Daddio's Weekly Picks #14: $1 or less hidden gems on Steam/Switch
I tried to do it a bit differently this week by including more free games than usual, I would have had an additional entry, but I could not get it working on my pc. I think the list is pretty varied this week so there should be something new to try out for everyone! As always, Happy gaming!
Frederic: Resurrection of MusicFrederic: Resurrection of Music
is a rhythm game based loosely (And when I say loosely, I mean VERY loosely) on the composer Frederic Chopin. The core gameplay is actually rather fun, but it was difficult for me to pick up on as I do not have the joy con button layout memorized. Even on easy, I struggled for quite some time until I slowly got a feel for the best way to hold the joy con controller.
I was looking forward the most to the cutscenes within the game as they looked sharp from the pictures I had seen of them but they ended up being the biggest disappointment. While I would not say that they are necessarily racist, they do border on cultural insensitivity and being tone deaf. I get that the humor is supposed to be over the top silliness, but it fell flat with me and left me feeling uncomfortable.
I will give the game praise for letting you skip cutscenes so you can get right to the gameplay though. If you are a fan of rhythm games, then this is a great, cheap option on the Switch. I will also note that the subtitles can be hit or miss between not including every single word said and at one point getting stuck on a line of dialogue for a good ten seconds or so. I'm about half and half on this one, but I would still recommend it for the gameplay aspect.
- Price? $0.59 normally $5.99 until June 14
- Required space: 939 MB
- Recommend? Yes
Cat Burglar: A Tail of PurrsuitCat Burglar: A Tail of Purrsuit
is a stealth game that doubles as a collect-a-thon by having you collect four keys to complete each level. The challenge is to not be seen by guard dogs or spotlights as you make your way around the level collecting gems and keys.
What's really cool about this game is that between levels they advertise charities that you can donate to that help out animals. It's pretty short, and the detection can be off a smidge in spots but it has decent music, and the gameplay is a lot of fun. I really enjoy collect-a-thon style games so this hits a sweet spot for me; bonus points for raising awareness to charities that do a lot of good in the world!
The game is free so if you want to show your support, consider making a donation to one of the great causes listed in the game. Highly recommend trying this one out!
BlubBlub: Quest of the BlovBlubBlub: Quest of the Blov
is an adorable platformer that sadly does not have the controls needed to see its full potential. The jumping mechanic is poorly implemented to the point of having to do a weird button mashing motion to get the proper double jump height. The characters and story are well done and the core gameplay is fun when it works though.
I think this game has a good basis whether the devs choose to continue with this character or create something new moving forward. Considering the game is free, it's a solid choice if you enjoy difficult platformers with cute graphics.
I hope this review does not come off as being overly negative as I think this is an amazing accomplishment for a young group of devs ranging from 11-14. So if one of them happens to read this review; keep making games, please! It is always an inspiration to see young devs making games.
If you want more info on the organization that helped make this game possible, you can find it here. They also have a donation option on their website that I hope you consider donating to as this is a fantastic program.
Zhust: The Illusion SoulZhust: The Illusion Soul
is a decent hack and slash game that seems to want the player to feel like they are an anime protagonist. I would assume this is a low budget affair so I considered that before setting my expectations.
The camera is frustrating to control mainly because the movement speed of it is too slow. The subtitles are a bit of a rough read, but you can still manage to understand what it's trying to say. The combat is clearly where the focus of the game is, and it's a pretty decent Devil May Cry style system.
If you're expecting high production values then you will be disappointed, but if you go into it with an open mind, you will get your money’s worth out of it. I do recommend this game as I am a big fan of these types of games but the issues may be too big of a problem for you so your mileage may vary.
- Price? $0.99 normally $4.99 until June 11
- Controller support? Yes
- Steam achievements? Yes
- Steam trading cards? No
- Download size? 4.5 GB
- Recommend? Yes
Thanks for taking the time to read the article! I had a lot of fun this week with the titles covered and I hope you do too. Fingers crossed that another Switch title meets the criteria next week. If not, I will be back with more Steam games for your viewing (and hopefully playing) pleasure.