6 Steam Indies on sale this week (Week 19 2020)
Hello once again everybody, it’s time for another 6 Steam Indies on sale. You know the drill, last week’s sale still has a few going. But this list is all about a new week and a new set of games. As always we’ve delved deep to find quality games with the biggest discounts so you don’t have to.
To start this week’s list of 6 Steam Indies. We have Showdown Bandit from the developers of Bendy and the Ink Machine. However, rather than Joey Drew Studios this game is developed and published by Kindly Beast. The name of the studio isn’t the only difference between the games either. Rather than a first-person horror game, Showdown Bandit is a top-down horror game. However, there is a logistical reason for that as the game follows a puppet and you need to make sure his strings stay intact. So the overhead view gives you a much better perspective to watch the action unfold. Other than that the game is somewhat of a point-and-click adventure game. The game has received a fair bit of praise from the art style and the visuals in general.
At a massive 100% off, that’s right a freebie to start the list off. Until June 2nd you have plenty of time to pick this one up. But seeing as it’s free you’ve got nothing to lose by grabbing it as soon as possible.
Both developed and published by EGAMER. Cube Runner is a 3D action platformer type game. From the looks of it, the game is an auto-runner where your cube slides forward of its own volition and you must time your jumps. Sounds simple enough. But then more mechanics are added, such as destructible boxes, areas that change your direction between left and right and gravity swaps where you’re upside down and jumping actually drops you instead of raising you. But even all of those aren’t the main mechanic that will make things tricky for you. The main mechanic is being able to swap between the foreground and background kind of like Mutant Mudds Deluxe except you swap the back and foregrounds instead of moving your character into them.
At 90% off until May 17th you don’t need to flip the world and rush as fast as you can. But it would still be best to pick it up before the sale ends if you want to prove yourself.
Next up we have another game by EGAMER. And as the name implies this one has some gravity inversion going on too. Very similar to the now classic VVVVVV (featured in our list of amazing games made by one person). Essentially you solve puzzles and complete platforming tasks via gravity inversion rather than jumping. With a mixture of platforming know-how, puzzle-solving and just taking the right path, Upside Down takes a basic setup and a great starter if you need to work your way up to some of VVVVVV’s more fiendish puzzles. It’s not an overly long game (depending on how good your platforming skills are). But even at full price, it’s not overly expensive either.
However, it’s not at full price at the moment, it’s 90% off making it an absolute bargain until May 17th.
Up next we have StarCrawlers. As is often the case with these lists we have another self-published game, this time by developers/publishers Juggernaut Games. StarCrawlers is an old school dungeon crawler turn-based RPG with some modern conveniences. Not to mention a fairly slick and well-done art style. Set in a spacepunk universe, you play as a “Crawler” essentially a mercenary or shady handyman. If there is a job outside of the law that pays then you’re there. You’ll assemble a crew of similarly inclined rogues and do what it takes to get paid. It’s fitting that the game is filled with rogues as it’s also a roguelike. You have procedurally generated maps, randomly decided events and you can even enable or disable permadeath depending on how you like to play.
On sale at 90% off until May 13th, so you won’t need to commit many space crimes to afford it, except maybe speeding offenses to get it before the sale ends.
A New Beginning – Final Cut
Would it be a Steam Indies deal list without an entry from Daedalic Entertainment? Yes, but it’s still nice to have one and there’s a prime contender for this week. A New Beginning – Final Cut is both developed and published by Daedalic Entertainment and follows a pre-apocalyptic story with an environmental push. Essentially climate change has pushed the Earth to the brink of collapse and the formerly driven bioengineer Brent Svensson who after his resignation took to a life of solitude is spurred into action by Fay a mysterious girl who claims to be a time-traveler and has lived through the eco-apocalypse. Both the graphic novel art style and the storyline surrounding eco disasters reminds me of the series The Massive. Which is, of course, a good thing as they are very well written graphic novels.
Does A New Beginning – The Final Cut live up to the engaging story of The Massive and other amazing graphic novels? Well at 90% off until May 22nd now is the best time to check for yourself. The game also boasts an average playtime of 20 hours so you’ll get a lot of value for money assuming you enjoy the game.
Closing out our list of 6 Steam Indies this week we have Poly Island. Rounding out not only our list of games but also the trilogy of EGAMER titles. Poly Island is as you might expect a low-poly art game. The game is fairly straightforward and simple. You have a cube that becomes a sphere when you move. You start on a panel and have to get to another panel. But then things get tricky because it’s not as simple as just moving to the other panel. Well, I guess it is, but the obstacles in your way mean that planning, timing, and reflexes will all come into play. The game also contains a few game modes including limited attempts at a level for anyone who has what it takes.
If you’re looking for a punishing but rewarding game then at 90% off until May 17th Poly Island is a prime candidate.
And there we have it, another week down and another 6 Steam Indies that might help you pass the time. We’ll be back next week with another 6 (or more) games, let us know in the comments if you picked up any from this list or found any bargains of your own.
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