So, with the Steam Summer Sales in full swing I bring you several quick reviews of games that won’t totally obliterate your wallet. Also, as a side note, these games will probably run on almost any computer with very few issues. With that said, let’s get the most bang for your buck.
Super Meat Boy
First off we have Super Meat Boy a charming little platformer full of imaginative and precise levels. The pretty cartoony graphics serve as a backdrop to a fairly violent game. Not violent in a way where people die, but you play as a cube of meat and you will very get hacked up…. a lot. Overall, the joy you get for completing a particularly challenging level keeps you coming back for more.
8.0 out of 10
Keeping to the cube aesthetic, we have EDGE. In this puzzler you play as a cube and the play “rolls” this cube around collecting prisms and reaching the goal. This is a fairly simple game with a decent level of depth. A major component of the game is being able to stay on the edge of your cube. This allows you to stick to some moving blocks which lets you complete some of the more complicated levels. It’s simple, addicting and the music is particularly intoxicating, so check it out.
7.0 out of 10
Next up we have Braid, a mind bending platform/puzzle game. You play as a boy attempting to save a girl, it’s simple as that. Well, it’s not that simple, the boy has the ability to control time, and this power allows you to solve some truly innovative puzzles. This game is very challenging and you will often find yourself banging your head against a puzzle for a while. That being said, you definitely get a huge morale boost every time you solve a puzzle. For me this game makes me feel smarter as I solve puzzles which is truly satisfying.
9.5 out of 10
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
This one is a little different, less of a game and more of an experience. A 2D point and click adventure in 8 bit, this gives the game a truly intriguing looked that is back by a wonderful soundtrack that is perfectly sewn into the game play and the events that happen on screen. The game takes about 4 hours to beat, but the journey that it takes you on is truly magical and is definitely worth every penny.
8.5 out of 10
Now I’m continuing the 2D trend with Cave Story. This time we have a run and gun platformer. The graphics are 16 bit with a cutesy aesthetic. It is very fast paced and very Metroid like, so any fans of that series will feel right at home. The platforming does get more challenging as the game goes on , but it does not detract from the fun.
8.0 out of 10
Bastion is an action adventure game with light RPG elements. You play as a boy that wakes up to find the world has ended. As he walks about the world forms under his feet in a very Wonderlandish style. Every action that you perform is narrated and often times what the narrator has to say is pretty hilarious. The game play is pretty action heavy and the story throws you for a loop towards the end, making you question your whole quest.
8.5 out of 10
The Binding of Isaac
This is a top down Zelda like game in which you play as boy escaping his murderous mother by going deeper and deeper into his basement. This a game with randomly generated dungeons, so no two playthroughs are alike. It has a huge amount of upgrades for your character, but once you die you have to start from the beginning. This is one of the key elements in my opinion, because the more times you complete the game, the longer it gets. So, the challenge level is constantly growing.
9.0 out of 10
I deeply apologize to all your wallets, but believe me it’s worth it