I have – mostly – been doing better about impulse purchases since I really took stock of both my game-buying and game-playing habits about a year and a half ago, but I definitely allow myself a good-sized splurge twice a year. Both the Steam Summer Sale and the Steam Winter Sale are less exciting than they once were for me, but I still always manage to fill up a cart or two with stuff that has caught my eye.
Towards the end of June, I did pare down my wishlist significantly (at least, as it pertained to games that were already released), but I’m not sure if that made deciding what to pick up easier or harder this time around.
My first cart towards the beginning of the sale was a small one, and I pulled the trigger primarily because I wanted to pick up Exodus Borealis while it still had its release discount. Tametsi is a neat looking puzzle game, which is a spin on Minesweeper, and Koi Farm is a chill little simulation game I’ve had my eye on for a bit. I made the call to otherwise put off doing any shopping until after the reveal of the July Humble Choice, because buying a bunch of stuff just to see it pop up there is something that would absolutely happen to me.
This cart was my big purchase for the sale.
I’ve been meaning to pick up LOVE – A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories since playing the demo last year, but I knew I wanted to wait for a sale because $20 felt a little steep for what was on offer. I then added my other bigger purchases to the cart – Before We Leave, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and Weedcraft Inc. before poking through the smaller games that looked just interesting enough to spend a dollar or three on.
Ticket to Earth is a combination of a match-3 and a tactical RPG, and I’m excited to see how it comes together. I’m not sure if Galimulator is going to be up my alley, but the idea of a galaxy simulation with three different game modes was interesting enough to at least give it a try. Finally, I picked up The First Friend, which a short story-driven game with beautiful art, and maybe a little bit of a mystery to it.
My biggest Summer Sale purchase wasn’t made on Steam, but rather on the Humble Store, as I picked up Planet Zoo Deluxe edition for just under $20 – my subscriber discount made it just a little bit cheaper than it was on Steam. I’ve been eyeballing that one for awhile, and I have been talking myself out of it, and then almost immediately regretting not picking it up as soon as it goes off sale.
To top everything off, there were seven games in the July Humble Choice that I have a more than passing interest in, so even with the headliners being meh for me, this bundle is going to be a great addition to a library that’s already pretty overstuffed.
All in all, a great haul for this sale season. Now I just need to find the time to play all of these games!