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.
Death Squared is a local co-op puzzle game primarily designed for two or four players, but can be played singleplayer as well. Each person controls a colorful cube robot and must get to their designated spot in the level without catastrophically blowing anyone else up. When a player moves, specific obstacles in the environment move as well—lasers, spikes, platforms, walls, etc.—so you need to be aware of how you are affecting (and possibly killing) everyone around you. I really like Death Squared, because it's one of the only co-op puzzle games I've played where one player can't really takeover and quarterback the whole game, you actually need to talk and work together.
Tacopocolypse is a driving delivery game with over the top stunts and visuals. It's basically Tony Hawk's Pro Skater except you are driving a Rocket League car instead of riding a skateboard, which is probably one of the strongest game pitches I've heard in a long time. It's an intentionally jokey game—I mean, you can literally grind neon cars on rooftop rails—but it also looks like a lot of fun, though that could be the copious amount of 90's nostalgia talking. Tacopocolypse also has local split-screen co-op for that really retro feel.
Wartile is a mini-figurine battling strategy game that just hit Early Access. Although it's hex-based and uses cards to activate different abilities, the fights actually play out in real-time instead of being turn-based. It seems like the game is definitely trying to appeal to tabletop wargamers, as unit customization is available and there's already an online multiplayer mode. That also plays into the more contained nature of the maps, which are modeled to look like they are on a table. Wartile's Steam page says the game is "close to feature complete," but that it expects to be in Early Access for 6-9 months to finish the Viking campaign, add more content, and adjust balance.
Future Unfolding is an action adventure game with a heavy focus on exploration. I seriously love the visuals, as they play with color, light, and depth in some beautiful ways. The camera is also directly overhead top-down, but everything is still 3D so there's some cool parallax effects going on, and even jumping between different heights. I'm not entirely sure what the goal or direction of Future Unfolding is, but I imagine finding that out is part of the fun—and it's already got around 20 universally positive reviews on Steam.
Cosmic Express is a simple but extremely challenging puzzle game about getting aliens home. You draw a train track path between different colored aliens and their matching colored houses, but your train has a limited number of seats and the track can't overlap itself. Cosmic Express is a deceptively hard game as there generally aren't very many objects in each level, but planning the correct path and order of pick-ups is tricky in such limited space. The developers also made one of my favorite underrated puzzle games called , so Cosmic Express is definitely one to try if you are a puzzle fan.
These games were released between 3/13-3/18. 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.