On an average day, about a dozen new games are launched on . And while , it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.
Thanks in part to the website , we’ve gone through every game that’s launched on Steam in the last week to find the diamonds in the rough. This list, updated every Sunday, won’t include the Grand Theft Autos or the Fallout 4s of Steam, focusing instead on the games that may have been easy to miss.
These games seem the most promising, already have positive user reviews, and may be worth a second look.
Karma. Incarnation 1 is a trippy looking adventure game with a wonderful hand-drawn art style. Like most classic adventure games, you have to find your way through the game's world by solving puzzles and making choices, in Karma's case mostly choices about good and evil. It's been wonderful to see so many new point-n-click adventure games lately, and Karma fits in right at home among the rest.
Sky Break is a single-player action RPG set in an open world filled with wild robot animals. It just came out of Early Access this week after nearly a year, and already the positive reviews are rolling in on Steam. When I first saw Sky Break, I thought it was another survival game, but while it does seem to use a few similar mechanics, it's single-player only.
Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers is a run-n-gun platformer where you can't stop moving forward—which makes sense given the game's initial release on iOS. I know some people shun the idea of mobile games coming to PC, but Lost Socks has a fantastic, clearly Earthworm Jim/Rayman Legends-inspired aesthetic and looks like a fun game regardless of platform. Who doesn't want more good games on PC?
Crazy Machines 3 is a contraption building game about correctly assembling large Rube Goldberg machines. The sequel to Crazy Machines 2 from 2008, it's very similar to the old The Incredible Machine series but 3D and with a lot more customization options—including Steam Workshop support. The contraptions look cool, but the strength of the level editor is really what excites me about Crazy Machines 3.
Magnetized describes itself as a "minimal action game," and it plays much like a puzzle-platformer without any actual jumping. You have to guide a cube that floats through each level by magnetizing it towards certain points to navigate around obstacles. Magnetized isn't trying to be more than what it is, and the low price of $3/£2 definitely makes that angle more appealing.
These games were released between 10/16-10/22. The first page of this list is updated every Sunday and previous weeks are archived on the following pages.