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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Take Root

I am a man, and if you look up there is a photograph of me. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, shall we discuss the matter at hand: Believe it or not, there are some cheap PC games available. As I usually do, I’ve sorted through the various offers to bring you a snapshot of the highlights. For all the latest discounts on all formats throughout the week, be sure to head over to SavyGamer.co.uk.

Waking Mars – Pay What You Want
Optionally registers on Steam, Desura or GOG.
Name your price for this game about exploring caves on mars. Here’s wot Rab thought:

Waking Mars won’t be for everyone. Some people will find it boring. There are people who, hearing that it’s about gardening, will roar a yawn and fling their shoes at their computer. There are people who associate games with death and violence, and there is none of that here. There’s just a guy in a cave, watching seeds take root, trying to understand how the water gets from the caverns above to the caverns below.

More here.

Grand Theft Auto Complete Pack – £8.74/€12.49/$12.49
Pretty much all of the GTAs for under a tenner. I’m not the biggest fan of this series. They’re clearly groundbreaking in many ways, the cities are fantastically constructed and full of life, but I always end up feeling bored after a while. I think they fit into the category of games I prefer to watch someone else play. They’re all individually discounted too, which one’s your favourite?

Darksiders & Red Faction Armageddon – Pay What You Want
Pay £4.40/€5.21/$6.68 or more and also get Darksiders 2 & Red Faction Gorilla.
Registers on Steam.
It seems part of the plan for the humble weekly deals is to include bundles from publishers, which is pretty interesting. I’m not actually sure which corporate entity is responsible for these THQ games any more, but it does raise the question of whether we’ll see any publishers that aren’t crumbling apart financially take part in these pay what you want promotions. The best game here is RFG. Honestly, Armageddon is a waste of your time. You can read John’s thoughts of Darksiders 2 here.

The Bridge – £7.20/€8.40/$9
Apply coupon “GMG20-FDSCL-AQQXD”. Registers on Steam.
Thinky singlescreen rotating puzzle platformer thing. Bit of an odd one this. Here’s wot John thought:

The game is ideally played with a controller, the world rotated with the triggers, movement on the analogue stick – that’s just the best fit. And it’s slow. On purpose. There’s no running, no whizzing about – it’s a paced game, a steady, increasingly complex set of challenges, to be negotiated at a sedate pace. Which is actually a bit of a problem at the start.

More here.

Deal of the week
Avadon: The Black Fortress, Derrick the Deathfin, Tidalis, War of the Human Tanks, Waveform & Zafehouse: Diaries – £3.56/€4.22/$5.41 at time of writing.
Price will fluctuate over time as detailed here.
One of the strongest Indie Royale bundles for a while. Tidalis is a rather smart block matching puzzler, Rab sort of liked Zafehouse: Diaries, and I <3 Derrick the Deathfin something fierce. The latter is a sidescrolling underwater arcade collect ’em up, with charming papercraft graphics, snappy controls and some bits where you jump out of the water and fly through a massive tyre!

Also of note:
Hitman: Absolution – £4.99/€8.74/$9/99
A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 – £1.90/€2.30/$3. Apply coupon “GMG20-FDSCL-AQQXD”. Registers on Steam.

And you can get more gaming deals throughout the week over at SavyGamer.co.uk.

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