Darron’s Weekly Picks #6: $1 or less hidden gems on Steam
In this week's hidden gems we find some solid titles that almost anyone can enjoy. From a twin-stick shooter to a casual solitaire game, I saw quite a delicate balance of fun games to play to relax with or adrenaline pumping experiences to get your heart rate up. Hope you enjoy the list. Happy gaming!
Robot Legions Reborn
Holy heck! That is the only way I know to start off my thoughts on Robot Legions Reborn, a fast paced twin stick shooter that never misses a beat. It almost feels like an arcade experience with how quickly you jump into levels and get swarmed by enemies. The music is intensely upbeat to reinforce the need always to be moving and firing. My favorite part about the game was that it has an upgrade system that you can use after every match. You buy upgrades with money earned in levels; some examples would be armor up or fire rate up.
The only minor complaint I have is that as the difficulty spikes you will most likely find yourself repeating stages to earn money for upgrades. I wholeheartedly recommend picking this one up, if it was not for needing to finish the rest of this article I might start it up again!
A Bloody Night
This one certainly lives up to its name, A Bloody Night, as it is filled with lots of blood. Some of the animations look decent, and combat can be fun at times. I ran into some issues of pressing to attack in one direction and ending up attacking in the opposite one. For the price, it really is not that bad, but I would rather have picked this up in a bundle. I also had some massive slowdown in the second world’s first stage; no other stage did this for me though. I'm on the fence as to whether to recommend this one but if you like action games or sword combat focused games, then this will probably satisfy you at the current price.
This title will not be winning any beauty contests, but that does not make it a bad game. Nakawak is a Metroid hold-the-vania type game that you do not see a ton of anymore. It's rather weird with its visuals and music, but this is not a negative, I find weird experimental games to be some of the most enjoyable experiences.
If you can look past what some may consider flaws, there is a solid hidden gem underneath that will give off nostalgic vibes of the first Metroid title on NES. Credit to Josh (I swear I am not doing this for brownie points) for this paraphrased comparison, "It is like Metroid and Monster Party had a baby!" I would recommend this to anyone who is into Metroidvanias or retro games in general, especially at the low price.
The review for the last game, Faerie Solitaire, is written by my wife, Andrea Dixon. Perhaps you’re a person like me who grew up going long periods without the internet to play games on, so you had to resort to the pre-installed Windows computer games like Solitaire. That’s where my love for Solitaire started and having a fantasy twist with goals and challenging objectives just makes this version even more fun. There is a story element to this game which, even though it is only told one page at a time, can keep you going with round after round to reveal another page.
Basically you have to release the fairies, and you get little bonuses that help as the solitaire rounds get harder with various roadblocks and limits. Oh, and I forgot to add, you get to have mythical pets that you can collect and raise that give you a little extra bonus when you activate them as your current pet. The graphics are pretty, the gameplay is addictive, and you can start it up for just one or many rounds in adventure mode. I got this game quite a while ago, and I still love to play it when I get the chance, it is definitely worth the price.
That's all for this week, but if you want a sneak peek at upcoming article games I will be trying to do a weekly stream of games I am considering on Twitch
! Stop on by and say hello or ask any questions that you like. Hope to see you there but if you cannot make it, no worries! You can still check out the games in next week’s article.