Guys, I have a confession. I spent so much of last week being excited about creating silly YouTube videos (which you can watch here, if you missed it the first time) that I completely forgot to tell you this: someone is making a Horace plushie. Not because we asked her to. Not because it was sanctioned by the editorial overlords. But, because that person is absurdly awesome. I’m absolutely thrilled, and you should be too. However, in the spirit of rambling introductions, I’m going to let you wonder among yourselves who this mysterious person might be while I arrange this week’s deals in the Bargain Bucket. (This week’s adorable plushie comes from MadKatrina.)
The Night of the Rabbit
My memories of The Night of the Rabbit was hazy and golden, like a summer holiday now long forgotten. I can’t quite remember exactly what I felt and thought about it. Possibly because it’s a Daedalic Entertainment game and all of their titles are gorgeous, unusual, and just a bit off. Still, nostalgic rambling aside, The Night of the Rabbit is definitely a more-than-adequate little adventure game which will, as an added bonus, likely charm with its abundance of anthropomorphic critters. (Actually, have a Wot I Think.)
The Witcher 1 and 2
The Witcher 1 ($1.99/£1.19/€1.49) / The Witcher 2 ($3.99/£2.39/€2.98)
The Witcher, in case you somehow missed the memo on this sometimes-controversial franchise, is a fantasy for adults. And not always in that NC-17 way, either way. Where most epic fantasy seems focused on grand quests and analogies for religious ideas, the Witcher is gritty, awful, and filled with people who make sense for setting. Every third person you meet is a bit of a jerk and also in need of a bath. However, that’s also what sells the series. It isn’t afraid to get dirty, which makes the environment entirely more believable compared to some of the more high-minded ideas floating around the industry. But, what I am telling you that for? You probably know more about it than me already. (Seriously, they’re awesome albeit flawed games. Go grab them, if you don’t own them already.)
Valdis Story: Abyssal City
I love Valdis Story. I really do. What it lacks in the jaw-dropping fluidity that defines other action-platformers, it makes up for it in sheer beauty. The characters, the environments, the intricate detailing, the sometimes-spectacular visual animation? All very, very pretty. The game also features a decent amount of replayability, as it ships with the option to unlock characters and investigate different nuances of the story. Much heart. Buy it please. (P.S: An appreciation for cartoony, manga-style artwork is necessary.)
Believe it or not, the lads who produced Goat Simulator are actually more than a one-trick ungulate. Long before they shocked the Internet with the oddball sense of humor, Coffee Stain Studios worked on the Sanctum franchise, which we’ve famously compared to a penis. Why? Because it’s better when it’s harder or some such. Genitalia jokes aside, Sanctum 2 is a tower-defense-slash-first-person-shooter-game that builds on the ideas delivered by the original. If you enjoyed the first, you’ll probably delight in Sanctum 2. And even if you didn’t? It’s 85%. What’s the worst that could happen? (Asides from the game transforming into an entry into the free-to-play market, thereafter rendering your purchase completely moot and and and – )
Also of note
A New Beginning: Final Cut – $1.49/£1.07/€1.34
An ecologically-minded adventure pitched as a “cinematic adventure-thriller?” Sure. Why not? Those who might have been curious about the game but were put off by the reviews might want to take advantage of this opportunity right here.
Awesomenauts – $1.99/£1.39/€1.99
Awesomenauts is, hands down, my favorite DotA derivative. The over-the-top sense of humor and zany character designs mix perfectly with the arcade-y feel of this fast-paced, 2D — man, I sound like a press release. But, sometimes, just sometimes, buzz words are the only way to express your love.
Sniper Elite III - $33.37/£19.99/€24.91
I don’t know anything about this game, except that it most likely involves long-range shooting and gruff men in military outfits. However, I also caught a few people being inordinately excited about it so I passing on knowledge about its existence to you. Enjoy.
The Humble Boom Bundle - Pay $15.00/£8.99/€11.20 for everything
Boom. Cool comics.