Good Old Games is having a solid sale right now, but they're not the only ones offering bargains.
The latest Humble Bundle is all about Steam ratings: namely, only things that are "Very Positive" or better. That's usually a good place to start, but the second tier has two crackers that should be in most people's libraries: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Ultimate Chicken Horse, which is basically local multiplayer Mario Maker with farm animals.
Everyone knows the drill: there's multiple tiers, with each tier having multiple price points. Buying into higher tiers gets you access to all the games and extras at the tiers underneath. Let's begin.
Image: Neon Chrome
- Dungeon Souls
- Neon Chrome
There's nothing especially flashy at this tier, although Neon Chrome and RIVE have a pretty stellar reputations on Steam. If you like your roguelikes, Dungeon Souls would be worth the cost of a Mars Bar. But if I had to recommend one out of the three, Neon Chrome is a fun top-down shooter.
Image: Ultimate Chicken Horse
At the time of writing, the average is $US7.11 ($8.88).
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition
- Ultimate Chicken Horse
There's a good enough chance that most people will enjoy two out of the three games at this tier, given the variety. If you do like narrative adventures, and don't mind a dose of horror on the side, Oxenfree is worth the few hours' playtime.
There's nothing to replicate the Nemesis system from Shadow of Mordor yet, and it's worth playing for that reason alone. Ultimate Chicken Horse is also a game night favourite, especially if your group of friends have that competitive streak.
Image: Beat Cop
- Beat Cop
- Death Road to Canada
The value runs out a little bit here. Beat Cop looks awesome, like a pixel art modern spin on Police Quest, but Luke found it was bogged down by a timer and controls that work against each other.
Death Road to Canada, on the other hand, is a light-hearted roguelike affair where you brave hordes of zombies en route to Canada. Sometimes you can do so with a dog, one that Riley says is a Very Good Doggo indeed.
When games let me roll a character before I start, I always make someone who seems cool, rather than min-maxing stats. In Death Road to Canada, I wanted someone who'd be fun to hang around with in a zombie apocalypse, rather than a simple zombie-clobbering machine.
So that's the latest package - lot of good value from the second tier down. Also comes at a super helpful timing for me personally, because I had a friend who was saying, "Oh, I really want to play Shadow of Mordor. But only on PC."
Well, good friend, now you can.