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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Simple Pleasures

I’m a little late in posting this Bargain Bucket today. It’s actually Ed McMillen’s fault, I was up past my bedtime last night, playing none other than The Binding of Isaac (as featured in this week’s Bargain Bucket). I might sneak some more in now, actually. There’s plenty of other games on offer this weekend, you won’t want to miss some of these deals. You can always find even more cheap games, on all formats, over at SavyGamer.co.uk. Here’s this week’s download roundup:

Transformers: War for Cybertron – £5/€7.50/$7.50
I defer to Alec for this one:

It is, however, a deeply ordinary third-person shooter in the all-too-modern mould and, if you’re immune to the charms of quarter-century old plastic toys, you will probably sneer at it. If you’re not – well, you’ve bought it already, haven’t you? Yes, to compound my regular use of cliche in this piece, I’m finishing on an If You Like This Sort Of Thing You’ll Like This Sort Of Thing line. However, the reason this game exists is precisely to serve that line of thinking.

The Binding of Isaac – £3.59/€4.49/$4.49
Or get it with the soundtrack for £4.48/€5.38/$5.38. This is only a saving of 10%, but since only cost a bit of spare change to begin with, it’s fantastic value. Comrade Smith was rather enamoured with this one:

In many ways, it’s a small game. There’s never more than one-screen in play for one thing but every screen has something to offer, whether an ecstatic discovery or a terrible way to die. That’s fundamentally all I ask from a game – fill my screen with something interactive and interesting. It’s a very rare moment when Isaac isn’t doing that. As I was playing, I kept thinking how unlikely it was that this thing exists, in all its deliberate depravity and simple pleasures. I’m extremely glad that it does.

Me too.

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars: The Directors Cut – Free
There’s not much longer left on this deal, I think it ends some time today, so stop reading this and go and get it. You don’t need to download it straight away, you just need to add it to your account, and then it will be waiting (DRM free) for you to download at your convenience. This Directors Cut is the one that our very own John Walker worked on, he was responsible for the new hint system. Even if you played the original, it’s worth trying this new version just to see that.

The good Prince of Persia’s for cheap.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – £1.98/€3.18/$3.98
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within – £1.98/€3.18/$3.98
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, PC/Mac – £1.98/€3.18/$3.98
Ok, the one from 2008, and The Forgotten Subtitle are reduced too, but I don’t particularly think they’re worth your time. Not anywhere near as much as the Sands of Time Trilogy. It’s pioneering use of rewind instead of forcing you to repeat things every time you slip up gives the game a gorgeous flow: it’s a shame that in more recent games they forgot a lot of what made that rewind mechanic fun. It’s debatable whether the Sands of Time or The Two Thrones is the high point of the series. The Two thrones definitely had some nice new ideas, but it had quite a few ropey sections too. For two quid a pop, all three are worth getting, I reckon.

Deal of the week
Frozen Synapse & TRAUMA – Pay What You Want
Crikey, I didn’t see that coming. Here’s the next promotion from the wonderful Humble Indie Bundle lot, and this time it’s Mode 7’s Frozen Synapse taking the centre stage. For whatever price you see fit, you get a DRM free copy of Frozen Synapse. It also comes with a code to register it on Steam, Direct2Drive, and/or Desura, and like all Humble games, it’s playable on PC, Mac and Linux. They have also added TRAUMA as a bonus game, and if you spend more than the average on the bundle (current average is $4.65), they will throw in a free copy of the Frozenbyte bundle, including Trine, Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds: Survivor, Splot preorder and Jack Claw [Prototype]. These guys are pretty much kings when it comes to offering fantastic value PC gaming, even if you own most of the games mentioned so far, you should chuck them some spare change because they are doing a good thing: and I bet they have more surprises planned for this bundle too. You’ve got another 11 days to think about it, here’s Alec’s review of Frozen Synapse.

Also of note:
Blood Bowl Legendary Edition – £6/€8/$8
The Oddboxx – £6.49/$7.49
Machinarium – £2.99/$4.49

Be sure to visit SavyGamer.co.uk to find the best deals on games, all the time.

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