Summer sales…

There is currently the Steam Summer Sale going on, but of course, this isn’t the only sale we’ve seen recently. I have a lot of games on my wishlists, but there is still nothing on it that lets me take out my wallet. Maybe that’s because I bought Equilinox, Cultist Simulator and Unheard recently. So that is three games that keep me occupied (and in case you’re interested in either of them: I enjoy playing all three of them a lot!). Oh, and let’s not forget that Battle for Azeroth expansion and two months of game time for World of Warcraft that appeared on my account recently…

Then again, there are a few games that I am really interested in, so I’m still tempted. First of all, there is The Red Strings Club. It’s supposed to have a really good story. The game has no replay value as apparently, the outcome is always the same. But to be honest, I usually don’t play games like these more than once, even if there are different story endings. I like to imagine that the way I played through is how the story happened and that’s it.

Another game that I’m tiptoeing around whenever it’s on sale is Star Control: Origins. Ironically, what’s keeping me from buying this game is its lack of replayability. It is also a story-based game, but not “visual novel”-like as The Red Strings Club. So in this case, I would very much love to play the game more often or restart for a different experience. I don’t know, maybe it is perfect the way it is and doesn’t need any replayability, but it is what’s keeping me from buying the game.

I also discovered Islanders – or rather, Steam suggested it may be something interesting for me, but I’m not sure I really want that game. It is a city-builder which is one of my big weaknesses anyway. This here is more a puzzle game, though. There are optimal places to put buildings and you can’t demolish them once you’ve chosen to place them somewhere. Once you’ve collected a certain amount of points, you can move to the next island. These islands are procedurally-generated, so you don’t know which one you will get after you finished the first. Apparently, you are also placed on a leaderboard.

The one most likely to be bought by me at some point is Mad Tower Tycoon, but only if it turns out to be different enough from Project Highrise. As much as I like building games, I wouldn’t want two games that are too similar to each other. It is still in Early Access, so a lot can happen here with the game.

On the other hand, as I said, I recently bought a few games and I’m quite happy exploring them. So there really is no need to get any new ones now. That means that if I decide to get a game, I want to make certain I am going to play it and it won’t end up increasing my pile of shame.

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