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Top 10 Steam games under $10 (Sort of…)

I’m what you’d call a patient gamer. I scour the depths of Steam looking for deals and hidden gems. Sometimes they pop out at you, sometimes they’re hidden. Either way you can have an amazing gaming experience on nearly any budget.

(Before I start a quick note on how I choose these games. Every single game I choose are games that I have personally played and can vouch for. I realize that there are many games out there under the $10 mark that could easily make this list. This is MY list. I did not include games that are Free OR under $5. I also looked for a plethora of games that could be enjoyed by various audiences and appeal to many types of gamers. That’s that. I hope you enjoy the list and please, feel free to let us know what you favorite $10 and under game is, and if there are any suggestions you may have.)


10. To the Moon. Originally released in 2011, “To the Moon” is a game that relies on its story. The game play itself is nothing to write home about, however, that’s not what this is about. I refuse to say too much in fear of giving anything away, but It’s all about the story. This tale is a ride full of emotion which leads to a cathartic experience. Fans of the Super Nintendo Console era will find the art style delightful. I highly recommend you give it a try.


9. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Yeah, that’s right! I got a game originally released in 1992 on here. This point and click adventure game holds up like nothing I have ever seen. You get to play a brand new adventure with one of the most iconic movie heroes of all time. This pixelated adventure manages to capture the essence of Indiana Jones far better than anything else released after the original film. Even without the star aspect the game is solid and worth the play through.


8. The Elder Scrolls Online. This game retails for $19.99 … HOWEVER, it regularly goes on sale for $9.99. Yes, there is an expansion that costs $29.99. Yes, you can subscribe to the game for benefits. Yes, there are in game purchases you can make. The game, at its core, is a fantastic experience worth a look. Spending less than $10 on this experience is well worth the cost, and I would have ranked it higher if it were always on sale. If you see this on sale and are looking for an excellent and refined adventure that has come a long way since it’s Elder Scrolls Craft inception it originally was, give it a try. I promise it won’t disappoint.


7. Ikaruga. A Vertical Shooter that takes a standard concept and turns it on its head by including a mechanic that wants you to get hit… Vertical Shooters have been around since the beginning and have evolved into vibrant displays of reaction time and memorization. Ikaruga gives you that experience in a unique way while maintaining the difficulty associated with these types of games. Enjoy.


6. Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You. Big Brother is watching, and you are he… She… Whomever. A point and click adventure style game from the perspective of a Big Brother agent tasked with finding out the culprit behind a terrorist attack. This game skirts the line of right and wrong and gleams with air of caution. You are responsible for interpreting the data you discover and ultimately make the decision. Are you right to ruin this life? Are you 100% sure? You decisions matter.


5. Limbo. Limbo is a quick adventure game that gently mixes side scrolling puzzles with horror. I often find myself eerily quiet while playing. There’s a lot going on in the game and it thrusts you right into the middle of it without any real context. It’s the following period of discovery that the game represents that really sells this as one of my favorite little adventures of all time.


4. Fallout: New Vegas. This iteration of the Fallout saga is arguably the best. There are bugs, sure. There are also a ton of mods to help the game look and feel more realistic that also do their best to get rid of the bugs. Fallout: New Vegas delivers an excellent story that really plays well with the “What happens in Vegas” mantra. Well worth the hundreds of hours of game time you’ll enjoy.


3. Portal 1 and 2. If you haven’t played a portal game yet, stop what you’re doing and grab one up. You can often get both on sale for a combined cost of under $10. These games are polished. They have excellent game play, fun characters, and are iconic masterpieces. Do yourself a favor and pick these up!

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2. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath. In which you play as a beastly bounty hunter that has sworn off guns and uses various critters and varmints to help him capture his prey. It has an amazing Dystopian Western feel combined with unique characters RPG elements. Stranger was a favorite of mine growing up (My bias is showing, I know) and could be yours as well. Check this gem out asap.


1. Undertale.  What a wondrous ball of perfection. I have a hard time even writing about it. Everything about this game is lovable. The soundtrack mixed with the visual style and complemented by the fantastic characters… It has so much going for it. Even if your not an RPG enthusiasts I highly recommend giving it a try. It’s won over many people that were turned off by the visuals. Why not you?

This Month in Gaming History April

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This Month in Gaming History April


It is said that April showers bring May flowers. Well, I don’t know about that, but I am sure that most of us just want April to bring more games. Once again, it appears that not a lot of games were released in April – until the 1990s, that is – so we will be starting a little later in the timeline this month.

Here are some games that were released in April.

Little Computer People

Little Computer People was a disk game that originated in Japan. It was released on April 3, 1987. The game has no winning conditions, and only one setting: a sideways view of the inside of a three-story house. An animated character moves into the house and goes through everyday situations, including a poker game for some characters. No two characters are the same, so every time it is played it is different as you go.


Splatterhouse was released for PC Engine on April 6, 1990. The game was developed in Japan and is a game where a man named Rick is trapped with his girlfriend inside a mansion where they have taken refuge from a storm. Rick then has to fight off hordes of creatures while under the influence of a special mask in order to save his girlfriend and escape.

Bob Vs the Mob

Bob Vs the Mob was developed for DOS and released on April 3,1995. Our little protagonist in this game is a stick figure attempting to shoot down his adversaries. They are also stick men and apparently are members of the criminal underground. The player shoots and moves forward instead of the more free game play we enjoy now.

Easter in Reality on the Norm

Easter in Reality on the Norm was released worldwide for Easter in April 2003, to be played on Windows. It was mostly point and click game play. The Easter Bunny comes to town and you are to help him deliver presents while solving different puzzles. A cute idea for a themed computer game.

Planet Fish

Planet Fish was released for the Wii on April 4, 2011. You use your underwater vessel to travel to different regions such as the Great Barrier Reef to collect different colorful fish for your personal aquarium. That objective seems a little decadent to me but whatever floats your underwater boat. While collecting fish and trying to unlock animated trophies, you have to look out for obstacles. These could be jagged rocks or dangerous underwater species.

The Elder Scrolls Online
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The Elder Scrolls Online is one that I think many of you will be familiar with. This first installment of the multiplayer game that so many of us enjoy was released on April 4, 2014. The game starts with character creation, choosing from four classes and three factions. Unlike some of the other games, each faction had its own campaign that progressed in a linear fashion through different regions.

May April showers bring May flowers… and more games.