Darron’s Weekly Budget Guide #2: Steam Hidden Gems

Darron’s Weekly Budget Guide #2: Steam Hidden Gems

After missing a week, I am back in the mines digging for hidden gems so that you can enjoy the spoils. I had quite a bit of fun this week and felt the genres differentiate enough that you might find more than just one new thing from this list to add to your collection. Happy gaming!

Verdict Guilty - 유죄 평결



This game is actually from the same developer of a previous game that I covered in this weekly series called Dungeon Marathon. That's where the similarities end between the games, however; Verdict Guilty is a fighting game that will instantly remind you of 90s style fighters. Specifically for me, it was Street Fighter 2 that came to my mind. What first made me decide to cover this game was the pixel art. It surprised me with how little the price tag was that it could look as good as it does.

The arcade mode is pretty standard just like you would want it to be; I enjoyed making my way to the end of it. I was able to do so without too much difficulty, which could be a problem with veterans of the genre. Story mode was my favorite mode by far, while you could compare it to arcade mode in a lot of ways, it added scenes between fights and objectives to win each fight. I found the objective-based way of winning matches to be quite refreshing, and it kept my time with the game from getting stale and makes me want to jump back in with another character.

If you're a casual fighting game fan or just want to relive some nostalgia then this might just be the game for you, the only downside is there's no online co-op.

Price? $0.50 on weekly deals, $2.99 normally
Controller support? Yes
Steam achievements? Yes
Steam trading cards? Yes
Download size? 254 MB
Recommend? Yes

Verdict Guilty

Why Am I Dead At Sea?



Last but not least is an interesting take on the murder mystery genre. Instead of being a traditional detective you take the role of the murder victim. What's unique about this game is that you can possess animals and people. The catch to this is that you must find out about the person first before you can take control of them. I've always loved games where you get to gather clues, so the premise for this instantly had me wanting to try it.

The only negative that I experienced while playing the game was when going to the top of the ship the game would not run as well. Most of the game is spent inside the ship, so this is really not much of an issue. I spent around a half hour with this and wanted to go back to it so I can figure out who the murderer was.

If you're into murder mysteries or RPG maker style games that are not RPG's, then this might just be worth picking up.

Price? $0.99 on weekly deals, $4.99 normally
Controller support? Yes
Steam achievements? Yes
Steam trading cards? Yes
Download size? 144 MB
Recommend? Yes

Why Am I Dead At Sea?

Super Panda Adventures



This is the only game covered this week that I have actually played before. It wasn't for very long but for this article; I started a new save anyway. The core gameplay feels like a classic platformer that happens to be mixed with action role-playing elements. What I mean by this is that you gain levels, raise stats, and upgrade equipment along the way. There are no weapons or armor in the game that you can find, but instead, you upgrade what you have with orbs you find for completing quests or searching areas thoroughly. The story is pretty bare bones though that doesn't really matter in this type. I'm glad I decided to revisit this game, and I definitely see myself playing all the way through the main story and trying to complete the side quests.

My main complaints with the game are pretty minor, the music would get repetitive and the climbing gloves found later in the game can be difficult to use around traps. I spent around an hour with it but wanted to keep going, and I think you will too if this type of game is your thing.

Price? $0.74 on weekly deals, $2.99 normally
Controller support? Yes
Steam achievements? No
Steam trading cards? Yes
Download size? 73 MB
Recommend? Yes
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