Just a couple days left of indie discounts, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing some surprises in the final stretch. It’s the eighth day of Summer sales over on Steam, and this means that a metric ton of indie games are going to be very cheap, although usually for only one day at a time. IGM are here to help you pick out the wheat from the chaff while the daily deals are active.
Today’s Individual Deals:
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent – 75% off – One of the scariest horror games ever made. Low on monsters and jump-scares, high on tension and atmosphere. A Lovecraftian trip through a cursed mansion, your only safe response to encountering the twisted creatures stalking the halls is to run and hide and hope they don’t see you – there’s no combat here, and no feeling that you’re anything but an unprepared, terrified man, alone and defenseless. It also got an impressive free addon entitled ‘Justine’ during the Portal 2 promotional deal a while back, and is host to a huge number of excellent mods, several of them full-game-length. It’s the horror game that keeps on scaring.
- Gratuitous Tank Battles – 66% off – Tower defence and offence in one with this rather flexible take on the genre. An in-depth TD game where you can construct your own defensive and offensive units, equip them and test them on the battlefield, and then turn the tables and play the role of the aggressors. While I’m personally a bit burnt out on the entire genre concept now, I’ve heard a lot of happy things said about this one from TD fans, as it offers a huge amount of replay value and depth via the ever-shifting variables and units in play.
- Krater – 50% off – A quirky action-RPG set in post-apocalyptic Sweden, of all places. I’ve not played this one myself, but have been meaning to. Rather than control a single character, you’re in constant tactical control of a party of three, built to your specifications, and each unit has a very different role in combat. While I’ve heard word that the game had a raft of bugs and technical issues at launch, it sounds like post-release support have been good so far. The game is almost brand new, hence the lower-than-average discount. Might be worth a shot if you’re still starved for a challenging ARPG after Diablo 3.
Today’s Flash Deals – They’ll Be Gone Soon!
- EYE: Divine Cybermancy – 75% off - 6 hours and counting down on this one. – The sheer number of times this one has been on sale over the past six months suggests that it really shifts units when discounted. A good thing, as I really think more people should experience this ridiculously ambitious FPS-RPG. It falls well short of where it’s aiming, but it was aiming higher than any AAA studio dared to begin with.
- Demolition Inc. - Cute physics-driven puzzle game. Playing as an alien demolition engineer, it’s your goal to clear out entire city blocks on Earth. Each level, you’re given a certain number of targets and a limited number of tools. Want to destroy a building on the cheap? Check around it for explosive objects, then place some glue on the road to spin cars in the direction of the Boom. Also features exploding cows. Not a great game, but solid.
- Hoard - Arcade dragon sim, almost Bomberman-like in its pacing. Best played with buddies, you get to hoard gold, kidnap princesses and set thatched-roof cottages on fire. Been on sale a whole bunch of times – a solid game, but fairly forgettable once you’re done playing. Good fun while you can rope some friends/potential enemies in though.
- SOL: Exodus - Short and sweet space dogfighting action here. Not nearly as in-depth as Freespace or I-War 2, but pretty, polished and focused action. Jet around space in a high-tech fighter, hunting capital ships and intercepting wave upon wave of enemy craft. It was a bit of a mess when it first launched, but the developers have been hard at work on this one – it’s a more robust game than before, and looks beautiful.
- Swords & Soldiers HD – Charming and silly 2D RTS fun. Previously a big hit on the Wii, this is the logical evolutionary conclusion of most of those ‘buy units, watch them walk across the map to fight, hoard goal, repeat’ flash games you’ve seen over the years. Three civilizations to play as, each with quite different play-styles and a fairly lengthy campaign mode. Good fun in multiplayer too, if you can rope in a friend. Great 2D art and a good sense of humor too. Not going to win any grand awards, but entertaining strategy-lite gaming.
- Wings of Prey - One thing this game most certainly isn’t: Indie. It’s easy to recommend, though. A spinoff of the excellent IL-2 Sturmovik flight sim franchise, aimed at a less hardcore audience. At the highest realism settings it approaches simulation levels of fidelity, but you work your way up to that from a simplified starting mode that feels like Ace Combat in WW2. Great stuff if you’ve ever wanted to learn a flight sim from the ground up, so to speak.
A solid day here, with an unusual but likeable bundle-du-jour. Not the greatest, but some solid deals available for indie bargain-hounds. As with the previous Winter sale, the previous days core deals are available for a few hours more, so snap them up if you missed any you wanted.
A bit of advice: As with all big Steam sale events, if something you want isn’t a daily deal today (or you missed out on the day that it was) then put it on your wishlist and hold onto your cash until the final ‘encore’ day of deals. You never know what’ll be featured! Shop smart, and you’ll come away from this with a fat sack of games to last you until Winter. And then the cycle begins all over again. Ain’t gaming great?