Third-person stealth action game Aragami from independent Spanish studio Lince Works celebrated its third birthday this week. Marked by considerable success, the small team announced that Aragami has sold over 500,000 copies, with the majority of those coming on PC. However, since releasing on the Switch in February of this year, sales on Nintendo’s handheld have outpaced every other platform during the same time. In celebration of their success and their anniversary, Aragami and all its DLC on Steam is getting a steep discount. Aragami is out now for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch.
In Aragami, you play as an undead assassin, brought back to life by a mysterious girl. When your rescuer is captured herself, you must use your newfound powers of shadows in order to kill her captors and cleanse the city of their evils. You can summon weapons, teleport, and use other special abilities at your disposal to fight the Army of Light in their walled fortress. Blending stealthy action with a stylish, painterly art style, Aragami‘s levels present unique puzzles that can either be solved silently, or less so.
The success for the small team out of Barcelona on their first game is admirable, to be sure. Steam Spy founder Sergey Galyonkin has said that most indie games sell around 20,000 copies, and that’s at a nearly nine-dollar price point. Considering the relative explosion of cheap games on Steam in the two or so years since the article was originally written, that number is almost certainly lower. Still, as Galyonkin said, “if a game is worth gamers’ time, it’s also worth their money.” Aragami captures this mantra effortlessly. Despite a lackluster story, the engaging blend of puzzle-solving and creative ways to solve levels was still enjoyable and seems to have resonated with the community. Though there’s been little news coming out of Lince Works since Aragami released back in 2016, one would expect their next project to continue their solid foundation built so far. Aragami is out now on all major platforms.