Multiplayer-only title Gun Monkeys will give you a free Steam key if it notices you can’t find anyone to play with.
The key generator, which has been in beta for a few weeks, generates free keys for anybody who can’t get a game going through matchmaking in under a few minutes; these can then be handed out to your friends, hopefully resolving the issue.
“It’s a unique solution to a frustrating situation. Despite universally positive reviews, Gun Monkeys just hasn’t sold enough to keep servers perpetually-buzzing with players. It’s infuriating, but the important thing to do now is to make sure the people who have bought the game can enjoy it as intended,” Size Five Games’ Dan Marshall said in a statement published on the developer’s website.
“The most frequent comment in my inbox at the moment is ‘this game is amazing, why aren’t more people playing it?’ Well, hopefully this move will bring in new interested players too, since they’ll always be able to play friends when servers are quiet.”
The key generator is a limited-time feature and it won’t hand out an infinite amount to individual players.
Marshall has said that Gun Monkeys was a “ballache” to sell, because it has no single-player mode.