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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Merlion Meditation


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Hello, Bucket-eers! Today, I’m writing in from sunny Singapore where the food is great and people keep tripping over my extension cord. Also, a word of advice for those positioned for an imminent trip somewhere foreign: never pick a cafe parked next to a gaming memorabilia store. The effect such places have on your wallet is positively magnetic, I tell you. Magnetic. Because I’m typing this in between trying to catch my laptop each time someone tugs on the wire, today’s introduction will be short, frantic and slightly rambly. Our fuzzy Companion Cube of the day is from one Alex F. Enjoy the bargains. I’m going to finish up before someone sends my poor Fenris flying.

Heroine’s Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
For those who don’t follow Bargain Bucket regularly, I mentioned Heroine’s Quest a few weeks ago while discussing a Quest for Glory sales. In many ways, it’s essentially the same deal. Except with a female protagonist. And better combat. And physiological functions like hunger. And it’s free. Free, guys. This gorgeous, glorious homage to that classic franchise is free. And, for the first time, it’s also on Steam so do pick it up before the developers come to their senses and start charging for this piece of loveliness.

Oh So Fine Bundle
Double Fine, you are indeed so fine. While the new bundle might not have Broken Age bundled in, it does contain classics like Costume Quest, Psychonauts and Stacking. I’ve yet to get my hands on Stacking so I can’t tell you anything about that. However, the imaginative, quirky Psychonauts is certainly worth your consideration as is the flat-out adorable Costume Quest. Given Double Fine’s considerable popularity, you’ll probably be able to see these games going for less at some point. But, if you need this trifecta in your life right the heck now? Well, there’s your answer right there.

Foul Play
I love Foul Play. I really do. Sure, it doesn’t present anything new. Sure, Castle Crashers has been there before. But it is very, very charming. Baron Dashforth is Mr. Monopoly on steroids, a demon hunter who is both oblivious and clever. Similarly, his assistant Scampwick, who is an odd ninja/chimneysweep hybrid, is a bit of a delight. In comparison to other sidescrolling beat ’em ups, Foul Play’s combat will probably seem somewhat simple. But it’s an enjoyable romp, especially if you’re the sort to appreciate the idea of enemies trying to covertly crawl off the stage after you’re done with them. Make sure to rope a second person in to make the most out of the punch-tivities.

Serious Sam: The Complete Pack
Does Serious Sam genuinely need an introduction? He’s big, bombastic and bristling with guns of all shapes and sizes. And his enemies? They need even less of an introduction. How many other franchises feature headless suicide bombers with explosives for hands or rocket-wielding minotaurs grafted onto treads befitting the most testosterone-charged tanks? It really, really doesn’t get any better than that. Or more shamelessly mad, for that matter. Unless I’m mistaken, the Complete Pack features every game from the original line-up as well as the new one. Prepare to shoot all the things!

Also of note:

Creatures: The Albian Years – $1.79/£1.09/€1.30
The first and the finest? Creatures: The Albian Years is a compilation of Creatures 1, Creatures 2 along with many of their associated DLCs.

The Humble Weekly Sale: Rhythm Games – Pay at least $6.00/£3.64/€4.35
I’m not a rhythm games person, in spite of years of exposure to Para Para machines. However, fans of the genre tell me this is quite sweet.

Hacker Evolution Duality – $1.89/£1.15/€1.37
Okay, so. I’d pick Uplink over this any day of the week. However, if you’ve run out of ways to milk experiences out of Uplink and need more of the same, Hacker Evolution Duality might be a good diversion. Might. (P.S: Indiegala and Hola appear to dislike each other so prices are haphazard estimates.)

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