I really want this to work. Like, really, all the way down in my legs.

I want there to be a viable way to write about all the wonderful and interesting indie games that major sites just can’t or won’t cover. Reviews that won’t get huge incoming traffic, or be able to support an ad-driven revenue. And the only way that can be is if a dedicated audience chooses to pay to make it happen. That’s you!

If you could support Buried Treasure, starting at a weeny $5 a month, you’d be paying for top-notch criticism of unknown, ignored or undiscovered indie games that will be well worth your time.

If enough people do, then this can become self-sustaining, and perhaps even build into something beyond its initial ambitions. I dream of a site that not only champions the unknown games, but can also become a place for new, vibrant writers to get their breaks, get properly paid work, to help launch careers.

There’s an awful lot of treasure out there to be found. Would you help me do it?


  1. Love the idea of this website and I’ll be supporting for sure. Hope this sort of thing becomes more common! Best of luck!

  2. Ditto. As someone who religiously browses the ‘New Releases’ queue on a daily basis, I love that feeling when I find something akin to ‘Buried Treasure’ in amongst the usual dross.

    I’m embarrassed to say that once upon a time, I was all about the ‘+1’ in my 8000+ Steam game-count. Fortunately, about 2 years ago, I saw the light and now maintain a collection of ~600 games, with ~100 in my favourites list. The rest are hidden (or at least semi-permanently removed) using the wonderful Depressurizer.

    I rarely buy AAA games, instead focusing on lesser known gems. I also have a price-threshold of £5.99 – anything below that is an insta-skip. I still buy about 10 games a week, though, so will look forward to John’s selections…

    1. Games under £5.99 can be good too!* Although I understand how you might be burnt by dross at that price point. However, I find myself far more likely to remember being disappointed by a game that costs >£7…

      *At this point you might want examples. Sadly none come to mind and I don’t wish to dig around my purchase history to find some.

  3. Hey John,

    I’m afraid I won’t be able to support you financially at this time. But I do want to at least write here that I do wish you all the best in this project. I think it’s a brilliant idea and I really hope it will work out. There are sooooo many great games out there, all missed by the mainstream websites in favour of yet another clone of call of duty or whatever.

    I can’t wait to read more reviews here.

  4. I love that you are doing this and you can count on my modest support. Please keep us posted of how you are doing. If this is all too little for you to live, I’d like to learn it before you decide to give up, to have a chance to find an alternative. Thanks!

  5. So I’m interested in donating, but I’d like a mechanism which lets me donate in Pounds Sterling rather than dollar, so I don’t have to have to deal with lots of interchange fees on small value transactions and a exchange rate varying donation rate each month.

    Have you got other alternative mechanisms for donation, or do you need to go via Patreon for business/tax/whatever reasons?

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