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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Punishing Urgency

All of the cheap games all in one place. What more could you possibly ask for? Do you want me to decide which ones you’re going to buy? Do you want me to install them for you? Shall I play them for you too? Shall I eat your dinner and sleep in your bed and wear your shoes? Perhaps I’m getting carried away, I’ll stick to listing the cheap games, you take care of the rest. There’s even more cheap games over at SavyGamer.co.uk.Startopia – £1.51/€1.80/$2.39
Some chap going by the name of Quinns wrote some words about this one over at Eurogamer.

Startopia was a good idea to begin with. Sim Space Station, basically, except it had so much more heart than that. Instead of bothering you with the extraordinary pain in the ass that would be building life support systems, airlocks, power stations, water pipes and God knows what else, Startopia had you running a kind of autonomous galactic petrol station.

You can read the rest over here.

Apple Jack 1 & 2, DIVO, Stellar Impact, Thunder Wolves & 100% Orange JuiceC – £3.48/€4.15/$5.53 at time of writing.
Price will fluctuate over time, as explained here. DIVO, Stellar Impact & Thunder Wolves register on Steam.
Apple Jack! And Apple Jack 2! Amazing. These were easily two of the better games on Microsoft’s ill fated XBLIG service, that have just now been released for PC. A delightful pair of platformers that are clearly somewhat inspired by Super Mario Bros. 2/Doki Doki Panic, but that’s just a foundation for building new ideas on top of. Most important of these new ideas are EXPLOSIONS OF HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF PIECES OF FRUIT. These come highly recommended, and are worth the price of admission for this bundle alone. I haven’t tried any of the other games, but John quite liked Thunder Wolves when he played it.

Rayman Origins – £2.49/€2.96/$3.94
Super cheap for this brilliant 2D platformer. I didn’t get on with it at first, it’s a bit too simple at first, and the controls are a little floaty. But it’s worth sticking with, as the levels get increasingly challenging, and you get a few upgrades that dramatically improve how responsive the movement is. Alec put it this way:

Play Rayman on your own terms, not from fear that you won’t be able to unlock all the characters and bonus areas, and it’s relatively frustration-free. But if you are from that Super Meatboy school of challenge-fever, you’ll probably get more out of this than you might imagine. It doesn’t have that consciously punishing urgency and you won’t be able to make YouTube videos that people stare at in amazement before erecting a shrine in honour of your incredible skill at pressing the A button, but it certainly has an echelon of added difficulty if you want it.

More here. The sequel sounds pretty hot too. I’ll be keeping my eye out for a discount on that.

Brütal Legend, Eets Munchies, Fez, FTL, Mark of the Ninja & Trine 2: Complete – £2.90/€3.46/$4.60 at time of writing.
Or pay any price to get all games except Fez & FTL. Registers on Steam.
Quite the bundle, here. I’m not sure, but is this the first time Microsoft have published a game for Windows, Mac and Linux? Or perhaps Microsoft only published the Xbox and Windows version of Mark of the Ninja, and Klei self published the Mac/Linux version? Interesting times, anyway, and a testament to not only work that Humble have done to promote and facilitate cross platform game development, but also to the changing landscape across computing in general. But enough big picture stuff, what about the games? Everything here is rock solid, read RPS wordthinks confirming just that over here: Brütal Legend, Mark Of The Ninja and Trine 2.

Deal of the week
Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition, Hard Reset: Extended Edition, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Shadow Warrior Classic Redux & System Shock 2 – £3.79/€4.51/$6
Or pay any price to get everything except Hard Reset & System Shock 2. Registers on Steam.
Another excellent bundle, this time full of games about shooting things. It’s OK, we’re alone here, we can talk about how much we love games all about shooting things in the face, outside the judging gaze of the outside world. Don’t you just love it when their heads explode into a fountain of blood? Shooting is the main thing you’ll be doing in these games, but that’s not all. There’s kicking baddies in the nuts in Duke Nukem 3D (I wonder if they’ll ever make a sequel to that?), clicking on futuristic computer screens in Hard Reset, and running away and hiding from whatever that thing is in System Shock 2. Video games are amazing.

Also of note:
Lost Marbles – Pay What You Want
BIT.TRIP RUNNER 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – £2.66. Apply coupon “GFDSEP20UK”. Registers on Steam.
Papo & Yo – £2.37/€2.82/$3.75. Registers on Steam.
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes – £1.38/€1.64/$2.19. Registers on Steam.
Trials Evolution: Gold Edition – £4.85/€5.76/$7.66. Registers on uPlay.
Hitman Absolution – £2.99. Registers on Steam.
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission – £4.99/€6.24/$8.24.

For more of the cheap games, get yourself over to SavyGamer.co.uk.

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