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.
Flinthook is a space-pirate roguelike with one of the most satisfying movement mechanics I've ever used. You zip around levels using a grappling hook while dodging traps, shooting enemies, and collecting treasure. It's a challenging game, but the procedural elements are offset by unlocking persistent upgrades and getting an option of which ship you want to attack next so it's not entirely up to chance. If you are a fan of roguelikes, Flinthook is absolutely not one to miss.
Late Shift is an FMV adventure game about a man forced to take part in a heist. It describes itself as a crime thriller and an "interactive cinematic experience" where your choices can lead to one of seven different endings. Without a doubt, it has the best cinematography and production values of any FMV game I've seen, and the writer of the story actually wrote the screenplay for the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie as well.
Pixel Sand is a sidescrolling action-adventure game that uses a familiar sand mechanic seen in other games. It takes the falling sand mechanic popularized by and places it into a fully fledged adventure, rather than just an amusing little toy. It's a concept with massive potential, as I know I've definitely wasted many hours in Powder Game. With 8 campaign chapters, a sandbox mode, online multiplayer, and even a procedural mode, Pixel Sand seems to be a surprisingly robust game for $5/£4.
Everything is a very strange game, and one that's not altogether easy to describe. Ostensibly, it's an exploration game in a large simulated universe, but it's also get some deep things to say about existence and perspective. Anything and everything in the world is a thing you can become, and the game has you travel around at your own free will seeing all you'd like to see from different points of view. There aren't goals or missions beyond filling out a catalog of all the different things in the game, but Everything is incredibly compelling and thought provoking if choose to go for the ride.
Forts is a real-time siege game where you build a fort and then try to lob shots at your opponent to destroy theirs. It looks a little bit like Worms, though not being turn-based is obviously a big difference here. One of the most appealing parts to me is that it can support up to eight players online, and building a fort with three other friends before going to war sounds like a lot of fun. There's also a singleplayer campaign and a level editor, so Forts has a fair amount to offer.
These games were released between 4/16-4/22. 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.