The RPS Bargain Bucket: A Golden Age

You know, if you stop and think about it, PC gaming is in such a fantastic state at the moment. Never before in all my years clicking on keyboards and pressing the buttons on mice has there been a time when such a rich diversity of high quality and interesting video game software available for such crazy low prices. The deal of the week this week has a strong (positive) anti-pirate message attached to it, and I think that the excuses that anyone use to justify piracy are dwindling. There’s not really much reason to pirate PC games these days, pretty much anyone who can afford a computer can afford to take part in the international network of shared experiences that make up PC gaming. Wave the flag, and consider purchasing these items. Also, go to the (still slightly broken..) SavyGamer.co.uk.

Torchlight – £3.23/€3.98/$4.97
This didn’t grab me at all, but it’s not my thing. You can get Walker flavoured opinions here, and Meer flavoured ones here. They both seem to really like it.

TopWare Pack – £20/€24/$31.90
GOG do their best to screw me over again by bundling together another bunch of games of which I have played not one of. This isn’t going well. Here’s the list:
Earth 2140 Trilogy
Earth 2150 Trilogy
Earth 2160
Enclave
Gorky 17
Jack Orlando: A Cinematic Adventure
Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire
Knights & Merchants: The Peasants Rebellion
Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator
Two Worlds
You get 50% off if you buy the whole lot, or 30% off any of them individually.

Immortal Defence – Whatever you want.
The Minimum is £1.14/€1.37/$1.75 to cover costs, so we recommend a bare minimum of £3/€3.60/$4.80. From the developers blog:

This is not a sale, but a test of using this model as a permanent price. We may switch back some time in the future if it doesn’t work as well, but we do like this model and hope that it can work as the standard price for indie games.

Interesting stuff. Do we think this can be a viable model for lots of games? Demo here.

Gratuitous Space Battles – £4.49/€4.99/$4.99
You can also get the Collector’s Edition for £5.24/€5.99/$6.24 which includes the three DLC packs (which are also individually discounted to 99p/€1.24/$1.49 a pop). Unless I’m mistaken, this is the cheapest GSB has ever been discounted to, possibly excluding packs that it has been part of, so snap up now if you’ve been interested for a while. The CE represents a massive saving if you want all the DLC (The DLC on it’s own normally costs £14.07 direct from Cliffsky). Sadly, Steam DLC only works with Steam games, so if you have bought the game from elsewhere, you can’t just buy the discounted DLC from Steam. RPS coverage here, demo here, and you can follow Cliffsky’s blog here.

Deal of the week
Machinarium – £3.84/€3.93/$5
This includes the Windows, Mac and Linux versions, as well as the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. All free of any DRM of any kind whatsoever. They say that a lot of people pirated the game, although haven’t shown the data behind the claim, but this is pitched as an opportunity to people who played the game but didn’t pay for it to make up for it. It’s a wonderful game, it absolutely has to be played. There is magic hidden in it’s hand drawn pixels, it’s beautiful sounds, in the puzzles you solve and in the innocence and wonder of how the story unfolds. Play it, don’t rush it, and don’t let yourself get frustrated with it. Wot John thinks here, other RPS coverage here and demo here,

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