Regardless of whether your wallet needs a break or not, Steam have done the old switch-a-roo and given us nine more deals for today. Here are the bargain-based highlights from the current line-up.
The crime-filled sandbox of ridiculousness that is the third entry in the Saints Row series may have been cheaper in the past (not by much though) but this is the lowest price for the PC version at the moment.
It may be the go-to deal price for this one now, but Steam’s current offer the best around by a fair margin. Considering we named it our Best Shooter of 2011, you should probably give it a go. Plus, you can also upgrade to the Deluxe Edition for some extra good for just £1.74. Bargain.
Hitman: Blood Money may well be on the front page for £1.49, but you can get both Hitman 1 + 2 with it for under £4 with this collection. Sadly Hitman: Contracts isn’t included here, but there’s still plenty of assassination action from the Bald One to keep you busy until Absolution comes out.
And finally, we’ve got yet another bundle of indie-based goodness to tempt you with. Today’s games are A Valley Without Wind, Atom Zombie Smasher, Blocks That Matter, Sanctum, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.
Missed yesterday’s deals? Don’t fret, you’ve got until tomorrow morning to take advantage of their reductions. For the full list of offers currently available be sure to check out the front page of Steam here.
Steam's latest indie compilation has a fairly obvious geometric theme, drawing together six puzzle games that feature cubes in some capacity. Highlights include the ferociously addictive BIT.TRIP RUNNER, the stylish first-person Q.U.B.E. and gorgeous platformer Blocks That Matter.
Blocks That Matter is a rock-hard and sumptuously satisfying platformer that takes its cues from Tetris and Minecraft. That's right, Tetris and Minecraft. Just in case that hasn't sold you, it's now on sale for 64p at Indievania, which is even cheaper than the Xbox Live Indie version. Definitely check this one out if you didn't get it as part of the Humble Voxatron Bundle.
Hooray! The Humble Voxatron Debut Bundle is now actually a bundle as opposed to a single game!
If you pay over the £2.32 average price for Voxatron, you'll also receive The Binding Of Isaac and Blocks That Matter. Considering that we awarded both games with stonking 8/10 scores in their respective reviews (linked), you'd be mad not to pick them up. Voxatron is also a seriously nifty little game even in its alpha state, since its twenty levels and attractive visuals are supplemented by an intuitive level editor.
Remember that you can specify how much of your money you want to go to the developers and to the two worthy charities.
Developer: Swing Swing Submarine
Are we late to the Blocks That Matter party? Not really. We lauded Swing Swing Submarine's epic indie platformer as our Xbox Live Indie Game Of The Week when it launched back in May, but the subsequent PC version is also definitely worthy of our attention. And yours, more importantly. A major update has recently gone live (fixing a fair few niggling issues) - and many of you will doubtlessly have tried it out at this year's Eurogamer Expo.
It's high time that we gave this innovative puzzle platformer the full review it so thoroughly deserves.
The premise is as surreal, referential and disdainful of the fourth wall as you'd expect from an boutique outfit called Swing Swing Submarine. Fictional Indie devs Markus and Alexey (references to Notch and the creator of Tetris, more on that later) have been kidnapped by mysterious fans who demand that they finish their title, which they believe will be the best game of all time. A bit like Misery, but with belly laughs instead of leg-breaking agony. However, it transpires that their groundbreaking project isn't a game at all; instead, it's a revolutionary mining robot. It's up to this plucky boxy automaton to battle through subterranean caverns to save the day - and its creators - in one of the most impressive hybrid platformers of 2011.Click here to read more...
Make no mistake, ladies and gentlemen: this has been one of the best weeks for Xbox Live Indie games that I've ever witnessed. The quality of some of the titles on offer is absolutely astounding; rivalling their full-price XBLA brothers in terms of length, mechanics and graphics. In fact, it's been so good that I've had to declare two joint winners.
Don't you dare download that avatar outfit. Buy these games instead.
Blocks That Matter is one of the most polished, rewarding and plain great platformers that I've had yet to see on the Indie marketplace - and in fact, that I've played in recent weeks.
Sod the usual preamble, because it's time to delve into exactly why this sweet Swedish smorgasbord deserves your 240 Microsoft Points.
After the developers, Swing Swing Submarine, are kidnapped Misery-style in order to finish their anticipated title, it transpires that they weren't actually working on a game at all. Rather, they created an experimental drilling robot, and it's up to the plucky little automaton to rescue its creators from captivity and certain death. To do so, players will guide it through intricate levels and use its powerful drill to destroy blocks of scenery that stand in your way.
So far, so basic, but as the title clearly states: the blocks of matter... matter. You collect them Minecraft-style once destroyed, and can then reassemble them into tetrominoes that form new platforms and staircases to access new areas. The puzzles are clever, the platforming mechanics are floaty yet precise and, quite frankly, the anarchic sense of humour and snappy writing makes this little an absolute gem.Click here for an splendid space combat and 10 amazingly awful games! >>