Gunpoint

Gunpoint is a stealth-based, action platformer developed by Suspicious Developments. The game originally released in June of 2013, and went on to become one of my favorite games released that year. The clever level layouts made it more rewarding to experiment with the game’s gadgets and systems, than it would have been to just simply shoot my way through each level…though that too is a possibility.

The trailer does a great job showing off the various mechanics in play. If you’re having trouble following along, one of the spy’s gadgets allows him to rewire electronics to interact with other electronics. So you can connect a light switch to a nearby automatic door; when a guard goes to turn on the light, the door will trigger and swing open, knocking the guard out. Anything in the building can be rewired, so there are plenty of possibilities to play around with.

Gunpoint is available for PC and Mac, on Steam.

[Gunpoint Official Website]

Dungeons of Dredmor

Dungeons of Dredmor is a turn-based roguelike that was developed and published by Gaslamp Games, Inc.

The developers currently sell Dungeons of Dredmor for $4.99 for the base game, and $6.99 for the complete collection which includes the two additional DLC packs (which regularly cost $2.99 each). The “You Have To Name The Expansion Pack” is a free bit of DLC that adds in additional items, enemies, rooms, and skills.

Steam Workshop support allows players to further customize their Dungeons of Dremor experience with fan-made mods. One in particular that caught my eye is the Wrestlemancy mod that adds in a skill tree themed after a professional wrestler.

Dungeons of Dredmore was PC Gamer’s US Indie Game of the Year for 2011.

[Dungeons of Dredmor on Steam]

Deadlight

Released in 2012 on PC and Xbox 360, Deadlight obtained acclaim for presenting a cinematic experience in the form of a side-scrolling platformer. Deadlight’s developer, Tequila Works, would go on to develop WonderWorlds, The Sexy Brutale, The Invisible Hours, and Rime.

Of Tequila Works’s games, Deadlight stands apart as the grimmest, by far.

From IGN’s review of Deadlight: “Deadlight lacks neither style nor substance, and it lasts just about the perfect amount of time. The story is minimal but engaging, and the ending is unexpected — in a good way. A couple of sections stumble a bit, but not enough to detract from what is an engaging, memorable experience.”

Deadlight: Director’s Cut was later released for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Published by Deep Silver, the Director’s Cut features updated graphics, a new “Survival Arena” gameplay mode, improved controls, and new animations.

[Deadlight on Steam]