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Day 10 + 11 of the Steam Summer Sale 2015. The last days of the sale is always the repeat day, but here’s the thing: there are games that are always highlighted during the steam sales. But then there are sales that aren’t highlighted: games that you can really get a lot of bang for buck out of despite the fact that guess what, it’s not necessarily a game you might have heard of, or even seen on sale. I want to highlight those games here, as while they might not have gotten the front page: they are great deals regardless.

Anachronox

Dark Humor? Alright, I'm game.

Dark Humor? Alright, I’m game.

Original Price: $6.99 Discounted Price: $1.99

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There’s a lot of dark comedy and JRPG like gameplay here. While the graphics have aged, the game’s Blade Runner vibe mixes excellent writing, great characters, and overall makes the story stand out in this cyberpunk RPG. Actually complexity in battles makes it a challenge, while outside a battle there’s a lot of exploration in an adventure like format. A good game from old to pick up and experience.

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda

Don't bother with the EX version: you get the great experience for under a buck.

Don’t bother with the EX version: you get the great experience for under a buck.

Original Price: $9.99 Discounted Price: $0.99

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It may be no Megaman, but it doesn’t need to be. You attempt to go through several levels shooting everything in sight, jumping from platform to platform and avoiding traps and bottomless pits. For the dollar that you can get the game for, you’ll get several hours of fun with interesting boss battles and some different weaponry, and just a solid experience all around. Now, there’s an upgraded EX version as well, but I found the game to play way too different from the original, and overall suffered in the control department. And it’s 4 bucks more. Don’t bother, the original version is fine, and works well given what you get out of it.

Before the Echo

Casting spells to the beat to a reasonable soundtrack.

Casting spells to the beat to a reasonable soundtrack.

Original Price: $4.99 Sale Price: $1.24

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The game was original named Sequence, but had to change it’s name thanks to a lawsuit. But the game is a rhythm game that let’s you cast spells against your enemies, with RPG elements in what spells you can cast, and upgradable stats. The way it works is that the attack/defense and other mechanics with specific arrow combinations that fall down the screen. And the game doesn’t wait for you: Sometimes you’ll have multiple elements that you’ll have to deal with at the same time, forcing you to make quick decisions whether to protect your health, or actually execute your attack successfully. I like the customization of the spells as well, where you have to juggle offensive/defensive/support skills that have cooldowns to them and different energy costs. And a reasonable story for a game like this.

Camera Obscura

A magical camera that let's you create new platforms.

A magical camera that let’s you create new platforms.

Normal Price: $4.99  Sale Price: $0.24

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A game that you can get for a quarter, it’s a bit surprising regardless. The idea that the game plays with is that you have a magical camera that can create a copy of the background and platforms that can be moved for a short period of time based on your movement and jumping. You then use that ability to get to higher or places that are out of reach. It’s a simple concept, but there’s enough control to take advantage of the skill without it making the game too easy. It’s not a game that will be a world beater or a genre bender, but for a quarter? You really can’t get cheaper then that for a game that actually delivers on gameplay on any sort.

Citizens of Earth

Lots of side characters with different stats and attack methods.

Lots of side characters with different stats and attack methods.

Original Price: $14.99 Discounted Price: $7.49

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An RPG that reminds me of the aesthetic and humor of Earthbound in several ways, it’s one of the better RPG games I’ve played in a while. The game has heart: the idea of being the vice president and having people fight for you in the characters that you run across and do tasks for. There’s a LOT of content here under the surface, as each character has their own strengths such as a barista that’s focused on high amounts of energy, or a baker who’s focused on healing and fire based attacks. There’s a lot of customization of the difficulty and various elements of the game to have a unique and challenging experience.

Double Dragon Neon

Bimmy and Jimmy!

Bimmy and Jimmy!

Normal Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $1.99

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This is how you do a modern re-imagining of a classic game. Everything is done well in this new iteration of the beat em up genre, with the main mechanics continuing over from the original Double Dragon. However, there’s a lot more this time around, with the ability to equip cassettes that give you specific powers and abilities such as summoning a giant dragon, or increasing damage against certain types of the enemy. But what’s even better is the aesthetic: it’s got a great selection of music and fantastic set of different levels and backgrounds. Also, you basically are fighting Skeletor: with hilarious voice work and all. A great experience all around.

Enemy

Don't let the look fool you, there's a good game here.

Don’t let the look fool you, there’s a good game here.

Original Price: $15.00 Sale Price: $9.89

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It came out this year and no one really talked about it, which is sad because it was a fun time all around. It combines elements from tactical RPGs with roguelite mechanics. But what’s really good about this game is the gameplay and the vast amount of options it has. You can throw a bomb to blow up the entrance to the room, giving you a new path to get to the enemy. You can attempt to instill fear in your enemy and make them run away. There’s a lot of options for gameplay here, and there’s a game that can eat hours of your life at a time. There’s been comparisons made to Jagged Alliance 2 for those who played that game, and also destructible environments, which are my kryptonite. If you need some more information, some gameplay footage and a specific boss fight really should convince you that if you’re a tactics RPG fan: you owe it to yourself to get the game.

Nation Red

Zombies! Ok, this one is worth your time, however.

Zombies! Ok, this one is worth your time, however.

Original Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $2.49

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A great top-down shooter that keeps the energy up with weapons dropping left and right, and a lot of strategy elements with the perks you can pick up during gameplay for killing zombies left and right. The energy starts off high and keeps it up, and by your 20th upgrade, your running for your life with special enemies spawning left and right ready to rip you apart. Even better with co-op partners, I’ve got about 40 hours in the game, and keep on playing it once in a blue moon even with my aggressive game schedule. A good action game.

Not The Robots

Best Furniture Eating Simulator I've ever played.

Best Furniture Eating Simulator I’ve ever played.

Original Price: $9.99 Discounted Price: $1.99

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You’re a robot who eats furniture to get through levels. Yep, you heard me. But on the insane premise that the game has is a deep strategy stealth game. You see, you have to eat furniture, but the flip side is: that furniture is your cover against the hazards such as bots, lasers, and various other problems you’ll run across. You’ll pick up powerups but have to think on your feet while attempting to figure out how exactly to go about the level without exposing yourself. One of the few stealth games I’ve really enjoyed, and there’s a lot of re-playability.

Out There Somewhere

I'm really really surprised by this one: a lot of good value on this.

I’m really really surprised by this one: a lot of good value on this.

Normal Price: $4.99 Sale Price: $0.19

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Really surprised that this game can be got for 2 dimes. What you have is a puzzle platformer that has a teleportation gun and plays off that mechanic rather well. Momentum comes into play with the teleportation gun, so you use timing with your jump to get to new heights, as jumping as you teleport can make you reach places you’d never get to otherwise. The controls are exactly what you need, and the puzzles and the ideas that you have to figure out challenge you enough without being overly frustrating. You do start out as a shoot em up weirdly, but ignore that as it changes rather quickly. Can I just say you get a great value out the game?

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic

An old school Dungeon RPG experience.

An old school Dungeon RPG experience.

Original Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $4.49

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A classic dungeon crawl with elements from Might and Magic where you choose 3 classes at the start of your adventure, and it’s a bit different then your basic RPG experience. Different skills and elements that are available add a lot of tactics and taking advantage of weaknesses of your enemies is really key. The loot is great but annoying as well, as you get a LOT of it, and have to look at every drop that comes your way, but you have a lot of re-playability here: new classes unlock, a lot of loot to see, and hilarious stories and references to see. It’s a game that plays on nostalgia, and yet has something else to offer as well.

Race The Sun

Run Run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I have the power of the sun.

Run Run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I have the power of the sun.

Original Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $1.99

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An endless runner that really does a great job of being relaxing. But it’s not like other endless runners that I’ve played, as the level of control needed challenges you, but its minimal aesthetic really keeps you calm as you try to stay in the light to keep the energy up, or you’ll run out and come to a complete stop. It’s simple, it’s relaxing, and frankly, it’s great for 2 bucks even for an endless runner. It’s got goals and unlocks for progressing, and reasons to keep on playing over time. A good time from time game.

Roche Fusion

Original Price: $12.00 Sale Price: $7.20

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Really one of the best all around shoot em ups. The different abilities and power ups really can make a lot of the games feel really special, and while the waves may seem familiar at times, the way the game throws it at you will make you feel like the game is challenging you in a whole new way. I love the options of the visuals for those that may want a simpler toned down experience, but there’s a lot to like overall here and there’s a ton of re-playability. Even if the discount isn’t that high, the return on investment is what I’m working off of here: as there’s a lot here, and a lot to enjoy in the shoot em up genre.

Rollers of the Realm

Original Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $3.99

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Like pinball games at all? This is for you: a pinball game with RPG elements. We did a review (in fact, I was the reviewer), but this game does a bunch in terms of different elements in terms of playing toward the strength of pinball. You have some control with the ability to move the pinball slightly, and each character ends of having their own sets of abilities, weight and other elements to mess with the playing field. Multiballs galore, the ability to set enemies on fire, and paddles that take damage and you have to deal with over time. It’s a perfect price to pick it up at, you’ll get your money’s worth.

Shantae’s Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut

She'll whip her hair back and forth.

She’ll whip her hair back and forth.

Original Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $2.49

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There’s not many games that can claim that you can belly dance into a monkey. This is one of them. Wayforward did a great job of bringing Shantae into the new age, as while it may not be the hardest platformer, but it has charm and a certain style that captures the Genesis and GBA old days. It’s great for kids, but it’s also great for just sitting back and taking a load off, while enjoying the cute artstyle, the weird story line, and the enjoyable music. It’s a good solid platformer that deserves more attention: and it’s a perfect time to take advantage of the sale.

These are the deals that I found, but did you find any deals that seem to good to pass up that weren’t highlighted in the main deals of each day? Let us know in the comments below, so that the information can be spread with the rest of the gaming community.There’s so many good games to play right now, it can be hard to get through and find the best ones for the buck, so it’s really useful to have all this information in one place.


Shaun Joy

Staff Writer

YouTuber Dragnix who plays way too many games, and has a degree in Software Engineering. A Focus on disclosure on Youtubers, and gaming coverage in general.