Ever had one of those weeks where you feel like you were gobbled up, chewed on and spat back out? Yeah, it was one of those weeks for me. I’m not even really sure why. It could well be the inexorable build up to this year’s summer blockbusters and the endless nights of writing that will no doubt follow. On another note, bargain hunters should probably monitor Gamersgate for the next few days. It looks like the site is doing some awesome flash deals and whatnot. This week’s plushie comes from lemming. His buckets put mine to shame. Also, that … thing is terrifying.
Alan Wake: American Nightmare
Ah, Alan Wake. You broken, brilliant beauty. To use an old adage, personal mileage will likely vary but it looks like fellow members of the press were rather fond of this standalone version of Alan Wake. Maybe, it’s the whole idea of railing against the American nightmare. Maybe, it was drugs. Maybe, it was really, really good. I can’t tell you. But you might be able to tell me because it’s going for rather cheap right now.
The Humble Weekly Sale
Pay more than the minimum of $6/£3.57/€3.34 for more games!
Oh, here’s something new but potentially exciting. Humble is now using physical goodies to entice folk to pay more than just the absolute minimum. (I’m doomed the day they start waving plushies in my face.) Anyway, this week’s sale looks like a meaty treat. We’ve got the slick-looking Dust Force, Terry Cavanagh tooth-achingly difficult VVVVVV, and Cave Story+ in the basic pay-what-you-want package. If you shell out more than six bucks, you’ll find yourself in possession of some equally fantastic games. Lone Survivor? Reus? Limbo? Cthulhu Saves the World? Your wallet’s cries of despair will not echo for nothing, bucketeers.
The Conquest Bundle
It never fails to amaze me as to how Bundle Stars keeps those prices so low. In fact, it scares me a little. Are they holding fluffy pets hostage, maybe? Do they have an international gaming racket going? Is that how – er, anyhow. The Conquest Bundle is a cluttered bag of “Hey, this is pretty good!” and “I think they needed padding.” Call of Juarez is probably the crowning glory of this motley crew. However, you might find the rest of them interesting to flirt with as well. Ballpoint Universe and Lucius are both games I’d hesitate to pay full price for Fortunately, they’re both present in this hot mess of discounts.
Groupees’ Clash of the World Central Europe Bundle
For once, I remembered to check Groupees. Their Central Europe bundle gets a thumbs up for multiple reasons. First of all, it features music from a Polish stoner/doom band which I didn’t even know this was a thing. Stoner/doom? Doesn’t that just tickle your sense of curiosity? I know mine is squirming. The games in the bundle are … decent. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is an interesting diversion. (Realm of Arkania: Blade of Destiny? Waaaay less so.) Get this one for novelty’s sake, and because it promises “theme tunes for 10 games never made.”
Blink Bundle’s Trading Cards Bundle
Pay more than $4.99/£2.97/€3.61 to get all the games
Blink Bundle’s Trading Cards Bundle features an assortment of interesting games including the heartbreaking To The Moon, the whimsical Bad Hotel and, er, Gravity Badgers. If you pay more than the minimum required, you’ll also gain access to Saturday Morning RPG, Oknytt, Skyward Collapse and that game which rather quite resembles a certain Naughty Dog game. Hmm.(P.S: Blink Bundle gets bonus points for using gifs.)
Also of note
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – $4.20/£2.50/€3.04
Overrated or genius? You decide. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a thoughtful, beautiful game that may or may not drive you to shed a few tears.
Hitman Collection – $6.30/£3.75/€4.55
Why don’t you already own the entire Hitman collection? Hmm? Tell me. Why not? (Just kidding.) Once again, we’ve got the Hitman games available for cheap. Feel like picking up the whole set? Roll right ahead. (It makes for an excellent gift too.)
King of Dragon Pass – $2.39/£1.42/€1.73
I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I totally forgot about the existence of the PC version of this game. Having said that, I can’t recommend it enough. The mobile variation is, I think, still one of my most beloved games ever.
Overlord: Raising Hell – $3.99/£2.37/€2.88
Like anyone born in the era of Dungeon Keeper, I have a soft spot for comically evil antagonists. The Overlord series definitely isn’t without its flaws but it’s short, fun and wicked in all the right ways.