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Daddio's Weekly Picks #13: $1 or less hidden gems on Steam/Switch

Black Jewel
Darron Dixon
Darron Dixon
Jun 1 • 4 min read


I am excited to announce the inclusion of a non-Steam title for the first time! On top of this, I have also included a free game currently on Steam so any price range can find something new to play. This was a fun week of titles, and I hope you think so too. Happy gaming!

Lost in Purple

Lost in Purple



Lost in Purple has a lot of good ideas going on with a clear lack of budget and polish. I like what I played of it despite having issues using the controller in the upgrade menu. There are side quests you can do to earn money and weapons/items, money being used to purchase the upgrades. The sound is bearable which should give you an indication of what to expect.

While there are a lot of flaws, I recommend picking it up as I have a soft spot for games that dare to be creative despite not having the required funding to see the desired outcome.



Black Jewel

Black Jewel



Black Jewel is a throwback to the age of C64 games. I personally don't have any nostalgia for it since I didn't grow up with it but I still appreciate them. The music is top notch, and the added C64 visual effect is a nice touch to pound home the sentiment. The difficulty is quite high like you would expect from a game meant to be inspired by that era, but it's doable with some patience and smart play. The controls are designed to be clunky, so I will not hold that against it.

I would recommend this if you grew up playing C64 games or retro action games in the vein of Castlevania. Be warned that I did encounter a bug that caused me to soft lock which led to losing all my progress as there are no saves/checkpoints. For the price I think it's worth the risk but if that's something you don't wish to risk, buyer beware.



Just, Bearly

Just, Bearly



Just, Bearly tells a story of how it feels to have anxiety or feel awkward going about everyday activities through the use of cleverly done mini-games. It's quite short, but the message behind it is worth a playthrough if you suffer from anxiety or know someone that does as it paints a decent picture of some of the thoughts that go through an anxious mind. As someone who has severe anxiety and depression, it makes me so happy to see a developer make a mental health issue the center of their game without it being negatively.

Also with the low price of free, there really is no reason not to try this game out! I personally hope to see more games in the future from this dev whether it be more struggle focused or something else entirely new. Being as it's free, I'm not going to include the hidden gem format for it so…bear with me.

Castle of No Escape 2

Castle of No Escape 2



Castle of No Escape 2 looks, plays, and feels like an NES game for better or worse. It reminds me of Binding of Isaac in the sense that it may not be as enjoyable until you have a grasp of items, enemy patterns, goals, etc. If you enjoy roguelikes, this is a pretty good option considering the price. I did have some issues getting it to work properly at first, and the control layout on a gamepad is gnarly.

If you're just looking for a casual game, then I would probably not recommend it to you, but as someone who loves roguelikes, it gets my seal of approval.



Astro Bears Party

Astro Bears Party



Astro Bears Party is best played with a friend but it does feature a single player mode. I tried it out with my wife and we had a lot of fun with it! The gameplay is rather simple in that you try to avoid where you have been or an opponent has previously been. You have a jetpack that you can use to hover farther than a jump can do, but your fuel is limited so be cautious. The more we played the more complex we made our paths so our difficulty and skill increased as we went.

If you don't have anyone to play with locally I would probably not recommend this game as the single player is a watered down version of the multiplayer. This is a great party game and I highly recommend it!



Thanks for reading the article! It was a lot of fun getting to include a Switch title this time around. In the future, I would also like to add PS4 and Xbox One as well. I have pretty much every current gen system other than the PS Vita though so if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see covered let me know.

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