The RPS Bargain Bucket: In the Jungle

By Cassandra Khaw on June 14th, 2014 at 2:48 pm.

There are a lot of fun, fun things happening over at GOG.com right now, including collections and great titles made stupidly cheap. As of the time of writing, I see a Blackwell Bundle that is 80% off, a mammoth conglomeration of D&D games going for pennies, and friggin’ Incredipede with a 85% discount. Sadly, by the time you read this, they’ll likely no longer be on sales, but it’s wonderful to know that they were mind-bogglingly inexpensive at some indeterminate point in the past, right? Right. Anyway. Keep an eye on GOG.com. People are being wonderful, so you should absolutely attempt to take advantage of their calculated generosity. (P.S: Say hello to the Pengu-lion. He is a new acquisition.)

Shelter
$1.98/£1.40/€1.75
Ah, Shelter. That game which evokes maternal instincts and manly sorrow, the badger simulator that uses cute like a malice-honed blade. You long-time residents of Rock, Plushie Shotgun probably know it well. It’s no secret that Shelter requires emotional investment. Otherwise, the game becomes somewhat simplistic if somewhat unkind. On the off-chance that you haven’t already heard of Shelter, it puts you into the role of a mother badger. You have four children, and it’s your responsibility to keep them alive as best as you can. Now, given that they’re small and juicy, this is likely to be difficult as predators will want a piece of that fluff. Actually, you can read our Wot I Think again for a clearer perspective. Then, decide if you need more adorable yet fatalistic critters in your life. (Answer: Yes.)

The Cat Lady
$1.48/£1.04/€1.30
In light of everything that recently went down during E3, it seemed weirdly appropriate to evangelize The Cat Lady all over again. This horror adventure is beautiful, poignant, and unsettling all at the same time. The protagonist is a woman named Susan, an ashen-faced victim of depression and her own demons. She eventually finds herself unwilling to deal with either of these problems, and, well, you’ll have to see the rest yourself. The Cat Lady deals with some uncomfortable themes, ideas that many of us wouldn’t bring up in casual conversation. And it does it amazingly well. Make no mistake, however, the “horror” label is well-deserved. The game travels to some truly grotesque places (and some wonderful ones) so prepare for an unnerving ride.

I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream
$1.50/£1.06/€1.33
Sorry, I guess it’s turning into one of those “I need the Bargain Bucket readers to play horrific things” sort of days. Personally, I prefer the short story that the game was inspired by, but that doesn’t stop the interactive version from being, er, likeable. (Likeable is probably not the best word here.) A point & click adventure game, I Have No Mouth takes place after the utter obliteration of mankind. Five live, but it’s a miserable existence thanks to the sentient supercomputer that has spent the last 109 years brutalizing their very beings. It’s a dark, grim game that isn’t entirely without its problems. More than a few of the puzzles are somewhat obtuse, and I Have No Mouth sports an earnest love for springing dead-ends on the player. That said, I still like it. And you might too. (Make sure to read the short story at some point in your lives.)

Indie Game The Movie Bundle
$9.99/£7.49/€9.24
Thick with games even non-indie gamers have likely heard of, the Indie Game The Movie Bundle isn’t necessarily the best bargain you’ll see this weekend. However, it might make for an exemplary introduction to the world of indies. The package consists of the documentary itself, a special edition DLC crammed full of additional stories and things to muse about, and the games on which the entire experience is based on. (I’d vote Kentucky Route Zero as baby’s first indie game over Braid, though, but that’s just me.)

Also of note:

Woodcutter Simulator 2012 – $1.68/£.99/€1.24
Presented without comment, but let me know if you do find yourself engaging in this madness.

(Sometimes) Tuesday Bundles – Pay $2/£0.59/€1.48 for everything
It sometimes feels like Groupees bundles are fired in the world by a shotgun. Not everything will hit the target. However, this new (Sometimes) Tuesday Bundle has me rather intrigued. There are racing games, turn-based combat, comics, and the music of Viking Guitar. Viking Guitar. Isn’t that name just fantastic?

Sanctum 2: Four Pack – $12.22/£7.20/€9.02
The Sanctum franchise has long since been the source of casual fascination. A first-person shooter squashed into a tower defense game, it makes for a great co-op experience. Sanctum 2 does what all sequels do: it expands on the original. Here, there are more characters, more enemies, more weapons, more things to juggle. In spite of the fact it was made by the same dudes who crafted Goat Simulator, Sanctum 2 is rather cleverly put together.

With Steam summer sales coming up next week, I’d like to do things a little differently. Instead of just putting together the usual Bargain Bucket, I’d like recommendations from everyone. What is your favorite game? Why would you recommend someone snag it RIGHT THE HECK NOW if they saw it on sale? Leave your suggestions in the comments, and I’ll work on incorporating them into next week’s column! (Also, Pengu Lion needs a name. Help.)

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142 Comments »

  1. GameCat says:

    That plushie looks like mix of Android logo, Hello Kitty and lion.

  2. fsantox says:

    If anyone is interested, the batman Arkham series is on sale at Nuuvem
    http://www.nuuvem.com.br/promo/especial-batman
    I’m sharing because I see no indication of region locks.

    For comparison, one dollar is roughly 2 reais

    • Stardreamer says:

      Weird, I picked up Arkham Origins from Nuuvem yesterday for less than a fiver and now come here to find you advising the world of the cheapness. Good shout. :)

  3. Bull0 says:

    Worth bearing in mind the Steam summer sales starts on monday, and is usually off-the-hook, pants-on-head insane.

    • spacedyemeerkat says:

      Actually, it starts on Thursday.

      • Bull0 says:

        Oh, yeah. I had 16th in my head. Point still stands, it’s very soon.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        THE MOST INSANE DAY OF THE WEEK

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          Gap Gen says:

          THE DAY OF THOOOOOR

        • Bull0 says:

          How would you describe the deals, if “insane” isn’t good enough? http://gaben.tv/

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            Hey I’m right there with you dude :) Warming up my wallet as we speak (though am in a forest at the mo and can’t get enough 3G’s onto my phone-puter to watch that site properly so I will assume it is live footage of Gabe emitting games from his eyeballs)

          • Bull0 says:

            You’re not far off!

          • The Random One says:

            The scanlines are by far the most unsettling thing in that video, which is amazing considering it contains both blasphemy and a casual rape joke.

          • Bull0 says:

            Ah, calling “wallet rape” a “rape joke” is a little hysterical, isn’t it? Surely a “rape joke” is a joke about people, rather than wallets.

          • pepperfez says:

            Insensitive use of “rape”, then? I’m not outraged, but it’s a crappy turn of phrase.

          • Lemming says:

            @pepperfez:

            It’s fine. No. 4, specifically.

          • njursten says:

            Rape as a metaphor is definitely a rape joke, sorry!

            Lemmings, I don’t really think anyone thinks of that defintion when they hear the word rape?

      • secuda says:

        Good maybe for once they might get it right when my payment will arrive :).

    • HadToLogin says:

      You know most of Steam Deals were already in various shops already, sometimes even cheaper?

      Unless you can get them from Russia.

      • nearly says:

        Honestly, a number of other vendors have better sales at various times during the year and especially during Steam sales. There’s just a stigma of “oh my god, it’s the Steam sale, this is a cheap game, I couldn’t get it any cheaper anywhere else” that prevents people from looking beyond Steam and getting the game as cheap as it actually is. I don’t think there’s been a time during the past two or maybe three years that Amazon or others didn’t beat every deal.

        • HadToLogin says:

          Yeah, it’s like people still think it’s 2010 and there never was any Season Sale.

        • Bull0 says:

          Every single deal? That’s amazing! Can you share your data?

          • Arona Daal says:

            You want Gameprice History Data? Here:

            http://isthereanydeal.com/?by=price:asc#/filter:historylow

            Mouse over the Price to see who offered the historically lowest Prices of actual Deals.

            Steam appears , but not dominantly so,and then usually because they are the *only* ones selling the Game/DLC.

          • Frank says:

            @Daal: Ooh, nice data! Looks like a good resource for deals, too.

            Anyway, Steam’s sales seem more concentrated and so require less prolonged attention from me. And I have Steam open more than half the time, anyway.

        • Vinraith says:

          Indeed. Generally any Steam deal is, at a minimum, price-matched (and sometimes outright beaten) elsewhere, especially with Steam sales of the last few years which really haven’t been all that great.

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            jezcentral says:

            Yes, but often it’s the easiest option, which you can’t always knock people for using. I buy mostly through Steam as it saves me having to download a new client, our go through a new sign-up process, with the email/username/password/bank details that entails.

          • fish99 says:

            You mean laziest, and usually there’s no client involved since they’re selling Steam codes. At most you have to come up with a username/password and then you can just use paypal.

            Games are hitting 75% off 6 months earlier at some of these shops versus Steam, and they’re often getting down to prices which Steam never matches. As other people said Steam sales haven’t been good for years now.

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            jezcentral says:

            Potatoes, po-TAH-toes. :)

          • Vinraith says:

            I’m actually thinking in terms of games that register to Steam here, because at this point nearly everything does (and in too many cases it’s required). Generally, for example, indie developers will price match Steam deals and, with a direct purchase, you’ll get a DRM-free version and a Steam key. The customer gets more flexibility and the developer gets a larger cut, so it’s win-win for everyone. It just requires the customer to look away from Steam for 30 seconds.

      • Bull0 says:

        You’ve obviously got me at a disadvantage – since you’ve got the price list for this year’s sale do you mind sharing?

        • HadToLogin says:

          Not really, just going with experience, as I didn’t seen anything on Steam that wasn’t cheaper elsewhere during last sales (pricing mistakes excluded)..

          Outside of Russia, that is, where they have 2, 3 times cheaper games.

        • Press X to Gary Busey says:

          The last couple of years have had a lot of competitors selling keys at even lower prices than Steam itself outside the season sales.
          It’s conjecture but the season sales are less interesting because of the deals inflation.
          In 2010 it was a spectacle to see 75% off on “Tripple A” games as soon as 6 months after release. Nowadays it’s pretty much 75% off on something “new” every day (even big budget games in pay-what-you want bundles).

      • d32 says:

        This is even more likely when you buy in Euros / Pounds at Steam, but can get deals in dollars elsewhere.

  4. CookPassBabtridge says:

    I’ve clearly been craving for cute lately. Earlier in the week I found myself making quite loud demands for a plushie version of a football-playing T-72 tank. Everyone said it was ok, but I saw the looks.

    Pengu Lion makes me want to shove my face into the bucket with all the fluff. All is well. Also yay for no gynaecology plushies this week.

    EDIT: Those last two thoughts sit uncomfortably next to one another.

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    thedosbox says:

    I was half expecting a World Cup plushie.

    You have four children, and it’s your responsibility to keep them alive as best as you can. Now, given that they’re small and juicy,

    That’s an interesting turn of phrase. Developed a taste for baby badgers recently?

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      *staaaaaaaaaaaaares*

      • phelix says:

        That’s only the fourth time I’ve read “turn of phrase” in my life (non-native speaker) and now two times in one RPS comment thread. This world is getting too small.

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    melnificent says:

    Woodcutter Simulator. The time I spent on this I will never get back and that makes me sad

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      YOU ARE OBLIGATED TO GIVE A REVIEW NOW.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        The voice acting is a bit … wooden. But otherwise seemed to be quite a… poplar game.

        *backs away out of hitting distance*

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        melnificent says:

        Hmmm,
        Are you a lumberjack cutting down trees? Or a ghostly apparition taking the soul of the trees by marking them with a red line from your ghostly chainsaw. Destined to walk around an empty town and woodland cutting down only the trees marked for death. No-one else exists in this limbo woodland, you are alone. No creatures to be seen, no people to talk to, just woodland and THE HOUSE. You know that Star Trek Episode where they go to the Q continuum and it’s just a dusty road… there was more to do there than in this game.

        *spoilers* It quickly becomes apparent that you are a ghost, as the tree falling cutscenes show nobody nearby. This also answers the question of if tree falls in the woods does someone hear it? The answer is the ghosts do.

        I got it as part of a bundle and still feel I overpaid for it.

  7. Axyl says:

    The bucket has far less decent deals since Lewie stopped writing it.

    Not seen a single deal here I’ve been interested in since. I still love RPS, but this regular feature really needs someone with their finger more on the pulse of discounted video games to write it, imo.

    Sorry, Cassandra. :(

    • Creeping Death says:

      Savygamer.co.uk still exists for plushie haters like you! Though as for being “finger on the pulse”… I find they’ve been horribly behind on any offer that interests me for at least the last month. And any time they do link to good deals these days it’s usually from a dodgy key reseller or using a proxy.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      I wish RPS would move the Bargain Bucket to the middle of the week — the best deals take place during the period of Monday-Friday. Weekends are a generally a massive void when it comes to video game discounts.

      • Baines says:

        I guess they are trying to use Bargain Bucket to fill the massive void that is weekend news.

        • Cassandra Khaw says:

          I’ve been gently trying to talk the overlords into letting me do something else on the weekends.. *whistles*

          • Vinraith says:

            That would be lovely, especially because there can’t be much creative freedom in this particular beat (outside the plushies, of course).

          • MartinWisse says:

            I hope they listen because I like your writing.

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            caff says:

            Yes please, more weekend articles! I love Graham’s Sunday Papers and the Indie games thing is great too, but more articles. MORE.

          • bill says:

            Yes please! RPS sunday articles tend to be Monday morning articles for me, due to the time difference. Definitely need more to read on a slow monday morning.

            That said, there seem to have been several attempts at Sunday regular features that have died pretty quickly, so maybe the readership isn’t high enough to justify the clicks. (dunno if you get paid per click).
            IMHO the standard RPS technique of spreading posts out throughout the day is a bad idea on sundays. Better to dump them all up at 8am so people have something to read whenever they wake up.

            PS/ Ideally it’d be some decent long-form journalism or investigative stuff. Shame RPS doesn’t do that much.
            PPS/ Move Carboard Children back to sundays!
            PPPS/ Guest posts from random writers / game makers or even readers on sundays.

    • puzzlepiece87 says:

      I felt the same way even though I do enjoy the plushies. Did you try IsThereAnyDeal yet? Downside: you have to make your own wishlist. Upside: They e-mail you whenever your wishlist items go on sale at whatever price or % you designate, there’s a “notify me only if it registers on Steam” option if you wish to use that, and they have like 25+ stores they scrape from.

      So that’s a good way to get the plushies/Cassandra-enthusiasm and the good deals in a timely way.

      • nearly says:

        I always check the comments and other sites. No one place is going to have all the deals, which is something I’ve accepted, and the deals that appear here are generally quite different from what others post.

        Still much better than, say, Kotaku, where the “deals” page turned into “referral links to Amazon for upcoming and recently released games.” I understand the person that does the page wants to make a living, but goddamn, have some dignity. Lewie was always upfront about referral links and they were always for actual deals, not “you’re going to buy it anyway so why not pay me as well?”

      • The Random One says:

        That seems to be nice, (and thank you for sharing), but Lewie would often ferret up games I didn’t know I was interested in. Cassandra’s gotten a lot better at… ferretting since her debut, but she still sticks to what can be referred to as ‘mainstream games’.

        Or maybe it is I who am no longer making such adventurous purchases and am unfairly projecting them upon a plushie-laden innocent woman. No one told you life would be fair!

        • puzzlepiece87 says:

          I agree 100%, Lewie did the same for me. That is definitely a downside of IsThereAnyDeal, that you have to know what you are interested in before using it.

      • Lemming says:

        Steam has the same wishlist function, FYI.

        • puzzlepiece87 says:

          They do, and I use Steam wishlist, but I like IsThereAnyDeal because it lets you customize the notifications by price and % and also covers many other stores that activate on Steam but are not Steam itself.

        • Jalan says:

          Steam’s email notification system is hit and miss, more often miss. Strangely for no discernible reason at all. It’s as if it’ll send me an email one time around for a game on my wishlist that’s on sale while it’ll completely ignore sending one for another.

        • bhauck says:

          It’s not really useful to put a brand new, $60 game on your Steam wishlist thinking “I will buy that in two years when it costs $5″ and then get alerted every time the price is slashed all the way down to $45.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      @OP: Nah this column used to just kind of be an addendum to Saturday. Now its a plush-tastic all consuming event. Plus don’t be mean to Cassandra or we shall send the plushie bee swarm round to FLUFF YOU TO DEATH

    • HadToLogin says:

      Only reddit that needs to exist: http://www.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/ .

      RPSs Bucket never was great place, seeing how looking and reporting deals is 24/7 work, not one thread per week.

    • Vinraith says:

      It’s particularly strange considering the flurry of massive sales going on right now. Gamersgate is having a huge summer sale, GMG is closing out a huge summer sale, I suppose at least GOG’s got a mention.

      • Cassandra Khaw says:

        Mentioned this somewhere else in the comments, but one of my problems is feeling weird about going: “HEY THIS IS ON FLASH SALE” while knowing that it will likely be gone by the time a fair number of readers show up to read about it.

        Other thing: would you guys like broad reminders that major digital platforms are having sales? o_o; I am so confused, sometimes..

        • Vinraith says:

          Yeah, broad reminders are what I had in mind actually since you’re (obviously) quite right about trying to keep up with the flash sale churn. I think a lot of people easily miss sales on the smaller sites, like Gamersgate, and might benefit from you mentioning them. Perhaps I’m completely wrong about that, but it seems strange to me not to see them acknowledged.

        • Shadowcat says:

          Definitely link to sales. You’re never going to be able to appeal to everyone’s tastes with individual picks, and so if you just pick and choose from a big sale without mentioning that there is a big sale, people mightn’t even know to go and take a look for themselves.

          It’s great to point out what seem to be the most notable bargains, but it’s not much more effort to ensure that people know that there’s more to see, if they so wish.

        • Frank says:

          Broad reminders? Yes please. I have a couple of games in my Gamersgate library, for example, but basically never visit the site (since I now also have those games on Steam).

        • bill says:

          Broad Reminders = good. I can’t be bothered to keep checking sites to see if they have sales on.

          • Cassandra Khaw says:

            I think I’ve been thumped over the upside of my head for pointing out stuff like this before, but I’ll add another sub-column next week, I think. Just to remind folk of who or what is doing what during this week. :D Onwards and plushwards!

    • WrenBoy says:

      Ive nothing against plushies but every time I see a mid afternoon bargain bucket I cant help but think that Lewie was treated pretty shabbily.

      Apparently 11am isnt such a big deal after all.

      • Vinraith says:

        RPS has explicitly denied that Lewie’s departure had anything to do with posting at a regular time, as I recall. I wonder, actually, if it had anything to do with Lewie’s stance on key resellers.

        Edit: This is incorrect, as clearly cited below.

      • Cassandra Khaw says:

        Actually, the guys here have me post up my article at 7AM EST sharp. (I have missed this once or twice, by about 20 minutes. T.T) Unfortunately, circumstances occasionally prevent people from publishing it at 11am. But I am personally mandated to get it up at a certain time.

        • CookPassBabtridge says:

          You may find the complaints are coming from those of us on GMT, where the bucket can come up well into the afternoon. The publishing timestamp for this article, for example, is 2:48pm.

        • MartinWisse says:

          It does feels strange that if a deadline was the reason Lewie was let go, they replaced him with somebody from the US for whom an 11AM GMT deadline is slightly harder to make…

          • Baines says:

            Cassandra said she’s making her posting deadline. It sounds like someone/thing else at RPS is failing to get the article edited and online on time afterwards.

        • WrenBoy says:

          Thats interesting, thanks.

          May your plushie supply never run dry.

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      I love you too. ;) But, yeah. I’m sort of desperately attempting to fill the void until Lewie’s successor marches up to relieve me of my duties (or something.) D:

      • Frank says:

        If that’s true, I hope your writing and plushies stick around to fill some other role!

    • Pazguato says:

      Agreed. I said it a weeks ago and I was beaten like a plush toy. Glad to see I’m not the only one thinking the same.

    • bill says:

      Problem also seems to be that it’s pretty easy for all of us to keep up to date with the main sites (steam, gog, etc..), and lewie kinda relied on obscure key sites and using region-skipping tricks. Which are fine for some, but I usually avoided them.

      But I’ve found a couple of interesting non-game sites/bargains through the column recently, and got a few free games off of Origin, etc.. so I’m not complaining.

      IMHO there are so many bargains/sales/bundles these days that you can get almost any game at a good discount, but it’s hard to find ones that feel really special anymore (without jumping through key sites and vpns). So it just comes down to finding interesting/obscure stuff and getting good recommendations.

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    welverin says:

    Pengu Lion is definitely a Lord of some sort.

  9. MartinWisse says:

    Pengu Lion looks like a Gary.

  10. Hahaha says:

    Gog also have a sale on cat lady only 80% instead of 85% but you don’t have to deal with steam

    also Expeditions: Conquistador for 3.99

  11. Blackcompany says:

    Green Man Gaming is wrapping up their Summer Sale with an Encore Performance right now. Not sure why they never get covered here – and never really did – but its there and its cheap.

    • Lemming says:

      Indeed, I bought Arkham Origins and a DLC season pass for under a tenner from there. It’s basically another Steam sale as you get Steam keys.

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      Actually, I mentioned GreenManGaming last week. (And a fair number of people note that the current sales were not the best.) One of my major problems right now is the deluge of flash deals. It feels a bit unfair to write about them, then have people show up and go, “HEY LOOK. THEY’RE GONE.” So I’ve been trying to stick to those which will reliably exist for at least a day or two.

      If that makes sense. I need coffee.

      • HadToLogin says:

        Yeah, that’s the biggest “problem” with RPS bucket – like I said, deals requires 24/7 coverage.

        That’s why I check it for plushies and for bundle reviews – some are insta-buy, but quite often I’m not sure sure about them and you do pretty great job “reviewing” them.

      • puzzlepiece87 says:

        It makes sense. Thanks for explaining and all the hard work!

    • bill says:

      Just checked GMG and couldn’t see any decent looking deals. Has it ended already? Or is it region restricted?

  12. CookPassBabtridge says:

    My favourite game? ETS2, because it is the most relaxing and absorbing experience ever on a computer. Most games kind of fire you up, this one just eases away tension. Plus BEYOOOTIFUL TWUCKTH TO BE ALL YOUR OWN

    I am hoping to see the following for not much more than a £tenner:
    OMSI2, Wolfenstein, Ass Creed Boyfriend edition (BF? Oh black flag), Next Car Game, Crysis 1 and 3 (1 to replace my lost disc for a couple of quid and three because I don’t own it), SpinTires, X Rebirth for NO MORE THAN 50 pence so I can say “yes its really that bad”

    • fish99 says:

      I see a lot of people describe ETS2 as relaxing, and … it sorta is, but at the same time the nature of truck driving means constant steering input is required. It frustrates me that you can’t get a good look at the scenery you’re driving past, because as soon as you start looking around, or using the outside cameras, your chances of hitting barriers or other cars goes up 100x. In say a rail sim or a flight sim, you can look around all you want.

      It’d be nice if there was a function to let the computer drive your truck for a brief period to let you view the scenery.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        Thats true, though having a wheel and slowing down or even stopping (even though it may not be something you would normally do on a motorway) does make that easier. I have a DK2 Rift on order as well which should make that much more organic.

        I just tend to find that, even though it arouses a lot of the stresses of driving, I always feel great and more energetic afterwards. Its not something I can say about other games, especially FPS’s.

        • fish99 says:

          Yeah I need to try it on my G27 (currently gathering dust in my cupboard) rather than a 360 pad.

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            Ohhh definitely! Using a wheel turns it into a whole different experience :)

  13. nindustrial says:

    I know, I know, it’s Origin, BUT, ton of games up to 70% off. Just snagged FIFA 14 for $20 and finally grabbed the Mass Effect trilogy on PC for $15. (My Xbox bricked before finishing ME3 and I’ve been looking for a deal to replace them all).

  14. kalirion says:

    The Viking Guitar album in http://groupees.com/tuesday is full of fantastic rock covers of video game tunes.

    The games aren’t bad either, for the most part:

    Volt, Science Girls and Redneck Racers, and Siege of Inaolia in $1 tier
    Type:Rider and Inquisitor in $2 tier

    But the bundle is worth the asking price just for the Viking Guitar.

    • bill says:

      Unfortunately I have sworn a solemn vow on the HeartStone never to buy any game involving anime schoolgirls. So I’ll have to miss out on the Viking Guitar.

  15. BarneyL says:

    Sir You are Being Hunted is $4.99 (75% off) in a GoG flash sale for the next 2 hours.

  16. Armante says:

    Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri on the big http://www.gog.com sale:

    http://www.gog.com/game/sid_meiers_alpha_centauri at 50% off

  17. G_Man_007 says:

    Pengu Lion looks like Kon from Bleach. You should call him Kon.

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  19. pertusaria says:

    OK, so recommendations for the Steam sale / its competitors:

    - Papers, Please: How it feels to be a passport control officer for a small Soviet dictatorship.

    - Startopia: Lovely management game riffing on Douglas Adams. Fairly modern for a good “old” game and definitely still playable.

    - Fate of The World: Turn-based game about climate change and difficult decisions.

    - Not the Robots!: I would file this under “quirky” rather than necessarily “good”, but that’s what sales are for, right? You control a robot moving through an office complex and eating furniture to finish a level and be allowed to proceed. Furniture is also your cover from automated enemies. The game keeps track of how long you’ve been playing for and gets harder as your play time increases. It’s 50% off at 4.50 euro for the next 30-ish hours.

    I will be buying the latest Blackwell game, but I think I’ll pop off and do it now because I owe Dave Gilbert at least one full-price purchase, having bought most of his games for next to nothing.

    • bill says:

      Not recommendations, but games that I might buy if I see them going super cheap:

      - Space Hulk. I know the review here wasn’t great, but if they’ve fixed the bugs and it’s super cheap.

      - Shadowun. Hopefully as some kind of double pack including both campaigns, if such a thing exists.

      - Cloudbuilt. Looks lovely.

      - Transistor. Though it’s probably too new to get a big deal. Loved Bastion though.

      - The Stanley Parable. Definitely want to check that out.

      - Any other recent indie darlings, such as Gone Home, Papers Please (though it sounds depressing). Though I already have all the older ones everyone already has, like Braid, VVV etc..

      • bill says:

        Plus:
        - Spec Ops: The line. Or any other game in the “flawed but great – buy it on discount” category.
        - Kentucky Route Zero. Seems interesting, dunno if they’ll do a deal on an unreleased game.
        - Walking Dead season 2.

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    psepho says:

    Cassandra, I have some difficult news for you.

    There are actually five badger cubs in Shelter, not four. When you start the game one of the cubs is near starvation and inert. Before leaving the burrow, it is necessary to get food to revive them so that they can follow you out. It is possible that you left one of your cubs to starve — alone — in the abandoned burrow…

    • Lagran says:

      Isn’t it impossible to get out of the den unless you feed that cub? I know I ran into that problem — I immediately tried exploring, got blocked, found the cub, fed it, and was then able to leave the den.

  21. Gilead says:

    Speaking of the GOG flash sales, I think I saw Sir, You Are Being Hunted at $4.99 briefly, which I believe is the lowest it’s been? As the deals do tend to repeat, there’s a good chance it will go on sale again, so anybody on the fence about that one might want to keep an eye out for that particular malevolent robotic flee-em-up to pop up again.

    EDIT: About ten seconds after I made this comment I noticed that BarneyL had already mentioned this above. Still, I am leaving this here in case anybody wasn’t aware that the GOG flash deals do repeat, so if you missed it the first time, don’t lose hope entirely. Just sit at your PC until the sale ends, forever refreshing the GOG front page.

  22. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    I have to recommend Broforce. Yes, it’s still early access, so a sale might be in question, but it’s just immense fun, even when it’s not complete yet. The end is not quite… there.. .yet, but it does more to make me want to rewatch some old 80s/90s action movies than The Expendables ever did (that did the opposite, in fact).

    Like the secondary power of Broniversal Soldier… what’s that about? It took me ages to even understand what it does. Now I need to rewatch the movie. Fantastic game!

  23. bill says:

    The Pengu-Lion looks like a ‘Pudding’ to me.

  24. bill says:

    Do people actually bother keeping up to date with all the Flash Sales?
    I don’t think they work for me at all. I bought a lot more games in sales before all the sites started switching to Flash Sales. At the very least, I’d think they’d only really work for existing loyal customers, and not really attract any new customers.

    I mean, I *meant* to keep checking the GOG Insomnia Sale in the hope of finding something good, but then I just kinda forgot. And I keep meaning to check the GOG deals, but then i don’t. So i haven’t bought anything in either.

    • Lagran says:

      I’ve been keeping up to date, but then I’m in a situation where I can easily do so. Realistically, at the pace GOG is going you need to check in once every 3 hours or so, then at 1PM GMT for the bundle deal swapover. GOG also has the majority of its catalogue on a 50% non-Flash sale anyway, so for some games you’re saving at most $5 waiting for a flash sale.

  25. Safilpope says:

    That lion is amazing, I want one! I also agree that he looks like a Gary

  26. bhauck says:

    For a sale recommendation, I got SteamWorld Dig from GOG for $2.50 in a flash sale and really liked it. It’s even shorter than I realized, but it was fun and who could complain at that price? I’ve only seen it in the flash sale once so far, so there’s a good chance there’s a repeat on the way. I would also expect it to drop to $2.00 during the upcoming Steam sale, since they don’t typically lose to GOG on pricing.