So I don’t know if you know, but there has been an absolutely insane sale happening on Steam throughout the holidays. There are some incredible deals to be had, both indie and otherwise, and if you aren’t taking advantage of ‘em, you have until January 3rd to prove you’re not a sucker. Virtually everything is discounted, but are a few of my favorites:
Audiosurf - $2.50 - The fact that this puzzle/rhythm game hybrid creates levels using the music on your computer means literally days of unique gameplay (if your music collection resembles the rest of the internet’s). And no matter how small your music collection might be, two and a half bucks divided by a couple hours of fun is still an incredible value. The game has evolved a ton since release, so with a great new community website, 3 free songs each week, and Steam Achievements, you’ll be getting way more than you deserve with this one.
- Braid - $2.49 - Another priced-so-low-you-can’t-not-get-it game that just happens to also be amazing, time-shattering platformer Braid is one of the best-reviewed downloadable titles of all time. For a thorough review, check out this episode of Bytejacker, but suffice it to say the ending alone is well worth the $2.50.
- World of Goo – $5.00 – If you don’t believe me when I tell you this beautiful physics-y puzzle construction game is worth your $5 and then some, will you believe a 90 on Metacritic? Like, damn.
- Osmos - $2.00 - Life doesn’t give out many second chances, but here’s one: if you love ambient indie games but missed out on the Osmos Thanksgiving sale last month, this is your opportunity to grab it for the same unbelievable price. This is one of the daily deals, so it’ll expire today at about 12:00 pm EST, but even once the price “goes up”, the game it still an absolute bargain at its special Holiday price.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Steam store for the other downright ludicrous daily deals, which have included such madness as Torchlight for $5.00, Zombie Driver for $2.50, and more.
One of the most reassuring things about this sale has been seeing that it’s affecting almost everyone the same way. Indie developer Jens Bergensten (whose strategy game Harvest is going for $2.50 as part of the Steam sale) mentioned offhand in a recent blog post that he’s already dropped more than 100 bucks during the sale. My problem seems to seems to be death-by-degrees thing; I’m only spending a few bucks at a time, but I’ve been doing it pretty every day for about the past week. Yikes.
How about you, readers? What are the best deals you’ve found in this enormous sale? Any recommendations? Let us know in the comments!