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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Fluffy Showdown

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If it wasn’t obvious already, I have a camera. An actual camera. Not a dinky, built-into-my-phone camera but an actual camera. Obviously, plushie-related images are now going to appear in abundance. (Bargain Bucket regulars may recognize the floppy white figure in the foreground; it’s the first plushie we ever featured on this column.) As always, it’s that time of the week again and it looks like the Bargain Bucket has discounted shinies to spare.

Stealth Bastard
$2.40/£1.43/€1.74
Unlike so many other stealth games, Stealth Bastard won’t let you messily perforate would-be lookouts at will. It’s a cheeky, clever little bugger, though. Curve Studios’ stealth-platformer requires players to be both sneaky and blessed with the reflexes of cat. The platforming sequences can be positively murderous, especially if you’ve yet to get accustomed to the game’s unusual pacing. Fortunately, checkpoints exist in relative abundance. As an added bonus, Stealth Bastard comes with a level editor.

Bundle Stars’ Toxic Bundle
$5.99/£3.57/€4.34
I know I shouldn’t look a gift bundle in the mouth but, man, I can’t help but wonder how anyone makes money through these things. The Toxic Bundle is practically as cheap as sin and almost as interesting. Both the 7th Guest and the 11th Hour are creepy, vintage adventures while Runespell: Overture is an odd little poker-RPG hybrid. The bundle’s crowning glory is probably S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky which, I am told, is an excellent example of a prequel done competently. The other games in the bundle are somewhat foreign to me but Google advises they are, at the very least, tolerable.

Populous
$2.39/£1.42/€1.73
Long before Molyneux made Godus, he made fantastic god games. Like Populous. Populous was awesome. While the graphics have not aged terribly well, Populous might be worth revisiting for just the nostalgia value alone. Visit plagues on the unsuspecting! Raise volcanos! Make people bow to your divine might! Because if you don’t, who will? Mwa-ha-ha-ahem. If you’re not a fan of the first Populous, you might want to consider snagging either Populous: The Beginning and Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods instead. Or both. Both could work too.

SanctuaryRPG release weekend sale!
Free
Robotics pets? Craft beer? Ownership of outlets capable of legally selling such alcoholic beverages? ASCII graphics strange from our childhood? Well, sure. I can’t say no to that. I don’t know anything about SanctuaryRPG but, thanks to everything I’ve read about it thus far, I’m inclined towards finding out. It’s supposed to be a cross between a roguelike and a JRPG, which a bazillion other features to spare. To celebrate the release of their new game, Black Shell Games have made all of their other games free as well. Have you ever wanted to try a turn-based ASCII racing simulation? Yeah, me too.

Also of note:

Deponia – $1.99/£1.69/€1.99
Um. Here. John will tell you all you need to know about Deponia. Personally, I’m somewhat fond of the flawed first entry in the series.

Smooth Operators: Call Center Chaos – $1.19/£0.71/€0.86
Smooth Operators looks like one of the games that somehow managed to be good and mostly invisible to the press, if the ratings for the game are any indication of things. It even earned approval from the notorious Indie Gamer Chick, which should tell you something about its worth. SimTower meets call center hell? I’m okay with this.

Frozen Synapse – $4.99/£3.79/€4.59
Ah, yes. Frozen Synapse. Drenched in neon and almost too clever for its own good, this turn-based strategy game turns shootouts into a game of chess. Regardless of whether you choose to play against the A.I or other people, chances are you’ll find this a brutal, intellectual delight.

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