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 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.
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”.

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  1. lordcooper says:

    I was gonna buy Rawbots next Tuesday. Why’s it suddenly free?

    • dE says:

      I can’t help the feeling it wasn’t intended to be actually free. The constantly crashing server as everyone rushes to grab it, seems to agree with me.

      • Tec says:

        It was intended to be free, one of their team posted a 100% off code on Reddit.

        • dE says:

          Didn’t know that (I don’t frequent Reddit).
          Good to know then, and a general thank you.

          • alexisbernal says:

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        • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

          By Grabthar’s Hammer, what a savings.

        • ryderwinona says:

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      • Nice Save says:

        I find it highly amusing that a code named “SIMCITY” is crashing servers.

        • souroldlemon says:

          couldn’t get there on my laptop, but could, with some patience, with my Symbian mobile, maybe because the webpage data load is lighter. You need to register an account, confirm via email, then buy using code. Happy about this, it looked intriguing but was expensive for an indie alpha version (although people pay that for kickstarter pre-alphas)

          • Martel says:

            I managed to get through earlier today, but the site seems to be fully down at this point.

          • capntao says:

            couldn’t get on the site while it was manually DDOS’d, and then today the coupon’s expired.

            my dreams of playing robowar 3d are crushed.

            link to

    • Todd_Bailey says:

      just as Jeff answered I am impressed that a student able to get paid $8582 in a few weeks on the computer. did you read this link… link to

  2. MrThingy says:

    Recommend “From Dust” at £2.40, I really enjoyed it. Beautiful aesthetic and fun physics.

    Certainly not a Populous game, but it does it’s own thing and was a lot of fun.

  3. Crimsoneer says:

    Is there a good way of trading spare steam games yet? I’ve got a spare Nuclear Dawn and Natural Selection 2 sitting in my inventory, and would love to trade them for Miasmata, but apparently I can’t put those on the steam marketplace…

    • lordcooper says:

      I’ll happily make that trade.

      link to

    • MondSemmel says:

      Someone posted this external site, though I don’t know whether they have any ways to ensure trades are handled properly:

      • xaros says:

        As long you are trading with gifts and not keys steam will handle the trade, and it is fully secure as long as steam isn’t hacked.

      • TechnicalBen says:

        Can anyone tell me how to use those sites, the acronyms are beyond me (single letters, great! :( ).

        So, which bit is “wanted” and which bit is “for offer”, I get rather confused with it all. :/

        • The Random One says:

          It would appear that H means Have and W means Want.

          But maybe W means Wanted and H means Have To Acquire This One Particular Game. It’s quite confusing I admit.

          • TechnicalBen says:

            Yeah, thanks. Seems to be “want” and “have”. Some of the TF2 sites are even worse. They just have left and right lists, with an arrow in the middle. Like I know if “left side” means “want” or “have”. Granted they say “offer”, but does it mean “offer to give” or “offer to take”? :P

            Oh, and turns out the world and his dog has Bastion, so I’ll never get a trade for it. :(

    • Crimsoneer says:

      I’m mystified as to why there isn’t a proper auction house type thing for this yet. Or at least a good bitcoin marketplace.

  4. eoferr says:

    It is really such a shame that none of the Pathologic translation projects were ever successfully completed.

    • Vinraith says:

      It really, really is. It’d be such a neat game if it were playable in English.

      • Lambchops says:

        Guess we get to find out how non English speakers feel!

        But yeah, every time I start playing it I end up stopping, partially due to thinking “this would be so much better with an improved translation” and partially due to feeling like I’ve made some sort of grievous error that’s going to make it too hard for me.

      • Zwebbie says:

        I played Pathologic as the Bachelor last year and thought that it was, for the most part, understandable enough. Granted, I alt-tabbed to a walkthrough a handful of times and felt confused more often, but even then Pathologic is just so much more inventive and lasting than any other game out there that I think the shoddy translation, while lamentable, should not be a deterrent to having played it at least once.

        • Chris D says:

          It’s a deterrent in that I keep holding out hope there will be a remake someday and in that case I don’t want spoilers for it. Probably I should just go ahead and play it anyway instead of holding out for something that may never happen and also because, if it lives up to its reputation, I probably won’t understand that much of what’s happening anyway.

    • Igor Hardy says:

      Fortunately the Polish fan translation was, and it is excellent.

  5. Vandelay says:

    £24.99 for Heart of the Swarm is a good price? What happened to it being released at an expansion price Blizzard?

    • Phinor says:

      To be fair, £24.99 is an excellent price for people outside of UK and Simplygames actually sells their games to everyone as well. Now the question is whether Simplygames is one of those shady sites because digital download version of Heart of the Swarm does not exist outside of Blizzard’s own store. So Simplygames is selling cd keys of retail copies

      • jha4ceb says:

        Last time I bought something from SimplyGames, I was asked to send them a scan of my passport or driving licence to verify my address. Alarm bells much? (Even if I were willing, I would not have been able: I have no driving licence and my passport does not show my current address.)

      • ThTa says:

        “£24.99 is an excellent price for people outside of UK”

        It is not. I could get a physical copy of the game for 28.99 euros (with free shipping) from an actually reputable store over here in the Netherlands, so potential savings are absolutely minimal. (Some 30 cents with current exchange rates)

        • Phinor says:

          That’s the cheapest euro price I’ve seen so far then, though they probably don’t deliver to other countries? The cheapest price in Finland is around 35 euros with no guarantee of getting the game on release day, because our postal service is so great. Of course it varies from country to country, but for a lot of people £25 is one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest choice. Now asking for passport scans and such is a different matter, I probably wouldn’t support this shop.

          Generally speaking regular £ prices are much lower than pricing in many other countries, even though something like £40 for a AAA-console game pre-order might seem high for UK consumers. £40 would be by far the cheapest option for Finnish console gamers.

        • Carra says:

          Yes but I’m no longer ordering games I want close to release trough retail.

          My Starcraft 2 copy never arrived. You have to wait at least 5 weeks after they sent it before you can register a complaint. After which it takes another ten day or so before the package arrived.

    • Werthead says:

      Behold, you have entered the Blizzard Pricing Zone. According to Blizzard, the cost of a full-price PC game is £39.99, which is (still) the RRP of STARCRAFT 2 itself. HEART OF THE SWARM’s RRP is £29.99, which is 25% cheaper than STARCRAFT 2 itself and clearly expansion pack price (by Blizzard standards).

      The fact that £29.99 is the going rate for all full-price PC games is of no interest to Blizzard, for all of those other games are fit only for peasants. Blizzard are Special, and you will pay the Special Price to play their Special games.

      Shall we also mention the fact that Blizzard promised us that the three chunks SC2 had been divided into would all be equal in size, yet HEART OF THE SWARM has a full third less SP missions than WINGS OF LIBERTY (‘about 20’ to WoL’s 29)? Yes, I think we shall.

  6. subedii says:

    Anyone used SimplyGames before? I’m slightly sceptical of key resellers, especially after that whole Natural Selection 2 thing.

    I’m wondering whether to pick up Heart of the Swarm, but I’d prefer to wait for a review or two since I’d only be getting it for the singleplayer, and I want to know whether they’ve improved on the… slightly less stellar Wings of Liberty. Gameplay was good but the storyline was, well I was expecting something a lot better after 10 years I guess.

    For that matter, will the deal still be available after launch? And would the keys be for a specific region?

    • Col says:

      Hey, I can’t vouch for Heart of the Swarm specifically, but I purchased XCOM a few weeks ago from Simplygames and had absolutely no problems. I had to wait about 15 minutes for my Steam key to be sent via email, but they informed me there would be a short gap, so it was no problem.Hope this helps.

    • jha4ceb says:

      I’ve had one successful purchase from SimplyGames, but another time they tried to get me to send them a copy of my passport or driving licence. Er.

      • subedii says:

        Yikes, no thank you.

        And thanks for the info.

      • dE says:

        Probably was a game with a mature age rating, that’s actually pretty standard fare to require a confirmation of age.

        • subedii says:

          No place I’ve ever ordered games from has ever asked for me to provide a copy of my drivers license or passport.

          • dE says:

            Then consider yourself lucky.
            It’s still a pretty normal thing to do though.

            And hey, if you don’t trust a particular shop, you’re free to not buy from it. Which is actually the smart move. Too many people ignore their gut feeling when it comes to this.
            If you’re refusing a shop because of age verification, your loss. If you’re refusing a shop because it seems too good to be true, smart human.

          • Martel says:

            @dE is that normal in europe or something (I’m in US)? I have done the majority of my shopping online for years, and never once been asked for a copy of my driver’s license or passport.

            I’m just honestly curious, as I have found myself shopping from the occasional international retailer and would like to be mentally prepared in advance. Not that I would send it, but always good to know cultural/business differences.

          • dE says:

            Might be a european thing indeed.
            At least stuff like world of games or digitec (swiss ones) or mcgame (german one) require one. Gamestop requires you to pay extra and be there in person to receive the package, same with Amazon, EAs Origin has that rather idiotic “can’t buy age 18 games prior to this time of day”, several other import shops for games ask for that verifcation as well and almost all shops in germany, to my memory now either demand a scan of the “Personalausweis” (ID) or the use of the eBrief Identity Confirmation Thingie (the german post office had the marvelous idea of charging for e-mails with the only result being that you can’t send anonymous e-mails through that service – but you can pay for e-mails, ain’t that cool?).

    • trjp says:

      I’ve used SImplygames a few times – if you use PayPal, be prepared for a delay whilst they do some checks (when I did it took an hour to get a confirmation email to my PayPal address and 2 hours after that to get a key)

      If you use plastic (as I’ve done since) you should have your key in less than 10 mins

    • Carra says:

      Just bought SC2 from them, I live in Belgium. I had no problems, the key was sent to me five minutes after paying and it activated correctly.

  7. Anthile says:

    Clash of Heroes is a must have. It’s amazing and about as addictive as crack.
    Apropos, Heroes of Might & Magic 3+4 are on sale over at GOG (among some other strategy games).

    • MondSemmel says:

      I liked it quite a lot, too. Enough to finish the (long) campaign with its ridiculously bad story – the gameplay seemed to make up for it. But when I played the multiplayer portion for a bit, there seemed to be very obvious best strategies. Now I fear that what I thought was strategic depth was in fact just my inexperience with the game…

    • trjp says:

      I waited for Clash of Heroes on iPad because that’s the ultimate place to play it IMO (previously the DS perhaps) but the version on iPad is a nasty, buggy, horribly UIed mess of a thing…

    • SketchyGalore says:

      Not to mention 50% off on all Age of Wonders games, Cleopatra, Zues, and Stronghold (though unfortunately not Stronghold Crusader). And, a personal must-have EADOR!!!

  8. Terry Wogan says:

    Slim pickings this week!

  9. JohnS says:

    I can strongly recommend The Cat Lady if you’re into unnerving adventure games. If you can overlook the low tech graphics, you’re in for a ride.

    • ArtyFishal says:

      I second the recommendation for The Cat Lady. One of the best horror stories in gaming, and very affecting.

      • tobecooper says:

        Let me third the recommendation.
        But it’s worth mentioning that the game is very story-driven and there’s relatively little adventuring to be had in the Cat Lady. Though the narrative is interesting enough to make the whole experience quite fun.

        The silliest thing is it borrows a bit from David Cage’s games along the way. In one chapter, you have to take a shower, make yourself a coffee and a hamburger. But it’s a lot more streamlined than Cage’s QTE-fests.

  10. Randomer says:

    Call Me a Hole – Yes yes yes and emphatically more yes! I think we have a new genre here.

  11. Xan says:

    I’m in Europe and can’t buy Crysis 2 from GMG

  12. Choca says:

    Tropico 4 + all DLCs is also 10€ on Steam in reaction to the SimCity fiasco apparently.

    • norfolk says:

      What’s the dilly w/ Tropico? Worth playing? What are the influences?

      • lordcooper says:

        It’s pretty entertaining and rather unique IMO. It’s mainly a fairly tight city builder, but you have to juggle relations with various factions through pleasing them, killing them, converting them etc Well worth a bash.

      • Carra says:

        It’s an excellent city builder, I’ve spent dozens of hours in the series. It’s somewhat similar to the old city builder games from impressions (zeus, pharaoh,…) or like the anno series.

      • mihor_fego says:

        I just bought it for 7€ on the sale, probably a region thing, and ended up playing 7 hours straight on the sandbox without ever realizing all that time passed. It’s really good but it’s more of a management than building game, meaning there’s no Sim-City depth in building stuff, but a lot of production, trade and faction relations going on. The soundtrack is excellent as well, in my opinion.

  13. SuperNashwanPower says:

    Heh. We are all poking about in Lewie’s receptacle

  14. Gargenville says:

    Note that Insect Armageddon is the lame Western-made EDF. It does a surprisingly good job of capturing the tone but it has like, waypoints, 40 minute missions, context-sensitive actions and stuff like that. The worst EDF is still better than 80% of all other games and totally worth six bucks or whatever that bundle costs but buyer beware and all that.

    • Bobtree says:

      I loved EDF IA on the PS3, and the PC port now has a fix for the 30-FPS lock. It’s heavy on the grinding to unlock weapons and upgrade your armors, and repeating mission objectives gets tiresome (the enemy remix mode helps a bit), but it is an awesome, hard, crazy action game. You need co-op players (it’s 3 player only) for inferno difficulty because the bots don’t quite cut it, and the tactician armor that drops turrets is the weakest and least fun to play. You can play without bots or partners too, but that’s nuts.

      • fish99 says:

        Still though, it’s comfortably the worst game in the series and somewhat misses the point of the EDF games by having a small number of long missions, an annoying reload mechanic, no really big enemies, and a much more limited selection of weapons (due to splitting them by class). Thank god Sandlot are making the next one.

        Of course the pack is easily worth £3.56.

        • Baines says:

          The best thing about EDF:IA is that it got me to go play the other EDFs again. Indeed, the current bundle has got me playing the PS2 EDF2 again.

          In the experiment to Westernize it (chasing after those Call of Duty dollars), EDF:IA really did miss pretty much everything good about the EDF franchise.

          EDIT: I see that EDF:IA’s price hasn’t held its value. The full game with all its DLC is only $12 on Steam. ($10 without DLC, $4 for DLC alone) A good Steam sale could theoretically put it below the current bundle minimum.

  15. Resartus says:

    What’s the DRM on Crysis 2? Is it “only” Origin or something else on top of that? According to GMG there is something called “SOLIDSHIELD CONTENT PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY” involved, which must be horrible if they feel they have to write it in all caps, right?

    • trjp says:

      EA use that quite a bit – it appears in most of their EULAs but whether it will be present in the game, who knows…

      Origin also ‘unregisters’ some games it uninstalls so I guess that might be part of this – a quite ProtectionID scan of my Origin directory (not installed Crysis 2 yet) shows Securom on Burnout Paradise and NFS: Shift and Solidshield in NFS: Hot Pursuit – so they clearly do use extra DRM above and beyond Origin itself

      • Resartus says:

        Meh, I’ll rather stay away from that thing then. I really don’t understand why they don’t simply stick with one DRM thingy and be done with it. For that price I don’t mind that I could lose access to a game in the future and as long as I’m sure it won’t screw anything up I can deal with that crap. But I sure as hell won’t just install any new kind of malware without knowing what it does and my time is so much more valuable than the 5 dollar asking price for the actual game that this need for research turns out to be my new main barrier to entry to any kind of so-called AAA game.
        Well, anyway, thanks for the info trjp!

        • trjp says:

          The reason DRM tends to appear in all versions of a game – is that if you remove it from one version, you make it too easy for people to copy that version over the other versions (or just hack through it to see what needs to be removed).

          Solidshield is a straight-out activation limit thing – so much the same as Securom then – I guess it’s there so that if I did give away your Original credentials, only the first X people to use them would get anywhere!?

          AFAIK Origin doesn’t enforce a ‘one machine at a time’ limit as Steam does y’see…

    • malkav11 says:

      Solidshield is the most recent incarnation of Tages, which is a pretty awful DRM, yes.

  16. Chopper says:

    Miasmata is outstanding, and well worth a look at that price. Check your PC can handle it though – but I hear it may have been optimised since launch.

  17. AndyBumpkin says:

    Thanks for mentioning Tribloos 2 Lewie! Appreciate it loads :)

    For more info on it and the free demo: link to

    Its a time management game erring on the casual side, but even if that’s not normally your thing it might surprise you!

  18. AlexGP says:

    I have the following steam keys in my account since forever and would love to get rid of them for 15 bucks.
    Just Cauze 1
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition
    Supreme Commander 2
    Hitman: Blood Money
    Last Remnant

    Any takers?
    link to

  19. Paul B says:

    Waking Mars has $5.00 off this weekend on – it’s now $4.99. I was tempted seeing the great reviews it’s had and the more serene gameplay it offers but think I may holdout for the steam sale.

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    gritz says:

    The RPS beloved Obsidian RPG KOTOR 2 is on sale today on steam for $3.40!

  21. Baines says:

    Please don’t chant “EDF” when it isn’t one of the good EDF games. It’s the Westernized Call of Duty-style EDF.

  22. Choca says:

    KOTOR II is also 3,40€ on Steam right now.

  23. Cryptoshrimp says:

    Well, I’m just waiting for Sim CIty to go on sale. It’s just a matter of days, right guys?


    • mwoody says:

      Right now it’s not only not on sale, at many stores it’s not on sale.

  24. kalirion says:

    There’s more than just Humble bundle goodness around:

    Indie Royale Debut Bundle ($4.00 right now, price fluctuates)
    Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
    Master of Alchemy – Rise of the Mechanologists
    Wimp: Who Stole My Pants?
    6180 the moon

    Groupees Digital Games Factory Bundle
    $1 tier:
    Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty
    Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
    Commandos 2: Men of Courage
    Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror
    Imprerial Glory
    Commandos 4: Strike Force

    $4 tier adds:
    Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templar – Director’s Cut

    IGS Doom & Destiny
    PWYW for Doom & Destiny

    $1 for Desura key

    Beat the average (currently $1.95):
    Miner Warfare
    Spyleaks O.S.T.

  25. Devan says:

    For some reason Miasmata is $14.99 for me (not on sale). Was this a sale that ended already, or is it just not available in Canada?

    Edit: I see it was a daily deal from yesterday. Too bad :(

  26. Risingson says:

    Beware of “The Abbey” offered by indie gala: it’s the weak first international version. The revised version (which was the one distributed in Spain) has many improvements.

    And the new Indie Royale sounds spectacular.

    • N1kolas says:

      Any idea where one can get the much improved version, outside of Spain, in English?

  27. chaggo says:

    wanted to get might and magic since i loved the ds one but it seems im not allowed to buy it from where i live cuz i see no price on the page…stupid blocks…