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Simple games with variety

LerxstLerxst Member UncommonPosts: 647
edited January 2022 in PC Gaming
I'm looking for games like the tile says. Figure maybe people on here can help!

I won't list everything I've played over the past 30+ years, but I do prefer the more sim/management/tactic style games over the first person action RPG types. 

My problem is lately, that a lot of the newer and best games people rave about almost all seem to require hundreds of hours with advanced college degree to decipher. Or others claim to have a variety of open-world features, but you soon discover there's only one "right way" to really play the game with any success.

Games like Stellaris look great on the surface, but require WAY too much of a time investment just to pick up and start learning the basics of. Another game I liked a lot is 7 Days to Die, but that one soon devolves into one single playstyle and punishes any deviation from that.

I want a good solid non-linear game that understands the concept of "easy to learn, difficult to master", that too many modern games seem to have forgotten about.

Any recommendations?

PS - I should also add that I prefer games with some sort of ultimate goal. I have a ton of games on my Steam list that are just aimless. But games like the Civ games have 1 goal out of many you can choose, and a lot of ways to reach it. Other games like Kerbal Space program have a very vague goal "Go to space. Explore a planet" and a variety of ways to reach it.
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  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 8,914
    edited January 2022
    tzervo said:
    Slay the Spire on Steam (steampowered.com)

    Awesome game, easy to learn, hard to master, excellent replayability.

    Good suggeston ,i was going to suggest a rogue like also ..Ill throw out another...

      Dungeonmans may fit the bill...




      Ill add


    and

     Tales of maj E'yal




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  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 8,914
    tzervo said:
    Scorchien said:
    tzervo said:
    Slay the Spire on Steam (steampowered.com)

    Awesome game, easy to learn, hard to master, excellent replayability.

    Good suggeston ,i was going to suggest a rogue like also ..Ill throw out another...

      Dungeonmans may fit the bill...


      Ill add


    and

     Tales of maj E'yal

    Heh I was coming back to add Darkest Dungeon, you beat me to it.

    they seem to fit the bill for what the OP wants .. all brilliant games with great depth in systems and replayability
    [Deleted User]AlBQuirky
  • lahnmirlahnmir Member LegendaryPosts: 4,938
    Into the Breach, simple to grasp, playable in short bursts and absolute genius. One of the best games in recent years. Cannot recommend enough.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
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  • csaeweaxcsaeweax Newbie CommonPosts: 1
    edited March 2022
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  • TillerTiller Member LegendaryPosts: 10,405
    Simple, kinda linear, but still a fun time waster.



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  • QbertqQbertq Member UncommonPosts: 399
    Give Minecraft a try.  There are some neat plugins that can make it just about anything you want.  Graphics can also improve to just about any style and resolution you want.  Plus....and a lot of people forget about this stat, but it's also fun.

    AlBQuirkyPhaserlight
  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member EpicPosts: 7,388
    Tiller said:
    Simple, kinda linear, but still a fun time waster.




    I've been watching a YouTuber (Angory Tom) play this game. It does look like good fun that's not too deep :)
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  • ruzu_yuruzu_yu Newbie CommonPosts: 3
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/108600/Project_Zomboid/

    This one is really cool and has great gameplay mechanics. You might find it a little bit complex though but I'd say give it a chance
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  • WalkinGlennWalkinGlenn Member RarePosts: 440
    Potion Craft on Steam. Cant gey any more casual and chill.
    AlBQuirkyTiller
  • BrainyBrainy Member EpicPosts: 1,489
    Tiller said:
    Simple, kinda linear, but still a fun time waster.




    Yeah this game here is a Winner 100%.  Best money you can spend right now and only $3 on steam.  Old school graphics I know, but just plain fun.  Played it a few weeks now and when you get into hyper mode and evolved weapons it really starts to shine.

    I wish more games understood the concept of fun more.  This game hits the nail on the head. Pure simple entertainment! and no Cash shop, everything is included from what I seen.
    TillerAlBQuirky
  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 8,914
    Brainy said:
    Tiller said:
    Simple, kinda linear, but still a fun time waster.




    Yeah this game here is a Winner 100%.  Best money you can spend right now and only $3 on steam.  Old school graphics I know, but just plain fun.  Played it a few weeks now and when you get into hyper mode and evolved weapons it really starts to shine.

    I wish more games understood the concept of fun more.  This game hits the nail on the head. Pure simple entertainment! and no Cash shop, everything is included from what I seen.

    Ive looked at this a few times , and everytime i come to same conclusion .. Robotron with Vampires , Does the game play differ much from Robotron?
    AlBQuirky
  • BrainyBrainy Member EpicPosts: 1,489
    Never played Robotron so cant say sorry.  However I would describe as a cross between Contra and Terraria had a baby.  Its a pretty simple game really, with so many powerups and ways to evolve your weapons into super weapons.  Very fun thou, totally worth $3 will get moneys worth without a doubt.

    Dont see the vampire thing in this game much other than I suppose the mobs are themed that way.

    I would describe this game, as you build up your super weapons and stack more and more weapons on each other creating even more super weapons, and just killing everything you see.  Throw in some exploration for unlocking evolved super weapons/characters, strategy to evolve your guy into even more awesomeness.  Also you start off with no map but eventually get one via unlocks, which tells you were even more cool stuff is located.

    No guide needed to play, anyone can figure it out.  Although if you want to do well in hypermode specific builds will help alot.

    Simple pure relaxing entertainment. With tons of Quality of Life improvements for people that have families like a pause button, no xp loss, no death penalty, short 30 minute play windows...  I warn you time will fly with this game, it can eat some hours up in a hurry.
    ScorchienAlBQuirky
  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 13,439
     Like Robotron,  Crimsonland would be a more recent compare for those not familiar with the classic arcade titles 
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  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 8,914
     Like Robotron,  Crimsonland would be a more recent compare for those not familiar with the classic arcade titles 
    I enjoyed throwing quarters in Robotron , so I think I'll give this game a try.. 
    AlBQuirky
  • TheocritusTheocritus Member LegendaryPosts: 9,460
    "Another game I liked a lot is 7 Days to Die, but that one soon devolves into one single playstyle and punishes any deviation from that."

    I always try to play it differently when I start a new game.....From what I have heard, A21 will be a bit different so it may have a wider range of gameplay.....Even with the way it is now, I have over 800 hours of time played.
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  • TheocritusTheocritus Member LegendaryPosts: 9,460
    ruzu_yu said:
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/108600/Project_Zomboid/

    This one is really cool and has great gameplay mechanics. You might find it a little bit complex though but I'd say give it a chance

    I missed something in project Zomboid...I dont know if it just was not in the tutorial or if I just missed it, but I had no idea how to stomp on their heads....Try playing that game without knowing how to stomp......and what I didnt like was really there was no other way to play it, at least not at the start....Guns make too much noise so that isnt really an option for beginning player.
    AlBQuirkyKyleran
  • TheocritusTheocritus Member LegendaryPosts: 9,460
    As for recommending a game, I found a fun free one on Steam called Shop Titans....its simple on the surface but gets some nice depth later...There's more strategy than meets the eye and its a fun little time waster.
    AlBQuirkyKyleran
  • UwakionnaUwakionna Member RarePosts: 796
    Are bots hyping other bots now?
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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 19,972
    Uwakionna said:
    Are bots hyping other bots now?
    When they only talk to each other and leave us out of the conversation, that's when you should be afraid, very afraid. :)
    KyleranAlBQuirky
  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 41,536
    Scorchien said:
    tzervo said:
    Scorchien said:
    tzervo said:
    Slay the Spire on Steam (steampowered.com)

    Awesome game, easy to learn, hard to master, excellent replayability.

    Good suggeston ,i was going to suggest a rogue like also ..Ill throw out another...

      Dungeonmans may fit the bill...


      Ill add


    and

     Tales of maj E'yal

    Heh I was coming back to add Darkest Dungeon, you beat me to it.

    they seem to fit the bill for what the OP wants .. all brilliant games with great depth in systems and replayability
    I miss Scorch...
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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 19,972
    Kyleran said:
    Scorchien said:
    tzervo said:
    Scorchien said:
    tzervo said:
    Slay the Spire on Steam (steampowered.com)

    Awesome game, easy to learn, hard to master, excellent replayability.

    Good suggeston ,i was going to suggest a rogue like also ..Ill throw out another...

      Dungeonmans may fit the bill...


      Ill add


    and

     Tales of maj E'yal

    Heh I was coming back to add Darkest Dungeon, you beat me to it.

    they seem to fit the bill for what the OP wants .. all brilliant games with great depth in systems and replayability
    I miss Scorch...
    He did too much ranting, but you could guess that from the first sentence and just skip the post. When he was reasoning something out he was a good poster.

    Also I miss "Shut up Scorch." :)
    AlBQuirky
  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 19,972
    Scot said:
    Kyleran said:
    Scorchien said:
    tzervo said:
    Scorchien said:
    tzervo said:
    Slay the Spire on Steam (steampowered.com)

    Awesome game, easy to learn, hard to master, excellent replayability.

    Good suggeston ,i was going to suggest a rogue like also ..Ill throw out another...

      Dungeonmans may fit the bill...


      Ill add


    and

     Tales of maj E'yal

    Heh I was coming back to add Darkest Dungeon, you beat me to it.

    they seem to fit the bill for what the OP wants .. all brilliant games with great depth in systems and replayability
    I miss Scorch...
    He did too much ranting, but you could guess that from the first sentence and just skip the post. When he was reasoning something out he was a good poster.

    Also I miss "Shut up Scorch." :)
    I forgot to mention we have lost Worldsbestdad and Korrigan recently, hopefully they are back soon.
    AlBQuirky
  • JakobmillerJakobmiller Member UncommonPosts: 521
    Terraria!
    AlBQuirky
  • PhaserlightPhaserlight Member EpicPosts: 3,056
    I didn't like Stellaris, either.

    Perhaps give Rimworld a try?  It's sort of like "Dwarf Fortress"-lite; DF is a far more ambitious game, and I struggle to play it although I appreciate its depth.  The ultimate goal in Rimworld is to have your colony survive long enough to escape the planet.

    I can't help but think of "Crypt of the Necrodancer" as well, although this does not fit your preferred genre of sim/management.  It's a simple premise, with lots of variety, and very cool mechanics once you begin to master them.  It doesn't "feel" like many other games I've played.
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  • TheocritusTheocritus Member LegendaryPosts: 9,460
    The best simple game I have played is Shop Titans...it doesnt look like much on the surface, but it is really good imo.
    PhaserlightAlBQuirky
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