that last Steam-powered avalanche of discounts, there’s always room for new games. Maybe, your pay came in late. Maybe, you found 200 bucks on the pavement after some late-night festivities. Maybe, you just want more games. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered.
The Humble Weekly Sale
At this point of time, knowledge of the Humble Bundle and its subsidiaries is as much a part of the Internet as cats are. Good bargains, by and large, abound. That said, this week’s Humble Weekly Sale is an absolute delight — at least if you enjoy point & click adventure games. Which I do. For just $6, you’ll be able to pick up Samorost 2, Machinarium, Lume, Windosill, Shelter and Botanicula. All very indie and all exceedingly pretty. Of the lot, I’m particularly smitten with Lume and Shelter. The former’s not exactly the height of humorous wordplay but it’s lush with roof-cracking production values. As for Shelter, well, it involves you playing Mama Badger, a role both heartbreaking and hilariously frustrating.
Dungeons & Dragons Anthology: The Master Collection
Have you played Planescape: Torment? What? No? We can’t be friends, then. Not even Internet acquaintences. Requisite bad jokes aside, this really is an excellent opportunity to partake in some classic Dungeons & Dragons action. The Master Collection isn’t necessarily the end-all of CRPGs but it certainly is festooned with goodness. The Baldur Gate franchise and all of its expansions? Planescape: Torment? Icewind Dale-related madness? Game on!
Dose Dupla 2014
Every now and then, mention of Nuuvem bobs up into view. I’m personally a tad leery of recommending anything I can’t access without Google Translate’s assistance but this Dose Dupla 2014 thing is a bit too delicious to resist. The idea here is simple: pick any two games from their list and pay only R $29.90 which roughly translates to ’bout $12.58. Not a bad deal given that stuff like Bioshock Infinite and the Ultimate Edition of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow are up for grabs. In theory, this bargain is only accessible to those living in South America but the Internet suggests that this is a geographical requirement many have happily ignored.
Hunter: The Vigil
By the time you read this, this offer may be gone so click on the link like a discount-maddened American on Black Friday, for god’s sake. Click! I’m a huge fan of the universe that White Wolf designed over the years, so much so that I could once quote the primary source books from memory. While Hunter: The Vigil is certainly less impressive than, say, Mage: The Ascension (which was free for download but a day ago), it’s something I still enjoy. There’s a certain weird pleasure associated with being a nigh-powerless human being standing strong against forces beyond mortal reckoning, after all.
Skulls of the Shogun
Did you say “I want a slick, turn-based strategy game inspired by Advance Wars and thronging with undead samurai that break the fourth wall?” Of course, you did. Everyone wants cadaverous, East Asian-inspired armies in their library of games. Skulls of the Shogun is magnificent in its simplicity. The writing is sharp, the humor slick and the combat, though minimalist in its approach, happily engaging. I’m particularly enamoured of how the game doesn’t restrict you to a grid-based movement system and how you upgrade troops by cannibalizing the still chatty skulls of your enemies.
Also of note:
Trine 2: Complete Story - $1.99/€1.46/£1.21
Trine 2: Complete Story costs less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks. You should pick it up, if you haven’t already. Seriously.
Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition - $7.49/£6.24
Because you needed an excuse to rip the vertebrae from questionably dressed opponents. Not available to Germans, sadly. (Bonus 25% voucher: GMG25-0YUM5-VKMVU)
Blood of the Cybermen - Free for those located in the UK
So, BBC apparently made a whole bunch of Doctor Who adventure games. I honestly can’t tell if that makes me happy or sad.
Noticed some price discrepancies? Don’t hesitate to smack me over the head about it in the comments. Run a digital distribution site or have knowledge of an upcoming bargain? Send an e-mail! Want to submit a photo of a plushie in a bucket for next week’s header image? E-mail those too! Because smoke signals just don’t jive with this day and age.