Darron’s Weekly Picks #8: $1 or less hidden gems on Steam
After a two week break, I am back searching for the best hidden gems for budget gamers! This week we have several good deals that will not break the bank while still giving you a satisfying gaming experience. We press onward now to the games, so I will just say what I always say, happy gaming!
First off this week, we have a puzzle platformer called Reversed Dreamland
. I like this game, but I must add a warning that this is the type of puzzler that you will solve long before you are actually able to complete it. The controls feel a bit spotty with the gravity feature; I wish you could change which way you were going after you jump. nIt probably sounds a lot more frustrating than it is in practice as the music is extremely relaxing and keeps you calm despite having to retry constantly.
The actual puzzles are well made, and I found myself stopping and commenting on how much I enjoyed their design. This is a solid hidden gem for any puzzle fans out there or anyone who enjoys games that play with gravity. Just be warned that it will get irritating being stuck on a puzzle already solved because of floaty controls.Balloon Popping Pigs
is a fun title that is basically what it says it is, a balloon popping game. There isn't much depth to it, but it gets addicting trying to beat your high score and collecting coins to unlock new pigs to play with. The music is also really nice and relaxing as you zone out to this arcade gem. I even found myself playing it again the next day after my stream of it, so that speaks to the fun factor you will see in this up to snuff game. I recommend this to anyone who likes high score style or local multiplayer games; it's an oinking good time.
This was my personal favorite of the week as I am a huge fan of JRPGs. Forever Home
is a high-quality RPG maker that is rare to find in such an over-saturated market. When you first start the game, you'll be greeted with a cutscene that is one of the better I have seen in this style of game. The story seems pretty interesting, and the characters all seem likable in my time with it, a great sign of a good RPG. The music is decent enough but will not blow you away.
I would definitely recommend this to any JRPG fan as this feels heavily inspired by '90's JRPGs. For such a low entry price in a game that promises to have at least 30 hours of gameplay in it, this is a steal at the current price. I hope to see even more games from the developer in the future.
Last and sadly in this case least we have Kautic
. While it is a neat idea, the gameplay simply is not fun as it is just killing monsters over and over again. If you run out of lives, you start back at the village. This means walking past a lot of enemies that are now useless to kill as they have already been added to your total.
The hit detection feels wonky, and the controls are not tight like you would want in an action platformer. The music is nothing special, and the sound effects are pretty bad, I ended up taking my headphones off after a bit.
I do like the different settings, but the core gameplay just ruins what could have been a unique experience. I would assume this is the first attempt at game making and it is not that bad if it is. I can't recommend it, but I hope the developer learns from this game and keeps working to improve.
Thanks for reading all the way to the end and I hope you found some new games to entertain yourself with! If you want to watch me play some of the games that get featured in the weekly article series, I try to stream one or two of them on my Twitch channel
a day or so after the new deals are announced.