Gaming on the Cheap

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Gaming on the Cheap

Short on cash? No problem. Here are 10 great games that won't break your budget.

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I LOVE Simon the Sorceror! It had a sequel that was great as well. There are so many good free games online.

I'll point at the software pyramid. Got Bioshock and the three PoP games from the last console gen for a tenner each (with the 3 PoP games being sold as one pack that's 10€), other options include the complete Splinter Cell pack, Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander (including Forged Alliance) and Far Cry all for a tenner each. You'll probably get more value out of most of those games than a newly released 10€ game.

Zork!

Oh the joy. I'm going to download that right away. Start reliving some text-based thrills.

Please start doing this more. Like suggest old games you can get for cheap and the like. It would really help people like me with not alot of money to spend on games and when I do I dont know where to use it.

I might try and get a few of these games. So thanks again Escapist.

Dwarf Fortress isn't mentioned here? I am shocked. Shocked and dismayed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=7239234#Mods

http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

Theres also a tileset if you don't like the ASCII graphics
http://mayday.w.staszic.waw.pl/df.php

By the way it's free

Edit: It is kind of hard to learn to play. But at least they made farming easier and it looks like they increased the rate at which you get immigrants.

Jon Etheridge:
I LOVE Simon the Sorceror! It had a sequel that was great as well. There are so many good free games online.

I enjoyed it too, although I never managed to get to the end :( I want to know when they'll bring out Grim Fandigo on Steam! I never got to try that before the Great PaC Adventure Game extinction.

Anywho, I've got a few of these and their pretty darn good. Audiosurf is fun, and Plants vs Zombies will last weeks before you either get tired of it or complete the whole thing a second time.

I'd suggest adding Cave Story onto this list.

http://www.miraigamer.net/cavestory/

Very fun, very free, shooter-platformer.

EDIT: It also took one guy five years to make this game. And when I say make, I mean he made everything. Including the music player to record this game's tracks. And it's very, very well made.

Audiosurf has taken at least 50 hours of my time. Definitely worth the $10 it cost.

I was hoping Audiosurf and Plants Vs Zombies would be on there, and they were. Good show.

If osmos was just 2 cheaper (IE 5) then i would probarbly buy.

Regarding spelunky I would really like to know how to fix a problem downloading things such as this. I can download some things but spelunky and others full screen, minimise, full screen, minimise ect at an alarming rate until I have no choice but to crash the computer. Is this something to do with vista? I would really like to play spelunky.

NetHack remains the most in-depth dungeon crawler I've ever played, and it's 100% free. Of course, its graphics are about as good as Dwarf Fortress', having a text-based GUI and all.

brewbeard:
NetHack remains the most in-depth dungeon crawler I've ever played, and it's 100% free. Of course, its graphics are about as good as Dwarf Fortress', having a text-based GUI and all.

Ah, but there are versions of Nethack that come with tilesets. I recall having that on my Amiga at some point.

The Escapist Staff:
Also, those of you who don't know what a grue is will finally find out.

I had to smirk on this one.
Can't tell how often I read about Grues and being eaten in the dark without having a clue what it was all about.

Mr Companion:
If osmos was just 2 cheaper (IE 5) then i would probarbly buy.

Regarding spelunky I would really like to know how to fix a problem downloading things such as this. I can download some things but spelunky and others full screen, minimise, full screen, minimise ect at an alarming rate until I have no choice but to crash the computer. Is this something to do with vista? I would really like to play spelunky.

The newer version of Spelunky (v1.0) isn't a full screen game anymore. Also, are you minimizing the games yourself, or are they doing this on their own? If the latter, it might be a few programs running in the background which cause the game to minimize when playing (like an antivirus or an IM). If the former, just dedicate your time to playing full-screen, and nothing else. Nothing kills Oblivion faster on my laptop than minimizing the game...or shutting the laptop itself.

I can go out right now down to my local game store and get Resident Evil 4 for 3.

There are bargains everywhere, you don't even have to look that hard.

I suggest you put KotOR instead of Audiosurf.

I mean, I wasted $5 on that, and it's just an expensive audio player where you can't change the song fast when you want to, and you can't rewind songs.

KotOR is, on the other hand, too awesome.

Heart of Darkness:

Mr Companion:
If osmos was just 2 cheaper (IE 5) then i would probarbly buy.

Regarding spelunky I would really like to know how to fix a problem downloading things such as this. I can download some things but spelunky and others full screen, minimise, full screen, minimise ect at an alarming rate until I have no choice but to crash the computer. Is this something to do with vista? I would really like to play spelunky.

The newer version of Spelunky (v1.0) isn't a full screen game anymore. Also, are you minimizing the games yourself, or are they doing this on their own? If the latter, it might be a few programs running in the background which cause the game to minimize when playing (like an antivirus or an IM). If the former, just dedicate your time to playing full-screen, and nothing else. Nothing kills Oblivion faster on my laptop than minimizing the game...or shutting the laptop itself.

Nope, it happens when I try to download the game. Once the download is finished a internet page of unknown origin maximises and minimises constantly. About two times per second. I cannot turn off normally because when I open the start menu a opening window or closing window stops me. I just have to use ctrl alt del and select log off. It makes me annoyed, because it does this with other downloads. About half my attempts to download. Any ideas? I am gonna ask my genius brother, he might solve it. He usually solves this sort of thing.

Mr Companion:

Heart of Darkness:

Mr Companion:
If osmos was just 2 cheaper (IE 5) then i would probarbly buy.

Regarding spelunky I would really like to know how to fix a problem downloading things such as this. I can download some things but spelunky and others full screen, minimise, full screen, minimise ect at an alarming rate until I have no choice but to crash the computer. Is this something to do with vista? I would really like to play spelunky.

The newer version of Spelunky (v1.0) isn't a full screen game anymore. Also, are you minimizing the games yourself, or are they doing this on their own? If the latter, it might be a few programs running in the background which cause the game to minimize when playing (like an antivirus or an IM). If the former, just dedicate your time to playing full-screen, and nothing else. Nothing kills Oblivion faster on my laptop than minimizing the game...or shutting the laptop itself.

Nope, it happens when I try to download the game. Once the download is finished a internet page of unknown origin maximises and minimises constantly. About two times per second. I cannot turn off normally because when I open the start menu a opening window or closing window stops me. I just have to use ctrl alt del and select log off. It makes me annoyed, because it does this with other downloads. About half my attempts to download. Any ideas? I am gonna ask my genius brother, he might solve it. He usually solves this sort of thing.

That's....very strange. I've never encountered that on Vista. Ever. It might be a virus, or it could also be a problem with the browser. Try running a virus scan, and see if that turns anything up.

I'm seconding Audiosurf. I've spent countless of hours playing it, it freaking rocks! Or raps, or swings or grooves. Whatever the flip you want it to ^^

Dwarf Fortress

I've always found Dwarf Fortress' concept interesting, but I couldn't really get into it. Graphics that are slightly more recognisable than ASCII would help (I have a hard time interpreting text as anything other than text), but is there any way to avoid reading a 300 page dissertation before you can actually play the game? I don't mind if I have to read it only to master the game, but I'm wary of spending hours of preliminary work on a game I'm not even sure I enjoy the gameplay of!

While you can't get any greyer than abandonware and emulators, there are hundreds of legitimate open source and freeware titles that are pretty good. Urban Terror, the Counterstrike clone, springs immediately to mind. For sheer frugality, you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal than the Valve Complete Pack, considering how many top-rated games it includes, not to mention the hundreds of free mods available for most of them. (I've been a fan of Steam since the beginning; not only does it offer lots of other packs, but they have great deals on games every single weekend.)

I have recently begun the Process of Trawling Steam for games under $10, so far my wanderings have bought me....

Ben There, Dan That and Time Gentleman Please $4.99 for the 2
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time $9.99
and of Course KotOR $9.99

I realise that most people will have the latter 2 but I missed out and now have the opportunity for some bargain classics!

also Echochrome for the PSP is a wonderfully addictive and mind bending game for download and again under $10

Wait till Christmas / New Years. Maybe Steam will have another fire sale like they did last year. Tons of games on the cheap just waiting to be bought by kids Christmas money. :)

crotalidian:

Ben There, Dan That and Time Gentleman Please $4.99 for the 2

These, definately! Even better since you can get BT,DT for free (donations are gratefully recieved though!).

Also, as good as Simon the Sorceror is, was there any particular reason that was the choice from GOG? (hmm.. it may be the "hidden gem of the week") They do have dozens of games for $5.99, from various different genres.

Also I have to mention The Battle For Wesnoth which is a free turn-based strategy game. It is also awesome.

Also worth mentioning that there are plenty of games released as freeware, not least TES: Arena, Daggerfall, GTA, GTA2, Command & Conquer, Red Alert, Beneath a Steel Sky and I could have sworn Yahtzee's adventure games were freeware... but I may be wrong (the older ones, at least).

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CD-R:
Dwarf Fortress isn't mentioned here? I am shocked. Shocked and dismayed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=7239234#Mods

http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

Truer words have been spoken, but rarely. DF (and any roguelike, really) is well worth its cost, or lack thereof. And DF won't be asking if you want your possessions identified every few minutes, too.

Thank you sooo much for posting this! I had no idea that steam had Loom. I used to play it as a kid that game was great!

Thanks again. I'm gonna go download Loom now.

Audiosurf. I must get audiosurf. The 'Stolen Pixels' column is also great for free little games. Months later, I'm still playing Spewer.

Braid is 3.39 on Steam if you haven't tried it yet !

Just as a weekend deal tho.

Heart of Darkness:

Mr Companion:

Heart of Darkness:

Mr Companion:
If osmos was just 2 cheaper (IE 5) then i would probarbly buy.

Regarding spelunky I would really like to know how to fix a problem downloading things such as this. I can download some things but spelunky and others full screen, minimise, full screen, minimise ect at an alarming rate until I have no choice but to crash the computer. Is this something to do with vista? I would really like to play spelunky.

The newer version of Spelunky (v1.0) isn't a full screen game anymore. Also, are you minimizing the games yourself, or are they doing this on their own? If the latter, it might be a few programs running in the background which cause the game to minimize when playing (like an antivirus or an IM). If the former, just dedicate your time to playing full-screen, and nothing else. Nothing kills Oblivion faster on my laptop than minimizing the game...or shutting the laptop itself.

Nope, it happens when I try to download the game. Once the download is finished a internet page of unknown origin maximises and minimises constantly. About two times per second. I cannot turn off normally because when I open the start menu a opening window or closing window stops me. I just have to use ctrl alt del and select log off. It makes me annoyed, because it does this with other downloads. About half my attempts to download. Any ideas? I am gonna ask my genius brother, he might solve it. He usually solves this sort of thing.

That's....very strange. I've never encountered that on Vista. Ever. It might be a virus, or it could also be a problem with the browser. Try running a virus scan, and see if that turns anything up.

Ok it's fixed now my genius brother fixed it, as usual. That guy is cool. We are not quite sure how we fixed it but spelunky downloaded OK and is very fun. TY for the help though.

Will this be a regular feature?

You can get the entire Commander Keen series from Steam for like 2.50

steam has ghost master for 2,50? awesome! i loved that game but i lost my discs..

Mr Companion:
Ok it's fixed now my genius brother fixed it, as usual. That guy is cool. We are not quite sure how we fixed it but spelunky downloaded OK and is very fun. TY for the help though.

That's cool, and np. Also, this reminds me of XKCD.

http://xkcd.com/627/

It seems relevant.

All Yahtzee's games are free. Also:

Iji and Garden Gnome Carnage.
Astatine
Seiklus
Raging Skies
ColumnsX
etc...

I spend a lot of time playing free games.

PS: Subscribe to IndieGames.com's blog feed to get new suggestions every day.

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