Darron's Weekly Picks #7: $1 or less hidden gems on Steam

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I am back again with some hidden gems for your viewing pleasure! Most of these titles turned out to be hits, so I think anyone will be able to find something new to play from the games covered. I hope that you enjoy the article, thanks for reading. Happy gaming!

Strikey Sisters

Strikey Sisters



Strikey Sisters is similar to a game I covered before in a weekly called "Death's Hangover". What this does differently is what makes it a much more enjoyable experience. Strikey Sisters is in the breakout/arkanoid genre of video games with an added twist of playing like an action RPG in execution. While you still have your standard gameplay of hitting the ball, you can swing your sword at enemies and defeat them as well.

The goal of each new stage is to collect as many coins as you possibly can, and the stage ends when all blocks are smashed. The humor is less crude than Death's Hangover as well which benefits it greatly. I was surprised that this game had voice acting in it, it actually sounds pretty good too.

If you like arcade games or more specifically breakout games, this is a good bargain and a hidden gem you will have a lot of fun with.


  • Price? $0.99 normally $4.99 until March 29th Matches lowest price on Steam

  • Controller support? Yes

  • Steam achievements? Yes

  • Steam trading cards? Yes

  • Download size? 155 MB

  • Recommend? Yes



Burn It Down

Burn It Down



When I first saw Burn it Down, the visuals immediately caught my attention. This is by far the best thing the game has going for it as I, unfortunately, cannot recommend it. The controls are insufferable as there is no jumping button in this horror platformer. How you move is by moving left and right while jumping happens automatically if you have enough speed. This might not sound so bad in theory, but when you actually play the game, it is a giant headache.

As a friend of mine who watched me live stream the game pointed out, the phantom that spawns to chase you is inconsistent with showing up which ruins the scare aspect. When it does spawn, it's usually in such a way that makes the rest of the level unbeatable.

There was no story to the game, at least not one that made any sense. The ending is a massive disappointment, and I recommend you save yourself some trouble and avoid picking this up.


  • Price? $0.49 normally $0.99 until March 26th Matches lowest price on Steam

  • Controller support? Yes

  • Steam achievements? Yes

  • Steam trading cards? No

  • Download size? 115 MB

  • Recommend? No



Reveal the Deep

Reveal the Deep



Wow, this is how you do a horror platformer. The atmosphere is chilling and mysterious making you always feel on edge. A minor complaint is that it can sometimes be hard to figure out where to go next, but it's not to the point that it derails the experience.

If you own headphones and can use them on your PC, I highly recommend you do so for this title. The sound effects are some of the best I have listened to in an indie title. At one point it made me jolt up at a jump scare (If you can't handle jump scares, there has only been one so far after beating two of three chapters) from how the audio draws you in and makes you feel that you are actually in the shipwreck.

I really liked finding the notes scattered across the game; it pieces together what caused the ship to sink initially. This is a steal at this price, and I highly recommend it to anyone that likes horror games or exploration games. Heck, I would probably recommend this to anyone that likes indie games.


  • Price? $0.49 normally $0.99 until March 26th Matches lowest price on Steam

  • Controller support? Yes

  • Steam achievements? Yes

  • Steam trading cards? No

  • Download size? 393 MB

  • Recommend? Yes



Legend of Himari

Legend of Himari



Legend of Himari is a fun little title that just got released on the 19th. It is pretty much a rhythm game with the controls being A and D with your mouse being used to click flying enemies and collect power-ups or potions. It doesn't seem like the kind of game that you would get a lot of play time out of, but if you enjoy rhythm games or even arcade games, you can have a lot of fun with it in short play sessions.

The music is pretty catchy too; I caught myself head bopping along while trying not to miss enemies or power-ups. I definitely recommend this one as it's a cheap price for a fun little time waster between bigger games.


  • Price? $0.89 normally $0.99 until March 26th Launch discount

  • Controller support? No

  • Steam achievements? Yes

  • Steam trading cards? Yes

  • Download size? 14 MB

  • Recommend? Yes



Qbeh-1

Qbeh-1



Despite having such an odd name, I had a good time with this game. It is a puzzle platformer that is not too hard and has relaxing music that helps keep you from getting overly frustrated. The minimal checkpoints can be an issue as the platforming in the game can be a bit iffy but is serviceable in a mainly puzzle based game.

Not only can you play through the main game but you can create levels of your own or play levels created by others through the Steam workshop. I was worried when I first started this up that it would get on my nerves, but it brought a peaceful feeling over me.

If you're a fan of puzzle games that involve blocks, this is a good deal and a hidden gem. As someone who just casually likes puzzle games, this gets my seal of approval.


  • Price? $0.99 normally $9.99 until March 26th Matches lowest price on Steam

  • Controller support? Yes

  • Steam achievements? Yes

  • Steam trading cards? Yes

  • Download size? 2.9 GB

  • Recommend? Yes



If you made it to the bottom, thank you so much for seeing the article through! I will do my best to be back next week with more hidden gems. If you want a sneak peek at article games for next week, you might catch me streaming them on my Twitch channel. If you can't watch that is perfectly okay, you can still see the games in the next weekly.
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