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The RPS Bargain Bucket: A Clear Schedule

Back again. Sorry I wasn’t about last week, I was at the delightful Indietracks festival. I have a relatively clear schedule over the next few months, so you shouldn’t have to worry about paying more for games than you need to any more. Keep you eyes and web browsers located on for cheap games throughout the week.

Cube Monsters – 63p/€0.77/$0.99
I just played the demo of this, and it’s a little bit silly. It’s a match 3 game, with a couple of tricks up it’s sleeve. The game takes place over multiple vertical planes that you switch between, and getting a row of five rewards you with a big block that will take out all the surround blocks with it. Really, the main thing that sets it apart is that all of the sound effects are silly voices, and most of the text is hard drawn in paint from the looks of things. The low low price combined with the amateurish charm make it pretty easy to forgive the lack of polish. Demo here.

Fractal – £3.18/3.82/$4.99
Also from Cipher Prime, Auditorium is the same price. According to the web site, this offer is on until yesterday, so snap them up quick if you’re interested. Fractal is a hexagonal puzzle game, with flashy graphics, nice sounds, and points everywhere. It’s played via a browser, and you’ll need to be online to play it. I expect that premium webgames like this are something we’ll see a lot more of in the future.

Just Cause 2 – £14.99/€24.99/$24.99
This sale just about brings the Steam price in line with what the Steamworks retail version has been available at for months. Bargain. If you’re in the UK and you can be bothered, the limited edition is the same price to order online. At least all of the DLC is discounted too. It’s a bloody fantastic game though, it drops you into a massive world and says “Where do you want to go and what do you want to do a violence at?”. The scale is just huge, the mountains feel like mountains, the deserts feel like deserts, and the skyscrapers taste like snozberries. All, seemingly, without compromising graphical fidelity or performance. Witchcraft I think. Demo here, and Wot John thinks here. Vista/Windows 7 required.

Kalypso Pack – £33.07/€39.74/$51.86
Another massive pack from GOG, including almost exclusively games I’ve never played. That’s not strictly true, I tried the (Dreamcast) Demo of Incoming, and I played Commandos a few times when I was probably far too young, and all that happened was all my men died and I got upset. What do you lot think of this selection? If you already own any of the games in the pack, you can still get the discount for the remaining ones, and you can buy individual titles at 50% off.
Commandos Ammo Pack
Commandos 2+3
Creatures Exodus
Creatures Village
Creatures: The Albian Years
Imperial Glory
Incoming + Incoming Forces
Mob Rules
Patrician 1+2
Port Royale
Tropico Reloaded

Deal of the week
The best of indie bundle: Volume 3 – £19.95/€22.95/$29.95
Another great indie bundle from D2D, although it’s a shame that yet again it includes games that you probably already own several times over (I’m looking at you 2D Boy, you lovable slags). Included here are:
World of Goo
The Maw
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
Crayon Physics Deluxe

Also of note:
Point and Click week at GamersGate
Space Empires V – £1.59/€1.91/$2.49
Killing Floor – £6.34/€7.63/$9.95
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 – £3.16/€3.79/$4.95

Head to for more cheap games (the site is a little broken at the minute, I’m working on it).

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