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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Usually Works

Welcome back to the bargain bucket, my receptacle for collecting all the best deals on PC download games every week. This week it’s full to the brim of a variety of discounted games, all competing for your attention, time, and all important cash-money. If there’s nothing here you like the look of, be sure to check SavyGamer.co.uk for regularly gaming deals across all platforms throughout the week. Read on for this week’s selection.

Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes – £1.60/not sure about other regions
Apply coupon “GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS”. Registers on Steam.
This is a puzzler/RPG mashup, ported up from Nintendo’s DS handheld. Alec had a fiddle with the demo back when in came out, and here’s some of his thoughts:

It’s a row of my eleves against a row of demonic dogs. Only there’s no direct fighting between them – instead I have to form my units into stacks of the same colour; when 3 are put into vertical lines, that becomes an Attack at the end of my turn. This isn’t how fighting usually works, is it? Maybe that’s why I got a bit bullied at school. If I’d hung around with people wearing the same colour clothes as me, everything would have been fine.

More this way.

Crysis 2: Maximum Edition – £4/not sure about other regions (EU only?)
Apply coupon “GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS”. Registers on Origin.
Basically a solid shooter. I found this to be significantly less ambitious than the first game, and presumably the limitations of designing for consoles is part of why they reined it in a bit with regard to size of the environments and the sandbox nature of the design. It’s still got loads of graphics though. Dozens of them. There’s also some great set peices that really take advantage of the mobility that your magic robot suit affords you. It’s no Mirror’s Edge, but leaping between rooftops is a fun time. It’s got a cracking score too. More thoughts on this from Jim over here.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon + All DLC, Fireburst, Miner Wars 2081, Miner Wars Arena, Paranormal, Pathologic, The Abbey, Vegas: Make It Big & Zombie Pirates – £3.56/€4.09/$5.32
Or pay any price to get just get Pathologic, Miner Wars Arena & The Abbey.
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And then to change gears a bit, why not read some guy called Quinns’ three part series on Pathologic: One, two & three.

Miasmata – £4.08/€5.10/$5.10
Islander survive ’em up, as appraised by Alec:

No cutscenes, no setpieces, no bangbangbang or bossfights. Tension and trauma from mundane errors made when there’s no-one who can possibly help you. Sure, it’s often awkward in both appearance and interface, and there’s an element of magic potions which doesn’t quite sit right with the grounded terror, but this is an important game, I think. It does Far Cry 3 without the macho power fantasy tropes, yes, but to some extent it also does Dear Esther without the limitations or auterish vibe that turned so many off it.

More here.

Deal of the week
Beat Hazard Ultra, Dungeon Defenders, Dynamite Jack, NightSky HD, Solar 2 & Super Hexagon – £4.46/€5.12/$6.66
Or pay any price to get all these minus Dungeon Defenders & Super Hexagon. Registers on Steam.
Another cracking cross platform bundle from the folks over at humble. Super Hexagon is and astonishingly brutal arcade game about dodging the lines. At first it seems impossible, but with a little bit of practise and a lot of perseverance, you gradually get better and better. The trick is to push yourself to try the harder difficulties, then drop down again after you’ve acclimatised to the faster pace. Just like mountaineers do to avoid altitude sickness. Also included is the fabulous Beat Hazard Ultra, a twin stick shooter that turns MP3s into enemy attack patterns. Recommended listening.

Also of note:
Rawbots – Free. Apply coupon “SIMCITY”.
Tribloos 2 – £2.39/€2.47/$2.99. Apply coupon “SIMCITY”.
StarCraft 2: Heart Of The Swarm – £24.99
The Cat Lady – £4.19
From Dust – £2.40. Apply coupon “GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS”.

For more cheap games, hit up SavyGamer.co.uk.

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