The RPS Bargain Bucket: Shell Power

By Cassandra Khaw on August 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Have you watched Guardians of the Galaxy? I have not but that is on the plate this weekend. And from what I hear, it’s like the chilli cheese fries of comic book-inspired movies, a rowdy montage of action scenes and – dear god, I hope we don’t drown under the video game spin-offs. You know they’re coming. Flee. Flee under your buckets and take shelter with this week’s collection of reasons to spend more money. (This week’s plushie is from one Mr. Cowley. Unfortunately, it does not have a name, children-of-that-nice-lady-who-submitted-the-giant-pink-dog-plushie.)

Sega Fun Pack
$9.92/£5.90/€7.39
So many games that I have not played, but that’s okay. Sometimes, quantity trumps quality, which seems to be the anthem of game bundles these days. The Sega Fun Pack is earnest, at the very least. It even declares itself “fun.” The package comes with a wide variety of games, including Hell Yeah! and the Cave, both of which I adored in spite of their personal inadequacies. I’m told that Jet Set Radio will delight those who like that sort of game, but that’s for you to decide.

Driftmoon
$2.25/£1.33/€1.49
Driftmoon might not look like much, especially when positioned next to RPG goliaths like Skyrim or even Bastion. But, it is smart. The result of a seven-year labor, Driftmoon succeeded in charming even our own John Walker. I suspect it might have something to do with the fact it has excellent writing and characters. To quote Walker, “There’s a polylinguistic crab called Blotch, a sly fencing walking set of bones called Quan Sixfingers, ghosts, mysterious librarians, and a bunch of other surprisingly rounded people to meet or have come along with you.” I’m sold. What about you?

Games Republic Nordic Games Week
Who are the masked men behind Games Republic? And why are they on board with those damn flash sales? As of the time of writing, I see that they have the Red Faction: Collection on sale for 95%, Darksiders-related packages going for 75%, and two Alan Wake offerings discounted for 75% as well. Do these need introduction? I don’t think so. Either way, make sure to keep an eye out for more offerings as it would appear that Games Republic intends to make this ongoing thing.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded
$4.99/£2.99/€3.70
Did we like this? Yes, I think. Funny person Richard Cobbett reviewed this for us some time ago, and he had a lot to say about it. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is an old man with a new suit. Although it comes with a lot of bawdy humor, the protagonist really is only half-heartedly sleazy. Larry only thinks he wants to be a lady killer. The truth is that he’d kill for a decent gal. Take a trip down Memory Lane, and marvel over how the world worked before the advent of pick up artistry.

Etherlords Pack
$1.20/£0.71/€0.89
Some days, you wake up wondering how you went from being twelve years old to a twelve-year-old-pretending-to-be-an-adult. Some days, you wake up wondering how you missed out on certain games. Seriously, I don’t know how I failed to mess around with the Etherlords franchise. I mean, it has a little bit of everything I love. Turn-based combat. Heroes of Might and Magic-style navigation systems. Card-based combat. Have I mentioned the card-based combat? Because that is a big thing here. If you’re willing to contend with the dated graphics, Bundle Stars’ Etherlords pack looks like quite the bargain.

Also of note:

The Walking Dead Weekly Bundle – $11.39/£6.77/€8.48
Buy this for Witch Doctor, please. Which I loved madly. Buy it so that the author has money to make more. Also, the Walking Dead graphic novels are far superior to the television adaptation. Actually, I like everything here.

PC Gamer Giveaway – Free!
No, no one’s giving away PC Gamer. But, the website has partnered with Bundle Stars to distribute free keys in the name of, um, advertisement? Let’s go with that. Follow the instructions, but be forewarned as the site will ask you to deal with pesky Facebook plug-ins in exchange for free toys.

The Apex Book of World SF Bundle – $30.00/£17.83/€22.34
This bundle is absolutely enchanting, and for more than one reason. While Apex is famous for producing quality content, their Book of World SF series is especially interesting because it isn’t just comprised of British or American authors. It’s made up of tales from Russian writers and South African authors, prose from places like Cuba and even Malaysia.

Dungeonland for Mac – $5.77/£3.43/€4.30
God, I love this game. There is no denying the fact that it is hideously broken in very many ways. But, with Crawl still some distance from launch, this is the next best thing. Dungeonland offers the opportunity to either play as the nefarious Dungeon Maestro or as one of the hapless adventurers seeking loot and adventure. As the former, you’ll be able to chuck spells and summon minions to harass your unfortunate friends. As the latter, well, you get to not die. It’s a messy amount of fun that reminds me of Magicka, except with less polish.

P.S: A certain someone wanted to see plushies in a play and, well. This happened. Enjoy.

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51 Comments »

  1. Hexagram says:

    Crawl is actually out in 4 days! So you don’t have to wait that long.

  2. InternetBatman says:

    Fair warning on the Sega pack, the Cave is initially fun, but gets repetitive. Jet Set Radio is virtually unplayable with a mouse (if they let you bind in games, and had the tutorials link to those buttons it would be much better), which is a shame because it felt like it should be a really fun game. And Hell Yeah is just mediocre to the core.

  3. DhulKarnain says:

    Armchair renaissance strategists can find Europa Universalis 4 on nuveem.br for 80%, that’s around 3.7 GPB. To my knowledge, that’s the lowest it’s ever been. But I could be wrong.

  4. Archipelagos says:

    Pretty decent offer regarding The Walking Dead, especially considering it’s the first three issues. Issues 1-7 is when Tony Moore did the art, and I reckon his style was vastly better than Adlard’s subsequent take on the series.

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    Gap Gen says:

    Is… is that a pink llama doing cocaine?

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      thedosbox says:

      Is… is that a pink llama doing cocaine?

      Let’s go with that. Plushies getting high could make for an entertaining video.

    • Paul B says:

      No, if memory serves me, that’s Great A’Tuin who carries the four giant elephants (Berilia, Tubul, Great T’Phon, and Jerakeen) upon its back, who in turn carry the Discworld.

      EDIT: Ah, I see you meant the video, not this week’s plushie ;)

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      kfix says:

      I really hope that llama is doing cocaine. I just want to know how long we will have to wait to find out!

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      I am sad that Hoot and Rambert could not reprise their wonderful interpretation of Owlthello, but this portrayal of monolithic italian tomato based power (and drug taking llamas) is a tour de force.

  6. MartinWisse says:

    I see that the Nordic Games sale warns Red Faction Guerrilla needs Games for Windows Live, but luckily this is optional if you don’t care about achievements.

  7. mlaskus says:

    The Apex Book of SF Bundle is available for $10 if you choose an ebook format.
    I own the first book in the series and it’s a very cool collection of stories, I can definitely recommend it.

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      Vandelay says:

      It does make it a very good deal.

      Worth bearing in mind that the download link that is sent to you only works up to 5 times. Remember to store your downloads somewhere safe.

      • mlaskus says:

        Good to know, thanks.

        A related tip for anyone who would like to conveniently and reliably build their own little ebook library.
        Download Calibre Portable, put it on Dropbox and import your ebooks over there.

        It can convert all of your books to whatever format you desire, modify their metadata(like descriptions, tags or cover images), export them to your Kindle or other readers and so on. It’s a fantastic piece of software.

    • Knufinke says:

      You can also save another 20 % if you use the discount code ALIENHEAD on checkout.

  8. JFS says:

    Driftmoon is a great game. I bought it on release, and I have not regretted it. It somehow reminded me of Silver, one of my twelve-year-old favorites. It doesn’t have the mouse movement attacking thing, though, and it’s more creative in its world-building.

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      caff says:

      Driftmoon is an excellent character RPG. You can tell it’s a real labour of love from a nice couple who really wanted to make a friendly game.

  9. malexmave says:

    So, for the people who didn’t instantly hate it, the new Thief is on sale in the humble store, down to $9.99. I’m considering picking it up, since I heard some good things about it. Sure, it’s not a classic thief, but still, the genre is pretty empty apart from this and possibly Dishonored.

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      thedosbox says:

      It doesn’t stand up well to comparisons with Dishonored or the classic games, but I found it distracting enough for a few hours.

    • woodsey says:

      It’s OK. In terms of mechanics its very nice to play, although the parkour’s always a little janky – but overall it’s a very tactile experience.

      Level design – bar one, very much towards the end – is unfortunately pretty uninteresting, though. At least in relation to the genre it’s supposedly in.

      The actual plot is pretty shitty but the meta-narrative is surprisingly well done.

      Oh, and the haunted house level absolutely destroyed me.

    • Flea says:

      I would recommend it without a doubt. I haven’t played the old Thief so I can’t compare it and honestly I don’t really care. The important thing is that the new Thief was fun for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I still haven’t finished it because, well, uh… Divinity Original Sin happened, but I’m going to come back to it for sure as soon as possible.

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      welverin says:

      I enjoyed it and for $10 definitely recommend it to anyone who had any interest.

      There are definitely issues, but I’m hopeful they’ll get a chance to make a sequel that will improve on it. I got the distinct impression it took a long time to figure out where they wanted to go with and by then it was too late to apply those lessons to the whole game.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      It doesn’t hold a candle to Thief Gold, but I enjoyed it more than 3 and most of 2. It clearly had serious development issues as its design is all over the place (and the audio is buggy as hell) but it wasn’t that bad. In some ways I kinda prefer the stealth mechanics, with swooping and shadows that don’t turn you invisible.

    • rpsKman says:

      I went in with a fresh mind and ended up being terribly disappointed. Not even close to Dishonored or Deus EX HR. I didn’t hate the mechanics, but the characters, story, sound bugs and boss fights had very little to offer.

      For a tenner, perhaps.

    • mr.black says:

      It was OK enough for a stealther.
      But this, this is a game which would benefit greatly from a no-loading-screens mod which was released recently for Thi-three-f.
      I think releasing the game on old-gen consoles undid much of what the game was/could have been good at.

  10. tobecooper says:

    I agree about Witch Doctor! Such a great series. They have a lot of fun with mixing real life with Cthulhu Mythos and doing it in a way that feels different. I thought Ghosted is quite meh though, very thin on story and characters. But it doesn’t change the fact, it’s that bundle is an awesome deal.

  11. Koozer says:

    The reason the PCGamer giveaway exists is because you have to do it through some Facebook app. I’m not giving a company I’ve never heard of my private details for free games.

    • BobbyFizz says:

      I am.

    • rpsKman says:

      I didn’t and I still got the games.

    • derbefrier says:

      Just make a dummy facebook account. Like having a dummy email account these are nice to have so you can still get free stuff without actually letting people know who you are.

  12. Noodlemonk says:

    Am I missing something about that Dungeonland for Mac deal? Pretty sure the game went Free to Play on Steam for both Windows and Mac quite a while ago…

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      SuddenSight says:

      If a quick google search is to be beleived, the “free-to-play” version of Dungeonland only includes 1 out of 4 stages. Presumably this includes all the stages?

  13. Flea says:

    Another Alan Wake sale. Oh good, in case anyone in this galaxy missed the other six million sales it was part of. That game was probably 75% off on release day. I honestly think there’s no one left to get it, even if they were giving it away for free.

    And yes, I have it too.

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    RLacey says:

    Dragon Age 2 and Kingdoms of Amalur Origin keys fr €2.49 each. German site, but the codes give you access to the English versions of the games too.

  15. serioussgtstu says:

    Rome 2 Total War for a tenner over here: http://bit.ly/UHDJZk

  16. Lemming says:

    I think you have to keep the sea-theme going Cassandra, and post my ray plush+bucket I sent you next! ;)

  17. Ejia says:

    How appropriate! I’ve just recently decided I wanted to collect turtles. Mostly plush ones, though I have been looking for a glass one.

  18. Talesdreamer says:

    Witch Doctor is fucking great.
    Go and buy it!

  19. Kaeoschassis says:

    Anyone care to opine further on Etherlords? I have the vaguest of memories of it piquing my interest back in the day, but pretty sure I never played it. I always love me some quality turn based battles, but the operative word here is quality.

    • Xocrates says:

      Etherlords battles are essentially Magic The Gathering – a few rule and thematic changes here and there, but recognizably the same game.

      The campaigns is essentially HoMM for the first one, and something more akin to Kings Bounty for the second. I never delved much into them since I generally just played custom card battles vs the AI, but generally enjoyed the second one far more.

      I should note that with the exception of the campaign style the games are very similar in terms of content and visuals, so the only reason to install both is if you’re interested in the campaigns.

      For the price, I’d say it’s worth it, but I can’t say if they aged particularly well.

    • Atrak says:

      I loved both the Etherlords games, yes they play a little like magic and HoMM but they are great games, and for a mere $1 you really can’t go wrong here. I wish there was an Etherlords 3 or hell even an expansion pack. Hear that world? Kickstarter me some more Etherlords :)

      I admittedly am a sucker for strategy card games, but seeing the troops hit each other while you play your cards adds a nice touch and makes magic feel a little stale and dull by comparison.

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  21. DRoseDARs says:

    All this talk of games, and not one person answers the very first question you ask. I’ll do it: I rather enjoyed it. Saw it in 3D with a bloke for our 2nd date this past Thursday. It was funny, fun, and the 3D was done right, which is to say everything was in-focus rather than just the parts the director wanted you to look at in 3D, which is the reason people get eye strain headaches watching many 3D movies: Their eyes are trying to focus on elements that are by design out-of-focus as filmed. Also, that turtle plushie is adorable. Want.

  22. adonf says:

    Driftmoon is 12€ on desura today. Dunno if the offer expired or if it was UK only.

    • rpsKman says:

      Same for Canada.

      Aaaaaaaaaaaaall the DOOOOOOOOOOOMs on GamersGate.