Ticket to Ride on Steam, Indies start Because We May initiative, and Adventure game Bundle in a Box released
Ticket to Ride on Steam
Ticket to Ride which, as you may remember, I spoke very fondly of it my review just a week ago is now available for $9.99 on PCs through Steam. In case you are too lazy to click on the first link and read my review, Ticket to Ride is a board game published by Days of Wonder in which players try to collect sets of different color cards in order to lay trains on a map. Players get points by playing said trains and by completing routes that require the player to connect two cities on the map. Man that sounds drab, but it’s not! Trust me! I actually think it is the cleanest, smartest example of modern game design. There may be other games I like better, or provide a much deeper level of strategy (although TtR has its share of strategy), but for sheer accessibility, Ticket to Ride wins (sorry Settlers of Catan).
Boardgame hipsters may know that you could, in fact, play Ticket to Ride through Days of Wonder’s Web site for something going very much on forever now through Ticket to Ride Online, but that version had the particular disadvantage of being buried in DoW’s Web page. The game is also available for Xbox Live and iOS. This new PC version includes the graphical upgrades from the iPad version but, mainly, has the perk of being more widely available on PC through Steam. Also, if you buy it during the first week of availability you get the Europe expansion (which will normally cost $4.99) for free, so that’s actually a pretty good reason to pick it up.
Because We May Initiative
Several indie game developers have started an initiative called Because We May (As in, we are lowering our own prices because we may) from May 24, 2012, to June 12, 2012. Highlights include World of Goo for $2.99, Darwinia for $5, Uplink for $5, Super Meat Boy for $4.99, The Binding of Isaac for $1.99, Cave Story for $5, Avadon: The Black Fortress for $4.99, Braid for $5, Swords and Soldiers for $4.99, and a whole lot more. You can buy the games direct from the developers, through the Mac app store, through Steam, on iOS, or on Android (of course, not all games are on all platforms) and can sort each game by platform availability. There are a ton of games on there, so it is probably worth at least taking a look if you are at all in the market for a new game.
Bundle in a Box
Bundle in a Box may violate one of the prime rules of Web page naming (don’t put hyphens in the name of your Web site), but it makes up for that by having five adventure games for less than $2.99 (the price is at $2.89 as I write this, although it changes over time based on how much people pay for the bundle). The bundle includes Gemini Rue; Ben There, Dan That; Time Gentlemen, Please!; 1893: A World’s Fair Mystery; and The Sea Will Claim Everything. I have previously played Ben There, Dan That and found it delightful, although I have not played its sequel Time Gentlemen, Please! I have also been meaning to play Gemini Rue, which looks like a love letter to the golden age of adventure games, including amazing graphics, for a long time, so I definitely intend to pick it up for that alone.