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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Bytes Of A Feather

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Confession: I bought Heroes of the Storm’s Founder Pack. Sometimes, even professional bargain hunters are brought low by the seduction of immediate gratification. (Or something. Hi! Are you playing too? You should add me on Battle.Net if so. casshirek#1483 is the battletag in question.) Moving on, this week’s bargains are an entertaining montage of genres. Bundle Stars is the clear winner of the “holy crap, those are some shiny offers they’ve put together” competition, beating out even crowd favorite Nuuvem. This week’s plushie is from kfix! I am nursing a fever. Halp.

The Big Deals:

Humble: Humble’s got a varied bunch of deals this week and I find myself particularly enamored of the card game deal. SolForge? Talisman? Scrolls? Rather lovely, don’t you think? There’s also an extravagance of Archie available too, a package which includes Afterlife with Archie which is apparently very dark and very good. So. Much hearts there.

The Regular Deals

IndieRoyale Mixer 14
$2.49/£1.66/€2.22
In general, I’m not a big fan of IndieRoyale. The game tends to be rather eclectic, possibly too much for even my tastes. But this week’s bundle delights. We have Metal Dead which is funny, regardless of how basic the artwork might look. There’s also Tiny & Big, which is lovely, and the Last Door which is gloriously Lovecraftian. I’ve heard murmurs that the rest of the titles are pretty nifty as well. Have my approval. In moderate quantities.

Killer Bundle
$4.99/£4.00/€5.39
I’m reasonably impressed with this one, though I really shouldn’t be surprised. Bundle Stars have come a long way since they first ventured into the stormy waters of packaged games. The Killer Bundle features a host of excellent if aged titles, including S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl and Year Walk. I haven’t played Pixel Piracy myself but I’ve heard rather excellent things about it. Similarly, Kraven Manor seems interesting if you’re the type who relishes unsettling architecture and Fate: The Cursed King looks adorable to no end. (Tiny, stumpy knights occupy a special place in my heart.)

Tales from the Borderlands
$14.99/£10.00/€13.38
I still haven’t played this game, but I hear that it captures a lot of Borderlands’ inherent irreverence. Telltale Games might have had a few false starts, but its titles appear to have been growing from strength to strength. No doubt Tales of Borderlands will eventually enjoy rock-bottom prices, but if you’re in a hurry, why not snag it now?

No Time to Explain
$0.74/£0.55/€0.74
An old game, but a delightful one. This sidescrolling title features time travellers, alternate realities, giant sea creatures, and nostalgia-inducing Flash graphics. There’s no real subtlety to this plump romp, only excessive amounts of shooting and pyrotechnics. Which isn’t a bad thing at all. Prepare to save your future self, or be entertained by your own failure. Or something. Amusement will happen.

Also of note:

Avencast: Rise of the Mage – $1/£0.80/€1.08
So, it looks like Avencast falls squarely in the category of “passable diversion.” Okay, but not great. Flawed, but not playable. Under other circumstances, I might think twice about voicing a recommendation but given that it’s currently just a buck? Well. Okay. Sure. Why not?

Anomaly Ultimate Bundle – $5.15/£3.44/€4.60
Isthereanydeal.com suggests that this ultimate bundle is new to scene. Of course, the actual games are not. Long before creators 11bit Studios became famous for This War of Mine, they made this luschious series of tower defense-esque titles. There is no powerful message embedded in their viscera, but they’re fun games, nonetheless.

PSN Flash Sale
Psst. PC purists. Look over there! Everyone else, okay. I couldn’t quite resist sneaking this in. The PlayStation store has a gorgeous array of titles up for grabs, including FEZ and The Unfinished Swan and a handful of movies. (Snowpiercer’s great. Go for Snowpiercer.) Ahem. What? Oh. Welcome back. And, um. Just ignore that smear of text up there. Come along now. Yes. Quite.

Blackwell Bundle – $4.49/£3.00/€4.01
Nestled between discounted retro titles and a spot of other things is this absolutely fantastic little bundle from Wadjet Eye Games. If you haven’t played through the Blackwell series as of yet, you should. It’s killer. And more often than not, the games also have, well, killers. Highly recommended. Fun fact: a number of the voice actors originate from the burlesque scene of New York. (Seriously, quasi-jokes aside, this dark urban fantasy is absolutely gorgeous and one of the things that hooked me on indie gaming. Buy it if you haven’t, or I will make sad noises.)

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