My gloves smell like new car. I finally caved in and purchased myself a set of boxing gloves after weeks of dealing with someone else’s old sweat. If my hands have to become habitats for grotesque amounts of bacteria, the least I can do is ensure they’re my bacteria. Or something. Ew. Anyway, moving on, here’s this weeks bucket of bargains! (P.S: I can’t, for the life of me, remember who sent me this picture. Claim your plushie in the comments, please!)
Tropico 3: Gold Edition
It seems a little odd to be recommending an older version of a game, especially when the Internet seems enamored of its younger, slicker sibling. But there’s something to be said about nostalgia. Those looking to invest in the series, to properly value the changes that it has undergone over the years, may find themselves wanting to pick this up, regardless of what common logic might prescribe. As with all the games in the franchise, Tropico 3 puts you in the role of a dictator. Despite the negative connotations often associated with the title, you don’t actually have to be a jerk. Benevolent dictatorship is a thing. But you can be awful anyway, because why not?
Now, with extra social media functions! Tropico 4 is Tropico 3, and then some. No longer are you just stuck between the United States and a Soviet Union of hard places, Tropico 4 will have you manhandling other foreign powers while tending to the needs of your people. This iteration of the cheery city-builder could be construed as slightly less sandbox-y than the last, but that might be exactly what the El Presidente ordered? Who knows.
Civilization: Beyond Earth was slightly lacklustre, especially when made to stand beside the (at least, to me) surprisingly excellent Endless Legend. But Civilization V? Oh, that’s a whole different ball game. The strategy title has been described as a time machine by some, capable of teleporting the unwary through a weekend, to make weeks vanish in a clicking of the left-mouse button. Some whisper that it even devours significant others. (True story.) Regardless, this might be a great opportunity to join its batallion of fans, if for no other reason than a) it’s going for considerably cheap right now and b) there are more mods than anyone knows what to do with.
Paradox Bundle Pay What You Want
Beat the average of $6.95/£4.55/€6.25 to get it all
Do you want this? I don’t know. Do you? The games listed certainly aren’t part of Paradox’s more illustrious roster, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily bad. One of the great things about pay-what-you-want bundles is simply that they allow you the opportunity to pick up stuff you wouldn’t otherwise have considered. Personally, I found A Game of Dwarves oddly compelling, and others tell me that Majesty 2 isn’t half-bad either. Whatever the case, here’s your chance to pick up a new set of pretties if the desire so strikes you.
Also of note
Dreamfall Chapters – $17.49/£11.45/€15.74
I haven’t really gotten around to playing anything but the first edtion of Dreamfall Chapters, but what I’ve played is excellent. Mysterious, gently moody, it is gorgeously atmospheric and offers some surprising moments. (Of course, I might just be biased towards the amount of inventive swearing common to one character in particular.)
Bundle Quest – $11.95/£7.82/€10.75
My affection for this bundle knows no bounds. It incorporates the King’s Quest series, Quest of Glory games, and also Quest of Infamy. All sterling adventure games, really, although Quests of Infamy is considerably clumsier than its predecessors. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, it looks like you’ve got a full hour to pick this up before GOG.com laughingly transforms it into a memory. On the bright side, that also means you’re probably on track to seeing what else GOG.com has on offer.
Ready for Summer Bundle – $3.00/£1.96/€2.70
Ten indie games, most relative unknown. I’ve some amount of experience with Call of Cthulhu, which I’m told is actually decent if you’re willing to put in the hours. Hamlet is adorable too. But everything else? I can only offer a moderately suspicious shrug. Let us know if you’ve sampled the rest, of course.
Memory of a Broken Dimension – Pay What You Want
A curiosity if there ever was one, Memory of a Broken Dimension made Alice raise her eyebrows ever-so-slightly when she wrote about it last year. A first-person puzzle-platformer, it demands that players explore strange programs and investigate a curious desktop. Does it make sense? Probably not. The “game” currently available is actually the prototype, and is supposedly not representative of the finished project. But if you’re curious, why not?