On an average day, about a dozen new games are released 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 closer look.
This article is usually Tom Marks' beat, but he's away this week, so I (Tyler) have taken over. I just didn't want you to think Tom was being a weirdo and speaking about himself in the third-person when I mentioned that he wrote some impressions of Dropzone a few days ago, and likes it quite a bit. It's not a MOBA as we've come to know them—matches are 1v1 and each player controls three characters—rather a modern take on the RTS, according to Tom. Dropzone will be free-to-play when it launches, but for now it's $20 in Early Access.
Hidden People is an interactive, lineart version of Where's Waldo, basically. There are people, and they're hidden, and you have to find them by scouring the art and interacting with the environment—opening doors, trimming bushes, and so on. My favorite thing about it is the mouth-made sound effects, which I always find charming for how dumb they are.
Sumer is a singleplayer or local multiplayer board game. Up to four players hop around a vertical board placing workers to collect offerings for godess Inanna—I couldn't tell you exactly how that works just from watching the trailer, but it looks like it mixes strategy with a little frantic platforming. There's also an auction element that sounds fun:
"Whoever is willing to sacrifice the most goats gets Inanna's blessing! The auction is simple — just move left or right to change your bid in real time. Each auction is a mind game of bluffing and bravado, and you never know an item’s real price until time is up! Trick your opponents into overpaying for their bids while you snag good bargains for your own!"
I love to trick people and then laugh at their misfortune—it's the point of board games, in my opinion—so this seems right up my alley.
| Humble Store
Released: February 14
Developer: Vivid Helix
Publisher: Vivid Helix
Price: $9/£6.29 (10% off at launch)
This game would break me. Just watching the trailer makes me anxious, even though it's billed as "meditative." It's one of those puzzle games that makes you control two characters simultaneously, and I'm awful at focusing on two things at once. If I see a fly in my office I'll write "fly" instead of whatever I was trying to fly.
Semispheres does have a relaxing tone, though, and I could see it being engrossing. One note: the developer highly recommends using a controller. A controlled I bet it'd make me break.
The Mooseman is a stylish adventure puzzle game that is not, after some quick research, about a man who turns into a moose. The art reflects the Permian animal style, and the story draws from Finno-Ugric culture and folklore—things I know little about, which makes me instantly curious. As the Mooseman, you can move between our world and the spirit realm, which by all accounts is your main puzzle-solving tool. And it's not entirely about atmosphere and storytelling: From the sound of it, there are some challenging parts, but nothing exasperating. I want to play it just for the art.
These games were released between 2/12-2/18. The first page of this list is updated every Sunday and previous weeks are archived on the following pages. Some online stores give us a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Read our for more info.