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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Fat Stacks

I’ve spent this lovely sunny morning scavenging around, deep down in the cheap video game mines, trying to find some gaming gems that sparkle and shine enough to be worth the attention of you, the erudite and beautiful RPS readers. And believe it or not, I’ve only gone and pulled it off. Read on to see the games that you should consider buying this weekend, and you can always hit up SavyGamer.co.uk for more. Here they are:Buy one get one free on Dungeons and Dragons games at GOG.
GOG have got the following good old games on promotion, where any two of them will set you back a total of £6.29/€7.43/$9.99:
Baldur’s Gate,
Baldur’s Gate 2 Complete,
Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard,
Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone,
Icewind Dale Complete,
Icewind Dale 2 Complete,
Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition,
Planescape: Torment.
They’re also chucking in a free copy of The Temple of Elemental Evil if you stump up for this deal. I’ve not played most of these, but every time it comes up in conversation I’m told that I should give Planescape: Torment a go. So maybe now I will.

The Void – £2.49/€2.95
I had a look at a proxy: My usual procedure for determining international pricing for GamersGate games, but it seems this one isn’t reduced in the USA. Bug at my end, or actual snub? I’m afraid I can’t tell. That rapscallion Quinns said that this is what The Void is:

A game where you play a soul who finds themselves in an afterlife with no memory of the person they once were. We all have our hopes, fears and preconceptions of what the afterlife is meant to be like. The Void takes all of these in both arms and fumbles them into a bin, preferring instead to deploy all of Ice-Pick Lodge’s imagination and creativity in creating something fantastical, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. In other words, a place that’s actually worth exploring.

And he wasn’t wrong. More here, and John did his thing over at Eurogamer for this too.

Inside a Star-filled Sky – £1.01/€1.19/$1.60
Jason Rohrer’s wierdo shmup about things inside of things inside of things inside of…here’s Mr Meer’s take on this:

The point is, as well as the metaphorical element of exploring and bettering yourself, it’s also remarkably tactical. The shump element of reflex and pattern-spotting is in there, but it’s also about equipping the right tools for the right job. As someone who gets exasperated with the hardcore shmups because that particular vein of high speed perfection makes demands that I’m too lazy to meet, the idea of puzzling it out rather than grinding it out is a whole lot more fulfilling.

3079, Towns, Wyv and Keep – £3.26/€3.85/$5.18 at time of writing.
The inaugural indie royale alpha bundle contains three work in progress games for not very much money at all. Let me defer to comrade Adam for his summary of the games contained within. As always with Indie Royale, the price fluctuates a little bit over time, and when someone drops fat stacks on the unsuspecting developers, the price lowers for everyone else.
Disclaimer: I work for Indie Royale/IndieGames.com.

Deal of the week
Waves – £3.49/€3.99/$4.99
Officially my favourite game of 2011 that didn’t have “Isaac” in the name. Waves is an arena twin stick shooter, where the arena is a big circle and the things you have to shoot are evil abstract shapes. It’s a bit lovely looking, I reckon it’s got more particle effects than all of the other games put together, and it plays fantastically, with a brilliant combo system that lovingly massages my brain’s risk/reward cortex. It’s a right good spot of fun, and a steal at this price. You get a drm free download, and a serial to bung into Steam. Go get, and I’ll see you on the leaderboards.

Also of note:
Trine (Mac only) – 69p/€0.79/$0.99
All of the serious sams for cheap
The Baconing – £2.49/€3.24/$3.74

Please be visiting SavyGamer.co.uk for all your gaming discount needs.

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