Sundew's Steam Summer Sale Recommendations!
OK so we all know The Window Box is 25% off on Steam right now, but what other games should you pick up during the Steam Summer Sale?? I always find myself overwhelmed by the amount of discounted games. It doesn’t help that Steam can be kind of a pain to search through for your next favorite title. I put this list of 10 games together to make your life a little easier. These are some of my favorite titles from the past few years. Some of them also influenced the TWB, so if you liked our game, chances are you’ll like some of these too!
Night in the Woods - $11.99
If there’s one game that’s atmosphere is on point, it’s this one. Night in the Woods follows Mae after she dropped out of college and returns to her small town home. I always refer to this game as Animal Crossing for adults. Even though it stars a cast of cute 2D animals, the story is very very real. As you explore the town and reconnect with Mae’s friends, you uncover not only the town’s dark secret, but also the hardships of each character. Some are homeless, some are wrestling with having no future prospects, some are dealing with responsibilities they don’t want to have. Be prepared to have lots of emotions while plaything this gem of a game. I also highly recommend picking up the soundtrack!
Cultist Simulator - $13.39
I’m not usually one for card games, but this one caught my attention. Probably due to the 1920’s cultist theming. I’m pretty weak when it comes to 1920’s cultist themed games. Anyways, Cultist Simulator is a narrative card game (yet another interesting twist on the genre) where you end up creating, you guessed it, a cult. You manage resources such as health, funds, and mental state as you manipulate your friends, maybe eat them, and uncover arcane secrets. Alexis Kennedy, one of the creators, also worked on Sunless Sea at Failbetter Games. If you liked that Lovecraftian survival game, chances are you should give Cultist Simulator a shot too.
The Lion’s Song - $4.39
So The Lion’s Song is an episodic narrative game set in 20th century Austria. Each episode is self-contained, and follows the story of three creatively-minded characters. The first episode centers on Wilma, a composer suffering from writer’s (composer’s?) block. The second episode is about Franz, a painter who must overcome his self-doubt. The third episode involves Emma, a mathematician who cannot discuss her theories, because she is a woman. The fourth and final episode brings everyone’s stories together. If you’re looking for a historical narrative game, I can’t recommend this one enough.
Monster Prom & Monster Prom: Second Term DLC - $5.99 & $4.49
This. Game. In Monster Prom you’ll woo party-hardy ghosts, destructive demons, mass-murdering mermaids and more. It’s also competitive dating sim, so if you think sabotaging your friends’ love life sounds like a good time, this game is for you. Now, the game has some pretty mature themes and strong language. If you don’t know what the Reverse Romanian Wilkinson is, first of all, don’t look it up because NSFW and *spoilers*, secondly be prepared. You’ll be doing some pretty insane things to get a date to prom in this game!
What Remains of Edith Finch - $8.99
This is a game about death. In What Remains of Edith Finch, you explore the Finch family home as Edith learns more about the deceased members of her family. Every member of the family lived and died in this house, their rooms left intact to keep their memory alive. As you go from room to room, you experience every family member's final moments. And I mean every family member, adults and children alike. The final memories play like interactive vignettes, each one feeling completely different than the others. While this game is about death, it doesn’t necessarily feel dark. Perhaps because this game’s respectful treatment of death paired with surreal and whimsical moments. What Remains of Edith Finch is probably unlike any other game you’ve played, just know you’ll probably cry a lot.
Gris - $11.38
Every screenshot of Gris could be framed and hung in an art gallery. I’m still not over how gorgeous this game is. You follow a young girl named Gris, who loses her ability to sing. She becomes filled with sadness and fear, which turns the world around her black and white. However, as she regains her voice, she regains her confidence and color returns to the world. If I had to group Gris together with another game, it’d probably be Journey. Both have simple gameplay mechanics, lush environments, no death, yet both are still very emotional experiences. Highly recommended for someone looking for something short and pretty to play.
Oxygen Not Included - $5.09
And now for something completely different! If you don’t want to go outside this summer, have I got a game for you. Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation game, where you manage “duplicants” as you explore a space rock and search for resources. You’ll be managing your oxygen levels (duh), water, food, and a whole heck of a lot of other stuff. And if you don’t? Your duplicants will get stressed and puke everywhere. OK, not all of them stress-puke, because every duplicant is unique, but some are stress-destroyers, stress-eaters, and stress-[insert bad unhelpful thing]. Oh, and they can die too. So. Take care of them! And your colony! Also this game is super adorable even with the vomiting. It comes out of Early Access next month too!
Long Live the Queen - $3.99
“Rule the world or die trying!” A statement that couldn’t be more true about Long Live the Queen, a queen-to-be simulator. Choose which lessons you attend, and hope they teach you how to survive political turmoil and more. You’ll probably die a lot along the way to your coronation, but the multiple endings are definitely worth it. If you’re a fan of Reigns, I’d consider this game the next level up. Definitely don’t just this one by its cover (??). It’ll take you a bit to get the hang of things, but once you do, you’ll definitely enjoy it.
Moon Hunters - $4.49
In Moon Hunters, a cooperative adventure game, you have five days to solve the mystery of the moon before the Sun Cultists declare war. You’ll play through the game multiple times as you uncover new characters and conflicts. There are seven characters total, so there’s certainly a lot to unlock. Also, your actions and choices have an effect on the mythology you create. You can play through the game solo, but I definitely think it’s more fun playing with friends. If you can share the experience of exploring a vibrant world, why wouldn’t you?
Heaven Will Be Mine & We Know the Devil - $11.24 & $1.99
OK, I’ve lumped these two games together, because they’re basically made by the same people, and they’re both equally amazing. Heaven Will Be Mine is a queer scifi visual novel about three girls who pilot robots. Yes robots. You get to decide whether the girls will be friends or more than friends or enemies (you know, the three basic relationship options in life). The writing is also incredible during the fight scenes. If you never thought mecha battle could be poetic, you were wrong.
We Know the Devil is also a queer horror visual novel taking place at a summer camp. Neptune, Jupiter, and Venus must spend 12 hours in a cabin as they wait for the devil to come. You’ll choose which two out of the three get to survive, or rather, which one is left out. With three possible ending, and one true ending, you’ll be playing this one over and over again. If that worries you it shouldn’t, each playthrough only takes about an hour.
If there’s any games you recommend for others, let us know in the comments! Happy Steam Summer Sale shopping!!!