Is Thursday Bundles, too? Award Winners is almost a Monthly
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My personal take
For the second week in a row we get a new game Humble on a Thursday. And sure as hell, I’m not complaining: especially this time as the line-up is absolutely top-notch.
Basic tier comes with the pretty, pixely janitor life sim Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor, grim because it’s a realistic take on struggling in life while doing a thankless job (10 Spaceport Janitors out of 10 have sworn to me its degree of realism is …out of this world - ouch!) - and found-lost-phone interactive fiction Simulacra, a mystery with SF and supernatural undertones, whose world I enjoyed spending a few hours in, even though it made me soil my pants with scary sound effects.
BTA sees the bundle debut of Blendo’s hacking puzzler Quadrilateral Cowboy - now that was a long time coming! And the good Metroidvania-with-pinball-mechanics Yoku’s Island Express.
At the top: Yuppie Psycho is Baroque Decay’s, they of Count Lucanor, latest top-down horror adventure; labor-of-love Owlboy, a Swedish made, literally 9 years in the making, Metroidvania bursting at the seams with crispy pixels and goofy sweetness, and Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption (really, Sacrifice for Redemption? oh yes, man, I haven’t made that up!) a boss-rusher in the Souls groove, which looks very pretty but didn’t exactly wow critics.
If I were in an argumentative mood I would say perhaps top tier, at almost 14 Euros, could have used a little more oomph, what with Yuppie Psycho’s price tag being just shy of 20, Owlboy being a former Monthly headliner and Sinner: I’m Not Typing That Subtitle Again a game pass game with a Metacritic score in the 60s.
It does feel like I’m nitpicking a little, and methinks I’ll be more than happy picking up Quadrilateral Cowboy and Yoku for basically half their historical lows, and I’ll gladly take a look at Spaceport Janitor, too, which I had somehow always passed up on, to this moment.
Depending on how the average will develop, though, it might make sense to just aim for the top.
Bundle fiends will be glad to know Fanatical also has something very much worth looking at, a revised Platinum Collection BYOB containing a number of formerly-in-Monthlies.
My personal favorites in this bunch are Life Is Strange, a third-person choice-n-consequence film-slash-adventure-game which definitely put French studio DONTNOD on the map; when Telltale was not a walking dead yet, Telltale naysayers would claim DONTNOD had beaten them at their own game - I don’t fully agree as that’s like forgetting Quantic Dream has ever existed in the first place (which they almost deserve for having deserted PC for so many years …almost, I said), and LIS definitely borrows plenty from David Cage’s work. It’s OK to like Fahrenheit more than The Wolf Among Us - but personally I love them both and I’m just fine with that because a) they’re different things that happen to have some commonalities and b) I never had any axe to grind with Telltale. Cinematic, narrative-driven games did not begin - or, thank goodness, end! with Telltale.
This is definitely a worth play, despite my having a laundry list of problems with it. It’s hard to explain why concisely: let’s just say despite all of its flaws, it somehow manages to feel more than the sum of its parts. If you haven’t tried it yet, keep in mind it takes roughly a couple episodes …and a half? to hit its stride.
Another would be Daedalic’s Ken Follett’s Earth’s Pillars and I wish I could have made a good joke out of this but there you are, which is a fine, faithful, if necessarily condensed, adaptation of the ponderous cathedral-making classic (…classic?) by British author Ken Follett, aka a guy who really loves his Medieval architecture. It has some good plotting despite some characters being a little too two-dimensional, and bonus point you don’t have to put up with Mr Follett’s desperately-in-need-of-a-good-editor writing – wait is this still sounding like a recommendation? a somewhat twisted one, I guess. So, let me put this clearly: it is a fairly good game, better than Daedalic’s average, too, and possibly better than the book.
Oh yeah, add X-Morph Defense which is a traditional tower defense with some refreshing twists by the studio who also made Zombie Driver. There’s a demo for this.
Was I not going to mention Styx: Shards of Darkness? Absolutely not, because if you love pure stealth you owe it to yourself to play the Styx games. Seriously, the most prominent pieces of criticism aimed at these games are:
- It’s a pure stealth game! Like that’s a bad thing and somehow there are more such games than you can shake a stick at - neither of which is true.
- It’s not Dishonored. This is like complaining not every guitar player is David Gilmour.
- Cyanide haters gonna hate Cyanide.
Also don’t ask me who writes the Styx reviews on that cheeky PC Gamer fanzine, because they make me shake my head so much I can’t read properly for half an hour afterwards.
Humble Award Winners - until 09/04/2020
X-Ray View - Go to Deal
- PWYW, €1 minimum:
- Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
- BTA, €6.46, currently:
- Quadrilateral Cowboy
- Yoku’s Island Express
- Pay €13.50+:
- Yuppie Psycho
- SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption
Fanatical Platinum Collection BYOB (Mar '20) - until ?
X-Ray View - Go to Deal
- 11 cu for 3 keys.
- Abandon Ship
- Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 2
- F1 2018
- Outcast - Second Contact
- Styx: Shards of Darkness
- State of Mind
- X-Morph: Defense
- Redout: Enhanced Edition
- Override: Mech City Brawl - Super Charged Mega Edition
- Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth
- Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom
- Lords of the Fallen Game of the Year Edition
- Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)
- Fight’N Rage
- Omerta - City of Gangsters - GOLD EDITION
Groupees FiXT Neon - until 16/04/2020
Go to Deal
- Tier 1, $0 minimum:
- Music: After Dark (Single) by Essenger
- Music: Summer (Single) by Ace Marino
- Music: Muscle Beach (Single) by Ace Marino
- Tier 2, $2 minimum:
- Music: PRIZM by PRIZM
- Music: Solai by PYLOT
- Music: 199XAD by Mega Drive
- Music: Retro Rangers by Fury Weekend
- Music: Spaces (Single) by Ace Marino
- Music: 198XAD by Mega Drive
- Music: Songs About People Including Myself by The Bad Dreamers
- Tier 3, $4 minimum:
- Music: Action & Romance (Remastered) by LeBrock
- Music: Sunset Overdrive by Fury Weekend
- Music: Scandroid by Scandroid
- Music: Resistance by 3FORCE
- Music: The Last Time (feat. NINA) [Single] by Moonrunner83
- Music: Escape From Neon City by Fury Weekend
- Tier 4, $6 minimum:
- Music: This Liminal Reality by Signal Void
- Music: The Fugitive by Cassetter
- Music: Divide & Collide by 3FORCE
- Music: Move Me (Single) by PRIZM
- Music: Streets by Moonrunner83
- Music: The Light by Scandroid
- Music: Dreams of Neo-Tokyo by Scandroid
Groupees WFH Developer eLearning - until 16/04/2020
Go to Deal
- 2 courses free or $1 minimum, $17 for the lot.
- Freelance Bootcamp - The Comprehensive Guide to Freelancing
- Professional Rails Code Along
- Google Cloud Platform Data Storage Overview
- Complete Java Masterclass - Become an Android App Developer!
- Learn to Code in Kotlin by Building an Android App
- Learn Flutter and Dart: Complete App Development Projects
- Make a Starship Unity Game Powered by Artificial Intelligence
- Unity Machine Learning with Python
- Data Mining with Python! Real-Life Data Science Exercises
- DevOps On Google Cloud Platform
- Google Cloud Security Fundamentals
- Google Analytics with Google Data Studio
- Data Analysis and Dashboards with Google Data Studio
- Google Cloud Platform Networking Fundamentals
- Google Cloud Platform for AWS Professionals
- Google Cloud Architect Exam Bootcamp
- Google Cloud Platform Developer Bootcamp (Part 2 of 2)
- Google Cloud Platform Developer Bootcamp (Part 1 of 2)
- Google Cloud Platform Associate Cloud Engineer Bootcamp
- AngularJS For ASP.NET MVC Developers
- Front End and Full Stack React Developer
- FullStack React - MERN