Top Three Computer Games Less Than 20 Dollars

Published: November 22, 2013

One of the things that irritate me about top of the line games with high definition graphics is that they are at an insanely high price point. Generally, a new game in today's video game market will cost around 60 dollars when it is first released. So, in this list, I will cover some games that you can purchase online for less than 20 dollars each. Oftentimes, these games will also be on sale, meaning you can purchase them for even less.

  1. FTL: Faster Than Light

    Ever watch Battlestar Galactica and wish that you could have a similar adventure? Well now you can with FTL: Faster Than Light.

    In FTL, you play as a Federation ship jumping across sectors to deliver important data to the rest of the Federation army. Along the way, you'll encounter pirates, be chased by the Rebel fleet, and might even help out a ship in need.

    FTL has a lot to like about it. The soundtrack is absolutely fantastic, as is the artwork. The graphics are simple, but the gameplay mechanics work very well. I highly encourage new players to walk through the tutorial when they first begin the adventure. There is a lot of unlockable content and achievements that you can earn in the game, and a free expansion is being released in 2014.

  2. Terraria

    If you combined the two dimensional side scrolling action of once popular MMORPG Maple Story and the open world creation mechanics of Minecraft, you would get Terraria. Terraria is an open world game that encourages building, exploration, and adventure.

    Terraria comes with a hefty learning curve but also a helpful non playing character that will help you along the way. You can do a lot to make the environment your own. There are tons of scary monsters for you to beat. Don't be limited by going simply left and right. You can also find ways to reach the skies and dig down to the underworld of your created planet.

    Terraria recently received an update that brought more boss creatures and a plethora of new items to build. I highly encourage pushing past the initial learning curve and sticking with the game.

  3. The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac features a darkly somewhat creepy tale that is inspired by a well known biblical story. You play Isaac or one of his many personas and make your way down the basement. With your mother waiting at the end and a load of monsters strewn along the way, this game is tough.

    I almost guarantee that you will not beat this game on your first try. The controls are simple and the task at hand is deceptively within grasp. Then you realize that you can not save in this game. A complex understanding of how various items synergize greatly improve your chances. Overall, I enjoy the complexity hidden behind a deceptively simple game, as well as the challenging mechanics. There is a story too, but no one has ever been able to exactly pinpoint the true meaning behind the game- although the creator has given some credence to certain fan theories floating out there. A newly polished version of the game is in the works, replete with its own very creepy trailer.

If you look hard enough, you can find all of these games on sale for even less than twenty dollars. In fact, if you are shrewd, you can buy all of these games for less than 20 dollars total. Each game is definitely worth more than 20 dollars, and offer unique gameplay, a fun adventure, and a complex challenge. I especially recommend The Binding of Isaac.