Where do you go when you want to buy the cheap games? Hopefully by now your immediate response should be to shout “SavyGamer Dot Co Dot UK“, and/or “The Bargain Bucket”, but who knows, maybe this is your first time round this part of town. Here’s the deal: Every Saturday morning, hangover be damned, I tell you about some of the best deals on PC downloads, right here on this very website, and then you can pop along to SavyGamer for updates on discounts across all platforms throughout the week. Here’s this week’s selection:Tomb Raider – £5.99
Apply coupon “GFDAUG20UK”. Registers on Steam.
A Tomb Raider game that’s far closer to Naughty Dogs’ Uncharted series than the older Tomb Raider games. The core game mechanics are pressing a button when the game tell you to press the button, and then shooting men in the face until they die over and over and over again. It’s shiny, and there are some proper spectacular moments, but quite-good-combat wasn’t quite enough to hold the whole game together, not for me anyway. The occasional bits where there are actual puzzles are often quite fiddly, and the upgrade/experience system didn’t do anything for me. There’s definitely some great moments to be had in Tomb Raider, but many of them are sections you’ve probably played before in other, better, games. There’s a couple of set pieces that are taken straight from RE4. More from John over here.
Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition – £8.70/€10.11/$13.49
Or get this bundled with Batman Arkham City Goatee Edition, Lord of the Rings: War in the North & Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection for £14.18/€16.48/$21.99.
This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. Registers on Steam.
I’ve always thought that the Mortal Kombat games were a load of krap. This is largely based on the fact that as a young child playing kompetitive local multiplayer video games, I was quite good at Street Fighter, but not very good at Mortal Kombat. I dunno if this new one is any good, but I’m going to stick with my adolescent grudge, and reiterate that Street Fighter is better.
Uplink, Darwinia, Defcon & Multiwinia – Pay What You Want
Registers on Steam.
A boatload of Introversion for not very much money. You can also get their hot new joint, Prison Architect, if you pay enough. Here’s wot John thought of the magnificent Uplink:
I think it taps into a nightmarish fear that we all must have experienced at one time. That thing we did, or may have done without knowing it, that catches up with us. Like that time I paid for a packet of Fruit Pastilles in pennies, knowingly one coin short, and the man in the petrol station said to me: “I won’t count it. I’ll trust you.” Mobil closed down a few years later, which surely has to be at least partly my fault, and I know that one day the policeman will knock on my front door. I’ll look up from the jigsaw puzzle I’m completing with my wife and our two children, and he’ll say, “Are you John Walker? I’m going to have to ask you to come with me.
Bientôt l’été, qrth-phyl, Sentinel, Sword of the Stars: The Pit & Tower Wars – £3.37/€4.50/$5.23
Bientôt l’été, Sword of the Stars: The Pit & Tower Wars register on Steam.
Another interesting and varied bundle of indie games from the folks over at Indie Royale. The headliner from this pack has to be the fabulous unpronounceable neon spectacular
that is qrth-phyl. It is a game that is a bit like snake, but get this: its in 3D. OK, classic game being remade in 3D isn’t really all that exciting, but it’s the execution that sets qrth-phyl apart. It’s an extremely stylish and polished thing, and the graphics and the sounds will give you a funny feeling in your tummy.
Deal of the week
Joe Danger & Joe Danger 2: The Movie – £8.05/€9.36/$12.49
This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. Registers on Steam. Also individually discounted.
After one of the longest gaps between initial promise of a PC version and actual delivery of a PC version I can ever remember a game going through, both Joe Danger games are finally available on the almighty grey box. Good timing, too, because I sold all my console toys recently, and these would have been towards the top of the lists of games I would have missed. These are a bit hard to describe, but I’ll give it my best shot. They’re arcadey sidescrolling platformers, with tight controls, super bright colours, and brilliant level design. Once you get to the harder levels, it takes a lot of learning and practise to beat them, but it’s highly rewarding to finally beat a level after hundreds of attempts.
Also of note:
The Swapper, PC – £4.83/€5.61/$7.49
Scoregasm – Pay What You Want
Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians – £7.20/€8.63/$10.79. Apply coupon “GMG20-4B9NY-L4FEN”. Registers on Steam.
DuckTales: Remastered – £9/$11.25. Apply coupon “GMG25-OGRUH-7SM8H”. Registers on Steam.
Maia – £13.64. Apply coupon “SAVYSAVVY”. Registers on Steam.
Anodyne – £1.75/€2/$2.50
Little Inferno – £3.47/€4.49/$4.99
For more cheap games, get yourself over to SavyGamer.co.uk.