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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Fisticuffs

Those precious pennies you need for food and soap? There are better destinies for them. Specifically, this slew of flashing-pixel-based bargains compiled for us by Savygamer‘s patriarch of the piggybank, LewieP. Management, army-smashing and face-pounding take the spotlight this week…

Kudos 2 – £5.99/€5.99/$5.99
RPS comment-regular Cliffski’s life-simulation strategy game. You get to manage the life of a single character from the age of 20 to 30. Think The Sims, but turn based, and a bit more like a proper game. It has low system requirements, a pretty cool 2D interface, and NO DRM WHATSOEVER AT ALL. Demo here.

Football Manager 2009 – £14.99/€30/$14.99 (Wow, Europe are really getting screwed there)
A successful combination of both the tedium of football and the monotony of databases. A hell of a lot of people like this game – in fact, for a large number of my mates this is the only game worth playing. It apparently has “Uniloc 5 machine activation limit”, bad Sega! When was the last time you remember a game having “3D!” written on the box as a selling point? Well, it is a weekend special, and a fairly good price, I guess. Demo here.

Immortal Defense – £3.50/$4.99 (Sorry Euro folk, it seems Direct2Drive do not want your money)
Pretty indie Tower Defence game. It has bright lights, a story, an enjoyable soundtrack, and a level editor. If you’ve played Defense Grid to death, maybe give this a go next.

Stronghold Bundle – £8.11/€9.17/$11.98
Never played these castle-centric strategy/management games, but they are apparently good, old and cheap, which works for me. Also, they’ve been known to outsell GTA games in germany. FACT.

Deal of the week
Zeno Clash – £6.95/$9.95 (Sorry Euro folk, it seems Direct2Drive do not want your money)
I really hope this game plays as good as it looks. Although this is bought from Direct2Drive, they will give you a serial number for you to plug into Steam. Great for anyone (like me) who missed out on the Steam 50% off deal. It’s a first person shooter that looks nothing like any other first person shooters. It looks like Dr Seuss on a bad trip meets The Neverhood. With fish guns. I’ll be severely disappointed if it is all style and no substance. Trailer here and RPS coverage here. [We’ll have exciting, opinion-based coverage of ZC within the next few days, by the way.]

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