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10 Indie Gems to Grab in the Steam Autumn Sale

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With only two days left of the Steam Autumn Sale, there’s not much time left to top up your library.

As we all know, Steam sales are packed full of thousands of games. It can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff, and often, indie gems are overlooked by a wave of AAA titles at ridiculously cheap prices.

While there are a lot of awesome ‘big’ games at little prices, I’ve picked out a few of those aforementioned indie gems; the games that may have flew under your radar up to now but are certainly worth picking up.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – £3.62

Fancy disarming a bomb? How about reading out how to disarm a bomb to your clueless friend who’s juggling the explosive in their hands? That’s pretty much what Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is – a co-op game that tasks one person with disarming a bomb while another person has to decipher the instructions for them. It can be played with or without VR – and it’s a true test of your ability to work both under pressure and with someone else. Don’t worry – it’s not a real explosive, so you can have a good old laugh about getting blown to smithereens afterwards.

West of Loathing – £7.11

West of Loathing is one of the most surprising games I’ve played this year – and I mean that in the best way possible. A black and white side-scrolling RPG filled with line drawings and stickmen, it’s simple beyond words but has more than enough charm to make up for it. It’s an adventure that takes you to a wealth of different locations with puzzles to solve, quests to complete and loot to find. It’s impossible not to love.

Wuppo – £3.29

Wuppo is a platformer crossed with an adventure game. Created by just two people, it oozes so much love and care. Taking control of a little ‘wum’ – a wee blob – there’s numerous colourful landscapes to explore, zany characters to meet, collectibles to find and puzzles to solve. It’s glorious – especially for £3.29. Oh, but if you don’t want to pay for it, be sure to enter our giveaway to win a copy.

Bastion – £2.74

If you’re yet to play Bastion, don’t ask any questions – just buy the damn game. It’s a few years old now, but Bastion remains one of my all time favourite games. It’s a fairly short but heavily stylised action RPG that will see you play as ‘the kid’, battling through an apocalyptic world. With probably the most incredible narration you’ll ever hear in a video game, coupled with gorgeous graphics and addictive gameplay… yeah, just buy it. You won’t regret it.

Dust: An Elysian Tale – £2.99

I played Dust when it was free on PS Plus some years ago, and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. It’s a side-scrolling RPG adventure with graphics to rival any Saturday morning cartoon, and while it won’t take you much longer than eight or so hours to complete, every minute is charming and enjoyable. For less than £3, it’s a steal.

Downwell – £0.67

For 67p, you’ve really got no excuse not to pick up Downwell. This game is a case for the argument not to judge a book by its cover; its visuals may be more dated than your graphic calculator, but its got one of the most addictive gameplay loops you’re ever likely to get your hands on. Like the name suggests, Downwell is about… well, travelling down a well. The aim is to see how far you can get, and with a wealth of nasties trying to stop you, you’ll fail time and time again – but you’ll have so much fun doing so you’ll quickly jump straight back in to try again.

Cat Quest – £7.99

It’s no secret that I love Cat Quest. I mean, cats and RPG-style quests – who’s going to say no to that? As a game that only released a few months ago, it’s a steal for £7.99. It’s a gloriously addictive adventure that’ll keep you hammering away at buttons for its 10-or-so hour play time, and you’ll love every minute of it.

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SEUM: Speedrunners From Hell – £3.62

SEUM is a seriously hardcore game not for the light-hearted – but by god, is it good fun. As the ‘Speedrunners from Hell’ name may suggest to you, SEUM is a game about, well, speedrunning. Through hell. It’s got a sense of humour that’s rare in video games these days, and its insanely fast-paced gameplay is extremely satisfying – when you win, of course. It’s very frustrating if you don’t, but hey, that’s all part of the fun.

Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey – £1.90

While a wordplay game isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, Letter Quest is one of the best examples of the genre. It ties together Scrabble and turn-based combat into a gameplay loop that’s incredibly satisfying – and hones your spelling abilities while you’re at it. There’s hours upon hours of gameplay in there too, so if you feel like a bit of casual gameplay in your lunch break, it’s well worth the £1.90 asking price.

Steamworld Dig – £1.39

Its sequel released a few months ago to critical acclaim, but the original Steamworld Dig is still a marvellous title if you’re yet to give it a go. Combining spelunking with action-platforming, Steamworld Dig is a highly engrossing adventure that’ll take you deep underground on a quest of discovery. For the price of half a cup of coffee, it’s an absolute steal.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.