Bundle Stars’ latest bundle, aptly titled the Brutal Bundle, is pretty much the definition of a mixed bag. Why is it aptly titled? You’ll find out, when I completely abuse the word “brutal” to describe each of the games in it!
On the “pretty good” side, you’ve got the extellent Tropico 4: Steam Special Edition, which lets you take the role of a BRUTAL dictator ruling over a tropical archipelago. There’s Stealth Bastard Deluxe: Tactical Espionage Arsehole, a side-on stealth platformer with a BRUTAL level of difficulty. There’s Port Royale 3, a game that has you running a Caribbean port with BRUTAL efficiency, which Peter tells me is “okay if you like trade and are German”. There’s Steel Storm: Complete Edition, a BRUTAL top-down arcade shooter.
On the “hmm” side of things – which may or may not equate to “I haven’t played these and know little about them besides that” – there’s Earth 2150 Trilogy, a trio of RTS games which have you commanding armies in BRUTAL battles. There’s King’s Bounty: Legions True Tactician Ultimate Pack, a load of stuff for free-to-play title King’s Bounty: Legions, the title of which makes a BRUTAL mockery of the English language. True Tactician Ultimate Pack? Pah. There’s Iron Sky: Invasion, a cheesy tie-in to a cheesy movie. Then there’s Naval Warfare, which is apparently a buggy, uneven, confused, but vaguely entertaining twin-stick shooter.
Finally, on the “oh dear” side of things, we have the BRUTALLY awful Day One: Garry’s Incident, and the no-single-player, no-team-customisation, nobody-playing-it-online-anymore BRUTAL sports game Dungeonbowl.
$5.97 USD nets you the lot. There’s an awful lot of “hmm” in there, but $6 is worth it for Tropico 4 alone, and – mixed bag or not – I daresay you’ll get at least some entertainment out of almost every game in there. Hop on over to Bundle Stars if you fancy making a purchase.Related to this article
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.