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Steam Winter Sale 2016: 10 Games For $10

Frank Streva
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Pictured above: Anomaly 2


Ten dollars doesn't go very far anymore...Unless you hit a Steam sale. During Steam sales, ten dollars can easily get you ten awesome indie games, maybe even more if you dig deep enough through the bargain bin. Here's my list of 10 games you can currently buy for less than the price of a popcorn and soda combo at your local movie theater.


Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII Double Pack

Zeboyd Games

$0.95 (Regular $2.99)




Cthulhu Saves the World is a classic in the realm of cheap and quirky indie games. This parody RPG is a cheeky throwback to classic JRPGs of the '90s, and can be completed in under 10 hours. As the name implies, Cthulhu Saves the World places you in the slimy boots of everyone's favorite tentacle-faced lord of insanity on a quest to save the he can regain the powers he needs to destroy it. As a bonus, this double pack also includes Breath of Death VII, Zeboyd Games' original parody RPG.


Depths of Fear :: Knossos

Dirigo Games

$0.89 (Regular $5.99)




Depths of Fear is an acquired taste. It's clunky, the animations are hilariously janky, the bizarre '80s synth track feels out of place, and the game is overall full of bad design decisions. Yet, even after all those caveats, there is something just so damn charming about it. Depths of Fear is the closest you'll probably ever get to playing in a classic Ray Harryhausen movie, and my inner 10-year-old loves it. For all its faults, Depths of Fear and its developer have a lot of heart, and for that reason I recommend checking it out.


Electronic Super Joy

Michael Todd Games

$0.79 (Regular $7.99)




Electronic Super Joy is what you get if you combine Super Meat Boy, an acid trip, and stock moaning sounds from a porno. It's another torture platformer designed for masochists, and while it isn't as polished or as tight as Super Meat Boy, it's trippy visuals and excellent sound track make it worth checking out if you like the genre. It's a shame that the soundtrack and sequel aren't on sale too, but the first game is generally considered to be better anyway.



Walter Machado

$0.49 (Regular $4.99)




UBERMOSH is an incredibly simple, arcade-style shooter where the only goal is to survive as long as possible to beat your previous high score. There's a few different classes to choose from that alter your play style and number of lives, but UBERMOSH ultimately comes down to using your sword to deflect bullets and hack apart any nearby enemies. It's not a game you'll sit down to play for hours at a time, but it's still a really fun time sink that can be played in short bursts. This particular deal is a bundle that includes the soundtrack, and there is another bundle available that includes all three UBERMOSH games for $1.19.


Serious Sam Double D XXL

Mommy's Best Games

$0.99 (Regular $9.99)




I'm sure that most people know about the Serious Sam franchise. This popular FPS series first came out in the early 2000s as a throwback to classic shooters from the '90s, and unlike the games it was inspired by, it's modern iterations have stayed pretty consistent in terms of quality. What you may not have heard of are the various indie games Croteam approved of. Probably the best of those titles is Double D, a side-scrolling shooter who's main gimmick is its ridiculous gun stacking mechanic. Basically, you use these wrench-shaped connectors to attach guns to your guns, because the developers heard you like guns. It's an interesting take on the Serious Sam franchise and worth a few hours of fun at the current sales price.



Rain Games

$0.99 (Regular $9.99)




Teslagrad is a gorgeous 2D Metroidvania puzzle-platformer that, for whatever reason, never caught on the same way that similar indie darlings did. Set in a steampunk vision of early 20th century Europe, you play as a young boy on the run after a tyrannical new regime takes control. Teslagrad's puzzles are all based around electricity and magnetism, and many of them were too complex for my tiny, insignificant brain to comprehend. Complicated puzzles and frustrating boss fights aside, Teslagrad is a beautiful puzzle-platformer with some pretty unique mechanics.


Anomaly 2

11 bit studios

$1.49 (Regular $14.99)




Before they gained massive critical acclaim with This War of Mine, 11 bit studios created the Anomaly series that first popularized the concept of "tower offense" games. Anomaly turned the tower defense genre on its head by placing you in command of a convoy of upgradeable units that you had to safely escort through a death maze full of powerful alien towers. I chose to highlight Anomaly 2 in particular because I think it's the best game in the series, due in large part to the introduction of transformable units. That said, the entire franchise is really good and can be purchased as a bundle for $2.99.


Unstoppable Gorg


$0.99 (Regular $9.99)




Another solid tower defense game with interesting mechanics is Unstoppable Gorg. Set in a cheesy 1950s pulp sci-fi world, Unstoppable Gorg tasks you with defending planets from invading aliens by building satellites on orbital rings that surround them. You can only place towers at specific points, but you can rotate each of the orbital rings to reposition your towers on the fly. The game is intentionally designed in a way that prevents you from placing enough towers to defend every possible path the aliens will take, forcing you to really think about tower placement and how you will rotate your orbits to fight new threats. The presentation of Unstoppable Gorg is another huge highlight of the game, with black and white cutscenes featuring live actors in corny costumes and intentionally awful acting and special effects.


Not The Robots


$0.99 (Regular $9.99)




Not The Robots is a stealth roguelite where you play as a furniture-eating robot navigating cluttered office rooms full of traps and killer security droids. You have no weapons, so your only choice is to use cover to sneak past enemies and get to the elevator. Complicating matters is your constantly draining battery, and the only way to replenish it is to eat the very furniture you are using as cover. As bizarre as the core gameplay sounds, the story is even more ridiculous and gradually unfolds as you collect journals and data sheets within each room.


Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages


$0.49 (Regular $4.99)




Finally we come to Ring Runner, an awesome top-down space shooter that didn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves. You awake on a mysterious space station only to discover that your brain has been replaced with a neuro-HUD AI named Nero. What ensues is a roughly 30 hour story where you encounter fierce space gladiators, rival scavenger gangs, and aggressive space keyboard salesmen. The campaign starts out really slow, with a tutorial that lasts entirely too long, but eventually opens up and allows you to travel across the galaxy and build your own custom ships from hundreds of different parts. Ring Runner also features a variety of great multiplayer modes, including a MOBA-style one called Space Defense League. The multiplayer is dead these days, as expected of an obscure indie game from nearly 4 years ago, but you can grab a 4-pack for only $1.89 if you want to get a group of friends together to play online.



That's all for my list of 10 cool indie games you can grab for $10. The sale continues until Monday, so by the time this article goes live you'll still have almost two full days to grab some of these cheap gems.

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