- Chantelise - A Tale of Two Sisters
- Fortune Summoners
- Recettear - An Item Shop's Tale
Individual games have a -75%
Anyone has played these?
You should be able to find demos for all of them. I played the demos of Chantelise and Recettear for a bit but couldn't get into them yet. Chantelise seemed a bit pointless and boring, Recettear had a slow start with lots of talking and instructions, but I still plan to give it another try someday due to all the love it gets from fellow gamers. The demo of Fortune Summoners
got me so hooked that I bought the game with the small release discount, and to me it was totally worth the asking price - I loved it.
It's a mostly linear JRPG with an average plot but great characters and humor and some free exploration and puzzling, almost metroidvania-like, and the usual simplistic turn-based combats have been replaced by 2D platforming action combat, which many reviews described as difficult to get used to or too hard, but I didn't have any issues with it and thought it was interesting and fun (and I'm really not that skilled). You just need to learn how to react to certain attacks instead of mashing buttons. The main character is mostly a melee fighter, but at some point you will gather spellcasting allies, too, and while you can only control one character at a time with the AI taking over the other party members, you can switch between them whenever you want to (which is also used for some puzzles, Lost Vikings style).
I didn't like the savegame system at first but got accustomed to it; you can't just save wherever you want to, to save your game you have to rest at an inn. There is quite a bit of backtracking, in case that bothers you, and the monsters will reappear if you enter an area you already passed through, but I didn't mind it that much, since I enjoyed the combat (and when you don't feel like fighting, you can just jump and run past the monsters - they don't appear out of nowhere, they are clearly visible and moving around the levels and you can hop over them etc. just like in a real platformer). The story isn't fully concluded at the end, leaving room for a sequel, but IIRC it doesn't end abruptly or with a cliffhanger, it's still satisfactory enough, and in any case it doesn't matter all that much, as the actual fun is in the puzzling, platforming, fighting, humor and nice graphics. I don't fully remember but I think it took me something between 20-40 hours to beat the game, and I thought it neither too short nor overstaying its welcome.
The most similar game I've played that I could compare it to is Dust - An Elysian Tale, but it's also quite different from it (more JRPG, combat less hack-and-slashy, a bit more tactical).
Just a sidenote, the games are available DRM-free, too, but probably not as cheap as on Steam.