7 Great, Cheap Games You Might Have Missed
Transistor from Supergiant Games.
Gamers, it’s official: Summer’s a bummer.
Really, it is. The sunny season is typically a little slow for video games, but this year it’s molasses. A glance at the release lists yields a depressing reality: For the next few months, there are pretty much zero triple-A games coming to your fancy new console, capable old console, or well-worn handheld.
Of course, that doesn’t count the wealth of mobile games that will likely pop up out of the blue, nor the sudden emergence of a few indie gems. But if you’ve already played Titanfall, Watch Dogs, Hearthstone, and Mario Kart 8 to death, don’t expect July and August to deliver the goods.
The great thing about gaming, however, is that there is so darn much of it. With its dearth of must-have blockbusters, summer is the perfect season to catch up on recent games you might have missed. Try these under-the-radar greats, all priced at $20 or less.
FTL ($7 | iPad)
When it comes to sheer bang for the buck, good luck finding a better deal than FTL. You’re the captain of a starship racing through space to warn your home world of an impending invasion, though what happens along the way is different every time thanks to the game’s randomized missions. That gives it plenty of replay value, but what gives it gas is its incredibly addictive gameplay. You’ll have to buy and equip weapons, hire crew members, and make countless life-or-death decisions as you inch toward a showdown with a hulking mother ship. The 2014 iPad version is a knockout, adding extra content and delivering touch controls that would make Data jealous.
Transistor ($20 | PS4, PC)
Supergiant Games, the tiny team responsible for the wonderful 2011 hit Bastion, deftly sidestepped the sophomore slump with this stylish strategy game. Set in a weird future that recalls the likes of Akira and Blade Runner, it gives gamers a talking sword and all sorts of ways to do damage with it. Better still, if turn-based strategy isn’t your thing, you can bash your way through the game’s bizarre, robotic enemies in real time.