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Top 10 Steam Games Under $5

I trolled through my house today looking for loose change. All in all I found $4.82. Not bad. As a kid growing up in the 80’s this would have been a spectacular find. That $4.82 is a sweet, sweet candy stash. Today, not so much. In 2018 this kind of couch change doesn’t have the same kind of impact… however, for under $5 there are a plethora of enjoyable games you can find nestled in the deepest depths of Steam store.

(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 $5 mark that could easily make this list. This is MY list. I did not include games that are Free as that’s a whole other list… 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 $5 and under game is, and if there are any suggestions you may have.)

Organ Trail

10. Organ Trail: Directors Cut. When I was in 6th grade I was introduced to PC gaming by a fun little experience called The Oregon Trail, in which you follow the historic trek many took across our country in a time when dysentery and fording a river were more dangerous than we could possibly imagine. There were hunting mini games and indian attacks. You usually didn’t make it… Imagine that set in the zombie apocalypse, and that’s what Organ Trail is.

Town of Salem

9. Town of Salem. This game is fun… with friends. Please bring your friends. With that in mind Town of Salem is a great time and a ton of fun, and if it tickles your fancy you can look into the tabletop version…

Xcom

8. X-Com: UFO Defense. Sure this game is old as dirt. Sure it has a bunch of bugs. Sure it can make you want to throw your controller through your TV… But, you still love it. It’s charming and horrible and well worth a look if not just to see the origins of the rebooted X-Com series.

PLants v Zombies

7. Plants vs. Zombies GOTY. In which you plant plants to fend of a zombie invasion. It’s fun and addictive, and hard to put down… Tons of game time packed into a charming package. Well worth a look.

Sally Face

6. Sally Face. What a great little game. This horror adventure has a uniquely catered art style that reminded me of classic Nick cartoons like Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. This aesthetic combined with a disturbingly unique story line make this a great pickup.

VVVVVV

5. VVVVVV. A 2D platformer where instead of jumping you control gravity. This colorful masterpiece is simultaneously ridiculous and charming. I don’t recommend this for those that are easily frustrated as each level takes a bit of trial and error, and can be quite rage inducing at times. It’s still well worth the price tag.

Reigns

4. Reigns. Yes or No? As the new king you need to decide what sort of entity you will be. You are presented with requests from your citizens and need to decide what is best for you or your kingdom and impose your will. Reigns is simple in concept but hides a layer of strategy well worth looking into.

Overlord

3. Overlord. You are in charge and your decisions matter. Its hard to deny the surprising charm Overlord brings to the table. Every action you take on the battlefield has lasting effects on the world around you. Command your plucky minions to do your bidding in this quirky adventure. Take them on raids in villages or fight monstrous beasts. What kind of Overlord will you be?

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2. The Binding of Isaac. Roguelikes are a dime a dozen anymore and their influence on indie developers are like a blanket on a hot and humid day. I wish they would go away so we can finally move on. That being said, there are a number of great roguelike games available and few have the draw and prestige of the one of the greatest. The Binding of Isaac is one of the originals and is still loved today.

Superflight
1. Superflight. Wow! That was my initial reaction when I first picked up this game. There is something to be said about simplicity and atmosphere. Superflight is a game about adorning a flight suit and traversing beautiful procedurally generated atmospheres. You can feel the speed as you dip and dive your way through colorful landscapes. Even with the intense feel of falling it is a surprisingly relaxing experience. I was initially gleeful with my experience and was overjoyed to find myself willing to go back and play some more. If you haven’t seen this title, do yourself a favor and give it a solid look.

Chritter’s Top 10 Browser Games

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Chritter’s Top 10 Browser Games

Games, like people, come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, origins, and places.  You have console games, PC games, mobile games, handheld games, tabletop games, browser games and even LARPs.  So anyone that wants to play a game can find one that fits them. And everyone has their own preference.  

Today’s top 10 list only touches on the vast array of games that are available in your favorite browser.  There are many gamers who don’t consider browser games to be worth the consideration.  But you simply have to give it a chance and you can find one that will suck hours of your life away as you play.  Sure, they might be simpler than other games.  But that doesn’t make some of them any less involved and engaging.  Or any less a game.

So here is this month’s Top 10 List, discussing 10 browser games that you might like to play.  Let us know what you think of the list.  Or if you have any you would like to add to the list, let us know that too!

Note:  Some of these games are also available in other formats, like mobile.  But this list isn’t about that.  So if you wanna know more, go visit their site and find out!

1. Slither.io

 

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Take the premise of Agar.io.  And smash it together with the classic game Snake.  There you have Slither.io in a nutshell. And man, is this game fun!  You are a snake and it is your job to go around and swallow bits of colored light orbs so you can grow bigger.  All while avoiding ramming your head into another worm which will kill you and make your body into little bits of colored light orbs for other snakes to eat so they can grow bigger!  It’s a jungle out there, man.

 

2. A Dark Room

 

A Dark Room

This game has taken more than it’s fair share of my idle time, I swear! A Dark Room is a seemingly simple text-based game that starts with a single decision to light a fire.  From there you build a village and explore the area till you find a better place to be.  This is a game that continues to advance even when you aren’t paying attention to it.  You can restart it, or even save your game data so you can move it to another computer and not have to start all over!  Try it out.  But only if you have a need for a time suck.  Seriously.

 

3. Pretend You’re Xyzzy

 

Xyzzy

Have you ever played Cards Against Humanity?  There is a made up 90% chance that you have.  But if you haven’t… did you like it under your rock?  This game is hilarious and is made much more hilarious when playing with drunk people or with people who have never had their minds twisted… I mean, played it before.

Pretend You’re Xyzzy is the unofficial online version of Cards Against Humanity.  The layout is rather cramped and rudimentary and the chat could use some enhancements.  But when it comes to the act of playing Cards Against Humanity against people online anytime you want, this game is great!

I am not responsible for any corruption that you may or may not suffer from trying this game.  Fair warning.

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For the Children: Cards Against Sobriety, Holiday Edition

For the Children: Cards Against Sobriety, Holiday Edition

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, we at Real Women of Gaming held our first annual Cards Against Sobriety Holiday Event. In this 6-hour live stream on Twitch, the RWoG Admins were joined by Mike Christensen of Partial Arc and Trever Bierschbach of Frags and Beer. The goal of the live stream was to raise $250 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the charity Extra Life.

Extra Life is a unique charity endorsed by companies such as Geek & Sundry. This charity was founded in 2008 in an effort to unite gamers and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which includes children’s hospitals all across the United States. The RWoG admins chose to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia because that’s where most of the admins are located. In future events, we plan to raise money for different hospitals across the country.

We settled into the stream by talking about various different things. We each introduced ourselves and told everyone our Christmas wishes (mine, of course, was that everyone would watch my show Wanna Don’t Wanna – pretty selfish, I know. I’m the worst). The first game we played was Town of Salem, followed by Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and Cards Against Humanity.

We gave away amazing prizes all throughout the night, including a hand-made Final Fantasy VII necklace from Frags and Beer, a collection of Fantastic Four comics from Partial Arc, and a horror game called The Park from 9th Circle of Horror. Each giveaway was prompted by a donation. We ended up giving away everything we had (even a David Hasselhoff bobble-head). We must have said “for the children” a thousand times before a $100 donation forced us to stop.

By the end of the night, we raised $775. This is more than 300% over our modest goal of $250. Because of this overwhelming response, Crymson Pleasure has agreed to dye her hair pink at the request of those who were active in the Twitch chat. So, we’re pretty excited for that.

Even though we surpassed our goal, we’re not done yet. If you didn’t get the chance to donate during the event, you still have time! We will be accepting donations through Extra Life until the end of the year. You can donate here!

We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated and participated in the event. You cannot imagine how much happier you all have made us this holiday season.

-Vanri the Rogue

Town of Salem

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Blank Media Games
PC/Mac

I’ve had Town of Salem for awhile now. I bought it based on a suggestion from Noah of +2 Comedy, as we were talking about my love of Werewolf the board game. Both are similar to Mafia. If you don’t understand anything I just said, that’s fine. I’ll explain.


Town of Salem is a 15 player game. You and 14 other people form a town and you each have a role to play. Depending on what version of the game you play, you could be anything, but let’s talk about classic mode. 


In classic mode, you have the following good guys:
Sheriff (interrogating others to find out what they are)
Doctor (healing people)
Investigator (investigate for clues on a person’s role)
Jailor (interrogate and possibly kill a person)
Medium (can speak with the dead)
Escort (can block a person from doing their job)
Lookout (stalks people to figure out what they are)
Veteran/Vigilante (can kill people, hopefully for good)
Random Townie (can be anything)

Your bad guys are: 
Godfather (in charge of the mafia, orders the killing)
Framer (can plant evidence on other townies)
Executioner (whole job is to get one particular person lynched)
Mafioso (does the killing for the Godfather)
Serial Killer (kinda self explanatory)
Jester (tries very hard to get him/herself lynched)

I know that is a lot to take in, but that isn’t even half the roles in the game.

So, you 15 are in this town and have one of the above roles. You either have to kill all the good guys or kill all the bad guys, depending on which side of justice you’re on. During the day, you have to convince the other townspeople of your innocence and another’s guilt or lie through your teeth to get someone else killed. During the day the town votes on a person to lynch and at night murder and mayhem happen.

 

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In the game, you are given tools. You have a Will that you can use to keep track of what you’re doing. If you are a jailor or an investigator, you can use this tool to record what it is you see or hear. By doing this not only do you keep a track of what’s happening but also, if you die, this is made public to everyone. Your second tool, if you’re a bad guy, is a death note. This can be useful, even if you’re evil. If you are the mafia and find someone is immune to killing attacks at night, they are most likely the Serial Killer. You can put that in your note, hoping that the town pays attention when you kill your next innocent and hangs your rival.


Besides classic mode, there are several other play modes. My current favorite is Chaos Any mode. You have no idea what the roles are and anyone could be anything.

I think the graphics are adorable. You have little avatars and houses that you come out of each morning. With coins, or cash, you can change your avatar, house, pet, method of death (I get struck by lightning) and even the playing arena.

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I love playing this game. I bought it on Steam for $5 and it was some of the best money I ever spent. Despite my love for this game, however, I can’t stand most of the people who play. Unless I am playing with a group of friends, I get annoyed very quickly. It boils down to the maturity of the people playing, really, and most of the time it’s low. A great deal of the time, people will leave if they don’t like their role or if they die they will abandon the game, which pisses off the medium.


Fortunately, they seemed to put a cap on my biggest issue: the entire game would be filled with racist and sexist jokes. Thankfully, they put a filter on so it says something cute, like “tarnation,” when people are being douches. I’ve seen people get around it by adding spaces, but it is a step in the right direction. Of course, we are still left with people being idiots in game, so it makes it increasingly difficult to make proper deductions. This feels like one of the unfortunate things you will just have to deal with because, as we all know, playing online subjects you to all sorts of people.

If you don’t have this game, you should. You can play it for free at BlankMediaGames.com or you can purchase it on Steam. Feel free to add me to your friends list!