Posted by: Ryan Play Free Games
Yes, it's obvious, but I've still got to mention it. Particularly if you're running on a Windows machine, there's a lot of free games out there that can tide you over while you're short on cash. Personally, Cave Story
, a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux, took me about 8 hours on my first playthrough, though your time may vary depending on how much you like exploring around. Knytt
is less than 3 hours long, but I've definitely played it more than once. I played Nanaca Crash
for over a week (high score = +21,000m), though if you want a similar type of game that's less complicated and less Japanese, Robot Unicorn Attack
are also free Flash games (with cheap iPhone versions) to look into.
Also, the occasional value-priced game comes out that's really worth owning, such as Space Invaders Extreme 2
, which was released at $20, and Deadly Premonition, which Destructoid's Jim Sterling gave a 10/10
. Not an un-obvious tip, but just a reminder that not every retail game comes out at retail price.
Play The Games You Already Own
It seems ridiculous, but I've certainly done it and I know you probably have too: you've bought a game, and never gotten around to really playing it. For whatever reason, if you already own a game and you haven't played it, now is the perfect time! It's already paid for! Play it! Get through that backlog!
Lastly, to paraphrase Topher Cantler, "a video game isn't a fucking hamburger. It's not like it's gone once you eat it." You'd be surprised how many games are worth coming back to after you've been away for a while. Personally, I find action games and strategy games in particular are great to come back to after a while away, such as Ninja Gaiden or Advance Wars. (Advance Wars really doesn't get old.) Just because you've finished a game doesn't mean you should immediately sell it back to the store: if it's good, keep it around and come back to it later.
And friends can help you out here too: multiplayer games are infinitely replayable. If you've got a friend and a fighting game, or two friends and a copy of Rock Band, you'll find hours upon hours worth of entertainment long after you've beaten everything there is to do in single player.
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