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Daddio's Weekly Picks #15: Steam Summer Sale Edition $1 or less

Shadow Bug
Darron Dixon
Darron Dixon
Jun 27, 2018 • 5 min read • Posted in Reviews


Since the Summer Sale is happening, I thought it might be nice to cover more than I usually do! I tried to cover a wide variety so that everyone could find something they wanted so hopefully you can do just that from the reviews below.

Squirm
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Squirm



Squirm is a precise platformer and is now one of the best I have ever played. The humor will put a smile on your face which helps to keep your blood pressure down from failed attempts. The music is catchy, and the artwork is beautiful in its simplicity. If you enjoy platformers, then you owe it to yourself to pick this game up! I'm certainly glad I did. The only negative I found with the game was the jetpack minigame caused frustration from the control scheme.



Swordlord

Swordlord



Swordlord is a short (It took me about thirty minutes to beat it in total) but neat gladiator arena style game with a twist on controls. You use WASD to move like in most PC games but to attack you build up momentum by pressing the left and right arrow keys. After each round is finished, you can spend money earned during the previous round on upgrades to your weapon, armor, and shield. While this is a short game, it's a lot of fun, and I highly recommend picking it up. It has other characters you can play as so that increases the replay value a bit.



Turner

Turner



Turner is a precise platformer with a cool aesthetic and a turning mechanic that reminds me a lot of another indie game called "And Yet it Moves." Unless you're a massive fan of these kinds of games, I should warn you that the physics can feel finicky and cause quite a bit of frustration. In my time with it, I was able to beat the first chapter, but I don't know if I could handle more to be perfectly honest. I really like the game, but my blood pressure does not.



JASEM: Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music

JASEM: Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music



JASEM: Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music feels like an ambitious title that has a playful design but struggles with the core gameplay. The movement and shooting can feel a bit off at times, and it's very easy to get confused about what the current objective is. If you're interested in games like these, then you can probably overlook the flaws and enjoy it still but otherwise probably not.



Shadow Bug

Shadow Bug



Shadow Bug is an interesting platformer that does not have a jump button but instead has you use the right control stick to target an enemy and then slash through them. It starts out pretty easy and builds up the difficulty at a reasonable pace although the bosses were more of a challenge simply because of battle lengths. If you like "beat your time" style games, this would be a good option as each stage tracks your time. While the controls can take time to get used to with aiming at targets, it's a refreshing idea for a platforming game, so that is the main reason I recommend it.



Q-YO Blaster

Q-YO Blaster



Q-YO Blaster is a beautiful shmup that reminds me visually of the shmup sections in Cuphead. It plays like your standard shmup with upgrades at the end of stages and story cutscenes thrown in between levels. I would highly recommend this one if you're a fan of the genre or even if you are just looking for something new to try.



Secrets of Arcadia

Secrets of Arcadia



Secrets of Arcadia is a simple but fun rogue-lite with some technical issues that really tarnish the overall experience. I had to restart the game completely on my first save because I glitched out of bounds and couldn't get out even with saving and quitting out.

The actual game is worth playing but if technical issues easily frustrate you, be warned. It has four characters you can play as, and I thought it was neat that you could buy skills for other classes and still use them with whichever class you currently are.



Trials of the Gauntlet

Trials of the Gauntlet



Trials of the Gauntlet is a low budget Metroidvania that has a lot of potential but falls short due to bad combat and a disappointing hook mechanic. It would have been an amazing game if only the hook mechanic worked better, but it feels so clunky that it makes moving from point A to point B agonizing.

The artwork is beautiful though, and the bits of lore I found in the collectible books were interesting. If you love Metroidvanias, this might be worth a look but be warned that while it looks great, it sadly does not play great.



Thanks for reading the article! I had planned on reviewing ten games originally, but I couldn't get one to start, and the other one ended its sale early. I mentioned it in my other Summer Sale article, but it can't be stated enough that there are thousands of games on sale so be sure to look for whatever genre of game you love before the sale ends! I always try to buy indie, but it's even easier to do so with the discounts. As always, Happy gaming!

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