Today we are looking at games for the ultimate budget gamer such as myself. Here are some good PC games under $2 you can pick up today.
PC Games Under 2 Dollars
In The Sexy Brutale you relive the same unending masked ball over and over again. You can only watch, learn the guest’s secrets, and try to save them from their fate. At Midnight the clock rewinds and repeat the same experience.
The Sexy Brutale is a puzzle game that is instantly intriguing. The first time I loaded it up I expected to play for an hour and come back to it later. Three hours passed and I didn’t even realize I was playing that long. The controls took a little bit of getting used to, but in the end, it was well worth it.
The Sexy Brutale has an interesting premise, unique art style, and wonderful writing. Although I figured out the ending before the end, the way that it was delivered was absolutely perfect. The biggest issue with The Sexy Brutale is that when the credits roll you will be longing for more.
Remothered: Tormented Fathers has been on our lists before, but never for this low of price.
In Remothered: Tormented Fathers your character, Rosemary Reed, goes to the Richard Felton’s house while searching for his daughter who disappeared 21 years prior. After interviewing with Dr. Felton, you feel that he is hiding something. You find a spare key and sneak back into the Felton house. It is at this point that shit goes bonkers.
Unlike many survival games you do not spend much time in combat (though there is a slight amount). You spend most of your time exploring, running, hiding, and using distractions (including babies) to distract the enemy.
The story takes a total of about 6 hours to complete. I found the plot interesting and it to do an excellent job of providing that spook feeling with a few jump scares scattered throughout. When the credits rolled, I was still left with some unanswered questions, but I got enough to feel satisfied.
The biggest issue I had with Remothered: Tormented Fathers was the amount of objects in each room. At times there would be 30-40 objects on the screen and you have to check each one to make sure it isn’t a quest item.
I greatly enjoyed Remothered: Tormented Fathers. It had some of the craziest moments I’ve experienced in a horror game, in a good way. For $1, it’s definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of horror.
I recently discovered Grow Home. I don’t know how it managed to gravitate past my radar, but I am glad I found it.
You play as a little robot named Bud who has to climb a giant beanstalk and climb between floating islands. While this doesn’t sound like the best premise for a game, it really works.
You start on a bright colorful island that has cute creatures and beautiful ambient sounds. It draws you in almost immediately.
You explore the world as bud, looking for seeds that can grow plants and re-oxygenate his home. To do this you have to climb a giant bean stalk, that you can occasionally control to get between floating islands in the sky.
Bud uses procedural animation. Instead of an animator animating bud with multiple sketches, bud is animated with procedural animation by AI based on the players movements. You move bud around with your left stick, and the left and right triggers control Bud’s hands.
At first the movement feels unpredictable, and you flail everywhere. It feels almost the same as the first time I played Death Stranding. After a while the controls feel much more fluent, and you get to navigate Bud throughout this beautiful world.
I would recommend Grow Home at its full price of $7.99, so I definitely have no reservations recommending it at only $1.
The intro to State of Mind sets up the rest of the game perfectly. It starts in Berlin 2048. You are Richard, a journalist for a major publication. You’ve just been involved in an explosion, and you are missing part of your memory. Your wife and son have mysteriously vanished.
State of Mind is a very cinematic mystery. I don’t want to give more of the story away because it is best to experience it as it unravels. It has excellent voice work and a unique world to explore.
While State of Mind does sometimes feel like you are just completing busy work, it is always interesting when you get to see where the main story goes next.
While I would not recommend State of Mind at full price, it is a great game to pick up on an excellent sale like this one.
Hob is an action adventure brought to us by the same creators of Torchlight 1 and 2. There is absolutely no dialogue in Hob. It is completely wordless. Hob uses exploration and interaction to tell its story. While most games I’ve seen attempt storytelling this way fail, Hob does it flawlessly.
Hob is a very puzzle-centric game. If you don’t like puzzles, this not the game for you.
I find Hob to be a five more minutes type of game. And then another 5 minutes. And then another 5 minutes. It has some of the better puzzle platforming action I’ve played. To me Hob feels very similar to playing something like The Legend of Zelda.
For $1 Hob is well worth giving a try, unless you hate puzzles.