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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Odes To Joy

You know that money you don’t have? You should spend it. On some sort of oversized-hat with flashing lights and propellers, ideally. Anything that’s left should go on one of the below videogames, kindly selected for us as always by that pioneer of price-grabbing, Savygamer‘s LewieP. Oh – additionally, goodly reader Judd dropped us a line noting that the controversially expensive Blood Bowl can be had by Americanly types for a reasonable $28 – boxed edition, and only valid for the next 65 hours.. That’s better, eh?
GRID – £7.49/€9.99/$14.99
I’ve revealed in previous bargain buckets that I don’t really like racing games, in general. There are some exceptions, but GRID is not one of them. I tell you what though, the demo gave me the impression that it is stylish as hell. The general presentation, in particular the HUD are pretty slick, and the idea of introducing the Sands of Time into a racing game is crazy enough that it just could work. Alec and Jim know what they are talking about far more than me here, and demo here.

BrainPipe – £8.79/€10.79/$11.99
You know how in films, particularly from the 80s and early 90s, whenever you see a character playing a fictitious game, it always involves flying along a path with brightly coloured lights, doing stuff (see here, 5:30 onwards). Well, BrainPipe is a bit like that. If that doesn’t get your attention, it also won this year’s Excellence In Audio award at the IGF, deservedly so. It has a creepy as hell menu, and the whole game has a bit of a Jeff Minter vibe to it, and is probably a good game to get massively stoned to. Demo here.

Titan Quest: Gold Edition – £8.99/€9.99/$9.99
A Diablo clone in an ancient mythological setting, this pack includes the original game and the ‘Immortal Throne’ expansion. Sadly developer Iron Lore (also behind Dawn of War: Soulstorm) shut down in 2008, but that doesn’t stop their game from being fun! The game supports up to 6 players at the same time, and I bet if you go and make a thread in the RPS forums you can find some folk to go questing with. Demo here.

Peggle – 50% off
Peggle Peggle Peggle! It’s Peggle! The painfully/gloriously addictive game about firing a ball at pegs. If you’ve not even given any of the version of Peggle a try yet, you are running the risk of being a narrow-minded ‘takes games too seriously’ PC gamer. Best remedy that now. Peggle, Peggle Nights, and the pack containing both are now half price, and there is also the recently released Peggle WOW edition as a free download. PopCap give you your first hit for free, knowing full well that you will be back for more. Giddy RPS coverage here. Demo here. Peggle!

Deal of the Week
LucasArts games – Cheap!
I have a theory. I think LucasArts have put their games on Steam with an ulterior motive. I reckon that they wanted to conduct some market research on their old titles, to see which ones to revive, and it was more cost effective (and indeed profitable) to just stick them all up on Steam for cheap, and then just track the sales data. Whatever the reason, it’s great that a bunch of classics are being offered for cheap. Of the current selection, I’d say The Dig is definitely worth checking out. The prequel to Boom Blox, it’s a pretty kickass sci-fi pointy clicky adventure. It also costs next to nothing, which is a nice bonus.

Also of note:
20% off TopWare games at GOG

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