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The RPS Bargain Bucket

Spend! Spend like your very life depends on it! But no, not on heroin and oversized black t-shirts. Spend on these cut-priced videogames, thoughtfully found once again by Savygamer‘s coin-conserving champion LewieP. You’ll note a couple of long-term RPS favourites are lurking amongst this week’s splendid bargains – including the most joyous news that the excellent Defense Grid: The Awakening finally falls below $10…

Helldorado – £12.99/€14.95/$14.95
I’m not to sure what exactly I am basing this recommendation on. I think it’s a combination of funky name, interesting setting, and badass, albeit slightly dated looking, screenshots. It’s a Wild West Tactical Action Strategy game, with 3 (count ’em) difficulty settings. I gather it’s a pseudo-sequel to the Desperado games. I can only seem to find the demo in German, which is a little odd. Let us know what you guys think about this one…

Peggle Complete – £6.99/€9.98/$9.98
[Peggle! PEGGLE! – excited RPS Hivemind] This includes Peggle Deluxe and Peggle Nights. Peggle is a very interesting game to me. It’s a mostly passive experience. You click on your mouse and get drip fed audiovisual rewards at a fairly constant rate. High level play can be ridiculously involved and you are never quite able to decide what proportion of how successful you are is down to luck, and how much is down to skill. I’ve spent a bunch of time with the recent 360 and DS version of Peggle, and I am confident in saying that the PC version is the one to get. Demo here, and you can get the halflife themed Peggle Extreme for free on steam. [PEGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGLE!]

Defense Grid: The Awakening – £6.79/€7.55/$9.95
I posted this a few weeks ago, and now it is even cheaper. It’s a pretty great Tower Defence game, I’m still yet to beat the final level (it is so much harder than the rest of the game), but have really enjoyed it. At this low price it’s a must have if you are a fan of the genre. Jim’s opinion of it here, and try the demo here.

Second Sight + Messiah – £8.17/€9.09/$11.98
I absolutely loved Second Sight on the Gamecube. The shooting controls are a little lacking, but it is worth it to play a game gives you so many opportunities to feel like you are outsmarting it. The narrative is far cleverer than it initially seems. If anyone tries to spoil the ending for you, punch them in the face. I’d like to think this and Timesplitters are what Free Radical will be remembered for, not Haze. Never played Messiah myself, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. GOG have a bunch of games on promotion this weekend too, this was just my favourite pick.

Deal of the week
Ghost Master – £1.49/€2.49/$2.49
Puzzley Dungeon Keeper-esque game [GRAAAAH. It’s fun, but it sure ain’t DK – Over-defensive Alec]. You’re in command of a a range of ghosts, and have to scare some pansy humans away from a big house. It’s a fantastic combination of unique and dirt cheap, that you probably shouldn’t pass up on.

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