5 Underrated Indies to Pick Up During the Steam Summer Sale 2020
In honor of the Steam Summer Sale 2020, this week’s list focuses on 5 of the best underrated indie games you can pick up on the sale. With the enormous amount of indie games hitting digital store fronts on a daily basis, there are inevitably some gems that go unnoticed. We hope that this week’s best indie game list helps you discover and experience some of these fantastic games.
1. Mordheim: City of the Damned
Release Date: 19 November 2015
Developer/Publisher: Rogue Factor and Focus Home Interactive
Summer Sale: 70% off
Mordheim: City of the Damned is one of my favourite turn-based games and I have had many early morning gaming sessions as I just had to do “one more quest”.
City of the Damned is the digital adaptation of Games Workshop’s tabletop game Mordheim. In the digital version you fight through a series of neighborhoods to gain pieces of Wyrdstone, a valuable resource. Pieces of Wyrdstone are littered all over Mordheim after a comet crashed into the city.
You can play one of four warbands (in the base game) and these include the classics like the Skaven and the Empire and less famous ones such as the Sisters of Sigmar and the Cult of the Possessed. All the warbands play differently and have unique strengths and weaknesses.
Mordheim City of the Damned is not an easy game, but completing quests, leveling up your warband and destroying the other warbands is a fantastic experience. All of this is wrapped in a dark fantasy setting providing players with an immersive atmosphere.
Mordheim City of the Damned has to be one of the most underrated Warhammer related games and well worth your time, especially at only 30% of the original price.
2. Yes, Your Grace
Release Date: 6 March 2020
Developer/Publisher: Brave At Night and No More Robots
Summer Sale: 20% off
Yes, Your Grace delivered one of the most satisfying narrative experiences I have had the pleasure to experience in 2020. The game is touted as a kingdom management RPG, which I do slightly disagree with. The actual management and RPG elements are thin from what you would generally expect from these genres.
Based on my experience the value of Yes, Your Grace is found in the relationship management of your family, advisors, enemies and allies. These narratives were thoroughly engaging and balancing the needs and wants of your family versus those of your people were expertly executed.
I rarely had a straightforward choice to make and most choices required me to weigh the pro’s and con’s of my actions. Do I become an ally of the people by giving a peasant some gold to survive the trying times? Or do I spend that gold to buy my daughter a chicken from a traveling merchant to make up for the lack of attention due to my kingly duties? You can only choose one and the repercussions will haunt you during the game.
While Yes, Your Grace has seen success since its launch, I believe the experience it offers is still underrated and deserves to be seen by a larger number of players. You can check out our official review of Yes, Your Grace here.
3. Curse of the Dead Gods
Release Date: 3 March 2020
Developer/Publisher: Passtech Games and Focus Home Interactive
Summer Sale: 20% off
2020 seems to be the year of the indie roguelike, and while I have no problems with that, a subpar roguelike experience is pretty bleak. Luckily Curse of the Dead Gods provides a satisfying action roguelike experience, even in its Early Access form.
Curse of the Dead Gods doesn’t try to do too much and focuses on providing a good roguelike experience. Doing a run doesn’t take ages, and the combat is action packed until you inevitably die. In between runs you can spend your currency on upgrades for your character and use these upgrades to create builds that revolve around specific playstyles.
Curse of the Dead Gods does however introduce a unique gameplay mechanic to set it apart from other games in the genre. You race not only against your ever depleting pool of health but also against an increasing amount of curses affecting you.
Almost anything you do fills up your corruption bar and once the bar is filled, it applies a new curse to your character. These curses vary from useful, to mildly irritating, to being utterly destructive to a run. If you gain the maximum number of curses you gain the ‘Final Curse’ which makes you very powerful but you constantly lose life.
Curse of the Dead Gods is a superb roguelike that has you balancing between your life and your corruption, all the while dodging the relentless attacks from the different enemies. As a bonus, the developer is quite active, and the game sees regular content updates. If you are looking for an action roguelike, give Curse of the Dead Gods a try.
4. Deep Sky Derelicts
Release Date: 26 September 2018
Developer/Publisher: Snowhound Games and 1C Entertainment
Summer Sale: 66% off
For those seeking an approachable deck-building roguelike experience, Deep Sky Derelicts might just do the trick.
You command a ragged band of mercenaries in their quest to scavenge derelict space hulks to gain information on navigation coordinates for a greedy corporation. The game is one part exploration and one part combat.
Exploration is governed by an oxygen mechanic, as you explore you use some of your oxygen supplies and therefore you need to choose the best route to achieve your goals. Combat is the more prominent part of the gameplay and relies on building a deck of cards (abilities) that you play to defeat enemies you encounter.
The deckbuilding is quite accessible and mechanics are easy to understand, making it easy to get into a run. The game has some difficulty spikes, but is mostly friendly to casual players. The combat is accompanied by some fantastic graphics. Whenever you play a card, it displays the effect in a comic-like strip showing the result of your action.
For those who played Klei’s new Early Access release, Griftlands, the narrative elements may seem familiar. Deep Sky Derelicts has a proper narrative weaved into the combat and exploration motivating players to get to the end. Unfortunately, it is a linear narrative and therefore subsequent playthroughs will feel more or less the same from a narrative point of view.
Deep Sky Derelicts is a beautiful, gritty and entertaining game and well worth picking up during this Steam Summer Sale.
5. Moving Out
Release Date: 28 April 2020
Developer/Publisher: SMG Studio/Devm Games and Team 17 Digital
Summer Sale: 25% off
Our last entry for this week’s list is all about getting things from one point to another. Add three of your friends and copious amounts of chaos and you have Moving Out.
Moving Out is a simple game with the aim of loading a moving truck with items from a variety of locations. These range from just a normal house that needs moving to unloading furniture from a low-flying plane and dropping them into your truck on the highway below.
Moving Out is all about having fun, and the more of your friends you bring along the more fun you will have. Moving Out is a casual experience and great for relaxing with your buddies in these trying times.
At 25% off, it is an ideal time to mobilize your gaming networks and start getting that couch to the truck!
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We could have listed hundreds of games that deserve a spot here, but in the interest of you not missing the sale because of reading lists, we hope these 5 games can bring you many happy gaming hours.