29 Great Crowdfunded Games for Less Than $5 via Steam’s Exploration Sale

Steam is having its annual pre=Holiday sale. Lets take a look at some of the best crowdfunded games available!

Steam is having its annual pre-Holiday sale. Lets take a look at some of the best  crowdfunded games available!

Chances are, if you’re a gaming fan with a computer then you’re already very aware of the Steam Exploration Sale that’s currently going on. However, with some 5000+ games discounted from now until November 2nd most people will never ever know the full scope of this sale. It’s simply an overwhelming amount of games! We at Cliqist decided to ease your pain – at least as far as crowdfunded games are concerned. We’ve scoured the depths of the sale in order to discover all crowdfunded games currently on sale for $5 or less. This is definitely a great time to stock up on games you missed the campaign for!  When you’re done reading, be sure to check out the Cliqist Steam Curation page for more great crowdfunded games!

Note: Each game includes its official brief Steam description (any typos or confusing text left intact). Our top personal recommendations are presented in the first section, with everything else following in ascending price order.

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Chuck’s Challenge 3D – $0.74 (Kickstarter)

Do you remember the classic game Chip’s Challenge? If so, and you enjoyed it, then you really need to take a look at Chuck’s Challenge 3D. It was infact designed by the same fellow and includes much of the same puzzle gaming hallmarks – with a few new twists as well.

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Dominique Pamplemousse – $2.49 (IndieGogo) – Our Review

This game was recently featured in our article for the best released IndieGogo games and for good reason! Not only is it a good adventure game, but it also offers a super unique art style and unexpected musical interludes. Adventure fans should definitely play Dominique Pamplemousse!

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FTL: Faster Than Light – $2.99 (Kickstarter) – Our Review

If you’ve never played FTL then what are you doing with your life?! This game is in the top tier of most addicting roguelikes (by my appraisal, anyway). Manage your space ship, fight enemies, and upgrade your weaponry to become the best in the galaxy.

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Race the Sun – $2.99 (Kickstarter) – Our Review

Race the Sun seems like a very simple game at first. You’ve got a silvery plane, a geometric landscape, and the goal of simply flying as long as possible. Despite the simple gameplay, or perhaps because of it, the game becomes a daily ritual.

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Sword of the Stars: The Pit – $3.24 (IndieGogo)

Here’s another one off our best IndieGogo games piece. Sorry, but that platform has helped to push some seriously great games into the world! Sword of the Stars: The Pit is a dungeon crawler roguelike, quite challenging, and tons of fun.

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The Fall – $4.99 (Kickstarter) – Our Review

An atmospheric puzzle platformer that features a unique twist on a genre that’s been nearly done to death.  The fantastic graphics, compelling story, and enjoyable gameplay make The Fall an easy purchase for $4.99.

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The Last Door – $4.99 (Kickstarter) – Our Review

An ultra pixellated horror adventure whose artistic style doesn’t overpower a fantastic experience.

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Chivalry Medieval Warfare – $4.99 (Kickstarter) – Our Review

Hopping online and killing your friends in a world of complex hand to hand combat has never been so much fun; or affordable.

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Knock Knock – $4.99 (Kickstarter) – Our Review

A terrifying experience where players are tasked with maintaining their sanity in a world tat’s out to kill them.

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A fantastic randomly generated dungeon crawler that will keep you coming back for more.. and more.

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One of the highest funded games on Kickstarter is also one of the best.  Turn based RPG fans will love it as much as admirers of the classic RPG series.

notimetoexplainlogoNo Time To Explain – $2.49 – (Kickstarter) – Our Review

Bizarre, unpredictable, hilarious, crazy… and amazingly fun.

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CreaVures – $2.24 – (Kickstarter) – Our Review

A beautiful platformer for anyone looking to kill a few hours for just a couple bucks.

bannersagaThe Banner Saga – $4.99 – (Kickstarter)

Quite possibly the easiest buy on the entire list.  This modern RPG classic should already be in your library, but if it’s not then now is a great time to pick it up.


ORION: Prelude – $0.89 (Kickstarter)

Work together to survive the devastating Dinosaur horde in huge, endless environments.

 

Borealis – $0.99 (Kickstarter)

Weave through missiles to generated music, and let the world flow around you.

 

Takedown: Red Sabre – $0.99 (Kickstarter)

TAKEDOWN is a thinking-person’s shooter; brutal, hardcore and deadly – like the real thing. Not for the faint hearted, Takedown requires you to bring your ‘A’ game – FPS fans looking for an ultra hardcore experience only need apply!

 

Soul Gambler – $1.24 (Kickstarter) – Our Review

Soul Gambler puts YOU in the role of Faust, an ordinary young man living in the present day whose DESTINY is about to be change forever.

 

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – $2.49 (Kickstarter) – Our Review

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Rise of the Owlverlord is a blistering platformer with morphing worlds, featuring seven brand new levels, a new boss and new gripping tracks from Chris Hülsbeck and Machinae Supremacy! Dash through tricky levels and transform the whole world at will in this fast-paced platformer.

 

Labyrinthine Dreams – $2.49 (Kickstarter)

Labyrinthine Dreams is a short puzzle game about overcoming the scars of the past and following the right path, even in the face of overwhelming challenges.

 

Organ Trail: The Director’s Cut – $2.99 (Kickstarter)

Organ Trail is a retro zombie survival game. Travel westward in a station wagon with 4 of your friends, scavenging for supplies and fending off the undead. Members of your party might die of dysentery or you might have to put them down yourself when they get bit.

 

Steel & Steam Episode 1 – $2.99 (Kickstarter) – Our Review

Steel & Steam takes the best elements from the fantasy JRPG’s of old, such as great stories, awesome characters, and classic monsters, and combines them with a touch of steampunk. It’s like taking Lord of the Rings and mixing in the Wild West.

 

Guncraft – $3.74 (Kickstarter)

Block and Load! Combining the addictive nature of block building sandbox games with the speed and competition of modern first-person shooters, Guncraft takes voxel-based gaming to a whole new level. Players can create maps and arenas based on anything imaginable and, once complete, can utterly destroy them with bullets, bombs, grenades, tanks, helicopters, gunships, and much more.

 

Our Darker Purpose – $3.89 (Kickstarter)

Journey to the dark heart of the Edgewood Home for Lost Children in this fiendishly difficult action RPG! When her teacher stepped out of the classroom a month ago, Cordy never imagined he would be gone for good. Now her fellow students have turned on each other as the school descends into chaos.

 

Humans Must Answer – $3.99 (Kickstarter)

Dodge, shoot and explode across the Solar System as a crew of intelligent and dangerous chickens. As the pilot of The Golden Eagle, it’s your duty to keep Colonel Ram and Professor Bez safe as they squabble about ethics and who last used the toilet. Wage war against humanity as you battle your way towards the Sun to complete your mission.

 

Data Hacker: Initiation – $4.49 (Kickstarter)

Data Hacker: Initiation sets the stage for the Datastream saga; an epic series of tales revolving around the possibility of virtual realms existing beyond our current reach. Once the bridge is crafted, everything will change.

 

Spark Rising – $4.99 (Kickstarter)

Spark Rising is a sandbox FPS where you build up your battle exo-suit and do the unthinkable: Take down a mad god that is tearing the galaxy asunder.

 

Fist Puncher – $4.99 (Kickstarter)

Return to the glory days of sidescrolling beat-em-ups, courtesy of developers Team2Bit and Adult Swim Games. The sinister Milkman holds the city of San Cruces in his nasty criminal grip, and it’s up to legendary black belt neurosurgeon Dr. Karate and the rest of the Fist Puncher team to deliver old-school justice to the lawless streets.

 

Tesla Breaks the World! – $4.99 (Kickstarter)

Classic 2D platforming that blends elements of: Nikola Tesla, puzzles, inventions, 1800’s-era undead and a sprinkling of the maniacal Thomas Edison. Throw in a dash of randomly generating level sectors, a zesty squeeze of items and a pinch of indie love… Tasty!

[author image=”http://cliqist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/marcus.jpg”]Marcus is a fellow with a love for video games, horror, and Japanese food. When he’s not writing about games for a multitude of sites, he’s usually still playing one. One day when he became fed up with the way sites would ignore niche titles he decided to start his own site by the name of Pixel Pacas. Writing about video games is something he hopes to continue doing for many years to come.  Some of Marcus’s favorite games include Silent Hill 2, Killer7, and The Sims. [/author]

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Glad to see the BL visual novel Sentimental Trickster was funded. How about those #Kickstarter stretch goals? https://t.co/AEU8LaeD6M - 8 months ago
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