Save big bucks on games so good you’ll stay inside all summer

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With summertime here in the northern hemisphere, it’s definitely time to get outdoors and sample all that the world has to offer.

Of course, if Steam or GoG.com have anything to say about it, you’ll stay inside working on your pasty complexion playing all these amazing games for very little money.

Both gaming digital distribution platforms have their respective summer sales on right now, and you can grab some amazing games without emptying your wallet. All of the games below are playable on Mac or PC, so pick your poison.

Just lay off the sunscreen, ok?

Stay one move ahead with this free-to-play digital board game

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Imagine a game that mashes up the best of a classic strategy game like speed chess and a modern hit like League of Legends. If you do, you’ll probably come up with something like Aerena: Clash of Champions, a steampunk-themed turn-based strategy game that uses the hero mechanics of other massively online battle arena games like Dota 2 in a painstakingly created digital board game arena.

The game will go free-to-play this Wednesday on Steam (it’s already out for Android tablets — iOS versions to come soon), and is a great new gaming experience — we’ve been playing it all morning. It takes only a short while for the casual gamer to learn how to play, but there is enough strategy and balanced mechanics to give core players a ton of depth.

If you’re super savvy, though, you’ll grab the early access copy today for $10, which nets you a full $30 worth of downloadable content, extra heroes and more. Either way, Aerena is a brilliant game and deserves your attention.

Build the theme park of your dreams with RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum [Deals]

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Who doesn’t love to let their imagination run wild every once in a while? And who doesn’t like to save money while doing so? Well, Cult of Mac Deals has you covered on both fronts.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum combines the excitement of roller coasters with the fun of an epic strategy simulation. This special “Platinum” version combines the theme park fun of Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 with included expansion packs, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Soaked! and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Wild! And you can get RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum for only $4.99 during this limited-time offer.

Fun Space Sim FTL Warps To The iPad April 3 With Advanced Content

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So. Good.
So. Good.

FTL: Faster Than Light came out in September of 2012, and we’ve done nothing but rave about it since then.

The only thing missing from the FTL experience, though, was the ability to play the dang thing on an iPad. “How sweet would that be?” we thought.

Today’s our lucky day, then, as the developers behind the hot space-sim rogue-like have righted the wrongs in their universe by letting us all know that FTL would be available for the iPad (along with an Advanced Edition for the Mac and PC) this coming April 3.