On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that's a good thing, 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 WhatsOnSteam.com, 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.
Demon Peak is a 2D Metroidvania with a focus on movement and close-quarters combat. It's got a great art style, a nice mix of medieval and fantasy that's clearly inspired by games like Dark Souls without directly ripping them off. The music in the trailer is less than thrilling, but the animations seem top notch, and Demon Peak is already getting a decent amount of positive Steam reviews.
SOYF: S#!T ON YOUR FRIENDS is a local-multiplayer brawler about exactly what the name might imply. To be honest, I really don't like the theme of this game—it comes off as immature and inflammatory for no other reason than to get people to notice it. That being said, the game underneath that shitty skin actually looks pretty great. It's got a variety of different modes to try, including a singleplayer target challenge. It's a shame there's no online multiplayer, but SOYF still looks like an amusing competitive couch game nonetheless.
Starship Theory is a 2D spaceship building and survival game that just entered Early Access. It's presented similarly to FTL, top-down with your crew running between different stations, but you actually build your ship as you fly through space. Steam reviews say it's already pretty fun, but definitely early on in its development—which the Steam page says will take at least 18 more months, so it's in for the long update haul.
Refract is a simple puzzle game about bouncing different colored lights to their corresponding spots. It was originally a mobile game from earlier this year, which thankfully means it's only $1/£.79. I like that even though the art style is fairly minimal, the puzzles all take place on strange pyramid-like structures. There are over 50 puzzles in the game, so it's not extremely long, but like this and am excited to try it out.
Watchlist is a twinstick shooter with a black and red retro art style. Despite there not being any real faces or characters, it provides a unique sort of twist on a cyberpunk setting, having you explore procedurally generated levels to track down your enemies on the 'Watchlist'. You can combine or upgrade four different types of weapons, and can even play up to four player local co-op. Not bad for only $2/£1.59.
These games were released between 7/2-7/8. 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.