Actually, it isn't the last PSM game, though it's one of the last ones. I don't think anything is releasing today--which would be a pretty bad idea--but there was a single new PSM release last week, FolkHarpKenji
. However, that's in the Apps section, because [it looks like]
it's a musical instrument simulator. Still, even restricting to games, a few titles came after Oh, Deer! Alpha
, the last ones being a pair of Japanese games that hit the PSM Store on June 30th.
In any case, releasing a $7.99 musical instrument in the last week of the service's life isn't all that crazy when compared to what some other developers have done. Thornbury Software put a $30
adventure (?) game in the Store as their first PSM game 1 month ago, and then followed it up with a $14.99 archery range game and a $9.49 gun range game. All of them really look pretty terrible, too, like a bunch of generic Unity assets with a slide show frame rate (they were ported from PC, with similar pricing). And then there's the guy (listed as publisher "B.P." in the Store) who actually raised
all his games' prices in the last month--but then again, his were among the worst PSM games, overpriced and likely with dismal sales, so the line of thinking might have been "If just one person buys, it has to really count!" Most price changes in the last month have been price drops, thankfully.
I'm curious how well Hamster Corporation's Appli Archives titles have sold. Just as Hamster has the Arcade Archives series on the PS4, they have (had) the Appli Archives on PSM, collections of old Japanese feature phone games. Some of them are even text-heavy, untranslated RPGs and strategy war games. Must be a hard sell outside the Japanese PSM Store. Impressively, there have been 51 (!) Appli Archives releases, 10% of the 507 games which the Store (the US edition, at least) will close with (+ 63 non-game apps, too). Would have been a bigger number if certain titles hadn't been removed earlier, for whatever reason.
Anyway, while there are a few hours left, browse the Store and pick up a few of the titles at farewell prices, if they catch your eye. Just keep in mind: anything that deactivates your PSV from PSM after September 10th will kill your ability to ever run those games again. This includes removing or switching your memory card (because that does a database rebuild, which deactivates PSM). Be careful! Maybe just go for particularly cheap titles, some of which really are a steal at $0.49.
P.S. I feel a bit silly writing about bad
PSM games (I don't mean the Appli Archives--or at least not all of them) as it's about to close, so here are some PSM recommendations: anything by FuturLab (their PSM games were among the program's first, so scroll waaaaay down in the genre listings); anything by Thomas Hopper (multiple genres) and Nostatic Software (mostly Adventure section), both of whom have their games very cheap now; Life of Pixel
, which I've mentioned here at AtariAge a few times, in the Action section; Sword of Rapier
, a freemium action RPG with a nifty combo system (trial portion runs up to the first boss); Rock Boshers DX
--well, maybe go for the PSV-native Director's Cut, but still, very fun Spectrum-graphics twin-stick shooter in the Arcade section; Chiebura
, a very unique 2D shooter (Shooter section) with a grappling hook mechanic; Miko Gakkou Monogatari
("Story of a Shrine Maiden School"), of which there is a visual novel episode in the Adventure section and a new polygon-graphics episode in the RPG section, plus an action rhythm game in the Action section; A Healer Only Lives Twice
, in the Strategy section, in which you manage the responsibilities of a white mage keeping its warrior alive as they make their way through a dungeon; Curse of the Crescent Isle DX
, a platformer in the Action section in the style of Monster World
; and yes, Oh, Deer! Alpha
does look very cool, and it's only 49 cents.