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. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we've gathered the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of the new games of 2019.
Release: June 21
Developer: Hi-Bit Studios
Price: $9.99 | £8.99 | AU$14.50
As the name implies, 198X is set during an unspecified year of the 1980s, and is basically an episodic collection of arcade games, strung together by a narrative. "This is the journey of Kid, a teenager stuck between the limitations of innocent youth and the obligations of inevitable adulthood," the Steam description reads. "The story unfolds when Kid discovers the local arcade – finding new worlds, and new meaning, in video games." The games range arcade racers through to retro-styled dungeon crawlers, and in addition to the five games included there will presumably be more when forthcoming episodes drop.
Lovely Planet 2: April Skies
Release: June 19
Price: $9.99 | £7.19 | AU$14.50
Here's a sequel to the quietly beloved pastel-hued precision shooter that Tyler really likes. There are over 100 levels of reflex-oriented first-person shooting here, but instead of mercilessly slaughtering live humans or aliens or monsters, you're taking out cute blobs and cute giant fruit with your cute rubbery arrows. It's probably the most benign first-person shooter on Steam, and it's a lot of fun too: a kind of marriage of Doom and Super Meat Boy.
Steel Sword Story
Release: June 21
Developer: 8bits Fanatics
Price: $4.99 | £3.99 | AU$7.50
Steel Sword Story is a new retro-styled platformer from the studio responsible for hard-as-nails cult classic 1001 Spikes. As a result, don't expect this to be a walk in park, but if you're averse to outrageous difficulty maybe the immaculate 8-bit inspired art work will help convince you. It's created using Pixel Game Maker MV, which shares a publisher with Steel Sword Story.
Release: June 20
Price: $19.99 | £15.49 | AU$28.95
Launched into Early Access last week, Summer Islands is a tycoon game about building a fancy island resort. In addition to plotting your resort out – with cabins, hotels, golf courses, bars, and lots more – you'll also be contending with typically capricious tropical weather and, of course, competitors. The game boasts multiplayer and will likely release into 1.0 by the end of the year, with more building types, weather conditions, and other improvements.
Release: June 18
Developer: Sean Young
Price: $14.99 | £11.39 | AU$21.50
Described by its creator as a "peaceful and relaxing RPG", Littlewood definitely shares a lot in common with Stardew Valley, but it's not exactly the same. For instance, Littlewood lets you design and populate your own town, and while there is farming, it doesn't look like you'll have to plant a single seed, if you don't want to. You could go collect rare items, chop some wood, go fishing, do some cooking, vendor wares as a merchant... basically, it's one of those games. It looks beautiful in action, too.
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