This was a post I intended to publish somewhere near the beginning of January.
I bought a lot of things in the 2015 Steam Winter sale, but I kept all of my purchases to 7.99 or less, so I consider that a relative success. I even installed some of them. :)
Undertale. 7.99. It didn’t look like my kind of game, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I installed and played it briefly … but it isn’t really my kind of game. At least in my current frame of mind.
Shelter 2. 7.49. I loved the novelty of it, and had it on my wish list for a while. Installed and played about an hour. I loved it right up until I experienced the trauma of not being able to save one of my kittens from starvation. The game does a fantastic job of making you feel a strong emotional connection to the lynx mother and her kittens, which makes watching one of your kittens starve to death about as much fun as watching someone kick puppies to death. Since “losing” the game is so devastating, I imagine “winning” it would be a triumphant, joyful experience, but I don’t think I have the fortitude to get there.
Frozen State. 6.99. Another survival game I’ve had on my wish list for a while. Early Access. Haven’t played yet.
Ryse: Son of Rome. 6.79. Saw it before and thought it looked cool. It came up on the front page so I impulse bought it. Haven’t played yet.
Lego: Star Wars. 5.99. I got this because someone at work kept talking about the Lego games and I happened to see it in the sale. Haven’t played yet.
Remember Me. 5.99. This one came up on the front page and I thought it looked cool. Haven’t played yet.
Dawn of Discovery. 4.99. A city-builder kind of game that had been on my wish list for a while. Haven’t played yet.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. 4.99. I saw this on the front page and thought the setting looked interesting (who doesn’t love post-apocalyptic stories–not me, that’s who). I didn’t expect much when I installed it but it’s actually a fun (if not very deep) story-driven game in the vein of Uncharted or Tomb Raider. Definitely worth 4.99, although I only got halfway through before I lost interest in the gameplay. Still haven’t uninstalled it, though.
Guns of Icarus Online. 4.99. Saw this one on the front page and remembered it was a game I’ve heard about and wanted to see. I installed and played it for about an hour. It’s a neat concept with beautiful visuals but unfortunately it’s entirely multi-player and I don’t particularly want to enter that community this many years too late.
Lord of the Rings: War in the North. 4.99. Saw it on the front page and thought I’d give it a try. Haven’t played yet.
Creeper World 3. 4.94. Saw it on the front page and thought it might be an interesting twist on Civilization-style games. Haven’t played yet.
Sir, You Are Being Hunted. 3.99. I think I had this on my wish list, or if I didn’t I’ve wanted to try this game since I first saw it in Early Access, and the price was finally right. Played a few hours and thought it was cool, although stealth games aren’t really my thing so I probably won’t play much more. The big problem I have with stealth games is that it just takes too long to do things.
Spelunky. 3.74. Platformers aren’t my thing but I’ve heard a lot of good things about this game so I had to give it a try. I played for an hour or so and it turns out … it’s not really my thing.
Never Alone. 3.74. This stylish-looking game had been on my wish list for a while. I just wanted to see it, but I haven’t played it yet.
CivCity Rome. 2.49. Another city-builder from my wish list. At 2.49, I figure all that is required to recoup my losses is a decent loading screen. Haven’t played yet.