5 Cheap Games That You MUST Play.

by harryjohntiley

The title says it all really. But for you really ungrateful sods who still doubt that I’m doing you a favour, I’ll even break them down by type. There. Happy? Thought not.

1. Thomas Was Alone

If your are looking for innovation in story and character, look no further than Thomas Was Alone, a subtle and sublime 2D platformer. Quirky, funny and heart-warming narration attributes coloured rectangles with fully fleshed out character and charm. No hyper-realistic graphics. Just simple gaming done beautifully. Described by a prominent critic as “a storybook for grown-ups” and as “a warm, story-telling hug”, Thomas Was Alone shows exactly the kind of experience gamers agree that bigger projects lack. If you haven’t played it, find it and just let it in. Trust me, you’ll feel better for it.

2/3. Nidhogg and Gang Beasts.

There is a gaming experience that I hold to be my most enjoyed and most fondly recollected, and that is local multiplayer. You, a mate, some food and drink, a boring rainy afternoon and an all-out, gun-toting, punch-swinging, laugh-inducing battle royale. It is this sense of common nostalgia that games such as Nidhogg and Gang Beasts appeal to. Both are built with the express purpose of bringing friends back to the sofa, and back into frantic personal combat. Whether it’s Nidhogg‘s sword-swinging duels, or Gang Beast’s jelly-baby wrestling matches, you and your chosen opponent are in for a hell of a good time. After all, multiplayer loses something when you can’t turn around and spray a mixture of profanity and crumbs in the face of the dude who just killed you.

4. Overgrowth

And now for something completely different. Overgrowth. You ready for this? Ok. Control a procedurally animated rabbit and battle it out with other furry competitors in bone-crunching, spine-snapping, kung fu combat… See? You weren’t expecting that were you? Still being developed by a small team over the course of the last 4 years, Overgrowth has gained a dedicated fan following and is praised all over the web for its highly original, dynamic combat system. All this, from kung fu rabbits. You can’t make this stuff up.

5. Papers Please

Finally, for pure talent and flawless execution, Papers Please. While taking the job of an immigration inspector at a border checkpoint  may not sound so exciting, Papers Please turns it into a grim tale of corruption, violence and suffering in which nobody’s hands (especially the players) are clean. If anything illustrates the monumental difference between triple A productions and independent, it is this  game. Stamping REJECTED on someone’s passport made me feel infinitely worse here, than mowing down hundreds of generic soldiers in a bland, run-of-the-mill first person shooter made by a larger, better funded company.

There you go. Buy em’, install em’, play em’. I promise they’ll keep you so busy that close relatives may report you as a missing person.

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