Hidden gems are our thing. We don’t absolutely play everything, but we do love ourselves games that surprise us and bend our expectations. So, here is a list of a few hidden gems that you can pick up during the Steam Autumn Sale that might surprise you in all the right ways. If are looking for games that are at historical lows, you might want to check out our article on: Steam Autumn Sale 2020: 7 Great Games At An All-Time Low.
The idea of picking up enemy weapons and using them to thwack the wielders of said weapons has always sounded like a good idea to me. Copy Kitty satisfies exactly those desires. In this game, you play as Boki in a computerized world where she can copy the abilities of her enemies and even combine them together in order to get funky weapon effects. It might be classified as a platformer, but it is more of about being a gun-slinger. Effective combination of weapons is advised. Going bonkers and just pressing the button that combines all weapons is strongly advised.
This game essentially lets you live your dream of being able to simulate Spider-man-esque swings from the Raimi trilogy. Trying to recreate those swashbuckling swings that had a sense of fluidity to them is effort well rewarded. It is as meditative as it is challenging because once you get to grips with the mechanics, you will be coasting through levels at breakneck speeds. My only nitpick from the game? It just has one music track, hence I suggest you listen to your favorite music while playing it. On a side note, this would be really cool in VR though it might be quite nauseating if it carries over the screen-shake.
Steam game review numbers might suggest that this is more well known that all the other games on this list. However, I find its lack of presence in lists that talk about the best co-op games rather mind-boggling. Ibb & Obb is possibly the most fun co-op and puzzle game I have played. I still remember me and a friend of mine playing the game, figuring it out, and making inappropriate jokes about how objects in the game world were a little too “bouncy”. At one point the game got too hard for either of us geniuses to figure out, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying every bit of it.
Everyone knows Salt and Sanctuary as 2D-Dark Souls. But many don’t know that the same developers have made a game in the veins of 2D-Devil May Cry. For the character action enthusiasts, Dishwasher is definitely worth a try. It won’t satisfy the Donguri in you who desires combat depth. However, those of you looking for a fun slasher with moderate-hard difficulty will find something in this. It is gory, atmospheric, and satisfyingly violent. Jazzed together with a repetitive yet bombastic soundtrack, it is completely worth the price for all the cathartic blood splattering. Alternatively, if you haven’t gotten around Salt & Sanctuary, I suggest getting The Skallection because both these games make are great value for money. I am not a huge fan of the third game, Charlie’s Murder, but I am sure 2D-Beat-em-up aficionados will enjoy that.
In our contention for the Game Of The Year, Biomass is a must-have game. Going into it, I was expecting a good but formulaic Metroidvania. When I came out the other end, I was in utter awe of what I had just witnessed. A gripping and unforgettable experience that will stay in your mind for a while, Biomass is a game like no other. It uses its Metroidvania elements to tell a twisted mind-bending tale in a world that is filled with conspiracy, betrayal, and sadness. Is it flawed? Yes. Is it for everyone? No. Does it use the strongest elements of video games as a storytelling medium to string a narrative that can ONLY be told through a game? Definitely YES. It also has one of the most varied and most beautiful soundtracks of the year that fit surprisingly well despite being miles apart in terms of tone.