Ah, conventions. While a reason for giddy exuberance among gamers big and small, they’re not unlike games journalism’s answer to The Labors of Hercules. Seriously, these stop being fun after the fifteenth interview of the day. Trust me on this. Brr. Anyway. With everyone else on the floor and alit with excitement about upcoming games, this is probably the perfect time to talk about discounted games. Old games, new games, games you’ve probably never heard about. They might lack the razzle and dazzle of upcoming games but at least you can play them now. Either way, the Bargain Bucket is rattling with cheap bargains for you. Today’s plushie is brought to you by Angel Tear and the number 12.
At first glance, 10000000 is unlikely to impress. It’s a weird Bejeweled-resembling chimera built up out of role-playing game elements, retro-looking action and puzzles. It was also the little game that could. TouchArcade’s Eli Hodapp went hopping mad over the tiny game, something which would later trigger a landslide of good publicity. But why did he? Well, read this review and find out.
Be Mine 12
I think I might have mentioned the Be Mine 12 bundle on Groupees last week but bear with me. There’s a reason it’s being brought up again. Thanks to Groupees’ current “Dollar Day” promotion, anyone who picks up a Be Mine 12 bundle within the appropriate time span will be able to gift another one to someone else – if they’re willing to fork out an additional $1, that is. The full Be Mine 12 bundle consists of an interesting collection of indie games and music, including Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves and Half Minute Hero.
While the sequel to Coffee Stain Studios’ tower defense/first-person shooter might not be the Internet darling that Goat Simulator is, it’s still a pretty rad game. Unlike its predecessor, Sanctum 2 features four characters, boss battles, and a dash of role-playing mechanics. It also comes with a wider range of weapons, towers and enemy types. Most importantly, Sanctum 2 is currently 90% off which is, well, a heck of a discount.
BundleBandits’s Desura Bundle 1
Another day, another bundle site. Bundle Bandits looks to be the latest in a long line of similar platforms. Judging from the current selection of bundles, the people behind BundleBandits might have a taste for the obscure. I don’t recognize any of the games in the Desura Bundle 1 but they look like they might be interesting enough to investigate. (P.S: You should probably triple check before handing sensitive information over to the website. Just in case, y’know?)
Alone in the Dark
Here’s a question: how well do horror games age? Vintage scares have always felt like depreciating resources to me. Blocky, polygonal monsters might have been scary twenty years ago but in today’s world of high-resolution photorealism, they can come off a little silly. At least, that’s just my stance on the matter. Putting that aside, it’s hard to deny that Alone in the Dark was an absolutely terrifying game and that it’s currently going for a good price at GOG.com. As an added bonus, GOG.com will throw in both Alone in the Dark 2 and Alone in the Dark 3 if you purchase the original game during this promotional period.
Also of note
Pirate Bay Bundle – Free
I’m sure no one here has even have the foggiest as to what Pirate Bay might be. On the off-chance that you might, say, want to take a walk on the illicit side, you may want to consider checking out this legal, 101-game strong Pirate Bay bundle. Assuming the site isn’t blocked by your ISP. (Warning: Some of the ads you might see on the site are rather NSFW.)
Battlefield 2142 Deluxe Edition-$0.99/£0.59/€0.71
While I might not be a fan of the franchise, it’s hard to resist the 93% discount Amazon has stapled on this old, old game. Sure, the servers might now be ghost towns haunted only by the dreams of its fans but that shouldn’t stop you from spending less than a dollar in the name of curiosity, right?
StoryBundle – Pay at least $12/£7.17/€8.64 to get everything.
Because I failed to update last week’s post with mention of the StoryBundle, I’m including it in this week’s round-up. The current StoryBundle features a menagerie of video games-related titles. Of note are the 11 issues of SCROLL, which was a magazine that explored the convoluted history of games.