It’s that time of the year. Everyone is out for the best deals of the season, looking for the best gadgets and games for pennies on the dollar. This year, PC gamers thrive as Black Friday starts early at GOG.com.
GOG.com (also known as Good Old Games) is the perfect website to buy and download classic titles from the last few decades. Every game sold on Good Old Games is DRM-free and optimized to run on modern systems. Recently, Good Old Games has evolved into a Steam-like digital distribution platform with some great modern indie games. The best part? You’d be hard pressed to find anything on GOG that costs more than $20.
Onto the deal: they are offering a list of 20 games for sale; pick five from the list, and pay $10. Looking at the list of games, this is a steal considering most are sold for $10 each. It’s like buy one, get four free!
The list of games:
Resonance (Normally $10, release date 6/19/2012)
Botanicula (Normally $10, release date 4/19/2012)
To the Moon (Normally $10, release date 1/11/2011)
Gemini Rue (Normally $10, release date 2/24/2011)
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Normally $15, release date 5/22/2012)
Blackwell Bundle (Normally $15, release date 12/23/2006)
Torchlight (Normally $15, release date 10/27/2009)
Uplink (Normally $6, release date 10/1/2001)
Geneforge 1-5 (Normally $15, release date 12/12/2001)
Machinarium (Normally $10, release date 10/16/2009)
Spacechem (Normally $10, release date 1/1/2011)
Defcon (Normally $10, release date 9/29/2006)
Trine (Normally $10, release date 7/3/2009)
Symphony (Normally $10, release date 8/6/2012)
Darwinia (Normally $10, release date 3/4/2005)
Mutant Mudds (Normally $10, release date 8/30/2012)
Anomaly Warzone Earth (Normally $10, release date 4/8/2011)
Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest (Normally $10, release date 9/19/2008)
Unmechanical (Normally $10, release date 8/8/2012)
The Ball (Normally $10, release date 10/26/2010)
My biggest recommendation would be to check and make sure you don’t already own the ones you’re looking at. I know how silly it sounds to not know what games you own, but if you’re a fan of the Humble Bundles and other various indie game bundling sites, you already own a good deal of these; I guarantee it.
That being said, there are a few here I’ve played through and loved, which means you get to hear about it. Lucky you!
To the Moon is a graphically simple point-and-click RPG. It’s pretty short and linear (I only had to put about four hours into it) but that’s the perfect length to keep you from being bored of its simplistic nature and to get the most out of the story. It’s heavy sci-fi theme draws you in (travel through a dying man’s memories to help him fulfill his wish to go to the moon, at least in his mind) but the dramatic love story keeps you playing. I won’t lie, there were some tears shed.
If you’re looking for something more complicated and feel like you haven’t punished your brain enough lately, pick up Spacechem. This puzzle-game-meets-chemistry-class will keep you playing for hours, on a single puzzle, because you almost have it. If you’re a fan of programming and the computer sciences, this is absolutely the game for you. They even managed to cram in an interesting, twisting story.
Other staples of awesome gaming include Torchlight (a Diablo clone), Trine (The Lost Vikings meets physics platformer), Uplink (a hacker simulator) and Symphony (fight your own music). They all look good, and you could technically own all 20 games for $40, which would still be a great deal.