Hello, Bucketeers! Something weird happened this week. The Internet gave me a dose of that thing called “faith in the human spirit.” After having his finances upturned by that thing called a questionable health care system, IGF chairman Brandon Boyer put up a cancer treatment relief fund on GoFundMe. And after only five days? It’s almost, almost at its target goal of $110, 000. Which is bloody amazing and a testament to how damn cool the video game industry is. I love you guys. You make me so damn happy, sometimes. But that’s my public service ramble of the week. Now, here are some cool games going for cheap. (And plushies. Their names are Hoot and Rambert.)
Devolver Digital Double Debut Bundle
Pay at least $10 / £5.98 / €3.39 to get everything
Screw the other Humble Bundle. Devolver Digital’s transmedia package is the one you want. I’ve always been a huge fan of the edgy, tongue-in-cheek indie publisher and for good reason, I think. They do cool stuff like have fictional members of the board chatter on Twitter and donate money to rad people like Brandon Boyer. Yup, that’s right. Here’s an opportunity to cash in on an awesome deal and be charitable. Pick up games like Defense Technica and films like Austin High while donating to Boyer’s cancer relief fund. What could be better than that?
In case you missed your opportunity to snag Waking Mars last week, Tiger Style was kind enough to engineer a 80% discount for this lovely game over at Desura. Unlike so many sci-fi games set in space, Waking Mars won’t have you slotted into the shoes of a perma-roided space marine. No, you’re a gardener here. An interstellar explorer with a green thumb and a fascinating mission. It’s thoughtful, atmospheric and all kinds of words you should view as high praise. We have a Wot I think. Go read it. (P.S: Rates might be wonky because Desura doesn’t seem to like Hola! terribly much.)
The Adrenaline Bundle
BundleStars’ Adrenaline Bundle is rather delicious. While I can’t vouch for all the games in the bundle, I’m rather fond of some of them. Ring Runner’s a twin-stick shooter taken to fresh heights , Rock of Ages is just bonkers, Monday Night Combat is great with friends and Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World is like a point-and-click adventure starring a bearded Zap Brannigan almost. And while the rest of the bundle doesn’t look half-shabby at all, I suspect the real star is possibly the Axis Game Factory. Time for some game-making?
(P.S: BundleStars and Hola don’t seem to be getting along either. I keep getting Euros regardless of what I do. Interestingly, US folk get it a touch cheaper than others so I’m using that as a point of reference.)
I really, really like Rogue Legacy. I’m absolutely terrible at it, but I love the game. On the off-chance you’ve somehow missed every glowing mention of Rogue Legacy, it’s a 2D, sidescrolling procedural death adventure which will have you leading an entire family into certain doom. Like, really. Whenever a character dies, you’ll be able to then take control of one of their children and direct said kid back into the twisting, dangerous castle. There are just so many things to like about Rogue Legacy, not least of all its take on sexual preferences. Have this Wot I think if you don’t believe me.
Also of note:
Left 4 Dead Bundle – $$7.49/£5.74/€7,49
Hey, look. Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 is available for cheap. No, you don’t get a sales pitch with it.
The Humble Weekly Sale: Popcap – $6.0/£3.59/€4.33 is the price to beat
(Edited for less grump) I don’t know how I feel about this. On one hand, it’s kind of awesome that all the proceeds will go straight to charity and/or Humble Bundle. You can’t actually give money to Electronic Arts. On the other, it’s Electronic Arts, a company which makes me grumble a lot. I’m not a big fan of the games in the bundle, personally. But, if you are? Snag ‘em.
Planetary Annihilation – $28.43/£20.4/€24.6
Planetary Annihilation was famously, famously expensive. But that’s over now. Here’s a Hands-On dealie from Jim to help you decide if you want to pick it up.