Steam Summer Sale 2020's Best Games Under $10 That Are Worth Every Penny
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Steam Summer Sale 2020: Best Cheap Games For Under $10
Steam's Summer Sale has been live with thousands of great deals on PC games for nearly two weeks, and now just one day is left until the sale ends on July 9 at 10 PM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST. If there's a PC game you've been eyeing, there's a good chance it's on sale right now. There is also a good chance you won't find a better deal on that game for months, as these savings don't happen too often. One of the best parts of Steam's large sales is the number of games you can get for super-cheap to save for a rainy day, especially if they are games you may not have even thought about or heard of before the sale. In the spirit of bargain shopping, we've put together a list of 15 stellar games you can pick up for $10 or less in the Steam Summer Sale, including Celeste, Darkest Dungeon, The Witness, and more. You can even wind up saving more by buying multiple, as Steam is knocking off an additional $5 when you spend $30 or more. There are few better times to save cash on your game collection. Just make sure you actually plan on playing them!
We have separate roundups highlighting the best overall deals in Steam's Summer Sale along with the best PC exclusives on sale at Steam, so make sure to take a peek at those for even more recommendations. This year's Steam Summer Sale has a road trip theme, which awards you one trading card for every $10 you spend. There's also a Points Shop that launched alongside the Summer Sale. You'll get points for every purchase on Steam, which can be redeemed for profile avatars, backgrounds, or badges as well as emoticons and backgrounds for games in your library.
$10 / £7.49 / 14.47 AUD (50% off)
Celeste is easily one of my favorite platformers of all time, as it has simply sublime platforming mechanics and a moving message. You play as Madeline, a young woman suffering from mental illness, who decides to scale the titular mountain. Celeste's gameplay revolves around stringing together jumps, climbing walls, and avoiding obstacles, all the while paying attention to your stamina. Each chapter introduces a new layer to the straightforward but expertly designed mechanics. It also manages to tell a compelling story about overcoming mental illness, facing your fears, and understanding yourself.
$3.39 / £2.37 / 4.93 AUD (66% off)
Undertale quickly gained a huge following after its release nearly five years ago. The retro-stylized RPG harkens back to the Mother series, especially when it comes to the lovable and unique cast of characters you encounter in the Underground. You play as an unnamed child who falls into a mysterious world beneath the Earth's surface. The child's quest to escape has many twists and turns. It's a dark game, but it's also incredibly funny and heartwarming. If you haven't jumped into the Underground yet, you can see what all the fuss is about for super cheap right now.
$6.79 / £5.26 / 9.84 AUD (66% off)
Moonlighter takes cues from town simulation games and dungeon-crawling roguelikes. By day, you sell your wares in your shop, setting the prices, and stopping thieves from stealing. By night, you head north to enter dungeons in other dimensions. There, you slay monsters and collect treasure to restock your shelves, make more money, and build up your town. It's an addictive loop that is incredibly rewarding, offering both intense action and quiet moments that let you take in Moonlighter's boundless charm.
$6.24 / £4.74 / 8.98 AUD (75% off)
Darkest Dungeon takes a unique approach to turn-based combat. Wading through creepy dungeons can be tiring both physically and mentally, and your party sees the effects of the elements by perishing from disease, famine, and even just the stress of it all. As a roguelike, each of the side-scrolling dungeons has different obstacles and enemies. Even when you fail and run through a dungeon again, the room and enemy layout are different. With a robust class system, a gorgeous art style, and gripping lore, Darkest Dungeon stands tall as one of the best turn-based RPGs in recent memory.
$5 / £3.49 / 7.25 AUD (50% off)
Created by renowned indie developer Lucas Pope, Papers, Please is set in a dystopian version of the Eastern Bloc. You play as an immigration officer tasked with examining paperwork handed to you at the border. Using just the documents provided--which become increasingly elaborate--you have to decide who to let into the country. Though it may sound a tad tedious, Papers, Please is genuinely thrilling in its own way, as you not only have to perform your job but manage your life expenses. If you're looking for something different, Papers, Please is certainly that.
Crypt of the NecroDancer
$3 / £2.19 / 4.30 AUD (80% off)
Crypt of the NecroDancer is a mashup of roguelikes and rhythm games. Though it looks like a traditional dungeon-crawler at a glance, every move you make is dictated by the beat of the catchy soundtrack. You have to stay in rhythm to succeed, and once you're in a groove, Crypt of the NecroDancer really starts to shine. It's inventive, challenging, and a whole lot of fun. Each run is different, too, which gives you plenty of time to really appreciate the wonderful soundtrack.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
$9 / £7.49 / 12.88 AUD (70% off)
Ninja Theory's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is one of the most unnerving and inspiring games in recent memory. Set in a world influenced by Norse mythology and Celtic culture, you play as Senua, a young warrior on a quest to Helheim to save the soul of her dead partner. Designed to show the effects of psychosis on the mind, Hellblade is a grueling experience that handles mental illness better than the vast majority of games that have tried. While the story is what stands out the most, Hellblade has solid combat and some very clever puzzles, too. You should definitely play Senua's Sacrifice, as Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 is in the works for Xbox Series X.
$5 / £3.74 / 7.23 AUD (75% off)
Invisible, Inc. should receive far more love than it gets. In terms of turn-based tactics games this generation, it's easily among the best. Inspired by XCOM, Invisible, Inc. leans into stealth gameplay, which isn't super common for a tactics game. Every playthrough is at least a tad different, as Invisible, Inc. has a roguelike design to keep things fresh regardless of how many times you have to run through it. With a wealth of depth and a myriad of ways to approach each mission, Invisible, Inc. is one of the most fine-tuned tactics games you can find today.
$9.19 / £6.89 / 13.09 AUD (77% off)
The Witness is an elaborate collection of line puzzles scattered across an obtuse island that spawned from the mind of Jonathan Blow. You spend your time exploring the island and solving puzzles at each station. It may not sound like a grand experience, but The Witness is one of the best puzzle games...ever. The line puzzles gradually become more elaborate until you're eventually using the sounds around you and the patterns made by trees to uncover solutions. It's the kind of puzzle game that compels you to grab a pen and paper to brainstorm solutions. Anyone remotely interested in puzzle games should absolutely play The Witness.
West of Loathing
$7.69 / £5.80 / 10.85 AUD (30% off)
West of Loathing's black and white world inhabited by stick figure characters already gives it a humorous tone, but once you dive in, you realize there's far more to this charming western than a novel aesthetic. The dialogue is hilarious, and the characters are endearing. The turn-based combat takes place on a grid and offers a surprising amount of depth. With everything going on in the world right now, this wholesome adventure is the perfect game to play if you're in need of some happiness.
What Remains of Edith Finch
$8 / £6 / 11.58 AUD (60% off)
A harrowing adventure from Giant Sparrow and Annapurna Interactive, What Remains of Edith Finch has a compelling narrative and many stylistic flourishes that make it a standout game. Edith Finch returns to her empty family home and relives the terrible fates of her relatives, who were all victims of the so-called family curse. As you explore the home, you gain insights into the interesting family and begin to piece things together. What Remains of Edith Finch manages to tell a sprawling generational saga in a matter of hours, and the tales of pain and loss it holds will likely stay with you long after the credits roll.
$6 / £4.64 / 8.38 AUD (70% off)
From the team behind Hades and Bastion, Pyre is a novel blend of visual novels, role-playing games, and basketball. You control a group of exiles who compete in an ancient game called the Rites to earn their freedom. The game is fashioned like 3v3 basketball, as your job is to extinguish the other team's pyre by shooting/dunking a ball multiple times. Each character has a different movement style and abilities, which gives the game a strategic bent. In between battles, you travel across a stunning overworld map by caravan, conversing with party members along the way, upgrading stats, and making decisions on where to go next. The writing is great, and the basketball-esque gameplay is a ton of fun.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
$9 / £7.19 / 13.48 AUD (70% off)
Dragon's Dogma was well-received when it initially released in 2012, but it has since garnered a rather large following online. At least a few times a month, I see people talking about Dragon's Dogma, often rightfully calling it one of the best modern action-RPGs. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen may never get a sequel, but if you missed out, it has aged wonderfully. Its Pawn system, which helps you control computer-controlled allies, is still one of the coolest mechanics I've seen in an action-RPG. Great combat, an exciting world, and fine-tuned systems come together to make Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen an absolute gem.
$5 / £4 / 7.19 AUD (80% off)
For those who may be tired running through Diablo 3 for the hundredth time, Grim Dawn is a great substitute. Set in an apocalyptic fantasy world, Grim Dawn features six classes with loads of customization features, heaps of loot to uncover, and more than 35 quests to complete solo or alongside friends. The combat mirrors Diablo in a lot of ways, as does the default camera perspective. But Grim Dawn doesn't feel like a clone; instead, it's an experience that grows into its own the more you play. It's easy to sink more than 100 hours into Grim Dawn, and at this price, you're getting an extremely good bargain.
$7.49 / £5.49 / 10.75 AUD (50% off)
Ape Out stars a murderous gorilla who simply wants to escape captivity. To do so, you have to sneak by awful humans toting guns, which usually leads to violent encounters where you rip them apart. The stealth-action gameplay is heightened by two distinct style choices: the perspective and role of music. Ape Out is played from a top-down perspective and is littered with shadows and high-rising walls that limit your field of view, upping the intensity. The jazzy soundtrack reacts to your movements, picking up the pace when you're in danger and offering a deafening cymbal crash when you take out another human. Levels are procedurally generated, so their layouts change slightly with each run. Ape Out is all about gameplay, so if you're just looking to smash some stuff, it provides hours of entertaining action.