Weeklong Deals for 9/14/20

It’s a dense week of Weeklong Deals this time, with much of the good stuff landing on roguelikes and zombies. SYNTHETIK and Cogmind are two procedural death labyrinths you shouldn’t pass up on, especially if you fancy some high-tech chaos. There’s plenty more spread across several genres here, so I’d say a careful examination of our recommendations is in order. Oh, and Islanders is the daily, which is also a compact and worthwhile use of $2.

I got to half of the reviews I wanted to get out last week, and I’m aspiring to doing at least as well this week! I always feel a little guilty for not getting more written, but between work ramping up and helping my kids with this brave new world of distance learning, there’s just not much left for me to write with. We may be able to get back to where we were eventually, or I may have to back off reviews entirely for a bit, but we’ll keep going like this as long as we need to. I appreciate your patience, and hope these roundups are still helping folks connect with indie games they might have missed.

Oh my yes

SYNTHETIK: Legion Rising (Review) – Wild, messy top-down roguelike shooter with some intense guns and handling

They Are Billions (Review) – An impressive zombie survival RTS that goes a little too hardcore in its campaign

Death Road to Canada (Review) – Silly roguelike adventure about surviving a road trip filled with the undead

Trials of Fire (Review) – A promising tactical roguelike RPG with deckbuilding elements

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (Review) – Top-tier Wild West shooter wrapped in a very clever story

Cogmind (Review) – Shockingly deep sci-fi roguelike where you build your robot chassis as you go

Long Live The Queen (Review) – A visual novel adventure with tons of stats and strategies to keep track of

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (Review) – Not quite the rollicking good time of Gunslinger, but still a solid FPS

Ash of Gods: Redemption (Review) – Pitch-black fantasy RPG using the Banner Saga battle system

Chasm (Review) – Decent metroidvania hampered by its own innovations

Wuppo (Review) – Intensely cute platforming adventure

Nihilumbra (Review) – Charming puzzle platformer with a neat painting gimmick

Back to Bed (Review) – Short puzzler with a distinctly Dali aesthetic

Daily Chthonicle: Editor’s Edition (Review) – Brilliant horror management sim where you run a newspaper

The Last NightMary (Review) – Neat little horror game out of Brazil

Oh goodness no

Razenroth (Review) – Terrible waste of a Lovecraftian roguelike dungeon crawler

Woodle Tree Adventures (Review) – Wishes desperately to be Mario 64, but just too simple and janky for the job

Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age (Review) – All 80s style, no action-RPG substance

rooMaze (Review) – Utterly hateful dungeon crawler

Langoth (Review) – Indecipherable mess

Crab Dub (Review) – Straight garbage

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