6 Steam Indies on sale this week (Week 11 2020)
Surprise, surprise, we’re back with another Steam Sale list. Last Week’s sale is mostly over. But as always, there are plenty more games on sale each week. Here are this week’s 6 Steam Indies on Sale. As always we’ve done our best to highlight the biggest discounts on generally well-received/quality titles so you don’t have to do as much searching for the best deals.
Firstly, to start our list of 6 Steam Games this week. We have SOMA both developed and published by Frictional Games. Who are the team also behind Amnesia The Dark Descent, which made our list of the best horror games of the decade. SOMA follows a similar first-person horror design. However, the game is set in an underwater facility which amps up the feelings of claustrophobia and the overall tension. But that’s not the only tool in their arsenal. As you’re also running out of food, the radio is dead, oh and the robots have started to become sentient. If that wasn’t bad enough then throw on the fact that the sentient machines want you dead. As do corrupted humans and twisted creatures that stalk the facility. Suffice to say you will not have a good time unless you’re looking for a highly polished horror experience.
At 90% off until March 21st now is an excellent time to test your nerves with SOMA. And as a bonus if you haven’t experienced Amnesia or Penumbra you can get all 4 (there is a second Amnesia game) for an astounding 93% discount.
Slash It (and Slash It 2)
Next up on our list of 6 Steam Indies, which seems to frequently contain more than 6 games. We have Slash It and for good measure Slash It 2. The first game is made by EGAMER for both development and publishing. However, the second one is developed by Just1337 Studio and published by Just1337 Publisher. But I think it might have just been either a name change or a studio merge as both games are part of the same Just1337 bundle. But either way the games both share a lot of features. In both games the main goal is to match the numbers and letters by pressing the corresponding keys on your keyboard. So essentially they are rhythm games and typing tutors. The first game’s classic mode is about matching letters and shapes. While the second one has 6 modes and focuses more on letters and numbers.
Both options are on a 90% discount currently until March 21st. And both are available as part of a huge bundle with 25 items (some of them are DLC additions to the games). This large bundle is also 91% off but it also contains 16 other games in addition to Slash it, Slash it 2 and Slash it Ultimate.
ETHEREAL is an abstract puzzle game developed by Nicolás Recabarren and Tomás Batista. Publishing is handled by Nonsense Arts. The developers are actually both members of Nonsense Arts as well, making the game close to a self-published title. The concept of ETHEREAL is a series of puzzles to navigate using a series of changing game mechanics. Where things get more interesting though is that the game is a wordless narrative experience. The story of the game is told visually, as are the explanation of the mechanics so if you’re looking for a hand-holding experience this might not be the game for you. However, the game doesn’t have any artificial difficulty modifiers like scores or timers. So you can relax and explore at your own pace. There are also secrets contained within the levels reaffirming the developers’ desire for you to explore.
Once again we have a 90% discount here until March 16th. So even though the game has no timer, if you want to take advantage of this deal you’ll need to show some urgency.
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today
Would a list of 6 Steam Indies on Sale be complete without a Daedalic Entertainment title? It would, and has been. But they have a lengthy catalog of quality titles and run a lot of sales. So without further ado, Daedalic’s entry for this list is Dead Synchronicity developed by Fictiorama Studios. Once again this is a narrative-based adventure however this one is an outwardly dark title. Closer in tone and style to Coma: Bad Dream than Deponia. The art style is striking and looks a lot like an indie comic series (which are commonly the best out there, potential Crossover future topic). The game also has a soundtrack (available as DLC) by indie rock group Kovalski. If you’re looking for a dark, mature dystopian story with a great soundtrack look no further. It’s also the first game in a proposed series.
At 90% off until March 20th it’s worth checking out, as is the excellent soundtrack. The game is also part of a few Daedalic Bundles in case you want to pick up a handful of titles at the same time.
Continuing with another story-based game. However, this one isn’t published by Daedalic Entertainment. And it might have a dark look but it’s more of a dark comedy. And finally rather than a point and click adventure this one is a visual novel. The Miskatonic is both developed and published by Rapscallion. Heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft (even the name Miskatonic is a reference to the fictional Miskatonic University featured in various stories). The game contains both horror and comedy elements as well as some really great looking character designs. You control Charlotte LeStrange a fun witch girl who becomes an occult detective when she is hired by the horribly disfigured staff of the university.
The game is fairly short but at 90% off until March 24th, if the art is appealing you’re sure to get your money’s worth.
And finally, the last of our 6 Steam Indies on Sale. Fate Tectonics is a strategy game based around keeping the fates happy. Developed by Golden Gear Games and published by Senpai Studios (both alliterative companies). Somewhat of a puzzle-game as well as a strategy one, the objecting of Fate Tectonics is to build a world. But as you build the world with the power of the Fates more Fates will become invested in your world. This is a good thing as you can draw on more of their power. But it’s a double-edged sword as you also need to keep them happy or they’ll throw tantrums. And a Fates tantrum can cause terrible disasters such as tornadoes and floods. So it becomes a balance between building your world and keeping the Fates happy.
At 90% off until March 18th the Fates should be happy for a few days at least. There is also a DLC soundtrack that is 90% over the same time period.
And with that our list of 6 Steam Indies on sale, this week has concluded. Be sure to check back next week for another roundup of games on sale. And let us know if you decided to pick up any of the games above (I’m thinking about both Dead Synchronicity and Miskatonic), or found something great that didn’t make the list this time.
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