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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Cracking

All the rich folk might be gearing up for the big releases coming up shortly, but we’ve got other things on our mind here in the bargain bucket. Value is our hype, discounts are our press releases, and regional pricing discrepancies are our dedicated servers. Head to SavyGamer to fight for your right to game cheap. Here’s this week’s selection…
Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures – £12.04/€13.48/$20
Get all four episodes of Telltale game’s adventure games, based on the claymation “dog and bloke” duo, for nearly half price. If you’re not sure whether this is your kind of thing, you can grab the episode “Muzzled” for free. They are also going to donate £1 for every sale to either Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, or Penny-Arcade’s Child’s Play, both worthy causes. You can get them to ship the games to you on a disc for just the cost of shipping if you prefer, those of you trying to conserve your bandwidth. How very nice of them. Best played with some Wensleydale at hand.

Grappling Hook – £5.78/€6.47/$9.60
Pretty much any game could be improved with a grappling hook, I dare you to try and prove me wrong. A odd quirk of the checkout process is that picking to pay in Euros via Paypal is the cheapest way to get the game, even for Brits and Yanks. Also, you only pay VAT if you tell them that you are in the UK. I think it’s fair to call it a post-portal first person platformer, or “PPFPP”. It has a kickass colour scheme too. Demo here, RPS coverage here.

Mosby’s Confederacy – £7.81/€8.75/$12.99
Kieron spent some time with this back at release, here’s what he thought:
“Clearly, it’s too early for me to make a recommendation or not, but in its light tactical way, it’s grown on me across the hour and I certainly plan to come back to it. Its best thought of a cross between Commandos and X-Com. You alternate between a strategic level map where you choose missions, improve your standings with the towns in the area and improve your characters, and a tactical level map where you run around shooting people with muskets. As is Civil War fighters wont.”
This is only slightly lower than the regular Steam price, and I can’t find any mention of a demo on the internet.

Lords of… series – 30% off
Or £2.52/€2.82/$4.19 each. Cheap price for this Turn Based Strategy series that I’ve not played. Any evangelists out there? Like all GOG games they are DRM free, and will work on all modern windows operating systems. They look like the kind of game I would put on a netbook. If I had a netbook.

Deal of the Week
Mass Effect – £6.49/€7.49/$9.99
It took me a fair amount of time to get into Mass Effect. The opening hour or so didn’t grab me that much at all. I can’t really put my finger on what I didn’t like about it, I think part of it is that the 3rd person shooting combat isn’t quite good enough for it to stand on it’s own without the RPG elements, and the RPG elements only really start to come into play after you have levelled up a bit. I am very glad I persevered though, because I love it now. It’s a bloody big game, and there is a tonne of information in it. The in game codex is full of Epic Sci Fi loveliness. Still plenty of time to play it before the sequel comes out. Protip: Have a female Shepard with a shaved head, play renegade, and imagine you are playing a Star Wars/Aliens crossover. RPS coverage here.

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