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The best games for five bucks or less

Faerie Solitaire —

Faerie Solitaire is a great game, despite a name that may make some people want to run in the opposite direction (especially true of male gamers). Few guys, after all, want to admit to playing any sort of game with fairies in it. Unless, perhaps, said game involves killing those fairies, as in Terraria.

You can completely ignore the story line (what exists of it, at any rate) and focus simply on the gameplay. If it helps any, one can pretend the “faeries” are some sort of monster or dinosaur.

Gameplay progresses by creating enough stacks of cards to free a faerie in each level. The game starts out extremely easy to finish a level and progressively gets harder with each level you complete.

Along the way, you gather resources to unlock and level up helper faeries and various items that will assist you in various ways along your journey. Exactly which thing you’re going to unlock first and when is of huge importance to later levels. Although it may not seem like it at first glance, there’s a huge amount of strategy in this game.

I highly recommend trying out this game. It’s way better than the default Windows solitaire.

Groupees – Be Mine 4 —

The first Groupees game bundle was aptly named “Be Mine” since it came out around Valentine’s Day. The second one was still cute when it was called “Be Mine 2″. But now we’re on “Be Mine 4” and the name is just ridiculous.

Nevertheless, it’s a decent bundle. It’s a pay-what-you-want, minimum $1.

For the minimum of $1, you currently get:

Zero Gear – (Steam) If you like Mario Kart games, Zero Gear is pretty close. It’s a crazy racing game with several different modes. The tag mode is especially wacky and fun. Even if you can’t get your friends to play it with you, there are open games/servers to join. ($9.99 on Steam)

Revelations 2012 – (Steam) This is one of those games that seems awesome at first glance, but then turns out to be pretty bad upon playthrough. The graphics are terrible, the controls are bad and the actual game play is just not fun. It’s a good thing it’s in this bundle, because buying it alone (and at full price) would be a crazy thing to do. ($9.99 on Steam)

Guns of Icarus – (Steam, DRM free for Mac & Win) An apocalyptic steampunk game where you have to fight against pirates and fix your airship before it gets blown up around you. Better with friends, but playable without. ($4.99 on Steam)

Laxius Force – (DRM free for Win) I have to admit, I know absolutely nothing about this game. I never heard of it before it came up in this bundle. It’s an RPG, but beyond that, I don’t know.

Metal Drift – (Steam, DRM free for Win) A tank combat game where you try to blow up your opponents. Choose from several arenas to test your skill, along with a variety of weapon and vehicle upgrades. it’s definitely worth a look. ($9.99 on Steam)

Battlemass – (Desura, DRM free for Win, Mac) This turn-based strategy game bears a striking resemblance to Greed Corp at first glance. They both have similar graphics styles, not to mention both being hex-based (not unusual, admittedly). But they’re not the same game, and turn-based strategy enthusiasts will likely enjoy Battlemass. ($6.99 on Desura)

If you pay $5 or more, you get still more games to play:

Dwarfs!? – (Steam) This game by itself is worth the $5 minimum for the “extras”. Although it’s not really got much in the way of long-term gameplay, it’s the kind of game that you’ll find yourself playing for a few minutes here and there. Plus, the Overseer/tutorial Dwarf is voiced by Simon/Honeydew from Yogscast. What more do you need? ($9.99 on Steam)

Guns of Icarus Online Beta – (Steam) I’m not sure why this is included, since it’s been free on the game’s Facebook page for awhile. That said, playing this game lets you see why it’s still called “beta”. There have been quite a few bugs overall, not to mention fried servers. As far as the game itself goes, it probably helps to have played the original Guns of Icarus at some point. (free/$19.99 on Steam)

There are just 2 days left to get this awesome bundle. Whether you get the $1 or $5 minimum version, it’s worth every penny.

Indie Royale – The Getaway Bundle —

Strictly speaking, Indie Royale isn’t exactly five bucks, but it usually stays right about there. And if you divide the price up between the number of games… each game is definitely less than five bucks.

So what do you get for your five bucks?

  • Shattered Horizon (Steam for Windows) – It looks very nice, but I can’t play it at the moment since it requires DX10 and I don’t have that. So what is it? It’s an FPS set in the zero gravity of space. From what I’ve seen of it, it looks spectacularly awesome. Too bad I can’t give it a try right now. ($9.99 on Steam)
  • Analogue: A Hate Story (Steam for Windows & Mac, Desura, DRM free for Win, Mac, Linux) – This game takes place aboard a dead generational ship. An RPG, it seems to have quite an interesting story. ($9.99 on Steam)
  • Da New Guys (Desura, DRM free for Windows) – A retro-style point and click adventure following the story of two wrestlers trying to rescue/get back their buddy (who is also a wrestler). ($9.99 on Desura)
  • Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (Desura, DRM free for Windows) – What happens when you take the original Oregon Trail and semi-randomized shooter? This happens. And this looks amazing. I wish this was on Steam, but I’ll gladly load up Desura for this one. I can’t wait to play it! ($2.99 on Desura)
  • Waves (Steam, Desura, DRM free for Windows) – A twin-stick shooter that looks absolutely amazing. I’m not a huge fan of twin-stick shooters, but this one looks pretty good. If you like twin-stick shooters, get this bundle. Waves is normally $9.99 on Steam, but it’s a part of this bundle which costs way less. That’s pretty awesome. ($9.99 on Steam)
  • MiniFlake (Desura) – A very, very retro-style dungeon crawler. It looks very much like an ancestor of Dungeons of Dreadmor that was built for the original Game Boy. It’s even got some nice 8-bit music. But this game was released on August 23, 2012, so it’s quite new. ($5.99 on Desura, $3.89 while in Alpha)

All in all, this is a pretty nice offering from Indie Royale. Even if all you’re interested in is one or two of these games, I’d highly suggest purchasing the whole bundle. This bundle is good until September 4th.

Fortix —

Fortix is one of those games that… well, it’s Fortix. And it’s only a buck. It’s essentially the same game as Fortix 2, but Fortix 2 costs 10x as much. If you don’t mind the graphics not being as nice as Fortix 2, the original Fortix is a decent option.

So what is Fortix, exactly? It’s likely that you’ve played similar games before. You control a guy who (according to the game description) is trying to reclaim his ancestors’ lands. In my opinion, it’s not nearly as exciting as it sounds. It can (and has been) done as a free flash game. Fortix, of course, has better graphics than Qilox and the enemies in Fortix have an AI of sorts (instead of simply bouncing randomly). But if you hate Qilox, then you’re probably not going to like Fortix. If you like Qilox, then you might as well give Fortix a try.

After all, it’s only a buck.