Qubic Games is an indie publisher with a focus on the Nintendo Switch that has made a name for themselves by putting their games on massive sales. They first popped up on my radar back in 2019 when they gave away a bunch of games during the holiday, with the hook that you always had to have claimed the previous day’s game in order to get the discount on the next.
This month, to celebrate 17 years in game publishing, they’ve listed a bunch of their games at only seventeen cents, along with some other discounts, too (some are $1.70 for instance). In order to qualify you do have to have one of their games in your library already, but one of the qualifiers is free.
Read on to learn how to be eligible for these discounts, and to hear about some of the games on sale that I’ve tried out and would recommend.
Coloring Book – Free!
Okay, I’m not really recommending this one as a game, but downloading Coloring Book for free will make you eligible for all the deals on this list. On the other hand, if you’ve got kids around or just need something to zone out and relax to, you might find that this free download is worth your time on its own. Be aware that this one will only work in handheld mode, with all the coloring done on the touchscreen.
Recommended for folks who want to get the rest of these deals.
Mana Spark – $0.17
One of Qubic Games’ most well-regarded releases is Mana Spark. This is a top-down, rogue-like dungeon delving game. But it’s a little slower-paced and methodical than some of its peers. Different characters and items have kept runs feeling fresh, even though I’m terrible at this game. The art style on this one also deserves a special shout-out. This is some of my favorite pixel art on the Switch.
Recommended for those of us who never managed to exit the Gungeon.
REKT! High Octane Stunts – $0.17
Another game with a fantastic aesthetic is REKT! High Octane Stunts. Drop into car-sized skate parks and go wild with as many stunts as you can. There’s a lot of unlockable cars to get in this, and it supports local co-op with up to four players.
Recommended for anyone who wished Tony Hawk had just a little more horse-power.
Akane – $0.17
This top-down action game doesn’t have a lot to offer, but what it has is fantastic. Akane features just one arena and five-enemy types, but the brutal fast paced action makes it a lot of fun. You start the game with a Katana, a Revolver, and a dash, and then you mow down endless waves of enemies who can each kill you with just one hit. The longer you play, the more tweaks you can unlock for your character. This game feels like it belongs in an arcade, where I would absolutely hate (love?) it for being a quarter sucking machine.
Recommended for passing the controller back and forth while you slam Red Bulls.
Coffee Crisis – $1.70
This hipster throwback to the beat-em-ups of old is flashy and fun and brutal. In Coffee Crisis, you and a friend can step into the shoes of two baristas who must protect the world from heavy-metal-loving, coffee-guzzling aliens. This game was actually developed for the Sega Genesis before it got ported to other consoles. Even with cheat codes I couldn’t beat it, but I still had a lot of fun.
Recommended for players who think Battletoads is too easy.
Gravity Rider Zero – $0.17
Way back in high school, I remember a friend showing me some goofy flash game where you had to balance a rider over obstacles. That concept hooked me then, and I’ve never gotten tired of it. Gravity Rider Zero puts that tried and true format into a low-poly, sci-fi landscape. What I’ve played so far hasn’t added a lot new to the genre, but it’s been fun, smooth, and spacey.
Recommended for folks who wished the Trials games had just a few more hoverbikes.
… and a heck of a lot more!
Those are my highlights so far, but Qubic Games really got their hooks into me with this sale. The games I have played from them are never the biggest releases around, but they’ve been surprisingly consistent in being fun, compact experiences with great design.
Are you a fan of Qubic Games? Have you tried any of the other releases from this sale? Let us know in the comments or over on our Slack or Discord!
…because clearly I need more cheap games.