The six essential indie games of the Steam summer sale

Wouter van Dijke

My credit card sighs in relief as the yearly Steam Summer Sale is over again. During the past twelve days some of the best games in the world have been heavily discounted. In case you missed it, Vada has selected the six best games of this year’s sale. Our advice: put them in your wishlist now, and don’t miss out again! We present to you, in no particular order, the Six Essential Indie Games of the Steam Summer Sale!

FTL: Faster than Light

In this indie Kickstarter hit you control the crew of a spaceship making its way through the universe. It looks quite plain at first look but the visuals are pleasing, as is its gameplay. Your strategic thinking will be challenged and your choices at any point in the game will be of influence in later levels. Overall, the game is quite fast-paced but you can (and will!) press pause often to think and rethink your strategy.

£6.99/€9.99/$9.99 on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Get it here!

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Papers, Please

In this small gem of a game you get to play a customs officer in the fictional communist republic of Arstotzka. That might sound far from fun, but this game is brilliantly written and is sure to leave you with an uneasy feeling. Between avoiding to lose your job, trying to feed your family and attempting to keep undesirables out of the glorious nation of Arstotzka, it can be hard to stay sane and harder to stop playing.

£6.99/€8.99/$9.99 on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Get it here!


Kerbal Space Program

Another space game for this list! In Kerbal Space Program you’ll be managing the space program of a fictional planet. It is still in active development, so not all features are available yet, but it’s already one of the most played games on Steam. Currently a sandbox mode is available, where you get to build anything you want and fly it wherever. This is much harder than it sounds, as actual spaceflight physics will be at work. But hey, you’ll figure it out. It’s only rocket science!

£19.99/€24.99/$26.99 on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Get it here!


Prison Architect

You’ll feel like you’re back in the era of tycoon games with this fantastic prison simulator. You get to build a prison to your liking, but there’s obviously plenty to deal with. You’ll have to make money while trying to keep your inmates from fighting, starving and escaping. Prison Architect is an engaging game that will keep you playing for ages, until you cry out ‘I can do better than this!’ and start all over again.

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£19.99/€27.99/$29.99 on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Get it here!



The premise of Terraria can easily be compared to Minecraft: you get to explore an infinite world, gather resources and build a home for yourself. There’s crafting, there are zombies and you’ll have plenty of caves to explore. The gameplay is completely different, however. For instance, Terraria is much more focused on adventure than Minecraft, where building a perfect base tends to eat many hours of playing. All in all it’s absolutely a worthy addition to your game library!

£6.99/€9.99/$9.99 on Windows. Get it here!


Goat Simulator

This is my personal favourite of this list, mostly because it’s so wonderfully weird. In this game, you’re a goat. And you’ll get to do what goats do: fuck shit up. The larger the mess you make, the more points you acquire. Throwing people in front of speeding cars? By licking them? With a jetpack on your back? Sure, why not! You’ll probably pick up some achievement for it, too. Seriously, you get to be a goat. What more could you want from a game?

£6.99/€9.99/$9.99 on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Get it here!


About Wouter van Dijke

Wouter van Dijke is a biology and journalism student from The Netherlands. Besides his passion for writing, Wouter loves to travel and party. He's quite good with science-y stuff, too, as long as no maths are involved.