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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Strung Together

Good Morning! I hope you’re all in the mood for some cheap games, because as usual I’ve been scouring the internet, looking for discounted downloads worthy of being poured into this here Bargain Bucket. Grab a cup, and read on to see what the best download offers are this weekend, and hop along to SavyGamer.co.uk if you want more.

From Dust – £8.99/€11.24/$11.24
Apply coupon “DU5T”.
Here’s the best preorder price I’ve seen for Eric Chahi’s comeback. Alec gave us some impressions of this last month:

So it’s not the grand god-game I thought it was from the trailer, it’s not the Populous sequel we’ve waited so long for and it’s certainly not another Another World – at least, not yet. I hear tantalising talk the last level finally opens up its sandbox veins fully, which is something I shall absolutely persevere for. It is often, however, a pleasant waking dream of a game, and one that rewards the careful observer, thoughtful designer and measured experimenter far more than it does the wannabe old testament deity. It is much smaller in scope and less dramatic than perhaps I’d hoped, but from what I’ve seen it is a game whose existence I entirely welcome and from which I expect to derive far more than my so far rather superficial experiments have yielded.

I’m really looking forward to this one.

Broken Sword Triple pack – £3.39/€3.39/$3.39
Includes (and individually discounted):
Broken Sword – Shadow of the Templars: The Directors Cut – £1.69/€1.69/$1.69
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror – £1.35/€1.69/$2.03
Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon – £1.35/€1.69/$2.03

It’s a bit of a mystery as to why that is the original version of Broken Sword II, rather than the recently released Remastered edition. Even Revolution are confused by it, according to this post on their Facebook page:

I am afraid that we don’t know why Steam still haven’t released the game. But it is available on Good old Games and other sites. Sorry.

It’s still a decent deal, but the Remastered Edition of the second one includes an interactive digital comic, fully animated facial expressions, enhanced graphics, high quality music, a context-sensitive hint system, and diary. What a shame.

Who’s That Flying?! – £1.35/€2.03/$2.03
This looks fun. For a throwaway price, you get a rather nice (if simple) looking scrolling shooter, with big lazers and bright colours. Total Biscuit has done his thing on it here, which should give you a good idea of what to expect. The screenshots evoke a similar style to the various games from The Behemoth, which can only be a good thing.

Frozen Synapse x2 – £7.48/€9.20/$9.98
Here’s Alec’s take on this for Eurogamer:

It had seemed doubtful, months back, that this would ever be a convincing single-player game. It seemed wholly designed for player-versus-player, and a Brink situation of strung-together bot matches seemed the most likely outcome. Frozen Synapse is an excellent and inventive multiplayer game, but it is, truly, also an excellent and inventive single-player game – one that provides its own distinct challenges and rewards even as it effectively tutors you to be a multiplayer champ.

Here you are getting two copies of the game, so if you pair up with someone, you can split the cost for further savings.

Deal of the week
Minecraft x2 – £13.09/€14.95/$21.31
That’s two Minecraft’s for the price of one, or £6.59/€7.48/$10.66 each if you split the cost. Gosh, how long has it been since Minecraft was discounted? I reckon it’s going to be a long time until you can next get a reduced price on this, so now is the time to buy. Minecraft is the biggest thing to happen to gaming in the last couple of years, and you can find a huge catelogue of RPS coverage celebrating what makes Minecraft special right here. We’ve all got out favourite Minecraft story. This one is mine. What’s yours?

Also of note:
Overlord II – £2/€2/$3
Jagged Alliance 2 [Gold Edition] – £2/€2/$3
Cryostasis – £2/€2/$2
King’s Bounty: The Legend – £2/€2/$2
Men of War – £2/€2/$2
IL-2 Stumovik: Cliffs of Dover – £13.99/€19.99/$19.99
40% of the Zork games
Gothic Bundle – £14.99/similar prices in other currencies
Baldur’s Gate & Tales of the Sword Coast – £3.07/similar prices in other currencies
Baldur’s Gate II – Shadows of Amn & Throne of Bhaal – £3.07/similar prices in other currencies
Icewind Dale Complete – £3.07/similar prices in other currencies
Icewind Dale 2 – £3.07/similar prices in other currencies
Neverwinter Nights Diamond – £3.07/similar prices in other currencies
Kalypso Anniversary Pack – £49.99/€59.99/$59.99

Head to SavyGamer.co.uk for more cheap games, all the time.

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