When sales come around, it is easy to focus only on the AAA titles that release. We want the big, hyped releases, and sometimes forget about the smaller, possibly older indie games we may have missed. In order to give you a bit more variety in your gift options, check out these picks of things you should grab on sale. Some are on PC only, and others are on other platforms, regardless these are great picks for yourself or the gamers in your life.
- Castaway Paradise – Available on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mobile – Retail Price: $14.99
Are you eagerly awaiting the release of a proper Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing title? If so, then Castaway Paradise could hold you over until the 2019 release date. While Castaway Paradise isn’t available on Switch; PC, PS4 and Xbox One users can enjoy catching bugs, fishing, gardening, decorating, and helping out the island residents. It doesn’t have K.K Slider, Tom Nook, Isabelle, or any of our favorite Animal Crossing characters, but it will scratch the itch while we all wait for the new Animal Crossing to release.
- Magicka – Available on PC, Xbox 360, and Mobile – Retail Price $39.99 (with all the DLC)
Magicka is a perfect game for people who enjoy party games. Magicka puts you and your friends in the role of wizards, tasked with stopping an evil sorcerer who aims to throw the world into chaos. The key mechanic with Magicka is the ability to combine elements and make unique spells. You can play single-player, or if you want to amp up the hilarity you can play with up to 3 friends. With friends you can synergize spells together, cooperating to make it through each level. Be careful though, as you can accidentally harm your allies (or do so on purpose.)
If you find yourself enjoying Magicka, you can also pick up Magicka 2, which is an honorable mention here. Magicka 2 has new spell elements and mechanics for you and your friends to enjoy, making it a great game to pick up on sale.
- Necropolis – Available on PC, Xbox One and PS4 – Retail Price: $29.99
For the Roguelike fans out there, Necropolis combines procedural generation elements, permadeath mechanics, and third-person action game mechanics into a dungeon crawling adventure. Since Necropolis released, the developers have enhanced, tweaked, and reworked it to make sure that the experience is as favorable as possible. You can also delve into the Necropolis with up to three friends, making the experience either a solo or party affair. From crafting, to combat, and exploration, there is a lot of content in Necropolis for you to enjoy alone or with friends.
- Ori and the Blind Forest – Available on PC and Xbox One – Retail Price: $19.99
If you are a fan of platformers, then Ori and the Blind Forest is a game you really shouldn’t miss out on. With the sequel coming sometime in 2019, there’s no better time to enjoy Ori’s first adventure. Ori is a young orphan who sets out on a difficult journey to save the forest of Nibel from being covered in darkness. This is a brilliantly atmospheric adventure, and anyone that is even remotely interested in platformers should consider giving this a shot.
The beautifully rendered visuals and atmospheric soundtrack alone are well worth the purchase, so if you’re looking for a gift for the holidays, you can’t go wrong with this one.
- Paper Sorcerer – Available on PC only – Retail Price: $4.99
This last one is for the RPG fans out there. While Paper Sorcerer has been out since 2013, I hear almost no-one talking about it. Personally, it is one of my favorite indie RPGs, and blends the typical first-person dungeon-crawling mechanics, with a turn-based RPG combat. What really enticed me about the game though, was the variety of character classes. Instead of Warrior, Wizard, and Rogue, you have classes like Vampire, Minotaur, and Witch. The art style is fairly interesting as well since it looks as though you are playing a 3D version of a book illustration.
The puzzles in Paper Sorcerer are brilliant as well. They emphasize exploration and paying attention to the environment, rather than simply punching your way through the game. If you like RPG’s or are looking for an Indie gem that isn’t often talked about, Paper Sorcerer is a great option.