Here's 25 great games for $1 or less on sale for the holidays

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There are a lot of games on sale for the holidays, and a lot of them are crap. No offense to the games, they're just not very good. So I went ahead and sifted through the sales for the best games I could find at an absolute bargain - some of them classics, some of them rather new. There's something for everyone in here, from experimental indies to a couple long-forgotten RTS.

Without further ado:



  • Anodyne — A clever top-down 2D adventure game.
  • ISLANDS — An experimental landscape exploration game. Won lots of awards.
  • Rusty Lake Hotel — A mysterious and surreal point-and-click puzzler. Very good.
  • Crossing to the Cold Valley — An absolute steal for a beautifully animated 30-minute game.
  • Mountain — Finally learn what games journalists were tweeting about in 2014.
  • Roguescape — $0.00, it's literally just free right now. It's a roguelike dungeon platformer.

Green Man Gaming

  • Mount & Blade (opens in new tab) — A highly moddable medieval stabbing adventure.
  • Frozen Synapse Prime (opens in new tab) — The original brilliant simultaneous resolution tactics game.
  • Quarantine (opens in new tab) — Save the world from plague in a tough puzzle-strategy hybrid. It was fun in early access.
  • Evil Genius (opens in new tab) — Learn why people are hyped for Evil Genius 2, then become hyped for Evil Genius 2.
  • Teleglitch: Die More Edition (opens in new tab) — Scream in terror and shoot spooky things in this survival roguelike.

So there you go. That's like a million hours of gaming for, what, $30? $40? I didn't do the math. You do the math.

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.