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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Symmetrical Beauty

Want to play some new games, but have most of your liquid assets tied up in long term off shore hedge fund? With just a few pennies here you can get all sorts of new games. It’s the bargain bucket, where the games are cheap and the typos are free. For constant updates on which games are cheap at all times, get yourself over to SavyGamer.co.uk.

The Whispered World – £3.37/€3.81/$5.43
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John Euroviewed this back at release, and had this to say about it:

The Whispered World gets as much right as it does wrong, and for that it becomes sad for the wrong reasons. It’s so achingly pretty, and clearly so much love has gone into it. But the crappy puzzles and painful voices (not all are bad, most are dull, Sadwick’s is agony) do a huge disservice to a lovely world and some splendid writing.

Absolutely enormous, endlessly gorgeous, but maddening (especially in its final moment), The Whispered World is a muddled shame.

I reckon you can probably stomach a bit of ropey adventure game design in exchange for pretty pictures and a nice story, especially at this low price. RPS coverage here.

Peggle – £3.19/€3.61/$5.14
Apply coupon “HOTGAMES”.
Peggle! Bafflingly brilliant game about shooting a ball at pegs and then getting points. Success in Peggle is about 50% down to how good you are at the game, and 50% random chance. As Alec pointed out when telling us that Peggle is one of the most important games ever, Peggle’s true triumph was uniting the casuals and the proper gamers behind a brightly coloured rainbow banner. RPS coverage here.

Plants vs Zombies – £3.19/€3.61/$5.14
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Far from a one trick pony, Popcap won my heart all over again with PvZ, the garden-based tower defence. I am pretty confident that this is the only game to have ever compelled me to knowlingly follow a sub-optimal a strategy purely in the name of symmetrical beauty. You see, the garden has to be symmetrical or I freak out a bit. It’s a tower defence stays fresh by always throwing new things at you, and always having a new surprise waiting on the next level. The ending is actually properly amazing too, and one of my favourite gaming moments. RPS coverage here.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 & Legacy of Kain: Defiance – £4.98 each
Looks to be UK only as far as I can tell. I can only get a UK version of the page to load up anyway, let me know if you have any luck buying it from anywhere else. These are the third and fifth entries in the Legacy of Kain series. Why doesn’t Eidos want you to be able to buy any of the others? Dunno. These don’t seem to be available from any other DD outlet I checked, so this storewide Eidos 50% off sale is the best price for both of these that I can see. There’re fairly old games now, anyone had them running on a modern PC recently? What do we think folks, will we ever get another Legacy of Kain game, or are they done for good?

Deal of the week
The Potato Sack – £27.22/€34.47/$38.72
This is more like it, Valve. Here’s a bundle of thirteen indie games from the last couple of years, and in addition to the bundle discount each game has been discounted individually. Even better, if you already own any of the games already, you can buy the bundle and get an additional license to gift for each game you already own. Hopefully this will be a general policy going forward, rather than the exception to the rule. There have been bundles were you get additional gift licenses in the past, but not frequently, and I think only when the bundles involved just one publisher.
Includes (and individual pricing):
1… 2… 3… KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby) – £3.49/€4.49/$4.99
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity – £3.49/€4.49/$4.99
Amnesia: The Dark Descent – £6.49/€7.49/$9.99
Audiosurf – £2.99/€4.99/$4.99
Bit.Trip.Beat – £3.49/€3.99/$4.99
Cogs – £3.49/€4.49/$4.99
Defense Grid – £3.49/€4.49/$4.99
Killing Floor – £7.49/€8.99/$9.99
Rush – £1.74/€2.24/$2.49
Super Meat Boy – £5.99/€6.99/$7.49
The Ball – £7.49/€8.99/$9.99
Toki Tori – £1.74/€2.24/$2.49
Wonderful End of the world – £2.99/€4.99/$4.99

Also of note:
Sword of the Stars [Complete Collection] – £5.24/€6.99/$6.99. Includes: Born of Blood, A Murder of Crows, Argos Naval Yard
Nimbus – £2.99/€4.99/$4.99
MiniOne Racing – Pay What you want
Rebellion promo

Remember to head to SavyGamer.co.uk for more cheap games across all formats.

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