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Video games are always fun when you have people to share them with, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic where everyone is stuck at home.
Sometimes, you can just call up a group of friends in your chat groups and just be like, “Wanna play DotA?” and all of you hop into voice chat together.
But sometimes, playing the same game, again and again, can get really boring…
Sometimes, you or your friend might suggest buying a new game to play together, but when everyone else looks at the price tag, they’ll probably say no.
But no need to hold back on the fun with friends.
We’re here to share with you some ways you can save while still having fun!
TL;DR: Platforms To Enjoy Savings on Games
|Platform||Type of Offer||How Much You Can Save|
|Free Games||Epic Games||Free games given out every week||Varies on the titles given out weekly|
|Itch.io||Up to 100% off Indie Game Titles||Up to US$10 (about S$14) (Prices vary for the games given out)|
|Board Games Arena||Play more than 100 board games for free||S$3-S$10/Hour (Average cost of going to Board Game Cafes)|
|Discounted Games||Humble Bundle||Save more than 90% on game bundles||Discounts can go higher than 90% for game bundles worth more than US$200 (about S$272)|
|Steam||Up to 98% off during seasonal sales||Varies on the titles going on sale|
Platforms To Collect Games For FREE
As Singaporeans, we sure do love our free things, don’t try to deny it 😉
Just look at the lines whenever a fast food store announces a free giveaway, or people queuing up for their free masks.
The idea of getting freebies is always attractive to us, and when there are free games up for grabs, who could pass up the opportunity?
Let’s take a look at some ways you can enjoy some fun, new, free games!
Epic Games: Free Games Weekly
Love trying out new games of varying genres? Well, Epic Games got you covered!
The PC games platform famous for the whimsical battle royale game “Fortnite” has been giving out free games weekly since 2018 and doesn’t seem like it’s gonna stop anytime soon!
Once you claim these free games, they will be yours to keep permanently! That’s right, these games are not given to you for a free trial, once you redeemed them, they’ll be stored in your library safely.
In fact, some of the titles that were previously given out include popular games such as “Grand Theft Auto V”, “Overcooked 2” and “Among Us”!
Epic Games does not limit itself to any specific genre and is known to be generous with its offers, so tune in weekly, you might just find your new favourite game in one of these giveaways!
How much you can save: $41.80 (Grand Theft Auto V), $22.99 (Overcooked 2), $3.99 (Among Us) (Varies on the titles given out weekly)
Itch.io: 100% Off for Selected Indie Games
Tired of playing the mainstream titles everyone is playing? Maybe you and/or your friends want to try something new together so there is something fun and fresh to talk about.
For those of you who aren’t too picky with your games’ graphics or gameplay, you can explore Itch.io! This indie game platform offers numerous titles which you cannot find on other game platforms.
Besides offering a ton of free indie game titles, some of their paid titles can go on discounts for 100% for a limited time, allowing to to “buy” them for free during that period.
How much you can save: Up to US$10 (about S$14) (Prices vary for the games given out)
Board Games Arena: Save On Your Trip to the Board Game Cafe
Visiting board game cafes with my friends is one of the activities I look forward to when I’m hanging out with friends. Don’t you just love the laughter, chaos, and betrayal that comes along with it?
But spending a few hours in those cafes can really rack up a lot of expenses…
But wait! Nobody said we can’t have the same fun with board games while all of us are at home!
Board Games Arena allows you and your friends to play more than 100 different board games online for free.
Pick a date, call up all your friends, and you can play board games together from the comfort of your homes!
How much you can save: S$3-S$10/Hour (Average cost of going to Board Game Cafes)
Platforms To Buy Games at Huge Discounts
What if you have specific interests and the games you aren’t being given out for free?
Go ahead and buy them! But don’t worry, you don’t have to burn a hole in your wallet for your favourite games.
Of course, this might require a little bit of work and maybe some patience on your end, but for that really good game you’ve been eyeing for a while, maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all.
Humble Bundle: Buy Cheap Game Bundles
Before you start running over to the nearest supermarket for your panic-buying spree, no, the government isn’t announcing another lockdown.
We’re here to tell you that you can buy lots of games, help a good cause, and still save a lot!
How you ask? Just hop on over to HumbleBundle.com and you can see bundles of games on sale when you buy them together.
For example, if you purchase “The Nacon Collection: Space, Sports, and Orcs” bundle, you only need to pay US$10 (about S$14) for 9 different games with a total cost of US$284 (about S$386)!
The website also offers up to 50% off for single games as well, featuring popular titles such as Assassin’s Creed.
Search their store for some great deals on the titles you’re looking for now!
How much you can save: Discounts can go higher than 90% for game bundles worth more than US$200 (about S$272)
Steam: Look Out For Seasonal Sales
Mark your calendars, cos your favourite game might be going on discount soon!
The popular PC game platform Steam offers sales for video games all year round and is well-known for giving out massive discounts during its sales events.
We have compiled a list of estimated time periods for sales events offered by Steam so you have a rough idea of when the games go on sale:
|Type of Steam Sale||Rough Estimate of Date|
|Lunar New Year Sale||Lunar New Year Week|
|Golden Week Sale||Late April - Early May|
|Spring Sale||Late May - Early June|
|Summer Sale||Late June - Early July|
|Halloween Sale||Late October - Early November|
|Autumn Sale||Late November - Early December|
|Winter Sale||Late December - Early January|
Afraid you might forget to check the dates for sales? Don’t worry, you can put the games you are looking for into your wishlist and Steam will notify you via email whenever that game goes on sale!
How much you can save: Up to 98% off games
Looking for More Free Games To Enjoy?
Now that we have shared with you some ways you can save on your gaming expenditure, it’s time to explore all the different game platforms out there online to see how you can get the best offer for the games you’re looking for!
For those of you who prefer to play the free games which are already out there, check out our compilation of free games you can play with your friends!
Thanks for reading, hope you can save lots after seeing our tips. 😉