If you own Double Fine’s Spacebase DF-9, you’ll get a free copy of Hack ‘n’ Slash – and the reverse also holds true, with Hack ‘n’ Slash owners getting Spacebase DF-9.
Double Fine are offering a neat little cross-promotion, presumably in an attempt to get back into the good graces of gamers after Spacebase DF-9 was declared “finished” despite missing most of its planned features. Now that Spacebase DF-9 version 1.0 has been put on Steam, people who own it on Steam will get a free copy of Double Fine’s coding RPG Hack ‘n’ Slash; by the same token, those who own Hack ‘n’ Slash on Steam will get a free copy of Spacebase DF-9. And if you own both… well, then you get a free copy of each, which you can presumably gift to others.
Double Fine have suffered quite a lot of bad press lately (and for good reason, some might say) but this might restore at least a bit of faith. I imagine many will still be wary of backing any more Early Access titles from the studio, though.
If you don’t have either but want both, you do have a couple of options. Spacebase DF-9‘s price has apparently just been dropped to $20.01 USD (it’s £14.99 in the UK, although with a 40% discount dropping it to £8.99) and an Amnesia Fortnight bundle of both that and Hack ‘n’ Slash is available for £11.39.
I haven’t yet played Spacebase DF-9, but Hack ‘n’ Slash is firmly in the camp of “nice ideas, but slightly disappointing execution.” Not a bad game, but more an interesting experiment than a must play.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.