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Shacknews - Steve Watts

Gaming is generally an expensive hobby, but you can make it work on a budget if you search the right spots. The Humble Bundle 6, for example, opened the other day to offer six games for around six bucks. Since that clearly wasn't enough to tempt some hold-outs, today it added four more.

Today's new additions include Humble Bundle alums Bit.Trip Runner, Gratuitous Space Battles, and Jamestown, along with Wizorb making its Humble Bundle debut. Each game's soundtrack is also available.

These join Dustforce, Rochard, Shatter, Space Pirates and Zombies, Torchlight and Vessel, each with their own soundtracks as well, bringing the grand total up to ten games. The new additions are barred behind paying more than average, but the average as of the time of writing is less than six dollars. C'mon, cheapskate.

The bundle hit 220,000 purchases and $1.3 million in sales in its first week. You have one week remaining to grab a big bunch of indie games on the cheap.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
If you wish the indie space fleet combat sim Gratuitous Space Battles had a little more structure, point your peepers at the new $6.99 downloadable expansion Galactic Conquest.

Galactic Conquest adds a single-player campaign that'll have you, well, conquering the galaxy. To do that, you'll need to design a fleet to take on all threats then repair and replenish it between engagements. GSB will fill the 52-planet galaxy with enemy fleets designed by other players, while uploading yours to stymie others. Pre-ordering now will net you instant access to the beta version.

Developer Positech Games has yet to reveal when Galactic Conquest will officially launch, though the beta build will probably do you nicely for now, won't it?

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