Steam Summer Sale 2020

To be fair this 100% happened in previous steam sales. It was only a year or so ago that Steam instituted a policy that you can’t discount a game if you’ve increased the price within the last 30 days (or something along those lines).

I wishlisted Dawn of Man and would be interested in your early impressions.

So while this wasn’t the case for your examples, this has happened in the past.
e.g.

2K is still doing it.
https://isthereanydeal.com/game/sidmeierscivilizationvcompleteedition/history/?shop[]=steam&generate=Select+Stores#/

You’ll need to pay attention to the discount percentage if using steamdb, since it tracks effective/sale price, and not if the price was raised at the same time to show a bigger percentage discount. istheranydeal shows the base price changes as well.

Is it any good solo?

You can definitely play solo, but it could be rather tricky. I’m not sure all the classes would work particularly well solo (particularly engineer). I think the right sort of player would really enjoy it, but even navigating the early caves can be challenging without help. For me, I think it would be better with a team.

DRG is decent solo, but it really shines in co-op. It’s got excellent class synergy. Playing only solo misses out.

Anyone familiar with “Empyrion - Galactic Survival”. Steam has been trying to sell that to me for years due to my general love of exploration/survival games. At $8 I’m tempted, but my backlog doesn’t need reinforcement.

Star Traders: Frontiers? Bummer because I was considering that one since everyone seems to like it.

If anybody would enjoy a difficult match-3 rpg with a short campaign, this title is a great bargain. Do not be put off by the mixed reviews, which are due to people being bad at games.

Are you reading me my mind? Because I was put off by the bad reviews and removed it from my wishlist. I assume this game is no Puzzle Quest?

If I’m going to invest $1.19 of my hard earned dollars, I need more of a personal guarantee that I’ll love it @Misguided.

No, it isn’t PQ, but nothing is (including any version of PQ other than the first). It’s one of the better match-3 rpgs if you don’t mind the limited scope. It has a 6-8 hour campaign and a survival mode. There are 4 classes (skills are fixed and there are no stats or skill points). No crafting but you can buy items with some nice passive effects.

What it does well is the combat, which is tough. You have to juggle three different resources, shield, health, and mana. Blocking attack with the shield uses your turn, but each attack you block gives you mana back. Each class also has a passive that triggers when you use the shield.

You do damage in this game by making matches adjacent to enemies, but you can’t move enemies, so the more there are on the board, the more difficult it becomes. One of my favorite things is that if you make an enemy drop three spaces, they are stunned. I also bought an item that added fall damage.

On a side note, I hate that every new match-3 on Steam involves hentai or is of the 7 Wonders/labors of Hercules style. Nobody makes games like this anymore.

@Misguided gifted me that game, I haven’t had time to play it yet, but I do love me some match 3.

I even grabbed this match 3 bundle I was watching for awhile on the cheap.

https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/14050/The_Explorers_Bundle/

The SpelunKing wordplay won my heart.

I bought it years ago and decided to wait until it was out of EA before diving in. I’m still waiting.

Wow its only Alpha 12?

RE: Empyrion - Galactic Survival

Lol, I have 0.7 hours played on Runefall. I remember when I first saw SpelunKing. A game with two of my favorite things, match-3 and mining. I really don’t like that style odd match-3, but I should probably get it at that price, especially since it will work well over steam link

Empyrion is still only alpha 12 but wow it’s amazing. This alpha added a galaxy map with hyperdrive capabilities in the game. It’s really the best game of it’s particular subgenre that we’ve played.

Now that I think about it, I 'm sure it was on your recommendation. So if I die of old age before it hits 1.0, that’s on you.

It’s a procedurally generated hill I’ll happily die on.

@BrianRubin Would Empyrion be appropriate to play in co-op with my children? Is there a lot of violence, etc?

Ratropolis looks pretty neat from what I’ve seen but I was waiting on it to go out of EA. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts whenever you get around to it.