Lunar New Year is upon us, and all around the world communities are celebrating the Year of the Pig. Steam is no different. The sale may have started a few days ago, but it’ll be running until the 12th, so there’s still time to take advantage of what it has to offer.
This year, goodies come in the form of tokens in a virtual ang pao or red envelope. The initial number you get is based on previous spending on Steam, but buying games during this period nets you more tokens, which you then exchange for neat little profile changes, a badge, and even additional discounts.
Here are some ideas on what to spend it all on:
Celeste (25% off)
US$ 19.99 / US$ 14.99
You’ve probably already heard about Celeste, the award-winning game from small-time developer Matt Makes Games. If you haven’t already had the chance to play this challenging and heartfelt platformer, now’s the time to get it. It won Best Independent Game and Games for Impact at the recent Game Awards, and was the only indie in the running for Game of the Year alongside juggernauts like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s definitely something special.
A Hat in Time (45% off)
US$ 29.99 / US$ 16.49
The self-styled “cute-as-heck” 3D platforming game may be coming to the Nintendo Switch soon, but those eager to experience it earlier have a 45 percent discount to look forward to this sale. Recently reaching the milestone of one million copies sold across multiple platforms, Gears for Breakfast’s tale about a time-travelling, hat-stitching girl is a charming ode to N64 and GameCube classics.
Slime Rancher (50% off)
US$ 19.99 / US$ 9.99
The surprise simulation adventure hit is now 50 percent off, and for the price of around US$ 10, you too can experience what it’s like to be a plucky young farmer raising slime out in space. Originally launched in Early Access in 2016, Monomi Park has kept updates coming for the full release, with a free DLC released last December and regular events throughout the year. Plus, it’s rated “Overwhelmingly Positive” on Steam from more than 20,000 reviews.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (34% off)
US$ 49.99 / US$ 32.99
The sequel to 2015’s Pillars of Eternity is now 34 percent off. A story-rich RPG, it was recently nominated for Best Storytelling and PC Game of the Year in the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards, and was in the running for Best Role-Playing Game at the Game Awards, as well. Battles are flashy and tactical, and the game boasts top-notch voice acting full of familiar names. You don’t need to have played the first Pillars to enjoy this one, but if you do want to experience it first, a bundle containing both games is also on sale.
Undertale (60% off)
US$ 9.99 / US$ 3.99
Who hasn’t heard of Undertale? As THE indie game of 2015, the critically acclaimed pixel RPG presents you with a unique premise: the ability to choose whether or not you defeat the monsters you encounter. With a Japanese translation and Switch release last year, as well as the surprise free release of followup Delta Rune, you can say Undertale is back — but really, it never left. Anyone interested in diving in can enjoy a 60 percent discount
Subnautica (30% off)
US$ 24.99 / US$ 17.49
The open-sea exploration game was originally released for Early Access five years ago, but has since grown into a behemoth in the single-player survival game scene. The winner of PC Game of the Year and Breakthrough Award at the Golden Joystick Awards, it takes traditional open-world mechanics and takes it to new depths, inspiring fresh new awes and terrors.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (50% off)
US$ 29.99 / US$ 14.99
Ninja Theory’s first self-published independent game made waves with its nuanced and thoughtful depiction of an individual’s struggles with mental health. This paired with its folklore and mythology-inspired setting, action-adventure gameplay, and stunning landscapes won it numerous accolades from the Game Awards, the Independent Game Developers’ Association, and more.
Cuphead (20% off)
US$ 19.99 / US$ 15.99
Prepare to rage. Cuphead is a difficult and sometimes frustrating run-and-gun shooter with no mercy for those who can’t adapt to attack patterns, but for those up for a challenge, it’s a godsend. From the incredible 2D retro cartoon art direction to the precision of controls, Cuphead’s award-winning game design is a masterclass in wrapping everything up into a neat package.
Our favorite smartphones on 9.9 sale
Great smartphones at a bargain
Smartphone sales are one of the best times to get a new daily driver since buyers can score good devices at a bargain. Some of these smartphone sales happen online — take Shopee and Lazada’s 9.9 sale, for example. To help buyers decide what smartphone to buy at these amazing sales happening online, we at GadgetMatch came up with a list of our favorite smartphones on sale.
We’ve also included the links so you can shop directly — no Google search involved. Here they are in no particular order:
Budget smartphones (Below PhP 10,000)
- Redmi Note 7 (3GB / 32GB) (Lazada)
- Oppo A5s (3GB / 32GB) (Lazada)
- Realme C2 (2GB / 16GB) — from PhP 5,490 to PhP 4,990 (Shopee)
- Samsung Galaxy A20 (3GB / 32GB) (Lazada)
Lower midrange smartphones (PhP 10,000 – PhP 20,000)
- Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (6GB / 64GB) — from PhP 15,999 to PhP 15,050 (Lazada)
- Pocophone F1 (6GB / 64GB) — from PhP 17,990 to PhP 14,390 (Lazada)
- Samsung Galaxy A50 (6GB / 128GB) — from PhP 17,990 to PhP 15,990 (Shopee) (Lazada)
- Xiaomi Mi 9T (6GB / 64GB) — (Lazada)
- Realme 3 Pro (6GB) — from PhP 14,990 to PhP 14,690 (Lazada)
Upper midrange smartphones (PhP 20,000 – PhP 30,000)
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (6GB / 128GB) — from PhP 29,990 to PhP 26,720 (Lazada)
- Vivo V15 Pro — from PhP 23,990 to PhP 20,999 (Shopee) (Lazada)
- OnePlus 6T (8GB / 128GB) — from PhP 25,990 to PhP 21,990 (Lazada)
- Samsung Galaxy A70 (6GB / 128GB) (Lazada)
- Samsung Galaxy A70 (6GB / 128GB) (Lazada)
- Xiaomi Mi 9 (6GB / 64GB) from PhP 29,990 to PhP 22,307 (Lazada)
Premium smartphones (PhP 30,000 and above)
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ (8GB / 128GB) — from PhP 55,990 to PhP 50,690 (Lazada)
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ (8GB / 128GB) — PhP 51,265.70 + FREE Galaxy Fit worth PhP 4,990 (Lazada)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 — PhP 55,990 + FREE Galaxy Buds worth PhP 6,990 (Lazada)
- Huawei P30 Pro (8GB / 256GB) — from PhP 50,990 to PhP 45,990 (Lazada)
Lazada can take you on a Helicopter ride
No, we’re not kidding
Yes, you read that right. Lazada announced a bunch of new features and offerings ahead of their 9.9 discovery sale. Chief of which is a helicopter ride.
Teaming with Ascent, the Helicopter ride the first e-commerce exclusive helicopter flight experience in the Philippines. You can choose to either hover over Metro Manila or Tagaytay. Check out the base pricing below along with the slashed price for the 9.9 discovery sale.
Lazada Helicopter Ride
9.9 Discovery Sale Price
|Manila Tour – 1 Pax – 15 Minutes||PhP 9,990||PhP 7,992|
|Manila Tour – 2 Pax – 15 Minutes||PhP 19,990||PhP 15,992|
|Manila Tour – 3 Pax – 15 Minutes||PhP 26,990||PhP 21,592|
|Manila Tour – 4 Pax – 15 Minutes||PhP 33,990||PhP 27,192|
|Manila Tour – 5 Pax – 15 Minutes||
|Manila Tour – 2 Pax – 30 Minutes||PhP 37,990||PhP 30,392|
|Manila Tour – 3 Pax – 30 Minutes||PhP 50,990||PhP 40,792|
|Manila Tour – 4 Pax – 30 Minutes||PhP 64,690||PhP 51,752|
|Manila Tour – 5 Pax – 30 Minutes||PhP 76,990||PhP 61,592|
|Taal Volcano Tour – 3 Pax – 60 Minutes||PhP 89,990||PhP 71,992|
|Taal Volcano Tour – 4 Pax – 60 Minutes||PhP 99,990||PhP 79,992|
|Taal Volcano Tour – 5 Pax – 60 Minutes||PhP 109,990||PhP 87,992|
New time-saving features
If flying’s not your thing or it’s just simply outside your budget, there are other new features that can help you save both your time and your money. And that’s always a good thing.
We all know how crazy fast the items go once sale day hits. Lazada knows this and is offering you a way to get first dibs on items you really, really want. To get a head start simply order the item, place a 10% non-refundable deposit, settle the balance within the validity period, then wait for your order to arrive at your doorstep.
It’s important to note that this is only available on selected items as the feature is still under testing. It was first introduced in Malaysia and the company is hoping it gains traction in the Philippines.
No need to leave your home to settle those pesky bills. If you’re the type who hasn’t set up online payment, Lazada is making it easy for you. You can now pay for your Meralco, Maynilad, Manila Water, Albay Power & Energy, Davao Light, VECO, Metropolitan Cebu Water and Prime Water bills on the Lazada app.
That’s not all, you can also get up to PhP 300 cashback when bills are paid using the Lazada Wallet from now until November 2019.
Additional Collection Points
If, like me, you’re not really sure where you’ll end up at any given point of the day, then you’ll find this super helpful. The list of Lazada authorized collection points have been expanded and spread-out all-over Manila in select SM Malls and GrowSari branches. Just add to cart and select pickup instead of delivery when you shop checkout your items. You can check out the full list here.
When you badly need an item or few items but just don’t have the cash on hand, Lazada is also giving you a… well, a hand. In partnership with BillEase, pera247 and TendoPay, you can now apply for a loan for of anywhere between PhP 500 to PhP 50,000.
All you need to do is complete the application process and submit all needed requirements. Once approved, the loan amount will be credited to your Lazada Wallet which you can use upon checkout. There will be one to 12 months repayment options.
Pre-order the new Vivo S1 and get a JBL speaker for free
That’s a pretty nifty combo
Last July, Vivo announced the S1, a midrange phone that is a first in its S series. The company is bundling a freebie for those who would pre-order the device.
From August 30 to September 6, the Vivo S1 can be pre-ordered for PhP 14,999. A JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker is bundled with every pre-order of the device.
The bundled freebie is a compact Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof with IPX7 certification. Its battery can last up to 5 hours of playtime for that extended Spotify session.
Meanwhile, the Vivo S1 up for pre-order in the Skyline Blue variant that comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
It also features a 6.38-inch FHD AMOLED screen with a waterdrop notch housing the front camera. An in-display fingerprint sensor is also be available on the device.
Selfie-lovers will be happy with the Vivo S1’s 32MP front camera that comes with AI optimizations. Meanwhile, the triple rear cameras are comprised of a 16MP main, 8MP secondary, and 2MP wide-angle camera.
Performance is adequate with Helio P65 and Android 9 Pie powering the phone. Keeping the lights on is a 4,500 mAh battery that can be fast-charged with an 18W charger.
With its price, the phone proves to be a decent midranger that is surely a value for the money. Other Vivo phones that offer bang for the buck and has the same price point as the S1 includes the Vivo V15 and the Vivo V11.
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