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When sales are going on, sometimes it is difficult to see past the huge AAA titles or the mountain of games that are only 10% or 15% off. There’s also the inevitable problem of finding a game on sale and impulse buying it, only to discover that you really weren’t all that interested in it, to begin with. Volume 6 of our Indie Games to Buy on Sale series should keep that from happening. Here are a few Indie games that are worth your time and your money.
- Rogue Legacy – Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch – Retail Price: $14.99
Cellar Door Games’ hit Rogue-lite puts you in the role of a family of adventurers, seeking to break a curse. Each time you die, your child will succeed you, and brave the castle and its dangers anew. As you play, you collect gold to upgrade your family members and enable new classes and abilities. The best part about Rogue Legacy being on this list is that it just recently released on Nintendo Switch. This means that you can take this quirky rogue-lite on the go. Whether you are commuting to work, or just sitting on the couch, Rogue Legacy will give you hours of entertainment.
- Saturday Morning RPG – Available on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch – Retail Price: $6.99
Are you nostalgic for the days of Saturday morning cartoons? Do you miss the days when you would get up early, turn on the TV and enjoy your favorite Saturday morning shows? If your answer to that question is yes, then Saturday Morning RPG is for you. The game is episodic, and lets you enjoy multiple “episodes” which are self-contained storylines. It plays out like a turn-based RPG and draws inspiration from all sorts of 80’s and 90’s nostalgia. If you like RPG’s, or you know someone that wants to take a walk down memory lane, Saturday Morning RPG is a great option.
- Slay the Spire – Currently only on PC, with a Nintendo Switch release in 2019 – Retail Price: $15.99
Slay the Spire is one of my favorite Early Access titles in recent years. Blending together Rogue-like mechanics, procedural generation, and card-based gameplay, it offers hundreds of hours of fun. Not only that, but the card-based mechanics lead to endless strategies and ways to build each character. No two runs are the same and Slay the Spire adds in text-based events, and relics which provide passive bonuses, to make the runs even more varied and different.
The developers are continuing to add content, and have already added things like leaderboards, daily challenges, and custom runs. Moving forward they have detailed plans to add other content like new characters, to further bolster the expansive array of content they already offer.
- Slime Rancher – Available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One – Retail Price: $19.99
The last two games on this list are a little more laid back, starting with Slime Rancher. Slime Rancher is a sandbox-style first-person game where you attempt to earn a fortune by setting up a (you guessed it) slime ranch. As you expand your ranch, you can grow new crops, explore new areas, and farm new types of slimes. Additionally, as you farm new types of slimes, you can amass more money to upgrade your tools and enclosures in a variety of ways.
With over 150 hybrid types of slime, 3 modes, VR Support, and regular updates, Slime Rancher is a great investment for the more casual player in your life. The only thing that would be better is a Nintendo Switch release for on the go ranching.
- Stardew Valley – Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch – Retail Price: $14.99
Last on this list, is a game that pays tribute to games like Harvest Moon and Rune Factory. In fact, Stardew Valley is essentially a hybrid, indie version of the two. Inherit a farm in Pelican Town from your grandfather, and leave the city life behind to be a farmer. From here, the game is exactly what you might expect. Farm crops become friends with the townspeople, mine for ore in the mine, fish, and more. The developer has continually updated the game and is working on things such as Multiplayer (which is available on PC but not console just yet) and other requested features from the community. Stardew Valley is a labor of love, created by a one-man team. If that’s not a reason to support such a lovingly crafted game, I have no idea what is.
If you like this list and want to check out more guides like this, we have five more on Gaming Historia. Check out Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4 and Volume 5, so you can make informed decisions on your next gift-giving expedition.