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The Cheapskate's Corner 5 (Jun 13th-19th) (UPDATED)

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Good night ladies and gentlemen, cheapskates alike! Welcome to a new edition of The Cheapskate's Corner, the place to go when in need of Linux entertainment at a reasonable price. As is the custom of the house, we begin by whetting your appetite with all the stuff you might have missed:





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· The Humble Indie Bundle 8 is now over, but its legacy will be forever among us (and DRM-free!). Our favourite bundle purveyors brought us no less than 11 games (although some wicked minds may say that two of them are not really a game :P), most of them debuting on Linux: Dear Esther, Thomas Was Alone, Capsized, Awesomenauts, Little Inferno, Proteus, Hotline Miami, Tiny & Big in Grandpa's Leftovers, Intrusion 2, English Country Tune and Oil Rush. An awesome bundle in its own right.


· Just like as its bigger sibling, the Humble Weekly Sale has just ended. Although the majority of its contents where not available for Linux, it still offered the chance to get Serious Sam 3: BFE (which included the classical versions of SS: The First Encounter and SS: The Second Encounter) as well as Serious Sam II. The first of these games has its own working Linux version on Steam, but the other three need to be meddled a bit before being able to play them natively.


· Another recently departed bundle was Bundle In A Box's Capsule Computers Indie Bundle, where you could've acquired a good deal of Linux games (either native or needing a little tuning): Hacker Evolution Untold, The Blackwell Legacy, Blackwell Unbound, The Blackwell Convergence, The Blackwell Deception, Lune (alpha), Hacker Evolution Duality, and Secret of the Magic Crystals.

UPDATE: As we explained in our two last editions, the Blackwell games need the AGS runtime Linux port in order to be played natively.


· The last finished deal from our previous column was Indie Royale's The Hammerhead Bundle, featuring Primordia (another game made with AGS, like the Blackwell series) and Potatoman Seeks the Troof. It also included Richard & Alice, a game made with AGS and therefore likely to be natively played with the AGS Linux port. We've tried to find out with the game's demo, yet another AGS title. However, it remains unclear whether this game can be played natively in Linux, as it turns out the demo installer is not an INNO archive and therefore its contents cannot be extracted with innoextract.

UPDATE: We can finally confirm that Richard & Alice can be played natively. We did need to install the game demo using Wine but were able to run it with the native AGS port afterwards.


· And lastly another finished deal which we didn't report here (although it was on the sales page for its entire duration): IndieGameStand's Snorms sale, where you could get the game along with its soundtrack and an exclusive map pack. We're very sorry for having missed it, but we were too busy whipping our typewriting monkeys to make them finish the last crowdfunding column... :whistle:






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Apart from those mentioned in the previous section, there's still a bunch of bundles and sales going on:



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Without a doubt, the best of last week's unexpected additions was the opening of Amazon's Indie Games section and its widespread sales. Before proceeding to detail its most relevant deals, there's a couple of things to mention:

· This whole Indie Game Section is an Amazon.com thing, meaning US-only. But if you, miserable reader, happen to live outside Uncle Sam's borders, don't despair! There may be something we could do about it... ;)

· During this promotion, for any indie purchase you get 3 free games. But beware, the gift games change every other day, so make sure what the current offer is to avoid surprises.


That being said, let's recap the most interesting discounted game bundles: the first one is the Indie Quintet, costs $9.99 and includes The Cave, Little Inferno and Stealth Bastard Deluxe (as well as Strike Suit Zero, a game everyday closer to being released on Linux):


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The other interesting bundle is the Oh So Fine and Dandy Bundle, which also costs $9.99 and it's the ideal purchase for those who missed the recent Humble Double Fine Bundle. It includes The Cave, Costume Quest, Stacking, Psychonauts and Brütal Legend:


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UPDATE: There's a new bundle with Steam keys for Linux games in it. It's the Indie Combat Pack and among its 10 games it includes Dungeon Hearts, Guns of Icarus Online and SpaceChem:


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Like the other game bundles in Amazon it costs $9.99, what constitutes almost a 70% discount.







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The other unexpected surprise from last week was Charlie's Games' Charlie's Games Mega Bundle Pack. For as little as $1 and upwards you can get Irukandji, Bullet Candy (the 2013 update) and Bullet Candy Perfect:


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If you pay $9.99 or more, you'll also get Scoregasm (Steam key):


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We still don't know when is this going to end and neither does Charlie himself :Oso be quick to grab it before it's too late! As you can also see in the comments, the developer is willing to send Desura and Steam keys to anyone who requests them (only for the games that are currently on those platforms, obviously!)






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Indiebundle.org's Perilous Puzzle Bundle is also still available, with no expiration date yet. For the third consecutive week we inform you that you can pay $5 to get Hairy Tales, or pay $7 and also get Wyv and Keep:


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As a sort of possible bonus in the $5 level the bundle also includes Great Permutator, which is apparently being ported to Linux.



UPDATE: Another bundle with Linux content has gone live! It's the new Deadly Dungeons Bundle and for $5 it offers you Dungeon Fray and Knytt Underground:



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The second one hasn't been officially released on Linux yet, but it's well under development at the beta stage and it's only a matter of time for it to hit our OS. The bundle also includes
Dwarf Quest, the developers of which have shown a certain interest in a Linux port, so this one could be the future bonus game of the bundle.




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The Race Against Time Gamer Bundle will still be running for another 10 days and as we already informed you it includes only one Linux game, which can be yours for $1, Dungeon Hearts:


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However, considering there are other 5 games in this bundle, it's likely that Cube Roots will receive a minuscule part of what you pay for it. So if you really want to support the developer while remaining a cheapskate at the same time, you may want to get the game at the aforementioned Amazon's Indie Sale. It's only $0.50 more, but the developers will receive far more than the other way.

DISCLAIMER: We don't have the slightest idea about grossing distributions or resellers takes for this particular game, so our advice is to do whatever you want and feel good about. ^_^






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And finally, another bundle with only one Linux game. It's Bundle Stars' Atomic Indie Bundle and among its 10 games there's SpaceChem:


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Right now the bundle costs a little more than €4.50, meaning you'd get the game at a 55% discount. Again, Zachtronics Industries is likely to receive a tiny fraction of that amount, but since there's no alternative sale for this game we can only say "Go for it!". :D

UPDATE: We were utterly wrong as there is indeed an alternative. Again, it's one of the Amazon Indie Sales, so proceed just like we advised before.








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After so many sales-in-progress we're glad to be able to present you a couple of new deals!




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We won't repeat the same mistake, so we're reporting the current IndieGameStand's deal which is Paranautical Activity:


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Pay what you want ($1 min for a Desura key) for this frenetic FPS/Roguelike, and if you beat the average (currently slightly under $2) you'll also obtain the game's OST. We encourage all of you to get it because it's a great game and because they need all the love we can give them after their Greenlight incident. :(







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This time around the gods have been benevolent and they've brought us a full-Linux and full-DRM-free Humble Weekly Sale! This week featuring 11 bit studio's portfolio, excluding the newly released Anomaly 2. So pay what you want to get Anomaly: Warzone Earth ($1 min for a Steam key), Anomaly Warzone Earth: Mobile Campaign, Sleepwalker's Journey and Funky Smugglers:


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If you pay above the average ($2.72 right now) you'll also get Anomaly Korea:


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The above average content also includes an Anomaly 2 model for 3D printing and wallpapers for all the games. As its name suggests it will last only a week, so it will be over by the time we return with our next column. Go and get it now before you forget!







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We've got absolutely no idea. Not a single clue, really. Barring an unexpected new Humble Bundle for Android, we don't know what could hit us in the next days. There are currently Indie Royale and Indie Gala bundles going on with no Linux content whatsoever (while we wait for the mystery games to be revealed, although we're not very optimistic), and there's also the much anticipated Groupees Build-A-Bundle which ended up being a Meridian 4 bundle with no Linux games either.

But according to recent experience, there's always something that comes out of the blue and surprises in a good manner. Be assured that we'll be ready to take them and explain them to you, so stay tuned for updates! And also don't forget to check the sales page for the most up-to-date info about sales and cheap games! Ta-ta!




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Looks like there really was a Groupees' Build A Bundle in the works! It's announced as starting soon, probably way before our next column, so we're talking about it here and now.

Unfortunately they do seem to really enjoy teasing us with Jonny's doodles, so we can't speculate much about its possible content. Judging by the drawings, there surely be some kind of an offroad racing game, a fairies game, probably Spectraball and Smash Cat too, and another game where you get to wield a machete or a butcher's knife. :P

We'll stay tuned for any further development in this matter. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Projectile Vomit 13 Jun, 2013
Yep- try not to miss your posts. I admit, I'm a game hoarder- and I'm cheap! I LOVE sales on games. I'm pretty sure I could use a 12 step program, but then you'd have one less psycho Linux gamer to cater to. We can't have that, now, can we?
Mike Frett 13 Jun, 2013
See, I read it. ^_^ Question, the Amazon's site only lists Mac and Windows, do they give you a Steam key or something?.

Edit: Goodness, we keep bumping into each other lol
muntdefems 13 Jun, 2013
Quoting: Projectile VomitYep- try not to miss your posts. I admit, I'm a game hoarder- and I'm cheap! I LOVE sales on games. I'm pretty sure I could use a 12 step program, but then you'd have one less psycho Linux gamer to cater to. We can't have that, now, can we?

Certainly not! :D


Quoting: Mike FrettSee, I read it. ^_^ Question, the Amazon's site only lists Mac and Windows, do they give you a Steam key or something?.

Yep, just make sure that the sale in question has the text [Online Game Code] in its name (and that it's a Steam code! I think I saw a couple of games with other types of keys).

DISCLAIMER: I've never bought a single game in Amazon.com, but still you can tell by the download size (Steam key-only games are usually a 4kB or so download)
muntdefems 13 Jun, 2013
Quoting: muntdefemsDISCLAIMER: I've never bought a single game in Amazon.com, but still you can tell by the download size (Steam key-only games are usually a 4kB or so download)

Correction: I've just taken a look at the various games on sale at Amazon and some of them do have download sizes far larger than 3kB despite being [Online Game Code]. So I don't know... Before buying anything I'd make sure by asking Amazon's customer service.
s_d 14 Jun, 2013
Muntdefems, something I didn't notice before is that you've mentioned Richard & Alice as AGS games which need the Linux interpreter to run, but you didn't mention that for the Blackwell Chronicles games nor for Primordia, which are in the same situation.

Also, regarding Richard & Alice, I'm contacting the devs to ask them what tool they use to package those installers.
kozec 14 Jun, 2013
Ahem... can I do little "adversing" here? I found interesting game yesterday on greenlight (well, interesting for me, at least) that have Linux version on plan. It's called Inverto (greenlight link) and it's something between Portal and Gravity Guy.
And... well, to put it short, I pledged on indiegogo and dev later sent me thanking mail. It turned out that I'm forth backer. After two weeks. I never saw campaign to go so bad for game that really isn't half bad (imho).

So maybe some of you here can check it and vote on greenlight or something. I really don't believe there are only 4 people liking this kind of games.
s_d 14 Jun, 2013
Quoting: kozecAhem... can I do little "adversing" here?
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And... well, to put it short, I pledged on indiegogo and dev later sent me thanking mail.
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So maybe some of you here can check it and vote on greenlight or something. I really don't believe there are only 4 people liking this kind of games.

So, this column is actually for super cheap deals & bundles, but there is a column on this site specifically for promoting crowd-funded game campaigns!  It's called The Funding Crowd.  Fortunately, the same person does both, and may read these comments.  If so, he might add Inverto to the list for the next issue.

Hmm... A Greenlight Spotlight sounds like another useful column.  It could probably be coupled with any new Desura Alpha-Funding games for Linux (since they achieve similar goals in the end).  I wonder if we could convince avarisclari to run a column like that, here, since he practically did it on his blog once already:  http://acbignews.blogspot.com/2013/06/small-news-greelight.html
muntdefems 14 Jun, 2013
Hehe, turns out this particular game has been on my list since it was launched on Indiegogo and I always felt bad about not featuring it in the crowdfunding column. I'll try to put things right with the next one.
muntdefems 14 Jun, 2013
Quoting: s_dMuntdefems, something I didn't notice before is that you've mentioned Richard & Alice as AGS games which need the Linux interpreter to run, but you didn't mention that for the Blackwell Chronicles games nor for Primordia, which are in the same situation.

Well I didn't mention it this time around, but I did for sure in both the #3 and #4 issues.



Quoting: s_dAlso, regarding Richard & Alice, I'm contacting the devs to ask them what tool they use to package those installers.

Thanks! If all else fails, I guess it could be easily installed with Wine but I can't really bother to try it... :P
Sslaxx 14 Jun, 2013
Wadjet Eye's Primordia is *also* an AGS game and thus the bit about the native AGS Linux runtime you mention with Richard and Alice applies there, too.
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