Saturday’s are for spending slightly less on digitally distributed electronic games than what they might normally cost. To that end, here’s my roundup of this weekends best offers, with something for everyone. Especially you. If this lot is just not enough for your appetite for gaming discounts, SavyGamer.co.uk is a web site with cheap games listed on it all the time, you should totally check it out when you get a chance. Here’s this week’s bucket:
Sanctum – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
Or get a 4-Pack for £2.62/€3.75/$3.75 each.
Brilliant first person tower defence thing, with big numbers that flash up when you shoot the baddies. What more could you want? Here’s that wot that Quinns fella thought:
When I first started playing Sanctum I had tower defense fatigue, and saw this game as masterfully assembled fluff. Yes, having to assemble your defenses out of cubes from a first person perspective felt satisfying in the manner of Minecraft. Yes, the enemies looked great, the levels looked even better and the SFX and music were just as impressive.
As for the ability to stand beside your turrets and shoot the waves of enemies as they came in, that felt like a neat twist. The guns – while lightweight in their impact – had the feel of precise tools, and it was fun to pour fire down on enemies from atop your cuboid walls.
Right on. Shooting baddies from on high is fun. This is having a free weekend right now, so you can even try before you buy.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover – £8.75/$12.49
Registers on Steam.
Terrifying game about climbing into the belly of a steel monster, then fiddling with its mechanical guts until it takes flight. As it soars through the air, you have to guide its flight by playing with its joystick. Don’t crash, because if you crash, you’ll die. Yes.
Various Tropico games for the cheaps.
Head over to either Steam or GamersGate for their various offers as part of a big Tropico promotion. Which place is the cheapest to buy from depends on where you live, and exactly which games you are after. For UK folk only, ShopTo have also got Tropico 3 on its lonesome for just £2.84. The download prices for Tropico 4 aren’t great (at least compared to UK retail: The Special Edition was ~£18 at release), but all the earlier ones are very nicely reduced. RPS thoughts on Tropico 3 here and 4 here.
Men of War: Red Tide – Free
Jim’s got you covered here:
Men Of War is beginning to look like my game of the year. Nothing else has kept me coming back, nor experiencing that nagging “brain-still-quietly-working-on-it” feeling you get from the finest gaming obsessions. The messy ultra-functionality of a game that models environmental destruction so meticulously, and throws out missions like handmade cryptic death-puzzles, is somehow an inevitable subject of admiration for the Rossignol brain. Defeating the enemy with a stolen howitzer is my kind of emergent entertainment. Not that this expandalone really changes that sentiment one way or another, because many of the faults of the original repeated here, and much of the new content isn’t worth getting excited about, as I’ll explain in a moment.
He then goes on to explain why much of the new content isn’t worth getting excited about, but for free I think you’ll find a way to be forgiving of its shortcomings.
Deal of the week
Voxatron, The Binding of Isaac, Blocks That Matter – Cheap!
How cheap you ask? Well if you want all three, the current minimum asking price is £3.09/€3.59/$4.95, but if you just want Voxatron, any price will do. The Binding of Isaac has had hold over me completely and utterly for the past few weeks. I’d love to talk about all the amazing secret things hidden in it, but a good portion of the fun is in discovering them all for yourself. There’s something beautiful about a game where one of the strongest attacks is pissing blood. Voxatron is an interesting work in progress and I’ve not yet dived into Blocks That Matter properly yet, but it seems interesting too.