Some Cool, Inexpensive Games to Check Out

Recently I dropped a nice chunk of change on Steam’s annual Summer of Steam sale and got me a ton of new games to play and I’ve also had a bunch of games sitting on the backburner that I’ve been wanting to talk about.  To tie it all up here’s some games that I’m currently enjoying or have already enjoyed and find myself revisiting often.  This will all be primarily from the indie game area of the realm of video games, so you can find all of these on the cheap and they are all worth every penny you put into them, almost always giving back more than you paid.  To keep this somewhat shorter I’m only listing 5 games, and in the next couple weeks or so I’ll do another 5 until I run out of games to talk about/suggest.  So, without further ado, here are some cool games to check out.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!


I’ve messed around with the indie sensation Minecraft, but after some time I found myself a bit bored with it.  While building stuff and mining for minerals was cool I couldn’t help but feel that the game was just a glorified level editor.  After seeing a review of Terraria which stated it was like Minecraft with the mining and crafting part but was more action focused akin to games like Metroid and Castlevania I decided to give it a shot.  I was pleasantly surprised at how fun and addictive it is.  While running around chopping down trees, digging for iron and gold, and building my humble, insanely huge fortress I was under constant attack from enemies.  Having to focus on the 2 aspects of the game keeps my fingers and mind running at all times.  It’s always satisfying when you mine some new and rare mineral that lets you craft a new kick ass weapon or piece of armor or when you dig deep enough and discover a whole new area under the worlds crust.  There’s also boss battles and random events like huge rushes of orcs that will try to ravage your constructions.  The cute 8-Bit graphics and cheerful music add a nice atmosphere and relaxing feel to your mining ventures and the 2D sidescrolling layout of the game plays into my retro love.  If you like games with lots of exploration, action, room to allow you to create, and you like playing with Legos, give this game a whirl.  There is also cooperative multiplayer so you can build with a friend as well as randomly generated levels so each time you start a new world, a new adventure awaits you.  Available on PC.

Super Meat Boy

This game will piss you right the fuck off.  No lie.  The developers hate you and want to watch you suffer in video game induced frustration and rage.  But their finely honed twitch reflex platformer is so well designed and the controls are so perfected that you will keep coming back for more punishment.  You control Meat Boy, a block of meat with arms and legs, as he dashes through trap laden levels to rescue his girlfriend, Bandage Girl, from the clutches of Dr. Fetus.  Crazy premise, but it is so packed with charm that it adds yet another bullet point on why you will keep coming back for punishment.  If you’re one of the people who say they don’t make ’em like they used to, then this game is for you.  Be warned though, the insane, but fair, difficulty could even send the Dalai Lama into a fit of rage.  One of my favorite features of the game is whenever you complete a level it shows a replay of all of you attempts at once, os you see a filled with Meat Boys blowing up everywhere with the last one alive being the one you made it to the end with.  Available for Xbox, PS3, Wii, PC, Mac, and Linux.


This is a cool one for the whole family.  You control a group of insect-like creatures as they journey around a tree trying to save their world from an evil black spider thingy.  It’s all presented in a nice relaxing point and click interface so you can take your time mulling over the various puzzles or just gawking at the games striking visuals.  The puzzles are never difficult as the game just really wants you to enjoy its world and story, which is presented without a lick of English or any other known language.  The charm factor is through the roof and the game also boasts a great soundtrack that fits the game world perfectly.  Available for PC and Mac.

Orcs Must Die!

Oh man is this game just bundles of sadistic fun.  You play as a half-witted, arrogant, apprentice battle mage who’s master has slipped on a puddle of kobald blood and met his end.  It’s up to you to save the world from an orc invasion.  Taking a spin from tower defense games you must set up various traps like floor spikes, tar pits, and blades that shoot out from the wall.  These hinder the orcs rushing out of a doorway at one end of the level from reaching the rift at the other end into the dimension they want to destroy.  Unlike many tower defense games, you get to dive right into the action, in a 3rd person perspective, and wreak havoc with your crossbow, spear, force push, fireballs, etc. and place more traps when your score for killing ‘x’ amount of orcs allows you to do so.  This excellent balance of strategy and fast paced action will keep you on your toes the entirety of the levels.  You will also have to control your laughter as the apprentice and orcs belt out hilarious one-liners in the heat of battle.  The ranking system at the end of each stage will have you keep going back to get the ‘5 Skulls’ rank and trying to beat your friends high scores.  Highly recommended!  And the sequel, Orcs Must Die! 2 was just released a couple days ago, so grab that one as soon as you finish up the first one.  The game also has a rocking metal soundtrack to compliment your bouts of orc murder.  Available for Xbox, PS3, and PC.

Rock of Ages

Mix Monty Python, art history, tower defense, and Marble Madness together and you get the delightful game Rock of Ages.  The game plays out in 2 modes.  First you must roll a huge rock down a trap and obstacle laden course down to a barricaded door which you need to break down to crush your opponents character.  The second part is placing obstacles and traps on a mirrored course which you opponent will be making their way through to do the same thing.  It’s all great fun and all has this very Monty Python-ish sense of humor as you make your way through themed levels, like the Renaissance and what not.  The single player mode has a ton of great levels and hilarious cut scenes, and the multiplayer provides endless amounts of boulder rolling mayhem.  The bonus Skeeball mode is also a riot.  Available for Xbox, PS3, and PC.


About RiffRaff

Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on July 31, 2012, in Video of the Week and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Cool list

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