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Jul 15 2013

Summer Slog: 7 PC Games to Suck Up Your Down Time.

lazy_catWhen someone plays a game, they expect to be able to relax and enjoy themselves for a period of time or to complete something within that period. This article will focus on that period of time where you lose yourself into the game due to the magnitude of your laziness. An incredible amount of gameplay is required in such an endeavor that can draw and keep the player engaged for hours at a time. On Steam right now (and during Summer Sale no less), there are 7 such games which can keep your interest for hours and allow that chair to sag deeper and deeper into a deep, relaxing state of non-movement. Just promise me that you’ll get some blood pumping with a bathroom break or dinner or somesuch. The less I hear about ‘alternative methods’ of never leaving the seat, the better off I’ll be as a writer and as a human being. Let’s begin.

1) Dungeons of Dredmor 

I had this hat once. Greatest moment of the game, then died poorly. Just the way.

I had this hat once. Greatest moment of the game, then died poorly. Just the way.

Long-running and highly mod-able with many different features from the Steam Workshop, Dungeons of Dredmor has been one of my favorite rogue-likes to play in recent years because of the gameplay as well as the humorous charm. Cleaving a diggle in half has never been much fun when you can also read how important Norwegian fish is to the economy and how much it tastes like mucus. Pray to the Gods of nasal-diggers and proceed to defeat the evil lich in his hole. For added fun, turn perma-death on and learn the true method by which legends are born. Personally, I’d suggest beating the normal game before modding it. You don’t want to ruin the appeal.

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2) Magrunner: Dark Pulse

Moving blocks in colorful backgrounds? Yes please.

Moving blocks in colorful backgrounds? Yes please.

Its fun to play with portals, but it’s even more fun to play with magnets and robotic dogs. Magrunner uses puzzles involving the ever-present pull of magnetism on first-person goodness and goes one-stop further into action; use your skills to evade creatures you’d only see in your nightmares. And the best part about this game is that it’s vibrant and colorful. No boring, rustic colors that barely excite or landscapes of droll textures of brown, we have actual color to guide and enjoy! Celebrate a puzzle game with strong aesthetic appeal that doesn’t look like HAL 9000’s sister bleached the whole place.

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3) Warframe

Oh, no worries. There are guns too .I was as shocked as you are.

Oh, no worries. There are guns too .I was as shocked as you are.

A massively-multiplayer shooter with classes and the like, this one is free-to-play straight from Steam where the world constantly changes between player and enemy. You develop as you go and proceed to assist your allies and friends against an encroaching force of alien enemies. Trade, engage and build your abilities more and more as you progress, and just ignore the immature people playing, if you like. They can go and die somewhere else for all that matters.

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4) Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara

And these PCs win. After all, this is a CR3 encounter against 12th Level.

And these PCs win. After all, this is a CR3 encounter against 12th Level.

If you’re a product of old-school gaming from the nineties, you are likely aware of the beautiful times when Capcom defined the scrolling fighter. Taking it one step further, Dungeons and Dragons was given the same thing in its original campaign setting. Play with your friends for about fifteen dollars of high fantasy and arguing over the important loot. What brings you back to this game revolves around the controls and gameplay. Crouching and attacking leads to ground charging, there are hidden attacks and secret areas as well. Finally, there are special rules you can apply to the game which simplify or enhance the gaming experience. Cheap and re-playable.

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 5) Civilization V

That's a lot of icons. Hopefully, I'll figure it out before I'm dead.

That’s a lot of icons. Hopefully, I’ll figure it out before I’m dead.

This series has been around longer than I have been out of school, and it is still pretty solid even if I don’t play it myself, which is a damn shame I hope to correct. This Civilization game enhances and expands the ruleset by simplifying everything for the casual player who wants to improve their lives. All the numbers and gameplay elements are still there, but masked behind the beautiful veneer that is modern gaming graphics. Explore, build and conquer through culture or force of arms. The choice is yours. The recently released Brave New World expansion adds even more..

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6) Sword of the Stars: The Pit

Expect to see this a lot. A full inventory is the sign of a good player.

Expect to see this a lot. A full inventory is the sign of a good player.

This rogue-like has that feel of ominous threat and constant struggle for survival written all over it. Taking a number from a highly-popular RTS series, The Pit has taken the genre from fantasy effectively into the realm of science fiction and has done so admirably. This game also gives you that feeling of desperation as quickly your weapons will degrade and there is always a good chance of poisoning or spreading disease in your character. All loot boxes have a percentage chance of failing to open, and even your inventory can be permanently sabotaged. If you play, expect tension right from the get-go especially with the new Mind Games Expansion that adds psychic powers and even more perils .

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7) Sanctum

AHH, FIRE FIRE FIRE KILL KILL KILL!

AHH, FIRE FIRE FIRE KILL KILL KILL!

Ahh, the beauty of the Tower Defense game taken to first person. Now you can shoot your enemies while your towers also shoot them-what a novel concept! It’ll help a bit more when you realize how much you actually matter to your success; Towers can’t exactly aim for weak spots or flying enemies as well as you can. When you have more importance than simply sitting there and letting the game play itself for you such as every other tower defense game, you’ll feel you’ll have more to do than leave the room to get snacks and watch your towers win every time. And lots of content means lots of well-earned victory. Though if you plan on playing single player it might be best to stick with the first game rather than the sequel.

1 comment

  1. D'Arcy Briggs

    Three words: Steam Summer Sale.

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